Recreation

Dinosaur State Park is one of the largest dinosaur track sites in North America. Beneath their geodesic dome, you will find an exceptional display of early Jurassic fossil tracks that were made 200 million years ago. Surrounding the Exhibit Center are more than two miles of nature trails and the Dinosaur State Park Arboretum. For more information call 860.529.8423 or visit   www.dinosaurstatepark.org. Dinosaur State Park, 400 West Street, Rocky Hill, Connecticut 06067-3506.

 

The Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, CT functions as both a tourist attraction featuring science and space science exhibits and as an informal science education center. Through its exhibits, it enhances public understanding of science and technology by providing fun, instructive experiences that encourage participant interaction. As an informal science education center, it provides an extensive range of educational programs in science and technology.  The Discovery Museum’s 20,000 square foot facility includes changing and permanent interactive exhibit galleries, a 124 seat planetarium, Connecticut’s only Challenger Learning Center, an 80 seat auditorium, and five multi-purpose classrooms where hands-on science classes are conducted for schools, groups and the general public.  Permanent exhibits include Green Energy, Sound, Light and Space Galleries and a simulated Moon Base Discovery play area for very young visitors. The recently upgraded Henry B. duPont III Planetarium offers traditional star shows and fulldome digital planetarium shows daily for both very young children and for ages 8 and up. The Discovery Museum and Planetarium, 4450 Park Avenue, Bridgeport CT 06604, 203-372-3521, www.discoverymuseum.org.

 

700 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY 10577, (914) 253-3433
The Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Garden features a collection of 20th-century sculpture set within 168 landscaped acres surrounding the world headquarters of PepsiCo. Smaller pieces by Henry Moore, Seymour Lipton, Henri Laurens, and others fill the building’s courtyard, which is shaded by trees and filled with flowers and a central fountain. Monumental works, including pieces by Alexander Calder, George Segal, Isamu Noguchi, Claes Oldenburg, Louise Nevelson, Jean Dubuffet, and David Smith, are spaced throughout the grounds. A “Golden Path,” the inspiration of Russell Page, winds its way past the sculptures and through the various landscapes, offering walkers an opportunity to see the art from many perspectives. The grounds include a lake; a stream garden; lily ponds; an iris garden and perennial garden; two woodland gardens; topiary; and groves of birch, oak, sequoia, and many other species. A detailed map is available at the Visitor Center. PepsiCo welcomes the public, picnicking is allowed in a designated area. The Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Garden is located at PepsiCo World Headquarters, 700 Anderson Hill Road in Purchase. Free admission. 914-253-2000.

Earthplace is a private, nonprofit organization with a mission to educate the community about nature and how to take action in preserving and protecting our environment. There are many entertaining AND educational things to do at Earthplace. These include adventurous ‘treasure hunts’ on its 6 main trails through the woods, a visit to the Bird & Butterfly Garden or Animal Hall, as well as many more thrills to seek both indoors and outdoors. Offering kid-friendly programs and workshops like Eagle Eyes: Nature Detective, Earthplace Explorers Club, Tots Mommy & Me, and Critters & Crafts, children are encouraged to explore the environment and enjoy each new discovery. Earthplace reaches out to adults through programs including Animal Care Volunteer Workshops and Stream Exploration & Monitoring as well as ongoing volunteer opportunities. Earthplace also offers a Preschool for 3-4 year olds, School Outreach Programs, as well as children’s birthday parties. Earthplace, 10 Woodside Lane, P.O. Box 165, Westport, CT. Call 203.227.7253 or visit www.earthplace.org.

What child does not thrill at the chug-chug sound of a steam train? At Essex Steam Train – they have tailored their steam train experience for children of all ages. They have two coal-fired locomotives available to pull their collection of lovingly restored railroad cars. You will be swept away by the hiss of steam, the blast of the whistle, and the clickety-clack of the tracks. From the exciting “All Aboard” to the engineer checking the locomotive before the run, they promise an experience of an authentic journey back to the days of steam. For more information call 800.377.3987 or visit www.essexsteamtrain.com.  One Railroad Avenue, P.O. Box 452, Essex, CT 06426

2957 Crompond Rd,Yorktown Heights, NY 10598, (914) 245-4434
Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park offers day trippers a day of fun and relaxation. The park’s spacious picnic areas, which can accommodate individual families as well as large groups, may be reserved in advance. The park’s mammoth pool can hold 4,000 bathers at one time! In addition the park offers a host of other activities for people of all ages to enjoy. The park’s Mohansic Lake and Crom Pond, provide excellent freshwater fishing and boating. Popular catches include bass, perch, and sun fish. A New York State Freshwater Fishing License is required. Both rowboats and pedal boats are available for rental; however, a regional boating permit allows visitors to launch their own rowboats, canoes or kayaks. In wintertime, the pond provides ice skating and ice fishing. All picnic areas have volleyball nets and many have softball fields or basketball courts. There is also a soccer field. Sports enthusiasts may wish to try their hand at Disc golf. The rules and scorecards are located at the course and loaner Frisbees are available from the park office. The young and the young at heart will enjoy sledding or cross country skiing.

