Open Near NYC

Get some much-needed space and nature with these adventures near NYC. See the map view to plot your route (some podcast suggestions for the ride).

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Westchester

Westchester Children’s Museum

Rye

Visit a vibrant, interactive learning and play space for kids toddler to teen. Creative, energizing, unique STEAM programs and exhibits, wide open, sunny space, and a welcoming environment enable kids to make connections with ideas and each other; take risks and problem solve, and have fun. Exhibits include Toddler Beach, Wind Tunnel Design Challenge, Build…

Muscoot Farm

Katonoah

Experience farm animals, agriculture, wildlife, and history in at a former working dairy farm.

Visit 50+ animals, including cows, horses, donkeys, sheep, goats, chickens, turkeys, ducks, and pigs, by walking up to their pens or inside their barns. View historic buildings such as the milk house, the ice house, the brooder house, and the carriage house.…

Hudson River Museum

Yonkers

Learn about the connections between arts, sciences, and history on a family-friendly museum situated on the banks of the Hudson River.

HIGHLIGHTS:

🪐 See a Planetarium show (+$4)
📕 Go inside whimsical sculpto-pictorama Red Grooms’ The Bookstore
🏠 Admire a large luxurious dollhouse in Glenview Historic Home
🌳 Relax…

Ridge Hill On Ice

Yonkers

Lace up and skate over an outdoor ice rink on the mall’s Town Square Lawn.

Advance reservations recommended; walk-ups also welcome.

Mon – Thu 4 pm – 9 pm
Fri 4 pm – 10 pm
Sat 11 am – 10 pm
Sun 11 am – 8 pm

Hommocks Park Ice Rink

Mamaroneck

Mamaroneck’s popular enclosed public skating facility offers public skating sessions throughout the week October through June.

Although the spectator area is (sort of) heated, dress warmly on the ice. Snow pants and gloves are a good idea, and so are layers for when you get moving. No outside food is permitted; a concession stand…

Matrix: Prints by Women Artists, 1960–1990

Yonkers

Explore a period of experimentation in printmaking among women artists. Vibrant prints on view include the work of artists such as Faith Ringgold, Barbara Kohl-Spiro, Julia Santos Solomon, and Emma Amos.

Make Your Own Terrarium

Larchmont

Create a habitat in a container to bring home and nurture for years to come. Play with dirt, gravel, pebbles, mosses, plants, and other embellishments. All materials provided.

The activity takes approximately 30 minutes to complete. Arrive any time and also exploring Sheldrake Environmental Center’s  grounds independently.

This is not a drop-off program; children must…

Winter Wolves

South Salem

Learn about the mythology, biology and ecology of wolf families and discover why this season is such a magical time for packs in North America. Wolf families are out searching for prey as their maturing pups experience their first winter season. Visit gray wolves Alawa and Nikai, as well as potentially behold some of the…

All About Ice

Katonoah

In honor of Arbor Day, come to Muscoot Farm and help plant trees. Dress accordingly.

Family Science Workshop: Snows of Other Worlds

Yonkers

Celebrate the coldest time of the year by learning about the shape of snow on Earth, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn and creating a hanging display of snowflakes out of heavyweight and translucent paper.

Tap-A-Tree

Katonoah

Get ready to make syrup by tapping the trees. In this private group tour, learn about the initial process of maple sugaring and the history of sap collection, all while using antique tools hands-on.

Sessions take place every half hour, limited to one group for each timeslot. Groups will meet at Muscoot’s Sugar Shack.

Old-Fashioned Winter’s Afternoon

Rye

Enjoy log-sawing, archery, maple sugaring, live raptor shows, fire-roasted marshmallows, archery, winter-themed carnival games, a petting zoo, and fun crafts like decorating candles, walking sticks, and a plant pot.

Soup, hot dogs, waffles and popcorn available.

Sheldrake Environmental Center: Presidents’ Week Camp

Larchmont
Join Sheldrake Nature Center for wintertime fun and enrichment at a popular STEM program. Explore the woods and learn about the seasonal effects on wildlife. Study the natural world, listen to nature stories, craft, play games and try other activities.

Sugar Shack Chats

Katonoah

Stop by Muscoot’s Sugar Shack anytime from 12pm-3pm to learn about how to make maple syrup.

Hudson Valley

Dia Beacon

Beacon

See site-specific  art from the 1960s to the present as well as special exhibitions and new commissions in a former Nabisco box-printing factory on the banks of the Hudson River.

* Each gallery of the 300,000-square-foot sunlit space was designed specifically for the installation of one artist’s work, making for striking, unique installations. like Dan…

Bear Mountain Ice Rink

Bear Mountain

Skate on a large outdoor, uncovered rink framed by trees and rugged mountains. Lots of hiking nearby and spectacular views.

Refreshments available from vending machines.

Also visit the Trailside Museums and Zoo (open 10:30 am – 4 pm). small stone museums and fenced areas along a self-guided trail house bears, coyotes, turtles, snakes, frogs, toads,…

CONNECTICUT

Stamford Museum & Nature Center

Stamford

Try a variety of seasonal indoor and outdoor activities at this large museum & nature center.

* Walk over 80 acres of walking nature trails – including a universally accessible Wheels in the Woods Trail. Follow  a brook with pretty waterfalls, look for abundant wildlife (including an otter pond), and learn with interpretive educational signs.…

Stepping Stones

Norwalk

This recently re-opened award-winning children’s museum features exciting interactive exhibits and STEAM-infused programming in beautifully-renovated spaces.

* Play with giant games, make noise with household objects, test your balance and get fresh air in a giant open-air tent in Celebration Courtyard.

* Be mesmerized by ColorCoaster is a 27-foot kinetic sculpture and a non-stop giant…

New Jersey

Liberty Science Center

Jersey City

Lots to explore throughout this large, interactive museum.

HIGHLIGHTS:

∞ Explore multiple routes in the massive suspended Infinity Climber
🔬 Step inside a giant microscope lens
🧱 Engineer with foam blocks and wooden shapes, get creative with a giant wall installation made of 952 pixel dials and try more hands-on science.
💥…

American Dream

East Rutherford

This indoor mega-mall has towns over-the-top, entirely indoor activities. Prices vary by day. Gets crowded, so go early.

* Ride thrilling roller coasters and family-friendly rides plus meet favorite characters like Dora The Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles at indoor theme park Nickelodeon Universe ($59–$85).

* Swim, splash and slide with…

LONG ISLAND