If you’re sticking around for February break, lucky you – there’s so much to do in Westchester! Here are 25 ideas that’ll keep you and the kids busy all week long.
1. Catch a movie. The Peanuts Movie is playing at the Jacob Burns Film Center on Wednesday, Feb. 21, while the Chappaqua Library is showing The Ninjago Movie on Friday, Feb. 23. There’s also the IMAX theater at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, which screens nature films every day of the week.
2. Let the kids loose at an indoor play space.
6. Grab lunch at Valhalla Crossing near the station, a cute little restaurant housed in two converted train cars, with a designated room for train spotting while dining. For other great places to dine and spot trains, check out this past post. Choo-choo!
7. Howl with the wolves at Wolf Conservation Center’s winter wolves presentation, happening on Monday and this weekend. Learn about the mythology, biology and ecology of wolf families, visit with the center’s ambassador wolves, and enjoy hot beverages in the woodstove-heated classroom.
8. Lace up the skates and hit one of these Westchester ice rinks.
9. Skydive with the kids! iFly indoor skydiving center welcomes kids as young as 3. Float on a cushion of air to simulate the experience of freefall.
11. Treat your winter-weary skin and lungs to some salt therapy at Breathe Easy in Dobbs Ferry and Katonah. Kids are welcome in the family room, which is set up with sand toys and kid-size chairs. Who needs the beach?
12. Check out Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, which bills itself as a four-season farm. Entry is free in the winter! Visit the animals and greenhouse, or pay extra to take the family farm tour.
13. Paint some pottery (or plaster, if you want to save a few bucks). Made in Mamaroneck, Plaster Palace in Larchmont, Fun Craft in Scarsdale, and A Maze in Pottery in Briarcliff Manor all take walk-ins.
14. View the winter night sky from the Hudson Valley Museum’s state-of-the-art planetarium. It’s amazing. Seriously.
16. Bake healthy, yummy mini frittata muffins with the kids – we’ve got recipes for three different kinds.
17. Celebrate National Bird Feeding Month. Buy some birdseed and make simple bird-feeders with these easy craft ideas.
19. Participate in maple sugaring next Sunday at Teatown Lake Reserve. Naturalists will tap, collect, boil and bottle sap while sharing folklore about this late winter tradition. Registration is required.
20. Go to the mall – specifically, the ginormous Palisades Mall in Nyack, just over the Tappan Zee Bridge. You’ll find endless entertainment, including a bowling alley, an ice-skating rink, a ropes course, a Ferris wheel, a carousel, an escape room, a virtual reality ride, go-carts and a movie theater — plus, of course, hundreds of shops and restaurants!
21. See and make art at one of Westchester’s great museums. The Hudson River Museum in Yonkers and Katonah Museum of Art both offer a “school’s out, art’s in” program during the break; admission for kids is free and each museum is featuring art workshops based on the current exhibits.
24. Treat yourself to a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich for lunch — and maybe let the kids have a bite or two.
25. Jump the sillies out at Rockin’ Jump, an indoor trampoline park in Mt. Kisco and Yonkers. Boing!