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for a New Decade! The No Resolution Plan

Sleepaway Camp 101

A Guide for the Hesitant Parent

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January Activities Inside:

Our 2020 Camp Directory

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Camp Fairs January 11 & 12 See page 8

Thinking of changing schools? Consider a Catholic education for your child! Are you moving to a new home? Interested in helping your child succeed academically in a safe, structured learning environment? If so, now is the time to invest in a Catholic education. Catholic schools provide a curriculum based on faith, respect and service to others; and our Math/ELA proficiency test scores have outpaced New York public schools for each of the last five years. Online admissions now open! Apply before April 15, 2020, and save $100/child in registration fees! Or book a Touring Tuesday on January 7 or 28 or a private tour at any of these Westchester and Putnam schools: CORPUS CHRISTI – HOLY ROSARY SCHOOL Port Chester





















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January 2020 volume thirty | number one

departments 6 Editor’s Note 8 Events & Offers 10 Bits & Pieces 24 ASK THE SPECIALIST

Childhood Melanoma Cases on the Rise


TWA Hotel Lobby

46 Last word


Family Activities for January

features 12 14

27 Top Pick: Bindlestiff Family Cirkus 30 Editor’s Pick: Free Camp Fairs

Catholic Schools

32 Editor’s Pick: Kid Flicks

Many families move to Westchester County for the excellent public school system. Yet, many decide that a private religious school education is the best for their family. Learn what this education option has to offer.

33 Visit Connecticut

Children aren’t the only ones that might feel anxious about going to sleepaway camp. Sometimes parents are hesitant too. Learn about the benefits of camp and how to reframe your understanding of what time away from home can mean for your child.

Every New Year brings hope for fresh starts, and along with that, resolutions. Yet, we all know that resolutions never stick! Instead, be kinder to yourself by making resets — small changes for an overall positive impact. Here are simple tips for lifestyle resets for the New Year and a new decade!

on the cover 22 Reset for a New Decade


for a New Decade! The No Resolution Plan


A Guide for the Hesitant Parent


Sleepaway Camp 101


117 January Activities


Camp Directory

117 Terrific January Activities Our 2020 Camp Directory


Cover Photo: Getty Images




Catholic Schools


Camp Directory

Coming Next Month Parenting Hacks & Shortcuts Parents tell us that hacks and shortcuts get them through the day, and sometimes through the night as well. Apply these parenttested tips liberally for an easier lifestyle and peace of mind. Family Favorites Contest The nominations are in and we are proud to announce the Westchester Family Family Favorite 2020 nominees! Cast your vote today for your favorites! Plus … Westchester Family’s awardwinning searchable calendar for families and much more! Look for it starting January 24!




The No Resolution Plan



35 First Day Hikes 36 City Picks

Sleepaway Camp 101: A Guide for the Hesitant Parent


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Editor’s Note

Hello New Decade! It’s amazing! This year we welcome in a new decade. What resolution can you possibly make that can live up to the magic of 2020? No pressure here. To explore the dilemma Corinne Zola interviewed local experts and found a common thread. In one way or another they all say this year the solution is to make a “no resolution” resolution. We’re calling it a “reset” and it’s a fresh new way to look at implementing lasting change. Talking about new, we have some relatively new offerings in our county. Read on to learn what’s new at Grand Prix New York in Mt. Kisco. Plus, did you know about Tig & Peach the new indoor playground in Pelham? Learn about them in our Bits & Pieces column. Sometimes new is really recycled old and it can be wonderful. Take a trip with us to the refurbished TWA Flight Center, now known as the TWA Hotel at JFK airport. Visiting the lobby of this classic venue is a trip in itself! You’ll have to drag the kids away from the giant Twister game (it fills an entire room). Learn about what other surprises await you there in our Let’s Go ... column. Newness or change can be challenging, that’s what Jess Michaels found as she explored, “Sleepaway Camp 101: A Guide for the Hesitant Parent.” Sure kids may express hesitancy about

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camp, but what about parents? Yes, some parents struggle too and she has some advice. If this winter takes you outside either on the slopes, in a snow tube or on the front lawn to make a snowman, make sure to heed the advice of dermatologists. Read “Childhood Melanoma Cases on the Rise” and be proactive about protecting your kids from winter and summer sun exposure. Outdoor play is wonderful, just be prepared. No matter how you deal with the resolution dilemma this New Year, highlighting fun family time is always a good goal. So, read our comprehensive Calendar of Events for great ideas on what to do every day of the month. On the go? Subscribe to our free digital edition at westchesterfamily. com and have our recommendations at your fingertips 24/7! From our family to yours, warm wishes for a happy, healthy, and fun 2020! Jean Sheff Co-Publisher, Editor

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What’s New at Grand Prix New York? There’s always a lot going on at Grand Prix New York — racing, arcades, bowling, dining — but the venue has just taken everything up a notch with the introduction of their multi-level track and Grand Prix Extreme Play (GPX) Ninja Park! The multi-level track features electronically controlled karts with a racetrack that goes up to 8.6 feet and includes up to 1,700 linear feet of track for adults, 295 feet of track for juniors and a special 141 feet of track for little kiddos ages 4 to 6. The new GPX features almost 20,000 square feet of attractions including 13 climbing walls and structures, a ninja obstacle course with gravity-defying obstacles, an 80’ zip line, bouldering wall, aerial silk curtains, jousting pit, rotating log elements known as the “Meat Grinder”, and a dodge ball play area.

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Play, Learn, Celebrate! A hearty welcome to Tig & Peach, the new indoor play space and more in Pelham. This “play, learn, gather, celebrate” space was created by two moms, Amanda Star and Emily Donnelly, after they moved from New York City to Pelham. Bonding over a desire to have a comfortable space to get together with other moms, plus a place where their kids could play with a wide variety of toys and with less at-home mess, they opened Tig & Peach. Named after their childhood nicknames Star (Tig) and Donnelly (Peach) have been enjoying their new adventure. “We’re thrilled that we’ve had such a good response from the public,” says Donnelly, having just witnessed a busy weekend. Parents and kids are invited to drop-in daily for Open Play. “There’s plenty for kids


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to do here,” says Donnelly. The bright, modern play space includes a huge play structure on which kids can slide and climb. There are tubes and wheels to play with on the giant magnetic wall, a tool bench, dress-up space, marketplace, and a wooden reading tent. “Kids just love the wind tunnel,” says Donnelly. Open Play costs $30 per child, $20 for siblings and kids under 9 months enter for free. Monthly memberships with perks are available from $219 to $299. There are enrichment classes in everything from baby sign language, multilingual music, yoga, cooking, creative writing, and STEM. Birthday parties are also popular here. Tig & Peach is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the weekend afternoons are reserved for birthday parties. Tig & Peach, 125 Wolfs Ln., Pelham, 914-999-8080. tigandpeach.com.

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Spotlight: Education

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any families move to Westchester County for the excellent public school system. Yet, many also decide that a private religious school education is the best fit for their family. Faith-based schools have a unique curriculum and environment that can be beneficial to all students regardless of their faith. We’ve outlined several aspects of a Westchester Catholic school education as a way for you to understand what this education option has to offer.

History of Catholic schools in New York In 1800, St. Peter’s Parish founded a school for 100 students on Barclay Street in Lower Manhattan, six years before the first public school in New York opened. The next Catholic school to open in Manhattan was St. Patrick’s (Old) Cathedral School in 1817 on Mott Street. By 1870, more than 22,000 kids were enrolled in Catholic schools. The Department of Education of the Archdiocese of New York continues to develop the Catholic system in New York. Over the years, many notable people have graduated from New York’s Catholic schools, including Al Smith, the first Catholic to run for president, and Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina Judge on the Supreme Court. The Catholic school experience Catholic schools foster an inclusive and welcoming environment for kids of all backgrounds. The Catholic faith is very much a part of the educational experience. Gospel ideas guide the structure and content of lessons, and students might participate in daily prayer and the regular celebration of Mass. As character formation and personal spirituality are integral aspects of Catholic teachings, the schools put forth a valuecentered curriculum that not only focuses on academics, but also fosters social, emotional, and spiritual growth. While the Catholic religion is practiced and taught, it is also the model for shaping the goals and environment of Catholic schools. There is a real emphasis on the development of the whole person, not just a


student. In Catholicism, this means an encounter with the Spirit, the message, and the teachings of Jesus Christ. Teachers focus on molding students intellectually, socially, and morally. Structure of Catholic schools Catholic schools start as young as pre-K and continue through high school. Not all Westchester Catholic schools offer pre-K programs, so be sure to check if your local option has the program you’re looking for. Elementary schools accommodate students through eighth grade, so there are no designated middle schools. High schools enroll students for ninth to 12th grade. Curriculum and academics Technology plays a big part of education in all Catholic schools. With some schools utilizing Chromebooks, Google Classroom, SMART Boards, and MAP, students get to engage with technology from a young age. The pre-K programs use centerbased learning, which encourages little ones to make their own choices about selecting activities. The goal is to instill self-motivation, independent thinking, and social skills. Many kindergarten programs feature the new Dash and Dot pilot, which introduces students to robotics. There’s an emphasis on community service for kindergarteners, in which little ones get to participate in service projects and learn to care for others and those in need. The elementary school curriculum follows the National Common Core Learning Standards. The English Language Arts explore language and writing while including discussions on Catholic values and ethics when reading religious and secular literature. Schools offer music theory and performance at every grade level, as sacred music is a central part of the Catholic Church. They also teach that science and religion are not separate spheres; kids can seek out scientific knowledge and still be devoted to their faith. In the transition to high school, students can choose either co-educational or single-sex education.

