Top 20 Places to Take Kids in Westchester County
Westchester County's Favorite Family Fun Spots: 2017 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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Playland Amusement Park
Playland, also known as Playland Amusement Park, is 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 - 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.
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.
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.
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!!
Clay Art Center
Founded in 1957, Clay Art Center is a nationally recognized non-profit center for the advancement and practice of the ceramic arts in Port Chester, NY. We offer year-round hand building and wheel throwing classes for youth aged 6 – 15, taught by professional ceramic artists who specialize in kindling a passion for creative expression. During the summer weekly themed camps take place in July & August. Not sure where to begin? Try our popular Saturday Drop-In Class, schedule a birthday clay party, or get your own hands dirty in our many class offerings for adults.
SkyZone New Rochelle
Sky Zone Trampoline Park is the creator of the world's first all-trampoline walled playing court. It's the Ultimate 3-D Play Experience.
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!
Rye Nature Center
Friends of Rye Nature Center is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to support the Rye Nature Center and to provide a full range of environmental education programs and activities at the Center. Our programs encourage the protection of our natural resources and promote environmental awareness in Rye and surrounding communities.
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.
Its mission is to bring the best in live performing arts to Westchester and other nearby communities and to promote a cultural life that entertains, educates, and invigorates. The Emelin, well-known for its high-quality and affordable programs, is one of the few performing arts venues in this region which offers a broad mix of entertainment appealing to all ages and tastes and attracts diverse audiences throughout Westchester County and beyond.
Bear Mountain State Park
Bear Mountain State Park is situated in rugged mountains rising from the west bank of the Hudson River. The park features a large play field, shaded picnic groves, lake and river fishing access, a swimming pool, Trailside Museums and Zoo, hiking, biking and cross-country ski trails.
Rockin' Jump - is the Ultimate Trampoline Park. Fun for kids of all ages! Our massive main trampoline jump arena, trampoline basketball arena, trampoline dodgeball arena and trampoline stunt bag provides something for everyone. The perfect Birthday Party Venue and a healthy family activity. We offer fitness disguised as fun.
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.
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.
White Plains Performing Arts Center
The White Plains Performing Arts Center (WPPAC) is a vital resource for dynamic cultural and educational programming in Westchester County and its surrounding communities. We produce and present critically acclaimed theatre, music, dance, family programming and special community events with a commitment to education that is reflected in the training and development of young artists through multi- disciplinary study and performance.
Groove is a family-friendly music and arts studio celebrating its 12th 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 and Rhodes Piano. The music is live, the vibe is original and the groove is a given.
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.
Science Barge in Yonkers
The Science Barge is a prototype sustainable urban farm developed by NY Sun Works and acquired by Groundwork Hudson Valley in October, 2008 to be operated as an environmental education center. The Science Barge greenhouse, floating on the Hudson River, grows an abundance of fresh produce including tomatoes, melons, popcorn, peppers, eggplant, and lettuce with zero net carbon emissions, zero pesticides, and zero runoff.
Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts is a destination for exceptional music, captivating programs, spectacular gardens and grounds, and wonderful moments with friends and family. It enriches the lives of its audiences through innovative and diverse musical performances of the highest quality. Its mission also includes mentoring young professional musicians and providing educational programs for young children centered around music.
Sheldrake Environmental Center
Located at the Larchmont Reservoir - James G. Johnson, Jr. Conservancy, Sheldrake offers a variety of programs for families, schools and scouts that foster a better understanding and appreciation of local ecology and encourage nature exploration.
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 INSIDELEGOLAND Discovery Center
Favorite Place to Have Fun OUTSIDEPlayland Amusement Park
Favorite Kid-Friendly MuseumAmerican Museum of Natural History
Favorite Performing ArtsWestchester Sandbox Theater
Favorite Kid-Friendly FarmMuscoot Farm
Favorite Nature CenterMuscoot Farm
Favorite Sports TeamNew York Yankees
Favorite Arts Education CenterWhite Plains Performing Arts Center