UPDATED JUNE 2014: Do you need great summer activities for kids in Westchester County, NY? Use our guide to find kids classes, Westchester summer camps, summer programs, activities near Westchester County, and family excursions close by. Summer activities in Westchester are at your fingertips.
ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS
BOUNCE! TRAMPOLINE SPORTS
612 Corporate Way (off Route 303), Valley Cottage
310 Michael Drive, Syosset
Bounce! offers the opportunity to play sports, have fun, and get fit on enormous courts of interconnected trampolines. Guests can enjoy open jump time, trampoline dodgeball, slam dunk basketball on our new dual lanes, foam-pit jumping, and a fun arcade. We also have private party rooms, a WiFi lounge, healthy-food vending machines and snack bar, and a separate Bounce! Jr. Zone for kids ages 6 and younger. And ask us about Toddler Time! School, camp, and group trips welcome. Fundraising opportunities available.
CROSS COUNTY SHOPPING CENTER
8000 Mall Walk, Yonkers
Summertime is always in style and there’s no better place to enjoy the season than at Cross County Shopping Center, with new retailers like Zara and Red Mango, plus family-friendly entertainment! SummerFest takes place June 25-Aug. 15, and includes our annual series of outdoor concerts, fireworks, weekly arts and crafts for kids, the annual sidewalk chalk art festival, and—special in 2014—an all-day celebration held in honor of our 60th Anniversary! Parking is free and so are the events, which take place throughout the mall. Visit crosscountysummerfest.com for event details.
HOWE CAVERNS ADVENTURE PARK
255 Discovery Drive, Howes Cave
Discover Howe Caverns, New York’s second-most-visited natural attraction! Descend below the Earth’s surface to see the largest show cave in the Northeast. Enjoy a comfortable, 90-minute guided tour, including an underground boat ride. Or get ready to say “Howe Fun” at Howe High Adventure Park, offering a four-tower, 40-foot high zip line, ropes course, air jumper, rock wall, and 1,100-foot wet-and-wild ride in the 12-foot H2OGO Ball! Experience the HC Mining Company for gem and fossil mining, geode cutting, and jewelry making. Motel, café, sweet shop, and shopping on property.
HURRICANE GRILL & WINGS
149-155 Central Park Ave., Hartsdale
Hurricane offers families a mix of great food, relaxed atmosphere, and entertainment—the perfect family getaway—all week long. Kids eat free Tuesday with a magician/balloon artist from 6-9pm. Every other Tuesday, starting June 10, is our Summer Carnival Party, featuring a 20-foot bounce castle, popcorn, cotton candy, and magician. Boneless Bonanza Wednesday has all-you-can-eat boneless wings and fries for $11.99. Greenburgh Nature Center sponsors our Saturdays with live animals and crafts from 1-3pm. Kids eat free. Sunday Family Meal boasts wings, sliders, fries, drinks, and dessert for $50 ($80 value).
LEGOLAND® DISCOVERY CENTER WESTCHESTER
Westchester's Ridge Hill, 39 Fitzgerald St., Yonkers
Welcome to one of Westchester's top kids attractions and one of the world's biggest boxes of LEGO® bricks! Explore LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester and see New York's top landmarks made out of Lego bricks, learn secrets from the Master Model Builder, experience our indoor soft play, and score big on our LEGO rides. Ideal for children ages 3-10, LEGOLAND Discovery Center is perfect for families of the biggest LEGO fans! With 15 different attractions all included in the admission price, purchasing tickets online is the only way to guarantee entry to the center, as tickets are limited. We look forward to welcoming you!
ROCKING HORSE RANCH RESORT
600 State Route 44/55, Highland
Rocking Horse Ranch Resort is your family’s all-inclusive summer getaway! Located just 90 minutes from New York City, Rocking Horse Ranch is the summer adventure your family will never forget. Experience unlimited horseback riding, Big Splash Indoor Water Park, and our private lake featuring water skiing (instruction and equipment included), paddle boating, and Big Banana Boat Rides. Enjoy delicious all-you-can-eat meals including our famous summer family BBQ and nightly entertainment. Book now. Kids Stay Free offer for a limited time. Visit rockinghorseranch.com for more information.
