Here are 60 End Of Summer Ideas to keep your kids busy in Westchester or nearby-- recommended by moms in our community. We've got ideas for staycations, daycations and vacations! On the list we have carnivals, festivals, nature centers, zoos, play spaces, amusement parks, playgrounds, farmers markets, museums, ice cream, beaches, pools, spray parks, story times, road trips and more!
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Carnivals, Festivals & Special Events
2. Last call for all the pirates out there! Pirate Quest runs till August 25th. Pint-sized pirates can set their sails to Philipsburg Manor.
3. Starting August 21st and running through August, 26th, experience the Dutchess County Fair Rhinebeck, NY. It is the second largest county fair in New York State and will have rides, food, animals, crafts and much more.
4. Head to the Putnam County Wine & Food Fest, on August 25th-26th. There will be arts and crafts, exhibits, and two full days of live entertainment – even for kids.
5. Philipsburgh Manor will be holding their annual CORNucopia corn festival on Labor Day weekend. Enjoy corn treats, crafts, games including corn shucking races, cooking, English country dancing, live music and more. Runs September 1st through 3rd.
7. Pick your own fruit. Our moms suggest Fishkill Farms in Hopewell Junction, Lawrence Farms Orchards in Newburgh or Hilltop Hanover Farm in Yorktown Heights.
8. Visit a Farmer's Market! More details on our Community Calendar.
Parks, Outdoor & Water Fun
10. Spend the day at a water park. Check out SplashDown Beach in Fishkill. Little ones will love Shipwreck Lagoon and the Lazy River.
11. For a free water and play adventure go to Pierson Park in Tarrytown. It has beautiful river views, a spray park and playground. Finish the excursion with coffee or ice cream at Lighthouse Ice Cream and Coffee.
12. Have fun in the sun at Harbor Island Park in Mamaroneck. This local favorite is a beach, playground and spray park.
13. If you have a Westchester County Parks Pass you can have a swim day at Willson’s Waves Park, Tibbetts Brook Park or Saxon Woods Park. Check out details in our Summer Bucket List.
14. Enjoy river views, a spray park and playground with train structures at Louis Engel Waterfront Park in Ossining.
15. Swim, fish, boat, play and picnic at Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park in Yorktown Heights.
16. Beach it in Westchester at Canopus Lake in Carmel, Croton Point Beach in Croton-on-Hudson, Glen Island Beach in New Rochelle.
17. Spend a day at Bear Mountain State Park in Rockland County. Take a ride on the carousel, enjoy a nature walk, visit the free zoo, take a ride on a paddle boat or canoe, swim in the pool, picnic and enjoy some delicious ice cream.
18. Also in Rockland County, enjoy a beautiful day swimming and hiking at Rockland Lake State Park.
19. Take a swim, build sandcastles and enjoy the view at Lake Welch in Harriman State Park.
20. Head to Connecticut for a beach day. Greenwich Point- Tod’s Point is beautiful and close. Make sure you purchase an entry pass on a weekday in advance.
21. Enjoy big ocean waves and soft sand at the beaches in Long Island. Walk the boardwalk, play in the sand, swim or have fun on the playground at Long Beach. Jones Beach in Wantagh is another great option. If you have very small children you can go to Zack's Bay located at Field 5 where the water is calm. Robert Moses State Park is a favorite among our moms. If you are feeling adventurous you can take a ferry ride out to Fire Island for a laid back beach day.
22. Take a day trip to Asbury Park, NJ. Head to the beach for sun and sand, walk the boardwalk, cool off at the Asbury Splash Park, take a ride on a pedal boat on Wesley Lake or play miniature golf at Asbury Eighteen.
23. Play a round of mini golf at Red Rooster Drive-In in Brewster, Saxon Woods Park in White Plains or Rye Playland.
24. Head to a park or playground. Our moms like Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla, Sagamore Playground in Bronxville, Croton Gorge Park in Cortlandt, Gedney Park in Chappaqua, Law Memorial Park in Briarcliff, Riverfront Green Park in Peekskill and Bruce Park Playground in Greenwich, CT.
25. Take part in RiverRiders free community paddling at JFK Marina and Park in northern Yonkers.
26. For your cinematic pleasure, head to Movies on the Sand - "Up" at Harbor Island Park in Mamaroneck on August 17th.
27. Celebrate National Honeybee Day at Honeybee Open Hive on August 19th at the Stamford Nature Center. Discover the buzz through hive demos (weather permitting) and a honey bee scavenger hunt in our Farm Market.
