School Aged

Any racer knows that a solid fundamental foundation is the key to winning. At Grand Prix New York, a professional track staff introduces kids from ages 8-16 to the basic fundamentals of driving as well as racing. With class sizes never exceeding 20 students, instructors are able to give the junior racers at GPNY the one-on-one attention that is necessary to master skills and excel! Schools are run once a month on the weekend and have produced nearly 1,000 graduates most of whom compete in Junior Racing Leagues and Endurance Races!  Grand Prix New York, 333 North Bedford Road, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549.  Phone: 914-241-3131.  Web:

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Little Joe’s Books, a great bookstore for kids and teens in Katonah, NY.  Little Joe’s is the only bookstore devoted just to young readers in Northern Westchester and carries 1000s of titles, along with games, toys and puzzles.  They host regular in-store events, including a weekly “Story Hour With Miss Kathy”, a monthly series “Reading with Whoopsie Daisy, the Reading Dog”, and frequent author visits and book signings, special-themed parties, and more.  See below for reviews from “friends at Little Joe’s” (kids who frequent the store) or the Pick of the Month from Genevieve – Little Joe’s fabulous and knowledgeable book source. Visit, or find them on facebook.

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Aldrich Buddies: Inspired by the art represented in our current exhibitions, these workshops are designed to expand a child’s developing definition of art, while magnifying their creativity through stories, artwork and hands-on projects. Parents and caretakers are encouraged to participate alongside their children and to extend the learning experiences back at home. Materials and snacks are included and registration is required.   Right Brain Saturdays. Ages 6 to 10. The two-hour workshops taught by local artists and museum educators allow children to experience artwork in the galleries and to apply the methods, concepts or ideas they see into their own projects. All materials are provided and registration is required a week before workshop date. Visit email or call 203.438.4519.

Amadeus Conservatory of Music offers private music lessons in piano, guitar, bass guitar, voice, drums, suzuki violin and cello (ages 4-6), and all band and orchestral instruments to children and adults of all ages. Our international faculty is composed of enthusiastic and inspiring artists, graduates of the Juilliard School or schools of like caliber who are dedicated to passing on their passion and expertise. Students participate in recitals and have the opportunity to hear their teachers perform. Early Childhood classes (ages 3-5) give young children the opportunity to play real instruments in child-sized proportions, such as 1/8 violins, miniature accordions and guitars, recorders, bongo and conga drums, and other percussion instruments. Music theory, electronic composition, chamber ensembles, and jazz ensembles are offered. The musical theater department gives students the opportunity to become knowledgeable in the art of theater. From performance of Broadway musicals to the various technical aspects of theater, students acquire a real hands-on experience, while working with trained professionals in the field. Locations: Chappaqua: 201 King Street, Bedford: St. Matthew`s Church, 382 Cantitoe Street, and Rye: First Presbyterian Church.  Call 914-238-0388 for more information or visit


Students will develop stronger and healthier bodies, a positive attitude about themselves and others, and self-defense techniques. All classes held in the Multi-Purpose Room, Leonard Park, Mount Kisco. For information, call: 914.666.3059.

Named 2010 Best Kids Theater Class by Westchester Magazine, Applause Westchester is the highly acclaimed music and drama program that offers the perfect class for your child! Classes include Broadway Babies and Rock-n-Roll Babies Music Classes (4 months-3 years), Stars (3-5 years), Superstars (K-5th grade), and the Applause Weekend Workshops (5th-8th grade). Applause Westchester also offers Private Lessons in Singing, Acting, Dance and Piano. At Applause Westchester you can celebrate your child`s birthday with a customized birthday party of your choice that includes acting, singing, and dancing. Parties for ages 1-4 include Princess Party, The Wizard of Oz, Annie, The Sound of Music and more. Our older performance parties for ages 5-10 include our Hip-Hop Extravaganza, Pop-Star Contest, Hairspray and many more.  Packages start at just $395.  Applause Westchester, 114 W. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck, NY 10543, (914) 835-2200,  Visit


Bach and Roll in-home music lessons provide the highest quality of in home music lessons to students of all ages and abilities. We customize every lesson to make learning fun and easy no matter what style of music. Our highly skilled faculty can help you achieve your musical goals. Visit,, 917 414 0952.

Visit the lower Hudson`s only riverfront environmental center!  Our spacious interpretive center has spectacular views of the Hudson and Palisades, with fish tanks, and interactive exhibits. Outside there is a sandy beach and tidal marsh. Check out for a calendar of monthly family events, classes, and special celebrations. Open 7 days a week, 9 – 5.