380 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford
Come to Sportime USA, where the sun always shines! Sportime USA is the ideal place for your next camp trip. Fully air-conditioned with a restaurant on premises. Activities for all ages include Laser Tag, 4-Dimensional Motion Theater, Rock-climbing Wall, Bumper cars, Himalaya Coaster, Rides, over 200 video/prize ticket games, Batting cages, Billiards, Foam Ball Blaster Arena, and Soft Play Zone. Organized check-in and personalized service have made us the premier choice for camps and groups, year after year. Come out of the heat and rain and step into the fun.
STEPPING STONES MUSEUM FOR CHILDREN
Matthews Park, 303 West Ave., Norwalk
Play is serious business at Stepping Stones. Step inside our award-winning museum and open your world to a lifelong love of learning through play. The museum features hands-on fun in Energy Lab®, Tot Town®, Built It!, Express Yourself, the Traveling Exhibit Gallery, open-air courtyard, state-of-the-art Multimedia Gallery, cafe, and retail store. There are daily programs, special events, the Healthyville® special exhibit, and so much more. Stepping Stones is open daily through the summer from 10am-5pm. Visit today!
YANKEE STADIUM TOURS
Yankee Stadium, Bronx
Come take a tour of Yankee Stadium, the home of the legendary New York Yankees, presented by MasterCard. Walk into the New York Yankees Museum presented by Bank of America, view artifacts from former Yankees legends. Visit what some consider the most exclusive area in professional sports—Monument Park. Make a curtain call in the Yankees Dugout, and head into the Yankees Clubhouse when available. Inquire about our Party City Birthday Bashes and Pre-Game Tours by calling the tours office.
PROGRAMS & CLASSES
ACRES OF ADVENTURE SUMMER CAMP AT ANN AND ANDY
2170 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford
Acres of Adventure Summer Camp at Ann & Andy's is a 1-to-9-week summer camp program for children ages 3 months to 14 years. We are situated on 5 acres with more than 15 playgrounds. The outdoor program includes baseball, soccer, climbing wall, bocce ball court, waterslide, zip line, mini-golf, color games, kickball, basketball, dodge ball, drama, and off-campus swimming and bowling. We also have a tween travel camp for 11-14 year olds. We offer customized schedules, individualized attention, and hot lunches daily, as well as barbeque Fridays. All buildings are air conditioned.
ALCOTT - A MONTESSORI SCHOOL
27 Crane Road, Scarsdale
46 Fox Meadow Road, Scarsdale
535 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry
The Alcott School Summer Fun program will offer a variety of full- and half-day programs for children ages 2-5 years at its 27 Crane Road, Scarsdale and 535 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry locations. Children will have the opportunity for outdoor water play, art experimentation, computer work, hands-on science activities, nature exploration, cooking, gardening, special themed activities, and so much more! Afternoon classes will include a variety of fun activities, such as messy art, science exploration, T-ball, games, cooking, and more!
BADGER SPORTS CLUB
119 Rockland Ave., Larchmont
Badger is a classic all-around day camp, centered around our Olympic size swimming pool and activities such as baseball, basketball, soccer, gymnastics, tennis, martial arts, golf, yoga, dance, music, drama, nature, arts & crafts, and chess club. Operated by the Collins family since 1945, Badger Day Camp includes hot lunch, door-to-door transportation, towel and laundry service, and a 5:1 counselor-to-camper ratio. For kids ages 3-13.
BELLE SCHOOL OF MUSIC
1088 Central Park Ave., Scarsdale
283 Tarrytown Road, White Plains
1537 Central Park Ave., Yonkers
Established in 1983, the Belle School of Music, “Where Learning Is Fun!,” takes pride in the high standards it sets while providing a comprehensive musical education. The school has developed a unique, effective, enjoyable way of teaching children ages 2 years and older, and adults. Under the supervision of highly qualified, dedicated performers and teachers, the child you love will learn to play musical instruments, developing an appreciation and love for music that will last a lifetime. Call for a FREE first lesson and consultation, and learn more about our summer programs.
