Let Kids Go Wild: Indoor Play Spaces in Westchester

indoor play spaces in Westchester

February is generally when winter starts to get really real for parents. The kids have more or less been trapped inside for months. It’s cold and gray and everyone is bored out of their minds. That, my friends, is when it’s time to get the little boogers out of your house and into a space where they can run wild without breaking all of the things.

The problem? Well, it can be completely overwhelming to try and think of some place new and exciting when you’re simultaneously trying to tame your dragons. But that’s why I’m here.

I put together a list of indoor play spaces in Westchester that will let kids burn off some of their pent up energy.

All of the places below have drop-in hours—which means you don’t have to sign up for a class. You can just pop in when tension and energy are high.

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Booked Parties + PLAY Westchester

The Westchester Mall in White Plains recently opened a brand new kids learning and play space called PLAY Westchester. To celebrate its launch, The Westchester partnered up with my friends at Booked Parties to throw a bunch of family-friendly events throughout the month of December. If they’re even half as fun as the Holiday PJ Party Ellie and I attended last Friday, Westchester families are in for a real treat!

First, let’s take a little peek at PLAY.

play westchester at the westchester mall

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Kids’ Night on Broadway 2017

what you need to know about Kids' Night on Broadway

Attention theater lovers!

Tomorrow (December 6th) at 10:30 am, tickets go on sale for the 21st Annual Kids’ Night on Broadway, which will take place on Tuesday, February 28th, 2017!

If you’re not familiar with the annual event, it’s where kids 18 and under get to see a participating Broadway show for free when accompanied by a full-paying adult. Aside from the show, the ticket also includes restaurant discounts (at some restaurants, kids can even eat for free!), parking discounts, and educational programs. Some shows will even offer in-theatre activities for kids including talkbacks, Kids’ Night on Broadway activity books, and more!

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Kids Go Free at Madame Tussauds New York Through November 27th

Kids Go Free at Madame Tussauds New York

Have you ever wanted to check out Madame Tussauds but found yourself a little reluctant because, well… kids are fickle as hell and trips like that can be expensive?

Now is the time, my friends! Starting tomorrow through Sunday, November 27th, all kids get in free to Madame Tussauds New York when accompanied by a paying adult.

A top destination for New York locals and out-of-towners, this is a great deal to take advantage of if you have family visiting

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Letting Loose at Rockin’ Jump

rockin jump mt kisco foam pit

When the weather gets cold and grey and snowy, us parents are going to need an arsenal of options that let our kids release some of their pent up energy. I don’t know about you, but having them bounce off of each and every surface in my house (and each other) isn’t my favorite option. I like to take them elsewhere for that.

Last weekend we ventured out to Rockin’ Jump Mt. Kisco with friends for the first time. And it was a great place to allow them to literally jump off the walls.

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Sensory-Friendly Screenings at Alamo Drafthouse

Alamo for All Sensory-Friendly Screenings at Alamo Drafthouse in Westchester

Good news for local families looking for a fun movie-going experience without having to worry about sideways glances or feeling unwelcome when kids act like… well, kids. Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers is offering new family-friendly, sensory-friendly screenings.

Alamo Drafthouse is known for providing disruption-free movie experiences. While they serve drinks and meals, they also have a zero tolerance policy for talking and texting in theaters. While this policy sounds awesome, it can be intimidating for parents who know there will be nothing disruption-free about taking kids to a movie.

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Westchester Kid-Friendly Restaurant | Wobble Cafe

kids-friendly restaurant in Westchester | Wobble Cafe

I have been wanting to check out Ossining’s Wobble Cafe for years. The first thing that caught my attention about the place was that I heard there was a children’s play space. Any parent knows that one of the most difficult things about taking kids out to eat is the fear of boredom. You never quite know what those little creatures are capable of once boredom strikes. So, a restaurant with a play area for kids? Uh, sign me up.

But on top of the whole kid-friendly perk, I heard that the food is really, really good. With a gourmet chef in the kitchen, it seems like a no brainer, right? It’s a must try.

So while my older daughter was competing in Westchester’s Battle of the Books, my littlest buddy and I had a mommy-daughter date at Wobble Cafe.  

