Indoor Action Centers Where Westchester Kids Can Burn Energy
Whether you're looking for a rainy-day activity or just want to bust a move, a multifaceted indoor action center offers loads of high-voltage fun. In addition to the many fantastic indoor play spaces in and around Westchester, we've rounded up our A-list of action centers where toddlers through teens can jump, bounce, climb, spin, and burn some energy (and calories).
While we're sad to report that two such venues closed during the COVID shutdown—FunFuzion in New Rochelle and Great Play of Scarsdale—the good news is numerous other action centers have reopened. Included in our listings are updates about how they're adapting to the new normal. We strongly urge readers to confirm details with the venue before heading out, as changes to policies, hours, and operation can occur at any time.
Editor's note: While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. If you arrive at a venue that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our Event Calendar to find something else to do. Keep in mind, many indoor attractions now require advance ticket purchases or timed-entry reservations, so plan accordingly and always double-check hours with the venue before heading out.
Billy Beez – Nyack and Middletown
2021 update: Operating at a reduced capacity, with heightened sanitizing procedures and mask and social-distancing requirements. Temporary hours of operation are Tuesday-Friday 11am-6pm, Saturday-Sunday 11am-7pm (closed Mondays). Admission closes an hour before the scheduled closing time. Select areas may be temporarily off-limits.
Among the biggest and most action-packed play spaces in the area, Billy Beez offers over 20,000 square feet of fun at each of its two locations in the Hudson Valley. Both sites are situated within shopping malls (the Palisades Shopping Center in Nyack and the Galleria at Crystal Run in Middletown), making it easy to combine a visit here with shopping or dining. Both venues offer trampolines, a soft-play toddler area, assorted play structures, sports courts, and a wild twist on a ball pit featuring air-propelled ball fountains. A cafe and other attractions are also featured. Geared toward ages 1 and up.
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The Castle Fun Center – Chester
2021 update: Masks and social distancing are required. Some attractions may be temporarily closed; check ahead. Advance reservations are not accepted, but capacity may be restricted.
Especially well-suited for a mixed-age brood, The Castle Fun Center offers so much to do, so families can easily make a day of it. While away the hours with go karts, laser tag, mini golf, roller skating, ax-throwing, a laser maze, ziplining, a climbing wall, arcade games, amusement park-style rides, and more. Some attractions are seasonal and weather-dependent.
Jump the jiggles out during open bounce times at BounceU.
BounceU – Elmsford
2021 update: Open for parties and other private events only.
Bop till you drop at this bouncy-castle heaven. Warehouse-size rooms contain enormous bouncy structures with complex designs like obstacle courses, inclines, and slides. Geared toward ages 2 and up.
Rockin' Jump – Yonkers and Mt. Kisco
2021 update: COVID safety measures include a mask mandate, social distancing, and temperature checks. There is increased daytime cleaning of all high-frequency touchpoints. Guest capacity has been reduced to 25%, and advance reservations are strongly recommended.
Rockin’ Jump is a trampoline park that offers kids a chance to bounce, climb, and play. The locations in both Yonkers and Mt. Kisco have open jump times every day of the week. Prices vary for each location, but both let you book online in advance or walk in and purchase jump time on-site.
Sportime USA – Elmsford
2021 update: Masks, social distancing, and temperature checks are required for guests and employees. All surfaces are regularly disinfected. Guest capacity is limited.
Sportime USA has arcade games, laser tag, a rock-climbing wall, bumper cars, amusement rides, batting cages, and an indoor playground and restaurant. It regularly offers kids’ drop-off days on holidays/school closures, as well as a variety of specials.
Kids can build and much more at Legoland Discovery Center. Photo by Rose Gordon Sala
Legoland Discovery Center – Yonkers
2021 update: Each family is given Lego bricks for their personal use during playtime; bricks and attractions are sanitized between visits. Masks are required, and capacity is limited. Reserve your 2-hour time slot in advance for guaranteed admission. Some sections might be temporarily closed.
While some of the attractions at Legoland are calm, there's plenty of romping to be done on Legoland's two-story play structure. The venue also features a 4D theater, a Lego factory tour, rides, a cafe, Lego Master exhibits, and, of course, building areas.
LIFE: The Place to Be – Ardsley
2021 update: Currently open only for parties and other private rentals.
With 29,000 square feet of flexible event space, LIFE is large enough to house multiple event rooms and an arcade. On one side of it, there is a large soft-play area for children ages 9 and under, with a respectably sized play structure next to a play section full of toys. There's also a slim climbing wall. For $12.50, up to three children can get an all-day pass to the soft play area, meaning they can play, leave for lunch, return and play again. Kids ages 6 and up can enjoy other activities, including the arcade ($10-$30), bowling ($5/game), laser tag ($5 per person), and rock climbing ($5 per person). Geared toward ages 1-15.
In addition to a climbing structure, the Play Place features indoor tennis courts and a sports field.
The Play Place – Elmsford
2021 update: COVID safety measures include a mask mandate, social distancing, and temperature checks. One-hour cleanings take place between playtimes. Attendance is capped at 15 families, with no more than one adult per family. Online reservations are now required.
The Play Place in Elmsford has plenty of space to play, plus tennis courts, a basketball court, an indoor sports field, and a climbing structure. Facilities are scaled for ages 10 and under.
Sky Zone Trampoline Park – New Rochelle
2021 update: Masks, social distancing, and temperature checks are required. Cleaning frequency has been increased, and guest capacity has been reduced per CDC guidelines
Visitors to Sky Zone Trampoline Park can purchase 60- or 120-minute tickets, which provide full access to freestyle jumping, a foam area, dodgeball, ninja warrior course, and more. Little ones can play safely during jump times from 9:30–11am every day except Saturdays.
Unless noted, photos courtesy of the venues.
Originally published October 2013 and updated annually.