20+ Things to Do During February's Winter Break in Westchester With Kids

Delight in the scenery and artwork at Teatown Lake Reservation. Photo by Marisa Iallonardo
Delight in the scenery and artwork at Teatown Lake Reservation. Photo by Marisa Iallonardo

If you’re worried about keeping the kids busy during a winter break staycation, we've got you covered. We've rounded up more than 20 fun things to do during the February break with Westchester kids.

These picks for Presidents Day week include in-person events, at-home activities, and fun anytime excursions.

We've also got an entire post dedicated to February's top to-dos, and our Event Calendar is constantly updated.

Please call or check websites before heading out to any event for potential cancellations or for COVID safety details.

Go seal watching over winter break
Local coastal waters are a favorite hangout for harbor seals. Photo by Xylia Serafy

Fun Outdoor Excursions Near Westchester for February Break

1. See the Sea Animals 

Bring the binoculars on a seal-spotting and birding cruise (yes, in February).

2. Sip Hot Chocolate 

Bundle up for toasty fun at the weekend-long Hot Chocolate Fest at Ashokan.

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See trees being tapped as part of maple sugaring festivities throughout the Hudson Valley. Photo courtesy of the Watershed Institute

3. Go Maple Sugaring 

Learn about maple sugaring, an age-old winter tradition that dates back to the Native Americans.

4. Take a Hike 

Enjoy nature on a visit to Teatown Lake Reservation.

5. Take Advantage of the Weather (Seriously!) 

Peruse our Winter Fun Guide for where to go skiing, snowboarding, sledding, and more.

RELATED: Snow Games for Kids Beyond Sledding

Go for a hike over winter break.
Outdoor activities are the safest this season, so make the most of the outdoor time. Photo by Ally Noel

6. Head Outside 

Ramp up your nature play with 40 outdoor activities for anytime winter fun.

7. Learn from the Experts

Go on a FREE guided hike of Mount Kisco’s Westmoreland Sanctuary. FREE

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Skiing is a great day trip for winter break
Take a day trip to a mountain for skiing, boarding, or tubing. Photo by Ally Noel

8. Take a Day Trip  

Stay close to home on one of these family-fun winter day trips.

9. Try an Outdoor Break Camp

Visit the Sheldrake Environmental Center and try a February break offering.

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Mug cakes are a fun dessert and boredom buster in a sweet package. Photo by Jody Mercier

At-Home Activities for Winter Break

10. Put Your Mugs to Good Use

Set the kids loose in the kitchen to whip up one of these microwavable mug cakes; no oven required.

11. Make a Snow Globe 

Really shake things up with a DIY snow globe.

12. Show Your Love for Pluto

Attend the I Heart Pluto Festival virtually to learn more about this dwarf planet.

13. Beat Cabin Fever 

Stuck in the house? We’ve got 45 snow-day boredom busters for kids.

14. Host a Virtual Playdate 

Arrange a virtual playdate for your preschooler using these creative ideas.

RELATED: At-Home Guide for Families: 100s of Activities for Kids


Kartrite's indoor water park is a warm diversion from winter's chill. Photo courtesy of the Kartrite

Indoor Destinations Near Westchester for February Break

15. Visit an Indoor Water Park

Escape the cold and pretend it’s summer with a visit to one of these indoor water parks.

16. Spend the Day at a Local Museum

Explore all the kid-friendly attractions at the Hudson River Museum. See our museums guide for other exciting options. 

17. Learn about Marine Life

Get groovy with a far-out science project, crafting lava lamps at the Westchester Children's Museum.

18. Play Indoors 

Burn off some energy at one of the many indoor play places in our area that have modified their operations for COVID-19 safety.

19. Make Some Art 

Drop in for an impromptu art project that might include paper crafting, painting, or even slime.

20. Visit an Area Museum — for Free

Take advantage of FREE admission to any of these NYC museums, zoos, and gardens.

21. Or Try a New-to-You One

Cross the Hudson and check out one of several family-friendly museums in New Jersey.

22. Get Messy

Roll up your sleeves for messy parent-child fun at Saturday Clay.

And Last but Not Least ...

23. Go on Vacay 

Take a mini-vacation with one of these winter weekend getaways that won't break the bank.

24. Find Even More Fun Ideas  

Populate your planner with 30 fun things to do with Westchester kids this winter.

This post was originally published in 2019 and is updated annually.

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