99 Dromore Rd, Scarsdale, NY 10583, (914) 723-3470
Our mission is to educate and to promote conservation, research, and appreciation of nature and the environment while preserving the natural and historic character of our property. Features a 33-acre woodland preserve, with live animals, a museum, a greenhouse with botanical exhibits, and a hands-on discovery room. Visit www.greenburghnaturecenter.org.

28 Deveau Rd, North Salem, NY 10560, (914) 669-5033
The Japanese Stroll Garden provides a place of natural beauty and tranquility, to delight the senses and refresh the spirit. It is a place where aspects of Eastern and Western culture can be appreciated through art exhibitions, concerts, special events and educational programs in order to promote global awareness and understanding. The museum also supports the efforts of artists and performers in the Greater New York Metropolitan Region. Visit www.hammondmuseum.org.

There’s always something new at the historic sites of Historic Hudson Valley.  In spring, lambs are born on the farm at Philipsburg Manor and wisteria blossoms cover the façade of Kykuit. Summer brings opportunities to kayak on the river or play 19th-century baseball at festivals like River Day and Independence Day 1856. The Headless Horseman, ghosts, pirates, and other scary characters from Hudson Valley folklore make appearances around Halloween. Winter is the time to explore the sites by candlelight and enjoy a warm cup of cider by the bonfire. You will want to come back to the sites again and again, and bring friends and family to celebrate the changing seasons at Historic Hudson Valley. Of course, Historic Hudson Valley’s sites are wonderful places to just unwind. You can read a book, picnic, stroll in a garden, hike a woodland trail, bird watch, sketch, visit the farm animals, play traditional children`s games, and enjoy the beauty and serenity of the Hudson Valley. www.hudsonvalley.org

The Irvington Town Hall Theater was built in 1902 in the Classic Revival Style. It boasts a 430-seat theater wih an orchestra, mezzanine, balcony and six charming gold leafed boxes, a proscenium stage and thrust complete with five backstage dressing rooms. It is a marvel to sit in or perform on. It is a theater of great architectural acclaim. Today, it is used by multiple companies and musical groups, but still retains its classic, majestic appeal. The theater is located at 85 Main St. in Irvington. For more information about the most current performances, call the box office at 914.591.6602 or visit www.irvingtontheater.com

The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) is a nonprofit cultural arts center dedicated to presenting the best of independent, documentary, and world cinema; promoting visual literacy; and making film a vibrant part of the community. The Film Center is also a place of learning. Educational Programs offered in collaboration with local schools focus on visual literacy, to help children develop the skills needed to view visual images critically. Together, a regular schedule of films for young audiences and the JBFC educational programs, promote greater appreciation of film among the community’s youth. JBFC is located at 364 Manville Road in Pleasantville. For more information, call the box office at 914.747.5555 or visit www.burnsfilmcenter.org

Four beautiful garden sites and the historic home of the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, John Jay. Pleasant walking environment and interesting house museum. Childrens’ programs are run throughout the year, call for a current schedule. 400 Route 22/Jay Street, Katonah, 914.232.5651. For more information, visit www.nysparks.com or www.johnjayhomestead.org.

 

The Katonah Museum is a non-collecting institution dedicated to encouraging the enjoyment, appreciation, and study of the visual arts by visitors of all ages. 2004 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Museum, which each year presents a series of changing exhibitions that span a wide range of cultures, media, historical periods and social issues. The Museum offers lectures and symposia by noted artists and scholars; tours of private collections, special exhibitions, and regional museums; children and family workshops and community festivals; free summer jazz concerts; and volunteer opportunities. The Museum also offers children’s art classes and features a drop-in center for kids to create their own art! Located off of Route 22 in Katonah, NY. Call 914.232.9555 or visit www.katonahmuseum.org.

Bronx River Pkwy, Valhalla, NY 10595, (914) 328-1542
Kensico Dam Plaza is a 98 acre property located at the base of the Kensico Dam. The park provides a unique setting for a wide variety of activities including ethnic celebrations, concerts, antiques shows and arts and craft shows, as well as areas for picnicking, in-line skating, walking and nature study.

2610 Amawalk Rd, Katonah, NY 10536, (914) 864-7268
Lasdon Park, Arboretum and Veterans Memorial is a magnificent 234 acre property consisting of woodlands, open grass meadow and formal gardens with flower and shrub specimens from all over the world.  Lasdon is also the site of the Chinese Friendship Pavilion that was a gift from the People’s Republic of China to the citizens of Westchester. The park also houses four inspirational memorials and a museum honoring Westchester veterans.  Lasdon is available for meetings, weddings and other catered events.