Kids can climb the walls at the Cliffs in Valhalla. Photo courtesy of the Cliffs
Kids can climb the walls at the Cliffs in Valhalla. Photo courtesy of the Cliffs

30 Ways To Spend a Rainy Day with Kids in Westchester and the Hudson Valley

Whether it’s raining, snowing, hot, or cold, families often need ideas for indoor activities in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. Fortunately, we’ve got loads of options to keep kids active and entertained while getting out of the house.

Though our roundup lists 30 top destinations, several lead to yet more lists, including indoor play spaces, museums, and art studios. With so much to choose from, be sure to bookmark this resource for easy access at the drop of a … snowflake or raindrop.

Be sure to also consult our Indoor Play Guide to round out your options with at-home activities as well. Stay on top of our new finds by signing up for our newsletters.

1. Mark Your Calendar

First things first: Consult the Mommy Poppins Activities Calendar for our favorite activities for every day of the year. This is continually updated with fresh finds.


Cultivate an appreciation for modern art at Dia: Beacon. Photo by Diana Kim

2. Visit a Gallery

Foster appreciation of contemporary art at Dia:Beacon.

3. Go Bowling

Score a strike with a family outing at a nearby bowling alley.

4. Shop for Children’s Clothes and Gear

Go bargain-hunting (just bring an umbrella) at the Woodbury Common outlet.

5. Gawk at a Mansion

Tour one of the many historic mansions that dot the Hudson River, such as Frederic Church’s Olana.

RELATED: 100 Things to Do with Westchester Kids Before They Grow Up


Shake off boredom at Rockin' Jump. Photo courtesy of the center

6. Burn Off Some Energy

Get your kicks at one of these top indoor action centers.

7. Get Your STEM Fix

Summon your child's inner engineer, artist, or scientist at the Westchester Children's Museum. Be on the lookout for various events that are included in museum admission.

8. Support Mom-and-Pop Shops

Shop for books and toys at Anderson’s Book Shop.

9. Find Your Way

Test your wits at a local escape room.

10. Putt-Putt

Play a game of indoor mini-golf.


Explore local sea life at the Marine Education Center. Photo courtesy of the center

11. Get Hands-On

Explore the touch tank and other exhibits at the Marine Education Center, where admission is FREE.

12. Twirl Around the Ice

Take a spin around an ice skating rink—not just in winter!

13. Explore a Local Museum

Skip NYC in favor of a Westchester or Hudson Valley museum.

RELATED: Museums with Kids Programming in Westchester


Head to New Jersey and visit the American Dream Mall. Photo by Jody Mercier

14. Check Out the New Mega-Mall

Cross the river to check out the multidimensional American Dream mall, offering unusual indoor attractions.

15. Play Games

Head to Grand Prix for go-karts, arcade games, pool, and more.

16. Slip and Slide

Swap the rain for a splash in a Hudson Valley indoor water park.

17. Visit the Planetarium

Journey to the stars at the Hudson River Museum's planetarium, tour the historic Glenview mansion, and don’t miss the Red Grooms “bookstore.” Numerous exhibits of interest and family activities are offered year-round. 

18. See the Work of Famous Artists

View the stained-glass windows created by Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall at Union Church of Pocantico Hills.

RELATED: Sports Centers and Fun Zones for Westchester Kids 


Get airborne at iFly. Photo courtesy of iFLy

19. Soar!

“Drop” in for indoor skydiving at iFly.

20. Focus on Firefighters

Explore the vast collection of cool artifacts and interactive exhibits at the FASNY Museum of Firefighting.

21. Find Your Inner Picasso

Drop in to any of these art centers to create a new masterpiece.

22. Make Your Own Frozen Treat

Go for fro-yo and choose your own toppings.

23. Shop Where It’s Fun

Make grocery shopping a fun activity with the entertainment provided by the mechanical characters at Stew Leonard's.

24. Scale the Walls

Climb somebody else’s walls at these indoor rock-climbing spots.

25. Discover Your Local Library

Get to know your library branch’s special offerings. Some loan “discovery backpacks,” scrapbooking kits, baking pans, and musical instruments. Borrow a museum pass for FREE or discounted admission. Or visit any branch and explore its children’s and teen rooms.

26. Swim Indoors

Snag a day pass to access an indoor swimming pool.

27. Find Your Balance

Navigate an indoor ropes course.

28. Turn Commuting Into Play

Hop on MetroNorth and make Grand Central Terminal your destination.

29. Get Pizza and Ice Cream

For a classic, old-school combo, grab a slice of pizza and a cone.

30. Be Resourceful at Home

Can’t get out? We’ve got ideas for stay-at-home rainy days, too!

This post has been updated for 2021.

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