The Bronx

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Playground for All Children Pelham Bay Park

This playground is one of several throughout the city aimed at providing a recreation area that all children, able bodied and disabled. Colorful play equipment and handrails that can be reached by children using crutches or wheelchairs, textured pavement and Braille signs to help guide the blind, and swings are accessible to all.

All can explore a fun spray shower, a natural area with accessible boardwalk and activity stations, a shallow pond with wetland plantings, a sensory corner, adjustable basketball hoops, bleachers with shade covers, benches, game tables, picnic tables and more.

Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum

The Greek Revival period rooms of this splendid 19th century home close to the bay are currently only open 12 – 3 pm Saturdays & Sundays ($15/adults, $10/seniors & students), but the gorgeous grounds including specular formal, terraced gardens can be explored any day. Situated within a 60-acre New York City Landmark Historic District and is surrounded by a “forever wild” zoned forest. Look for a circa 1840 Carriage House, a Children’s Organic Garden, climbable sculptures, a colonial graveyard, an authentically fabricated Lenape wigwam and lots of nature.

Enjoy outdoor music the first Friday evening of each month and other interesting programming for all ages.

New York Botanical Garden

Discover spectacular gardens and collections across 250 acres. Walk the shaded trails of a stunning old-growth forest. Relax near a sparkling natural waterfall in the Bronx River. Stroll along the Native Plant Garden’s breezy promenade and meadow. Check out the lovely Rose Garden, in peak bloom June & October.  Wander through jungles, deserts and other…

Bronx Zoo

See tigers, bears, gorillas and over 650 other species of awesome animals at this 265 acres+ zoo. Tons of indoor and outdoor attractions – expect lots of walking, but strollers welcome (and available for rental). The roads are scenic with pretty trees, waterfalls – and some bold peacocks.

Different sections of the zoo correspond to…

Wave Hill

Explore 28-acre of gardens and woodlands with more than 4,000 varieties of trees, shrubs, vines, and herbaceous plants and dramatic views of the Hudson River.

* Join nature-inspired outdoor family art projects on Saturday & Sunday mornings.

* Visit indoor rotating nature-inspired multimedia art exhibits in the Glyndor Gallery.

🚙 Wave Hill’s newly renovated…

New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show

Marvel at model trains zipping through an enchanting display of more than 175 famous New York landmarks—imagine the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge, Rockefeller Center, and other favorites—each delightfully re-created from natural materials such as pine cones, acorns, and seeds.

* The show itself is in the Haupt Conservatory and climate-controlled, but there is a…

NYBG Glow

Explore a glowing world of color and light featuring the Haupt Conservatory as the centerpiece—its iconic exterior a glittering canvas.

* Washes of brilliant colors, thousands of dazzling lights installations fill the Reflecting Pool and enliven surrounding gardens and collections.

* Also enjoy artistic ice sculptures, music, roving dancers, plus more…

Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo

Embark on an illuminated safari with animal lanterns, animated sculptures, and colorful designs throughout the spacious Bronx Zoo plus more holiday fun.

🦋 More than 260 lanterns representing almost 70 animal and plant species throughout the park showcase different wildlife regions from gorillas in Africa to sea turtles in the ocean. Look up to larger…

Candlelight Tree Tours

A lovely historic mansion will be aglow during candlelight tree tours. Explore decorated period rooms with a variety of themed trees.

Selfies with Santa + Cookies and Crafts

Explore a historic mansion decorated with festive holiday trees in each of the period rooms, take selfies with Santa, and decorate holiday cookies in the conservatory.

Teddy Bear Tea Party

Celebrate the season at a historic mansion with a child-approved, bright, colorful, and deliciously decadent holiday-themed menu, story time with the Bartow snow queen, and a sing-along. Perfect for 3- to 5-year-olds accompanied by a parent, grandparent, or favorite adult. Registration required. 

Take a peek at the decorated holiday trees throughout the mansion and visit the gift shop and bake sale…

The Westchester Ballet Company Presents The Nutcracker

Westchester Ballet Company’ sumptuous Nutcracker production, performing since 1950, tells the classic holiday story with stunning costumes and special effects with a cast of 100 dancers. The cast is made up of world-class adult guest performers and approximately 100 young dancers from 17 different towns and villages in and around Westchester who are selected each…

All Aboard With Thomas & Friends

See a sing-along performance with Thomas the Train where kids help Thomas discover the steps to grow a beautiful garden and take a photo with the Really Useful Engine. A fun addition to the Holiday Train Show (included with the ticket) for Thomas fans.

Note that the auditorium is a bit of an outdoor…