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Admission and tuition for Catholic schools Catholic schools welcome children of all faiths, so you do not have to be Catholic to apply! The first step to apply is to visit a school and take a tour. Once you’re ready to apply, fill out the online application, and call the school to schedule an interview. Next, consider whether you want to apply for financial assistance or scholarship awards. Admission to high schools requires the Test for Admission into Catholic High Schools, which eighth-graders take in November. Many elementary schools allow you to enroll your kids at any time, provided there is space in the class. If you’re looking for a faith-based education that emphasizes morals and values, boasts strong academics, and creates an inclusive atmosphere, then consider enrolling your child in a Westchester Catholic school for the upcoming school year. For more information visit the website, Catholic Schools in the New York Archdiocese of New York, catholicschoolsny. org. Mia Salas is a freelance writer who writes on education and parenting topics.

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Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York Westchester and Putnam Regions 646-794-2885 catholicschoolsny.org Personalized learning takes students to the next level. Today’s technology at Catholic schools gives teachers additional training and resources to tailor their lesson plans according to the learning style of each student. They partner with parents to share their child’s progress, and provide tools and ideas to use at home to help their children improve

their learning - and their test scores and report cards! Online admissions for 2020-21 now open! Apply before April 15, 2020, and save $100/child in registration fees! Book a Touring Tuesday date or personal tour at any of 32 Westchester and Putnam Schools. Visit catholicschoolsny.org/admissions or call 646-794-6885.

Maria Regina High School 500 West Hartsdale Ave. Hartsdale, New York 914-761-3300 mariaregina.org Maria Regina High School is a Catholic, college preparatory high school for girls founded by the Sisters of the Resurrection. Located in Hartsdale, NY, Maria Regina offers more than twelve Advanced Placement courses, numerous college credited courses, and honors and college prep courses. Celebrating more than 60 years of excellence, Maria Regina is committed to the values of scholarship, service and spirit. MRHS challenges young women to develop their intellectual potential and talents through individualized academic programs, strong athletic, extracurricular activities

and service opportunities all in a strong spiritual atmosphere. By embracing the diverse personal, cultural and intellectual backgrounds of it students, MRHS develops and guides young women ready and willing to contribute positively in their own unique roles to society.

The Montfort Academy 125 E. Birch St., Mount Vernon 914-699-7090 themontfortacademy.org The Montfort Academy is unique in Westchester for being the only classical high school and is highly ranked for diversity, academics and college preparation. The mission of the Academy is to invest in developing the whole student or homo en toto. “The aim of any education should be to help the whole person develop in mind, body, and soul,” says The Honorable Richard Greco, Jr., founder and president of The Montfort Academy. “It is not just to help kids get into the best colleges or to be successful materially, but also to help form young men and women who ask themselves daily about what kind of life they want to lead.”

Maria Regina is committed to the values of Scholarship, Service and Spirit, through individualized academic programs, strong athletics, extra-curricular activities and service opportunities.

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Sleepaway Camp 101 A Guide for the Hesitant Parent

By Jess Michaels


our husband has been telling you for years that camp changed his life and he would like your child to have the same experience. Your best friend tells you all the time that sleepaway camp made her into the person she is today. But you never went to camp and you just don’t get it. What’s so special about camp and what can your child gain at camp that they can’t get at home with you? If this sounds a bit like you, read on to learn more about why camp can be such a wonderful growth experience for your child. Camp is a gift for your child Parents who never went to overnight camp themselves often think of it as a punishment – why else would you send your child away from you for the summer? “Many parents who never went to camp think a parent who sends their child to camp must not love them but it’s the contrary,” says Michael Baer, owner and director of coed camps Chipinaw and Silver Lake in Swan Lake, N.Y. “You are giving your child a gift. Children get the chance to gain independence and build life skills that they don’t get at home. I know this is an extremely difficult decision for parents who don’t understand camp and you may not understand until your child comes home from a couple of weeks away but they will return feeling good about themselves and confident, which is really gratifying to see.” Lauren Bernstein, owner and director of Camp Walden, a coed overnight camp in Diamond Point, N.Y., agrees. “It’s hard to wrap your head around sending your child away but remember that it’s not something you are doing to them. It’s something you are doing for them. Even though it’s hard to not have your child home, and you will miss your son or daughter, the upside is the growth experience you are giving them.”


Camp fosters independence It’s very hard for children to truly gain independence when they are at home with mom and dad. Being away at camp allows for a healthy separation, giving children the opportunity for personal growth. “Once you are a parent, you spend all this time nurturing your children and setting them up for success. It’s hard to think of trusting someone else and taking a leap of faith by sending them off to camp,” explains Bernstein. “However, camp is a time for children to foster independence. We are a generation of parents that are so involved in our kids’ lives. It’s important for children to have the opportunity to go to camp and learn to navigate things on their own, with the help of caring adults other than their parents.”

generation of young people is that camp may well be the last unplugged environment for children. Children often have their heads buried in their phones and playdates consist of kids hanging out together, texting away. Bernstein says that parents don’t even realize this benefit of camp when they are choosing one for their 8-year-old but learn to appreciate it when they are 11 or 12 years old. “Camp gives children a break from social media and the pressures that go with it. There is no filter at camp, allowing campers to just live in the moment without staring at Instagram to see how many people like their photos or watching friends have a good time at an event they aren’t involved in.”

Camp builds resilience Experts contend that today’s children have very little resilience and have trouble coping when they don’t do well at something. “Unfortunately, we created this. We live at a time when everyone is a winner. There is no question that this is mentality detrimental to kids,” says Baer. “When they get into the workplace, there will be times when there will be winners and losers, and if we don’t prepare them with coping skills and how to work through these disappointments, we are doing them a disservice.” He also encourages parents to have a realistic view of camp. “Camp is not a utopian experience and we try to educate parents that not every day at camp will be perfect. The beauty of camp is there are highs and lows, which is representative of life. “We work on helping campers build skills to help them get through the low times without the help of mom and dad. They come to realize that there are counselors and friends to help pick them up when they fail.”

Strong friendships are made at camp Camp is a place where strong friendships are formed and where kids can just be themselves. “I always encourage campers to go to camp on their own and not where all their friends from home are going,” says Baer. “As much as it’s a safety net, it’s nice to go to camp independently and have the opportunity to reinvent yourself and move away from the stereotypes people have boxed you into at home. Children can be themselves at camp and be accepted for who they are and not who they are at school.” Bernstein adds, “When children live together 24/7, they have no choice but to peel back the layers and share, whether it’s the good moments or the hard ones. They support each other and when they have a disagreement, they work it out face to face and talk it through. Camps work hard to create an environment that is less judgmental and one where children are accepted for who they are.

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Jess Michaels is director of communications for the American Camp Association, New York and New Jersey.

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Artistree Performing Arts Camp 114 W. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck 914-835-2200 artistreearts.com Artistree Performing Arts is a Performing Arts company for children ages 3-18! Artistree offers acting, singing, dance, and film technique classes, as well as the opportunity for kids to be a part of a full-length production during the school year. They also have birthday parties! Their parties are the perfect way to celebrate your child’s

special day, as they are themed to their favorite show. Additionally, Artistree holds weeklong camps during February and Spring break, and all summer long! If your child has a love for theatre, music, or dance, Artistree is the perfect place to show it off!

Belle School of Music Scarsdale, White Plains, Yonkers 914-961-5511 belleschool.com Children ages 18 months and up enjoy music in a fun-filled atmosphere. Whether you are introducing your child to the world of music, advancing his or her performing skills or jazzing up the summer with cool sounds and funky rhythms of rock, pop and blues, Belle School has it all.

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30 Mountain Road, Pomona (only 20 mins. from TZ Bridge) 845-354-1600 campramaquois.com Camp Ramaquois is not like every other camp. Their day camp for boys and girls ages 3 to 15 in Pomona, NY (only 20 minutes from the Mario Cuomo Bridge) provides a truly authentic camp experience. Their magnificent 44 acres, 5-acre lake, 9 heated swimming pools, and exceptional facilities and programs allow them to provide children with a dynamic and memorable summer filled with love, warmth, and being part of a special community. Campers are encouraged to take healthy risks, learn new skills, develop relationships with their peers and counselors, develop independence and assume responsibility.

Challenge Camp The Leffell School 555 West Hartsdale Ave., Hartsdale 914-779-6024 challengecamps.com info@challengecamps.com Open the door to a delightful and meaningful summer of fun and Learning for your bright, curious child! Challenge Camp, an ACA accredited camp in Hartsdale, NY offering summer enrichment learning opportunities for children ages 4-15. Over 100 STEM and Arts courses ranging from 3D printing, Coding, Cooking, DJ-ing, Drones, Escape Room, Fortnite, Magic, Robotics, Virtual Reality and more! Including Sports/Swimming, Hip-Hop and Ninja Warrior. Bus transportation and early/extended day options available. For more information visit challengecamps.com.

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 mu-

sic 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 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, Inc. Visit the Center to experience their new recital and broadcast performance hall.

Gymcats Gymnastics Summer Camp At Equalize Fitness, One Odell Pl., Yonkers 914-965-7676 gymcats.net Unique, safe and fun summer program for boys and girls ages 4 1/2 to 12. Includes gymnastics, trips, arts and crafts, games and more. No experience necessary in any actities. Campers can do one week or up to eight weeks. Full-, half- or extended-day program offered. Space is limited.

