Presidents' Week Kids Activity Guide
Keep your kids entertained all week long with fun activities around Westchester.
President's 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.
Student Workshops at the Hudson River Museum
Honor our nation's presidents as a family at the Hudson River Museum. Various workshops are being offered for students on school break from Feb. 20 to Feb. 24. "School’s Out, Stars Are In" runs from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. with hands-on activities and star shows free with Museum admission. On Monday, Feb. 20, a special Presidents Day Workshop will be honoring President Lincoln with pop-up speeches in celebration of the 156th anniversary of the speech he gave in Peekskill. Other workshops include art all about the presidents, science, and Riverama demonstrations from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and star shows at 12:30, 2, and 3:30 p.m. Participants must be accompanied by a caregiver.
Hudson River Museum
511 Warburton Avenue, Yonkers, NY 10701
Traditions of the Chinese New Year Festival
Grab the family for an afternoon of cultural fun to celebrate the Chinese New Year at the 2017 Festival at the Purchase College Performing Art Center Saturday, Feb. 25. From 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., join the Westchester Association of Chinese Americans in its annual celebration. This year is the year of the Rooster and the theme is “Culture and Traditions of the Chinese New Year Festival.” Gourmet Chinese cuisine presentations and samplings, as well as an art gallery, calligraphy and Chinese painting, crafts, traditional costumes, dance, and martial arts, will all be featured at this year’s event. A formal program of artistic performances by professional artists, local art groups, and professional acrobatics by a Chinese team will also be part of the day’s schedule. Tickets can be purchased online and include free parking.
Performing Arts Center, Purchase College
735 Anderson Hill Rd., Purchase, NY 10577
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, as well as an additional public night session on Friday, Feb. 24 from 7:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Admission fees vary with age and skate rental for an individual is $4.50 and group rental is $3.50.
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 2s-4s, Gadol Vacation Camp grades K-4, and the Sports Extravaganza Camp ages 6-10. Activities are not limited to just sports. Many options from arts and crafts, to cooking, music, swimming and more are also available. Snacks are also provided for campers. Camps run from Feb. 21 to Feb. 24 and go from 9 a.m. to 1 or 3 p.m. Early drop-off and late pick-up options are available at an extra cost. 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 camp runs from Feb. 20 to Feb. 24 with the choice of morning, afternoon, or full-day attendance.
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, however, anyone from K-grade 8 is welcome. A-Game Sports also offers a flag football training camp and 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 main camp runs from Feb. 20 to Feb. 24 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, amusement rides, spider climb, and 20 game credits. Other special activities include arts and crafts, movie time, board games and more. 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 Feb. 20 to Feb. 24. Call Jackie to sign up today; reservations are required.
380 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford, NY 10523
914-592-2111 ext. 2
Art Mini Camps
The Jungle Book KIDS Workshop
Head into the depths of the jungle with Disney’s The Jungle Book KIDS Workshop at the White Plains Performing Arts Center. From Feb. 20 to Feb. 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., students in grades 2-8 will put together all aspects of a condensed performance of The Jungle Book. Casting, rehearsal, tech and the performance will all be student-run operations with the 30-minute performance scheduled for Feb. 24 at 5 p.m. If you have a child that loves the spotlight, check out this mini-camp. Before and after care is also available, no auditions required. Registration is online.
White Plains Performing Arts Center
11 City Place 3rd Floor, White Plains, NY 10601
The Pelham Art Center
The Pelham Art Center is providing workshops for kids of various ages during Presidents Day Week. The workshops run from Feb. 20 to Feb. 24 and are mainly morning classes. Choices of workshops include digital collage 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 three February break art classes for any child that loves to be creative. The classes are broken down into age appropriate groups running from Feb. 20 to Feb. 24. The first class is drawing and painting. Kids age 5-7 participate from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. while the older kids age 8-11 go from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The next class is a ceramics class that teaches kids the basic of pottery. The older kids class, ages 8-11, runs from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., while the younger group, ages 5-7, runs from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Finally, a class devoted to video game arcade creations will be offered to kids ages 8-12 from 10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Registration is online at the Rye Arts Center website.
The Rye Arts Center
51 Milton Road, Rye, NY 10580
Why Not Join the Circus?
Ever consider joining the circus? Peek into the world of circus performance at The Westchester Circus Arts Center. For two days, Feb. 21 and Feb. 22, kids can take part in interactive circus workshops conducted by real circus artists. Activity instructions are tailored to each child’s unique age, abilities, and interests. A variety of skills, such as stilt-walking, juggling, acrobatics, tightwire and aerial arts, will be taught. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for kids of all ages. Registration is provided online.
Westchester Circus Arts at Life The Place To Be
2 Lawrence St., Ardsley, NY 10502
Science Mini Camps
Nature Experience Camp
Explore nature at the Greenburgh Nature Center in Scarsdale. A Nature Experience Camp is being offered from Feb. 20 to Feb. 23. This program runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for kids in grades K-3. 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. Keep in mind that there are necessary medical forms that must be filled out prior to camp attendance.
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. Starting Fe. 20 until Feb. 24 from 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 Feb. 20 to Feb. 24 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 snack 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 Feb. 21 until Feb. 24, each workshop has a different theme that will be explored including, Dashing Through the Snow, Forestry 101, Snow People, and The Power of Ice. All workshops run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with printable registration forms online. Children from preschool through 5th grade are welcome and 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