100 Things To Do with Kids in Westchester Before They Grow Up

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One of our favorite things about being moms is rediscovering curiosity, joy and beauty through a child's eye. And while we can't stop our little ones from growing up, we can do our best to share meaningful experiences with them, expose them to some of our interests, and encourage their budding passions.

To that end, we're offering up our top 100 things to do with kids in and around Westchester. Whether it's visiting a local museum or romping in one our area's beautiful park, these activities are sure to create lasting memories and quality family fun. You've probably already experienced several of our picks, but chances are that you haven't gotten to them all just yet. Why not start this weekend?

NEW: We have a free printable version with the best anytime Westchester activities from this list. Print it out and stick it on your fridge to inspire you any time you need an activity idea.

Read on for 100 must-do, family-friendly activities throughout Westchester with kids (in no particular order).

1. Build, create and conquer the indoor play structure at Legoland Discovery Center

2. Summon your child's inner engineer, artist, scientist and more at the Westchester Children's Museum.

3. Journey to the stars at Hudson River Museum's planetarium. 

4. Visit the floating greenhouse and enjoy Art & Science Sundays during summer months at the Science Barge in Yonkers.

5. Catch a show at White Plains Performing Arts Center.

Though the designs change each year, the flaming pumpkins at the Blaze are an annual spectacle. Photo by Jennifer Mitchell courtesy of Historic Hudson Valley 

6. Be amazed at the artistry of the one-of-a-kind Great Jack O'Latern Blaze

7. Take a festive trip to an 18th century manor at the annual Sheep-to-Shawl Festival at Philipsburg Manor. 

8. Journey to a medieval Royal Court at the annual Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo Park. 

9. Play for FREE at the Play indoor, interactive space in The Westchester.

10. Usher in fall with some of the best apple and pumpkin picking in the state. 

11. Howl at the moon with ambassador wolves at the Wolf Conservation Center

12. Experience farm life at Stone Barns Center and Muscoot Farm

13. Catch a family-friendly live production at Tarrytown Music Hall.

14. Then head across the street to peruse the toys at the whimsical shop, A Nu Toy Store

15. Learn about the film industry with classes ranging from acting to production and film-making at The Picture House in Pelham.

16. Have a day off from school? Check out School's Out/Art's In at Katonah Museum of Art.

Howl with the wolves at the Wolf Conservation Center. Photo by Lisa Johnston

17. Enjoy live music, I Spy house tours, scavenger hunts in the garden and more at Caramoor

18. Throw an awesome pool party at Tibbetts Brook Park.

19. Learn to clown around from the pros at Westchester Circus Arts

20. Enjoy sweeping views of the Long Island Sound and play among the German inspired castles at Glen Island

21. Take a romp through the Discovery Playground at Greenburg Nature Center.

22. Cool off with a delicious ice cream cone at one of Westchester's sweetest local ice cream shops

23. Unplug and go camping or even glamping

Twin Lakes offers horseback riding and summer camp at its farm in Bronxville. Photo courtesy of the venue.

24. Learn horseback riding at Twin Lakes Farm.

25. Picnic and play in one of Westchester's beautiful destination parks

26. Spend a day cozying up with a book at Hugenot Children's Library—the only stand alone children's library in Westchester County. 

27. Indulge your curiosity with classes like The Science Behind Toys, Intro to Coding, Engineering for Kids and more at Curious on Hudson.

28. Go kayaking or canoeing.

KMA Sculpture Garden by Margaret Fox courtesy of Katonah Museum of Art

29 .Sip a cup of tea then browse a wonderfully curated selection of books in Westchester's only independent children's bookstore, The Voracious Reader.

30. Test your rock climbing skills at The Cliffs.  

31. Enjoy one of Westchester's annual Easter egg hunts

32. Go for a family bike-ride along the Bronx River Pathway and enjoy select Bicycle Sundays on the Bronx River Parkway throughout the summer.

33. Head to Neuberger Museum for Family Second Saturday.

34. Celebrate the 4th of July and marvel at the fireworks

35. Experience the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival

36. Enjoy amusement park rides, concerts, the boardwalk and more at the famed and beloved Rye Playland.

37. See the movies in style (and comfort) at iPic's luxurious movie theater in Dobbs Ferry.

38. Stay active and have fun year-round at Kids U.

39. Not just for grown ups, check out the Family Stage and Children's Area at the annual Clearwater Hudson River Revival

The Pelham Art Center’s Day of the Dead festival is not to be missed! Photo courtesy of the venue.

40. Embrace your inner artist with classes and workshops for all ages at Pelham Art Center.

41. Don't miss the semi-annual craft fair and the annual Scarecrow Invasion at Lyndhurst.  

42. Roam the stunning halls and grounds of Kykuit, Glenview and other historic mansions throughout Westchester

43. Ditch the gadgets for a day and experience 19th century toys and more at From a Child's Perspective at Washington Irving's Sunnyside. 