Harrison School of Music 253 Halstead Ave., Harrison 914-575-2288 harrisonmusicschool.com Did you get a musical instrument for the holidays? The Harrison School of Music offers lessons on piano, guitar, voice, singing, drums, violin, saxophone, flute, clarinet and ukulele. They have been voted “Best Music Lessons” three years in a row by readers of Westchester Family magazine! Register NOW

Hoff-Barthelson Music School 25 School Lane, Scarsdale 914-723-1169 hbms.org summerarts@hbms.org Hoff-Barthelson Music School is the ideal setting for a stimulating and fun-filled summer for students in grades 1-10. Summertime is perfect for students to try new instruments, experiment musically, take lessons daily, and perform weekly. Students make great progress and form lasting friendships over the

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program’s five weeks from June 29 - July 31. Students choose programs tailored to their individual needs and interests including instrumental classes, singing, chamber music, chorus, large ensembles, visual arts, composing with technology, musical theater, jazz, and rock. Their exceptional faculty provides personalized attention to students every day. Morning, afternoon, and extended day options available.

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340 Quaker Ridge Rd, New Rochelle 914-636-6202 hudsoncountry.org campdirectorn@ hudsoncountry.org A different kind of summer camp experience for campers aged 18 months through 12 years old. Hudson Country Montessori has been offering a fun and safe summer camp for more than 45 years. In this unique eight-week summer program, campers have the opportunity to learn about themselves and the natural world around them. Activities include, swimming (on-premise pool), sports, science, technology, cooking, art, field trips, music, dancing, and more (indoor/outdoor activities on three country acres). Their success can be attributed to the team of professional counselors and low counselor-to-camper ratios. Flexible schedules, extended hours (7:30am - 6pm), busing, and catered lunch are available. Register Today!

Katonah Art Center 40 Radio Circle, Mt. Kisco 914-232-4843 katonahartcenter.com The Katonah Art Center offers a great alternative to full day summer long programs. KAC’s camps are one week long with morning, afternoon and full day options. Camps are available for ages 3.5-Grade 12. Our Art and Imagination camp for ages 3.5-5 is a creative mix of arts and crafts projects, free art play, outdoor time and collaborative art. KAC kid’s camp, for grades 1-5 offers choices such as Jewelry, Painting, Drawing, Pottery and Anima-

tion. KAC Teen Camps for grades 6 and up focus intensively on one topic such as Outdoor Painting, Fused glass or Pottery Wheel.

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 Together® classes for children birth-5 years with an adult in Chappaqua, Scarsdale, and Tarrytown, plus Music Together Babies for infants birth-6 months in Scarsdale. They also offer non Music Together mommy-and-me beginner ukulele classes, advanced beginner classes, and private lessons. Join them this summer for some serious fun!

Thornton-Donovan Summer Challenge 100 Overlook Circle, New Rochelle 914-632-8836 td.edu Celebrating its 52nd year, the Summer Challenge has been a source of joy, entertainment, and enlightenment for boys and girls ages 3-14 for over half a century. Hundreds and hundreds of campers have learned to swim at T-D. The in-ground pool allows all campers to touch bottom on the shallow end. Instructional and recreational swimming occur daily as well as many other physical activities. Door-to-door transportation and lunch is provided each day. Contact T-D at td.edu or 914-632-8836 for red carpet treatment.

World Cup Schools 160 Hunts Lane, Chappaqua 914-238-9267 worldcupgymnastics.com This fun summer camp for youth ages 5 1/2 - 12, combines superior gymnastics training with a traditional camp experience ensuring each camper has the best summer. Their state-of-theart complex allows room to engage in tons of recreational activities and gymnastics. Each week there is an exciting field trip, arts & crafts, cooking and more.




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The No Resolution Plan Simple tips for lifestyle resets for the New Year (and a new decade!)

By Corinne Zola

very New Year brings hope for fresh starts, and along with that, resolutions. Yet, hindsight being 2020 (pun intended), we all know that resolutions never stick! Instead, be kinder to yourself by making resets – small changes for an overall positive impact.

and director of Athlete Evolution, a fitness, aesthetics, and wellness center in Harrison says, “Layer good habits on top of each other. One new good habit will likely attract more.” If fitness is the goal, added movement might lead you to drink more water, take more deep breaths, and get a better night’s sleep, which can lead to a healthier lifestyle and mindset.

Resolution reset “We are conditioned to believe the New Year kick starts change in our lives, so we make resolutions and expect to feel better once we meet the challenge,” says Tracy Nathanson, LCSW, M.A., psychotherapist and founder of Pace of Mind Therapy. “However, if the goals are unrealistic and we fall short, we are disappointed. It is more helpful to identify your most pressing issue and commit to smaller achievable steps to reset that aspect of your life.” Plus, resetting one issue could have a positive snowball effect on other parts of your life. John A. Thomas, M.S., D.C., founder

Nutrition reset “Your body has the unique ability to reset itself every day,” says Stephanie Gardner, Rye-based clinical nutritionist. “One meal or treat never does harm; it’s building good habits that’s important.” Gardner emphasizes that weight loss as a resolution is stress inducing and difficult to maintain. Rather, commit to a nutritional reset where mindful every day choices about food could lead to a healthier lifestyle and sustained weight loss. “It isn’t about a number on the scale. The focus should be on overall physical and mental health. Think about why you are eating what you


A Career Reset for Moms Returning to Work Your resolution is “get a job.” Great! But before you become frustrated by the enormity of the goal, reset your approach by breaking it down into attainable steps. “Everyone thinks the resume is the first step in a job search,” says Nancy Leighton, career counselor and coach. “First, determine what you actually want to do. Consider your interests and skills and whether you want to do what you did before raising kids or something different.” “Stepping away from work to raise a family might leave you feeling left behind professionally,” says Nancy Rosenberg, chief business development officer, The Acceleration Project (TAP), a nonprofit that engages women,


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including those who have taken time away from the traditional work environment, to use their professional skills to consult small businesses. “You may fear your skills are obsolete, but you still have fundamentals and life experience. Take a first step, put yourself out there, rebuild your confidence and hone in on what you’re passionate about,” she says. • Self-Audit: determine what you love, what you are good at, what causes fear and what you find challenging. • Consider Your Values: financial, work-life balance, the number of hours you can work and how flexible you can be with those hours. • Network: “Learn as much as you can by speaking to your personal and

are eating without judgment. Don’t criticize yourself because you took a bite of your child’s grilled cheese. Understanding why you’re eating what you’re eating can help you make more mindful choices in the future.” • Wait at least 12 hours between dinner and breakfast before eating to reset your metabolism and allow for cell detoxification. • Drink water first thing in the morning to jumpstart fat burning and throughout the day to keep hydrated and full. • Focus on quality. Choose organic, grass fed, pasture-raised foods and snacks with fewer than five ingredients that your kids can pronounce. • Try buying precut vegetables, it can be a bit more expensive, but more cost-effective than throwing away rotten vegetables that you intended to cook. Fitness reset “The hardest part of sticking to a fitness plan is prioritizing it as a necessary part of

professional connections. Create a strategy to meet people who can help you find the right opportunities, join a professional group, volunteer, meet people who can connect you with others,” says Leighton. • Volunteer: “Seek opportunities and organizations that can help build the skills you need for the work you might want to do later,” says Rosenberg. • Build Confidence: seek out challenging situations, i.e. if you fear public speaking, try speaking up at meetings. • Tech Skills: take a class to brush up on Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and social media platforms. Once you’ve focused on what you want to do, you can build a resume geared to the direction you want to go in.

your day and committing to it as if it were second nature, like brushing your teeth,” says Thomas. “Be consistent. Eliminate as many boundaries as possible: if cost is an issue, choose something free; if cold is a problem, do something indoors; if you have kids, be active together.” Everyone should be moving actively at least 20 minutes every day. • Block out time every day. As it becomes habit, increase time and intensity. • Don’t equate fitness with weight. Instead, assess your energy level, ability to do things better, how you feel in your clothes, and sleep quality. • Exercise with a friend, a trainer or a class for accountability and motivation. • Do something you enjoy! Skin care reset “The most important thing anyone can do for their skin is protect it from the sun,” says Ruth Treiber, M.D., of Treiber Dermatology Associates in Rye. “Your face is exposed to UV radiation and pollutants 365 days a year, which can lead to premature aging, blotchy tone, and skin cancers. No matter how busy you are sun protection is key.” • Keep sunscreen accessible. Keep sunscreen where you and your children will most

likely use it, either by the sink after you wash your face or at the door when you go outside. • Streamline your regimen. Cleanse and apply sunscreen in the morning; cleanse and moisturize in the evening. • Treat your skin gently. Use gentle, balanced cleansers with tepid water and a light touch to minimize friction and micro-agitation. • Moisturize right after a shower to keep water and nutrients in and toxins out. Look for products with ceramides, alpha-hydroxy acids, and hyaluronic acid ingredients. Home organization reset This year give yourself permission to purge. “Piles of paper or a closet stuffed with clothes can paralyze us. Physical clutter creates mental clutter,” says professional organizer Debbie Harwin, of I Need My Space, Inc. “Getting organized makes you feel more in control of your environment but it isn’t all or nothing. Break the project into smaller manageable tasks that are addressed regularly.” Harwin recommends choosing organization priorities, making time without interruption to tackle them, and respecting that time as you would a meeting or doctor appointment. • Gather children’s art and schoolwork in

January and again in June; purge anything not personal to your child; think about how many examples of a specific genre you really need to keep. Add child’s age/grade/date to back. Store each child’s work in a dedicated container labelled with name and grade. • Get rid of toys/games with missing pieces and parts. • Edit your closets. Keep only what you like and feel good wearing. Check sizes on kids’ clothes. Encourage yourself to purge and donate. Experts agree The common messages that cropped up in conversation with all our experts are simple: drink lots of water, get a good night’s sleep, carve out the time you need to care for yourself, and ultimately, be kinder to yourself. “Put your oxygen mask on first,” says Gardner. “If you take care of yourself, you’ll be a better parent, better partner, better colleague.” Nathanson agrees, “Self-care should be built into each day, and if you do fall back a bit, understand that each day can be a new reset.” Corinne Zola is a freelance writer who is making no resolutions this year, as she’ll be busy resetting her life. January 2020 | Westchester Family


