Here's What to Do With Your Kids During Presidents' Week
Keep your kids entertained all week long with fun activities around Westchester.
Presidents' Day is upon us, and many schools in our area are closed for the entire week. Lucky for you, we've compiled a guide to keep your kids busy for the duration of their February break; there are many sports, arts, and science camps to provide a week of fun, as well as day events for the whole family to enjoy.
Planetarium Shows at the Hudson River Museum
"School's Out, Stars Are In!" is the motto at the Hudson River Museum this week, with free planetarium shows and educational programs to teach kids all about the relationship between the Earth, moon, and sun, as well as the stars and constellations that make up the night sky and more!
Hudson River Museum
511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10701
Public Ice Skating
Skate to your heart's content with extended public ice skating hours at Hommocks' Park Ice Rink in Mamaroneck. Public sessions will run from 11 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Monday through Friday during Presidents’ week. Admission fees vary with age and skate rental for an individual is $6.75 and group rental is $3.50 (residents get a slight discount).
Hommocks Ice Rink
140 Hommocks Rd., Larchmont, NY 10538
Sports Mini Camps
JCC of Mid-Westchester
JCC of Mid-Westchester located in Scarsdale is offering multiple camp options depending on age. The camps are separated into the Early Childhood Camp for kids 2 to 8, All-Levels Swim Camp for ages 5 to 15, and "Dancin' and Prancin' and Mini Manets" for ages 3 to 5. Activities include arts and crafts, cooking, music, swimming, and more. Snacks are also provided for campers. Camps run from February 19 to 22 and run between 9 a.m. and 1 or 3 p.m. Register online.
JCC of Mid-Westchester
999 Wilmot Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583
Rock Climbing Mini Camp
The Rock Club located in New Rochelle is perfect for any kid who likes to climb. The mini camp gives parents the option of having their kids attend the whole week or single days. Kids are grouped by age for climbing, games, and more fun. It is suggested that parents register early online as the camp fills up quickly.
The Rock Club LLC
130 Rhodes St., New Rochelle, NY 10801
A-Game Sports offers a multi-sport camp run by coaches in a safe environment for kids to enjoy. Activities range from relay races to kickball, art and crafts, and more. Kids are split into appropriate age groups. A-Game Sports also offers a baseball and softball training camp that run for half a day. Extended hours are available until 3 or 5 p.m. where kids would join the multi-sport camp. The camps runs from February 18 to 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with an extended pickup option. Registration is online.
856 Main St., New Rochelle, NY 10801
Located in Harrison, LifeTime Athletic provides a well-rounded selection of camps for all kids. Options include sports like basketball and volleyball, drama, arts, rock climbing, swimming, and more. Contact the Life Time Kids department for camp schedules and times.
1 Westchester Park Drive, Harrison, NY 10604
A Mini Amusement Park at Sportime USA
Sportime USA located in Elmsford is not focused solely on sports. This camp is like a mini amusement park for kids ages 5 and up. The Kids Drop off allows unlimited use of laser tag, the climbing wall, XD Theater, bumper cars, soft adventure, an hour of video games, and more. Other special activities include arts and crafts, movie time, board games, and then some. Pizza, drinks, and snacks are also offered to campers. Trained staff is available to supervise for either half days or full days. The schedule for a day typically starts around 9:30 a.m. and goes until 6 p.m. The camp will run from February 18 to 22. Call Jackie to sign up today; reservations are required.
380 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford, NY 10523
914.592.2111 ext. 2
The Pelham Art Center
The Pelham Art Center is providing a Winter Break Camp for kids of various ages during Presidents' Day Week. The workshops run from February 19 to 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Activities include a mix of art and movement for kids ages 8-12, duct tape creations for ages 8-13, and a general winter break camp for kids ages 3-7. Registration is required due to a limited amount of space.
Pelham Art Center
155 Fifth Avenue, Pelham, NY 10803
Art Classes at The Rye Arts Center
The Rye Arts Center offers several February break art classes for any child that loves to be creative. The classes are broken down into age appropriate groups running from February 18 to 22. Classes includ drawing and painting, ceramics, lamp makings, and S.T.E.A.M.-based courses. Registration is online at the Rye Arts Center website.
The Rye Arts Center
51 Milton Road, Rye, NY 10580
"Fresh Eyes on Film" at the Pelham Picture House
The Picture House Regional Film Center is gearing up for an interactive program called Fresh Yes on Film: Kids Critique the Movies, intended for students grades K-5 from February 19 to February 22. Campers will watch classic children's movies each day, while learning how to critique film thoughtfully and constructively. Kids can also get behind the camera themselves, with finished films being screened later this year as part of the Picture House's Student Showcase. Choose to attend any or all four days at a rate of $75 per day. (Discounts for TPH members are available.)
The Picture House Regional Film Center
175 Wolfs Lane, Pelham
Science Mini Camps
Nature Experience Camp
Explore nature at the Greenburgh Nature Center in Scarsdale. A Nature Experience Camp is being offered from February 18 to 22. This program runs from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for kids in grades K-1. Students will be able to explore a winter wonderland discovering hidden secrets in the forest. The day includes fun arts and crafts, games, and outdoor adventures. Be sure to bundle your kids up for all outdoor adventures, however the program will take place indoors on days with inclement weather. Campers must bring their own lunches, but nutritious snacks will be provided.
Greenburgh Nature Center
99 Dromore Rd., Scarsdale, NY 10583
Animals, Games, and the Outdoors at Sheldrake
Give your little outdoor scientist a place to explore at the Sheldrake Environmental Center in Larchmont. From February 18 to 22, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., children ages 3-5 will investigate the outdoors for signs of animal life. Kids will learn how animals and plants survive the cold and become snow detectives at the Presidents’ Week Camp. Nature-themed stories, crafts, and games will also be included in the daily schedule. Registration is open to both members and non-members online.
Sheldrake Environmental Center
685 Weaver Street, Larchmont, NY 10583
Teatown Reservation's Winter Mini Camp
The Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining is offering a Winter Mini Camp for kids ages 4-5 and 6-12. From February 18 to 22, kids will enjoy a week of games, crafts, and outdoor activities. Be sure to dress your child appropriately for any weather. Kids in the younger age group stay from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., while the older age group stay from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a full day of activities. Full day campers should pack a lunch, but a snacks will be provided. Registration is available per day or for the whole session.
Teatown Lake Reservation
1600 Spring Valley Rd., Ossining, NY 10562
Forestry 101 and More at The Rye Nature Center
The Rye Nature Center is providing daily workshops during Presidents’ week for any kid scientists. Starting February 19 until 22, each workshop has a different theme that will be explored including, Creatures of the Night, Winter Birds, Sugar Snow, and Glacier Nation. All workshops run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with printable registration forms online. Children should be dressed for hands-on, outdoor adventures. Children must also bring their own lunch.
Rye Nature Center
873 Boston Post Road, Rye, NY 10580