Things to do with Kids in Westchester this Summer

Bronx River Parkway bike

Are you looking for things to do with kids in Westchester this summer? We have some ideas for you. Here are things to do in Westchester.

Bike down the Bronx River Parkway

The Bronx River Parkway will be closed to vehicular traffic on Sundays from 10am-2pm. During Bicycle Sundays, the parkway is open exclusively for bicyclists, in-line skaters, scooters, walkers and joggers from Exit 22 at the Westchester County Center to Exit 4 at Scarsdale Road in Yonkers. The round-trip distance is 13 miles. The road is closed to automobiles in that stretch of the parkway. Admission is free. Parking at the White Plains County Center lot costs $8.

Catch and release hundreds of critters into the Hudson River at Center for the Urban River at Beczak.

Bring your kids to the Center for the Urban River at Beczak in Sarah Lawrence College. This popular free Saturday program series is for kids ages 5-12. Each lesson includes a hands-on river exploration activity followed up by a take-home craft. All River Explorers programs are lead by educators from the Center for the Urban River at Beczak. A popular activity is the Hudson River Family Seining, designed for participants of all ages. Participants will drag a seine net into the river catching and releasing hundreds of critters. Registration required.

Visit the pigs, chicks, and sheep at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture

Visit Stone Barns and enjoy pop up talks and tours. One day admission tickets must be purchased or included with membership. You can also visit your local Westchester library to borrow Free weekend passes. Activities are led by farmers and educators and scheduled throughout the day. It’s important to note that these weekend programs are geared towards visitors 14+. For families with young kids, exploring the property at your own pace is a fun activity. Don’t forget to stop at Blue Hill Café and Grain Bar for locally grown snacks and farm-fresh lattes.

Things to do in Westchester this Summer with kids
Photo Credit: Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture

Kayak on Tarrytown Lakes

Spend the afternoon kayaking on Tarrytown Lakes with the family. Rent kayaks from Hudson River Recreation. Kids will enjoy seeing ducks, herons, and turtles! This is a great place to introduce kayaking to young children or beginner kayakers who are looking for a relaxing afternoon of paddling.  After kayaking visit Tarrytown’s historic Main Street for food and shopping! Check out Lefteris Gyro for authentic Greek cuisine.

Things to do in Westchester this Summer with kids

Build a roller coaster and play with the wind tube at Westchester Children’s Museum

Take a break from the summer heat, bring the kids indoors to Westchester Children’s Museum. Younger kids will love the hands-on exhibitions. Kids can build roller coasters, experiment with the wind tube and there is even a toddler section for the little ones.

Drive a Go-Kart and get splashed on the log flume at Playland Park

For old-fashioned amusement park fun, visit Rye Playland! Think bumper cars, house of mirrors, dragon coaster, log flume and go-karts. Younger kids can enjoy Kiddyland rides like boat ride, carousel, and a kiddy coaster.

Catch a Planetarium show at Hudson River Museum

Bring your kids to watch a planetarium show at the Hudson River Museum. Planetarium shows are available on Saturdays and Sundays at 12:30pm (younger kids), 2pm (all ages 4+) and 3:30pm (ages 8+). Try to catch the Magic Tree House: Space Mission (from the best-selling children’s book series) this 25 minute show is geared towards younger kids ages 4-8 years old. Planetarium shows are included with admissions. You can also watch free planetarium shows during their summer evening hours from July 5-August 31, 2019 on Fridays and Saturdays at 7pm.

Things to do in Westchester this Summer with kids

Visit the sculpture garden at PepsiCo’s Global Headquarters

Take a stroll in the beautiful grounds at PepsiCo’s Global Headquarters in Purchase, NY. Admire the various sculptures by renowned artists like Joan Miro, Henry Moore, Max Ernst, and more. Don’t forget to check out the koi fish in the pond. Pack lunch, sit at a picnic table and enjoy the scenery. The best part is the sculpture garden is free and open to the public from March 30 to October 31 on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-4pm. Don’t forget to download the PepsiCo App for sculpture descriptions and turn by turn directions.

Things to do in Westchester this Summer with kids

Journey to Colonial America at Philipsburg Manor

Step into life in 1750 New York- tour the manor house, check out the working gristmill, learn about the life stories of the Philipse family and the enslaved community. If you have kids learning about Colonial America, the Philipsburg Manor is definitely worth a visit. If you want to dive deeper into Colonial America, check out Philipsburg Manor’s Camp Colonial Survivor. This week-long day camp from August 26-30, 2019 is geared for rising 3rd-6th graders where campers try and overcome the obstacles of everyday life in colonial times! 

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