BITS, BYTES & BOTS SUMMER CAMP
605 Millwood Road (Route 133), Mt. Kisco
We offer week-long half-day (9am-12:30pm/1pm-4:30pm) and full-day (9am-4:30pm) sessions. We are introducing 3D graphics, Minecraft, website design, and app design, in addition to our current curriculum such as video game design, robotics engineering, computer programming, electronic music composition, stop-motion animated movie making, and comics creation. Our unique curriculum teaches logic, problem-solving, critical thinking, engineering, music, and story-telling, along with technical skills. Our interactive classes promote socialization, team-work, and confidence. Our program includes beginner and advanced classes for boys and girls ages 6-14.
BRAIN BALANCE ACHIEVEMENT CENTER OF NORWALK
15 Cross St., Norwalk
49 W. Allendale Ave.
Allendale, NJ 07401
Are you looking for a summer program to give your child a head start into the next school year? If so, our Brain Balance Program™ can help. We work with families affected by ADD, learning disabilities, Dyslexia, Tourette syndrome, and spectrum disorders. The program is entirely drug-free, and uses a winning combination of physical, nutritional, and cognitive activities to enhance your child's performance in the classroom and beyond. The Brain Balance Program forms effective neural pathways that improve attention and focus and academic performance, reduce negative behaviors, and improve social skills and interaction.
BREEZEMONT DAY CAMP
62-64 Cox Ave., Armonk
Breezemont Day Camp offers a wide variety of activities, land sports, fine and performing arts on an 18-acre campus with six pools and a lake for children ages 3-14. Same traditions and values, but with newly improved, facilities and program upgrades. To take a tour please call our new director and owner, Gordon at 914-367-1936.
BRUCE CHUNG TAE KWON DO
250 Halstead Ave., Harrison
Run by experienced adult Black Belt instructors, each 3-hour session includes a 45-minute Tae Kwon Do class, challenging obstacle courses, team sports, arts and crafts, and more! A perfect way for children ages 3-8 years to get their physical activity away from the hot summer sun. Campers are separated into 3-5 or 5-8 year-old groups. You’ll love our flexibility! Sign up for one week, or all summer.
C.C.B. SCHOOL OF WESTCHESTER
234 N. Central Park Ave. (across from Trader Joe's/Marshalls), Hartsdale
C.C.B. School of Westchester is the preeminent leader in delivering top-notch enrichment program to promote academic achievement. We offer extensive programs to provide our students the opportunity to get ahead of their peers. Our summer program is aligned with new and more challenging Common Core State Standards. Highly experienced teachers with outstanding academic backgrounds will help your child get a jump start on the upcoming academic year. Immersion-style classes and individual attention from our excellent faculty members will let you prepare for the rigors of Common Core State Standards.
CAMP ECHO BAY
On the campus of Salesian High School 148 Main St., New Rochelle
Camp Echo Bay is a Catholic recreational camp, open to all, for boys and girls ages 4-14 and is located on 19 acres of beautiful and private waterfront property, with a new 16,000-square-foot, air-conditioned gym. We nurture your child’s creative side with arts and crafts, and help them achieve their personal best through indoor and outdoor sports and games. For more than 70 years, our tradition of excellence has helped shape yesterday’s children into today’s leaders. Let us do the same for your child. Visit our website for details!
1 Nabby Hill, Mohegan Lake
With 37 years as a physical education teacher and swim coach, Joe Bertino has extensive experience working with children. Since taking over the director duties in 1997, Joe has worked alongside his wife, Rita, to provide Camp Nabby with the very best facilities and curriculum in Northern Westchester. In addition to our 17-acres of beautifully tended fields and athletic courts, our programs feature some of the best special-interest activities in the area—like our nature center! Join us for a tour, and see why Camp Nabby is the leader in healthy, playful summers!
