What’s Open Now in Westchester For Kids
After a year of cancelations, it's time to focus on what we can do. We’ve compiled a list of family-friendly destinations open now in Westchester. These spots include cultural sites, sports venues, indoor play spaces, and open spaces for outdoor adventures. Despite the pandemic, there's actually a lot for local families to do.
Be sure to bookmark this resource for all your upcoming adventures; we'll update it as the situation warrants. As always, there are many more ideas for keeping busy on our Event Calendar.
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 an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our Event Calendar to find something else to do. Keep in mind, many of these venues are enforcing capacity limits, and reservations or timed-entry tickets may be required. Click through to each venue for current details before heading out.
There are plenty of places to enjoy an alfresco meal at Teatown. Photo by Marisa Iallonardo
Parks, Nature Centers, and Gardens Open Now in Westchester
- While some attractions are closed at Bear Mountain, the Trailside Zoo and much of the grounds are open now.
- Go snowshoeing or hike the trails at Minnewaska State Park.
- Explore the trails, woods, ponds, and overwintering wildlife at any of Westchester’s many nature centers, such as Teatown.
- View the animals and grounds of Muscoot Farm, where admission is FREE.
Untermyer Gardens Conservancy is gorgeous in the winter months. Photo courtesy of the conservancy
- Stroll the beautiful, tranquil gardens of Untermyer Gardens Conservancy.
- The grounds at Lasdon Park and Arboretum are open, though the conservatory is closed.
- Take a stroll on the Westchester RiverWalk, which you can pick up in Tarrytown, Croton, or Peekskill.
- When the snow melts, grab your helmet and head out on one of these great bike paths.
- Run, walk, or bike along the pedestrian part of the recently opened Mario M. Cuomo Bridge.
- Bike, skate, stroll, and explore New York State parks, including the Walkway Over The Hudson, the world’s longest elevated park.
- Check out a destination-worthy park.
- Little ones? Zero in on playgrounds that are especially good for toddlers.
Olana's main house sits impressively at the top of a long slope and is a unique mixture of Victorian architectural elements and Middle-Eastern decorative motifs. Photo by Diana Kim
Museums, Historic Sites, and Cultural Spots Open Now in Westchester
- Admire the design elements of Olana, and hike the grounds that inspired the Hudson River School painter who inhabited it.
- Expose your kids to the contemporary art world at DIA Beacon.
- Sign up for a time slot to visit the kid-friendly Hudson River Museum.
- Take a weekend workshop at the Westchester Children's Museum.
- Experience the Museum in the Streets, a self-guided scavenger hunt.
Ski Sundown is a great place for kids to ski or snowboard. Photo courtesy of the Mountain
Winter Sports Spots Open Now for Westchester Families
- Head for the hills to enjoy a family skiing, snow tubing, or snowboarding outing.
- Or, head down the hills at these destination sledding spots.
- Bundle up for a hardy winter hike.
- When conditions allow, go old-school with outdoor pond ice skating.
- Splurge on a day pass to enjoy the grounds of Mohonk Mountain House.
My Gym is open for little ones to play and explore! Photo courtesy of the venue
Indoor Places to Play Open Now for Westchester Families
- Warm up and burn some steam at one of these indoor play spaces open now where kids can climb the wall, play indoor golf, interact with sensory stimuli, or play arcade games.
- Go bowling at one of the alleys in Westchester, like Bowlmor.
- Test your wits at a private escape room, such as Hour to Exit.
- Catch a flick at a reopened movie theater, like Ridge Hill's Showcase Cinemas.
- Escape the chill at a nearby indoor water park.
- Choose a local art center for either on-site programming or grab-and-go kits for fun at home.
- Plan your visit to an operable Westchester library and borrow your next adventure.