Best of Westchester: Kids in 2023

Tell us where the best spots to spend time with your kids are!

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

Climbing Fun

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.

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New Toy Store

Dot Dot Dot

Larchmont; shopdotdot.co

“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.

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Kids Confections

The Snackery

Rye; snackerybakeshop.com

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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.

Arcade

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

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Rye; discoverwcm.org

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

Elmsford; theplayplaceelmsford.com

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.

Teen Party

Break Rage

Yonkers; breakrage.com

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

After-School Program

Mike Risko Music School

Ossining; mikeriskomusicschool.com

Baby Clothes

Melita’s Home

Ossining; melitashome.com

Baby Gifts

SilverSpoon Gifts

Bronxville; facebook.com/silverspoonbxv

Bookstore

The Village Bookstore

Pleasantville; thevillagebookstore.net

Boys’ Clothes

Melita’s Home

Ossining; melitashome.com

Children’s Library

Ossining Public Library

Ossining; ossininglibrary.org

Dance School

Breaking Ground Dance Center

Pleasantville; breakinggrounddance.com

Dining with Kids

DD’s Diner

Ossining; ddsdiner.com

Family Theater

Emelin Theatre

Mamaroneck; emelin.org

Girls’ Clothes

hip-kid

Chappaqua; hip-kid.com

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High School Sports Team

Sleepy Hollow Horseman Girls Basketball

Public Schools of the Tarrytowns; ny02205629.schoolwires.net/Page/3978

Kids’ Haircut

Magic Cuts For Kids

New Rochelle; 914.813.8142

Kids’ Party Photographer

Chad David Kraus

Pleasantville; chadkraus.com

Martial Arts School

UMAC

Briarcliff Manor; umacnation.com

Music School

Mike Risko Music School

Ossining; mikeriskomusicschool.com

Party Place

Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park

Yonkers; rockinjump.com/ridgehill

Preschool

Anna & Jack’s Treehouse Learning Centers

Larchmont (plus two other county locations); thetreehouses.org

Private School

St Patrick’s School

Yorktown Heights; patricksschoolyorktown.org

Public School District

Mamaroneck Union Free School District

Mamaroneck; mamkschools.org

Sports Facility

House of Sports

Ardsley; houseofsportsny.com

Summer Day Camp

Summer Trails Day Camp

Granite Springs; summertrailsdaycamp.com

Teen Fashion

Lester’s Rye

Brook; lesters.com

Take the Kids (Not a Restaurant)

Muscoot Farm

Katonah; muscootfarm.org

Toy Store

Miller’s

Mamaroneck; millerstoys.com

Related: The Cove Offers Fun for Kids at the Yonkers Public Library

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