When cold and rain makes outdoor play impossible, it's good to know there are a number of fantastic indoor play options in Westchester where kids can burn off all that excess energy. We've rounded up the biggest and best places where kids can run, jump, bounce, climb, and play when outdoors just isn't an option.
Looking for more indoor ideas when inclement weather dampens outdoor fun? Check out our Guide to Indoor Fun and Play Spaces for Westchester Kids, and look to our Event Calendar for tons of fun indoor happenings all year long.
Billy Beez – Nyack
Just across the river at the Palisades Center is one of the biggest and most action-packed play spaces in the area. Billy Beez is an enormous indoor playground boasting more climbing and sliding opportunities than we could possibly count—“over 1,000 feet of slides”, according to its website. There are trampolines, a soft-play toddler area, air-propelled ball fountains, and a multi-use sports court—just to name a few options. Geared toward ages 1 and up.
Jump the jiggles out during open bounce times at BounceU.
BounceU – Elmsford
BounceU is bouncy castle heaven. Giant, warehouse-size rooms contain enormous bouncy structures with internal netting for climbing, long bouncy slides, bouncy inclines, for a challenge, and bouncy obstacle courses. All-ages open bounce is offered Monday – Thursday from 4–5:30pm; Preschool Playdates Monday – Friday at 10am, Family Bounce Nights on Wednesdays at 6:30pm, and Sensory Bounce on Wednesdays from 5:30–6:30pm. Geared toward ages 2 and up. Parents are free.
The Castle Fun Center – Chester
Looking for a place where you can easily spend the entire day? The Castle Fun Center offers lots to do. You'll find everything from go-karts and laser tag to mini-golf, a skating rink (you can do roller skates for some retro fun), and even amusement park–style rides. From September through April, the facility is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, but it is open on school breaks and holidays. Check the calendar for more.
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Hit the arcade at Fun Fuzion in New Rochelle.
FunFuzion – New Rochelle
FunFuzion is an indoor amusement park open every day of the week. The venue has hundreds of video games, rides, laser tag, mini-golf, bowling, and more.
Kids can build to their hearts' content at Great Play of Scarsdale.
Great Play of Scarsdale – Scarsdale
Although you have to be a member of Great Play to take advantage of its open play periods, we've had great experiences with its weekly classes, which have both reasonable pricing and flexible schedules. Like playing in an oversized fun room, kids can switch stations freely in the 3,000-square-foot room, using the slide, balancing structure, tumbling section, trampoline, and tunnels. It's geared toward 1-10-year-olds, though the sweet spot is probably 3-6.
Kids can build and much more at Legoland Discovery Center. Photo by Rose Gordon Sala
Legoland Discovery Center – Yonkers
In addition to tons of building opportunities, Legoland has a giant indoor play structure in the central room. Housed in the Ninjago City Adventure section is a two-story playground where kids can climb, slide, and explore. There's also a climbing wall in the "Lego Dojo" area, and a toddler sections features a smaller climber, along with a spin cup and drum panel. Other attractions include a couple of rides, a karaoke station, giant Duplo blocks, and a 4-D theater. All ages.
Life - The Place to Be – Ardsley
Sized right in the middle of the range, 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 aged 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.
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In addition to a climbing structure, the Play Place features indoor tennis courts and a sports field.
The Play Place – Elmsford
The Play Place in Elmsford has plenty of space to play, plus tennis courts, an indoor sports field, and a climbing structure. The Play Place offers open play every day from 9am – 6pm.
Rockin' Jump – Yonkers and Mt. Kisco
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.
Sky Zone Trampoline Park offers jump times just for little ones three days a week.
Sky Zone Trampoline Park – New Rochelle
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. Toddler jump times on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays let little ones play safely.
Sportime USA – Elmsford
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, and offers unlimited wristbands Friday 5pm – Sunday 8pm (as well as on school breaks/holidays).
Unless noted, photos courtesy of the venues.
Originally published October 2013 and updated for 2019.