Winter

Who says cold is no fun? From sledding to skiing to cozy indoor fun, Westchester is a winter wonderland!


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Get Your Maple Sugar Fix

The Trailside Nature Museum at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River

Maple sugaring is one of the oldest industries in America, and beginning in mid-February, opportunities abound at the Trailside Nature Museum. Families can register to tap their own trees at the beginning of the sugaring season or drop in for the inside scoop on maple sugaring (aka the Sugar House Chat), offered on select Saturdays in February and March. And don’t miss the Sugaring-Off Party on Saturday, March 12, where kids tap the trees, learn to sugar, and celebrate with pancakes and homemade maple syrup.

914.864.7322; www.friendsoftrailside.org

Drop-in Art Classes

Katonah Art Center, Katonah 

If you’ve got a budding artist on your hands, nurture their creative genius with drop-in art classes this winter (and all year long) at the Katonah Art Center. The classes run daily for kids ages 6-11. Come prepared to get your creativity flowing, have fun and get messy!

914.232.4843; www.katonahartcenter.com

 

Take Cover From the Cold: Museum Tour

It’s the age-old wintertime dilemma: It’s bitter cold outside, but the kids have a bad case of cabin fever. The solution: Take them out, but take cover at any one of these Westchester-based museums.

 

Westchester Children’s Museum
Rye 

With 4,000 sq ft of interactive, hands-on exhibits, museum educators are always on hand to lead your kids through science, art, and cultural programs. It’s entertaining enrichment at its best.  

914.421.5050; www.discoverwcm.org

 

 

Hudson River Museum & Planetarium
Yonkers 

Get out of the cold and into this museum, which includes Glenview Mansion (a historic 1870s structure overlooking the Hudson River), multiple art galleries, and the planetarium, which offers star shows on Saturdays and Sundays.  

914.963.4550; www.hrm.org

 

 

 

 

Katonah Museum of Art
Katonah 

This local gem is perfectly sized for kids, with only two galleries of selections, so kids can take in some art without getting overwhelmed. In addition, KMA’s Learning Center is an interactive art space, where kids are invited daily to explore and create art. 

914.232.9555; www.katonahmuseum.org

 

 

Neuberger Museum of Art
Purchase 

Housed on the campus of SUNY Purchase College, Neuberger boasts more than 7,000 works of contemporary, modern, Latin American, and African art, plus plenty of hands-on activities for kids to explore.  

914.251.6100; www.neuberger.org

Bring on the Snow

With so many ways to revel in snow-day fun, Westchester’s kids don’t fear the white stuffthey embrace it! Here are some top snowy activities:

 

Cross-Country Ski & Snowshoe Trails 

Teatown Lake Reservation, Ossining 

Grab your skis or snowshoes and explore the nearly 15 miles of Teatown’s trails, which cover fields, mixed hardwood forests, laurel groves, and farmlands. 

914.762.2912; www.teatown.org

 

Sled Down Dead Man’s Hill 

Lake Isle Golf Course, Eastchester 

The name says it all. Located on the 17th fairway, Dead Man’s Hill’s adrenaline-inducing slope has become a local favorite. 

914.961.3453; www.lakeislecountryclub.com

 

Downhill Skiing and Snowboarding

Thunder Ridge Ski Area, Patterson 

Don’t have time to make it to Vermont? Don’t worry, this convenient ski area has 22 trails, three chairlifts, and four magic carpets and it’s right in our own backyard. Hills are great for novices or experienced skiers and snowboarders looking for a quick excursion. 

845.878.4100; www.thunderridgeski.com

 

Outdoor Ice Skating

Bundle up and spend a day practicing your figure eights at any one of the Westchester County public ice skating rinks, lakes and ponds. Visit parks.westchestergov.com for more information.

Blue Mountain Reservation, Peekskill 

Mountain Lakes Park, North Salem 

Tibbetts Brook Park, Yonkers 

Ebersole Ice Rink, White Plains 

Wampus Pond, Armonk 

Wilson’s Woods, Mount Vernon 

 

 

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