25 Ways To Beat the Heat with Westchester Kids this Summer
When the temperature soars, families have to come up with strategies to beat the heat. We've got 25 ideas for ways families can keep cool in and around Westchester—whether you love the outdoors or prefer to stay in the air conditioning.
Our list includes outdoor spots like parks with splash pads and awesome pools where you can take a dip, as well as indoor havens such as kid-friendly museums. We have even included exceptional frozen-treat spots so you can indulge in ice cream and other goodies. For even more summer fun, be sure to bookmark our Event Calendar.
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1. Hit the Beach!
2. Go Swimming
3. Plan a Boating Trip
Explore the local waterways in a canoe, kayak, or paddleboard. Check out the top boat rentals in Westchester and the Hudson Valley.
4. Ice Cream
Kids stay cool at the indoor Toddler Beach at the Westchester Children's Museum. Photo courtesy of the museum
5. Westchester Children's Museum
Check out the popular build-your-own roller coaster exhibit and toddler beach, or register for one of the weekly educational programs for kids at the Westchester Children's Museum. Head to our Museum Guide for more local museums and art galleries.
You can always buy some popsicle molds and make your own popsicles. Or, head to a local gourmet popsicle shop such as ZoraDora's in Beacon, or check out Mexican-inspired popsicles at Paleteria La Mihoacana in Yonkers or Mount Vernon.
7. Take a Train Ride
Hide away in the AC with a good book at The Trove. Photo courtesy of the library.
8. The Trove Children's Library
Take a book break at the air-conditioned Trove in the White Plains Library.
9. Local Swimming Holes
10. Palisades Center
Head over to the Palisades Center, just across the Tappan Zee bridge. The mall includes an indoor play space, a ropes course (including SkyTykes, where kids under 48 inches can climb FREE on Tykes Tuesdays in the summer), a movie theater, a Dave & Buster's, and plenty of restaurants. And don't forget Slime World.
11. Exit 4 Food Hall
Eat your way through the Exit 4 Food Hall, where plenty of cool, refreshing foods and drinks are on offer.
12. Croton Point Park
Explore Croton Point Park on the Hudson River. The park offers camping, hiking, swimming in the Hudson, a playground, and a nature center.
13. Hudson River Cruises
Take a cruise along the Hudson River with Hudson River Cruises.
Head to Legoland New York for a day or a weekend of fun! Photo by Rose Gordon Sala
Get truly hands-on with the sting rays at the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium. Photo courtesy of Clementina Verge.
15. Norwalk Aquarium
Chill out with some sea creatures across the county line at the Norwalk Maritime Aquarium.
16. Jacob Burns Film Center
Check out a film or sign up for a media arts camp at the Jacob Burns Film Center.
Get out the water guns for hours of water fun in the backyard. Photo by Rose Gordon Sala
17. Backyard Water Games
Try out a backyard water game. Ideas include a DIY slip-n-slide and a water piñata.
18. Ralph's Famous Italian Ices
Grab some Italian ices at Ralph's Famous Italian Ices in Mamaroneck, or try their new edible cookie dough ice cream.
Find out what "curling" is at the Ardsley Curling Club.
20. Bowlmor Lanes
Teach the kids to bowl at Bowlmor Lanes in White Plains. Tip: Before you go, check out the website for a special offer for a discounted kids' summer bowling or arcade pass.
21. LOOK Dine-In Cinemas
Get dinner (or lunch) and a movie all in one seat at LOOK Dine-In Cinemas. Offerings include a kids' menu, milkshakes, and cocktails.
Take advantage of the lake at Minnewaska State Park. Photo courtesy of New York State Parks
22. Minnewaska State Park
Go swimming in Lake Minnewaska or explore one of the many waterfall trails in the park.
23. Howe Caverns
Feeling up for a longer trip? Try a "cool cave tour" at the Howe Caverns, a few hours away in Schoharie County.
24. Playland Ice
Register for a public ice skating session at the Playland Ice Casino.
25. Splashdown Beach
Stay in the water at SplashDown Beach until your fingers and toes have wrinkled.