'Tis the season to be jolly!
We rounded up all the activities in Westchester that will bring good cheer to you and your family with local holiday festivals, holiday inspired classes, shows, shopping and even a few fun activities to do at home with the kids – because it’s the most wonderful time of the year! Happy holidays, Westchester!
Treat yourself and family to an Afternoon Tea at Chocolations. Relax by their Christmas tree and enjoy tea, scones, sandwiches and chocolates. We went last year and it was one of those perfect, relaxing afternoons. And the warm, just out of the oven gingerbread cookies made my daughter’s day! Available every Saturday (except December 21) from 12 – 4pm. Call for reservations: 914-777-3600. 607 East Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck.
Experience Christmas on the Farm at Muscoot Farm’s annual event on Saturday, December 14 (5 – 7pm) and Sunday, December 15 (3- 5pm). On Saturday, you’ll enjoy the magic of seeing Muscoot decked out for the holidays, listen to carols, stories in the parlor with punch and cookies. Then, tour the farm and see the animals. On Sunday, enjoy cookies and shadow puppeteer Jim Nappy in the Main House and then visit the animals on the farm. Both events are free. 51 Route 100, Katonah [...]
Don't bother buying decorations for Thanksgiving...put your kids to work!
Fallen leaves are irresistible to kids (and adults) this time of year. My daughter loves to do leaf tracing, but I wondered what else we could do with fall leaves. We rounded up our favorite fall foliage crafts from Pinterest for activities that are easy for all ages. The below crafts are actually so charming, you’re going to want to display them!
This party only looks complicated.
Nadia from mamemima sent us photos from a Halloween party she hosted for her son and we were blown away. She designed all the paper goods herself, made all the decorations and created a delicious spread of (no baking required!) goodies, but even better… she told us how to do it!
Nadia found a cute Halloween font on Dafont and used it for her invitations, decorative signs (in IKEA frames) and banner. The decorations were purchased at the Dollar Store and Target. Read on to find out more…
Blackout curtains are a must for any young child's room. Make these Serena and Lily knock-offs for half the price.
I was at my friend Kelsa DeBrabant’s house when I admired the blackout curtains in her 3-year-old’s room. They were simple white curtains, but they had a strip of adorable pom-pom trim along the edges. I asked if she got them from Serena and Lily, since I’d seen similar curtains in the catalog. “I made them,” she said. “So easy!” She swears you don’t have to be crafty to make them. You don’t even need a sewing machine.
So how did she do it? Find out after the jump:
Finally I found a craft that both big and little kids can do!
I have a six-year-old and four-year-old so it’s not easy finding crafts that they both can do. I usually find myself tackling two projects at once while the girls fight for my attention. When my sister-in-law showed us how much fun we can have with Sharpie markers and a plain t-shirt we were all wow-ed. This craft is super easy and incorporates much of what both girls love: drawing with markers, spraying with a water bottle and watching bright colors transform.
Items You’ll Need:
A pack of Sharpie permanent markers
Spray bottle filled with full strength rubbing alcohol (or use Q-tips dipped in alcohol)
Prewashed white t-shirt or white pillowcase
A piece of cardboard or paper [...]
How to make your own twirly tutu in a few simple steps.
If I had known that making your own tutu was so easy, I would have been making them years ago. (One of my daughters is already passed the tutu stage!) All you need is a roll of tulle ribbon and a pack of elastic headbands. Seriously, that’s it.
Use several colors of tulle for a fairy tutu or all pink for a ballet tutu. Make a longer tutu for a princess dress that’s great for twirling. Couldn’t we all use a little more tutu in our lives?
Easy Tutu Directions: [...]
Don't save them for a rainy day, these are staples for every day creativity.
A friend recently asked me what kind of crafts we keep stocked at my house. Her kids are just getting into crafting and she feels a little unprepared. “I don’t even own googly eyes!” she said to me in a panic. “I don’t either,” I reassured her, but I do keep a lot of stuff on hand for when boredom or rain strikes. So, the next time you’re at Michael’s (or any craft store) pick up these items so you’ll be prepared. Then, open up your designated craft drawer, closet or baskets and plunge right in!
