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Families Find Fun Activities Over Winter Break

LARCHMONT, N.Y. -- Carl Spadt spent quality time with his daughter Catherine at the Westchester County Center, where the Mamaroneck High School boys' basketball team was one of six to compete in the Boys Slam Dunk Challenge.

The Tigers beat Brewster 52-43 Dec. 28, but Sofia, 6, was there to see the girls high school basketball teams play during her winter break.

"She's a big basketball fan," said Spadt, as his daughter nodded in agreement.

The local libraries also helped Spadt keep his daughter busy during the full week off from school. Like Catherine, Sofia Rosenbaum, 6, has spent a lot of time this week attending library events, which her father Reuben Rosenbaum has taken full advantage of.

"As a father, you're always in search of events, otherwise they climb up the walls," said Rosenbaum, a Larchmont resident. "We have a week without school, so we have to check all the libraries."

The Mamaroneck Library's regular children's programs - which include Roots and Shoots and the "You Read to Me I’ll Read to You" book group for 6 and 7-year-olds - were cancelled for the holidays. The Larchmont Library also cancelled some of its regular programs, but filled those times with special events. Friday, it will have a New Year's Eve Preschool Dance Party at 11 a.m. for ages 2 through 4.

Wednesday, the Rosenbaums attended the One-Man Circus , another special event at the Larchmont Library. Reuben Rosenbaum watched from the back of the room, while Sofia got a close-up view of Greg Milstein, the one-man circus.

After the performance, Sofia told her father that Milstein was even funnier than he is. Rosenbaum smiled proudly, having kept his spunky daughter entertained for another day.

"This library is great, it has a lot of activities," Rosenbaum said. "There's always a flier that has the upcoming events."

After the one-man circus, Spadt hinted he might take Catherine to Chuck E. Cheese, which drew a sharp head-turn and smile from his daughter.

"The holiday has been good," Carl said. "We're utilizing everything Westchester has to offer."

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