Best of Westchester: Kids in 2024

Your kids will have a blast as they learn, play, and shop their way around the county at these Best of Westchester destinations.

Editor’s Picks: Kids • Readers’ Picks: Kids

Editor’s Picks: Kids

Inventive Playground Equipment

New Castle Playground

Chappaqua

Opened fewer than five years ago, this spongy-floored playground behind New Castle Town Hall is the town’s first inclusive playground, with a ramp and equipment that children of all abilities can enjoy. But it’s just plain fanciful fun, with unusual rope-climbing, twirling, rocking, and hideaway spots under the slide apparatus covered with details to inspire imaginative play.

Guitar Lessons

Music Academy of Westchester

New Rochelle

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Kids pining to perform like a pro on acoustic or electric guitar can amp up their skills via this academy’s personalized lessons. In-home or online sessions with seasoned musicians are flexible and tailored by skill level and musical preferences ranging from rock, blues, and metal to country and classical styles. Technique and music theory are all part of the mix for students of all ages.

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Kids Ballet Classes

Scarsdale Ballet Studio

White Plains

Scarsdale Ballet Studio is a wonderful place for littles to begin their classical ballet journey. With affordable kid-friendly lessons and exciting summer programs, your child is bound to fall in love with the craft under the leadership of seasoned professionals. Scarsdale Ballet also offers a host of master classes featuring many of their notable alum and professional dancers; it all adds up to a great opportunity to be trained under dancers working in the industry.

Scarsdale Ballet Studio
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Family Dining Night Out

Sakura Garden Japanese Cuisine

Hastings-on-Hudson

For delicious and fresh sushi combined with fun family dining (yes, it’s possible!), visit Sakura Gardens. From mouth-watering sushi and specialty rolls to the tempura, teriyaki, and noodle classics, everyone will find a favorite meal (kids love the sushi boat and the children’s hibachi dinners). Owners Tony Weng and his sister, Annie Weng, ensure staff members go out of their way to be welcoming and kind (after a few visits, they will know your name). Your children will have issues ordering at any other sushi restaurant after a visit to Sakura Garden.

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Outdoor Education Programs

For the People and Kids, Inc.

Mount Kisco

Jessica Colon’s nonprofit fulfills childhood dreams by connecting children to nature. Colon and her educators bring vibrancy and excitement to learning through gardening, culinary, sustainability, and upcycling art classes. The organization teaches bilingual classes, which represent the community and ensure that language is not a barrier for education. These wonderful classes are hosted at farms, libraries, bookstores, and farmers markets throughout Westchester — and they fill up fast.

Readers’ Picks: Kids

After-School Program

JCC Mid-Westchester

Scarsdale

Baby Clothes

SilverSpoon Gifts

Bronxville

Baby Gifts

hip-kid

Chappaqua

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Bookstore

The Village Bookstore

Pleasantville

Boys’ Clothes

Once Upon a Child

Scarsdale

Children’s Library

Ossining Public Library

Ossining

Dance School

Breaking Ground Dance Center

Pleasantville

Dining With Kids

Mt Kisco Diner

Mount Kisco

Family Theater

Tarrytown Music Hall

Tarrytown

Girls’ Clothes

Denny’s

Scarsdale

High School Sports Team

Yorktown Huskers Lacrosse

Yorktown Central School District

Kids’ Haircut

Magic Cuts for Kids

New Rochelle

Martial Arts School

Go No Sen Karate

Peekskill

Music School

Mike Risko Music

Ossining

Party Clothes

Once Upon a Child

Scarsdale

Party Place (Kids 12 & Under)

Balanced Martial Arts

Eastchester

Party Place

Breaking Ground Dance Center

Pleasantville

Preschool

Anna & Jack’s Treehouse

New Rochelle

Private School

The Chapel School

Bronxville

Public School District

Scarsdale Union Free School District

Scarsdale

Sports Facility

Club Fit

Briarcliff Manor/Jefferson Valley

Summer Day Camp

JCC Mid-Westchester

Scarsdale

Take the Kids (Not a Restaurant)

Muscoot Farm

Katonah

Teen Fashion

Stephanie’s Kloset

Larchmont

Toy Store

Miller’s

Mamaroneck

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