50 Things to Do with Westchester Kids this Winter

things to do with kids this winter in westchester and the lower hudson valley
Image coutesy of Smugglers' Notch

There’s a bite in the air that can only mean one thing—winter is (almost officially) here! We know how hard it is to keep little ones occupied once they start bouncing off the walls (or big ones for that matter), so we’ve gathered a ton of activities that you can do with your kids this season.

Whether you're looking to stay local or you're itching to explore beyond our borders, we have ideas that should suit every interest.

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1. Practice your flips at an indoor trampoline park or burn off some energy at one of these indoor play spaces.

2. Take part in those elaborate holiday celebrations before they’re all over.

3. Watch a holiday classic on the big screen for just $5.

4. Feeling more like splurging? Upgrade to the luxury iPic movie theater and its uber-comfy seats.

5. Enjoy Bricktacular at Legoland Discovery Center.


The Mohonk Mountain House is just a short drive away.

6. Get out of town with a winter day trip.

7. Or make a whole weekend out of it at one of these amazing locales.

8. Make candles at the Rye Nature Center.

9. Bring them to the free Blue Door Art Center workshops—just for kids! 

10. Escape the germy stuffiness and go for a winter hike in the fresh air.

11. Have an interactive storytime with Rabbi Mo.

12. Bring the whole gang to the Hudson River Museum for its Family Studio Art and Science projects.

13. Visit the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum on its monthly Family Free Night.

14. Get crafty with Winter Sugar Painting.

15. Join the Itty Bitty Book Club.


Snow tubing at Camelback is not your typical trip down the hill!

16. Bring them snow tubing—Camelback is offering its out-of-this-world Galactic tubing once again this year!

17. Celebrate Ugly Sweater Day!

18. Decorate holiday coloring pages and enjoy treats at Pottery Barn Kids.

19. Marvel over some jaw-dropping holiday lights before they’re gone for another year.

20. Sharpen your chess skills.

21. Enjoy a free movie at The Westchester.

22. Join the Good Deed of the Month Club.

23. School’s out? Art’s in

24. … and so are the stars!

25. Cheer on the kids at the annual Slam Dunk Basketball Contest at the Westchester County Center. 


Break out those bathing suits for a dip at Coco Key Water Resort.

26. Who says you can’t go swimming in the summer? These nearby indoor water parks would beg to differ.

27. Treat them to hot cocoa.

28. Learn how animals are surviving this frigid weather (maybe we can pick up some tips).

29. Design a winter village.

30. Bring them to story time at Lil’ Chameleon.

31. Kids too old for stories? Just bring them for some shopping (them) and relaxing with coffee (you).

32. The Olympics are coming! No, not the games in PyeongChang—the Chocolate Olympics in Larchmont.

33. Planning to see Ferdinand? Pair it with the book at this free story time at Barnes & Noble.

34. Visit the Katonah Museum of Art or the Neuberger Museum for free!

35. Bring them into the city to visit a board game paradise.


Drive just a little further north to Sullivan County for lunch at the North Branch Inn. Photo taken by the author.

36. Explore the adorable Sullivan County.

37. Jam along with Uncle Ebenezer, the kid-friendly Phish tribute band.

38. Still feel like dancing? Pay tribute to Motown at the Paramount.

39. Create a marble maze.

40. Take part in a nature-related crime scene investigation.

41. Bring your mini master builders to the Home Depot workshops.

42. Check out the Annual Puppet Festival in Nyack, now in its fifth year. 

43. Take part in hands-on activities at the Jacob Burns Film Center’s Kids Open House.

44. Take a stroller tour at the Katonah Museum of Art.


Make the most out of snowdays with skiing and snowboarding. Image courtesy of Smugglers' Notch.

45. Learn to ski or snowboard—it doesn’t have to be outrageously expensive (really).

46. Enjoy the annual and engaging Hudson River Eaglefest.

47. Merge circus arts and comedy with the Grand Falloons.

48. Looking for a more traditional circus? Visit the Royal Hanneford Circus at the Westchester County Center.

49. Tap the trees for maple sugaring (it will be here before you know it).

50. Chip away at our 100 Things to Do with Kids in Westchester Before they Grow Up.list.

All images courtesy of the venue unless otherwise noted.

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