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Best of Westchester: Kids in 2022

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Your kids will have a blast as they learn, play, and shop their way around the county at these Best of Westchester destinations.

Infant Apparel

zia NYC

Scarsdale; zianyc.com

Born by Scarsdale resident Shazia Sarker, this globally inspired e-commerce brand for baby apparel focuses on comfort and quality. The collection includes short- and long-sleeve onesies, long-sleeve one-pieces, blankets, and reversible bibs, all in blue and pink hues, in a cotton/spandex blend. The pieces feature clean designs, with Indian-inspired details, and are the perfect gift for that new little one in your life.

Baby & Child Gifts

Willow Road

Scarsdale; willowroad.com

Besotted grandparents and doting aunties will go gaga over this shop’s custom “gift bundles.” Comprising clothing (onesies with such cheeky sayings as “Current Family Favorite”), accessories (unicorn bath mitts), and toys (taxi rattles), they can be organized by occasion, sex, age, and price point. And do check out its darling matching sibling and “coming home from the hospital” selfie-fabulous fashions. (Or you could spend months knitting a scratchy blanket that’ll live in a drawer. Your choice.)

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Learning & Recreation Center

GaragePod

Dobbs Ferry; garagepodx.com

This play-and-learning space offers a popular and unique after-school program and morning pod for ages 4 to 10, where nature and community, movement, free play, and creativity are cornerstones. Kids take the lead and adults follow in this dynamic program, which includes outdoor adventures, tinkering, art, sensory activities, playing music, games, and other organic fun.

Nature Programs

The Rewilding School

Mount Kisco (plus two other county locations); rewildingschool.com

Channel your inner Grizzly Adams at this unique school, where one can experience ice fishing, animal tracking, foraging, shelter building, spoon carving, open-fire cooking, archery, and related art and games. Year-round nature programs include an all-outdoor preschool, weekly summer sessions for kids, Saturday classes for adults, and workshops such as ancestral skills for the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities, taught by educated and experienced naturalists.

Sustainable Children’s Clothing

Cotonly

Rye; cotonly.com

Firmly believing that kids’ clothes should be comfortable and well-loved but also durable enough to function as suitable hand-me-downs for future generations (thereby reducing waste), Rye mom Sadia Sharmin offers colorful, timeless pieces for boys and girls (2 to 12) spun from rich, high-quality textiles in certified- organic and chemical-free factories.

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