30 Mountain Road, Pomona
Camp Ramaquois is “a day camp as complete as sleepaway camp,” situated on 44 acres in Rockland County. From adventurous activities to creative arts and athletic activities, boys and girls ages 3-15 experience a traditional day camp program filled with a variety of stimulating activities. Facilities include a 5-acre crystalline lake, eight heated swimming pools, a splash park, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, hockey rinks, ball fields, soccer fields, a petting zoo, special events, and more. Many air-conditioned buildings. Visit us on our website or call for a personal tour.
CAMP SAW MILL
77 Kensico Drive, Mount Kisco
Come join the fun at Camp Saw Mill as we enter our 22nd year of providing children with the area’s most exciting camp experience! Camp for ages 2-10, and Chess Camp for ages 6-13, are located at the spacious Saw Mill Club, and include daily swim lessons, tennis lessons, art/crafts, and sports.Half- and full-day options are available. Come by for a visit and see for yourself all we have to offer. And, while you’re here, check out our preschool for ages 2-5. For a tour or more information, contact Lynn Hertel.
THE CENTER FOR LITERACY ENRICHMENT AT PACE UNIVERSITY
78 N. Broadway, White Plains
The Center for Literacy Enrichment will hold the 42nd year of its Summer Literacy Program, focusing on decoding skills, comprehension, language, literature, and writing skills, for students in grades K-12. The afternoon programs provide a variety of learning activities in a relaxed atmosphere. Certified professionals teach small classes of children in a caring, nurturing environment. The Center offers a three-hour session from 9am-12pm, or a six-hour session from 9am-3pm.
CENTRAL PARK DANCE
450 Central Park Ave., Scarsdale
Central Park Dance offers more than 175 classes a week, on all levels, for children and adults. In addition, Central Park Dance has a pre-school program, which is regarded as one of finest in the area, introducing dance for children as young as age 2 years, and the popular Fairytale Ballet. Central Park Dance Summer Camp has earned a reputation for being the most thorough and rewarding dance experience for students for over 30 years. Miss Talia’s Boutique is on-premises and open late, seven days a week. Voted Best of Westchester 2013!
CREATIVE WONDERS HOLISTIC THERAPY CENTER
470 Mamaroneck Ave., Suite 204, White Plains
We are a state-of-the-art facility, providing services at home and at our facility to help all children with special needs to foster optimal growth, development, and potential. Our facility features occupational/physical/speech therapy, counseling services, social skills groups, a sensory gym including suspended equipment, crash pit, climbing wall, Therapeutic Listening Center, handwriting training, and remediation. We have summer programs and therapy available. Please contact us to schedule an appointment, or visit our website for more information.
Locations in Bedford, Chappaqua, Larchmont, New Rochelle, Ossining, Rye, Scarsdale, Tarrytown, White Plains, and Yonkers,
Destination Science kids (ages 5-11) enjoy those “Aha!” moments! STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning is more important than ever before—in fact, it’s a national movement. Start your child’s journey this summer by heading toward Destination Science! 2014 Topics: Astronaut Training...Moon Mission 2014, Robot Mania & Mysterious Techno Detectives, Rocking Gizmos & Rolling Gadgets, Curious Creatures, and The Grossology Zone.
DICKER READING METHOD
75 Brook St., Scarsdale
Our ongoing and summer revolutionary reading program will teach any child to read, even children diagnosed as learning disabled, dyslexic, or with ADD or ADHD. Whether your child is reading above, below, or at grade level, they will accomplish 3-6 years of reading achievement in just one year. Parents will see immediate improvement in reading achievement, comprehension, and vocabulary development. Over 10,000 children from pre-school to 12th grade have accomplished these remarkable results. Your child's grades, confidence, and self-esteem will soar as they learn to love reading and school.