44. Learn a foreign language

45. Visit Santa ... without heading to the North Pole! 

46. On your mark, get set, go! Enjoy the ultimate indoor go-kart experience at Grand Prix

47. Make winter a little bit sweeter with maple sugaring fun

48. Celebrate the New Year at noon with a kid-friendly 'Times Square' experience at Ring in the New Year in New Rochelle. 

49. Soak up the sun and hone your sand castle building skills at one of Westchester's lovely beaches

Master storyteller Jonathan Kruk offers a graveyard performance of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Photo by Jennifer Mitchell courtesy of Historic Hudson Valley

50. Get in the holiday spirit with a driving tour of Christmas light displays in Westchester

51. Take classes and workshops, plus enjoy seasonal activities and events at Lasdon Park & Arboretum

52. Browse the aisles at Miller's Toy Store

53. Taste the famous hot dogs at Walter's Hot Dog Stand

54. Enjoy thoughtfully selected films and enrichment programs such as Maker workshops, Experiments in Media and more Jacob Burns Film Center.

55. See live performances while you browse local goods at New Rochelle's Grand Market summer series.  

56. Tackle the 18-foot water slides and wave pool at Willson's Waves

57. Experience the Rotary's Rubber Duck Derby in Tarrytown.

58. Go fishing

59. Explore the stunning historical home and grounds of Boscobel House and Gardens

60. Frolic in the Big Girl Playground, hit the shops, experience Legoland or catch a movie at Westchester's Ridge Hill.  

61. Take in a family-friendly live show at Emelin Theatre

62. Play in the nautical themed park, ride your bike, play ball and more with lovely marina views at Harbor Island Park.

Bear Mountain State Park. Photo by Jiashiang/CC BY 2.0

63. Enjoy the stunning fall-foliage at Bear Mountain Bridge or Kingsland Point Park

64. Indulge your sweet tooth or throw a candy crazy birthday party at one of Westchester's local sweet shops

65. Take a fitness class with your kids at Fenom Fitness

66. More than just a grocer, head to Stew Leonard's for birthday parties and seasonal activities and events. 

67. Join in a Ragamuffin Parade

68. Challenge your brood to a game of miniature golf

69. When it snows, head for the hills for the ultimate sledding experience

70. Get your train fix at Tom's Trains.

71. Enjoy dinner and a live show at Westchester Sandbox Theatre

72. Discover your inner thespian with an acting and theater class

73. Usher in harvest season with an annual fall festival

74. Spend a warm, sunny day strolling through the grounds of Hammond Museum and Japanese Garden.

Get hands-on at the Clay Art Center. Photo courtesy of the venue.

75. Experiment with clay as family at Clay Art Center

76. See live shows, circus performances, exhibits and more at Westchester County Center

77. Enjoy dinner and a movie...at the same time at Alamo Drafthouse

78. See The Nutcracker

79. Take a walking tour of the famed Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. 

80. Burn off some steam at one of our favorite indoor play places

81. Participate in a turkey trot.

82. Gaze at the stars, watch for a comet or enjoy a meteor shower at Star Parties with Westchester Amateur Astronomers.

83. Create your own threads, bags and more at Groovy on Grand.

Candy and books? Yes, please! Photo by Gretchen Menzies

84. Browse books, games and toys at Little Joe's Bookstore.

85. Kids bouncing off the walls? Not a problem at Westchester's indoor trampoline parks!

86. See the Hudson Valley landscape from the water with Trinity Cruises.

87. Learn to flip, tumble and roll at one of Westchester's gymnastics centers.

88. Learn how to ski and snowboard!

89. Take a hike and take in the beautiful Hudson Valley landscape. 

90. Check out the annual Hudson Valley Eagle Fest at Teatown Lake Reservation.

91. Go on your own personal hot chocolate crawl and find your favorite cocoa spot. 

92. Enjoy storytelling workshops, creative dance and more at Embark Peekskill

Bring the entire family on a Trinity Cruise for stunning Hudson River views. Photo courtesy of the venue.

93. Experience the Museum in the Streets, scavenger-hunt style. 

94. Enter The Trove at White Plains Public Library for a unique programming, interactive shows and more. 

95. Take to the ice and learn to skate like a pro at one of Westchester's indoor skating rinks

96. Celebrate the thawing of winter with a spring festival

97. Turn summer days into History Adventure Days at John Jay Homestead.

98. Learn basic farming skills, how to care for animals and the environment, and even cooking skills at Hilltop Hanover Farm and Environmental Center

99. Peruse the unique finds at Once Upon a Child

100. Teach them to play table tennis

This originally posted in 2015 and was updated for 2017.

Top photo: Find the crunchiest apple at the Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard in North Salem, NY.  Photo by jturbanos/CC BY 2.0