Top Indoor Play Spaces Open Now for Westchester Kids
Indoor play spaces have long been the stuff of winter fun for Westchester kids, but this season is undeniably different. Still, there are times when you need a change of scenery to beat the winter blues, and these local play spots are ready to meet the moment with safety top of mind.
Our updated list is lighter than in recent years; many venues remain temporarily closed while a couple of favorites—FunFuzion in New Roc City and Great Play of Scarsdale—have permanently closed.
If you're looking for other ways to keep kids busy indoors this winter, try our list of 30 at-home activities, visit a cultural institution like DIA Beacon, and bookmark our favorite virtual happenings and Event Calendar for more resources!
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. Keep in mind, many indoor attractions now require advance ticket purchases or timed-entry reservations, so plan accordingly and always double-check hours with the venue before heading out.
Indoor Places to Bounce and Play in Westchester
BounceU – Elmsford
2021 update: Private use of the play space is available, and additional cleaning efforts are in place.
Although reservations are required, Bounce U regularly offers Open Bounce, Preschool Playdates, Family Bounce Nights, and Sensory Bounce sessions. Parents are free.
The Play Place – Elmsford
2021 update: Open play is available, with participation limited to 15 children per session. No more than one adult per child may attend. Masks are required for all ages. Prepaid reservations are required (children: $15 for a 2-hour session; adults: $2). Private sessions can be booked for your playgroup.
The Play Place in Elmsford has plenty of space to play, plus tennis courts, an indoor sports field, and a climbing structure. The Play Place offers open play daily from 9am-6pm.
Enjoy the big open space at My Gym in Yorktown Heights.
Play Spaces For Babies and Toddlers in Westchester
My Gym – Yorktown Heights
2021 update: This location offers private use of the facility for your family or pod with reservations. Attendance is capped at 15 people, including one instructor (babies in carriers aren’t counted). Children must be chaperoned, and everyone over the age of 2 must wear a mask. Rates are $100 for a 60-minute session.
This play space caters to children from merely 1 month old through age 10, with offerings that include preschool prep, gym classes, gymnastics, and open-gym time.
Pop In! Play Space & Cafe – Larchmont
2021 update: Attendance is limited to 8 children and 1 adult per family for each 90-minute play session. A 30-minute cleaning period is held between sessions. Masks are required, and private use of the space can be arranged.
One of the newest additions to the Westchester play space scene, Pop In! is ideal for kids 6 and younger. Toddlers and preschools can have fun doing everything from pretend play to arranging letters on a giant chalkboard to coloring, building, and more. There's a special area especially for babies under 18 months and a cafe serving snacks and coffee.
Tig & Peach – Pelham
2021 update: Open for 1-hour private play sessions, allowing families exclusive use of the indoor play area at a rate of $40 for the first child and $20 for siblings. The space is sanitized between sessions, and all adults must wear masks. Private sessions must be booked at least 24 hours in advance. Open daily from 9am-6pm. Email the venue to arrange private pod playtime. Additionally, group classes are being held outdoors in Wolfs Lane Park.
This adorable play space offers lots of fun for the 6-and-under set. Kids can climb and slide on the custom-designed playground, hideout in the wooden tent, play with the gigantic magnet wall, and more.
Scale the walls at The Cliffs at Valhalla.
Action-Packed Sports and Indoor Amusement Centers in Westchester
The Cliffs at Valhalla – Valhalla
2021 update: Advance booking is required during peak times to limit attendance. Masks are required, and payment is cashless. Refer to the venue's safety measures, which include more details on safety procedures.
The Cliffs at Valhalla, an indoor rock-climbing facility, offers open-climb hours (where the staff is available to assist you with climbing) daily. No experience is necessary, and all necessary equipment is available on-site. Wear comfortable clothes for climbing and moving. Day passes are available and include climbing shoes, harnesses, and chalk. Kids can scale walls in their sneakers or rent climbing shoes; harness rentals are mandatory for kids participating in open climb. Pricing is the same for kids and adults. Recommended for ages 5 and up.
Grand Prix – Mount Kisco
2021 update: Reservations required for racing, and COVID-19 waivers are mandatory for racing, bowling, and the arcade. Masks and temperature checks are required and heightened cleaning procedures are in place.
This multifaceted venue is ideal for a rainy-day destination, with so many offerings, it’s easy to while away the day. Choose from bowling, go-karts, arcade games, pool, a ninja course, climbing wall, bouldering wall, and more. There’s also dining on-premises. Best suited teens and tweens, but caregiver supervision is required.
A relative newcomer, Monster Mini Golf offers mini-golf, an arcade, and mini bowling for little ones.
Monster Mini Golf – Yonkers
2021 update: The newest venue on this list, Monster Mini Golf is limiting attendance, and masks are required.
Located in the Ridge Hill shopping center, this relative newcomer offers mini-golf, an arcade, and mini bowling for little ones (featuring lighter balls, 40-foot lanes, and street shoes) in a glow-in-the-dark setting. Pricing allows for either a la carte purchases or discounts for activity combos. Spots can be reserved in advance, and walk-ins are accommodated as space permits.
Life: The Place to Be – Ardsley
2021 update: Indoor play continues with limited attendance, required masks, and hand sanitizer stations.
This indoor play center offers laser tag, a rock-climbing wall, bowling alley, arcade, and a soft play center for kids ages 9 and under. There’s also a café on-site. The venue offers “Family Fun” visits and is open every day except Monday, but check the website or call ahead to confirm it isn’t closed for a private event.
Sportime USA – Elmsford
2021 update: Limited hours are currently offered (Fridays, 5pm-9pm; Saturdays-Mondays, noon-8pm). Capacity is limited, masks are required, and additional cleaning measures are in place.
Sportime USA has arcade games, laser tag, a rock-climbing wall, bumper cars, amusement rides, batting cages, and an indoor playground and restaurant. It regularly offers kids’ drop-off days on school holidays.
This post has been updated for 2021. Photos courtesy of the venues
Places featured in this article:
The Play Place
The Cliffs at Valhalla
LIFE - The Place to Be
My Gym - Yorktown Heights