Spring Break in Westchester

Don't panic. You'll be as busy as you want to be.

March 19, 2013

No vacation plans for Spring Break? No problem! Explore Westchester County and have a blast right here in your own backyard. We found activities for you and your family that will keep you as busy as you want to be this spring break. Check out our weekend planner on Thursday for the weekend guide, and don’t forget about our calendar for free library story times throughout the day.

Take the kids to get their photos taken with the Easter Bunny at The Westchester Mall in the Center Court, Retail Level 1. Open most Mall Hours, see the Simon Guest Services Desk for complete details, hours and days. 125 Westchester Avenue, White Plains; 914-421-1333

Monday, March 25
Movie Brave at The White Plains Library at 11am. Brave is an animated adventure film from Pixar and Disney. Set in Scotland in a rugged and mythical time, “Brave” features Merida, a princess whose interests include archery and horse riding. Merida makes a reckless choice that unleashes unintended peril and forces her to spring into action to set things right. Rated PG (some scary action & rude humor) 1hr. 40 mins. 100 Martine Avenue (Galaxy Hall), White Plains

Pay to Play at My Gym Larchmont at 11:45am and at 3:15pm. Tumble, sing & play for one hour at their amazing facility. Open to children of all ages with a supervised adult. No registration necessary. Cost: $15 for one hour for non-members. My Gym Larchmont: 1030 West Boston Post Road (Right Next to Starbucks – so get your latte while you’re there!), Mamaroneck

Tuesday, March 26
Pay to Play at My Gym Larchmont at 1pm. Tumble, sing & play for one hour at their amazing facility. Open to children of all ages with a supervised adult. No registration necessary. Cost: $15 for one hour for non-members. My Gym Larchmont: 1030 West Boston Post Road (Right Next to Starbucks – so get your latte while you’re there!), Mamaroneck

Movie Frankenweenie at the Yonkers Library, Crestwood Branch at 2pm. Young Victor conducts a science experiment that will bring his dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous consequences. Rated PG. 87min. No registration needed and free. 16 Thompson Street, Yonkers.

Movie Wreck it Ralph at Bronxville Library at 2pm. Puzzles and games will also be available throughout the day. No registration necessary and free. 201 Pondfield Road (Yeager Room), Bronxville

Wednesday, March 27
LEGOLAND Discovery Center at Ridge Hill opens today! This interactive, indoor attraction will wow you and your kids with rides, 4D cinema and more. Stay all day or for a few hours. Purchase tickets on their website at the special ticket price of $13.50 per person (usually $19 adults, $15 kids). Offer ends March 26. Open Mondays – Saturdays from 10am – 9:3opm and Sundays from 11am – 7pm. 39 Fitzgerald Street, Yonkers.

Super Hero Movie Marathon at the Yonkers Library, Riverfront Branch from 10am – 4pm. Join the fun in the Auditorium at 10:00am for Wreck It Ralph (PG); 1:00pm for Rise of the Guardians (PG); 3:00pm for Marvel’s The Avengers (PG-13). No registration necessary. Free. 1 Larkin Center, Yonkers.

Wednesdays are “suggested donation day” at The Bronx Zoo. (The suggested donation is $16 for adults and $12 for children.) While you’re there, check out all the favorite activities like the Bug Carousel ($3), Children’s Zoo, Dora and Diego’s 4D Adventure ($5 if you don’t purchase Total Experience Ticket), Wild Asia Monorail ($4 or purchase Total Experience Ticket) and more. Zoo is open from 10am – 4pm. Southern Blvd. Entrance: 2300 Southern Boulevard, Bronx or Bronx River Entrance: Bronx River Parkway and Boston Road, Bronx.

Movie Hotel Transylvania at Yonkers Library, Will Branch at 2pm. The Hotel Transylvania, run by Dracula, is a unique, high-end resort catering only to the finest monsters and their families. Dracula is preparing for an extra special weekend – his daughter Mavis’s 118th birthday – when trouble arises: a human has stumbled upon the resort for the first time ever! Even worse: the human has taken a liking to Mavis! Rated PG 91 min. No registration necessary. Free. 1500 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers.

Pay to Play at My Gym Larchmont at 2:15pm and 5:45pm. Tumble, sing & play for one hour at their amazing facility. Open to children of all ages with a supervised adult. No registration necessary. Cost: $15 for one hour for non-members. My Gym Larchmont: 1030 West Boston Post Road (Right Next to Starbucks – so get your latte while you’re there!), Mamaroneck

Thursday, March 28
Storytime at Little Joe’s Books at 4:15pm with Miss Kathy. Little Joe’s Books is the only children’s bookstore in Northern Westchester. While you’re there, treat yourself to a delicious latte or smoothie at Noka Joe’s ,the cafe below Little Joe’s. 25 Katonah Avenue, Katonah

Friday, March 29
(double check) Pay to Play at My Gym Larchmont at 1pm – 2pm. Tumble, sing & play at this pay-to-play program open to children of all ages with a supervised adult. No registration necessary. Cost: $15 for one hour for non-members. My Gym Larchmont: 1030 West Boston Post Road (Right Next to Starbucks – so get your latte while you’re there!), Mamaroneck

Here are many more options available all week long…

Go to Muscoot Farm and see cows, horses, pigs (a huge favorite!), goats, chickens, sheep, donkeys and ducks. Bring your lunch or buy lunch at the farm. Eat outside on picnic benches and let your kids run around. There’s no need to chase them! Hint: the ground gets muddy at Muscoot so dress the family in rain boots. Cost: Free. 51 Route 100, Somers, NY

Have a blast at Greenburgh Nature Center’s Discovery Playground. This nature inspired playground is beautifully designed and a blast for kids with three play structures for varying ages, several tree houses, slides, rocking benches and more in a forest setting. If it’s a nice day, bring your lunch and spend a few hours. The kids won’t get bored and neither will you. Greenburgh Nature Center: 99 Dromore Road, Scarsdale; 723-3470.

