Top 20 Places to Take Kids in Westchester County
Westchester County's Favorite Family Fun Spots: 2016 winners!
The best places to take Westchester County kids! Of course, there is LOTS more to do in our area! Get great ideas here on KidsOutAndAbout!
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Great Play of Scarsdale
Great Play is an Interactive Gym for Kids. Great Play makes developing skills fun! Their high-energy award-winning programs for kids develop motor, sports, and social skills, setting the stage for lifelong confidence and physical fitness, in their one-of-a-kind Interactive Gym™. Awesome award winning Interactive Birthday Parties too! Great Learning. Great Fun. Great Play! In Scarsdale.
Playland Amusement Park
Playland, often called Rye Playland and also known as Playland Amusement Park, is an amusement park located in Rye, New York. Playland is Metro New York's great family amusement park! From the famous Dragon Coaster to rides like the SuperFlight Coaster, Music Express and Double Shot -Rye Playland offers the best in family fun. There are more than 50 major and Kiddyland rides and attractions; a beach, pool, and pier on Long Island Sound; lake boating, entertainment, fireworks, lots of great food, and much more.
Muscoot Farm was originally a "Gentleman's Farm" founded by Ferdinand T. Hopkins in 1880 and operated as a dairy farm until Westchester County acquired the property in the late 1960s. Today, Muscoot Farm is a Westchester County Park that strives to preserve and interpret its agrarian past. Visitors may stroll through the original barns, visit with the animals, participate in educational programs or hike the many miles of trails. There is something for everyone on Muscoot’s 777 acres!
Greenburgh Nature Center
Greenburgh Nature Center is a nature preserve serving more than 83,000 visitors a year, with walking trails, a pond, gardens, a Nature’s Discovery Playground, and live animal exhibits featuring more than 100 animals including bald eagles, turtles, and rabbits. Set on 33 acres, the property is a significant wildlife habitat refuge, both for indigenous species and for the hundreds of species of migratory birds that use it as a resting place on their spring and fall travels. New to the Nature Center this year is a butterfly arbor located in our Native Plant Meadow, opening to the public on June 25, and a Native American Mock Village, including the Lenape Longhouse and Weckquaesgeek Wigwam, which will be completed this summer and will give our visitors a chance to learn more about the Nature Center’s Native American history. GNC offers hundreds of programs and events throughout the entire year. Visit www.greenburghnaturecenter.org for more information.
LEGOLAND Discovery Center
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Westchester in Yonkers – Westchester’s first LEGO® attraction for kids! Only a year after they opened they are one of the most unique fun things to do in Westchester, LEGOLAND Discovery Center offers a great family day out. Take part in children’s activities with the Master Model Builder, kids birthday parties, MINILAND, New York’s top attractions made from LEGO, soft play area, rides, 4D cinema and more! Click here for the KidsOutAndAbout.com review.
Groove is a family-friendly music and arts studio celebrating its 11th year in the heart of Larchmont, New York. Groove offers original music classes for kids and their families including Music for Aardvarks, Baby Rock, Family JAM, Sing-A-Story and Rhodes Piano Method. The music is live, the vibe is original and the groove is a given.
Random Farms Kids' Theater
Located in Elmsford, Random Farms Kids Theater has produced an abundance of Mainstage musicals, original musicals, workshops, summer programs, and CD's. Random Farms Kids Theater, Inc. is a NY state non-profit 501(c)3 organization.
My Local Library
Of course, our local library system is not really ONE place, it is MANY places... but it's important to emphasize how valuable libraries are for family learning and fun. The libraries in our area are wonderful about posting their events to the KidsOutAndAbout calendar so you always can get ideas for free things to do with your kids that celebrate education and imagination. KidsOutAndAbout.com takes this opportunity to salute the wonderful children's librarians who serve our community with such dedication.
Academy of Dance Arts
Once a child is walking and able to follow simple instructions, they are ready to enter the fun and engaging world of dance!! ADA offers quality & fun in dance education! Students look forward to performing in the Annual Recital. Call for more info.
Gymnastics City: 35 YEARS IN BUSINESS!!! We offer Gymnastics Classes, Mommy & Me (Ages 18 months - 3 yrs), Pre-School Classes (Ages 3-5), Cheer/ Tumbling Classes (7+), Birthday Parties, SUMMER CAMPS!!
NBA D-league team for the New York Knicks.
Hudson Highlands Nature Museum
Established in 1959, the Museum has grown into a leading provider of nature education experiences in the Hudson Valley. Its mission is to develop responsible caretakers of the natural world through its special focus on environmental education.
Kidville's goal is to make the lives of families with young children better and easier by providing a fun, safe, and clean environment for children to learn, play, and grow.
Bounce U- Elmsford
Kids flip for Bounce U's unbelievably cool bounce stadiums (imagine the ultimate children's playground experience in a safe, indoor setting), but they also can't get enough of the games, the food, and sharing the spotlight with family and friends.
Hilltop Hanover Farm
Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center is a working crop farm and environmental education facility located in Yorktown Heights, NY.
The Play Group Theatre
The Play Group Theater (PGT) is a nonprofit, educational theater organization dedicated to providing process-oriented theater training for Westchester’s children and teens.
Grand Prix New York
Grand Prix New York provides the ultimate indoor go kart racing & bowling experience in Mount Kisco, NY. Gaming pavilion, art garage, bouncy castle, and more!
The Rockland Boulders are an independent professional baseball team in the Can-Am League. They are now entering their sixth season in the newly named Palisades Credit Union Park, formerly Provident Bank Park.
Rockefeller State Park Preserve
Ever-growing haven of open space in Westchester County, approximately 30 miles from the hustle and bustle of New York City, the Preserve is an idyllic spot for strolling, jogging, horseback riding, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing.
Jacob Burns Film Center
The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) is a nonprofit educational and cultural institution dedicated to presenting the best of independent, documentary, and world cinema.
Winners in Special CategoriesIn the second part of our survey, we asked readers to select their favorites in several categories. Here were their choices.
Favorite Place to Have Fun INSIDEGreat Play of Scarsdale
Favorite Place to Have Fun OUTSIDEPlayland Amusement Park
Favorite Kid-Friendly MuseumAmerican Museum of Natural History
Favorite Performing ArtsEmelin Theatre
Favorite Kid-Friendly FarmMuscoot Farm
Favorite Nature CenterGreenburgh Nature Center
Favorite Sports TeamNew York Yankees
Favorite Arts Education CenterKatonah Arts Center
Favorite Sports Education CenterGymnastics City
Favorite FestivalChappaqua Children's Book Festival