With most camps ending early this month, it’s time for many of us to go into Camp Mommy mode. Here are some ideas for what to do around the county this month with your kids. For more local listings, check out our recently updated events calendar!
1. Take in some live jazz along the Hudson River at a free Jazz Forum Arts’ summer outdoor concerts in Dobbs Ferry, Tarrytown, Sleepy Hollow or Ossining. Also check out the guide we published last week for family-friendly Westchester outdoor performances.
3. Catch a fireworks show every Friday night this month at Playland Park in Rye.
4. Camp out at the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem. For $299, you’ll get a 4-person tent, an opportunity to hang out with the wolves, pizza, movie under the stars, fireside snacks, and a light breakfast.
6. Go mini-golfing. It’s not just for seaside vacations; there are some cute courses right here in Westchester!
8. Swashbuckle the afternoon away at Philipsburg Manor’s Pirate Quest adventure, happening every weekend in August.
9. Explore a new playground every day.
10. Check out the Bronx Zoo’s new Nature Trek exhibit, where kids can climb or crawl along a course that stretches across the trees.
11. Let the kids loose at the vast and beautiful Storm King Art Center in New Windsor. Don’t forget the sketchbooks!
12. Pitch a tent in your backyard and take the kids “camping.”
13. Get dirty at the Hudson River Museum’s Gardening for Kids program on Saturday, Aug. 19.
15. Stop by a nearby farm for some pick-your-own fruit. Peaches are in season!
16. Escape the heat at the movies. The Alamo Drafthouse is showing Speed Racer, Jumanji, and The Secret Life of Pets this month for a dollar and up. For older kids, the Jacob Burns Film Center is featuring a subtitled kids’ mystery from Estonia called The Secret Society of Souptown, followed by a treasure hunt with clues from the film, on Saturday, Aug. 12.
18. Grab a bite and do some trainspotting at one of these Westchester restaurants.
19. Meet and feed some critters at the Greenburgh Nature Center in Scarsdale.
20. Go hiking. We’ve kid-friendly hikes for Teatown in Ossining, the Marshlands Conservancy in Rye, Cranberry Lake in North White Plains, the Old Croton Aqueduct Trail, and the Croton Gorge Reservoir.
21. Check out the Jewish Heritage Festival at Kensico Dam on Sunday, Aug. 20, for some cultural food, crafts and dancing.
23. Stroll through a Japanese garden, complete with a Zen sand garden that you can rake, at the Hammond Museum in North Salem.
24. Indulge in some food truck fare and live music at the Cross County Shopping Center’s SummerFest Foodie Fridays.
25. Bring the playroom outside. Set up your kid’s easel in the grass. Do puzzles on the porch. Bring toys out onto the patio. Here are some other ideas for backyard fun. The simplest things make summers special.