20 Mother’s Day Activities in Westchester That Aren't Brunch
It’s almost time to celebrate, mom! While we love nothing more than a great Mother's Day brunch (in fact, there are a lot of kid-friendly area restaurants to try), wrangling little ones in a restaurant isn't always the most relaxing experience.
So, whether you’re trying to avoid a mid-meal meltdown courtesy of your toddler, or just looking to get outside and enjoy the beautiful spring weather, we've rounded up 20 things to do this Mother’s Day, with no restaurant reservations required. Some take place on Saturday—because, let’s face it, we deserve more than a day!
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. Some photos in this post were taken before the pandemic.
1. Interact with animals and more at a family-friendly farm.
2. Book your ticket in advance to embark on a fairy hunt at Locust Grove Estate.
4. Peruse the produce and handmade wares (plus stunning views!) at the Walkway Over the Hudson Mayfest Farmers and Makers Market.
5. Catch the final weekend of Spring Lights at The Thomas Cole National Historic Site.
Boundless Adventures has thrilling activities for the whole family. Photo courtesy of Boundless Adventures
6. Climb to new heights at this treetop adventure course.
7. Check out the zoo, merry-go-round, and hiking trails at Bear Mountain State Park.
8. Or, visit one of these other family-friendly state park hikes in the Hudson Valley.
9. Splurge on a day of scalable adventure at the rustically lovely Mohonk Mountain House.
10. View the exhibitions at the Hudson River Museum.
11. Step inside the Westchester Children's Museum for a Family FUN-raiser and enjoy crafts, games, and STEAM-inspired fun.
The Boscobel House has sweeping views as well as family-friendly activities. Photo courtesy of Boscobel House
12. Visit Boscobel House and Gardens for a day in nature and striking views; just be sure to book your tickets in advance.
14. Check out the cool outdoor sculptures at Storm King Art Center.
15. Pick up lunch or pack some homemade sandwiches (bonus points if Mom's not the one making them!), and visit one of these great local parks for a family-style picnic and fun.
Stroll the gorgeous Untermyer Gardens. Photo by Susan Miele
16. See what's in bloom at the fabulous Untermyer Gardens in Yonkers, but book those timed-entry tickets in advance.
17. Wander the ground of Croton Gorge Park and frolic in the mist of its namesake dam.
18. Grab your wheels and helmets and go for a bike ride down the (closed) Bronx River Parkway, now that Bicycle Sundays are back for the season.
19. Or, try one of these bike paths.
20. Gift yourself a little me time in the form of a 5K race through FDR Park in Yorktown Heights.
This post, originally published in 2017, is updated annually.