School Aged

BRICKZ 4 KIDZ® is a program designed by teachers, architects and engineering professionals.  “It is a hands-on curriculum that introduces children ages 3-13+ to concepts of engineering, architecture and mechanics using LEGO® bricks, said Marj Santos, Managing Director for BRICKS 4 KIDZ®.  “Lessons from math, science, language arts and social studies are integrated along with themes such as transportation, space, inventions and machines, and robotics,” she added.  In the after-school program, students will design and construct machines, buildings and models using LEGO® bricks and proprietary designs and plans.  World Cup U4Kids is an afterschool program for children in Kindergarten through 5th grade offering classes in art, language, voice, science and homework help.  Children in the Chappaqua Central School District can take the bus to World Cup U4Kids for free.  For more information, please call 914-238-4967 or visit

Author: James Preller
Review by Essentialmom (for ages 12+)
For the kid who is neither the bully or the victim, the question is “what do you do” — do you stand and watch, quietly walk away, or stand up at the risk of becoming the next target.  The book talks about the in-between ground and where we all stand in the contest of Middle School social rules.
Rating: 3 out of 5

Chappaqua Children’s Workshop was established in 1982 and is a non-profit organization providing programs for children before and after school in the Chappaqua School District. There is also a preschool program for 2, 3, and pre-k aged children. For more information, call 914.238.3295.

Author: Cynthia Kadohata
Review by Essentialmom (ages 10+)
A significantly emotional retelling of a boy who joins the army during the Vietnam War and his role as a dog-handler — told from the perspective of the dog and the man.  This is a great novel about the love between a man and his dog, the fear and craziness of war, and a tale of courage and bravery on both sides.
Rating 4 out of 5

After School Acting for 7-10 year olds.
In this 10-week session, young performers will develop their actor’s instrument.  We will play theater games, sing, move, and act out stories together in a safe and fun environment. We will invite family and friends to the last class to see what their brilliant performers have been experiencing together!
Class meets 10 Thursdays, 4pm-5:30pm at Katonah Yoga in Bedford Hills.
1/22,1/29, 2/5, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/9, 4/16
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All classes are taught by professional actor, singer-songwriter, and teaching artist Leah Lawrence.

Author: Patricia Reilly Giff
Review by lpmb114, age 10
A book about a boy who is afraid of eleven. With the help of Caroline he learns what eleven means and why he is afraid of it. This is a great book for kids (8 +) who like mystery.
Rating 4 out of 5

Through responsive and effective coaching, Fox Lane Youth Lacrosse will promote the participation of all children, of every athletic ability and experience, in the exciting game of lacrosse.  We emphasize fun, positive sportsmanship, healthy competition, and love and respect for lacrosse. We offer lacrosse for children in grades 1-8 living in Bedford, Bedford Hills, Mt. Kisco, and Pound Ridge. Visit

The Girl Scouts provides quality programming, leadership training, and empowerment for young women throughout Westchester and Putnam Counties. To join or for more information, call 914.747.3080. Girl Scouts of Westchester*Putnam, Pleasantville, NY 10570-2110.

Groove Performing Arts® is a family-friendly music and arts studio offering eclectic, enriching programs and events for kids and their grown-ups in Westchester County.  Groove proudly presents the award-winning music program for kids, Music for Aardvarks and Other Mammals*, plus an evolving roster of original classes for kids from birth through elementary school.  Parents also get into the Groove with group guitar lessons, monthly acoustic jams, book launch parties and other grown-ups only events. Classes, jams and lessons are offered in our spacious storefront studio in Larchmont and other family-friendly locations in lower Westchester and (coming soon) the Rivertowns. For complete class schedule and locations, visit  Groove, 108 Chatsworth Avenue, Larchmont, NY 10538, 914.834.3383,

Author: John R. Erickson
Review by Essentialmom (for ages 5+)
Hank, a lovable but goofy ranch dog, is the narrator in these tales of adventure.  Hank “polices” the farm and talks about the ways in which he is often called on to “save the day” around the homestead.  He is just funny enough for adults to get a giggle, and goofy enough for kids to understand his silly exaggerations.  Hank is a completely lovable character and the books are a joy to read.
Rating 4 out of 5

trackclubThe High Performance Track Club N.Y. is a running club open to athletes of all ages who have shown a desire to participate in the running community.  We will welcome interested athletes of all abilities with the understanding that each person can improve and learn to make running a fun lifetime activity. Our mission is to develop high self-esteem and self-discipline by helping participants reach their full athletic potential through speed, endurance, and muscular strength training.  HPTCNY encourages an attitude of good sportsmanship at all times while stressing the importance of education.  When:  Tuesdays and Thursdays, September 10th – December 7th 5:00 – 6:30 pm.  Where:  Rye Town Park (meet at the parking lot for Oakland Beach off of Dearborn Ave)  Who: Athletes ranging in age from K – 12.  Why: Because it’s fun to run!  Fees:  Fall Session: $300.00 (Practices held Tuesdays and Thursdays from September 10 – December 7th)  Discounts: 20% discount for each additional child in the family.  For more information please contact us at HPTCNY@GMAIL.COM

Since its establishment in 1944 the School has become one of Westchester County’s most cherished and active cultural resources and  achieved national recognition as a premier community music school for its unsurpassed leadership in education, performance and outreach. The School’s educational approach centers on quality individualized instruction, a comprehensive, broad musicianship program, and numerous performance opportunities for students. HBMS students acquire skills leading to a life-long enjoyment of classical and jazz idioms.  Music Programs for Young Children offer a range of choices for preschoolers – music and movement classes; recorder classes; and Suzuki instruction on a variety of instruments. HBMS also offers a full Preschool for 3 and 4 year-olds.  Hoff-Barthelson Music School, 25 School Lane, Scarsdale, NY, 914-723-1169,,

Fairytale Theater. Ages 3 1/2 to 5 years old. Play, pretend, move, imagine and more! Children will enhance imagination, coordination, and creativity by learning fun and fanciful theater games. Irvington Town Hall Theater, 85 Main Street, Irvington. For more information, call 914.591.6602 or visit  Creative Dramatics. Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades. Creativity is the key as children learn basic theater skills through theater games, story telling, songs, and movement.  Improvisational Acting. For grades 3-6. We will be using our props and our own bodies to act out scenarios to develop characters and original scenes and stories. Irvington Town Hall Theater, 85 Main Street, Irvington, 914.591.6602,

Author: Wendy Mass
Review by Essentialmom (for ages 11+)
A beautiful book about a boy’s quest for ‘the meaning of life’ as he approaches his thirteenth birthday.  His deceased father has left him a locked box and he must follow adventures to find the key and get it open in time for his birthday.  It is a stunning story about loss, friendship, and the people who surround you in life.
Rating 5 out of 5

Jodi`s Gym has been providing New York kids the highest level of fun and fitness for 29 years!  Their step-by-step, no fail approach ensures that every child feels a sense of accomplishment. From the tiniest tumblers to advanced gymnasts (9 months-12 years old), there is something for everyone. They offer Mommy & Me Gym and Gym + Music classes, preschool gymnastics, school-aged gymnastics, Motion Evolution, summer and holiday break camps, free monthly perks, free open playtime, play groups, private lessons, Super Soccer Stars, Krazy Kool Creation Lego class, and the best birthday parties ever.  For more information, visit