Get (Safely!) Out and About around Westchester & the Hudson Valley
Your family could really use a fun outing, but you're committed to social distancing. Many popular nature trails and lake beaches seem like a good idea until you realize that many others had the same idea, making some of these destinations too crowded for comfort.. Luckily, there are new and interesting places to explore while staying a safe distance for others. If you can, switch your schedule and do your outings on weekdays to avoid weekend crowds. KIdOutAndAbout offers a few suggestions you may not have considered, and all of them are around Westchester and the Hudson Valley.
Float a Boat
Visit an Arboretum
At Lasdon Park and Arboretum in Katonah, NY, buildings and restrooms are close, but trails and gardens are opening. Review a map or use your smart phone for more information as you wander the trails. The grounds at Barlett Arboretum, in Stamford, CT, are open from dawn until dusk, every day. They've got 12 gardens, and you can download a trail map to plan your visit.
Visit a Sculpture Park
Sculpture parks offer the opportunity to take in some sculpture while enjoying outdoor space. You can enhance your experience by bringing along sketchbooks or cameras to see how the sculptures can inspire your own compositions. The sprawling grounds allows kids to be a bit more relaxed than in a typical museum, and best of all, it's easy to keep a distance from others. Opus 40 is open from Thursday through Sunday, from 11 am to 5 pm, but you need to plan ahead and reserve a time to visit. Unison’s sculpture garden will be open to the public beginning Friday, June 19. There are no bathrooms available and the parking lot fits only up to 15 cars, and some of wooden areas of the garden are narrow, so don’t forget your masks and distancing
Pick Some Fruit
Many strawberry PYO fields and farmers markets are already open. During COVID-19 and every time you're planning a visit to a farm, it's always a good idea to check the website or call ahead to ensure that Mother Nature is cooperating with a harvest for you to reap. Check out our tips for berry picking with kids.
Drive In for a Movie
Many drive-in movie theaters have opened for summer, and our colleague Helena Robin thinks you should definitely take your kids to a drive-in movie theater. We'll be honest: it's much easier to find a big, sprawling drive-in movie theater as you drive up north, farther from NYC and high property values. But it's worth a trip to enoy a piece of Americana, right? Be sure to check their websites to review COVID-19 procedures before you go.