Beyond the Columbus Day Parade

Used to be I loved three-day weekends. I’d plot all sorts of getaways or, if money was tight, I’d relish hanging out in my PJs till noon for three days straight. Now that I have kids, I look at long weekends a whole lot differently.

For starters, it’s a whole day with an extra set of hands to help me wrangle them because my husband is off. The only problem is, he doesn’t get Columbus Day off. Sigh. So now it’s just another day to entertain them, but there are usually cool things to do like maybe catch a cool parade and down a few meatballs.

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Now, if you’re looking for something to do to entertain your tykes other than the usual parade fare, you might want to check out Camp-a-Palooza. It’s a big, ol’ fair put on by United Way of Westchester and Putnum being held on Sunday, October 10. It’ll run from 11am to 4pm at Camp Hillard in Scarsdale, rain or shine.

This will be our first year to go, but I hear that it’s an absolute ball. They promise music, arts & crafts, carnival games, zipline, miniature golf and sports. Not bad, eh? I’m guessing kids of every age can find something to enjoy—big kids, too!

But here’s the deal: you want to buy your tickets first thing. The price for an individual ticket is $25 online, but the price goes up after 4pm Friday to $35 each. Family tickets are $100 and go up to $140. Kids under three are free. So get your ticket now!

It’s not cheap, but the good news is all those hard-earned bucks of yours go to a good place. It’s a benefit for United Way’s Born Learning Initiative, a public-engagement campaign that teaches parents and other caregivers how to turn ordinary moments into fun learning opportunities.

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