Spring is—finally!—right around the corner, making it a great time to start thinking of all the fun things to do once the weather really starts to warm up. And while there are plenty of kid-specific activities to do outdoors, here’s one the whole family can get in on: Going to one of the beer gardens in the area.
Sure, a beer garden might not seem like the first place you’d take little ones, but with kid-friendly food and even games and toys, they can be a great spot to spend a sunny afternoon.
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Birdsall House - Peekskill
At this “craft beer gastropub” in Peekskill, families can hang out in the large, 2,000-square-foot beer garden, which includes both patio seating and picnic tables. Most of the beers hail from New York, and the weekday happy hour goes until 7pm if you’re looking for a mid-week break from cooking. The pub serves lunch and dinner, plus brunch on the weekends, with a kids’ menu that features favorites like mac and cheese and mini burgers. For the youngest visitors, there are highchairs available, too. Kids getting restless? Let them try out the bocce ball court.
Village Beer Garden - Port Chester
Train-loving kids will love the proximity of this beer garden to the Port Chester train station, and while there, parents can enjoy a mix of European beers and U.S.-made craft beers, including some local picks. All items on the kids’ menu—which includes veggie sliders and chicken fingers—come with apple slices and French fries and on the dessert menu you’ll find Westchester-based Longford’s ice cream. Currently closed for the winter, the beer garden should be open again in early May.
Yonkers Brewing Co. - Yonkers
Looking for a beer made right here in Westchester? Then head to this Yonkers-based brewery. The outdoor beer garden—which opens again at the end of April—is great for kids, and they’ll be adding more space to it this summer. Weekend brunch is a popular time for families to visit and kids can dig into Nutella French toast, churro waffles, omelets and even wings and tacos. The regular lunch and dinner menu also features grilled cheese, chicken tenders and other kids-will-definitely-eat-it fare. Once they’re done eating, older kids can check out the foosball table or play Connect Four.
Seven Lakes Station - Sloatsburg
There’s lots of games and toys to keep kids occupied at this Sloatsburg taproom, including Matchbox cars, checkers, chess, Uno cards and dominoes. The menu is small, but they have perennial kid-favorite, warm pretzels, as well as cheese and charcuterie plates. Parents can try the craft beer, while kids can enjoy craft sodas—as well as organic iced tea and more. The seasonal space opens as soon as the weather gets nicer.
The Yankee Revolutionary BBQ & Beer Garden - Fishkill
This outdoor beer garden, which is open from April to October, has tables outdoors and under a tent, where families can spend time. While they don’t have a specific kids’ menu—though they do have highchairs—it's hard to go wrong with BBQ. There’s draft and canned beer, with lots of East Coast-made options. If you decide to head over without the kids, later at night they have live music.