26 Things To Do for February's Winter Break in Westchester and the Hudson Valley

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
1/26/24 - By Susan Miele

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

These picks for Presidents Day week include in-person events, outdoor activities, and fun anytime excursions. We've also got an entire post dedicated to February's top to-dos, and our Family Activity Calendar is constantly updated.


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February's winter break in Westchester and the Hudson Valley: Maple sugaring
See trees being tapped as part of maple sugaring festivities throughout the Hudson Valley. Photo courtesy of the Watershed Institute

Best Things To Do During February's Winter Break

1. Go Maple Sugaring

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

2. Take a Hike

Enjoy nature on a visit to Teatown Lake Reservation.

3. Snow Tubing

Hit the area's big resorts to glide down a snow tubing hill. It requires less skill and gear than skiing!

4. Ashokan's Hot Chocolate Fest

Warm up with a steamy cup of cocoa at this weekend-long hot chocolate fest on Saturday, February 17 and Sunday, February 18

5. Lake George Winter Carnival

Road trip to this Adirondacks paradise to celebrate all things winter. While you're there, be sure to see these other glowing Lake George attractions.

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February's winter break in Westchester and the Hudson Valley: Hiking.
From winter hikes to frozen bubbles, there's plenty of outdoor fun to be had even when it's chilly. Photo by Ally Noel

6. Explore the Great Outdoors

Ramp up your nature play with this mega-list of outdoor activities for anytime winter fun.

7. Learn about Wolves

Head to the Wolf Conservation Center for a winter program focused on the majestic creatures.

8. Enroll in a School Break Camp

Start planning now to arrange for one of these local school break camps where kids can romp, get creative, explore nature, and more.

9. Check out Teen-Made Art

Inspire your budding artist with a visit to the Katonah Museum of Art to check out the Young Artist Exhibition, which showcases pieces made by area high schoolers. Bonus: It's totally FREE.

10. Catch a Flick

Spend the morning and early afternoon watching the iconic The Princess Bride on the big screen at the Jacob Burns Film Center on Saturday, February 24.

11. Book a Getaway

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

12. Explore New Paltz

This lovely Hudson Valley time offers plenty of fun things to do for families.

13. Go Skiing

These local mountains cater to kids and families no matter what your winter sports style is.

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February's winter break in Westchester and the Hudson Valley: Skiing
Take a day trip to a mountain for skiing, boarding, or tubing. Photo by Ally Noel

14. Day Trip

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

15. Hudson River Museum

Explore all the kid-friendly attractions at the Hudson River Museum and bookmark our Local Museum Guide for other exciting destinations.

16. Make a Puppet

Sign kids up for a fun puppeteering workshop at the Mid-Hudson Discovery Museum on Monday, February 19.

17. Indoor Playgrounds

Burn off some energy at one of the many indoor play places in our area.

18. Saturday Clay

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

19. Play for Free

Weather got you down? This list of free indoor places to play will brighten any bad weather day.

20. Go Ice Skating

These local ponds and rinks are open for outdoor ice skating when the weather is right.

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February's winter break in Westchester and the Hudson Valley: Kartrite
The Kartrite's indoor water park is a warm diversion from winter's chill. Photo courtesy of the Kartrite

21. Indoor Water Park

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

22. Count Birds

Take part in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count and see what you spot in your own area from Friday, February 16-Monday, February 19.

23. Make Some Art

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

24. Free Museum Days in NYC

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

25. American Dream Mall

Cross the Hudson and check out one of several over-the-top attractions at the mega mall.

26. 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.