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Childhood Melanoma Cases on Rise The importance of protecting your child from the sun year-round By Stacey Pfeffer


f you only apply sunscreen to your children on sultry summer days, it might be time to reconsider. Outdoor winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding are prime time for children to get sun exposure. In fact, the snow and ice can reflect up to 80% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays putting children without sunscreen protection at an increased risk for melanoma, a type of skin cancer, according to David E. Bank, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist practicing in Mount Kisco and a spokesperson for the Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF). “Essentially, you are getting hit twice with the sun’s direct rays and then the reflection from the snow,” explains Bank. We spoke with him recently to learn about the latest research on melanomas in


young children and teens and how to prevent and treat it. Melanoma is one of the most dangerous forms of skin cancer affecting more than 190,000 people in 2019, according to SCF. Once thought of as a disease only for older adults, the disease can actually strike at any age although it is most commonly found in older adults. Research from the SCF shows that one-third of all new melanoma cases are diagnosed on the head and neck. A new study from St. Louis University found that the incidence of melanoma on these parts of the body in children, teens, and young adults has increased 51.1% from 1995 to 2014. “Melanomas found on the head and neck have a worse prognosis than other parts of the body,” says Bank. “They can spread more

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easily because the head and neck have more blood vessels and lymph nodes than other parts of the body. Look out for ‘lone ranger’ moles Moles, spots or growths can vary greatly in appearance appearing black, dark pink or even red and purple. “What you are really looking for is the spot, mole or growth that looks different from others that appears on the child’s body or what Bank refers to as “the lone ranger.” “The simplest rule of thumb is if the spot, mole or growth differs from others then that is enough of a reason to go see a dermatologist for a skin check,” explains Bank. He believes that annual skin checks are a good habit to start in childhood plus “they are relatively quick, painless, non-invasive,

and potentially life-saving.” Risk factors for melanoma Are there specific risk factors associated with melanoma? Yes, says Banks, one in every 10 patients with melanomas has a first degree relative with it, so there is a genetic link. In addition, having fair skin and a large number of moles also increases the risk. Melanoma prevention The effects of the sun’s harmful rays are cumulative so daily sunscreen application is best. Bank suggests mineral sunscreens with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide especially for babies 6 months and up due to their sensitive skin. These sunscreens offer protection and are inert so they don’t cause any chemical reaction in the skin. “For parents who are concerned about the long-term effects of chemicals on the skin, this takes the issue off the table,” he says. The SCF suggests that parents look for a sunscreen labeled “broad spectrum” meaning that it protects against UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are associated with aging and UVB rays are responsible for

sunburns. If your child is spending most of their day indoors, a broad-spectrum SPF 15 or higher is fine. If they are outside a lot, apply the sunscreen 30 minutes prior to outdoor exposure so that it has time to attach to the skin. Choose one that is water-resistant with an SPF of 30 or higher and reapply every two hours or more frequently if the child is swimming or sweating. A hat with a wide brim is best, and for all the kids insisting on wearing a baseball cap for prevention, bear in mind that it only keeps sun off the skin that is shaded by the cap’s visor. Baseball hats do not offer protection of the child’s profile. Protective clothing, UV-blocking sunglasses and seeking shade as much as possible are also important. The SCF suggests that parents try tubes of sunscreen with colorful packaging for kids who make a fuss about having it applied. Also keep in mind that although spray sunscreens may seem easy to use, it is possible to miss a spot so be sure to look for an even sheen on the child’s skin after application and rub it in thoroughly.

Treatment of melanoma Bank has been treating patients for more than 30 years. In the 90s, he started seeing a spike of patients in their late teens and early 20s with melanomas. The common link for these patients was frequent visits to tanning salons, which Bank strongly advises against. Unfortunately, surgical removal of melanomas is the necessary treatment and additional treatments may be needed based on the stage of the tumor such as immunotherapy for the more advanced stages of melanoma. So before you head to the slopes or spend time in the warm Florida sun during winter break, be sure to apply sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and take frequent breaks indoors. Stacey Pfeffer is a writer/editor living in Northern Westchester with her three kids and rescue dog plus a menagerie of ducks, deer, and chipmunks in her backyard. When she isn’t meeting deadlines, she can be found running with her dog (of course while wearing sunscreen) or trying to concoct an edible meal for her family.

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Let’s GO

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Visit the newly reincarnated TWA Hotel at JFK airport and see vintage TWA flight attendant and crew uniforms. Some are designed by the likes of Valentino and Ralph Lauren.

TWA Hotel Lobby By Jean Sheff


ou might think taking a trip to the airport without having a flight to catch or someone to pick up is, well … crazy. Not so. I encourage you check out Eero Saarinen’s reincarnated TWA Flight Center, now known as the TWA Hotel at JFK airport. Visiting the new lobby of this classic 1962 venue is a trip in itself! While the entire experience isn’t especially geared toward children, there’s plenty to keep the kiddos curious and occupied. You might have to drag them away away from the giant Twister game (it fills an entire room). However, let’s start at the beginning. Up front and center Driving up to the hotel you can’t help but marvel at the shape of the building with its two large wings that inspire the feelign of flight. We parked in the JetBlue Terminal 5 parking lot directly across from the Hotel entrance. Even the walk up to the building is a time warp. We drooled over the 50s Citroën and the 60s VW Bus parked in the front lot. Then just outside the lobby doors was a beautiful 1960s Lincoln Continental convertible. Welcome aboard Young actors happily playing the parts of 1960s stewardess’ and pilots greeted us. They


gladly posed for photos and were quick with easy banter. There’s a small dining hall to the right of the entrance and to the left you’ll find the self check-in desk. Period music plays quietly setting the mood. Taking the center stairs you can’t miss the dramatic, lipstick red Sunken Lounge. This is where crowds once gathered to watch the Beatles arrive in 1965. Floor to ceiling windows offer expansive views of the runways and a rotating schedule board clicks away as you settle in for a cocktail. Just opposite the Sunken Lounge is the lovely Paris Café by Jean George where you can have a meal. In the corridors The enchantment continues as you explore the corridors to the left and right of the lounge as well as an area that’s up one level of stairs. Don’t miss the museum of TWA flight attendant and crew uniforms on the upper level. The outfits, some designed by the likes of Valentino and Ralph Lauren, are posed elegantly on headless mannequins along with vintage carrying cases and accessories. Downstairs pause by the bank of pay phones. They might be something your kids have never seen before – and they really dial! There’s a newspaper shop with vintage candies and actual magazines from the 60s on display. To the right you’ll also find a small gift shop and a free photo booth circa 1960. Step

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inside and take some photos. Tell your kids it’s an old-fashioned selfie machine. In the left corridor don’t miss the giant Twister game! Spin the wheel and have fun trying to get your hands and feet on the giant colored circles. Play as long as you like – it’s free. You should also look for the recreated 1960s living room. There’s a framed letter from JFK and Jackie on the wall, a bar sporting crème de menthe, a very small TV, a record player and LP albums. Walking through the corridor pause at the Reading Room, a library dedicated to architecture and design. Take a book from the shelf and be amazed. The corridor walls are adorned with framed vintage TWA posters celebrating travel destinations from Tunisia to Thailand. Up, up and away At the end of the corridor walk outside onto the tarmac past a TWA baggage cart full of old Samsonite suitcases. You can take a seat at the wheel and get some cute photos here. Then climb aboard Connie, the retired Lockheed Super Constellation aircraft that has been reimagined with a full-service bar and snack menu. Take a look at the original cockpit. Feel free to just walk through, there’s no pressure to imbibe or nibble. Last look If you have time take the elevator up to the rooftop and take a peak at the rooftop bar and heated swimming pool. You can have a drink here and dangle your feet in the pool if you like or just be wowed by the view of planes landing and taxiing. Any kid that likes planes will be in heaven. We didn’t go into the actual hotel, but that’s not the idea. The lobby is a great destination spot unto itself. Make the trip or stop by if you arrive early or, heaven forbid, your flight is delayed. When you go … TWA Hotel JFK Airport Queens, New York 212-806-9000 twahotel.com Admission: There is no cost to visit the lobby. Parking: Enter either from the Terminal 5 JetBlue parking lot or from inside the JetBlue terminal. You can also take the AirTrain. See the website for more specific information.

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By Marissa Rodriguez

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The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus offers vaudeville and circus spectacle for the entire family on Jan. 26.

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Run away from home and be back in time for dinner! The Bindlestiff Family Cirkus amazes everyone with its hybrid of vaudeville and circus spectacle. Spend the afternoon with jugglers, acrobats, plate spinning, sword swallowing, brain twisters and other risk-taking, gravity defying feats set to live music in a fun, funny and interactive show perfect for the entire family. Bring your favorite circus toy to enjoy the fun. 3pm. Jan 26. For all ages. $26 adults, $18 children under 13. Reservations required. Westchester Community College, 75 Grasslands, Valhalla. 914-606-6600. sunywcc.edu.

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✪ Chagall for Children. See Visit Connecticut page 33.

✪ Croton Gorge First Day Hike. See First Day Hikes page 35.

✪ FDR First Day Hike. See First Day Hikes page 35.

✪ First Day Bird ID Hike. See First Day Hikes page 35.

