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World Cup Gymnastics
Chappaqua (914) 238-GYMS
Listing World Cup’s many programs would take half an issue (the “Romperee” program alone is divided into subgroups for infants, crawlers, new walkers, runners, and jumpers), so we suggest you check out World Cup’s website or schedule a complimentary trial. Ages: 3 months-up. Cost: $380 to $480 for 16- to 20-week programs.
Yorktown Golf & Baseball Center
Mohegan Lake (914) 526-8337
Kids can get themselves ready for future networking on the green at this year-round, 14-acre sports complex. Private lessons are available. Ages: All. Cost: Golf: $7 to $720
A Country Club for Tykes
Citibabes, a Manhattan-based organization that touts itself as “an upscale private family club,” will launch its second location this month in Scarsdale. Co-founded by Tracey Frost Rensky, Citibabes has 680 members at its Manhattan location and, according to the company, “a huge response” to its Westchester location. Pay $2,100 a year for a family
membership (caregivers included), and you and your family can enjoy the 1,100-square-foot indoor playground (for children under five), an adults’ gym, and two family events (concerts, seminars, etc.) per month. “If you use the club, it’s incredibly economical,” says Frost Rensky, a 39-year-old mother of two. Citibabes offers a summer camp, a pre-school program, and an on-site café with child-sized tables. Citibabes also offers “child minding” (that’s babysitting in regularspeak) for $8 an hour, which is, according to Frost Rensky, “almost free.” Frost Rensky’s background? “It’s in banking.”
One Fish, Two Fish
A Westchester Fishing Wiz
Richard DeMarte, a 15-year-old sophomore honor student at White Plains High School, is one of just a few junior professional fishermen in the world. An expert saltwater inshore fisherman, Richard, who’s been fishing since the age of seven, is known in the Northeast as “the Striped Bass Wiz Kid.” He’s also a steward (and proactive conservationist) of the local inshore saltwaters of the Western Long Island Sound along the shorelines of Rye, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, and New Rochelle (check out his website, NYCTFishing.com). We asked him to recommend some of his favorite fishing spots—and to give some fishing advice—to young fishermen.
Best Shore Spots to Fish: “The top three spots are Hudson Park in New Rochelle and the fishing piers in both Mamaroneck Harbor and at Playland.”
Best Times of Year to Fish: “May to August”
Places in Westchester to Buy Bait, Tackle, and Equipment: “The Sports Authority has some nice, simple, inexpensive outfits. The best places to buy bait for saltwater fishing [in the Long Island Sound] are Hudson Park Bait & Tackle, at the harbor in New Rochelle, and Mamaroneck Bait & Tackle, right in Mamaroneck Harbor. They both also carry extensive lines of fishing equipment, are local experts, and can even help you pick out gear and give you tips on where the fish are biting best that day.”
Fishing Clubs and Organizations for Kids: “Anglers’ Legacy [takemefishing.org] and the Fisherman’s Conservation Association [joinfca.org] are the two best websites/organizations that focus on supporting kids’ fishing.”