Brooklyn transplant Dominique de Bourgknecht started baby deedee when she couldn’t find any suitable sleep sacks for her young kids. Today, the Port Chester-based company sells a line of cozy sleepwear that’s a hit with parents (and tired kids!) everywhere. Find the products at Silver Spoon (Bronxville), Miller’s (Mamaroneck), and Twinkle Toes Baby (Rye).
New Kids’ Museum
Westchester Children’s Museum
In the year since opening, more than 40,000 visitors have flocked to the Westchester Children’s Museum. No wonder — the 6,500 sq ft facility offers everything from a toddler “beach” to a build-your-own-roller-coaster station, a reading nook, areas for creativity and construction, and even a makerspace, with design, technology, and science activities.
New Music Class
Songs for Seeds*
For a rockin’ experience, immerse your kids in Songs for Seeds, a weekly 45-minute music class for children, newborn to 6 years old. Through a series of interactive activities, your little ones will play instruments, sing, and dance along with a three-piece band. The program’s stellar teacher/musicians take students on a fun musical journey that is sure to amaze.
New Children’s Fest
Harrison Public Library
Don’t tell the kids, but they can learn while they play. The HPL Play 2 Learn Festival features dozens of hands-on activities in eight play zones centered on creativity, science, music and dance, physical fitness, sensory experience, make-believe, construction, and technology. It’s a free event to be held this year in Riis Park, outside the Harrison library on Sunday, Sept 10, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
New York Goju Karate Academy
This karate academy goes beyond teaching moves and techniques. Its comprehensive approach also ensures that students of all ages understand the philosophy behind the moves. Plus, with classes broadcast live into the waiting room, parents don’t have to wait and wonder.
Place to Introduce Kids to Theater
Westchester Sandbox Theatre
Got a budding thespian on your hands? The Westchester Sandbox Theatre should be your main-stage venue. The center produces 10 youth-theater shows each year, giving local acting wannabes plenty of chances to be onstage. Also available are acting lessons and school-break theater camps.
Classic Baby Boutique
Dress your little ones in the timeless, classic style of Prince George and Princess Charlotte from this designer children’s fashion boutique that’s the latest incarnation of erstwhile town fixture Fierson’s. Expect items from such esteemed designers as Kissy Kissy, Torres, Carriage Boutique, and David Charles.
Local Website for Parents
Westchester offers a wealth of options for just about everything kid-related. But where there are choices, there is confusion. That’s where ParentNation comes in. Developed by Scarsdale couple Renee and Josh Levine, the site offers advice and feedback from other parents on a wide range of local children’s services, like daycare centers, pediatricians, and birthday-party venues.
Kids’ Book Shop
Tucked upstairs in a coffee shop serving fair-trade organic coffee and teas, a lovingly curated selection of classic and contemporary kids’ books awaits lucky little readers and adults who love them. Owners and Bedford Corners residents Peter and Gretchen Menzies select every book, with story times offered twice a month.
A Nu Toy Store
Obsessed with Star Wars figurines from the ’70s? Love LEGO sets from the early ’90s? Seeking Smurfs or Fisher-Price originals? You’re in luck at this Tarrytown gem, open since 2008. You can also pick up newer brands, like Melissa & Doug, Hape, and Green Toys.
Antidote for Restless Kids
Not only is the Rockin’ Jump trampoline park a destination for fabulous fun, it’s also inclusive. Its regularly scheduled “Sensory Jump Time,” for kids with special needs, is free of crowds, low on sound and banishes the need to wear the requisite Rockin’ Jump socks. Looking for that elusive perfect kid’s gift? A Rockin’ Jump gift card rocks!
*Yes, We Know It’s a Chain, But…
Readers’ Picks 2017
Breaking Ground Dance Center
Ossining Public Library
Riseman Educational Consulting, LLC
Academy of Dance Arts
Dining With Kids
Martial Arts School
Go No Sen Karate
Music Conservatory of Westchester
All About the Dress
Breaking Ground Dance Center
The Chapel School
Public School District
World Seido Karate Organization
OnTrack Sports Center
Summer Day Camp
Summer Trails Day Camp
Place to Take the Kids
Grand Prix New York
Yogi’s Paw & Evolution