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Hilaria Baldwin Talks about her marriage to Alec, their four kids and how she does it all

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contents

August 2019 volume twenty-nine | number eight

departments 6 Editor’s Note 7 Events & Offers 8 Bits & Pieces 26 LET’S GO

Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome

28 Summer Travel

The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark

46 Last word

6 Timely Tips for Tackling the Back to School Supply List

calendar

Family Activities for August

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Top Pick: Amur Leopard Cubs

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Editor’s Pick: 2018 Mess Fest

36 Editor’s Pick: Intertribal Pow Wow 38 Summer Favorites

features 22

40 #GetCrafty 41

Hilaria Baldwin What’s it like to be married to Alec Baldwin, be mom to four children under age 5, manage a thriving career and stay healthy and fit? The juggle is real for Hilaria Baldwin.

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Back-to-School Organizing: 5 fast tips From a Pro Just a little preplanning and organizing can save you oodles of time and energy, not to mention sanity. Read about space saving ideas and timesaver tips from an organizational pro!

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Hilaria Baldwin Talks about her marriage to Alec, their four kids and how she does it all

Summer Travel GREAT DAY TRIPS AND GETAWAYS

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Hilaria Baldwin

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Summer Travel

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After-School Classes for Kids

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Awesome August Events

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After-School Classes for Kids

Coming Next Month Apple Picking If you live in the Hudson Valley region, picking apples right off the tree is nearly a rite of passage. Find out where to go to experience the joy of this fun, family activity. Picky Eaters Many kids go through a picky eating stage. It can be exasperating for parents, but there are strategies that can help. Learn what our expert has to say. Plus … Westchester Family’s awardwinning searchable calendar for families and much more! Look for it starting August 23!

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Back-To-School Should be a Time of “Nice Supplies,” Not a Time of “Lice Surprise!”

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Editor’s Note

Are We There Yet? How many times have you heard your kids whine the annoying expression, “Are we there yet?” It was too many for me, so I decided to set parameters. First, no road trip would be over two hours – that magic time frame beyond which all bedlam broke out in the back seat. Second, we would only go to exciting places for which we were prepped (knowing they’d soon see Clifford the Big Red Dog and have cotton candy seemed to help). Third, if they had to ask they had to say it a different way each time – how many miles is it to the nature center? What time do we check into the waterpark? If nothing else it took them time to construct the sentences. This month we have suggestions for delightful day trips that can put a smile of your kids’ faces, and yours as well. We sent out our parent reporters with their families to get the skinny on two delightful venues. Stacey Pfeffer took in the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, a novel excursion featuring air shows with antique biplanes that take to the air to do daring stunts as well as a museum and 40 vintage vehicles. It’s a great intergenerational outing! Andrea White packed up her family and their swimsuits to check out the newest waterpark in our area, The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark. What’s better than a quick waterpark getaway in the summer to revive the entire family? Learn what these pros have to say about their trips and make a note of the tips they share to help make your outing stress-free. We are not trying to rush you, but while you are laying poolside or relaxing in the hammock as the grill warms up take a peak at our Kids’ Classes section for fantastic after-school programs. A little pre-planning can make the back-to-school process so much easier. And the kids will be so excited about their new special activities they might be less anxious about their classroom responsibilities. Plus, we all know learning doesn’t stop when the final bell rings. These classes and programs offer enriching activities that can keep your children excited and engaged long

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after their notebook closes for the day. There’s such a wealth of choices – robotics, art, writing, theater, dance, music, science, sports and more. If you are determined to get organized for the school year this September (I think I promised myself this every year) check out our organizing tips from expert Katy Winter. In five simple steps she’ll have you prepared for the onslaught of the school year pace. No more lost gloves, misplaced rulers or disappearing library books. Ah, and a relaxed start to the day. Perfect for a summer read is our article on Hilaria Baldwin. She’s one busy mom. Not only is she married to actor Alec Baldwin; she has four kids under 5 years old, and is a hustling entrepreneur with multiple businesses and projects. Learn about some of her past and present challenges – it’s not all easy – and how she focuses to get through each day. Plus there are plenty of other activities and events packed into our August Calendar of Events. We bet you can’t do them all! But we hope you have fun trying. Happy summer! Jean Sheff Co-Publisher, Editor

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events & offers

Our august Contests Knitted Animal Friends Enter to win KNITTED ANIMAL FRIENDS: Over 40 Knitting Patterns for Adorable Animal Dolls, Their Clothes and Accessories by Louise Crowther (SewandSo; May 2019; Paperback). Learn to make an adorable collection of knitted animal toys with these new patterns. There are a total of 12 knitted animals – each with their own unique personality and style. The animals all have the same basic body, with a few color variations and tail additions, so the clothes can be mixed and matched between them to create endless outfit possibilities. Choose your favorite animals and outfits and have fun making the perfect gift for friends and family. Retail value, $20. Contest ends Aug. 23, 2019. Enter now at WestchesterFamily.com/Knit.

PLAYMOBIL Mars Space Station Enter to win the timely, new space-themed PLAYMOBIL Mars Space Station. Kids can have hours of fun with two astronauts, a robot, and a functioning double laser shooter, as well as various light and sound effects. The set also includes a computer, tools, food supplies, space crystals, telescope, video recorder, and tons of other accessories. This line is a great way to help instill a love of science and is an introduction to STEM. For ages 6 and up. Retail value, $79.99. Contest ends August 23. Enter now at WestchesterFamily.com/PLAYMOBIL.

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Extracurricular Activities What so good about extra? Call them what you will — extracurricular activities, after-school classes, or enrichment programs — what they all have in common is that ‘extra’ that goes a long way to making the school year, well, extra special. As parents we know learning doesn’t stop when the final bell rings. In fact, educational experts contend that extracurricular activities actually help your child to improve their academic performance. These after-school classes and programs offer enriching activities that can keep your children excited and engaged long after their notebook closes for the day. There’s such a wealth of choices — robotics, art, writing, theater, dance, music, gymnastics, science and sports. These programs also allow kids to explore other interests and develop broader perspectives. Not to mention building good self-esteem and providing different social opportunities than they have during the day. Some parents are proponents of having children take classes outside their school district so

they can make friends with other kids to shake up their daily environment. Extracurricular activities can also help develop essential life skills. Whether it’s how to win or lose on a sports field, how to channel creative inspiration in art class, how to be a team player or an entrepreneur, these experiences outside the classroom can be especially rewarding. Exploring other areas of interest that are fun and engaging allows kids to take a break from academics and

that pause can be productive when they sit down later to do homework. The caution is, as with everything, that moderation is best. A child doesn’t need to have an activity every day of the week, in fact too much of a good thing can be — well, detrimental. The goal is to go for balance. And if that means your child has to pick and choose one activity over another then you have taught them another important skill, how to make choices and live with them.

Drop-off Childcare? Lil Chameleon to the rescue Wow, this is great news! Lil Chameleon, a Westchester Family Family Favorites award-winning children’s resale boutique that currently offers classes, a play café and birthday parties has announced they will be offering a Kid’s Club starting in September 2019. Kid’s Club will satisfy parents need for short-term and on-demand childcare and a no-commitment daycare or preschool alternative. Lil Chameleon’s Founder and President C.C. Benitez says, “I often hear parents say they wish there was somewhere to take their children when they have their own doctor appointment or need some time to run errands without children in tow.” Seeing the need she decided to fill it. Kid’s Club will be offered in morning

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from 9:30 a.m. to noon and in the afternoon from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. for children ages 3 to 6. Parents can choose from several package choices — single two and a half hour sessions, four or 10 pack memberships, or unlimited monthly, three month or six month memberships. Daily sessions are limited to six or fewer children to assure personalized attention for each child. Lil Chameloen has also partnered with a third party transportation service for one-way or round-trip transportation with text message confirmations. Contact Lil Chameleon for pricing and other information. Lil Chameleon, 29 Elm St., Tuckahoe. 914-346-5148. lilchameleon.com.


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Organizing Back-to-School 5 fast tips from a pro

By Stacey Pfeffer

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his Mother’s Day as a wellintentioned gift from my mom, I received the Marie Kondo bestselling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. She had seen my struggles with organization in a three-kid household and was tired of hearing me stress about lost trip permission slips or missing shin guards. I needed an organization overhaul and fast. Only problem was after reading a fraction of the book, I misplaced it somewhere in my house and couldn’t find it for months. It was time to call in advice from the pros and luckily, I knew just the person — Westchester-based Katy Winter of Katy’s Organized Home, a professional home organizer with clients throughout the county, New York City and Miami. As a fellow mom of three, Winter knows how kids and their clutter needed to be reined in and how a streamlined and organized home leads to lower stress levels for the family. So with the school season approaching, I wanted to glean some wisdom from her and whip my home in shape just in time for September while encouraging my kids to take an active role in the process. Here are a few of her most helpful tips:

1. Create a drop zone I don’t know about your house but the minute my kids enter the house from school, it looks like a tornado hit the entryway. Backpacks strewn all over the floor, shoes thrown carelessly about. Despite my hours of navigating Pinterest drooling over customized built-in mudrooms, Winter insists that you do not

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Use hooks for backpacks and coats and baskets for accessories such as hats and gloves. need to have a swoon-worthy mudroom but instead a drop zone that oozes functionality. She encourages clients to think about how your kids enter the house. Is it though a garage or front door? She is a big fan of hooks for their backpacks and coats. Winter also likes to use baskets for other accessories such as hats and gloves and if you have multiple children, a basket per child (rather than sorting them by item) is best so that you aren’t rummaging through the basket trying to find matching gloves while rushing to the school bus in the morning. If your children are enrolled in after-school activities, it is useful to have bags (e.g. sports, dance, gymnastics) for each activity with hooks or cubby space available for that too.

2. Enlist your kids to make their beds I’ve read many studies that say that people who make their beds in the morning are happier and more productive. Still, I was falling short on this most days and never actually thought to teach my kids this vital skill. “Kids as young as 3 years old can learn to make their bed. We tend to do it for them because it saves us time but if you take the time to teach this habit at an early age, you are instilling a life-long habit for your child,” says Winter. We spend a third of our lives in bed and it should be a cozy place to sleep, read and relax. Winter suggests these easy steps to teach your child how to make their bed: 1. Take off the pillow 2. Pull up the sheet and blanket 3. Put the pillow back on When you walk into anyone’s bedroom, the bed is the first thing you notice because visually it takes up a lot of space. “When you have your child straighten their bed, they are straightening a big part of their room,” explains Winter. I’m making a huge mental note of this and I promise to change our slovenly ways. 3. Make your kids pros at snack time When my kids enter the house after school, they are usually pretty ravenous and all of them are asking me for different snacks simultaneously. I am tired of constantly saying, “I am not an octopus. I do not have eight arms so you will have to wait.” Instead of being their snack butler, get them involved in this by ensuring that cups, bowls and plates are easily accessible in a bottom drawer


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or cabinet. Winter says, “Children as young as 3 or 4 should be able to get themselves an approved snack. The goal is to promote independence.” 4. Find a space and make it “homework ready” Winter suggests that you think about where your children do their homework. Is it in their room at a desk, in the kitchen or on the dining room table? No matter where it is, make sure that supplies are easily accessible. If your kids favor the dining, kitchen or living room, create a homework box that can easily be stashed away. Even a shoebox can function as this.

