Photo Courtesy of The Rock Club
Your kids will have a blast as they learn, play, and shop their way around the county at these Best of Westchester destinations.
Editors’ Picks: Kids
The Rock Club
New Rochelle; pinebrookfitness.com/the-rock-club
Clip in and enjoy the thrill of indoor rock climbing without the harrowing mountain-side trek. For those on the more nervous side, first-timers receive a climbing 101 course to up their comfort level. The Rock Club also offers day passes and skill-based climbing for advanced climbers, including tight-rope climbing and bouldering with shorter walls.
New Toy Store
Dot Dot Dot
“Fun stuff for all ages” is the way owner Lana Keller describes the magical merchandise at her charming store. The sophisticated mix of engaging toys, games, puzzles, crafts, bath & body, home décor, building sets (and more) offers something for everyone, including adults. Looking more like a beautiful emporium you might find in a European city, Dot Dot Dot is full of fun, fabulous finds.
Enjoy binge-able bites that taste as good with a range of whimsical kid-friendly cookies, cakes, and treats. Think Twinkies dressed up like mummies, Valentine cookies that resemble love notes, and Thanksgiving Rice Krispie treats that you’d swear were turkey drumsticks. They trick the eye with cupcakes that look like hamburgers and hotdogs and customized cakes with every motif a kid could dream of.
Grand Prix New York
Mount Kisco; gpny.com
You can go to Grand Prix New York for go-kart racing or a night of bowling, but the arcade alone is reason to visit with the kids. The state-of-the-art entertainment area features over 100 of the latest games, race simulators, interactive play, and VR cinematic adventures. Of course, there are classics like Skee-Ball and mini-basketball hoops; don’t forget to redeem your prize on the way out.
Hands-On Fun Destination
Westchester Children’s Museum
Designed for hands-on fun and unlimited discovery, the Westchester Children’s Museum invites kids to continue to be curious. Interactive exhibits include STEAM elements, which encourage kids to build and create, and make connections with ideas and the world around them. Providing a vibrant environment where kids can thrive, they won’t even realize they’ve been without a screen for a few hours.
Rainy Day Activity
The Play Place
When it’s too wet and muddy for the playground, keep your living room intact and let the littles run it out at this indoor play space that welcomes daily open play on its two climbing and tunneling structures (one for tots as young as 12 months), tennis and basketball courts, and big green field for creative energy burning. An easy bedtime is assured.
Throwing a party for teenagers and looking for a safe and memorable venue? Break Rage, a rage room located in Yonkers, will help them release all that hormonal energy, with the option to customize a room for your event. Your teens can even bring items to smash, which should be enough to keep them off their video games for a while and never trash their own bedroom again.
Readers’ Picks: Kids
Mike Risko Music School
The Village Bookstore
Ossining Public Library
Breaking Ground Dance Center
Dining with Kids
High School Sports Team
Sleepy Hollow Horseman Girls Basketball
Public Schools of the Tarrytowns; ny02205629.schoolwires.net/Page/3978
Magic Cuts For Kids
New Rochelle; 914.813.8142
Kids’ Party Photographer
Chad David Kraus
Martial Arts School
Briarcliff Manor; umacnation.com
Mike Risko Music School
Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park
Anna & Jack’s Treehouse Learning Centers
Larchmont (plus two other county locations); thetreehouses.org
St Patrick’s School
Yorktown Heights; patricksschoolyorktown.org
Public School District
Mamaroneck Union Free School District
House of Sports
Summer Day Camp
Summer Trails Day Camp
Granite Springs; summertrailsdaycamp.com
Take the Kids (Not a Restaurant)