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.
Bounce off the walls (literally)
Sometimes, you just have to let kids bounce like little ping pong balls until they collapse in an exhausted heap. Luckily, Westchester has a couple of answers for that.
Rockin’ Jump (in Mt. Kisco and Yonkers) is an indoor trampoline park that kids love. Parents love that they have special hours for the 0-6 year old crowd and food and drink available to purchase—also, massage chairs! Parents can settle in and take a load off while the wild things bounce.
Bounce U in Elmsford is known for birthday parties, but they do also have open jump times. Unlike Rockin’ Jump, however, you have to register for a spot in advance.
Run, play and climb
If you’re looking for a bunch of different activities in one spot, these locations are your golden ticket!
Play Place in Elmsford has a little something for everyone. With indoor playgrounds separated by age group and a field area with options for soccer, tennis, and basketball kids have the freedom of outdoor play without the cold and the snow getting in the way.
FunFuzion in New Rochelle has a wide variety of activities available. The space includes: games & rides, Roc n’ Bowl, billiards, laser tag, mini golf and ping pong. If you’re looking for a full-day extravaganza, this spot might just be the one.
Another arcade-type spot that also has billiards and bowling is Dave & Buster’s in Pelham.
Kids U (in Port Chester or Pleasantville) is home to a big, multi-level jungle gym they call the PlayQuad. If you’re not members, be sure to check their calendar for times the PlayQuad is open (if your child is a member, you have unlimited access to the space). Also, please note that you have to purchase 5, 10, or 20-pack passes.
Leapin Lizards in Port Chester has a big playspace where your kids can climb, bounce, crawl, jump, and slide. The space includes tunnels, mazes, ball pits and a foam forest.
Life The Place to Be in Ardsley is home to a soft play area (for kids 9 and under), laser tag and laser maze, rock climbing, mini bowling, and arcade games. They suggest you call ahead for closures on weekends since they do a lot of private and live events there as well.
Sportime USA in Elmsford calls itself the “most premier indoor amusement center of Westchester.” They have a ton of options available with over 150 arcade games, laser tag, a rock climbing wall, a 4-D motion theater, bumper cars, amusement rides, batting cages, billiard tables, a 3-level indoor playground and a restaurant. I’m tired just from typing all of that.
Legoland in Yonkers is not just LEGOs! While there are a bunch of fun and different building spaces, there is also an indoor playground, rides, and a 4D theater.
Yep, you read that right. You can fly—indoors—in Westchester!
Yonkers’ iFly is an indoor skydiving facility that simulates free falling through the use of a vertical wind tunnel. Kids 3 and up can participate—and there’s even a Kids Club on Monday and Wednesday nights. Just be prepared—packages are not cheap.
I generally discourage my kids from getting all Spidey-like and climbing walls (I never thought I’d hear myself yell Don’t climb the walls!, but alas: motherhood!). The exception: places that are not my home with walls built for just that!
The Cliffs at Valhalla and The Rock Club in New Rochelle are rock climbing facilities that allow both kids and adults to climb. Just be sure to check The Cliffs for their open climb hours before you head over.
Also, see above sections for info on Rockin’ Jump, Life the Place to Be and Sportime USA for less intense climbing.
Yes, outdoor ice skating can be fun and it’s more authentic. But it can also be a lot colder and you have to worry about snow and rain and sleet and all that fun stuff. I envision spending almost an hour getting ready for a skating session only to to spend the majority of the skating session hovered together around hot chocolate. Luckily, Westchester has a bunch of indoor rinks that solve that problem for us.
There’s Westchester Skating Academy in Elmsford, Ebersole Ice Rink in White Plains, Murray’s Skating Center in Yonkers, Playland Ice Casino in Rye, and The Ice Hutch in Mount Vernon. Just be sure to check in for open skate times before heading to any of them!