Put items such as Pretty Pictures Photography sharpened pencils, and Marketing calculators, colored pencils and anything else they would need in this box. Winter is also a big everywhere in the morning fan of creating an art cart for art supplies to and ensures that your child is dressed inspire creativity in young children. appropriately for the weather. 5. Figure out what to wear each night I hate being a planner, but trust me this tip is worth it. It saves a lot of time and meltdowns in the morning. At bedtime, look up the weather for the next day and let your child lay out their outfit. This avoids clothes flying

A few months later, the Kondo book eventually surfaced. It currently lives in the “self-help” section of my meticulously organized library, for now … Stacey Pfeffer is a writer and editor based in Chappaqua. August 2019 | WestchesterFamily.com

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Artistree Performing Arts 114 W. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck 914-835-2200 artistreearts.com info@artistreearts.com Artistree Performing Arts offers classes in the performing arts for ages preschool to high school. Classes include Preschool Broadway, Afterschool Musical Theater, Acting, Film, Dance and Private Lessons. This fall the Performance Workshop Shows are: Frozen (1st-7th Grade); Fame (6th8th Grade), and Hair (9th-12th Grade.) Artistree also runs theater camps for kids in preschool through 10th grade during both the February and Spring Breaks, as well as all summer long. Birthday Parties for ages 1 to 10 are also available.

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914-961-5511, belleschool.com Belle School of Music “Where learning is fun!” offers a unique way of learning for children and adults. Under the supervision of highly qualified staff, the child you love will develop an appreciation for music that lasts a lifetime. Free introductory lesson and consultation. Voted a Top 5 by Westchester Family readers!

Boys and Girls Club Northern Westchester 351 E Main St, Mt Kisco 914-666-8069 bgcnw.com The Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester has been Westchester’s premier location for aquatics since 1963. Home to their nationally recognized Marlins Swim Team, they offer a variety of classes and programs for children and adults. Their spacious 8 lane, 25-yard pool is welcoming to all.

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Central Park Dance 450 Central Ave., Scarsdale 914-723-2940 centralparkdance.com One of the longest running and most respected dance studios in Westchester, Central Park Dance has been offering both classic and forward-looking styles of dance and fitness to adults and children for 37 years. With 200+ classes a week students are sure to find a class! CPD is open 7 days a week and offers classes in Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical, Tap, and Hip Hop, as well as a comprehensive fitness class schedule.

Clay Art Center Kelly O’Sullivan, Youth Director 40 Beech St., Port Chester 914-937-2047, ext. 222 clayartcenter.org communityarts@clayartcenter. org Have your kids Unplug with Mud at their award-winning weekly youth classes that start October 6th. In the

classroom, aspiring young artists will have fun and develop their imaginations while working in the transformational medium of clay. Hand-building classes are offered for ages 6 to 9, wheel-throwing classes for children ages 10 to 17. Taught by ceramic artists who specialize in kindling a passion for creative expression in children.

Crestwood Music Education Center 453 White Plains Road, Eastchester 914-961-3497 crestwoodmusic.com For 34 years, offering private lessons in piano, guitar, voice, strings, woodwinds, brass, drums and percussion instruments for students of all ages and levels. This world-class faculty provides premier music education, including one of the most comprehensive chamber music and orchestral programs in the tri-state area plus a well-renowned Suzuki and Jazz program. Students


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of all ages are welcome. New programs include Musikgarten for toddlers ages 15 months to 3 years as well as for kids ages 3 to 5 years. Crestwood also offers Group Music Lessons for children with special needs provided by FunForCure. Visit the Center to experience their new recital and broadcast performance hall.

and strongly believe that gymnastics is the foundation for all sports. They build athletes at GymCats and every child walks out feeling more confident about themselves than when they arrived! GymCats also offers high energy, interactive birthday parties, holiday camps, toddler open gym, and cheer tumbling lessons. There is something for everyone at GymCats!

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273 Halstead Ave., Mamaroneck 914-381-5222 dancecavise.com Described in The New York Times as “setting higher standards in dance education,” Dance Cavise offers all dance disciplines, at all levels, for all ages. Broadway veteran Joe Cavise heads a staff of over 20 professionals from New York City and Westchester. The studio is known for promoting strong technique in a non-recitaloriented, education-driven program. Summer Dance Camp, Birthday Parties and Dancewear Boutique. Dance Cavise is home to Off Center Dance Theatre, and the NEW Cavise Talent Team!

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Hoff-Barthelson Music School 25 School Lane, Scarsdale 914-723-1169 hbms.org hb@hbms.org At Hoff-Barthelson, students find a warm, friendly music school dedicated to the highest standards of education, performance, and community service. Students of all ages, aptitudes, and levels of interest enjoy a supportive, joyful learning environment; a focus on the whole person; exceptional teaching; and a multifaceted curriculum. Once enrolled

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for music lessons, students gain complimentary access to a comprehensive program that includes musicianship classes, ensembles, myriad performance opportunities, master classes with world renowned guest artists, and workshops.

ISG Gymnastics 151 Crotona Ave., Harrison 914-835-0010 isggymnastics.com Beginners through competitive team members are welcome here at ISG. Classes available for ages 3 and up and there’s an open gym program for crawlers, toddlers, and preschoolers. With vault, bars, beam, floor, trampoline, travel rings, still rings, airtrack, trapeze, rope and more, they’ve got all your gymnastics needs covered. At ISG they have fall, winter, spring, and summer semesters as well as vacation camps and summer camp! Don’t forget to ask about their birthday parties!

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Starlight Starbright Music 914-924-0995 slsbmusic.com Did you know that all children are musical? Nurture your child’s music development at Starlight Starbright Music, offering Mixed-Age Music TogetherŽ classes for children 0-5 years with an adult in Chappaqua, Scarsdale, and Tarrytown, plus Music Together Babies for infants 0-6 months in Scarsdale. They also offer non Music Together mommyand-me beginner ukulele classes, advanced beginner classes, and private lessons. Join them this fall for some serious fun!

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The Juggle is Real for Hilaria Baldwin Hilaria Baldwin gets real with us about being a mom to four under five and her passion for healthy living

By Katarina Avendaño

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ilaria Baldwin is a busy mom. She is married to actor Alec Baldwin, mother to four kids under 5 years old, and a hustling entrepreneur with multiple businesses and passion projects. There is a reason why Hilaria has more than half a million followers on Instagram: despite her glamorous lifestyle, mothers everywhere can relate to her. She isn’t afraid to be honest and raw about the joys and challenges of parenting, documenting the less glamorous side of motherhood on social media. By peeling away the layers of glamour, we see a mother who is willing to be transparent. She helps parents feel that they are not alone when their kids start screaming in public or refuse to eat their vegetables at dinner. Hilaria has recently extended her authentic, transparent approach to more painful subjects. On April 9th 2019, Hilaria shared that she had experienced a miscarriage, thanking her social media followers for their support by saying, “Thank you all for listening, for your support, and for sharing your own personal stories. We are stronger together ... I hope this conversation continues to grow and that we stick together through both the beautiful and challenging moments in life”. For her followers who have experienced this heartbreak, many thanked her for her bravery. According to a recent Op-ed she penned for Glamour, Hilaria felt it was important to share her experience to destigmatize

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the experience of miscarriage. Despite the fact that miscarriages are common (10 to 25% of pregnancies are estimated to end in miscarriage), discussing them remains taboo. As her career goes stratospheric, Hilaria ensures she makes her health a priority. With her background as a dancer, she has always been active, and after discovering the benefits of yoga, she trained as a yoga teacher, and then co-founded the New York chain of yoga studios, Yoga Vida. We caught up with Hilaria to chat about her daily routines, how she manages her brood of kids while keeping her marriage to Alec strong, as well as her popular podcast with Daphne Oz, Mom Brain, by Gallery Media Group. You are a busy woman — neither you nor your husband have the typical 9-to-5 job — how do you juggle this along with having four children? I will have days where I work really hard, but then I have days that I can stay home with [the kids]. It is a very luxurious way to work as a mother because it allows you to be really present with your kids, and I realize that it’s quite special that I get to have that. In some ways there is a different balance in that we don’t always have the predictability where you know what we are going to be doing in a month which is kind of nice. If you have a typical 9-to-5 job, you know what May is going to look like. [For our schedule] it keeps it exciting, different, and allows us to be with our kids.

As an advocate for healthy living, are you teaching your children great habits from an early age? Any advice for those of us with picky eaters? It can be very stressful and challenging, but I think the most important thing is to start with the perspective that they eventually start eating more things. You can’t underestimate the power of talking to your kids. When my daughter was 2 years old she just was so talkative. I was asking for different parenting tips and tricks and it was suggested that I just talk to her. I felt so silly in that moment, and I was mind blown because I just needed to talk to my child. Whether it is something at school or picky eating, it’s best to just talk with them and keep it consistent. We had the pediatric nutritionist, Jill Castle, recently on our podcast. She said that it takes almost 50 instances of presenting food to a child to get them to want to try it. She said to make it fun. She gave the example with broccoli that one day you could roast it, and the next day steam it, the next day make broccoli soup. I also put the food in the middle of the table, and the kids get to put it on their plates because one of the things with picky eaters is that it’s a question of control. Especially as someone who has recovered from an eating disorder myself, I don’t want to just tell them, “hey you have to eat this.” If we go to a birthday party and they had cake, we talk about how they feel after. If they say, ‘my tummy kind of hurts,’ it is probably because we ate these things that we don’t typically eat.


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Tell us more about why you decided to launch a podcast with your friend Daphne Oz? Daphne Oz, my friend and co-host, is about to have her fourth child, and I have four children. We had a lot of children in a short period, and it was new for us that all of a sudden we couldn’t sleep in on the weekend, we couldn’t just walk out of the house, we had to have child care. So we would just sit and chat for hours and hours. We were saying for a long time, wouldn’t it be fun for our mommy group to be bigger. As we discuss topics on our podcast, you see in the comments that listeners are developing relationships between themselves, giving people support when times are hard, or exciting — it really becomes this nice community. Also, one of the things that makes it very special is that we don’t do a lot of preparation. Both Daphne and I have experience in television where there is a lot of prep. There are questions that you are supposed to ask, lines you are supposed to read, and podcasting isn’t about any of that. If we were in my home and we were sitting on the couch, what would we be chatting about? I think that is one of the reasons that it has become so popular because it is really authentic.

