By Sarah Petronzi, a writer in southern Westchester. Sarah last wrote about Kiddie Retail Education programs.
Bronxville is the kind of place where everybody seems to know one another. Pondfield Road is the heart of the community, home to the sprawling Bronxville School, the stately public library and village hall. During the school year, Bronxville bustles with nannies pushing strollers to the library for story time, students traveling in packs to or from sports practice, and moms and dads running errands. In the summer the vibe quiets down as many residents retreat to their vacation homes. All year long though, there is plenty to keep kids busy. Here’s our guide to the 10 best activities to do with your kids.
Stroll the Bronx River Path
Babies and toddlers love this scenic paved path, which includes a .8 mile loop around Bronxville Lake. In addition to the water and wildlife, there are bikers, dog walkers and Metro North trains rumbling up and down the nearby Harlem line. Enter at Pondfield Road West near Bronx River Parkway.
Have a Fiesta at Blue Moon Mexican Cafe
It’s the ultimate kid-friendly restaurant — loud, fun and affordable. Many a Bronxville kid has celebrated their birthday here and the restaurant hosts annual Halloween and New Year’s Eve parties for families. 7 Pondfield Road; 914-337-4000
Picnic and Play at The Bronxville School
The school’s playground is open to the public after school and on weekends. With plenty of blacktop, it’s a great space for kids to learn how to ride a bike or scooter. Stop at Lange’s before heading over and make it a picnic. The line is almost always out the door, but there’s a reason for that – their creative sandwiches are delicious. Bronxville School, 177 Pondfield Road; Lange’s Deli, 94 Pondfield Road; 914-337-3354
Stock Up at the Bronxville Farmer’s Market
If Saturdays are your day to get up with the kids, make the most of it and take them to the Farmer’s Market to pick up fresh, in-season fruits and vegetables for the week. Last summer, one of the vendors handed my boys mini cucumbers to try and to my surprise they snacked on them all the way home. The market is outdoors spring through fall and indoors during the winter. 1 Pondfield Road
Hear a Story, Make a Craft at the Bronxville Public Library
The always cheerful Erin Schirota has built a children’s program for all ages, with lapsit story times for babies, themed crafts for preschoolers and a Young Critics book group for elementary schoolers. The inviting children’s room has comfy couches and plenty of tables for drawing, puzzles, arts & crafts or homework. Stop in Friday afternoons for a family movie.
201 Pondfield Rd; 914-337-7680
Play Till You Drop at Sagamore Park
What Bronxville lacks in quantity of parks Sagamore Park makes up for in quality; this is a one stop shop playground. There’s a veritable used car lot of Cozy Coupes, a bucket and shovel-stocked sandbox, swings, toddler-sized basketball hoops, several jungle gyms and a climbing pyramid. 64 Sagamore Road
Enjoy a Movie and Frozen Yogurt Date on Kraft Ave
Skip the crowds at the behemoth movie theaters and take in the latest kid-friendly movie at Bronxville Cinemas. Afterwards, grab a self serve frozen yogurt at Swizzles. Bronxville Cinemas, 84 Kraft Ave; 914-961-4030 / Swizzles, 102 Kraft Avenue; 914-793-1100
Take Tennis Lessons at the Village Courts
Mike Virgilio has been teaching Bronxville kids to play tennis for the past 26 years. Through his Tots, Tikes and Juniors program kids learn the basics while having plenty of fun through various games and drills. 5 Garden Ave; 914-793-9629
Grab an Early Dinner at Pete’s
Slide into one of the classic red vinyl booths and let your little ones order away; kids eat free on Tuesday nights. There’s a designated stroller parking area outside, a near guarantee that the staff won’t cringe when your toddler throws the ketchup bottle on the floor. 18-20 Park Place; 914-337-9887
Curl Up With a Good Book at Womrath Bookshop
This independent bookstore has been in business for 74 years. The children’s area is cramped but complete, stocked nearly floor to ceiling with beautiful picture books, coloring and activity books and plenty of Melissa & Doug toys to keep your kids busy on cold and rainy days. 76 Pondfield Road; 914-337-0199
What’s your favorite kid-friendly activity in Bronxville?