The Bedford Katonah Hockey Association, also known as the Bedford Bears, is a youth travel hockey program whose mission is to help young players develop their skills and foster a love for the game in a family friendly environment. We encourage healthy competition, but place a greater emphasis on sportsmanship, team-play and simply having fun than on wins and losses. Bedford Bears, PO Box 766, Katonah, NY 10536.   Visit and

BPRBA provides residents of Pound Ridge and Bedford Village with youth recreational baseball from Kindergarten through 8th grade. Recreation Teams are determined by grade.  The Instructional League is for Kindergarten players and they generally play their games on Saturday mornings at Bedford Village Town Park.  The Rookie League is for 1st and 2nd grade players and they generally play one game on Saturday mornings and one game during the week, both at Pound Ridge Town Park.  The Minor League is for 3rd and 4th grade players and they generally play one weekend game and one weeknight game, generally at Pound Ridge Elementary School.  The Major League is for 5th and 6th grade players and they generally play one weekend game and one weeknight game at Bedford Village Town Park.  The Senior League is for players in 7th & 8th grades. Their teams play their games against teams from other towns in the Central Westchester Baseball Association (CWBA).  BPRBA sponsors a team which plays in the Challenger League. This League provides a baseball experience for children with physical and mental disabilities.  There are travel baseball teams in the summer and fall for age groups 9 and up. Visit

The BYSC In-house program is a for-fun, community developmental program focused on skills, sportsmanship, team play and a knowledge of the game. As it is often the first organized sport a child plays, we are intent on making it a fun experience for children and their families. It is also intended to develop travel soccer aptitude for those children who have the desire to transition to travel, which is more serious and more competitive.  Most in-house age groups have parent coached teams with paid trainers. In 1st grade, parents can choose between a professional clinic program that runs two days per week, or continue with parent coaches and team play (with professional trainers).  By second grade, more dedicated players may choose our pre-travel program. To learn more about BYSC, visit

bennettlogoBennett Academy of the Performing Arts is a school that teaches music, acting, creative writing, film and voice.  At Bennett Academy both hobbyist and aspiring professionals, receive innovative lessons from some of the best teachers in the performing arts in a safe, supportive environment. The Academy is centrally located in New Rochelle, NY one block away from Larchmont and only minutes away from  Eastchester, Pelham, and Scarsdale.
Web:, phone:914-661-2143, Email:

Author: Patricia MacLachlan
Reviewed by Ashley Gambareri
The book is about 4 kids: Benny, Violet Jessie and Henry.  Benny is 5 years old.  Violet looks around 8 years old.  And Jessie and Henry look around 12 years old.  The story is about the 4 of them going on many fun experiences.
In the beginning there was a big snow storm and a family was driving across country and ended up stranded on the 4 kids’ road.  The stranded family went up to the 4 kids’ door and asked to stay for awhile.  In the family there were two kids and they were close in age to the 4 kids. Their names were Meg and William. They had a puppy named Joe.  Benny loved Joe, they were best friends.  Meg and William’s parent’s names are Sarah and Jake.  The family stayed for a long time because their car broke down.  The six kids loved playing together.  They even made a circus.
Then a little bit later the piece Jake needed to fix his car arrived. That meant they could journey back home.  The kids were very sad to leave each other but then they remember that they would be back in town next year to visit.  They all said goodbye and they were off.
Later that day Mama and Papa set out to deliver treats.  Then they did not return their neighbor Rubin and the police came down to their house and said that their parents had been killed in a bad car accident.  The kids were very sad. They didn’t want to be separated so they ran away.  They wanted to go visit Meg, William, Sarah, Jake and Joe and so they were off.

The Boy Scouts of America offers programs of character development, leadership training, achievement, community service, and FUN in the outdoors for boys starting in 1st Grade.
Summer Camp is a highlight of the Scouting year.
To learn more, visit or call 914-773-1135.  Local groups can be found at
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA, Westchester-Putnam Council, 41 Saw Mill River Road, Hawthorne, NY  10532, 914-449-2611,

Marlins Swim Team
Boys & Girls Clubs Speedo National Champions:
2000 – 2001 – 2002 – 2003 – 2004 – 2005 – 2006 – 2007 – 2008
Interested swimmers are asked to call the Boys & Girls Club at 914-666-8069, ext. 115, to make an appointment. Please click here for the Marlins website for schedules and more information.  Boys & Girls Club of Northern Westchester, 351 Main Street, Mt. Kisco, New York 10549, (914) 666-8069,