“Doing yoga as a mom helps me take a moment before I lose my cool if my kids are driving me crazy.”

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How does yoga help you navigate your everyday life as a mom? Everybody should do a little bit of yoga every single day. Stretching and focusing on your breath helps with stress, overall health, and circulation. Doing yoga as a mom helps me take a moment before I lose my cool if my kids are driving me crazy. If you are aware of your body, you notice when your shoulders start to scrunch up. If I soften my shoulders, I am less likely to lose my temper. Yoga is about practice, it is not about perfection. I always tell my students that it is like learning to touch type. Little by little you start to learn with muscle memory where the letters are. Then you can make words, sentences, and then your thoughts just flow through your fingers.

Hilaria believes that when parenting, you have to do what works for you. She lives by being present for her children and partner, pursuing her personal endeavours, and including yoga and deep breathing into her everyday routine to take on life’s inevitable obstacles. Hilaria told us that yoga is a practice, there is no perfection. The same thing is true

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Alec and Hilaria Balwin with their four children. for motherhood. There is always something new to learn and it’s not going to be perfect. Stay open and honest, but trick your kids into eating vegetables!

To learn more about Hilaria Baldwin, follow her @hilariabaldwin and download the podcast Mom Brain Katarina Avendaño is a freelance writer.


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See these antique biplanes actually fly — and go up in one of them if you dare — at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome.

The Old Rhinebeck Aerodome By Stacey Pfeffer

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ately when I mention the idea of a family outing, I am usually greeted by at least one ‘tween giving me an eye roll. This is not a proud parenting moment as I am trying to keep my three children (with an age gap of five years between the oldest and youngest) entertained and educated this summer. So when I mentioned a family outing to the Old Rhinebeck Aerodome complete with air shows featuring antique biplanes, their collective antennae went up. All of my kids love flying and with the extra bonus of seeing 40 vintage vehicles from 1900-1940 onsite, their curiosity was piqued. The history of the Aerodome The Old Rhinebeck Aerodome has been around for more than 60 years and it is easy to see why this place has so much appeal, whether you’re an aviation fan or not. It was built by Cole Palen, an aviation mechanic from Poughkeepsie whose lifelong dream was

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to open a living museum of vintage aircraft from 1900-1937. In 1950, Roosevelt Field (of the Long Island shopping mall fame) contained air hangars and was a functioning airport. One of those air hangars contained vintage aircraft. In 1951 when the site was designated for the Mall’s development, Palen took his life savings to purchase six vintage aircraft and eventually a farm in Northern Duchess County where the Aerodome today still stands. Air shows that delight The best time to visit the Aerodome is the weekends when they hold air shows at 2 p.m. These fun-filled shows, that last approximately two hours, feature several vintage aircraft doing amazing tricks in the air. The Sunday show is particularly familyfriendly as it contains a vintage fashion show before the aerial demonstration plus a lively cast of entertaining characters. Over a public announcement system a master of ceremony

explains the make, model and a few historical tidbits of each World War I aircraft in the demonstrations. He also provides a glimpse of what life was like in America during this tumultuous time. My kids got a kick out of the skydivers jumping from the aircraft landing with their parachutes on the field. They also enjoyed watching the airplanes perform what my family referred to as “Toilet Paper Ninja” after the popular video game Fruit Ninja. The pilots throw huge swaths of toilet paper in the air and then slice it with their aircraft using bold moves. One of the best features of the Aerodome is how close you are to the airplanes and many of the air pilots stay with their aircraft after the show so that you can ask questions and take photos. The Saturday “History of Flight” show is geared to history buffs but children will still look to the sky in amazement as these aircraft do carefully choreographed performances. Be forewarned though that all air shows are subject to cancellation due to inclement or


windy weather. This can sometimes happen at the last minute as the pilots determine that the wind speeds are too dangerous for these delicate aircraft so it’s best to call beforehand. Rain checks are issued if less than half of the air show is performed and can be used indefinitely. Benches are available to view the shows and there is no reserved seating. The air shows run through Oct. 20 so if you can’t make it there this summer, fall is a good time to visit as you’ll get the added bonus of viewing fall foliage on the ride up. Other on-site activities On one of the weekends we went the air show was cancelled but we still had a great time. We took a ride in a 1927 Ford, stopped at all the antique aircraft and vehicles on display including a perfect replica of the Spirit of St. Louis that was flown by Charles Lindbergh from New York to Paris, and walked the grounds., and took in the on-site museum. For the truly adventurous in spirit, they also offer biplane rides for 15 minutes (up to four passengers) in a 1929 open-cockpit New Standard D-25 for $100 per person.

want to eat lunch prior to the show, there are shaded picnic tables available as well as on-site kid-friendly foods such as hot dogs, hamburgers, veggie burgers and chicken sandwiches. The town of Rhinebeck also has some wonderful restaurants nearby and it is worth a stop just to explore the cute stores and boutiques.

Antique biplanes take to the sky and do daring tricks! “I think the Aerodome is a great place for families to visit,” says Stew Somerville, the Aerodome’s airshow and events manager. “Perhaps the single best reason is it enables parents to interact with their children while experiencing a living history lesson. In this age of digital everything it is quite special to see the past come back to life without the aid of the click of a mouse.” Throw in some cotton candy, Sno-Kones and ice cream available at the snack shop on weekends and I had a happy crew. If you

Stacey Pfeffer is a writer and editor based in Chappaqua. When You Go … Old Rhinebeck Aerodome GPS Address: 9 Norton Road, Red Hook, N.Y. 845-752-3200 oldrhinebeck.org Admission: Air Show and Museum (note: They are not sold separately) Weekends: Adults $25, ages 6-17 $12, free for ages 5 and under Weekdays: (No flights but the museum is open from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.) Adults: $12, ages 6-17 $8, free for ages 5 and under Strollers are permitted.

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Rediscover the Catskills! A new waterpark opens By Andrea White

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t’s summer and the Catskills are calling. The premier Hudson Valley destination of decades ago is once again making a splash with the opening of The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark. Just about an hour and a half drive from southern Westchester, the 324 all-suite luxury resort sits on 1,600 acres among the rolling mountains in Monticello. My husband, our three children, and I recently visited for a two-day, one-night stay. We were smiling from the moment we walked into the grand lobby, a bright, colorful, lively space that felt shiny and new (the resort officially opened to the public in April, 2019). Get wet Of course, the real star of The Kartrite is the waterpark. Billed as the largest indoor waterpark in New York, it is 80,000 square feet with nearly a dozen water attractions. With our bathing suits and flip-flops on, we headed in and had the best kind of vacation dilemma - how to choose where to have fun first? We ended up getting our feet wet in the Puddle Ducks area, a shallow adventure lagoon perfect for the littlest visitors. Our 18-month-old son, Aidan, waded right in with his life vest on. (Life vests of all sizes are available inside the waterpark - just take what you need off the rack and return it when finished.) There are four small waterslides and some other creative water features in the Puddle Ducks section. By the end of our second day in the park, Aidan had mastered all of the slides, with a constant smile on his face, though one of us was always waiting to catch him at the bottom! The big kids were itching for some more thrilling activities, and they weren’t disappointed. Our 11-year-old daughter, Ava, headed right for the big waterslides. Her favorite was called the Time Warp. She liked that it was fast, dizzying, and made a big splash. The other slides are called The Krakken (also fast and featuring saucers creating a drop and dive sensation), Jiggerty-

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Kartrite features an adventure lagoon, a dump bucket, water sprays and slides plus a lazy river. Ava and Gavin prove everyone can get blissfully wet. Jaggerty (multiple slides where riders on mats can race each other), and Nor’easter (similar in shape to a half pipe). Be aware that there are height restrictions for the waterslides, and there are also many steps to climb to get to the launch points (while carrying your mat or tube). Our 7-year-old son, Gavin, loved the Kartrite Island area which has water spraying at you from all directions, several twisty slides (enjoyable but tamer than the larger ones), and a massive dump bucket that tips over every few minutes. It’s quite the rush to be standing underneath when the water comes pouring down! Ava and Gavin also spent a lot of time trying to shoot hoops in the Cannon Ballers

pool and challenging themselves at the Later Gator Crossing, a rope bridge that participants cross on floating pads. It wasn’t easy, but they did it! Of course, no waterpark would be complete without a lazy river. The Kartrite’s is called Empire Bay, but I wouldn’t exactly call it lazy! The winding path takes you through several cascading water features, so make sure you’re paying attention as you lounge in your tube. For Douglas and me, the best and most relaxing part of the waterpark was the heated, indoor/outdoor pool called Affinity Springs. The water is only three feet deep and it’s a great spot for swimming and soaking in the sun.


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The Catskills, a premier Hudson Valley destination of decades ago, is once again making a splash with the opening of The Kartrite Resort & Indoor Waterpark. Dry out Once you’re back on dry land, there are many other indoor adventures to keep the whole family entertained (for additional fees). You can start with the Playopolis arcade, which is jam-packed with all kinds of games from the classics to today’s interactive video games, plus air hockey and pool tables. There is also a four-lane mini bowling alley, laser tag, a rope obstacle course with zip line, an indoor rock wall, and more. As if that was not enough, the resort offers rotating daily activities such as arts and crafts projects and family movie nights (on a big screen in the lobby), plus there’s a spa, a fitness center, hiking, shopping - they’ve thought of it all. Rest and refueling The accommodations are also top of the line. There are multiple types of rooms to satisfy every family’s needs. We stayed in a Family King Bunk Suite, a spacious room with a king bed, two sets of bunk beds in a separate enclave (Ava and Gavin loved those!), a queen sleeper

sofa, a large TV, a mini-fridge and a microwave. The décor in the rooms and throughout the property is modern, chic, and fun. Last, but not least, let’s talk food. We did not leave the premises during our stay instead we opted for the many food options on site. On our first day in the waterpark, we grabbed lunch from the Surfside Grill (inside the park), which offers quick bites such as burgers, pizza, and salads. That evening, we went a little more upscale for dinner, eating at Bixby’s Tavern & Taproom. The kids’ menu is more than reasonable, with staples such as mac ‘n cheese and peanut butter and jelly. The next morning, we started our day at the resort’s buffet called Eat. Eat. Eat. It has myriad food choices, from an omelet station to French toast and eggs to cereal and pastries. But our favorite eats may have been from Pop’s Sweet Shoppe, a candy shop with a candy wall, cookies, homemade fudge, gelato, and more. My kids have already asked when we can go back to The Kartrite, and I do hope it’s soon. This modern twist on those legendary

Catskills vacations has something for everyone, myself included. Andrea White is the Calendar Editor for Westchester Family. She loves to go on adventures with her family.

