Here are 75 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, concerts, ice cream, beaches, pools, spray parks, story times, road trips and more!
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2. Cool off with a delicious ice cream. Lower Westchester: Pane and Gelato in Eastchester, Penny Lick Ice Cream in Hastings, Village Creamery & Sweetshop in Valhalla, Longford's in Rye, Main Street Sweets in Tarrytown, Paleteria Fernandez in Mamaroneck or Port Chester, Local, Hall of Scoops or Sherry B in Chappaqua. Upper Westchester: The Blue Pig in Croton-on-Hudson, Blue Bird in Cross River, Daily Moos in Cortlandt Manor, King Kone in Somers, Bellvale Farms in Warwick or the Hudson Creamery in Peekskill. Looking for frozen yogurt? Try Go Greenly, Peachwave or 16 Handles with various locations across Westchester.
3. Get a hot dog at Walter's in Mamaroneck.
4. Pick your own fruit. Our moms suggest Fishkill Farms in Hopewell Junction, Lawrence Farms Orchards in Newburgh or Greig Farm in Red Hook.
5. Visit a Farmers Market. Wednesdays: White Plains, Brewster. Thursdays: Yonkers. Fridays: New Rochelle, Dobbs Ferry. Saturdays: Brewster, Bronxville, Chappaqua, Hartsdale, Hastings, Katonah, Larchmont, New Rochelle, Ossining, Pleasantville, South Salem, Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow (TaSH). Sundays: Brewster, Croton-on-Hudson, Irvington, Muscoot Farm, Peekskill, Rye, Tuckahoe.
Parks, Outdoor & Water Fun
7. Did you know Westchester County has a water park? Check out SplashDown Beach in Fishkill. Little ones will love Shipwreck Lagoon and the Lazy River.
8. 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.
9. Have fun in the sun at Harbor Island Park in Mamaroneck. This local favorite is a beach, playground and spray park.
10. 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.
11. Enjoy river views, a spray park and playground with train structures at Louis Engel Waterfront Park in Ossining.
12. Swim, fish, boat, play and picnic at Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park in Yorktown Heights.
13. Beach it in Westchester at Canopus Lake in Carmel, Croton Point Beach in Croton-on-Hudson, Glen Island Beach in New Rochelle.
14. 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.
15. Also in Rockland County, enjoy a beautiful day swimming and hiking at Rockland Lake State Park.
16. Take a swim, build sandcastles and enjoy the view at Lake Welch in Harriman State Park.
17. 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. Compo Beach and Sherwood Island State Park are in Westport. Don't forget to bring water shoes because the shore line is a bit rocky.
18. 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.
19. 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.
20. Play a round of mini golf at Red Rooster Drive-In in Brewster, Saxon Woods Park in White Plains or Rye Playland.
21. Head to a park or playground. Our moms like Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla, Sagamore Playground in Bronxville, Croton Gorge Park in Cortlandt, Garth Road Playground in Eastchester, Gedney Park in Chappaqua, Law Memorial Park in Briarcliff, Riverfront Green Park in Peekskill and Bruce Park Playground in Greenwich, CT.
22. Kayak or paddle board for free at JFK Marina and Park in northern Yonkers through September 1st.
23. Get your feet wet and explore the river in Yonkers. River Explorers is a free Saturday program series for curious kids ages 5-12. Or you could participate in Hudson River Family Seining, which is for children of all ages.
24. Play colonial games on Wednesdays in August at Philipse Manor in Yonkers.
25. Travel back to the 19th century and view the home of Washington Irving through a child’s eyes. From a Child's Perspective is on Thursdays in August at Washington Irving's Sunnyside in Irvington. Purchase tickets in advance.
Animals & Nature
27. Our moms love Muscoot Farm in Katonah! It's totally free and there are so many farm animals to see. Check out the newborn piglets. Don't miss the Fairy Walk on Sunday, August 28th.
28. 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.
29. Visit Westmoreland Sanctuary in Mount Kisco, a nature museum and wildlife preserve with hiking trails. You can register your child for Junior Survival Camp or Animal Care Camp the last two weeks of August.
30. 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, don't miss Harvest Fest in October, which is typically sold out far in advance.
31. For a full day animal adventure head to the Bronx Zoo. Go for a camel ride, see the elephants on the monorail, ride the bug carousel and visit the Children's Zoo!
32. Visit beautiful Untermeyer Gardens in Yonkers.
33. Take your children to the Botanical Gardens. In August they have Dig! Plant! Grow!, Cooking Demonstrations, Mario Batali's Kitchen Gardens and Budding Artists. Visit their website for specific times and ticket information.