✪ Hudson Highlands First Day Hike. See First Day Hikes page 35. ✪ John Jay First Day Hike. See First Day Hikes page 35. ✪ Grand Holiday Illumination. Stroll through the magnificent illuminated Walled Garden at Untermeyer Park. 4:30-8:30pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Untermeyer Park & Gardens, 945 N. Broadway, Yonkers. 914-6134502. untermyergardens.org. ✪ NYBG’s 28th Annual Holiday Train Show ®. Visitors are transported to a miniature wonderland as model trains zip through an enchanting display of more than 175 New York landmarks, each re-created from natural materials such as birch bark, acorns, and cinnamon sticks. New replicas of Central Park’s iconic architectural features include Belvedere Castle, and two graceful pedestrian bridges. 10am-6pm,

Theatre Works Production

See Rosie Revere, Engineer on stage live at the Emelin Theatre on Jan. 20.. Tuesdays-Sundays and Mondays on holidays; until Jan. 26. For all ages. $23 adults, $10 children ages 2-12, under 2 free. Reservations required.New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd. at Fordham Rd. 718-817-8700. nybg. org.

✪ Origami Holiday Tree and 19-foot Holiday Barosaurs. See City Picks page 36.

✪ Pop up Skating Rink. See #Januaryiceskating page 34. ✪ Public Ice Skating. See

#Januaryiceskating page 34.

718-817-8700. nybg.org.

✪ Radio City Christmas

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Spectacular. See City Picks page 36.

✪ A World of Plants. A showcase of the Garden’s living collections featuring lush tropical rain forests, cactus-filled deserts, aquatic and carnivorous plants. Tuesdays - Sundays, 10am-6pm, until Jan. 31. For all ages. $28 adults, $12 children, under 2 free. Reservations not required. New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Blvd. at Fordham Rd.

Look for our complete calendar of events and activities online at WestchesterFamily.com.

Calendar Submissions & Approvals: For Print: • Send to calendar@westchesterfamily.com. Include: Dates, times, location, address, event description, ages, cost, phone, website. • Information to be considered for the February 2020 calendar must reach us by January 31, 2019.

For Online Calendar: • Visit WestchesterFamily.com. Click the “Post Your Own Event” link beneath the calendar image on our home page and submit your event. Online postings appear approximately 48 hours after approval.

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● ● Drop-off WorkshopPenguin Canvas Painting. Paint a fun penguin canvas with step-by-step instruction and a rainbow of colors. Canvas paintings are typically ready the same day to bring home. 3-5pm. Ages 6 and older. $39.56. Reservations not required. MADE, 118 Boston Post Rd., Mamaroneck. 914-341-1922. madeartstudio.com/calendar.

Key to suggested ages

● baby & me ● toddler ● preschool ● elementary


● older kids ✪ families ✖ adults

✪ School’s Out/Art’s In. Drop in to the Learning Center for unique artist-led projects where kids can make an artistic mess, experiment with new materials and practice unusual artmaking techniques all inspired by the abstract expressionist works on view. 10am-3pm today & Jan. 3. For all ages. $10 adults and children. Reservations not required. Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay St., Katonah. 914232-9555. katonahmuseum.org.

● ● School’s Out - Studio’s In. School age kids partake in numerous activities, including walks on the aqueduct trail, outside play and a ton of art making. A healthy snack is provided. 9am-noon; $55 half day; 9am-3pm; $110 full day; today & Jan. 3. Ages 5-12. Reservations not required. Scribble Art Workshop, 63 Main St., Dobbs Ferry. 914-693-3110. scribbleartworkshop.com/ locations/dobbs-ferry.

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● ● Drop-off Workshop: Bear Canvas. Paint a cute cuddly bear canvas complete with a sweater and pom-pom hat. An instructor walks kids stepby-step through this wintery masterpiece. Canvas projects are typically ready same day to bring home. 10am-noon. Ages 6 and up. $39.56. Reservations not required. MADE, 118 Boston Post Rd., Mamaroneck. 914-341-1922. madeartstudio.com/calendar.

and a bigger and brighter Lights of Wonder show. Check website for calendar and special events. Fridays, 5-10pm, Saturdays, 4-10pm, Sundays, 4-9pm, until Jan. 4. $18. Reservations not required. Kensico Dam Plaza, 1 Bronx RiverParkway Rd., Valhalla. 914-964-7275. wwinterwonderland.com.

4 Saturday

● ● 3 and Under. The mission of GiGi’s Playhouse is to change the way the world views Down syndrome and to send a global message of acceptance for all. Join in and move, groove and laugh along the way. Perfect place for children to meet new friends, learn and grow, while parents have the opportunity to socialize, network and make friends with one another. Siblings are welcome. 10-11:30am. Ages 3 and under. Reservations required. GiGi’s Playhouse Westchester, 720 Saw Mill River Rd., Ardsley. 914479-5566. gigisplayhouse.org.

● ● ✪ Family Studio: Art. Use a variety of recycled papers to create a collaged landscape. Different colors, textures, and shapes come together to suggest different plants and animals. 1pm today and Jan. 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 & 26. Free with admission, $8 adults, $4 children, under 3 free. Reservations not required. Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers. 914963-4550. hrm.org. ● ● ✪ Family Studio: Science.

✪ Jump N Glow. See Visit Connecticut page 33. ✪ Westchester’s Winter Wonderland. Celebrate the holidays close to home. Westchester’s Winter Wonderland is a one-of-a-kind holiday experience featuring the Santa Experience, unlimited skating on an outdoor ice rink, the Winter Wonderland Holiday Circus, your favorite holiday rides at FUNderland Village, great food and beverage options,

During the colder months, you may be able to spot a basketballsized bundle of leaves and sticks among the upper branches of trees. These are dreys, or squirrel nests, which keep squirrels safe and warm in the harsh weather. Can you build one as well as a squirrel? Use sticks, leaves, moss, and other organic materials to construct a tabletop squirrel treehouse. 1pm today and Jan. 11, 18 & 25. Free with admission, $8 adults, $4 children, children under 3 free. Reservations not


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● ● Crafts for Kids. Drop in and make a different craft every week. Materials and templates provided. Saturdays, 11am-3pm, until Jan. 30. For ages 3 and up. Reservations not required. Lakeshore Learning Store, 969A Central Park Ave., Scarsdale. 914-472-1820. lakeshorelearning.com. ● ● Home Depot Kids Workshop. Participate in a hands-on workshops where all children get to keep their craft, receive a certificate of achievement, a workshop apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. 9am-noon. For all ages. Reservations not required. Home Depot, 3051 E Main St., Mohegan Lake. 914-528-1539. homedepot.com.

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✪ Open Studio for Families. See City Picks page 36.

✪ Worldwide Lights Celebration. See Visit Connecticut page 33.

● ● ✪ ✖ Seal-Spotting & Birding Cruises. Journey out onto Long Island Sound in hopes of seeing some of the seals and waterfowl that spend the winter just off the shores. These invigorating cruises seek out some of the harbor seals and gray seals that come into the Sound each winter. Maritime Aquarium educators point out these federally protected marine mammals and talk about their natural histories. All passengers must be at least 42 inches tall. Guests under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Noon-2:30pm, Jan. 5, 18, & 19. For all ages. $31.50. Reservations required. The Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk, Conn. 203-8520700. maritimeaquarium.org.


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6 Monday

● ● Mommy & Me. Stop by this fun-filled hour with your little one and make crafts, meet animals, and learn about the natural world on a short hike. 9:45-10:45am today, Jan. 13 & 27. Ages 1 1/2-5. $15/family. Reservations not required. Rye Nature Center, 873 Boston Post Rd., Rye. 914-967-5150. ryenaturecenter.org.

● ● Storytime With Mr. Ben. Weekly storytime, featuring songs and crafts. Reading together strengthens the parent-child bond and promotes early literacy, leading to success in school and in life. 4pm today; Jan. 13, 20 & 27. Ages 1-5. Reservations not required. Barnes & Noble, 3089 E. Main St., Mohegan Lake. 914-5286275. stores.barnesandnoble.com/ store/2897.

7 Tuesday

● Caregiver and Me Pop-Ins. Bring your toddler for this fun farm story, craft and walk that features a new story each week. 10-11am today; Jan. 14, 21 & 28. Ages 3-5. Check website for price. Reservations required. Muscoot Farm, 51 Rte. 100, Katonah. 914864-7286. muscootfarm.org.

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● ● Tent Tales for Tykes. Meet in the tent and explore a different nature or outdoor theme, followed by related activities, games or crafts. 10:30-11:30am today; Jan. 14, 21 & 28. For all ages. Reservations not required. Ridge Hill Shopping Center, 1 Ridge Hill Blvd., Yonkers. 914-207-2900. ridgehill. com.

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● ● ● Storytellers. Take part in an interactive read-aloud of stories specifically curated from BooZoo’s™ Best Booklist, which increases your child’s understanding of the museum’s featured themes. 9:30-10am. For all ages. Free with admission price, $15. Reservations not required. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Ave., Norwalk, Conn. 203-8990606. steppingstonesmuseum.org.

● Storytime. Active youngsters and their caregivers are invited to learn about the different kinds of buildings that are found in cities in this interactive and playful storytime. 11:30am today & Jan. 22. For children ages 5 and under. Reservations not required. Hudson River Museum, 511

and Cook Pop-Ins. Bring your toddler to listen to a story and help farmer Brandy cook in the kitchen. 10-11am today; Jan. 16 & 23. Ages 3-5. Check website for price. Reservations not required. Muscoot Farm, 51 Rte. 100, Katonah. 914-864-7286. muscootfarm.org.

● ● Storytime with a Twist. This group combines movement, music and mostly just fun. Parents and children are invited to stay and play afterwards during open studio time. 9-9:45am today and Jan. 16, 23, & 30. Ages 1 1/2-4. Reservations required. Seven Star, 509 Rte. 312, Brewster. 845278-0728. sevenstarschool.com.