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Be prepared for cuteness overload when you visit the Amur leopard cubs now on view at Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo.

Amur Leopard Cubs Can you “spot” two of the rarest (and littlest) of the big cats on Earth? Visit the Amur leopard habitat for a chance to see cubs Orion and Kallisto. These critically endangered leopards were born at the Zoo in January and recently made their public debut. Just meow-velous! Daily, 9-11am & 2-4pm. For all ages. Zoo admission: $16 adults, $13 children 3-11, children under 3 free. Reservations not required. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport, Conn. 203-3946565. beardsleyzoo.org.

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● Baby Gym. Learn fun and useful ways to play with your little one in baby’s first gym class! Taught by Chloe from Chloe’s Kids. 2:30-3:15pm today and Aug. 15, 22, 29. Ages 2-9 months. Pre-walkers only. $20. Pre-registration required. Lil Chameleon, 29 Elm St., Tuckahoe. 914-346-5148. lilchameleon.com.

✪ Dig! Plant! Grow! Pickle Me! Explore summer fruits throughout the Edible Academy, learn more about the crops and spices used to make pickles and make your own batch of “Fridge Pickles” to enjoy at home. 1:30-5:30pm today and Aug. 2, 3, 5-9; 10am-5:30pm Aug. 4. For all ages. Included in All-Garden Pass. Weekdays: $23 adults, $10 children 2-12; Weekends: $28 adults, $12 children 2-12; children under 2 free. Reservations not required. New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd. at Fordham Rd., Bronx. 718-817-8700. nybg.org.

● ● Kids’ Summer Gardening Workshops. Dig right in at these workshops in the Ridge Hill Community Garden. Learn about planting, watering, mulching and harvesting, plus do crafts and tastings! 10-11am today and Aug. 8, 15. Recommended for ages 3-8. $10. Pre-registration required. Ridge Hill Shopping Center, 1 Ridge Hill Blvd., Yonkers. 914-207-2900. ridgehill.com.

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See amazing dance performances in a beautiful setting at the Battery Dance Festival, beginning Aug. 11 in New York City.

✪ Live Butterfly Exhibit. Fly on over to the Greenburgh Nature Center for your last chance to walk among live butterflies in the Center’s butterfly arbor. 10am-3pm today and Aug. 3. For all ages. $11 adults, $9 children, children under 2 free. Price includes admission to the GNC’s Live Animal Museum. Reservations not required. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale. 914-7233470. greenburghnaturecenter.org.

the final performances of this energetic show that goes behind the music and inside the real story of Emilio and Gloria Estefan. Parents use discretion as there are a few moments of strong language. Today - Aug. 4, check website for times. Recommended for ages 10 and up. $53-$89. Reservations required. Westchester Broadway Theatre, One Broadway Plz., Elmsford. 914-592-2222. broadwaytheatre.com.

● ✪ ✖ On Your Feet! It’s

✪ Puss in Boots. See City Picks

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● ● Storytime. Hear stories that engage you and your little one. Then, enjoy the play cafe and socialize with new friends! 9:45-10:15am. Ages 18 months-4 years. Pre-registration required. Lil Chameleon, 29 Elm St., Tuckahoe. 914-346-5148. lilchameleon.com.

✪ Sunset Jazz Concerts. Relax on Lyndhurst’s great lawn, take in the gorgeous view of the Hudson and enjoy cool music by

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hot jazz artists. Check website for artist lineup. Take blankets and pack or buy a picnic supper. Thursdays, 6pm, until Aug. 29. For all ages. $5 per person parking fee. Reservations not required. Lyndhurst, 635 S. Broadway, Tarrytown. 914-6314481. lyndhurst.org.

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✪ Godspell Jr. Theatre in the Sanctuary presents their 2019 summer outdoor production of this light-hearted musical featuring a cast of talented kids and young adults. Performances are followed by a marshmallow roast around the campfire! 6:30pm today; 2pm & 6:30pm Aug. 3; 2pm Aug. 4. For all ages. $20 adults, $18 children under 12. Reservations required. Westmoreland Sanctuary, 260 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Mount Kisco. 914-666-8448. westmorelandsanctuary.org.

✪ Play Days @ Jay. Pack a picnic and spend the afternoon at the Homestead with a chance to explore the Discovery Centers. Education staff lead a short hands-on activity at 1pm. Fridays, Noon-2pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. John Jay Homestead, 400 Jay St., Katonah. 914-666-7004. johnjayhomestead.org. ● ● Rhyme Time by the Hudson. Spark your little one’s curiosity and imagination during this interactive program of nursery rhymes, songs, parachute play and storytelling. 9:30am today and Aug. 9, 23, 30. Recommended for ages 1-4 with caregiver. Pay-what-youwish admission. Pre-registration required. Boscobel House and Gardens, 1601 Rte. 9D, Garrison. 914-265-3638. boscobel.org.

& 7pm Aug. 3. For all ages. $20-$25. Reservations required. Tarrytown Music Hall, 13 Main St., Tarrytown. 914-631-3390. tarrytownmusichall.org.

✪ Screenings Under the Stars. Take a picnic, blanket and chairs for a fun night of outdoor entertainment! Tonight’s movie is How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, the final film in the animated trilogy about a Viking boy and his dragon. 6pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Kensico Dam Plaza, 1 Bronx River Parkway Rd., Valhalla. 914-964-7275. parks. westchestergov.com. ● ● ✖ Tuck Everlasting. A heartwarming musical based on the bestselling children’s novel of the same name. The show explores everlasting life, eternal love and what it means to truly feel alive. 8pm today and Aug. 3, 9, 10; 2pm Aug. 4 and 11. Ages 7 and up. $27-$37. Reservations required. White Plains Performing Arts Center, 11 City Pl., White Plains. 914-3281600. wppac.com.

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✪ 2019 Hudson Valley Exposition. See Summer Favorites page 38.

✪ 2019 Mess Fest. See Editor’s Pick page 34.

✪ Roald Dahl’s Matilda

✪ 3rd Annual FanCon Expo. A convention celebrating all things anime, comics, sci-fi and gaming! Compete in the cosplay contest and gaming tournaments, check out artist demos and much more! Be sure to dress up as your favorite character. 11am-3pm. For all ages. Pre-registration required. Greenburgh Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Rd., Elmsford. 914721-8200. greenburghlibrary.org.

The Musical. Random Farms Kids’ Theater presents this captivating musical based on Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book. 11am & 7pm today; 1pm

✪ Bear Mountain Powwow. Enjoy Native American performing groups, song, dance, artists, crafts, vendors, food and

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more. Take lawn chairs. Rain or shine. Hosted by the Redhawk Native American Arts Council. 11am-8pm today and Aug. 4. For all ages. $12 adults, $8 children 6-12, children 5 and under free. Reservations suggested. Anthony Wayne Recreation Area at Harriman State Park, Exit 17 off Palisades Pkwy., Stony Point. 718686-9297. redhawkcouncil.org.

✪ Chris Rowlands Live. Entertainer Chris Rowlands brings animals to life through kid-friendly songs, dance, puppets and colorful props. Children are invited to wear fun hats and sing along on stage! Daily, 11am, 1pm & 3pm; today - Aug. 11. For all ages. Free with admission. $16 adults, $13 children 3-11, children under 3 free. Reservations not required. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave., Bridgeport, Conn. 203-394-6565. beardsleyzoo.org. ✪ First Saturday Art Workshop. See #GetCrafty page 40.

Wildlife Education Center. Reservations not required. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center, Muser Dr. across from 174 Angola Rd., Cornwall. 845-5345506. hhnm.org.

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Getting dirty and messy in the mud is expected at this annual event that raises money for childhood cancer research.

2019 Mess Fest ✪ An excuse to get messy - for a great cause! This afternoon of fun includes a giant mud pit, splatter paint, pie tosses, water balloons, magic shows, bounce houses, music, crafts, games, a visit from Peppa Pig and lots more. Funds raised support the Ty Louis Campbell (TLC) Foundation for childhood cancer research. 11am-4pm Aug. 3. For all ages. $35. Pre-registration required. Kiwi Country Day Camp, 825 Union Valley Rd., Carmel. muddypuddlesproject.org.

✪ Glen Island Sand Art Competition and Family Fun Day. Put a team together and create your own masterpiece in the sand. Plus, enjoy music and other entertainment. 11am4pm. Rain date Aug. 4. For all ages. Free with beach admission. Check website for price and parking fees. Reservations not required. Glen Island Park, Weyman Ave., New Rochelle. 914813-6720. parks.westchestergov. com.

● ✪ Kids’ Workshop: Rocket Pencil Box. See #GetCrafty page 40.

✪ Lincoln Center Out of Doors: Family Day. See City Picks page 42.

✪ Music Under the Stars. Spend your Saturday evening in a beautiful spot overlooking the Hudson River while listening to great music courtesy of the West Point

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Band. A different theme every week. 7:30pm today and Aug. 10, 17. For all ages. Reservations not required. Trophy Point Amphitheatre, 117 Washington Rd., West Point. 845-938-2617. westpointband.army.mil.

✪ Pack Chat for Kids. This is the best introduction to wolves for families with young children. Learn all about wolves and their important role in the natural world, then visit Ambassador wolves Alawa, Nikai and Zephyr. 2pm today and Aug. 10, 24, 31; 11am Aug. 4, 25. For all ages. $14 adults, $11 children under 12. Pre-registration required. Wolf Conservation Center, South Salem. 914-753-2373. nywolf.org.

● ● River Explorers. Curious kids explore nature and the Hudson River during this program series at CURB.

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The day begins with a naturethemed lesson and craft. Families can also participate in seining (fishing with a net) in the afternoon, catching and releasing hundreds of critters. 11am-noon & 1-3pm today and Aug. 10, 17, 24. Ages 5-12. Pre-registration required. Center for the Urban River at Beczak, 35 Alexander St., Yonkers. 914-377-1900. centerfortheurbanriver.org.

✪ Summer Nights on the Sound: Julius Caesar. See The Bard for Beginners page 41.

