It’s cold. It’s raining. I don’t have any play dates scheduled, and I can’t think of anything to do with my kids. Time to take them to an indoor place space to jump, run, climb, play — all the fun they would usually have outside. I wish we had a place like this in every town in Westchester. So, small business owners, listen up – build them and we will come! Luckily, Westchester has a lot of amazing indoor gyms and here is the scoop on all of them.
Bounce U in Elmsford offers Preschool Playdate for supervised fun in their gigantic bounce structures plus music and games for ages seven and under. The schedule is Monday – Thursday from 10am – 11:30am for $11.95 per child. Open Bounce for all ages is offered Monday – Thursday from 4pm – 5:30pm and includes music and games with their experienced staff. Price per child is $11.95. And if you’re hungry after all the bouncing, visit their snack bar. Family Bounce Nights are on Wednesdays from 6 – 8pm. Pre-order pizza and drinks for these nights. Price per child $12.95. (Reservations are necessary. Call ahead to reserve your spot and confirm the schedule.) Check their events calendar to see the full schedule. 150 Clearbrook Road, Elmsford; 914-874-5200
Rockin’ Jump Trampoline Park in Mount Kisco and Yonkers (Ridge Hill) also offers supervised trampoline jumping for kids of all ages. There’s a basketball trampoline for dribblers that want to slam dunk like Jordan, and of course, there’s plenty of family jump nights. Check the website for more details; 914-510-9119.
FunFuzion in New Roc City is an indoor amusement park for big kids with arcade games, billiards, ping pong, indoor electric go carts (for ages 16 and up), glow in the dark miniature golf, glow in the dark bowling and more. Purchase a Fuze Card for any dollar amount to play the games at FunFuzion. There is no admission fee. 19 LeCount Place, New Rochelle; 914-637-7575
Kids U in Pleaseantville and Port Chester is a membership only play gym but the space looks fun and the price is right. Cost: 5-pack: $50, 10-pack: $90, 20-pack: $160 and are good for both the 2,000 square foot, 17-foot tall PlayQuad and Inflatables area. Kids U also offers classes and when you enroll in a class you can use the PlayQuad anytime it’s open. (Check out when the PlayQuad is open by clicking on the locations tab. ) Two locations: 175 Tompkins Avenue, Pleasantville; 914-747-7478 and 14 Waterfront Place, Port Chester; 914-939-3520
LEGOLAND Discovery Center at Ridge Hill in Yonkers is an interactive, indoor 32,300-square-foot indoor attraction. Enjoy rides, 4D cinema, a LEGO Friends playhouse, a miniature LEGO NYC and Westchester, LEGO play space and more. Stay all day or for a few hours. Purchase tickets on their website for guaranteed admittance or in person for $22 (plus tax) for adults, $18 for kids and kids under two are free. LEGOLAND Discovery Center, 32 Fitzgerald Street (at Ridge Hill), Yonkers; 866-243-0770
Leapin’ Lizards in Port Chester consists of a large room filled with mazes, tunnels and slides for crawling, climbing, hiding and seeking for kids ages 1-12. There are two ball pits: one for babies and one for older kids plus a zone for babies to play without getting run over by an energetic six-year-old. A snack bar is the perfect place to eat while watching the action and there are some arcade games, too. Admission is $13.99 plus tax. On Wednesdays, kids under 5 pay $12.99 before 3pm except on holidays. You can also purchase a membership or buy a value- pack. 421 Boston Post Road, Port Chester (Kohl’s Shopping Center); 914-937-5867
Life – The Place to Be in Ardsley (above photo) has an expert climbing wall, laser tag and full size bowling alleys for ages 9 and up. A soft play area is a big hit for kids 9 and under. There are arcade games for all ages and another plus: parents can enjoy free Wi-Fi as kids play. Life is open every day except Mondays and open until 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays. The cafe offers everything from salads to pizza and cheese fries. Admission is $10 for three people and additional guests are $5 each. The fee includes use of soft play structures. Arcade games accept tokens, bowling is $4, laser tag and rock climbing is $7. 2 Lawrence Street, Ardsley; 914-591-4400
The Play Place in Elmsford is a 1,200-square-foot space with scramble nets, 20 foot wave slides, squeeze rollers, foam forest, chutes and more for toddlers to age 10. The website states that the playground can only be used for two hours but the person I spoke to said they hardly enforce the rule. The Play Space also offers after school programs, classes, camp and a gym for drop-in play. Cost for the indoor playground: Ages 4 and under $9, 5 and up $11 (January 31 price will go up $1) or you can join for unlimited use for $35 a month for one child and $40 for two kids (12 month contract) or pay $50 without a contract. Visit their “Tot Club” Monday – Friday from 9am – 11am (except school holidays) and $5 for kids 4 and under. 175-11 Clearbrook Road, Elmsford; 914-347-5291
PLAY at The Westchester Mall is the perfect pre-lunch pitstop with little ones. It’s small, but the kids love to play with the large soft blocks, the interactive exhibits, and run around. Planning a trip to the mall? Then work this into your visit.
Sportime USA in Elmsford has something for everyone with rides, bumper cars, rock climbing wall, laser tag, X-D Theater, arcade and more plus a two-level “Soft Adventure Zone” (above photo) for younger kids. The Adventure Zone is $6 for the entire day and includes slides, mazes and a ball pit. There is no admission fee, just purchase tokens for the rides and games. Their All Star Grill serves burgers, pizza, salads and more. Open 7 days a week. Drop-off days are also available. Check the website for more information. Route 9A, Elmsford; 592-2111
Westchester Children’s Museum in Rye is always a great spot to take little ones to play. There are soft blocks and climbing for toddlers, and art projects, science experiments and cool building projects for older kids. It all adds up to a one-of-a-kind play place. Admission is $7 per person. 100 Playland Parkway, Rye; 914-421-5050
And just because…we love it!
Stepping Stones Museum in Norwalk, CT is also too great to leave off our list. This children’s museum has so much to do, you can’t do it all in one trip. Exhibits include “The Energy Lab” including an entire room devoted to water play with hundreds of floating balls that kids can use in the water, “Build It” construction site complete with construction costumes and tools, “Tot Town” toddler play area with a tree house, boat for fishing, school bus for driving and more, “Celebration Courtyard” with giant foam blocks for building and so much more. The cafe is also delicious, so no need to pack a snack. Admission is $15 for adults and $15 for children. Kids under 1 get in for free. Yearly memberships are also available which are worth it if you plan on visiting often. 303 West Avenue, Norwalk, Ct; 203-899-0606.