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Westchester Children’s Museum

visiting Westchester Children's Museum

Last weekend, Ellie and I finally had the pleasure of checking out the Westchester Children’s Museum. It’s been on my radar for what seems like forever, but the stars finally aligned, allowing us to head down to Rye with a completely open-ended schedule and plenty of time to play.

Part of the reason our trip to the museum kept getting pushed back was that I was afraid my ten-year old wouldn’t have anything to do there—a common issue with kids museums and tweens who think they’re too cool for pretty much everything. But I was pleasantly surprised.

So many of the exhibits at Westchester Children’s Museum require problem solving skills that can be adapted for different age levels. While my big girl wasn’t with us on this trip, I’m pretty sure she would love building roller coasters, building with Keva Planks and Tegu pieces, working on the wind tunnel challenge and diving into makers spaces.

But I’m getting waaaaaay ahead of myself.

First of all, you might be wondering: what the heck is the Westchester Children’s Museum?

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Jacob Burns Film Center Introduces JBFC Kids

JBFC KidsAdd this one to your calendar for tomorrow: The Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville is launching JBFC Kids!

Aimed at fostering a love of film and media-making in children from 3-13 years old, this new initiative will draw kids into the wonderful world of film with three approaches: films, free hands-on activities, and courses for kids and families.

“While kids and the Jacob Burns are far from a new concept,” says JBFC Executive Edie Demas, “what is new is a deeper and more comprehensive commitment across our film and education departments to providing kids and their parents with wide-ranging opportunities to share the powerful medium of film as both viewers and makers.”

If you’ve never experienced Jacob Burns Film Center or their incredible media arts lab, we highly recommend it. The girls and I had the chance to check it all out at an advance screening of The Little Prince a few months ago and it was absolutely incredible. I can’t wait to see what this new program delivers.

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Summer Adventures | Alamo Drafthouse

The Summer Adventures series focuses on affordable summer fun for families in Westchester and the lower Hudson Valley. It’s all about exploring our own backyard and is the perfect resource for planning a killer staycation or finding something awesome to do this weekend. 

summer adventures | alamo drafthouse

I’ve been trying to focus on outdoor adventures so far, to keep my kids active and out in the sunshine without electronic devices glued to their palms. But some weeks, it’s just too damn hot and sticky to adventure outside without the fear of heat stroke. So last week, we took our adventure inside to Alamo Drafthouse in Yonkers, where we could enjoy lunch and a movie.

If you’ve never been, Alamo Drafthouse is not your typical movie theater. It’s also not just for adults. The theater features comfy chairs with movable armrests (perfect for snuggling kids during scary parts without contorting your body into impossible positions) and a small counter in front of each row. Waiters make their way through the rows with the stealth of ninjas to take orders (written on a piece of paper and left for them so you don’t disrupt the movie) and deliver food. My girls thought this was just about the coolest place ever.


Westchester family fun | Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers

With a new kids menu featuring healthy options and kids’ favorites, even the pickiest kids (cough, mine!) will find something to get excited about. The new menu lets them choose a main dish, a side, and a sweet. There was much excitement over the fact that the cookies arrived fresh from the oven.

My girls also loved the pre-show, which features hilarious, ridiculous shorts that are somehow related to the movie. We saw The Secret Life of Pets, so there were a lot animals in silly situations cracking my kids (and me!) up. Not once did they complain they were bored or ask when the movie would start. That right there is straight up magic.

Alamo Drafthouse preshow

In addition to new releases, Alamo Drafthouse has a Kids Camp series running throughout the summer, Monday through Friday at 11 am. It features older movies (from The Karate Kid to The LEGO Movie) that screen for a $1-3 donation. 100% of those ticket sales are donated to Hudson Valley Writers’ Center and SPCA of Westchester. And on Tuesdays they offer Baby Day matinees, which gives new parents a chance to get out and enjoy a movie with baby in tow.

We had a great time and totally recommend checking them out for a different kind of movie experience!

Have you ever taken your kids to Alamo Drafthouse?

This post originally appeared on Cuddles and Chaos.

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