● ● ✪ Weekend Nature Programs: Turtles. Can you imagine carrying your house everywhere you go? Meet some turtles up close and learn how they live and move. 10am. For ages 5 and up. $8 adults, $6 children. Price includes free same-day admission to the

✪ Worldfest 2019. Spend a summer evening listening to music in a beautiful setting. Artists include local musicians as well as diverse groups representing music from around the world. Check website for lineup. Take chairs and blankets. Saturdays, 7:30pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Untermeyer Park & Gardens, 945 N. Broadway, Yonkers. 914-6134502. untermyergardens.org.

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✪ Family Art Project: Be-ofthe-Earth Topography Art. Explore the visual language of cartography and abstraction to make multi-layered artworks with landforms that take on their own lives. Using recycled maps and printmaking, create individual collages, or join in a collaborative installation. 10am-1pm. For all ages. Free with admission. $10 adults, $4 children 6 and up, children under 6 free. Reservations not required. Wave Hill, W. 249th St. and Independence Ave., Bronx. 718-549-3200. wavehill.org.

● ✪ Family Gallery Tours. Learn about current exhibitions, engage in conversations about the arts and sciences, plus do interactive activities relating to the exhibitions. Sundays, 11:30am-12:15pm. Recommended for ages 5-10. Free with admission. $10 adults, $8 children 5 and up, children under 5 free. Pre-registration not required. Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Dr., Greenwich, Conn. 203-869-0376. brucemuseum.org.

✪ Family Gardening Days. Let your love of gardening grow during open hours at the Ridge Hill Community Garden.


Hands-on activities include watering, weeding, mulching, planting, harvesting and more. Noon-4pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Ridge Hill Shopping Center, 1 Ridge Hill Blvd., Yonkers. 914-207-2900. ridgehill.com.

the lower terrace of the Walled Garden. Blankets are welcome only during storytime. Rain cancels. Sundays, 11am. Ages 2-5. Reservations not required. Untermeyer Park & Gardens, 945 N. Broadway, Yonkers. 914-6134502. untermyergardens.org.

✪ Heritage of India Festival. Enjoy the exotic sights, sounds and flavors of India with live music and dancing, arts and crafts and food vendors. Noon7pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Kensico Dam Plaza, 1 Bronx River Parkway Rd., Valhalla. 914-964-7275. parks. westchestergov.com.

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✪ New York Liberty. The WNBA’s New York Liberty are back in Westchester for the season. Feel the excitement on and off the hardwood and cheer the team on to victory! Check website for specific opponents. 3pm today; 7pm Aug. 13, 27; 7:30pm Aug. 23, 30. For all ages. $18.50 and up. Reservations required. Westchester County Center, 198 Central Ave., White Plains. 914-995-4050. liberty. wnba.com. ✪ Shakespeare on the Green & Green Expo. See The Bard for Beginners page 41.

● ● ✪ Shark-Feeding Demonstrations. A family event to sink your teeth into! Get special access at the Aquarium’s “Ocean Beyond the Sound” exhibit for an exciting view of the sharks being fed. Plus, visit the “fish kitchen” to see how food is prepped. Sundays, 10:30am. Participants must be at least 42 inches tall. $12 adults, $8 children 3-12 (in addition to Aquarium admission). Pre-registration strongly recommended. The Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk, Conn. 203-852-0700. maritimeaquarium.org.

● ● Storytime in the Garden. Enjoy stories and songs perfect for little ones in

✪ Ridge Hill Movie Mondays! Swing on in for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the final outdoor movie of the summer. Fun pre-show activities start at 7pm. Movie begins at sunset. Take a blanket. For all ages. Reservations not required. Ridge Hill Shopping Center, 1 Ridge Hill Blvd., Yonkers. 914-2072900. ridgehill.com. ● ● Storytime with Mr. Ben. A weekly storytime featuring songs and crafts. Mondays, 4pm. Recommended for ages 1-5, but all are welcome. Reservations not required. Barnes & Noble, 3089 E. Main St., Mohegan Lake. 914-528-6275. barnesandnoble.com.

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● ● Bruce Beginnings. This program gets the youngest museum visitors exploring the Bruce’s collection. Plus, little ones hear a story and do a hands-on activity. Check website for specific program topics. Tuesdays, 11-11:45am & 1-1:45pm. Ages 2 1/2-5. Free with admission. $10 adults, $8 children 5 and up, children under 5 free. Pre-registration required. Bruce Museum, 1 Museum Dr., Greenwich, Conn. 203-869-0376. brucemuseum.org.

✪ Edible Insects! Meet some edible insects and invertebrates, courtesy of the Stamford Museum and Nature Center. Brave kids can get the chance to eat a bug! 4-5pm. For all ages. Pre-registration required. Ruth Keeler Memorial Library, 276 Titicus Rd., North Salem. 914-669-5161. August 2019 | WestchesterFamily.com

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Plains, featuring a different artist every week. Check website for schedule. In case of rain, concerts are at the 3rd floor lobby inside City Center. Thursdays, 6:308:30pm, until Sept. 12. For all ages. Reservations not required. City Center Courtyard, City Place, White Plains. 914-328-5166. wpbid.com.

✪ Storytime at the Beach. A fun, educational and interactive series of reading, games and other activities led by the staff of the Rye Free Reading Room. Held at the South Pavilion, rain or shine. Tuesdays, 9:30-10:15am. For all ages. Parking fees apply. Reservations not required. Rye Town Park, Forest and Rye Beach Avenues, Rye. townofryeny.com.

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✪ Colonial Games Day. Learn what it was like to be a kid in the 1700s! Take a selfie in some reproduction clothing and test your luck at many of the popular games from the era. Wednesdays, Noon-2pm. For all ages. Children must be accompanied by a caregiver. Reservations not required. Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site, 29 Warburton Ave., Yonkers. 914-965-4027. parks.ny.gov.

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See Native American dancers, learn about culture and more at a Pow Wow in Carmel.

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✪ Movie Night: Incredibles 2.

✪ Experience Native American dancing, storytelling,

Make your night incredible by taking an evening swim and then watching a superhero adventure featuring Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl and their super kids. 7pm. Rain date Aug. 8. For all ages. $5. Children under 5 free. Reservations not required. Sprain Ridge Park, 149 Jackson Ave., Yonkers. 914-231-3450. parks. westchestergov.com.

children’s programs, teepees, arts and crafts and Native food. Named after Daniel Nimham, a chief of the Wappinger Indians and the most prominent Native American of his time living in the Hudson Valley. 10am-6pm Aug. 17 and 18. For all ages. FREE. Reservations not required. Putnam County Veterans Memorial Park, 200 Gipsy Trail Rd., Carmel. 845-225-8154. nimham.com.

✪ Sounds of Summer Concert Series. Enjoy different styles of live music every other Wednesday this summer at these outdoor concerts. Music includes Brazilian, Jazz, American Classics and pop hits. Check website for lineup. Take a chair. Rain or shine. 6:30pm today and Aug. 21. For all ages. Reservations not required. Bryce Thompson Center Plaza, 1084 N. Broadway, Yonkers. boycethompsoncenter.com.

✪ South Salem Fire Department Carnival &

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✪ Mambo Italiano. See this pre-Broadway new musical that’s laugh-out-loud funny and all about family. Based on a play and movie of the same name, Mambo Italiano is part My Big Fat Greek Wedding, part Fiddler on the Roof, served with love. Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, today - Aug. 30. Check website for performance times. For all ages. $52-$91. Reservations required. Westchester Broadway Theatre, One Broadway Plz., Elmsford.

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in Toddler Beach for songs, movement, stories and plenty of fun. Thursdays, 10:30-11am. Ages 18-24 months. Free with $7.50 admission. Reservations not required. Sign-ups begin when the Museum opens. Space is limited. Westchester Children’s Museum, 100 Playland Pkwy., Rye. 914-421-5050. discoverwcm. org.

✪ Summer Concert Series. Enjoy an evening of music in the heart of White

● ● Exploring Play. This weekly class features a new theme every month, brought to life through creative and fun movement activities, singing, story time and a take-home project. Fridays, 11am. Ages 2-4. Free with $7.50 museum admission. Sign-ups begin when the Museum opens. Space is limited. Westchester Children’s Museum, 100 Playland Pkwy., Rye. 914-421-5050. discoverwcm. org. ● ● Fish Tales. Enjoy stories, songs and games for toddlers that encourage their emerging language skills, followed by a play time. Fridays, 10:15-11am. For ages 5 and under with caregiver. Free with admission. $24.95 adults, $17.95 children 3-12, children under 3 free. Reservations not required. Space is limited. The Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk, Conn. 203-852-0700. maritimeaquarium.org. ● ● ✖ Marine Life Encounter Cruises. Meet an amazing variety of fish, crabs, mollusks and other creatures brought up out of Long Island Sound right before your eyes. Help collect and examine the animals on this 2.5hour cruise. 1:15pm today and Aug. 10, 11, 13-18, 21-25, 27-31. Participants must be at least 42 inches tall. $31.95. Reservations strongly recommended. The Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk, Conn. 203-8520700. maritimeaquarium.org.

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summer skies on the Overlook Terrace of the SM&NC’s new farmhouse! A presentation is followed by a special astronomy craft and open viewing on the terrace. Rain cancels. 7-9pm. For all ages. $5 adults, $3 children. Reservations not required. Stamford Museum and Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Rd., Stamford, Conn. 203-322-1646. stamfordmuseum.org.

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which otherworldly place you’d like to navigate, then create sculptures infused with a little magic to help you explore that world. 10am-1pm today and Aug. 11. For all ages. Free with admission. $10 adults, $4 children 6 and up, children under 6 free. Admission is free until noon today. Reservations not required. Wave Hill, W. 249th St. and Independence Ave., Bronx. 718-549-3200. wavehill.org.

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● ● ✖ Tuck Everlasting. See Aug. 2.

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● ● ● Baby Sign Language. A musical class that uses songs, stories, games and activities to teach communication using signs from American Sign Language in a way that is fun and easy. 9:45-10:30am today and Aug. 17, 24. Ages 3 and under. $20. Pre-registration required. Lil Chameleon, 29 Elm St., Tuckahoe. 914-346-5148. lilchameleon.com.

● ● ✪ Bring the Kids! Second Saturdays. Enjoy a familyfocused tour of the Historic House Museum, hands-on activities and a special craft. This month’s theme is “Gilded Gold Frames.” 9:30am. Recommended for ages 5 and up. $12. Preregistration required. Boscobel House and Gardens, 1601 Rte. 9D, Garrison. 914-265-3638. boscobel. org.

