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Jefferson Valley Mall, 650 Lee Blvd, Yorktown Heights, NY
Palisades Center, 3681 Palisades Center Drive, West Nyack, NY
Calling detectives of all ages! This is is your chance to be one in real-life. How it works: you and your team are in a room for 50 minutes and you must find clues, solve puzzles and decipher hidden codes to escape one of our many themed rooms. There is a variety of levels of difficulty, making it fun for your youngest and your oldest (plus mom and dad too). Detectives 13 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are highly recommended. For children under the age of 12, start with any Level 1 room. Superhero’s Adventure is very popular and great for kids. Treasure Island is great for families. New at the Palisades: The Game Show Room. The standard cost is $25/person (plus tax) for one escape room experience. Children 6 and under are free with a paying adult. Good for birthday parties.
5 John Walsh Blvd., Peekskill, NY
If you don't mind heights then this may be your spot. Spins Hudson has the only outdoor/indoor ropes course in the Northeast challenging even the best climbers! There are two levels. There is also a 5,000-square-foot, two story laser tag arena outfitted with lights, fog, and bridges (children must be at least 42 inches tall, and seven years or older to play). Spins Hudson also has a 5,000 square feet massive redemption arcade for all you gamers out there. With over 50 of the top industry games to play, VR gaming, and is the only video gaming entertainment center on the Hudson (who knew!). The newest addition: five unique climbing walks featuring Legos, Rubik’s Cubes and Space themes.
333 North Bedford Road
Mount Kisco, NY
Thrill seekers make note. Kids can experience the excitement of driving a race car at Grand Prix New York. Recreational indoor racing, bowling and virtual reality gaming are all on the menu here. NEW to the venue: a multilevel race track (note: if you are younger than 18 years old, a legal guardian's Photo ID and a signed Parental Consent Form are required). Or try the NEW massive ninja style course loaded with gravity defying obstacles. For the traditionalists, you can also go bowling. The Grand Prix arcade has over 100 of the top industry games and approximately 6, 000 square feet, some may say it is the most exciting redemption arcade in the Tri -State area. Games include The XD interactive thrill ride and Hologate virtual reality.
1000 Palisades Center Dr, West Nyack, NY
Just across the Governor Mario M. Cuomo bridge is the Palisades Center, a four-level shopping and entertainment extravaganza located in Rockland County. Palisades Center is among the top ten most visited malls in America and offers over 200 stores, 16 sit-down restaurants, a bowling alley, ice rink, the world's tallest indoor ropes course, comedy club, and more. If you are looking for entertainment, they have you covered.
- 5 WITS
Ready for some live-action entertainment? Then head over to 5 Wits for cutting-edge fun that immerses you in realistic, hands-on adventures. Computer-controlled special effects and physical interaction put you in the center of the action, and will leave you feeling like you’re in a movie or video game. Recommended ages 7 and up. Younger kids are typically either frightened or don’t understand the challenges. All ages are admitted, however children under 13 MUST be accompanied by a ticketed adult 18 years or older.
Top off your trip to the mall with a kid-friendly flick. Enjoy the latest movies in comfort with new plush reclining seats. Also on site, an IMAX theatre, taking the big screen to the next level.
Put your pedal to the metal. Kids can be race car drivers and enjoy speeds of up to 25MPH in extremely safe conditions. Junior karting is for children that are 8 and older, and at least 48” tall. Junior kart racers must be at least 48" tall and 8 years old. Adult kart racers must be at least 56" tall, at least 13 years old and less than 300 lbs. Racers under 18 must be accompanied by the parent on their first visit or the parent must complete this waiver signed by a parent or guardian. No reservation necessary!
- Billy Beez
This is indoor play bliss for kids of all ages. It's a massive 25,000 sq. ft. indoor play park. Activities range from slides to sports courts, tunnels to towers, ball blasters to bouncy trampolines. The majority of the park can be enjoyed by kids ages 1-17, plus there is a Mini Beez area dedicated to infants and toddlers. Children under the age of 18 must come with an adult.
Well this is sweet. Bring your little loved one to Build-A-Bear for an experience that they are sure to remember. Build-A-Bear Workshop actively works to bring the Teddy Bear to life and give children an unforgettable furry friend. At Build-A-Bear, children can custom build, name and accessorize their stuffed animal and leave with a new best friend. Looking for a unique holiday gift? A gift certificate could be something special.
For the art lovers and creative minds out there, head to Color Me Mine. There are hundreds of ceramic shapes to choose from and dozens of colors to paint with. The design center is stocked with over twenty thousand images you can use to design your piece any way you like. For all ages and skill levels. Reservations are available. Check out Kids Night Out: once a month they host a drop-off events for kids ages 6 and up where they watch a movie, have some snacks, and of course paint! No parents allowed (YES!).
The ferris wheel is a Palisades tradition not to be missed. After all, it's only $2 and reaches 68 feet. Not to mention it is the perfect spot for a selfie!
Ooh la la! It's spa time for the young ladies. Check out the best girl spa party destination specializing in making every girl’s dream come true via themed parties and luxurious day spa services. Tip: check out the upcoming events like the Winter Formal hosted by Cinderella and Tiana.
Lucky Strike West Nyack provides a killer time for all ages. There are 12 premium lanes, 6 competition ready billiards tables, and an intimate game room with air hockey & roller ball. Lucky Strike features huge projectors & plasma TVs (streaming MLB, NBA, NFL & others around the clock), a chef-driven gastropub menu and hand-crafted libations.
Virtual reality–loving kids will love OMG Entertainment’s Virtual Reality 9D movie experience. There are eight different movies that you can choose from. It ticks all the boxes with its addictive quality and you will come back asking for more. You will be surprised to discover something new every time you stop by.
Enjoy a classic carousel ride that is fun for the whole family.
- Palisades Climb
This is the home of the world’s tallest indoor ropes course. Palisades Climb will provide adventure, thrills and excitement for the adventurous at heart. Located indoors on Level 4.
- Palisades Ice Rink
Get your skate on! The ice-skating rink has public skating, DJ nights, figure skating, hockey & lessons to keep littles ones moving in the colder months.
Little ones are going to love this place. Ride on on the back of a rolling motorized version of their favorite animal, get your face painted or hang out in the play area. In addition there are fun activities for children every day, arts & crafts.