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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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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.


Maple Sugaring Events in Westchester this March
by Ellen Pocost - February 17, 2012

March is maple sugaring time in the Northeast! We've rounded up the top 12 maple sugaring events happening in Westchester County this month, each affordable and full of family fun. Tap a tree, boil down your maple sugar into maple syrup, and enjoy this sweet creation over a short stack of steaming pancakes--what better way to welcome spring?


Top Things to Do with Kids in Westchester this February
by Ellen Pocost - January 23, 2012

Looking for fun and affordable family events in Westchester County NY? We've rounded up the best things to do with your kids from our February 2012 calendar of events. You'll find details on family shows, the Hudson River EagleFest, the biggest camp fair in the area, the return of the Royal Hanneford Circus, and what parks are open for sledding and skating.


National Park Service Will Waive Admission Fees on 17 Days in 2012
by Ellen Pocost - January 05, 2012

The National Park Service announced 17 "fee free" dates for 2012, when admission fees to many U.S. national parks and historical sites will be waived, encouraging families to visit a park near them and enjoy the remarkable landscapes and historical and cultural sites that are unique to our great country.


The 'Just Right' News Site for Kids
by Ellen Pocost - January 05, 2012

KidzTimez is an engaging and educational news site for kids and tweens that offers a well-rounded approach to connecting kids with the world beyond their doorstep.


Westchester Mom Launches Site that Celebrates Giving
by Ellen Pocost - January 05, 2012

CharityPanda.com, the brainchild of a Westchester mom of three, allows visitors to donate to charity in honor of a celebration, like a birthday, in lieu of buying gifts.


Top Things to Do with Kids in Westchester County NY this January
by Ellen Pocost - January 05, 2012

Want fun and affordable things to do in Westchester this January? We've got you covered! Get all the details on the best local kids' events happening this month, from fun family shows to our top picks for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Plus, find out why a trip over the border either CT or the Bronx (or both!) is totally worth your while.


A Girly Girl Gives in to Guy Gifts
by Ellen Pocost - December 02, 2011

One local mom, a self-proclaimed "girly girl," struggles to fathom her son's boyish Christmas gift requests, but eventually learns to embrace his Star Wars-loving, Call of Duty-coveting attitude.


Top Things to Do with Kids in Westchester County NY - December 2011
by Ellen Pocost - November 21, 2011

Looking for some fun and low-cost things to do with kids in Westchester County NY this December? We've hand-picked the best kids events from our calendar section, including some great holiday events and shows for families, a Christmas tree sale that benefits a good cause, a free Harry Potter Marathon in honor of winter vacation, a Free Arts Day, and two fun new exhibits.


The Bullying Academy Teaches Kids About the Dangers of Bullying and Cyberbullying
by Ellen Pocost - October 19, 2011

The newly launched Bullying Academy is a web-based interactive program designed to help middle school students recognize avoid bullying by educating them on its dangers, effects on others, and alternatives.


Best Things to Do with Kids in Westchester County NY - November 2011
by Ellen Pocost - October 19, 2011

Looking for fun and low-cost kids events in Westchester? We've hand-picked the best things to do with your family from our November calendar of events, including the Westchester County Light the Night Walk; a few family-friendly shows, including the first "The Nutcracker" performance of the season; and a handful of family hikes, walks, and runs in honor of Thanksgiving.


Zuzee.com is a Safe Alternative to Facebook and Twitter for Tweens
by Ellen Pocost - October 17, 2011

Zuzee.com, a social networking and photo sharing site specifically for girls, was designed by parents with safety in mind.


Meet the Editor: Ellen Pocost
by Ellen Pocost - October 13, 2011

Introducing Ellen Pocost, Westchester Calendar Editor and Directory Editor


New Online Store Allows Women to Rent Designer Maternity Clothes
by Ellen Pocost - September 26, 2011

Mine for Nine is an online boutique that allows women to borrow designer maternity clothes at 75 percent off retail price.



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