You're sure to find something fun to do with your kids in Westchester!
UPDATED February 2019: Are the kids complaining they are bored and you need some ideas for family fun in Westchester County? There is plenty of family fun to be had with your kids right in our area; the problem is choosing what to do today! If you need an activity that will please the whole family, look no further. The guide is filled with family-friendly excursions such as fairs, amusement parks, and waterparks. Families will also find indoor and outdoor play spaces for activities such as trampoline and rock climbing, as well as museums and theaters for kids of all ages. These family fun facilities are located throughout Westchester County, including locations in Rye, Yonkers, Elmsford, Lyndhurst, and places to visit in nearby Dutchess County and Fairfield County, CT.
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Amusement Parks & Carousels
DUTCHESS COUNTY FAIR
Route 9 , Rhinebeck
173rd Dutchess County Fair Aug. 21–26 is located on Route 9 in Rhinebeck. The Fair is the second largest county fair in New York State and the showplace for agriculture in Dutchess County. The fairgrounds is an entertainment destination where you can enjoy big name talent, “thrill a minute” excitement at one of the finest carnivals in the entire country, and free shows and attractions almost constantly from the time you arrive to the time you leave. Advance discounts on admission, rides, and concerts can be found at dutchessfair.com.
PLAYLAND AMUSEMENT PARK
Playland Parkway, Rye
Have some fun today! Playland features more than 50 rides and attractions, including the famous Dragon Coaster, and the ever-popular Kiddyland for the younger set. Strolling entertainers and musical revues entertain visitors throughout the day, and live concerts add to the fun on select summer evenings. Spectacular fireworks explode across the sky on Fridays in July and August. Close and easy to get to, located on Long Island Sound. A great place for a special birthday celebration–call or book online today.
Quassy Amusement & Waterpark in Middlebury CT has the affordable family fun you have been looking for. For less than $30 you can ride all day and go to Splash Away Bay Water Park, home of the new Category Five Rapids Extreme Water Slides. Ride the award-winning Wooden Roller Coaster, spin high above the midway on FRANTIC, or conquer North America’s only Reverse Time thrill ride. Family rides include a Grand Carousel, train, and Crazy Cups. There is a redemption arcade, food, midway games, and live entertainment. Visit quassy.com.
Indoor & Outdoor Play Spaces
One Ridge Hill Boulevard , Yonkers
Ridge Hill is the best destination in Westchester to shop, dine, and play. Patterned on a classic downtown, this family-friendly outdoor center features a central Town Square and children’s play area. In addition to popular retailers, the center is home to LEGOLAND® Discovery Center, a 12-screen Showcase Cinema de Lux, iFLY Indoor Skydiving, Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park, Whole Foods Market, and nine delicious restaurants including The Cheesecake Factory and Yard House. Located at Exit 6A off the NYS Thruway, Ridge Hill is accessible to the Westchester, Putnam, and NYC Metropolitan area.
380 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford
Sportime USA is one of the biggest indoor fun centers in Westchester. You can experience tremendous fun in our 50,000-square-foot Center. We have laser tag, a monster 4-D motion theater, rock climbing wall, Superfly Ride Thrill ride, ballocity arena, bumper cars, Himalaya coaster, mini twister, a soft adventure zone for little tykes, batting cages, more than 200 video and redemption games with a large prize counter, plus a restaurant. “Leave absolutely everything to us.” Ask about our private parties, bar and bat mitzvahs, and Sweet 16s.
The Westchester Children’s Museum is a vibrant, interactive place for play and discovery. Our indoor, air-conditioned exhibit space overlooks the beach and Long Island Sound with ample parking. Exhibits and activities in our 6,500-square-feet of galleries offer experiences in physics, science, art, craft, and design, with places to climb, build, and explore for toddlers through age 12. We also offer daily programs for preschoolers through middle schoolers. Check our calendar for updates! discoverwcm.org/calendar-2/.
Movies & Theater
Make-A-Movie parties are for children ages 7-12. We have a selection of themes–Action/Adventure (The Jewel of the Nile), Rock Video Awards, America’s Next Top Model, Wacky News, Detective Story, Intergalactic Rock Show, Wacky Olympics, or your child can write their own movie and we make an improvised script. All movies are improvised, so there is no dialogue to memorize. I shoot with an HD camera and then plug my camera up to your TV (or mine) to watch the movie.
Travel & Destinations
Crafts at Lyndhurst is a celebration of all things handmade. This shopping event showcases over 275 modern American makers, artists and craftspeople. In addition, it’s a fun day for the entire family with activities like interactive puppet theater, face painting, storytelling, balloon animals, stilt walkers, and demonstrations. This semi-annual event is held on the grounds of Lyndhurst, home to a neo-gothic mansion museum with on-going tours all weekend. Weekend pass $12, kids 6-16 $4, under 6 free. Rain or shine. Free parking. No dogs.
The Inn at East Hill Farm is an award-winning family farm vacation resort that is open year-round. Guests enjoy hands-on time with farm animals, milking the cow or goat, collecting chicken eggs, horseback riding, patting the bunnies, making butter and cheese, and helping with barn chores. Resort amenities include a children's recreation program, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, hiking, tennis, shuffleboard, basketball, water-skiing (July and August only), boating, cross country skiing, sleigh rides, snowshoeing, sledding, and ice skating. Rates include three home-cooked meals daily, and a bottomless cookie jar!