✪ Christina Geist Author Event & Ice Cream Social. Local children’s author Christina Geist reads new picture book, Sorry, Grown-Ups, You Can’t Go to School! and shares some author secrets. Followed by a delicious ice cream treat. 11am. For all ages. Pre-registration required. Lewisboro Library, 15 Main St., South Salem. 914-8759004. lewisborolibrary.org. ✪ Family Art Project: Tools to Navigate. Join visiting artist Francisco Donoso to explore themes of belonging, migration and connection to place. Decide

● ● Free Crafts for Kids. Drop in and make a different craft every week. Materials and templates provided. Saturdays, 11am-3pm. For ages 3 and up. Reservations not required. Lakeshore Learning Store, 969A Central Park Ave., Scarsdale. 914-472-1820. lakeshorelearning.com.

✪ Great Hudson Estuary Fish Count. Take part in a citizen science project! Seine for fish and other creatures (using a big net) with educators from Teatown. Create a memorable rendering of your experience to take home with the help of artists from Strawtown Art and Garden Studios. 2-4:30pm. For all ages. $10. Pre-registration required. Kathryn W. Davis RiverWalk Center, 299 Palmer Ave., Sleepy Hollow. teatown.org.

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songwriter, known best for her hit song, “Stay (I Missed You),” performs a show for the kids. 11am. For all ages. $25. Reservations required. Wall Street Theater, 71 Wall St., Norwalk, Conn. 203-831-5004. wallstreettheater.com.

● ● ✪ Morning Farm Chores. Learn the morning routine at the farm and help feed cows, collect hen eggs, get up close and personal with sheep and pygmy goats and more! Dress for farm work (long pants and close-toed shoes required). 8am. Ages 8 and up with an adult. $6 or $20 for family of four. Pre-registration required. Muscoot Farm, 51 Rte.

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● ● ● ✪ RRPH Plays Music of Phish for Kids. Jam along to the music of the iconic rock group Phish. The Rock and Roll Playhouse band featuring Uncle Ebenezer encourages kids to explore their creativity through games, movement and stories. 11:30am. For ages 10 and under. $15 in advance, $17 at the door, children under 1 free. Reservations not required. Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre, 145 Westchester Ave., Port Chester. 914-937-4126. therockandrollplayhouse.com.

✪ Totally Tomatoes Weekend. See Summer Favorites page 38.

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✪ 38th Annual Battery Dance

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Festival. See City Picks page 42.

✪ Beacon Sloop Club Corn Festival. See Summer Favorites page 38.

✪ Chris Rowlands Live. See Aug. 3. ● ● ✪ Family Nature Walk.

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Mark your calendars for all of the annual favorites happening in August, including Totally Tomatoes Weekend at the New York Botanical Garden.

✪ Beacon Sloop Club Corn Festival. Have we got your “ear” yet? Savor fresh sweet corn on the cob and other summer treats, enjoy live musical performances, environmental displays and many children’s activities. Noon-5pm Aug. 11. For all ages. Reservations not required. Pete & Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park, 1 Flynn Dr., Beacon. beaconsloop.org.

Join naturalist and educator Gabriel Willow on a familyfriendly walk through the gardens or woodlands. Severe weather cancels. 1pm. Ages 5 and up with an adult. Free with admission. $10 adults, $4 children 6-18, children under 6 free. Reservations not required. Wave Hill, W. 249th St. and Independence Ave., Bronx. 718549-3200. wavehill.org.

✪ 2019 Hudson Valley Exposition. Spend the day along the Hudson enjoying live music, arts, food, a Kid Zone, fireworks and more. 1-10pm Aug. 3. For all ages. $10 suggested donation for adults, children free. Reservations not required. Riverfront Green Park, Peekskill. hvexposition.com.

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✪ New York Renaissance Faire. Hear

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ye, hear ye! Enter a recreated 16thcentury village filled with performers, crafts, games and food! Kids can join Robin Hood’s Band, experience the magic of the Fairies in the Enchanted Forest and participate in the Maypole Dances. Check website for performance dates and times. Costumes welcome. Rain or shine. Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-7pm, Aug. 17 - Oct. 6. For all ages. $29.95 adults,

● ● ✪ Family Tour: Signs of Summer. Discover the powerful signs found in “Can I Get a Witness,” then create your own message. 2:30pm. Ages 3 and up. Free with admission: $7 adults, $4 children 3-18, children under 3 free. Reservations not required.

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$13 children, children 4 and under free. Reservations not required. 600 Rte. 17A, Tuxedo. 845-351-5171. renfair.com/ny.

✪ South Salem Fire Department Carnival & Parade. A summer tradition in South Salem! Head out to the carnival featuring rides, games and food. The parade is on the first night of the festivities at 7pm. 6-10pm Aug. 7, 8, 9; 5-10pm Aug. 10. For all ages. Free admission. $25 wristbands for unlimited rides on the night purchased. Reservations not required. South Salem Fire Department, 1190 Rte. 35, South Salem. 914-763-3706. southsalemfire.com.

✪ Totally Tomatoes Weekend. Tip your garden hat to this favorite summer fruit and celebrate all things tomato! Tastings, cooking demonstrations, gardening activities, music and more combine for a fun and delicious weekend at the Edible Academy. 10am-6pm Aug. 10 and 11. For all ages. Included in All-Garden Pass. $28 adults, $12 children 2-12, children under 2 free. Reservations not required. New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd. at Fordham Rd., Bronx. 718-8178700. nybg.org.


Stepping Stones Museum for Children Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers. 914963-4550. hrm.org.

● Science Sunday. Drop in for hands-on science exploration with a different theme every month. 11:30am-12:15pm & 1:30-2:15pm. Recommended for ages 7 and up. Free with $7.50 museum admission. Reservations not required. Westchester Children’s Museum, 100 Playland Pkwy., Rye. 914-421-5050. discoverwcm.org.

Sundays, 10am-5:30pm, today - Sept. 8. For all ages. Included in All-Garden Pass. Weekdays: $23 adults, $10 children 2-12; Weekends: $28 adults, $12 children 2-12; children under 2 free. Reservations not required. New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd. at Fordham Rd., Bronx. 718-817-8700. nybg.org.

✪ Family Night + All-Ages Workshop. See The Bard for Beginners page 41.

✪ New York Liberty. See Aug. 4. ● ✪ Second Sunday Family Tours. See City Picks page 42.

● ● ✪ Summer Birding. Learn about birds and their behavior on this walk through the gardens and woodlands. Birders of all levels welcome! 9:30am. Ages 10 and up with an adult. Free with admission. $10 adults, $4 children 6-18, children under 6 free. Reservations not required. Wave Hill, W. 249th St. and Independence Ave., Bronx. 718549-3200. wavehill.org.

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✪ Afternoon Studios: Dino Surprises. In honor of the 29th anniversary of Sue the Dinosaur being found in South Dakota, make your own dinosaur imprint fossils out of salt dough! 2-4pm. For all ages. Included with admission. $12 adults, children 12 and under free. Reservations not required. The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main St., Ridgefield, Conn. 203438-4519. aldrichart.org.

✪ Puss in Boots. See City Picks page 42.

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✪ Dig! Plant! Grow! Pollinator Pals. The garden is a-buzz with pollinators! Learn all about the relationships between a flower’s life cycle and bees, bugs and butterflies. Explore an apiary and taste local honey. Tuesdays - Saturdays, 1:30-5:30pm,

● STEM Fun for Kids. Make volcanoes, bouncy balls and spinners! 4-5pm. For ages 5 and up. Pre-registration not required. Ruth Keeler Memorial Library, 276 Titicus Rd., North Salem. 914-669-5161. ruthkeelermemoriallibrary.org. ● Toddlers’ Tuesday Morning Storytime. Join Barnes & Noble booksellers for a story and coloring activity every week in the Children’s Department. Tuesdays, 11am. For toddlers. Reservations not required. Barnes & Noble, 2614 Central Park Ave., Yonkers. 914-771-6400. barnesandnoble.com.

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● ● ● Storytime. Hear the story of love, hope, equality and pride in Pride: The Story of Harvey Milk and the Rainbow Flag by Rob Sanders. Then, create your own rainbow flag. 11:30amnoon today and Aug. 28. Ages 5 and under. Reservations not required. Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers. 914963-4550. hrm.org.

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● ● Young Discoverers. Stimulate curious minds at this weekly science-based “drop-in” program. Simple experiments and craft projects add to the excitement of learning something new. Wednesdays, 11-11:30am. For ages 2-5. Free with $7.50 admission. Reservations not required. Sign-ups begin when

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the museum opens. Space is limited. Westchester Children’s Museum, 100 Playland Pkwy., Rye. 914-421-5050. discoverwcm. org.

15 Thursday ● Baby Gym. See Aug. 1.

✪ Full Moon Wolf Walk. While sitting by the fire, enjoy treats and likely the symphony of howls from the many wolves that call the WCC home. Learn all about these magnificent animals and then go on a short moonlit walk to visit Ambassador wolves Alawa, Zephyr and Nikai. Take flashlights. 7pm. For all ages. $20. Pre-registration required. Wolf Conservation Center, South Salem. 914-753-2373. nywolf.org.

decorate a three-dimensional sandcastle made out of collaging materials. Class begins with a demonstration of the art project, which is meant to be done by adult and child. Dress for mess. 3-4pm Aug. 11. Recommended for ages 2-8. Adults free, $30 children, $20 siblings. Pre-registration required. Young at Art, 1088 Central Park Ave., Room 216, Scarsdale. 914-723-9229. youngatartworkshop.com.

✪ Artful Afternoon. Activities inspired by the art on view pop up around the KMA campus. Perfect for those looking for some creative afternoon fun or cool meeting spaces. 3-5pm. For all ages. Free with admission. $10 adults, children under 12 free. Reservations not required. Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay St., Katonah. 914-232-9555. katonahmuseum.org.

✪ First Saturday Art Workshop. Drop in for a hands-on art workshop led by an arts and crafts specialist. 11am-1pm Aug. 3. For all ages. Free with $7.50 admission. Children under 1 free. Reservations not required. Westchester Children’s Museum, 100 Playland Pkwy., Rye. 914-421-5050. discoverwcm.org. ● ✪ Kids’ Workshop: Rocket Pencil Box. Take school work to another galaxy in this hands-on workshop. Your young aerospace engineer can study the anatomy of a rocket while you construct the pencil case together. Then, decorate it with paint and stickers. 9am-noon Aug. 3. Recommended for ages 5-12 with a parent or caregiver. Pre-registration required. Home Depot stores in Mt. Pleasant, Nanuet, New Rochelle, Port Chester, W. Nyack, Yonkers. homedepot.com.

✪ Disney’s The Lion King JR.

✪ Sports Card and

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Intertribal Pow Wow. See Editor’s Pick page 36.

● ● ● Family Sundays: Sandcastle. Build and

Festival. See City Picks page 42.

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Make a new art creation on the first Saturday of every month at the Westchester Children’s Museum.