10 Friday

✪ Full Moon Walk. Meet at the Outdoor Discovery Center for an amazing view of the full moon. The Museum’s expert staff ensures safe night hiking habits are utilized by the group and guide you along the enchanting scenery of the forest at night. 5:30-7:30pm. For all ages. $8 adults, $6 children ages 5-12. Reservations required. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center, Muser Dr. across from 174 Angola Rd., Cornwall. 845-534-5506. hhnm. org. ● Music With Marlana. Lend Me Your Ears is an exciting and interactive musical program for preschoolers. Children have a ball singing along with Marlana as she plays her acoustic guitar. Shakers and scarves and lots of movement guaranteed. 11-11:45am today & Jan. 24. Ages 3-5. Reservations required. Kent Public Library, 17 Sybils Xing, Carmel. 845-225-8585. kentlibrary.org.

✪ My Grandparent and Me Day. Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum celebrates grandparents by offering free admission all day to grandparents when accompanied by their grandchildren. 9:30am-5pm today. For all ages. Reservations not required. Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, 75 North Water St., Poughkeepsie. 845-4710589. mhcm.org.

Residence Jia Sung. Practice the basics of working with needle and thread to create an image, playing with color choices that convey mood. Participants are encouraged to take scrap fabrics. 1:30pm. Free with admission, $8 adults, $4 children, under 3 free. Reservations not required. Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers. 914963-4550. hrm.org.

● Teen Tastic. The mission of GiGi’s Playhouse is to change the way the world views Down syndrome and to send a global message of acceptance for all. This group promotes friendships, social interaction, and communication through a variety of social activities, outings, and games for teens. 5:30-7:30pm. Ages 13-17. Reservations required. GiGi’s Playhouse Westchester, 720 Saw Mill River Rd., Ardsley. 914-4795566. gigisplayhouse.org.

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11 Saturday

✪ Eagle Walk & Soup Potluck Gathering. Join Charlie Roberto on an eagle walk while observing other wintering birds. Meet at the Echo, Croton Harmon Metro-North Station boat ramp and continue into Croton Point Park. Warm up at 11:30am with the soup potluck at Croton Point Nature Center. Contact Saw Mill River Audubon, sawmillriveraudubon. org, to contribute food or beverages. 8:30am-12:30pm. For all ages. Check website for price. Reservations not required. Croton George Park, Rte. 129, Cortland. 914-862-5290. parks. westchestergov.com.

● ● ✪ Family Studio: Art. See Jan. 4.

● ● ✪ Family Studio: Science. See Jan. 4. ● ● ✪ Family Workshop: Stitch Diary. Create an embroidered artwork on recycled fabric with Teaching Artist-in-

12 Sunday

✪ Family Art Project: Cyclical Calendars and Fractal Phenology. Get intentional about how you want to spend your year. Create goals for yourself that mimic nature’s natural processes. Look to the moon, seedlings that bloom and seasonal cycles to chart your own growth. 10am-1pm today. For all ages. Free with admission to the grounds, $10 adults, $4 children ages 6-18, under 6 free. Reservations not required. Wave Hill, W. 249th St. and Independence Ave., Riverdale. 718-549-3200. wavehill.org.

● ● ✪ Family Sundays: Snowman Plushies. Design and stuff a fluffy snowman or snowwoman to cuddle as you drift off to sleep after a day of playing in the snow. 3-4pm. Ages 2-8. $25 children. Reservations not required. Young at Art, 1088 Central Park Ave., Room 216, Scarsdale. 914-723-9229. youngatartworkshop.com. Westchester Family’s 2020 Camp Fairs. See Editor’s Pick page 30.

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adult, children under 12 free. Reservations not required. Westchester County Center, 198 Central Ave., White Plains. 914995-4050. countycenter.biz.

✪ Morning Storytime. Meet in the children’s department for a delightful morning of stories, music, singing, dancing and craft activities for children of all ages. 10am today and Jan. 15, 20, 22, 27 & 29. For all ages. Reservations not required. Barnes and Noble, 2518 South Rd., Poughkeepsie. 845-485-2224. mstores.barnesandnoble.com.

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● ● ● Gymboree

Stay & Play. This monthly program sponsored by PJ Library (programming for families raising Jewish children), includes, free and structured play, snack time, coloring time, PJ Library storytime and Gymboree bubbles and songs, 9:45-11am. For ages 5 and under. Reservations required. Gymboree Play & Music, 3631 Hill Blvd., Yorktown Heights. marissapjlibrary@gmail.com

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See the 12 best New York International Children’s Film Festival shorts at the Jacob Burns Film Center on Jan. 20.

NYICFF Kid Flicks ● ● See the best films of the 2019 New York International Children’s Film Festival. Jacob Burns has grouped 12 short films into an afternoon of fun for the entire family. Free handson activities are offered upstairs in the Jane Peck Gallery before and after the screening. Jan. 20. Noon. Ages 3-7. $15 adults, $8 children 13 and under. Reservations required. Jacob Burns Film Center, 364 Manville Rd., Pleasantville. 914-747-5555. burnsfilmcenter.org.

16 Thursday

✪ Disney On Ice, Celebrate Memories. See Visit Connecticut page 33.

● ● Tent Tales for Tykes. See Jan. 7.

15 Wednesday

✪ A World of Plants. See Jan. 1. ✪ Rosen House Tour. Enter a Mediterranean-style house inspired by Old World Europe, cultivated and curated by Caramoor’s founders Walter and Lucie Rosen. Renaissance artifacts from a gilded bed that belonged to Pope Urban VIII to entire rooms shipped from Europe, and a stunning Asian collection are some of the many incredible discoveries waiting here. 2pm today and Jan 22 & 29. For all ages. $15 adults, children free. Reservations not required. Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, 149 Girdle Ridge Rd., Katonah. 914232-1252. caramoor.org.


● Teen Game Night. Hang with your friends and play board games, video games on a giant screen or on laptops. Enjoy snacks and drinks. 7pm. For all ages. Reservations not required. Warner Library, 121 N. Broadway, Tarrytown. 914-631-7734. warnerlibrary.org.

17 Friday

● ● Artful Afternoons. Looking for creative activities to do after school? Stop by KMA for a host of fun projects and activities inspired by the exhibition “Sparkling Amazons”. 3-5pm. $10 adults, children under 12 free. Reservations not required. Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay St., Katonah. 914232-9555. katonahmuseum.org.

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● ● ✪ Stroller Tours. Bring your baby and explore the exhibition “Sparkling Amazons” together with other new parents and caregivers. Treats provided and crying babies are welcome. 9:30-10:30am. For children under 1 1/2. Free with museum admission $10 adults, children free. Reservations not required. Katonah Museum of Art, 134 Jay St., Katonah. 914-232-9555. katonahmuseum.org.

✪ Tot Shabbat. Bring your little ones for a program full of Shabbat songs, spirit and tradition. Share the kiddush (grape juice), challah and matzah balls. 4pm. Reservations not required. Chabad of the Rivertowns, 303 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry, NY, Dobbs Ferry. 914-6936100. ChabadRT.org/TotShabbat.

18 Saturday ✪ Family Art Project:

Freedom Quilters of Gee Bend. In 1966, Dr. Martin Luther

King, Jr. visited the Gee’s Bend Community in rural Alabama and the Freedom Quilting Bee was established. The bold patterns and bright colors of these now famous quilts, made from fabric scraps, would later go on to fund aspects of the community’s freedom. Create your own brilliant compositions out of bountiful squares of donated fabric to honor Dr. King’s birthday and the inspiring women quilters of Gee’s Bend. 10am-1pm today & Jan. 19. For all ages. Free with admission to the grounds, $10 adults, $4 children ages 6-18, under 6 free. Saturday admission to grounds free before noon. Reservations not required. Wave Hill, W. 249th St. and Independence Ave., Riverdale. 718-549-3200. wavehill. org.

✪ Feeding Fun. It’s mealtime for the animals. Join their naturalists for a hands-on program and learn about the care that goes into feeding their indoor animals as well as the birds of prey and barnyard. 1-2pm today & Jan. 26. For all ages. $8 adults and children. Reservations not required. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale. 914-7233470. greenburghnaturecenter.org. ✪ The History of Muscoot Farm. Visit the farm today to learn the history Muscoot. See how it started and what makes it unique. 1-2pm. For all ages. Check website for price. Reservations not required. Muscoot Farm, 51 Rte. 100, Katonah. 914-864-7286. muscootfarm.org.

● ● ✪ Rosie Revere, Engineer. Three inquisitive out-of-the-box thinkers in Mrs. Greer’s class save the day during a class field trip by using their wits, engineering prowess, and problem-solving skills. This fun musical is based on the book series Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty and illustrations by David Roberts, which spotlights the STEM

curriculum (focusing on science, technology, engineering and math). 11am & 1:30pm. Ages 5-9. $15/$20. Reservations required. Emelin Theatre, 153 Library Ln., Mamaroneck. 914-698-0098. emelin.org.

19 Sunday

✪ Creatures of the Night. While we are in bed fast asleep some of the animal friends are using their senses to find food and make their way through a mysterious nocturnal world. Meet some of the nocturnal animals and find out why they only come out at night. 1-2pm. For all ages. $8. Reservations not required. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale. 914-723-3470. greenburghnaturecenter.org. ● ● ● ✪ Family Fun: Families in the City. Learn about the works on view in “Self in the City,” and create a bring-home, mixed-media urban landscape in this interactive gallery program for families. 1:30pm. For ages 3 and up. Free with admission, $8 adults, $4 children, children under 3 free. Reservations not required. Hudson River Museum, 511 Warburton Ave., Yonkers. 914963-4550. hrm.org.