DIGITAL ARTS PRE-COLLEGE PROGRAM AT THE WESTCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE CENTER FOR THE DIGITAL ARTS
27 N. Division St., Peekskill
Each summer, the Center for the Digital Arts, Peekskill Extension, opens its post-production studios to students ages 7-17 years for arts technology programming. Have your child experience classes in constructing 2D and 3D animation, game design, digital film, painting, and drawing. The Center offers three course modules per day from 9:30am-5:30pm, to accommodate working families. This year’s program runs July 7-17 and July 21-31. Please call or see our website for more information.
FIN 2 SWIM
White Plains, NY
Can your child swim? I mean, REALLY swim? Has she had lessons for several summers but still won't put her head under water? Or, does he run and jump in without knowing how to save himself? Let us help you! One-on-one private lessons will have your child swimming independently from one side of the pool to the other in about six weeks. Don't miss this limited opportunity! Lessons are held in Bergen, Rockland, and Westchester, from mid-June through July. Call now to reserve your time slot.
FUTURE STARS SUMMER CAMPS
Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase,
Weekly day sessions for ages 4-16, June-August. Campers can choose and combine weeks from 18 individualized specialty programs: tennis, soccer, basketball, baseball, lacrosse, football, field hockey, cheerleading, volleyball, circus arts, magic, softball, swim, horseback riding, diving, rising stars, and academics. Our staff is a highly trained team of professionals, and limited enrollment ensures they get to know each camper’s individual needs. Supervised swimming is included. Lunch option, door-to-door transportation for Westchester and Manhattan residents available.
GYMCATS GYMNASTICS AND BIRTHDAY PARTY CENTER
1 Odell Plaza at Equalize Fitness, Yonkers
GymCats Summer Camp program offers quality instruction for boys and girls, ages 4 to 12—beginner through advanced gymnastics, sports performance, tennis, arts and crafts, trips, games, special themed days, and so much more. We have a low student:teacher ratio, campers are grouped by age, and we are fully air conditioned. Full, half, and extended days are available. Our program enriches children’s development by providing attitudes and skills that carry over to many of life's activities. Our goal is to provide a safe, fun, and fit camp experience.
HOUSE OF SPORTS WESTCHESTER
1 Elm St., Ardsley
For students looking to improve their on-court or on-field skills, the House of Sports offers Basketball, Baseball, Lacrosse, Soccer, Hockey, and Performance camps throughout the summer. Our full time, world-class coaching staff is committed to ensuring children have every opportunity to improve their game and reach the next level. Camps take place in our climate-controlled facility, as well as on outdoor fields. For younger athletes (3 years to second grade) we offer multi-sport camp (full- and half-day options), offering great exposure to a variety of sports in a positive, fun environment.
HUDSON COUNTRY MONTESSORI SCHOOL
340 Quaker Ridge Road, New Rochelle
Programs for campers ages 15 months-12 years. Summer 2014 season is June 23-Aug. 15; 9am-12pm or 9am-4pm. Programs feature hands-on science and nature investigation, a full range of recreational activities, special events and trips, swim instruction, sports, and a splash-and-slide zone. Hudson has extended hours options for all age groups, a catered lunch program, and an air-conditioned facility.
HUNTINGTON LEARNING CENTER
Eastchester Shopping Center
721 White Plains Road, Scarsdale
650 Central Ave., Scarsdale
335 Downing Drive
58 East Route 59, Nanuet
Huntington Learning Center offers four summer programs to help your child prepare for the next school year. Each program is individualized to your child’s ability and skill level based on an initial academic evaluation, and consists of 50 hours of instruction which your child can spread throughout the summer, or complete in more concentrated bursts allowing for participation in sports, camps, and family vacations. Help your child build skills, motivation, and confidence with a Huntington Summer Program.
151 Crotona Ave., Harrison
The day begins at 9:30am. After a warm-up, we start our daily activities. The morning session is devoted to gymnastic skills and routines on the equipment. The afternoon session includes games, arts & crafts, theater, and carnival. Our gym is equipped with the finest gymnastics apparatus, including tension uneven bars, balance beams, vaulting, trampoline, mini-trampoline and a 40' x 40' carpeted spring tumbling floor. You'll flip for ISG Gymnastics Training Camp for girls, ages 5 and up.