✪ 38th Annual Battery Dance

✪ Picnic & Play. See City Picks

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Take a walk on the wild side with Simba, Timon, Pumbaa and all your favorite characters from the beloved Disney film in this shortened stage version. Performed by students entering grades 2-10. 7pm today; 2pm Aug. 17. For all ages. $16 adults, $11 children. Reservations required. White Plains Performing Arts Center, 11 City Pl., White Plains. 914-328-1600. wppac.com.

little one into a stroller and join other parents and caregivers for an interactive tour of the KMA’s current exhibitions. Fussy babies welcome and activities provided for older siblings. 9:30-10:30am. Recommended for adults with children under 18 months. Free with $10 admission. Reservations not required. Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay St., Katonah. 914232-9555. katonahmuseum.org.

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Memorabilia Show. Batter up! Browse hundreds of tables filled with baseball and other sports cards plus a variety of memorabilia for sale. Daily autograph sessions and free goodies for kids, too! Noon8pm today; 9am-8pm Aug. 17;

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9am-4pm Aug. 18. For all ages. $10 adults, children under 12 free. Reservations not required. Westchester County Center, 198 Central Ave., White Plains. 914995-4050. nyshows.org.

● ● Stroller Tours. Pop your

✪ Butterfly Weekend. Flutter in to the Nature Museum to walk through the Butterfly Tent, learn about monarch butterflies, enjoy crafts for kids and more. 11am3pm today and Aug. 18. For all ages. $10 adults, $7 children. Admission to Grasshopper Grove included. Reservations not required. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center, Muser Dr. across from 174 Angola Rd., Cornwall. 845-534-5506. hhnm.org. ✪ Candle-Making Drop-in Workshop. Try your hand at creating an assortment of rolled beeswax candles to take home. Honey Weekend event. 11am-3pm today and Aug. 18. For all ages. $15 materials fee per kit (makes several candles), plus admission: $10 adults, $4 children 6 and up, children under 6 free. Admission is free until noon today. Reservations not required. Wave Hill, W. 249th St. and Independence Ave., Bronx. 718-549-3200. wavehill.org.

✪ Honey Extraction Demonstration. Drop in and see the sticky process of extracting honey from the comb with Wave Hill’s resident bee experts. Honey Weekend event. Noon-3pm today and Aug. 18. For all ages. Free with admission. $10 adults, $4 children 6 and up, children under 6 free. Reservations not required. Wave Hill, W. 249th St.


August and Independence Ave., Bronx. 718-549-3200. wavehill.org.

cells and forage in the flowers. Join in a bee parade and do a bee dance as you search for flowers to pollinate. Honey Weekend event. 10am-1pm. For all ages. Free with admission. $10 adults, $4 children 6 and up, children under 6 free. Reservations not required. Wave Hill, W. 249th St. and Independence Ave., Bronx. 718-549-3200. wavehill.org.

✪ New York Renaissance Faire. See Summer Favorites page 38.

● Seashell Picture Frames Workshop. Use an assortment of sea shells to decorate picture frames for a summer memento. Take your American Girl doll and your imagination. 11am-noon. Ages 7 and up. $15. All supplies included. Pre-registration required. Girl AGain, 4 Martine Ave., Store 2B, White Plains. 914358-1460. girlagain.com.

✪ Summer Saturday Adventure Series: Frog Hoppiness. What are the frogs in Teatown Lake up to? Go on a frog hunt with some nets, searching for the sounds of summer. The adventure starts with a story and ends with an activity, with plenty of time for discovery in between. 10-11:30am. For all ages. $8. Preregistration required. Teatown Lake Reservation, 1600 Spring Valley Rd., Ossining. 914-762-2912 x110. teatown.org.

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✪ Children and Families Activities at Storm King Art Center. Take part in weekly events, including crafts projects, workshops and games. Then, explore the grounds to see large-scale sculpture under open sky. Check website for specific activities. 1pm today and

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Take your kids to a performance at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. It’s the opposite of much ado about nothing!

The Bard for Beginners

● ● ✪ ✖ Roller Skating Rink. Have a wheel-y fun time at this pop-up roller rink complete with music and theme nights. Located outside at Center Court. Daily, today - Sept. 2; check website for times. Ages 5 and up. $10. Includes skates and one-hour session. Credit or debit cards only - no cash accepted. Reservations not required. Cross County Shopping Center, 8000 Mall Walk, Yonkers. 914-9689570. crosscountycenter.com.

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✪ Family Night + All-Ages Workshop. Introduce your kids to the theater in an unforgettable way with interactive pre-show enhancements at these special performances at the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Children’s tickets are also discounted. 5:45pm Aug. 13 (Into the Woods); 5:45pm Aug. 20 (Much Ado About Nothing). For all ages. $10-$75 adults, $10 children 18 and under. Reservations required. HVSF Theater Tent at Boscobel House and Gardens, 1601 Rte. 9D, Garrison. 845-265-9575. hvshakespeare.org. ✪ Shakespeare on the Green & Green Expo. See an immersive, 90-minute, familyfriendly production of the classic Shakespeare play Julius Caesar, performed by the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Performance is outside, under a tent next to The Playhouse. A Green Expo before the play includes food samples, demonstrations and more. Noon Aug. 4. For all ages. Pre-registration required. The Ridgefield Playhouse, 80 East Ridge, Ridgefield, Conn. 203438-5795. ridgefieldplayhouse.org.

✪ Summer Nights on the Sound: Julius Caesar. Enjoy a family-friendly production of the classic Shakespeare play, performed by the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. The show is streamlined for clarity of both plot and language. 6-7:30pm Aug. 3. For all ages. Reservations not required. Pavilion Field at Harbor Island Park, Mamaroneck. facebook.com/VoMArtsCouncil.

Aug. 25. For all ages. Included with admission. $18 adults, $8 children 5-18, children 4 and under free. Reservations not required. Storm King Art Center, 1 Museum Rd., Mountainville.

845-534-3115. stormking.org.

✪ Family Art Project: Be a Bee. Outfit yourself with wings, antennae and a pollen cup to buzz around in a hive of six-sided

✪ Jewish Music & Arts Festival. A day of music, dance, art, crafts, kosher food and fun. Noon-7pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Kensico Dam Plaza, 1 Bronx River Parkway Rd., Valhalla. 914-9647275. parks.westchestergov.com. ✪ Open Wide. Learn all about snakes and lizards during a lively hands-on presentation. Stick around until the end and check out snack time for the GNC’s snakes. 1-2pm. For all ages. $8. Reservations not required. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale. 914-7233470. greenburghnaturecenter.org.

✪ World Helicopter Day. Get a close look at a range of helicopters and try simulator rides at Independent Helicopters’ hangar at Stewart Airport. Refreshments provided. 9am1pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. New York Stewart International Airport, 1032 1st St., Building 112, New Windsor. 845549-3755. independenthelicopters. com.

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✪ Afternoon Studios: LifeSized Fun. Explore different techniques for using the outline of your body as a canvas for self-expression. 2-4pm. For all ages. Included with admission. $12 adults, children 12 and under free. Reservations not required. The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, 258 Main St., Ridgefield, Conn. 203-438-4519. aldrichart. org.

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Cookies. Decorate cookies to look like some of the most wellknown star formations. 4:30pm. For children in grades K-5. Preregistration required. Lewisboro Library, 15 Main St., South Salem. 914-875-9004. lewisborolibrary. org.

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● ● Bash the Trash Kids’ Musical Event. Kids help create their own musical instrument out of recycled and reused materials, then perform with it on stage. Bash the Trash performances are fast, funny and full of strange instruments, catchy music and cool demonstrations. At Center Court. 6-8pm. Recommended for ages 5-13. Reservations not required. Cross County Shopping Center, 8000 Mall Walk, Yonkers. 914-968-9570. crosscountycenter.com.

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Marvelous marionettes tell the classic story of Puss in Boots at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park.

✪ 38th Annual Battery Dance Festival. New York City’s longest-running free public dance festival is back. Watch diverse dance companies present original works against the backdrop of New York Harbor. Check website for specific lineup. Daily, 7-9pm; Aug. 11 - Aug. 16. For all ages. Reservations not required. Robert F. Wagner, Jr. Park, 20 Battery Pl., New York. 212-219-3910. batterydance.org.

✪ Family Night + All-Ages Workshop. See The Bard for Beginners page 41.

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✪ Dinosaur Safari. Have a roaring good time at the Bronx Zoo! Take the biggest, most realistic dinosaur ride in America to see 40 life-size animatronic dinos. Plus, visit the fossil dig area, take photos and more. Weekdays, 10am-5pm, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-5:30pm, until Nov. 3. For all ages. Included in Total Experience Tickets. $39.95 adults, $29.95 children 3-12, children under 3 free. Reservations not required. Bronx Zoo, 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx. 718-220-5100. bronxzoo.com.

✪ Lincoln Center Out of Doors: Family Day. A day dedicated to dancing, singing and fun around the fountain. It starts off with the global music of Brown Rice Family, followed by a spoken-word performance and high-energy dancing. Plus, watch live-art creation on the plaza. 11am-2:15pm Aug. 3. For all ages. Reservations not required. Seating is first come, first served. Hearst Plaza, 40 Lincoln Center Plz., New York. 212-7216500. lincolncenter.org. ✪ Picnic & Play. Try fun games like giant Connect 4, Jenga, board games, hula hoops and more, plus enjoy art projects, too! Take a picnic or purchase food as you enjoy an evening outside and watch the sun set over the city. 5:30-8pm

✪ Sounds of Summer Concert Series. See Aug. 7.

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✪ LEGO NINJAGO® : Master Wu’s Mission. Unleash your Ninja building powers to complete Master Wu’s challenges to become a Master of Spinjitzu!

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Aug. 16. For all ages. Reservations not required. Randall’s Island Park, New York. 212-860-1899. randallsisland.org.

✪ Puss in Boots. This classic story with a twist comes alive with dazzling puppetry. Looking to change his dull and penniless lifestyle, Puss dons a snazzy pair of boots and sets off on a magical journey, proving himself a caring friend willing to help at any cost. Weekdays, 10:30am & 11:30am, Saturdays and Sundays, 11am & 1pm, until Aug. 25. For all ages. $12 adults, $8 children under 12, children 18 months and under free. Reservations required. Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, 79th St. and West Dr., New York. 212-639-1697. cityparksfoundation.org.

● ✪ Second Sunday Family Tours. Explore the exhibitions on view on these tours that incorporate conversation and creative, hands-on gallery activities. 10:30am-noon Aug. 11. For families with children 5 and up. $25 per family (includes admission and tour for two adults and up to four children). Pre-registration required. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave. at 89th St., New York. 212-423-3500. guggenheim.org.

