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Ellen Pocost
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Ellen Pocost can’t imagine a better place to live and raise children than Westchester County. Her all-time favorite spot is Manor Park in Larchmont, which, on a summer evening at magic hour, is just like something out of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. She lives with her husband, son, two stepsons, and a rescue dog, and considers her successfully blended family to be her greatest personal accomplishment.

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Autism Speaks Launches School Community Tool Kit 2.0
by Ellen Pocost - September 18, 2012

Autism Speaks' new School Community Tool Kit 2.0 is a resource meant to help classmates, teachers, and other school staff to better understand students on the autism spectrum and how to support them.


An Online Chore Chart for Kids that Works Wonders
by Ellen Pocost - September 18, 2012

MyJobChart.com, a free online chore chart, makes housework and homework easier to manage and more rewarding for kids.


Get Free Museum Admission on Sept. 29
by Ellen Pocost - September 18, 2012

During Smithsonian magazine's Museum Day Live!, you can get free admission to participating museums in the NYC area and beyond.


Top Kids' Events in Westchester County this October
by Ellen Pocost - September 17, 2012

Our roundup of fun and low-cost kids' events in Westchester County, NY, in October includes Halloween activities, Sesame Street Live in White Plains, a Harvest Fest in Pocantico Hills, and pumpkin-themed events in the nearby Bronx.


Fun Fall Festivals in Westchester and Rockland
by Ellen Pocost - September 27, 2013

UPDATED 2013: Celebrate the harvest season in the Hudson Valley at these fall fairs and festivals in Westchester and Rockland counties, including Bear Mountain, Brewster, Cortlandt Manor, Katonah, Pleasantville, Sleepy Hollow, and beyond. Bring the kids for apple picking, pumpkin carving, hayrides, corn mazes, and more fun fall activities.


Top Things to Do with Kids in Westchester this September
by Ellen Pocost - August 17, 2012

Our roundup of fun and free/low-cost things to do with kids in Westchester County, NY this September features Children's Book Day in Tarrytown, a 3D exhibit in Katonah, a pow wow in Yorktown Heights, and fall fairs and festivals throughout the county.


Farmers' Markets in Westchester: Dates and Locations
by Ellen Pocost - July 30, 2013

Find a full list of farmers' markets and greenmarkets in Westchester County, NY, including Bronxville, Croton-on-Hudson, Katonah, Larchmont, New Rochelle, Ossining, Pleasantville, Rye, Tarrytown, White Plains, and Yonkers.


Top Things to Do with Kids in Westchester this August
by Ellen Pocost - July 24, 2012

Find fun and free or low-cost things to do with kids in and near Westchester County, NY this August, including the Peekskill Celebration, a storytelling and music festival, and a neighboring county fair.


Top Things to Do with Kids in Westchester this July
by Ellen Pocost - June 19, 2012

This July, find free/low-cost kids events and fun things to do with your family in Westchester County, including fireworks displays, outdoor concerts, and a Renaissance festival.


4th of July Fireworks and Festivals in Westchester
by Ellen Pocost - June 07, 2012

UPDATED JUNE 2013: Find out where to watch 4th of July fireworks in Westchester County, NY, from White Plains to Katonah and beyond. Plus, get the details on fun July 4 festivals for families in the area.


New Website Teaches Kids How to Make Online Purchases
by Ellen Pocost - May 16, 2012

A new website and free service, Virtual Piggy, teaches kids about how to buy things online in a responsibly way, with parents at the controls.


New Website Helps Families Fill Out Less Forms
by Ellen Pocost - May 16, 2012

FamilyID lets families find, sign up for, and pay for programs all in one place. It's a secure site where families can keep and use their registration information for several different activities.


Special Needs Caregiver Course in Westchester
by Ellen Pocost - May 14, 2012

Teens in the Westchester area can learn how to care for kids with special needs in a babysitting course being offered in White Plains.


Top Things to Do with Kids in Westchester this June
by Ellen Pocost - May 14, 2012

If you're looking for fun and free or low-cost things to do this June in Westchester County, NY, we've got you covered. We present the top kids' events of the month, including a popular pirate festival, outdoor arts festival, and Father's Day activities.


College Week Live to Host New York Day
by Ellen Pocost - April 19, 2012

College Week Live, the largest online college fair, will host a New York Day featuring dozens of colleges across the state.


Top Things to Do with Kids in Westchester this May
by Ellen Pocost - April 19, 2012

Looking for fun and free/low-cost things to do with your family in Westchester County, NY? Get the scoop on the top May events for kids, including a fun farm festival, Mother's Day events, and the annual Animals & Acrobats fair on Memorial Day weekend.


Toys R Us Shines a Light for Autism
by Ellen Pocost - April 02, 2012

Toys R Us has joined Autism Speaks to increase awareness about autism and raise funds for the cause during Autism Awareness Month. Find out how you can help.


New Website Helps Schools Fundraise Online
by Ellen Pocost - April 02, 2012

Schoola.com is a new website that makes it easier for schools to partner with local businesses to set up online fundraisers.


New Life for a Historic Site
by Ellen Pocost - April 02, 2012

The John Jay Homestead, a New York State Historic Site, plans to build a new Education and Visitor Center that will include interactive exhibits, a children's area, and more, making it more family friendly than ever.


Kids' Earth Day Events in Westchester
by Ellen Pocost - March 22, 2012

Fun Earth Day events for kids and families are popping up like April flowers in Westchester County. Here's our roundup of fun ways to celebrate Earth Day with your children throughout the month, including plenty of nature programs, outdoor festivals, and spring-themed activities. Pledge to go green or just enjoy the great outdoors at these family-friendly events.


Top Things to Do with Kids in Westchester this April
by Ellen Pocost - March 22, 2012

Looking for fun and low-cost family events this April in Westchester County, NY? Here are our editor's top picks for the month, including live shows with colorful characters, outdoor events especially for kids, and one particularly wooly festival where you can welcome springtime.


An App Is Born
by Ellen Pocost - February 27, 2012

WebMD Baby is a new app that provides instant access to expert medical info and health answers for parents of babies and toddlers.


Get Cooking, Kids!
by Ellen Pocost - February 27, 2012

Got a kid who loves to cook? Have her enter Kids Who Love to Cook's Recipe of the Month Contest for the chance to win an iPad and be featured on Kids Who Love to Cook, a website dedicated to encouraging kids to appreciate good food while teaching life lessons through cooking.


Third Annual Fill A Backpack Drive Kicks Off
by Ellen Pocost - February 24, 2012

A Scarsdale native founded the Fill A Backpack Drive to benefit underprivileged kids on the Oglala Lakota Pine Ridge Reservation. Now in its third year, the backpack drive is accepting donations from Westchester residents through March 3.


Top Things to Do with Kids in Westchester this March
by Ellen Pocost - February 17, 2012

Looking for fun (and affordable) family events happening in Westchester County this March? We've rounded up our top seven picks from our calendar, including a few kid-friendly shows, a St. Patrick's Day tradition, a whole slew of maple sugaring events ('tis the season!), and two noteworthy events in nearby Norwalk, CT and the Bronx.



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