Winter Day Trips Near Westchester for Families
Are you and your family looking to escape those post-holiday, mid-winter blues? Well, you don’t need to take a trip far away from Westchester, because there's plenty of local, family-friendly day trips to enjoy in winter.
Here are just a few of the best winter activities at communities in and around Westchester that are easily accessed in a day trip.
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Kids can climb the walls at Ridge Hill's Rockin' Jump. Photo courtesy of the venue
Fun Winter Family Day Trips in Yonkers
You can spend a whole day exploring all this outdoor shopping center has to offer, no matter the forecast. If the weather calls for indoor activities, take in a movie at Showcase Cinemas or play at Legoland Discovery Center. On a sunny day stroll around the grounds and visit the assorted shops. And be sure to join RH Kids for discounts and rewards, plus invites to local events.
Take your family on a trip to outer space with a show at the museum’s planetarium. There are shows here for children of all ages. Parents will enjoy a tour of the recently renovated Glenview Historic Home, as well as the museum’s collection of paintings, sculptures, photographs, costumes, historical objects, and more.
There is so much more than books at the three branches of the Yonkers Public Library: Riverfront, Grinton I. Will, and Crestwood. Visitors can enjoy storytime, musical programs, fitness classes for teens, scavenger hunts, and more. Oh, and lots and lots of books.
Fun Winter Family Day Trips in White Plains
There’s plenty for the family to do at this downtown shopping center. If your kids didn’t get what they wanted for Christmas, head to Target’s recently renovated toy department, or to Barnes & Noble for some good reads. Take in a movie at Showcase Cinemas, which features an IMAX screen, then head to lunch or dinner at Buffalo Wild Wings, just downstairs from the theater.
Located in Delfino Park, Ebersole Ice Rink offers public skating sessions and group lessons. Or take in a game by one of the local hockey leagues that play there. You can also host an event in its private party room, which includes skate rentals.
Your family can spend an entire day at this multilevel facility. In addition to bowling, there is an arcade with new and classic video games, sports bar with high-definition, flat-screen TVs, and a full menu of favorites such as burgers, pizza and wings.
Pop into Pop In! for a coffee and play space combination. Photo by Susan Miele
Fun Winter Family Day Trips in Larchmont
Escape the nasty winter weather and take a dive into this indoor pool complex. Open to residents and nonresidents alike, Hommocks offers open lanes for swimming, swimming lessons, and such aquatic programs as Aqua Zumba and Aqua Jog. Daily admissions and annual memberships are available.
Introduce your children to the world of music with classes at Shake, Rattle & Roll. This music and movement program provides fun for children of all ages, with singing, dancing, and instrument play, incorporating music from various cultures worldwide. Parental participation is strongly encouraged, so you get to have some fun as well.
At this unique facility, parents with young children can socialize over coffee and snacks at the café, while their children play in a safe and fun environment. Designed specifically for children under age 6, Pop In! offers children the opportunity to explore, learn, and interact with other kids in an enriching play environment.
The Bronx Zoo is less crowded in the winter. Photo by Jody Mercier
Fun Winter Family Day Trips in the Bronx
Winter is an excellent time to visit the Bronx Zoo, one of the best zoological parks in the world. It is much less crowded at winter than at any other time of year. The zoo covers 265 acres and features more than 6,000 species of animals from all over the world. So while a handful of attractions, such as Wild Asia Monorail and the Butterfly Garden, are closed for the season, there is still plenty for you and your family to enjoy.
There is still time to catch the garden’s annual Holiday Train Show, which runs through January 23. The show features model trains dashing through more than 175 famous New York landmarks, all in the warmth of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. If weather permits, wander the many gardens and trails of this 250-acre preserve, easily accessible from the Bronx River Parkway.
Take a stroll through the beautiful gardens and greenhouses at Wave Hill, which also offers a spectacular view of the Hudson River. While there, take in one of its family art projects, which are held every weekend. Best of all, the projects are FREE with admission to the grounds.
This post was first published in 2018 and was updated in January 2022.