Basic crafting supplies: [...]
And Why You Will Love It, Too.
I didn’t think I would love Instagram as much as I do. At first, I thought, “What’s the point? Why not just take pics with my phone?” But it didn’t take long for me to realize why it’s so popular. It’s fun seeing my life in bite-sized, colorful squares. It’s also an easy way to create a visual diary. And it’s a snap to share photos with my friends or… the world.
Here’s what I learned while staring at the last month’s images: My girls wear a lot of pink. (Okay, I knew that already.) My life is more fun than I thought. The girls never stop moving. They are curious. They are happy. Other people’s photos are inspiring. Simple moments are beautiful. I like pink more than I thought. Life is good.
Yes, my life looks INCREDIBLE on Instagram and yours will, too. [...]
The best of our ideas for play from the past year...
We love finding new ways to play in Westchester. One of the reasons we started Wee Westchester was to spread the word about all the incredible neighborhoods and activities in our beautiful county. Each town offers something different and it’s an adventure every time I visit a new place. Join us…
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Your kid will think you're a super mom when you're done with this super easy craft.
I recently bought my 3-year-old a Superman t-shirt with a red Velcro cape at the Gap. My son loves it, so there are some major bribes offered to get this baby off of him and into the wash. When he asked me for a Batman cape a few days ago, I sensed where this was going: “Mom, can you buy me a Robin cape? What about Captain America?” So I found myself googling “DIY superhero cape.”
I came across the absolutely, certifiably easiest DIY superhero cape ever. It doesn’t matter if you’re making a cape for an aspiring Wonder Woman or Batman, the directions are the same. You get an old t-shirt out of your drawer, do some cutting — and voila, it’s done. Seriously, you’re going to thank us for this one.
Here’s how to make it:
Fun ways to teach our kids to love our Earth.
Earth Day is the perfect time to teach your kids about recycling, gardening, nature and appreciating and loving our planet. With Earth Day just around the corner, we rounded up our favorite nature inspired crafts that are a fun way of getting those conversations started. There’s also a sweet treat that’s easy (even for me) and sure to make our kids excited about Earth Day…
A great way of teaching our kids about the Earth is by showing them a globe. And you might as well make your own! This craft involves a balloon (or punching ball), newspaper, flour, Modge Podge, printable continents and paint. Get the free printables and instructions at One Charming Party. [...]
Westchester's guide to drop-in arts and crafts for kids.
Westchester’s kids love arts and crafts. And we love art studios that let us walk-in and create a masterpiece! The following art studios will let you do just that. A few places recommend a phone call or reservation, but most have times that you can just show up and be creative. So, dress your kids in old clothes (you might want to do the same) and pick your passion, from painting pottery to tie dying, you and your kids can get crafty!
Many of the following art studios also offer classes, camps and birthday parties. I have only provided information on when you can walk-in and play, without enrolling in a class.
A Maze in Pottery, Inc. in Briarcliff Manor welcomes walk-ins without a registration (unless you’re a party of 5 or more) during their regular business hours of Tuesday and Wednesday 10am – 6pm, Thursday and Friday 10am – 8 pm, Saturday 10am – 6pm and Sunday 11am – 5pm (closed on Mondays.) Pay the cost of the pottery you choose (piggy banks, mugs, garden plaques, pitchers, plates and more) plus a studio fee of $8 for the first hour and $4 for each additional hour. Paints are all non-toxic, lead free and food safe. Pottery prices are $5 -$80. There is no studio fee on Tuesdays for kids (ages 4 and under) from 11am – 3pm. The first and last Sunday of every month families can paint all day for a studio fee of $15. Check their website for more specials. A Maze in Pottery: 75 N. State Road, Briarcliff Manor; 914-502-0088 [...]