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Free Summer Camp Fair, Year of the Snake Celebrations, and Crafts for Valentine's Day
February 8-10

Free Summer Camp Fair this Sunday, Feb. 10

Now's the time to be researching summer programs and camps (day, sleepaway, or specialty?). Head to the FREE Westchester Camp Fair this Sunday, Feb. 10 and meet more than 50 camps in a single afternoon. Don't forget to bring a list of these 10 questions you should ask every camp director. RSVP on Facebook!

CelebrateChinese New Year celebrates the Year of the Snake this Sunday, which means dragon dances, firecrackers, red envelopes, and some spring cleaning. Scroll down for the highlights of this cultural celebration in your neighborhood.

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Saturday, Feb. 9
Winter Open House

Gate Hill Day Camp, Stony Point
Bring the family for arts and craft projects and to get moving with a game of GaGa. Also get a tour of Gate Hill Day Camp.

Sunday, Feb. 10
Westchester Camp & Summer Activities Fair

Crowne Plaza, White Plains
Meet camp directors, learn about different programs, and explore day, sleepaway, and specialty camps.

Friday, Feb. 15
Open House

Rockland Country Day School, Congers
Tour the 20-acre campus and meet teachers from 10-11:30am.

Top 20 Activities for Kids

Celebrate Chinese New Year

• Explore an ancient Chinese invention: Rockets at Kaboom! in Brooklyn

• Watch traditional Chinese sword, ribbon, folk dances and more at Lunar New Year Fest 2013 in Queens

• Join zoo animals at the Asian New Year Celebration in Fairfield, CT

• Celebrate the Lunar New Year with a lion dance and kung fu demos in Manhattan

• Go on a family adventure on Long Island to learn about snakes

• Make crafts and play games to celebrate Chinese New Year in Rockland

• Visit Brooklyn for a Lunar New Year Fest of live performances, Peking Opera, and dance

• Hear about NYC's Chinatown during a special story hour in Manhattan

• See a lively Lion Dance in Westchester

• Watch 600,000 rounds of colorful firecrackers in Manhattan



Win 3 children's books!

Wine Expo

Have a parents' night out at the NY Wine Expo 2013.


Score free movie tickets to see "Escape from Planet Earth" in theaters!

Online Calendar
View all of the kid-friendly activities and events happening this weekend.


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Sweet Valentine's Day Fun

• Take a tour of historic Bush-Holley House and make Vintage Valentines for a loved one in Fairfield, CT

• Use recyled paper and dried flowers to create a unique valentine on Long Island

• Play all afternoon at the YWCA V-Day Carnival in Westchester

• Transform cupcake liners and colorful ribbons into Happy Hearts at LICM on Long Island

• Listen to a sweet story about Angelina Ballerina in Westchester

Cool Things for All

• Meet author Javaka Steptoe for Black History Month in Queens

• Have fun with magic, music, games, and more at Winterfest in Manhattan

• Kids of all abilities can practice yoga in Westchester

• Meet kid-favorite Bossy Frog at a PJ party fundraiser in Rockland

• NY Transit Museum opens exclusively to families of children with special needs in Brooklyn

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