This month we highlighted Rye and everything it has to offer residents and visiting families. So far, we've taken a look at things to do in the neighborhood and the best places to eat with kids in tow. Now, as we wrap up our month-long coverage, we're turning our attention to the best places for kids to play and learn in Rye.
Whether it’s specialized classes, sports instruction, language learning or so much more, this area has got you covered and promises fun, exciting and educational activities all year round. Read on for our top picks of the best places to bring the kids in Rye.
14 Rye Ridge Plaza
This awesome children’s gym offers classes and programs for kids between the ages of 4 months and 9 years old that help develop social, personal and physical skills in a comfortable and safe environment. Whether it’s through one of their specialized classes, playing in open gym, or attending a fun birthday party, this gym has it all and even offers free trial classes in case you’d like to bring your little one to a class and check it out before committing!
Rye Free Reading Room at Rye Library
1061 Boston Post Road
Your little one doesn’t need to be an avid reader to appreciate this incredible place (although it wouldn’t hurt!). The kids will love spending time at the library playing games, catching up on a great book, or just enjoying some quiet time in a fun, stimulating spot. The library offers fun and educational programs, events and activities for children of all ages and families to enjoy together.
100 Playland Parkway
Playland Park is a true destination spot in Westchester County. Even after the theme park and beach close for the off-season, families still flock here for Playland Ice. Closed last season due to damage from Hurricane Sandy, we're happy to report that Playland Ice just reopened this month! Whether you're taking to the ice for recreation during their open skate times or pursuing your passion for figure skating or hockey, this place has it all. Playland Ice offers three rinks to cater to all levels. Their main rink is open and fully functional. The Studio Rink is scheduled to open later this month and is used for birthday parties, learn-to-skate classes for all ages and more. Their third rink (and possibly our favorite feature), the Children's Rink, is a dedicated rink just for kids, where little ones can take the ice at a slower pace and on a smaller, less intimidating rink. This rink is currently still closed for repairs but is expected to open this season. Playland Ice also offers coupons and great discounts on everything from parties to hot chocolate.
21 Locust Avenue
YMCAs are known across the nation for offering not only fun and exciting classes and programs for kids such as swimming, gymnastics, the arts and more, but also a safe haven for children and their families and the Rye location is no different. Between the wide array of children’s classes, camp options, private parties, membership packages and special needs programming, the YMCA is a place where everyone is welcome and is sure to have a great time.
Rye Arts Center
51 Milton Road
This community staple strives to foster creativity and inspire a love of the arts for all ages with a wide range of classes for kids and adults including art, creative writing, music and ballet. The Center even offers Half-Day for Half-Pints, an extended day creative arts program for preschoolers. Check their website for a full list of options.
Little Language League
22 Purdy Avenue, 2nd Floor
The Little Language League has carefully developed immersion programs in Spanish, French, Italian and Mandarin for children as young as 6 months to high-schoolers, ranging from parent child classes, to theater classes and beyond. Taught by nurturing, enthusiastic and committed educators, these classes are designed to make each child shine. They are also partnered with several schools in Westchester and Fairfield counties offering before and after school programs to students in preschool to the 5th grade. The League also offers summer camp options. Visit their website for more information or call to schedule a free trial class.
Photo courtesy of JW Tumbles.