Visit the The Stepping Stones Museum in Norwalk, CT and see their new exhibit, “Step into Art.” Step inside famous paintings and experience art in a new and exciting way. Children and adults can enjoy a robust noontime meal in Grant Wood’s Dinner for Threshers, climb into a tent and explore camping gear in John Singer Sargent’s Camp at Lake O’Hara and add corn husks to the flower tower in Diego Rivera’s Corn Festival. Enter Clementine Hunter’s Big Chicken and get behind the reins of a giant rooster. Visitors can explore a small collection of Mona Lisa prints featuring the original and famous parodies, then step behind a cutout version and replace Mona Lisa’s face with their own. While you’re there check out all the other exhibits like the Water Lab, Wind Lab, Tot Town, Light Gallery, Celebration Gallery and more. Spend the entire day at the museum. Bring your lunch or buy lunch at their cafe. Cost: Admission to the museum is $15 for adults and children, children under 1 free. Open Monday – Friday from 10am – 5pm. Mathews Park, 303 West Avenue, Norwalk, CT; 203-899-0606

Take a hike with your kids at Croton Gorge Waterfall in Cortlandt. It’s not a difficult hike and the pay off is amazing!

Get crafty and messy! Check out our guide to Westchester’s Drop-in Art Studios and choose the studio that fits your schedule. At A Maze in Pottery in Briarcliff Manor, you can walk-in without a registration (unless you’re a party of 5 or more) during their regular business hours of Tuesday and Wednesday 10am – 6pm, Thursday and Friday 10am – 8 pm, Saturday 10am – 6pm and Sunday 11am – 5pm (closed on Mondays.) Pay the cost of the pottery you choose (piggy banks, mugs, garden plaques, pitchers, plates and more) plus a studio fee of $8 for the first hour and $4 for each additional hour. Paints are all non-toxic, lead free and food safe. Pottery prices are $5 -$80. There is no studio fee on Tuesdays for kids (ages 4 and under) from 11am – 3pm. The first and last Sunday of every month families can paint all day for a studio fee of $15. Check their website for more specials. A Maze in Pottery: 75 N. State Road, Briarcliff Manor; 914-502-0088

Play at one of Westcheter’s Indoor Play Spaces. For instance, at Sportime USA in Elmsford, big kids can enjoy rides, bumper cars, rock climbing wall, laser tag, X-D Theatre and arcade. The Adventure Zone (above photo) for the younger kids is only $6 for the entire day and includes slides, mazes and a ball pit. There is no admission fee, just purchase tokens for the rides and games. Their All Star Grill serves burgers, pizza, salads and more. Open 7 days a week. Drop-off days are also available. Check the website for more information. Route 9A, Elmsford; 592-2111

Go ice skating! Check out our guide to Westchester’s Ice Rinks.

Spend the afternoon playing at Harbor Island Park in Mamaroneck and, afterwards, reward everyone for good behavior with ice cream at Paleteria Fernandez. This Mexican ice cream parlor makes their own ice cream and Mexican ice pops and they are exotic, bursting with creamy goodness and worth the indulgence. Harbor Island Park: Mamaroneck Avenue South & East Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck. Paleteria Fernandez, 350 Mamaroneck Avenue, Mamaroneck, 914-315-1598

Try a new restaurant this week for lunch or dinner. Here are a few we like that are kid-friendly and very delicious.

The Truck Restaurant in Bedford is housed in a former truck stop, hence the name, Truck offers Mexican food like grass-fed beef tacos, local veg enchiladas (sourced with vegetables from Connecticut farms), and Captain Jeff’s fried oysters (raised in Westport, CT). Truck, 391 Old Post Road, Bedford; 914-234-8900. Open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday; closed on Sundays and Mondays. Open for lunch Tuesday through Friday from 11:30 to 3:30pm.

Take the kids to Harry’s Burritos in Larchmont. They have a kids menu and serve bowls of house-made chips and salsa that make me so happy I forget to limit the chips my kids are eating. For grown-ups, I recommend the chicken enchilada with black beans and their just spicy enough green sauce or rich mole sauce. Open Sunday – Thursday 11:30am – 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday 11:30am – 11pm. 94 Chatsworth Avenue, Larchmont; 914-833-2222.

There’s a fun playground perfect for the little ones a couple blocks from Harry’s. The official name is Vanderburgh Park, but people call it Turtle Park because of the turtle statue in the sand box. To get to Turtle Park, walk northwest on Chatsworth, toward Vanderburgh Avenue, and turn right. Turtle Park: Hall Ave & Vanderburgh Avenue, Larchmont.

Johnny’s Pizzeria in Mt. Vernon is worth a short car trip if you don’t live in Mt. Vernon. The decor is classic pizzeria — zero frills with loads of Yankees memorabilia covering the walls, plus doodle place mats and crayons for the kids. Expect a light crispy thin crust with a precise ratio of subtly-sweet sauce to cheese equals pizza nirvana. The large runs $14. They offer a selection of beer and wine, and it’s cash only, so come prepared. Johnny’s Pizzeria, 30 Lincoln Ave, Mt. Vernon; 914-668-1957.  Closed Sundays and Mondays.

Spring always makes me crave burgers. Get a fabulous burger at Le Jardin du Roi in Chappaqua. Order your burger with melted brie and experience burger nirvana! Open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Le Jardin du Roi, 95 King Street, Chappaqua; 914-238-1368


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