28. Celebrate the Jewish culture at the Jewish Heritage Celebration at Kensico Dam Plaza on August 19th.
Animals & Nature
30. Take your child for a hike at Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining. Enjoy a beautiful walk around the lake, look at the suspension bridge, watch the birds and see some live and taxidermy animals at the visitor center.
31. Our moms love Muscoot Farm in Katonah! It's totally free and there are so many farm animals to see.
32. Head to a nature center to meet the animals and enjoy outdoor play. Our moms recommend Greenburgh Nature Center in Scarsdale, Rye Nature Center in Rye, Sheldrake Nature Center in Larchmont and Stamford Museum & Nature Center. Check their websites for upcoming workshops and events.
33. Visit Westmoreland Sanctuary in Mount Kisco, a nature museum and wildlife preserve with hiking trails.
34. Visit the animals, have a bite to eat and relax in the beautiful farmland at Stone Barns in Pocanito Hills. Admission is free. On weekends there are a variety of seasonal, hands-on activities and drop-in tours but you need to purchase tickets in advance. Heads up, get your tickets now for Harvest Fest October 7th, which is typically sold out far in advance.
35. Visit beautiful Untermeyer Gardens in Yonkers.
36. Take your children to the Botanical Gardens. In August you can drop-in for nature exploration or gardening activities.
Indoor Play & Fun
38. Drop in and play! Our moms love the Play Place in Elmsford, Billy Beez at the Palisades Mall in West Nyack and Kids U in Port Chester and Pleasantville.
39. Get building at Legoland in Yonkers! Experience rides, a movie, play structure and more. Purchase tickets in advance.
40. Try indoor skydiving at iFly Westchester.
41. Moms of preschoolers: take a free trial class at a play gym, art studio or music school. Schedule in advance. You can view a list of places to consider in our directory, select the category you like.
42. Go to the movies. Have a meal served to your seat at Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers or iPic in Dobbs Ferry.
43. Head to your local library to play, read books or enjoy an event. Check your library's website for dates and times.
44. Take your little one to story time at Barnes and Noble White Plains or Yonkers, the Voracious Reader in Larchmont, Scattered Books in Chappaqua or Pottery Barn Kids in White Plains.
45. Design your own pottery or ceramics. Our moms suggest Creative Corner or Plaster Palace Pottery in Larchmont, Fun Craft in Scarsdale, A Maze In Pottery in Briarcliff or Made in Mamaroneck.
46. Do some back to school shopping. Make a day trip to Woodbury Commons Premium Outlets in Central Valley, NY or stay local at the City Center, Cross County, Ridge Hill or the Westchester. Support local by shopping at some of Westchester's children's boutiques. Try Denny's in Scarsdale, Epstein's in Tuckahoe, & James in Katonah, Lester's in Rye Brook and Wyatt Lily in Scarsdale. Know of any others you recommend?
48. Venture up to Norwalk, CT to the Stepping Stones Museum for Children. Bonus, the Devon's Place playground nextdoor is perfect to enjoy before or after your visit. You can even cool off in a small splash pad there.
49. Explore sea life at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk. While the exhibits will keep your kids busy, there is also a play space upstairs for babies and toddlers as well as an IMAX Theatre.
50. The New York Hall of Science in Queens is a fantastic way to spend the day and is closer than you think. There is a play room for young children, hundreds of exhibits, demonstrations and activities, a 3D theatre, a mini golf course and more. Check their website to sign up for events.
51. The Children's Museum of Manhattan is another great place for little hands to learn and explore.
52. Fill an entire day at the Long Island Children's Museum. It is much larger than other children's museums in the area and is sure to entertain kids of all ages.
53. See the stars at the Hudson River Museum planetarium on Saturdays and Sundays. While you are there, check out the exhibits, learn about the Hudson River, play in the Early Explorers play area or take part in an art or science project.
55. Enjoy rides, water fun and characters at the Land of Make Believe in Hope ,NJ.
56. Take a trip to Lancaster, PA. Our moms suggest going to Dutch Wonderland, Kitchen Kettle Village, Miller's Smorgasbord, the Turkey Hill Experience and taking a pretzel factory tour.
57. Meet Thomas the Train at Stratsburg Rail Road August 27th through September 4th in Ronks, PA.
58. Indulge in chocolate and rides at Hershey Park in Hershey, PA.
59. Take a trip to Mystic, CT. Our moms suggest visiting The Dinosaur Place, Mystic Aquarium, Mystic Seaport and the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat Ride.
60. Encounter exotic and wild animals at Lake Tobias Wildlife Park in Halifax, PA.