Winter Fun List: 30 Fun Things to Do With Westchester Kids This Winter
Stave off cabin fever this season with this ultimate guide to winter fun in Westchester and Hudson Valley We've discovered 30 fun ways to spend the cold winter days and to keep kids active and entertained all winter long.
Whether you're looking for winter sports, weekend getaways, workshops, nature programs, or indoor activities with limited capacity, we’ve got you covered. Consider trying a winter sport like snow tubing or skiing, get hands-on in a maker space, whip up your own hot chocolate bombs, or maybe find a new passion.
Be sure to check with each venue for its COVID guidelines and requirements before heading out to any event, and read more about local public safety protocols here. Some events are getting canceled or postponed at the last minute due to the latest COVID surge, so always confirm details before departing.
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Pop-in! Play Space allows little explorers to burn off some energy. Photo by author
Great Destinations for Winter Fun Near Westchester
1. Enjoy Playtime for the Under-6 Set
Get your fix of indoor play at a Pop-in! Play Space, which offer 60-minute, 90-minute or half-day sessions.
2. Visit a Local Museum
Head to the kid-friendly Hudson River Museum—and be sure to check out a show at the planetarium while there. (Everyone 12 and older must show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test before entering.)
3.Take a Weekend Workshop
4. Make a Valentine’s Day Gift
Kids between 9 and 12 years old can take this cool, hands-on Laser Cutting with Glowforge workshop at the Rye Arts Center on Tuesday, February 8.
5. Escape Rroom
Test your family’s deductive skills as you work together to find your way out of The Puzzle Parlour's escape rooms.
Mohonk Mountain House offers pristine, wide-open spaces for winter recreation. Photo courtesy of the resort
6. Visit a Hudson Valley Family Favorite
Splurge on day passes to Mohonk Mountain House, which currently includes winter sports and winter trail passes.
7. Hit the Slopes
Westchester is close to a number of Northeast ski resorts suitable for first-timers and experts.
8. Try Snowtubing
Book a lane for a family snow tubing adventure in the Westchester and Hudson Valley area.
9. Go Sledding
Take the plunge at one of our top picks for snow day sledding.
Everyone is welcome to skate and enjoy pond hockey. Photo courtesy of Friends of Gorham's Pond
10. Hit the Ice in Connecticut ...
Cross the border and take a spin on the ice at one of these outdoor rinks in Connecticut.
11. …Or in NYC
Of if you prefer, glide with the New York City skyline as your backdrop.
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Don't let the cold keep you from the hiking trails. Photo by Ally Noel
12. Take to the Trails
Bundle up for a hardy winter hike and compare the views on the various trails.
13. Honor the Bald Eagle
Pay homage to our majestic national bird February 4-6 at the annual Hudson River EagleFest, which celebrates the bald eagle’s return to the area.
14. Do a Good Deed
In the spirit of MLK Jr., rack up community-service credits at one of several county-organized park-maintenance events. You might clean trails or remove invasive plants, and you'll definitely feel good about community service.
The Greenburgh Nature Center offers private maple sugaring classes as part of its Back to Nature series. Photo by the author
15. Tap Maple Trees
Book a private maple-sugaring experience for your family at the Greenburgh Nature Center.
16. See Sustainable Agriculture Up Close
Visit the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, open year-round.
17. Start a New Challenge
See how many of these 40 outdoor activities you can get through before spring.
18. Dine Outdoors
Experience the latest al fresco dining craze by reserving a table in an igloo or yurt—just call ahead to find out if they're still available.
19. Try Snowshoeing
Go snowshoeing at Minnewaska State Park. If you don't have gear, don't worry. Rentals are available.
Make hot chocolate bombs for a fun, at-home activity to pass a cold winter day.
20. Go Homemade
Make your own hot chocolate bomb, the latest food craze, with our simple recipe.
21. Get Away
Opt for a change of scenery in the mountains or by the shore by planning a low-cost winter weekend getaway.
22. Break Out the Screens
Fill any downtime with these online enrichment opportunities your child can enjoy from home.
23. Make Art
Schedule a studio visit or pick up a to-go kit at one of these local art schools.
24. See Magic
Cozy up in front of the computer for a virtual magic show.
25. Deliver Fun Directly to You
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26. Explore a New Area
See all the offerings in nearby Litchfield County, Connecticut, where year-round fun awaits. Or visit another quaint community nearby.
Grab a summertime treat to beat the winter blues. Photo by Jody Mercier
27. Enjoy a Cold Treat
Embrace the cold: There's no rule against getting ice cream in the winter.
28. Take a Snow Day
Keep our at-home snow day boredom busters handy just in case of school closures.
29. Have Some Parent-and-Kid Fun
Spend a day tackling one of these fun wintertime activities for kids and their grown-ups.
30. Get the Guide
Bookmark our Winter Fun Guide for details on a slew of winter sports and seasonal fun.
A version of this post was first published in 2021. It was updated in January 2022.