Special Summer Events, Fairs & Festivals
35. Watch an outdoor concert. Tuesday, August 23rd in Sleepy Hollow. Wednesdays: Dobbs Ferry, New Rochelle, Thursdays: Cortlandt, Tarrytown's Lyndhurst, White Plains (noon). On Thursday, August 18th, the Bronxville Summer Concert Series will also feature an Antique Car Show. Fridays: Hudson River Amphitheater, New Rochelle, Ossining, Pierson Park in Tarrytown. Sundays: Yorktown.
36. Enter the world of 16th Century England and enjoy themed games, rides, arts, crafts, food, music and dance at the New York Renaissance Faire. Dress in costume and be part of the experience! Open Saturdays, Sundays & Labor Day Monday through October 2nd in Tuxedo Park, NY.
37. On Friday, August 19th experience Tarrytown at Third Friday. Kids will be entertained with circus arts, face painting, music and a puppet show.
38. On Saturday, August 20th, go to the Tomato Palooza & Summer Fest at Fishkill Farms. Who doesn't love hayrides, apple picking and live music?
39. On Saturday, August 20th, go to Family Campfire Fun at Westmoreland Sanctuary. Pre-registration preferred.
40. On Saturday, August 20th Barnes & Noble is hosting story time and a lego build event at their White Plains and Yonkers locations.
41. On Saturday, August 20th and 27th, there will be live entertainment at the Riverwalk Children’s Event Series in Yonkers. First is the Two by Two Animal Show and the following week is the Larger than Life DJ Dance Party for kids.
42. On Saturday August 20th & August 27th, the Tarrytown Sleepy Hollow Farmers Market (the TasH) will be featuring a special event: pet adoptions!
43. On Sunday, August 21st head to the 42nd Annual Westchester Jewish Music & Arts Festival at Kensico Dam. There will be Israeli dancing, face painting, delicious Kosher food, exhibitions of Jewish art, Judaica, jewelry and more.
44. On Sunday, August 21st attend the Mt. Pleasant Day 2016: Street Fair and Car Show.
45. On Monday, August 22nd, head into the city for the National Park Service Centennial Celebration at Brooklyn Bridge Park. New Yorkers will be able to affect the color of the spire on One World Trade Center together for the first time ever, using interactive movements on a giant digital circuit board. There will be free family-friendly events throughout the day.
46. On Tuesday, August 23rd, the Dutchess County Fair starts! It is the second largest county fair in New York State and will have rides, food, animals, crafts and much more. Runs through Sunday, August 28th.
47. Starting Thursday, September 1st, enjoy the Kiwanis of Hartsdale Carnival. Runs through Labor Day in Hartsdale.
48. Saturday, September 3rd starts CORNucopia at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow. Enjoy games, cooking and food. Purchase tickets in advance.
49. On Saturday, September 3rd Songs for Seeds will be performing a free concert Saturday in Rye at 11:00am to celebrate their Rye Brook opening!
Indoor Play & Fun
51. Drop in and play! Our moms love the Play Place in Elmsford, Billy Beez at the Palisades Mall in West Nyack, Kids U in Port Chester or Pleasantville and Leapin Lizards in Port Chester. Babies and toddlers can drop in and play at Jack's Clubhouse in Brewster.
52. Get building at Legoland in Yonkers! Experience rides, a movie, play structure and more. Purchase tickets in advance.
53. Try indoor skydiving at iFly Westchester.
54. 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.
55. Go to the movies. Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers serves food while you watch and there is a kids menu. They also have Kids Camp screenings at 11:00am Monday through Thursday, which are Pick Your Price - $1-3 with 100% of ticket sales donated to local nonprofits and schools. Or Watch the Muppets Movie at Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville on August 20th or 21st.
56. Head to your local library to play, read books or enjoy an event. Check your library's website for dates and times.
57. 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.
58. Design your own pottery or ceramics. Our moms suggest Creative Corner or Plaster Palace Pottery in Larchmont, Fun Craft or Paint Your Own Pottery in Scarsdale, A Maze In Pottery in Briarcliff or Made in Mamaroneck.
59. 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 Twinkle Toes in Rye, LOL Kids in Armonk, Epstein's in Tuckahoe, & James in Katonah, Love Shoes in Larchmont and Wyatt Lily in Scarsdale. Know of any others you recommend?
60. Watch a gazillion bubbles fly at the Gazillion Bubble Show in Manhattan. Purchase tickets in advance.
62. 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.
63. 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.
64. 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 like Adobe Brick Making on August 21st.
65. The Children's Museum of Manhattan is another great place for little hands to learn and explore.
66. 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.
67. 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.
69. Enjoy rides, water fun and characters at the Land of Make Believe in Hope ,NJ.
70. 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.
71. Meet Thomas the Train at Stratsburg Rail Road August 27th through September 4th in Ronks, PA.
72. Indulge in chocolate and rides at Hershey Park in Hershey, PA.
73. 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.
74. Encounter exotic and wild animals at Lake Tobias Wildlife Park in Halifax, PA.
75. Check yourself into a spa once school starts!