These Are the Best Westchester Businesses for All Your Kids' Needs

Kids' shops, museums programs, toy stores, and more.


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— Editors' Picks —

 


Photo by Ravanelli Photography

 

New Kids’ Shop

Sammy + Nat

Rye; www.sammyandnat.com

This upscale boutique showcases welcome alternatives to ho-hum department-store offerings with its charming mix of sweet baby gifts and cool yet classic kids’ fashions. An outgrowth of the adorable Sammy + Nat children’s brand, it features that line, plus other select, handpicked brands. Many monogram options, too.

 

Kids’ Clothes for Any Style

&JAMES

Katonah; www.andjameskatonah.com

Here’s a perfectly curated store selling the hottest kids’ brands, like Bella Bliss (for the prepsters), Pink Chicken (for the Gotham fashionistas), trendy tween lines, such as Stella Cove and Spiritual Gangster, and natural/organic styles from Bella Tunno and Milkbarn. In addition to coveted kids’ clothing, &JAMES has glamorous trunk shows for tweens, flower-crown-making events, and in-store family portraits.

 

Museum Program for Crafty Kids

The Learning Center at Katonah Museum of Art

Katonah; www.katonahmuseum.org

Young or young at heart, here’s how to do the Learning Center: Grab an “Imagine It!” bag of drawing/building materials and prompts to use as you walk through the galleries. Then visit the Center afterward for a self-guided, exhibit-themed craft project with oodles of supplies, a display area to add to, a touch wall, and other activities. Finally, curl up on a beanbag with related books and videos.

 

Kids’ Optical Selection

Eye Designs

Scarsdale/Armonk; www.eyedesignsofwestchester.com

Sure, one can find unique designers and on-trend styles for adults at Eye Designs, but it’s also the premier location to find kids’ styles. With lines that come in impossible-to-break designs, the store offers a warranty package, so whether it’s scratched lenses or lost frames, Eye Designs will handle it.

 

Kids’ Clothing

Wyatt Lily

Scarsdale; www.wyattlily.com

Wyatt Lily offers a taste of NYC in their large Scarsdale boutique with upscale clothing in sizes infant to 14 years for boys and girls. It’s the go-to place for hard-to-find yet ultra-trendy pieces. “Our look is little-girl chic, which makes it cool for moms, too,” says owner Rachel Uchitel. “Is it your daughter’s or yours?”

 


Photo by Laurie Murariu

 

STEAM Classes

The Digital Arts Experience

Scarsdale; www.thedae.com

The after-school workshops at the DAE encourage budding young scientists and engineers to explore STEAM-inspired topics, such as computer programming/coding, 3D printing, graphic design, audio, video & VFX production, game design, digital drawing, Web development, physical computing, and more, in a hands-on, project-focused way.

 

Kids’ Sports Training Facility

House of Sports

Ardsley; www.houseofsportsny.com

At 120,000 square feet, House of Sports is the New York Metro area’s largest sports complex, chock-full of exactly what every sports-nut Westchester kid wants: top-notch facilities for basketball, lacrosse, soccer, baseball, and hockey. The complex offers many options, including open play, sports classes, training camps, adult leagues, and birthday parties.

 

Murals

Sabrina’s Murals

White Plains; www.sabrinasmurals.com

From outer space to sports to fairy-tale scenes, muralist Sabrina Crowley can make your child’s (and your) wildest design dreams come true. Her son, Joey, was her inspiration to spread joy through this type of art (his mural was her first) — which she can create in bedrooms, playrooms, and nurseries, plus communal areas, like schools and businesses.

 


Photo courtesy of One River School of Art + Design

 

Kids’ Art Classes

One River School of Art + Design

Hartsdale/Larchmont; www.oneriverschool.com

Founded with the goal of bringing cool art schools to the suburbs, One River’s mission is to deliver an art-education experience that is both fun and current. With two locations in Westchester, students — whether kids, teens, or adults — can enjoy classes in drawing, painting, sculpture, digital art, photography, and filmmaking. Summer and school-break camps add to One River’s appeal.

 

New Toy Store

Penny & Ting

Ossining; www.pennyandting.com

When you walk into a toy store and feel the magic, a place where charm and cool coexist, you know it. The space is a warm hug of first-rate name- and boutique-brand toys (don’t miss the Ravensburger 3D puzzles), books both classic and new, Wupper bouncy mobiles, games, stuffed animals, and art supplies that color outside the lines, hand-picked by a former educator.

 


Photo by Robin Eden

 

Eco-Friendly Kids’ Toys

All Together Now

Mount Kisco; www.alltogethernowkids.com

At All Together Now, parents can reduce their carbon footprints while raising children with environmentally friendly toys they can enjoy playing with and feel great about. Choices include modeling clay with fruit and vegetable coloring, wooden toys made from recycled materials, and plastic toys that are BPA-free.

 

Global Toys and Gifts

three goms

Rye; www.threegoms.com

Art meets action figures at this eye-popping toy, stationary, and gift shop offering super-cool goods from across the globe. While high-end pens and markers can be purchased at this hip shop, the stars are the utterly unique plushes, art toys, and figurines.


 

— Readers' Picks —

 

After-School Program

Mike Risko Music School

Ossining; www.mikeriskomusicschool.com

 

Baby Clothes

Lil Chameleon

Tuckahoe; www.lilchameleon.com

 

Baby Gifts

SilverSpoon Gifts

Bronxville; www.silverspoongifts.com

 

Bicycle Shop

Danny’s Cycles

Scarsdale (plus four other county locations); www.dannyscycles.com

 

Bookstore

Scattered Books

Chappaqua; www.scatteredbooks.com

 

Boys’ Clothes

hip-kid

Chappaqua; www.hip-kid.com

 

Children’s Library

Greenburgh Public Library

Elmsford; www.greenburghlibrary.org

 

Dance School

Breaking Ground Dance Center

Pleasantville; www.breakinggrounddance.com

 

Dining With Kids

little b’s burgers, bites & bar

Tarrytown; www.littlebstarrytownny.com

 

Girls’ Clothes

hip-kid

Chappaqua; www.hip-kid.com

 

Martial Arts Schools

Balanced Martial Arts

Eastchester; www.balancedmartialarts.com

 

Music School

Mike Risko Music School

Ossining; www.mikeriskomusicschool.com

 

Party Clothes

All About the Dress

Armonk; www.allaboutthedressny.com

 

Party Place

Grand Prix New York

Mount Kisco; www.gpny.com

 

Preschool

The Chapel School

Bronxville; www.thechapelschool.org

 

Private School

Hackley School

Tarrytown; www.hackleyschool.org

 

Public School District

Briarcliff Manor Union Free School District

Briarcliff Manor; www.briarcliffschools.org

 

Sports Facility

House of Sports

Ardsley; www.houseofsportsny.com

 

Summer Day Camp

SummerTech

Purchase; www.summertech.net

 

Take the Kids

Playland

Rye; www.playlandpark.org

 

Teen Fashion

Stephanie’s Kloset

Larchmont

 


Photo courtesy of Toy Box

 

Toy Store

Toy Box

Mamaroneck; www.toyboxmamaroneckny.com


 

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