29 Things To Do on a Rainy Day Indoors in Westchester and the Hudson Valley

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
12/15/23 - By Susan Miele

When Mother Nature shuts down your favorite local playground, this list of indoor activities in Westchester and the Hudson Valley keeps kids active and engaged while getting the whole family out of the house.

We've listed our 29 top indoor activities below, though we've got countless more picks on our list of the best indoor play spaces in Westchester and in our Guide to Museums for Westchester and Hudson Valley families.


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Best Indoor Activities for Rainy Days in Westchester and the Hudson Valley

1. Mark Your Calendar

First things first: Consult the Mommy Poppins Family Activity Calendar for our favorite activities for every day of the year. It's continually updated with fresh finds.

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

2. Visit Dia Beacon

Foster appreciation of contemporary art at Dia Beacon.

3. Go Bowling

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

4. Shop for Children’s Clothes and Gear

Pack an umbrella and go bargain-hunting at the Woodbury Common outlets.

5. Gawk at a Mansion

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

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Indoor activities in Westchester and the Hudson Valley: Rockin' Jump
Shake off boredom at Rockin' Jump. Photo courtesy of the center

6. Indoor Sports Centers

Get your kicks in 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 included in museum admission.

8. Shop at a Local Bookstore

Shop for books at The Village Bookstore in Pleasantville—or one of the other many book stores in the area.

9. Explore an Escape Room

Test your wits at one of these local escape rooms.

10. Play Putt-Putt

Play a game of indoor mini-golf at these local putt-putt courses near NYC.

11. Mamaroneck's Marine Education Center

Explore the touch tank and other exhibits at the Marine Education Center, where admission is FREE, and you can visit from April-November.

12. Go Ice Skating

Take a spin around an indoor ice skating rink—it's not just for winter!

13. Explore a Local Museum

Skip NYC in favor of visiting one of these local museums for kids in Westchester and the Hudson Valley.

14. Visit American Dream

Cross the river to check out the multidimensional American Dream Mall, which offers a slew of great indoor attractions, including a ski resort, water park, and theme park—all indoors!

indoor Activities in Westchester:  Grand Prix New York.
Put your foot on the pedal at Grand Prix New York. Photo courtesy of the venue

15. Go Racing

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

16. Slip and Slide

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

17. Visit the Hudson River Museum

Journey to the stars at the Hudson River Museum's planetarium, tour the historic Glenview mansion, and don’t miss the Red Grooms “bookstore.” There are 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.

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Get airborne at iFly. Photo courtesy of iFLy

19. Skydive at iFly

“Drop” in for indoor skydiving at iFly.

20. FASNY Museum of Firefighting

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

21. Do Arts and Crafts

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

22. Build Your Own Sundae

Drop into one of these fro-yo bars and choose your own toppings.

23. D.I.Y. Slime

Leave the slime-making to a professional and visit D.I.Y. Slime in Larchmont, which has drop-in hours and tons of fun add-ins for the sticky stuff.

24. Go Rock Climbing

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

25. Visit a Local Library

Get to know your library branch’s special offerings. Some loan “discovery backpacks,” scrapbooking kits, baking pans, and musical instruments. Others let you borrow a museum pass for FREE or discounted admission. Even a day spent at your local branch to explore its children’s and teen rooms is a day well spent.

26. Swim Indoors

Snag a day pass to access an indoor swimming pool.

27. Explore a Ropes Course

Navigate an indoor ropes course—including Hapik at Ridge Hill in Yonkers and the Palisades Adventure Climb.

28. Catch a Train

Hop on MetroNorth and make the activity-packed Grand Central Terminal your destination.

29. Chill at Home

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

This post has been updated for 2023.