6 Spots to Warm Up (and have fun!) in the NYC Suburbs

Feb 22, 2023

Whether your crew loves blocks, books or something in between, we’ve got you covered

Think winter isn’t the right time to explore the NYC suburbs? Think again. Sure, you may not get as much playground time or outdoor dining options as you wanted, but there are still plenty of ways to experience the ‘burbs like a local. Check out these family-friendly hotspots, perfect for spending the day – and for getting a feel for what future weekends could look like… 

#1. LEGOs at the Larchmont Library, Larchmont, NY

Got a LEGO lover in the family? Every Saturday, from 1-3pm, kids in kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to LEGO Free Play at the Larchmont Library.

After building their sky-high creations, we recommend La Parisienne French Bakery Cafe where everyone can grab a macaroon, oversized cookie, slice of galette, or other sweet treat. Insider tip: be sure and check out their seasonal menus! Whether it’s Mother’s Day, Christmas, Easter, or another big day, La Parisienne always has something festive on the menu.

#2. Music Together, locations throughout Fairfield County, CT

Music Together offers early childhood music classes for newborns through 2nd grade. Expect a very active class – and that includes the parents! Here, everyone’s involved in the fun, from playing instruments to singing songs to experimenting with dance and movement. Register on their site for a trial class.  They have locations throughout Fairfield County and the tri-state area. Find a class wherever you’re touring by simply searching on their website. 

#3. Montclair B.A.B.Y, Montclair, NJ

Montclair B.A.B.Y. supports new and expectant families with tons of unique classes – think Baby Sign Language, Toddler Yoga and even childbirth education, for starters.  Packages vary – if you’re interested in signing up, be sure to ask for new student offers to save on your first class or two. 

Post-class grab a quick snack at Egan & Sons, a family-friendly gastropub steps away, or Rabble Rise Doughnuts, also on the same block. Check out their seasonal and holiday specials, or snag a box of “naked” doughnuts to decorate at home. 

#4. Haven Art Studio, Port Washington, NY 

Haven Art Studio in Port Washington is the go-to spot for adult, teen, and kid art programs. From drawing and painting to ceramics, sewing, and even video games, this studio has everything – including ongoing “mommy and me” classes for kids ages 1-3. Check their site for upcoming classes and camps, and to register your crew. 

Worked up an appetite from all that art? Here, you’re minutes from Main Street and countless options from sushi to ramen to pizza, burgers, falafel, and plenty of ice cream hotspots. Or head towards the Town Dock and let your kids run around and watch the boats. 

#5. Young at Art, Scarsdale, NY

Budding Picassos and Pollocks can get creative – a little messy! – at Young at Art in Scarsdale. With classes and programs for kids as young as two, this is a great activity for families of all ages. Check out the website for a complete list of classes and special events.

And if you’re the artist? Check out Young at Art’s parent and child classes at the Greenburgh Parks & Recreation nearby.  After you’re done with your masterpieces head to Martine’s Fine Bake Shoppe and refuel on pastries and coffee.

#6. HeART in Motion Dance Studio, Ridgewood, NJ 

HeART in Motion Dance Studio in Ridgewood offers movement classes for babies and toddlers, as well as family yoga sessions. Check out the site for the latest classes and drop-in options, including the always-popular Me & My Shadow, a 30-minute movement and music session for toddlers and preschoolers. 

After you’re done moving and grooving, head to Ridgewood Coffee Company in the heart of downtown. Or, grab lunch at Raymond’s, a casual restaurant with locations in Ridgewood and Montclair that serves delicious comfort food that would please even the pickiest of eaters. 

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