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✪ Chagall for Children. Introduce your children to art through the life and work of the master artist, Marc Chagall. This exhibit is designed to engage visitors to explore art and the artist through 14 interactive, multisensory components. Each features one of Chagall’s works with an accompanying hands on activity in a variety of media. Kids are encouraged to explore and work with specific art principles such as color, composition, light, and texture. Mondays - Saturdays, 9am-5pm, until Jan. 5. For all ages. $12 adults, $6 children 4-7, under 3 free. Reservations not required. Stamford Museum and Nature Center, 39 Scofieldtown Rd., Stamford, Conn. 203322-1646. stamfordmuseum.org.

✪ Westchester Knicks vs Capital City Go-Go. The Westchester Knicks are the exclusive NBA Development League affiliate of the New York Knickerbockers, a charter member of the NBA and one of the most iconic names in professional sports. Check out this exciting and competitive game. 3-5pm. For all ages. $14$150. Reservations required. Westchester County Center, 198 Central Ave., White Plains. 914995-4050. countycenter.biz.

✪ Disney On Ice, Celebrate Memories.

20 Monday

✪ Great Barrier Reef IMAX® Movies. Explore one of the seven wonders of the natural world: Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, a living treasure trove of

✪ ACCESS-ability. Stepping Stones modifies their learning environment through light and


Your favorite Disney stories come to life at Disney On Ice presents Celebrate Memories. Sail along with Moana on her high-seas adventure and dance with Woody, Buzz and all the Toy Story friends. Feel inspired when love wins in Frozen and dreams come true for the Disney Princesses. 7pm, Jan 16 & 17; 11am, 3pm & 7pm Jan. 18; noon & 4pm, Jan. 19; 1pm, Jan. 20. For all ages. $15-$80. Reservations required. XL Center, One Civic Center Plaza, Hartford, Conn. 860249-6333. xlcenter.com.

biodiversity. Discover how the reef is like a thriving metropolis populated by a cast of characters straight out of an adventure novel - heroes, bad guys, sidekicks, lovers and clowns - who are all players in this vast underwater drama. Plus, audiences meet a new generation of reef guardians committed to protecting this marine reserve, making a difference and sharing their knowledge of this extraordinary ecosystem. 10am-5pm; daily throughout January. For all ages. $26.95 adults, $19.95 children. under 3 free. Reservations required. The Maritime Aquarium, 10 N. Water St., Norwalk, Conn. 203-852-0700. maritimeaquarium.org.

✪ Worldwide Lights Celebration. It’s a season of sparkle and delight as the awardwinning children’s museum is illuminated from the inside out, from top to bottom and everything in between. The secondannual event includes a 3D, animated laser light show featuring the Stepping Stones Storytellers, Twinkle the Talking Tree and the Luminescent Light Forest, light STEAM stations, light treasures, light festivals, Kaleidoscope Days, the amazing Light Maze in the Celebration Courtyard, The Silly Dilly Musical: Holiday Edition, the Nutcracker Suite, and a Noon O’ Clock Rock New Year’s Celebration. 10am-5pm, Tuesdays-Sundays until Jan. 5. For all ages. $15 adults and children, under 1 free. Reservations not required. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Ave., Norwalk, Conn. 203-899-0606. steppingstonesmuseum.org. January 2020 | Westchester Family




sound adjustments and limit visitation to create a supportive, sensory-friendly experience for individuals with sensory processing differences and other special needs. Regular programs and workshops feature community professionals and/ or partner organizations that share their knowledge and expertise. 2-5pm. For all ages. Free with admission price, $15. Reservations not required. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, 303 West Ave., Norwalk, Conn. 203-899-0606. steppingstonesmuseum.org.

informative program that allows you to get up close and handson with some of the Nature Center’s live animals. 1-2pm. For all ages. $8 adults and children. Reservations not required. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale. 914-7233470. greenburghnaturecenter.org.

● ● NYICFF Kid Flicks. See Editor’s Pick page 32. School Holiday Workshop. Make two snowy owl projects out of pinecones and cotton. Paint and splatter a mural as a group. Ages 3 1/2-5 from 10am-noon. Ages 6-10 from 1-3pm. $50. Reservations not required. Young at Art, 1088 Central Park Ave., Room 216, Scarsdale. 914-7239229. youngatartworkshop.com.

21 Tuesday

● ● Mother Goose Stories: Songs & Crafts. Stories, songs and crafts for little ones. Make new friends and stay and play at the library after stories. 10:30-11am. For ages 3-5. Reservations not required. Ruth Keeler Memorial Library, 276 Titicus Rd., North Salem. 914-669-5161. ruthkeelermemoriallibrary.org.

22 Wednesday ✪ Morning Storytime. See Jan. 13.

● Storytime. See Jan. 8.

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Ice skate at Cross County Shopping Center with special characters until Jan. 5.


✪ Meet the Animals. An

event. Meet in the Children’s Department. 11am-noon. For all ages. Reservations not required. Barnes & Noble, 2614 Central Park Ave., Yonkers. 914-771-6400. stores.barnesandnoble.com/ store/2889.

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✪ Bear Mountain Ice Rink. Skate outside with a beautiful view. Lockers and refreshments are available for an additional cost. Rink is outdoors and uncovered; dress appropriately. Refer to website for unscheduled closure due to inclement weather or mechanical maintenance. Mondays & Tuesdays, 10-11:30am & noon-1:30pm, Fridays, 8-9:30pm, Saturdays, 10-11:30am, noon-1:30pm, 2-3:30pm, 4-5:30pm, 6-7:30pm & 8-9:30pm, Sundays, 1011:30am, noon-1:30pm, 2-3:30pm, 4-5:30pm & 6-7:30pm, until Jan 31. For all ages. $5 admission, $2 non-skaters, $5 skate rental, free for children under 4; $10 parking. Reservations not required. Bear Mountain State Park, Route 9W North, Bear Mountain. 845-786-2701. bearmountainicerink.com.

✪ Pop Up Skating Rink. The pop-up ice skating rink is not real ice, but instead is made of synthetic material that is easier for young ones and first time skaters. Admission includes skates and a one-hour skate session. Check website for theme nights. Daily, Check website for times; until Jan. 5. For ages 5 and up. $10/person. Reservations not required. Cross County Shopping Center, 8000 Mall Walk, Yonkers. 914-968-9570. crosscountycenter.com.

23 Thursday

● Caregiver and Me Book and Cook Pop-Ins. See Jan. 9.

● ● Storytime with a Twist. See Jan. 9.

24 Friday

● ● Japanese Storytime. Listen to a story read in another language. 10-10:30am Jan. 24. For ages 5 and under. Reservations not required. Harrison Public Library, 2 Bruce Ave., Harrison. 914-835-0324. harrisonpl.org. ● Toddler Story & Craft. Enjoy toddler time with stories, nursery rhymes, fingerplays, and songs for children. 1111:30am today & Jan 31. For all ages. Reservations not required. Yonkers Public Library, Riverfront Branch, 1 Larkin Ctr., Yonkers. 914-457-1377. ypl.org/riverfront.

25 Saturday

● ● Daddy & Me Animal

✪ Public Ice Skating. Top quality skate rentals and food service are available. Most weekend sessions feature current popular music provided by a DJ. Tuesdays - Thursdays, 9:30am-12:30pm, Fridays, 9:30am-12:30pm & 8:30pm-10:30pm, Saturdays, 11am-2pm & 8:30pm-10:30pm, Sundays, Noon-3pm. January 1-31. For all ages. $11 admission; $4 skate rental. Reservations not required. E.J. Murray Memorial Skating Center, 348 Tuckahoe Rd., Yonkers. 914-377-6469. yonkersny.gov/government/departments/parksrecreation-conservation/parks-facilities/murray-sskating-center/public-skating.

Show. Fathers, or other caregiver, and children can join in for a fun-filled animal adventure. 9:15am. For all ages. $15/family. Reservations not required. Rye Nature Center, 873 Boston Post Rd., Rye. 914-9675150. ryenaturecenter.org.

✪ Eyes on Owls. Did you know that owls cannot move their eyes but they can turn their heads up to 270 degrees left or right? Get to know the

resident owls and uncover the secrets of these mysterious night dwellers. Learn about their eating habits by dissecting owl pellets. Then complete the bone puzzle to discover exactly what was on the menu for dinner last night. 1-2pm. For all ages. $8. Reservations not required. Greenburgh Nature Center, 99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale. 914-7233470. greenburghnaturecenter.org.

● ● Good Deed of the Month Club. Meet at the Book Nook for a kindness-themed book reading and discussion followed by an art-educator led good deed project. 11-11:30am. For all ages. Free with $7.50 admission. Children under 1 free. Reservations not required. Westchester Children’s Museum, 100 Playland Pkwy., Rye. 914-4215050. discoverwcm.org.

✪ Starlab: Indoor Planetarium. Take a celestial adventure in the magical night sky via the StarLab inflatable planetarium. Learn how to identify the major constellations and stars while hearing Native American and Greek stories of how they were created. Take a pillow or blanket to get comfy during the show. 10 & 11:30am, 1 & 2:30pm. For ages 4 and up. $12. Reservations required.Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center, Muser Dr. across from 174 Angola Rd., Cornwall. 845-5345506. hhnm.org.

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✪ Bindlestiff Family Cirkus.

First Day Hikes


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Your family can experience hidden winter beauty during a First Day Hike at FDR Park in Yorktown.

✪ First Day Bird ID Hike. Start off the year and your bird list, with an invigorating walk along the Hudson River shoreline at Rockwood Hall. Dress warmly and bring binoculars. Meet at parking lot near Rockwood. Beginners encouraged. 9am. Jan 1. For all ages. Reservations not required. Rockefeller State Park Preserve, 125 Phelps Way, Pleasantville. 914-631-1470. parks.ny.gov/ parks/59/details.aspx. ✪ John Jay First Day Hike. Kick-start your New Year’s resolutions with a First Day Hike on the grounds of John Jay Homestead. Warm up by the bonfire with a cup of hot cocoa and browse their Holiday Shop’s end-of-season sale. For weatherbased cancellation information please visit johnjayhomestead.org after 10am on the day of the program. 1-2pm. Jan 1. For all ages. Reservations not required. John Jay Homestead, 400 Jay St., Katonah. 914-2325651. johnjayhomestead.org.