9pm, until Sept. 2. For all ages. Admission: $24.95 and up online, $29.95 and up onsite. Children 2 and under free. Reservations not required. LEGOLAND Discovery

Center Westchester, 39 Fitzgerald St., Yonkers. westchester. legolanddiscoverycenter.com.

✪ Mambo Italiano. See Aug. 8.


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✪ Disney Aladdin KIDS. Go on a magic carpet ride with Aladdin, Jasmine and the Genie in this musical adventure based on the iconic animated film. Performed by students entering grades 1-8. 7pm. For all ages. $12 adults, $7 children. Reservations required. White Plains Performing Arts Center, 11 City Pl., White Plains. 914-328-1600. wppac.com.

✪ Fidelis Fun Day. An afternoon of fun for the family, presented by Fidelis. This backto-school program features live entertainment and historical reenactors! Attendees with children of school ages receive a free backpack for school. 1-4pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site, 29 Warburton Ave., Yonkers. 914-965-4027. parks.ny.gov.

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✪ New York Liberty. See Aug. 4.

Get an earful about corn during CORNucopia, a festival celebrating the crop at Philipsburg Manor.

● ● Rhyme Time by the

✪ New York International

Hudson. See Aug. 2.

Air Show. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels and Royal Air Force Red Arrows headline this year’s show in the sky! Plus, enjoy simulators, exhibits, a kid zone, aircraft on display and much more. Rain or shine. 9am-5pm today and Aug. 25. For all ages. $29.75 adults, $18.75 children 6-12, children under 6 free. Reservations required. New York Stewart International Airport, 1180 1st St., New Windsor. 877-766-8158. airshowny.com.

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✪ Family Art Project: Root Among the Stars. Using cardboard, wood and light, create your own constellation, celebrating your favorite nature scene. 10am-1pm today and Aug. 25. For all ages. Free with admission. $10 adults, $4 children 6 and up, children under 6 free. Admission is free until noon today. Reservations not required. Wave Hill, W. 249th St. and Independence Ave., Bronx. 718-549-3200. wavehill.org.

● ● River Explorers. See Aug. 3.

✪ Teddy Bear Fest. This ✪ Good Deed of the Month Club. Meet in the Book Nook for a kindness-themed book reading and discussion followed by an art educator-led good deed project. 11am-noon. For all ages. Free with $7.50 museum admission. Reservations not required. Westchester Children’s Museum, 100 Playland Pkwy., Rye. 914-4215050. discoverwcm.org.

“beary” fun day features children’s crafts and storytelling focusing on Bear Awareness and the facts about real bears. Noon-3pm. For all ages. $16 adults, free for children under 12 who bring their teddy bear to the “Teddy Bear Clinic” and are accompanied by a paying adult. Reservations not required. Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo, 1875

Noble Ave., Bridgeport, Conn. 203-394-6565. beardsleyzoo.org.

✪ Worldfest 2019. See Aug. 3.

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● ✪ Family Gallery Tours. See Aug. 4.

✪ General Washington on the Hudson: The Battle of Stony Point. Go back in time with military re-enactors and watch George Washington inspect his troops. Explore encampments from the American Revolution and Civil War and see drills, artillery demonstrations, musket firings and more. Plus, tour the Historic House Museum. Rain or shine. 10am-4pm. For all ages. $22 adults, $13 children, children under 5 free. $55 for family of four. Reservations required. Boscobel House and Gardens, 1601 Rte. 9D, Garrison. 914-265-3638. boscobel.org.

✪ Muslim Heritage Festival. Celebrate the

diversity of the global Muslim experience and explore the many contributions Muslims have made over the centuries at Westchester’s first-ever Muslim Heritage Festival. The day includes entertainment, performances, cultural arts and crafts, ethnic food and more. Noon-7pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Kensico Dam Plaza, 1 Bronx River Parkway Rd., Valhalla. 914-9647275. parks.westchestergov.com.

✪ PepsiCo Sculpture Gardens. Admire more than three dozen works by major twentieth century artists as you walk through the beautiful, carefully tended landscape of Pepsico’s headquarters. 10am4pm today and Aug. 31. For all ages. Reservations not required. PepsiCo Sculpture Gardens, 700 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase. 914253-3150. pepsico.com/sculpturegardens. ● ● ✪ Shark-Feeding Demonstrations. See Aug. 4.

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● ● Storytime in the Garden. See Aug. 4.

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✪ Amur Leopard Cubs. See page 31.

● ● ✪ ✖ Roller Skating Rink. See Aug. 17.

27 Tuesday

● ● Bruce Beginnings. See Aug. 6.

✪ Dig! Plant! Grow! Pollinator Pals. See Aug. 13.

✪ New York Liberty. See Aug. 4.

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● ● ✪ Bring the Kids! Summer. Enjoy a family-focused tour of the Historic House Museum, hands-on activities and a special craft. Themes include “Clay Creations” and “Pressed by Nature.” 9:30-11:30am & 1-3pm today and Aug. 29. Recommended for ages 5 and up. $12. Tickets include admission to Boscobel’s grounds. Pre-registration required. Boscobel House and Gardens, 1601 Rte. 9D, Garrison. 914-265-3638. boscobel.org.

● ● ● Storytime. See Aug. 14.

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✪ Disney Songbook: Royalty. Songs from the Disney canon sung by or about royalty are performed by students entering grades 1-7. 4:30pm. For all ages. Reservations required. White Plains Performing Arts Center, 11 City Pl., White Plains. 914-328-1600. wppac.com. ✪ Sunset Market: Backto-School Bash & Carnival. A family fun and food festival featuring food trucks, live music, kids fun action area, vendors and more. 2-8:30pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Jefferson Valley Mall, 650 Lee Blvd., Yorktown Heights. 914-245-

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✪ Movie Under the Stars: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. See the third and final installment in the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy on the west lawn of an historic Manor in Yonkers. Take your own refreshments and a blanket. 9pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site, 29 Warburton Ave., Yonkers. 914-965-4027. parks.ny.gov.

✪ New York Liberty. See Aug. 4. ✪ Sarah Lawrence College Student Carnival. Students from Sarah Lawrence College host this carnival with games, crafts and activities. 11am-1pm. For all ages. Reservations not required.

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Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site, 29 Warburton Ave., Yonkers. 914-965-4027. parks.ny.gov.

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✪ CORNucopia. A great excuse to be corn-y! Celebrate the importance of corn and its heritage in America at this fun festival. Featuring a corn maze, games, music, live cooking demonstrations and lots of food, including cornbread, corn on the cob and popcorn! 10am-5pm today and Sept. 1. For all ages. $16 adults, $12 children 3-17, children under 3 free. Reservations required. Philipsburg Manor, 381 N. Broadway, Sleepy Hollow. 914631-8200. hudsonvalley.org. ✪ Family Art Project: Shadow Play. Catch the sun and chase your shadow. Use your body, props, paper and the sun’s rays to create art and tell stories of all

things under the sun. 10am-1pm today and Sept. 1. For all ages. Free with admission. $10 adults, $4 children 6 and up, children under 6 free. Admission is free until noon today. Reservations not required. Wave Hill, W. 249th St. and Independence Ave., Bronx. 718-549-3200. wavehill.org.

● ● ✖ Marine Life Encounter Cruises. See Aug. 9.

✪ New York Renaissance Faire. See Summer Favorites page 38.

✪ Pack Chat for Kids. See Aug. 3. ✪ Story Craft. Visit the farm to hear a story and make a craft to take home. 1-2pm. For all ages. Young children must be accompanied by an adult or caregiver. $5. Pre-registration required. Muscoot Farm, 51 Rte. 100, Katonah. 914864-7286. muscootfarm.org.


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6 Timely Tips for Tackling the School Supply List By Meagan Ruffing

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’m new to this school thing. My oldest is going in to second grade so I’ve only had one year of buying school supplies under my belt. I will tell you though that I was on it the first year. Waiting for that school supply list was like Christmas morning for me. I couldn’t wait to tackle the necessities needed for my son’s first year of school. I bought the best of the best and even tucked in a few sheets of “Bravo!” stickers for his teacher. Oh, you too? Fast forward to the summer before his second grade school year and I’m already finding ways to save on his long list of supplies. Here’s a few clever ways you can save too. 1. Shop early. Most, if not all of your kids’ supplies are on sale during the summer. Stores are trying to get rid of old inventory to make room for the new, hot off the press products. I didn’t know this until I started paying attention to those clearance items while doing my weekly grocery trips. I started picking up post-it notes that somehow found their way onto to the shelves with $1 price tag. The only difference between those and the $3 to $4 sticky notes were the colors. Light blue as opposed to neon blue? I got this. 2. Reuse. Remember how I told you that I bought the best of the best that first year? Once I saw how many pencils came back with my son at the end of the school year, I thought, there’s no way I’m buying another 24 pencils when I have somehow accumulated over 50. We spent an afternoon sharpening all of these pencils during quiet time and put them nicely in his new pencil box. Old with the new … I like that. 3. Buy generic when you can. I usually leave the name brand stuff alone if I know the off-brand works just as well. I also shop around if I’m already out running other errands. I don’t make special trips to find better prices but just the other day I found myself at an office supply store getting some

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things printed when I saw a great sale on crayons. I picked up a few boxes and thought the cashier had actually rung them up wrong; they were even cheaper than what the sign advertised. Score! 4. Resale shops. I never thought to scope out the local resale shops for back-to-school items but I was super excited when I found not one but two backpacks that were in pristine condition for less than $5 each. Once I saw how beat up my son’s got after just one year of school (not to mention I had paid $20+ on this specific superhero backpack) I quickly bought those and they are now ready to go for his second grade year and his sister’s second year of preschool. 5. Donate if you can. I like saving money. But if I do find school supplies at a good price, I like to buy a few more and donate them to my kids’ teachers just in case there are any kids who can’t afford school supplies or maybe forgot theirs on the first day of school. 6. Dry erase markers. Don’t you wish you could just erase some of those high prices from the packaging of these super expensive school supplies? Why are these markers so expensive? I don’t know the answer to that question but I do know how to save a little bit on these. First, always stock up if you see them on sale (summertime) and second, buy in bulk. It will be more money up front but cheaper per marker. Or, you can always split the package with a friend whose kids need the markers as well. So grab a friend, load your kids in the car, and head out early for your school supplies this year. If you’re late to the game, no worries, they’ll be another school year starting before you know it. Meagan Ruffing is ready to send her children off to school with shiny new and not-so-new things. When she’s not out shopping for a good deal, you can find her at the computer writing about all things parenting-related. Visit her at meaganruffing.com where you can read more.


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