Spring is finally here, and it's time to start planning outdoor fun. Here's something 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, it can be a great spot to spend a sunny afternoon.
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Birdsall House in Peekskill serves up craft beer along with kid-friendly fare.
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.
Mill House Brewing Company – Poughkeepsie
There’s outdoor seating and a kids' menu at this Poughkeepsie Brewpub, which includes lots of favorites—from pizza to grilled cheese and chicken tenders. On the adult side, there are sausages, burgers, sandwiches, and more, with the opportunity to try their beer (which includes the award-winning Kold One)—or a flight, if you’re not sure which to choose.
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The family-friendly Seven Lakes Station has lots of toys and games to keep kids busy.
Seven Lakes Station – Sloatsburg
There are plenty 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 it offers that 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.
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 it will 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.
Photos courtesy of the beer gardens