See page 27.

✪Seussical the Musical. Seussical is a fun and fantastical musical about friendship, unity and community, and standing tall even if you’re small. Weaving together the tales of Horton the Elephant, Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, Jojo, and many other familiar faces, Seussical transports you to places you can only dream about. 2pm today. For all ages. $18 adults, $15 children under


✪ FDR First Day Hike. Join the Friends of FDR State Park to visit the lesser-known side of the park. Enjoy a brisk walk and visit the bridges built in 2016 and 2017. Meet at the pool parking 12. Reservations not required. The Play Group Theatre, One N. Broadway, White Plains. 914-9464433. playgroup.org.

✪ Winter Wolves. Learn

lot near the bench at the northern end. 10:30am. Jan 1. For all ages. Reservations not required. FDR Park, Section 2C, 2957 Crompond Rd., Yorktown. 914-962-7500. parks.westchestergov.com.

✪ Croton Gorge First Day Hike. Greet the New Year with an easy two-mile total loop hike north along the Aqueduct and atop the beautiful Croton Dam. Listen to the leader discuss the history and construction of the Old Croton Aqueduct and the features of the Croton Dam, the trailhead of the Aqueduct trail. Meet near the restrooms at the parking lot. Noon. Jan 1. For all ages. Reservations required. Croton George Park, Rte. 129, Cortland. 914-862-5290. parks.westchestergov.com. ✪ Hudson Highlands First Day Hike. Take a one-mile hike on Little Stony Point or a three-mile hike on Cornish Estate Trail, then enjoy some hot cocoa, eat some snacks and sing songs at the grand opening of the new Volunteer Center at Little Stony Point. 11am-2pm. Jan 1. For all ages. Reservations not required. Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center, Muser Dr. across from 174 Angola Rd., Cornwall. 845-534-5506. hhnm.org.

about the mythology, biology and ecology of wolf families and discover why this season is such a magical time for packs in North America. Whether the wolves are living on the Arctic tundra or the

woodlands of the southwest, wolf families are out searching for prey as their maturing pups experience their first winter season. Visit the wolves and enjoy hot beverages in their woodstove-heated classroom.

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Dress for cold weather. 1pm. For all ages. $15 adults, $12 children under 12. Reservations required. Wolf Conservation Center, 7 Buck Run, South Salem. 914-753-2373. nywolf.org.

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✪ Fourth Monday Bird Walk. Meet at the ballfields parking lot near the entrance for a guided bird walk with Saw Mill River Audubon staff. Beginners to experts are welcome. 8:3010am. For all ages. Reservations not required. Croton George Park, Rte. 129, Cortland. 914-862-5290. parks.westchestergov.com.

City Picks


● Stories and Songs for Babies. Make new friends and stay and play at the library after stories. 10:30-11am. For all ages. Reservations not required. Ruth Keeler Memorial Library, 276 Titicus Rd., North Salem. 914-669-5161. ruthkeelermemoriallibrary.org.

28 Tuesday

✪ Bear Mountain Ice Rink. See #January Ice Skating page 34.

● Caregiver and Me Pop-Ins. See Jan. 7.

29 Wednesday ✪ Morning Storytime. See Jan. 13.

✪ A World of Plants. See Jan. 1.

30 Thursday

✪ Great Barrier Reef IMAX® Movies. See Visit Connecticut page 33.

✪ Public Ice Skating. See #Januaryiceskating page 34.

31 Friday

✪ Big Apple Circus. See City Picks page 36.

✪ Origami Holiday Tree and 19-foot Holiday Barosaurs. See City Picks page.


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✪ Big Apple Circus. Big Apple Circus is bigger, better, and back with a brand new show under the big top, at Lincoln Center for its 42nd season. Featuring thrilling new acts from around the world and more immersive than ever before, BAC42 is more than a show, it’s an experience you won’t ever forget. Daily, check website for times; until Jan 31. For all ages. $33-$120. Reservations required. Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, 10 Lincoln Center Plz., New York. 212-875-5374. lincolncenter.org.

✪ Radio City Christmas Spectacular. Join the world-famous Rockettes® and the entire cast (including Santa) for the stunning sets, costumes and the kind of breathtaking stage effects that have earned Radio City Music Hall® the title “Showplace of the Nation.” And, of course, the exciting 3-D film that kicks off the show, with Santa and his reindeer taking the audience on a magical sleigh ride through New York City. Come see why this razzle-dazzle show brings families back to this legendary show palace year after year! Daily, check website for times; until Jan. 5. For all ages. $25$300+. Reservations required. Radio City Music Hall, 1260 Ave. of the Americas between 50th and 51st streets, New York. 212-247-4777. radiocity.com.

✪ Open Studio for Families. Explore themes and materials seen in the works on view at the drop-in studio art-making program. 1-4pm Jan. 12, 19 & 26. For ages 3 and older. $25 adults, children under 12 free. Reservations not required. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Ave. at 89th St., New York. 212-423-3500. guggenheim.org. ✪ Origami Holiday Tree and 19foot Holiday Barosaurs. In honor of the Museum’s 150th anniversary, the Origami Holiday Tree includes more than 150 origami models of theropod dinosaurs, including T. rex, as well as models of other Museum icons like the blue whale. The two Holiday Barosaurs, which greet visitors to the Museum on the front steps throughout the holiday season, are made of openwork stainless steel and festooned with pine boughs and lights. Illuminated at night, the whimsical dinosaurs flank the Museum’s Central Park West staircase and echo

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See the beautiful Origami Holiday Tree at the American Museum of Natural History. the Barosaurus mount in the Theodore Roosevelt Rotunda. Daily, 10am-5:45pm; until Jan. 12. For all ages. $23 adult, $13 children. Reservations not required. American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at West 79th St., New York. 212-769-5200. amnh.org.

✪ Yeti, Set, Snow! This show tells the story of a young girl named Widget, and her friend, Twig, who encounter a yeti named Pascetti and a pet cat, Tinsel Kitty, on the first snow day of the winter season. Pascetti, who lives on a mountaintop nearby, dislikes the snow. Through songs and snow day activities, Pascetti discovers not only that snow can be fun, but also learns the value of friendship. Daily, 10:30am; until Jan 31. Ages 3-8. $12 adults, $8 children under 12. Reservations required. Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre, 79th St. and West Dr., New York. 212-639-1697. cityparksfoundation.org/ swedish-cottage-marionette-theatre.






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Start the New Year Off Right Teach your kids healthy financial habits By Liz Frazier, CFP, MBA


anuary is the time for resolutions, new beginnings and creating positive habits. One of the best gifts you can give your child for the New Year is to teach them some financial basics to build healthy habits that last a lifetime. Pay it forward The most valuable tool for teaching your child about money is … money! Having their own money at a young age gives kids the opportunity to practice money management in a safe environment. They can practice how to make smart financial decisions, and just as important, make mistakes. At this age mistakes have no real consequences, but they learn from them … and hopefully will want to avoid them in the future. While there’s no right or wrong way to give an allowance, a simple way to set it up is to give your child a set amount of money each week as allowance. This should not be tied to any specific chores or jobs. Separately, make it clear to them that as part of the family, they are expected to do certain daily chores like make their bed, put away their dishes, and clean up their toys. This avoids the whole, “No I will not pay you to clean your room!” conversation. Tell them if they want to earn additional money, they can do other jobs around the house that are above and beyond their normal chores. Some examples are washing windows, giving the dog a bath, washing your car, or raking the leaves. This approach gives parents a real world, enforceable way to give their children allowance. It removes the gray areas, sets clear expectations, and gives their child real money to learn from. Three piggy bank system Once your child has their own money, you can set up the three piggy bank system to help them learn to manage it. Label three clear jars with SAVE, SPEND, and SHARE (I like clear ones so they can actually see their money grow!).


Explain to your child that any time they get money they need to divide it between these three jars. Don’t worry about how much goes in each. I actually let my kids choose how much they put in each jar. By empowering them to make their own decisions, it gives them a sense of ownership, independence and keeps the experience positive. Spend jar This is their money to spend on whatever they want. This jar teaches your kids about responsible spending and making smart decisions. When your child wants to buy something, you can help them learn smart spending by walking them through the decision-making process. When they get their sight set on something, ask questions like “Why do you want to buy that?” and “What else could you do with that money?” Ultimately let them make their own decisions on what they buy with this money. It’s hard, and all parents scream inside when their kid wants to buy some horrid cheap toy that you KNOW will immediately break … but the best thing for them is to make these mistakes now and learn from them while they’re young. Save jar This is money that your child puts away for something later. A great way to get your child

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excited about saving is to create a savings goal. Have them choose something to save for and create a savings goal poster (think old-school sales thermometer charts). Keep track each week of how much they save and create milestones for motivation. This can be an ice cream sundae when they save $10, or maybe a $10 match. The goal is to keep them excited and engaged so they see saving as a positive. Share jar The share jar money is used to help others. They can choose to donate it to a charity, give gifts to kids in need, or to buy dog food and supplies for the local animal shelter. The key is to identify what your child is passionate about and let them choose where their money goes. Kids are kind and generous by nature, and sharing gives them a sense of pride, accomplishment and builds confidence. Not to mention the positive impact it has on all those around them. Liz Frazier, is a fee-only Certified Financial Planner and author of Beyond Piggy Banks and Lemonade Stands: How to Teach Young Kids About Finance.


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