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Westchester Teen Honored for Work in Third World Countries
by Kaitlin Ahern - February 14, 2013

Sixteen-year-old Mary Grace Henry of Harrison in Westchester, New York wins the Kids Who Give contest for her founding of Reverse the Course, a nonprofit that helps improve the lives of girls in Third World countries.

Lego Lovers Rejoice: Legoland Opens in Yonkers
by Kaitlin Ahern - February 12, 2013

Legoland, a popular Lego-themed attraction, is set to open in Yonkers. The location offers birthday parties for children in Westchester County and features a 4-D theater, two Lego-themed rides, and a café.

Town of Ramapo Challenger Center: Where Kids Can Be Astronauts for a Day
by Kaitlin Ahern - January 22, 2013

At the Lower Hudson Valley Challenger Center in Airmont, NY, more recently known as the Town of Ramapo Challenger Center, kids can become astronauts for a day and families can go on space missions to the moon, Mars, and beyond.

Women and Thyroid Disease: Know the Symptoms for Proper Diagnosis
by Kaitlin Ahern - January 07, 2013

Up to 60 percent of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition due to misdiagnosis. Knowing the symptoms of thyroid diseases, such as Graves' disease and Hashimoto's disease, can help with early detection and proper treatment of thyroid disease reduces associated long-term risks.

Family Outing: Museum of Mathematics in Manhattan
by Kaitlin Ahern - December 21, 2012

The Museum of Mathematics, or MoMath, in Manhattan is a dynamic and interactive museum that focuses on enhancing public understanding and perception of math in daily life. It is the first museum of its kind in the country.

14th Street Y Adds Ultimate Fitness for Children with Special Needs
by Kaitlin Ahern - December 17, 2012

14th Street Y recently added Ultimate Fitness to its class schedule. Ultimate Fitness is an exercise class for children with special needs in NYC. The class targets children on the high-functioning end of the autism spectrum, as well as children with communication and language delays.

Family Outing: Katonah Museum of Art
by Kaitlin Ahern - November 26, 2012

The Katonah Museum of Art in Bedford, NY, is a non-collecting museum that hosts about a dozen art exhibits each year and corresponding programs for kids and families such as guided tours, story times, art programs, family days, and school vacation programs.

Top 10 Holiday Shows in NYC for Families
by Kaitlin Ahern - November 27, 2013

UPDATED NOVEMBER 2013: Our roundup of kid-friendly NYC holiday shows for the 2013 season includes Broadway and Off-Broadway must-sees, from classic performances such as the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and The Nutcracker to new musicals like A Christmas Story and Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Get all the details on these family-friendly theater performances here.

Broadway Star and NYC Dad Kevin Del Aguila Talks Theater
by Kaitlin Ahern - November 02, 2012

Acclaimed actor, writer, director, and Manhattan dad Kevin Del Aguila (most recently Smee in the Tony-winning "Peter and the Starcatcher" and writer and director of "The Velveteen Rabbit" at DR2 Theatre) tells us why theater is so important for kids.

Family Outing: The New York Botanical Garden
by Kaitlin Ahern - October 26, 2012

The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx is a fun destination for families, with regular nature programs in the Children's Garden and Family Garden plus a variety of annual events like the Orchid Show and the famous Holiday Train Show.

St. Mary’s Hospital Unveils Kid-Friendly Care Rooms
by Kaitlin Ahern - October 23, 2012

St. Marys Hospital for Children in Queens celebrated its Patient Pavilion grand opening on Sept. 27, which features new kid-friendly patient care rooms.

Heeling Autism
by Kaitlin Ahern - October 22, 2012

Five families in the New York area, including Westchester County, receive autism service dogs through the Guiding Eyes' Heeling Autism program.

A Long Island Mom and Author Helps Explain Autism to Kids
by Kaitlin Ahern - October 11, 2012

A Long Island mom and author of a 10-year-old boy who has autism shares tips on how to help classmates, typical siblings, family, and friends understand autism, and how to stay positive in the process.

5 Tips for Getting Great Photos of Kids with Special Needs
by Kaitlin Ahern - October 04, 2012

A professional photographer who has a son on the autism spectrum and specializes in photographing kids offers parents five tips on how to capture great photos of their own children.

NYC Teen Receives Award for Creating Campaign to Inspire Teens
by Kaitlin Ahern - October 03, 2012

An NYC teen who created the film "The Second Day," which features interviews with people who raced from Ground Zero on 9/11 to safety, is awarded the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes for his "Show Your Strength Campaign" aimed at teens.

Family Outing: Old Westbury Gardens
by Kaitlin Ahern - September 27, 2012

Old Westbury Gardens is a National Historic Site on Long Island known for its family-friendly outdoor activities and gorgeous gardens and grounds.

DVD Review: Tinker Bell in 'Secret of the Wings'
by Kaitlin Ahern - September 25, 2012

"Secret of the Wings," Tinker Bell's first 3D adventure in the Disney Fairies series, takes her to the far reaches of Pixie Hollow, where she flies with new friends and uncovers a secret that changes her world.

A Literary Hero in Fairfield
by Kaitlin Ahern - September 21, 2012

A Wilton mom steps in to preserve the words of other thinking mothers by buying "Brain, Child" magazine, a literary publication that bills itself as "the magazine for thinking mothers."

Westchester Teen Helps Light the Way
by Kaitlin Ahern - September 17, 2012

A teen from Westchester, NY is recognized for his work of bringing clean light to kids across the world and earns the Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes.

Meet Kevin Del Aguila: Broadway Star and NYC Dad
by Kaitlin Ahern - August 27, 2012

Acclaimed actor, writer, and director Kevin Del Aguila talks about his alternating roles as Broadway star (in the Tony-winning "Peter and the Starcatcher") and Manhattan dad.

Ask the Expert: How Can I Set Limits on My Child's Diet without Being Too Restrictive?
by Kaitlin Ahern - August 23, 2012

Local pediatrician and obesity specialist Joanna Dolgoff, MD, explains how parents can set healthy limits on foods for their kids and when to seek help for your child's diet.

Ask the Expert: How Can I Make Exercise More Fun for My Non-Athletic Child?
by Kaitlin Ahern - August 23, 2012

If your child isn't the athletic type, it's important to keep him moving by finding activities he enjoys. Here, local pediatrician Dr. Joanna Dolgoff offers tips on making physical activity more fun for kids who aren't natural athletes.

Ask the Expert: How Can I Increase My Child's Active Time Outside of School?
by Kaitlin Ahern - August 22, 2012

Dr. Joanna Dolgoff, a local pediatrician and expert on childhood obesity, provides tips on increasing our kids' play and exercise time outside of school so they get at least an hour of active time each day.

Being a Mentor is a Big Commitment, So Why Do It?
by Kaitlin Ahern - August 21, 2012

With a full daily schedule, signing up to be a mentor is a big commitment and extra responsibility. Why do it? Local mentors through Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Club, and Girls Write Now share why the commitment is worth it.

The Mentor Effect: Helping At-Risk and Underprivileged Kids
by Kaitlin Ahern - August 21, 2012

It isn't necessary to be superhuman to be a great mentor to an at-risk or underprivileged youth. What makes mentors extraordinary is the commitment he or she makes to changing a child's life for the better. Mentors from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island, Boys & Girls Club in Northern Westchester, and Girls Write Now share their experiences.

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