See baby animals, bike on the Bronx River, romp around at playgrounds — spring is all about that breath of fresh air!
Meet the Baby Lambs
Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture
Beginning in late March, kids can ooh and aah over the latest additions to the farm at Stone Barns: newborn lambs. Lambs will spend their first few weeks in the barnyard, nursing from their mothers. At the end of April, the lambs and ewes will make their way out to graze on fresh grass. Then, check out the pastures, where the sheep are watched over by Maremma Sheepdogs, which protect the flock from predators.
Lyndhurst Design and Build Family Weekend
(April 29 & 30) Tarrytown
You’ve weathered a difficult winter, and now it’s time for a hands-on family-fun activity: try Lyndhurst’s annual Design and Build Family Weekend. Activities are located throughout the carriage house and include the build-your-own castle workshop, 3-D printing and digital animation, as well as life-size LEGO creations.
Bicycle Sundays on the Bronx River Parkway
(May 7, 14, 21; June 4, 11, 18, 25; Sept 10, 17, 24) White Plains to Yonkers
Grab your bikes and helmets and ride the parkway during select Sundays in May, June, and September. This 6.5-mile stretch of the Bronx River Parkway is closed to all cars and opened for bicyclists, joggers, scooters, and strollers. Park your car at the County Center lot and bike to Scarsdale Road in Yonkers.
White Plains Outdoor Arts Festival
(June 3 & 4) Tibbetts Park, White Plains
Do good while having fun at the 55th Annual White Plains Outdoor Arts Festival, which features artwork, one-of-a-kind jewelry, crafts, home décor, and an exhibition of student art. And all proceeds from the show provide scholarships to White Plains High School seniors pursuing a college degree in fine arts.
Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival Festival
(June 17 & 18) Croton Point Park
Folk singer and environmental activist Pete Seeger dreamed, “One day music will save this rainbow-colored race.” What better way to show support for Seeger’s aspiration of harmony and environmental responsibility than to grab the kids and head to Croton Point Park for the country’s oldest music-and-environmental-awareness festival? Started in 1968 by Seeger and his wife, Toshi, it’s two days of fun promising beautiful scenery, fantastic folk music, an array of vendors, kids’ activities, and other attractions in keeping with Clearwater’s mission to promote environmental responsibility.
Spring Break Staycation
It’s spring break, and everyone is off to their favorite vacation destination except you. Why not make it a staycation with these Westchester-based attractions?
Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park
Mount Kisco, Yonkers
If spring break is turning your kids into couch potatoes, drop into Rockin’ Jump for the day. You’ll find open jump space, dodgeball courts, basketball hoops, and a brand-new climbing wall. It’s heart-healthy fun for all!
Have some junior adrenaline junkies on your hands? Then iFly indoor skydiving at Ridge Hill may be just what you are looking for. The adventure begins when you slip on a flight suit and enter a vertical wind tunnel, simulating a true free-fall experience. Appropriate for ages 3 and up.
Grand PrixNew York
Grab your driving gloves and head over to Grand Prix New York for a day of race-car driving with the family. There is a kid-friendly race track, so even the littlest ones can join in. There is also bowling, an arcade, and a casual cafe that make spending a day at Grand Prix feel like the perfect staycation.
Westchester Table Tennis Center
You and the kids can get your Forrest Gump on at this massive club that has 14,000 sq ft of table-tennis fun. With one-on-one and group lessons available for kids and adults, even novices are welcomed.
Nothing beats a day at Bounce U, where kids can drop in and get access to two warehouse-sized rooms filled to the brim with inflatables; it’s a day full of sliding, climbing, and, of course, bouncing!
This indoor amusement park at New Roc City offers bowling, lazer tag, mini-golf, ping-pong, billiards, and an arcade — what’s not to love? Plus, it’s open seven days a week and on many holidays.
From tots to tweens, there is something for everyone here: 150 arcade games, laser tag, a rock-climbing wall, four-dimensional motion theater, bumper cars, rides, batting cages, pool tables, an indoor playground, and a restaurant.
Turn off the tablets, computers, and game consoles and grab your kids for some quality outdoor time at any one of these top-notch playgrounds.
The Discovery Playground at the Greenburgh Nature Center
Tree houses abound at this woodsy, nature-themed park on the grounds of the Greenburgh Nature Center, which incorporates giant bird’s nests, plank bridges, lookout points, and swings galore.
Harbor Island Park
Nestled on Mamaroneck’s waterfront and designed to blend in with the aquatic surroundings, Harbor Island Park is nautically themed, with playground equipment designed to look like lighthouses and pirate ships. Visitors can also take a stroll along the harbor and enjoy the gorgeous view of the water as the boats sail in.
Set on 126 acres, this park is fully loaded with multiple playgrounds and beautiful new playground equipment, basketball courts, soccer fields, picnic areas, and wooded trails that are perfect for a leisurely hike.
Jack’s Friendship Garden at Huguenot Park
This wheelchair-accessible playground gets high marks for its inclusivity, as well as its proximity to the Huguenot Children’s Library. But the kids love it because of the huge swinging ship, awesome climbing walls, and sandbox crane.
FDR State Park
This extensive multi-age playground is brimming with slides, tunnels, bridges, and climbing equipment. The park is surrounded by acres of green space, picnic pavilions, hiking trails, a disk-golf course, and basketball courts. The family will stay busy for hours!