JCC OF MID-WESTCHESTER
999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale
The JCC of Mid Westchester has five types of day camps for children ages 2-15. Activities range from sports, arts, yoga, gymnastics, dance, performing arts, nature, and daily swimming lessons in our indoor swimming pool. Best of all, we utilize our extensive, fully air-conditioned, indoor facilities, as well as our outdoor facilities. The aquatics program is Red Cross-certified, and the camps are American Camping Association-accredited. Specialists and educators in their fields oversee all activities and performers visit the camp weekly to entertain your children. jccmw.org. 914-472-3300.
25 Hubbels Drive, Mount Kisco
244 E. 84th St., Manhattan
At Jodi’s Gym, kids run, jump, and tumble their way to fitness! Now in our 32nd year, Jodi’s Gym Camp for 3-7-year-olds is three hours filled with gymnastics, music, art, story time, games, and snack time. Our staff is safety certified, and goes through an extensive Jodi’s Gym training program. Our newly renovated, clean, spacious facility, state-of-the-art facility is a child’s dream come true. Jodi’s Gym offers the most flexible scheduling around. You choose the weeks and days. New this year: check out our camp for 6-10-year-olds, offered during the last three weeks of August.
KIDS' B.A.S.E. & THE LITTLE SCHOOL
307 Mamaroneck Road, Scarsdale
Summer Scene at The Little School is the place to be for Scarsdale preschoolers! Set in our bright, modern, air-conditioned facility, children enjoy a comprehensive enrichment program led by The Little School's acclaimed teachers. Our summer program includes arts and crafts, sports, dance, story time, music, cooking, camp games, and more. Children spend plenty of time outdoors enjoying our playgrounds and the adjacent Scarsdale Pool complex, where we swim daily from Tuesday-Friday. New this year are our Theme Adventure days, with special activities planned each week. Half- and full-day programs are available.
KIDVILLE MOUNT KISCO
145 Kisco Ave., Mt. Kisco
Kidville Mt. Kisco's brand new facility is THE place for learning and playing from May to August. Weekly themes such as “Under the Sea Beach Adventure” set the stage for healthy exercise, sports and movement games, live jam sessions with a Kidville musician, art projects, interactive story time and dramatic play, all designed by our early childhood specialists. Our sparkling clean, air conditioned facility insures no sweltering heat, no sunburns for your little ones; just exciting and structured Kidville activities all summer long! Register for sessions in 2-16 week segments.
THE LITTLE GYM
777 White Plains Road, Scarsdale
2121 Broadway, 2nd Floor (between 74th and 75th streets)
Upper West Side, Manhattan
207 E. 94th St. (between Second and Third avenues)
Upper East Side, Manhattan
28 Franklin Turnpike Waldwick, NJ
Since 1976, The Little Gym has been promoting the healthy and successful physical and mental development of children. Their “Anytime Summertime Kids Fun” includes Parent/Child classes (ages 4 months-3 years), Preschool/Kindergarten classes (ages 3-6 years), and Grade School Gymnastics (non-competitive only!) for beginner, intermediate, or advanced gymnasts. The Little Gym also offers its world-renowned Anytime Summertime Kids camp for children ages 3-9 years, with flexible scheduling to work around your summer plans. Their unique theme-based curriculum takes children on weekly adventures. Half-day and full-day sessions available.
LOGREA DANCE ACADEMY
2 Dale Ave., Ossining
The Logrea Dance Academy offers classes in ballet, jazz, tap, modern, contemporary, and ZUMBA®. Founded in 1986 by professional dancers Beth Fritz-Logrea and Jean Logrea, the Academy accepts students ages 3 and older, and offers beginner, advanced, and professional classes, taught by an all-professional staff. Nutcracker auditions, and scholarship auditions are held yearly. Open houses will be held on June 1 and September 7, 2014, and January 4, 2015. Performing opportunities are available. Studios are in Ossining.
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