Family Favorites Winners 2019

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Academic Enrichment Program

Top 5

•Achievement Learning Center (Larchmont)

•Eye Level Learning Center (Briarcliff)

•Hudson Learning Lab (Pleasantville, Hartsdale, Rye, Yorktown)

•KUMON (Croton-on-Hudson, Eastchester, Dobbs Ferry, Hartsdale, Mamaroneck, Mt. Kisco, New Rochelle, Ossining, Pleasantville, Port Chester, Scarsdale, Somers, Tarrytown, White Plains, Yonkers, Yorktown Heights)

•Mathnasium (Ardsley/Irvington, Chappaqua, Cortlandt, Mamaroneck, Scarsdale, Rye)

The Winner

Hudson Learning Lab

Pleasantville, Hartsdale,
Rye, Yorktown

914-579-2224

hudsonlearninglab.com

Hudson Learning Lab is a “tutoring center for unique learners.” They specialize in effective interventions for children/a­dolescents with learning issues, attention difficulty, and organizational challenges. Students receive a customized learning program that addresses their educational needs. Learning specialists can work on reading, writing, math, subject-based tutoring, organizational coaching, and special education. Hudson Learning Lab Director, Marcella Moran, MA, LMHC, is coauthor of Organizing the Disorganized Child (Harper Collins, 2009), a practical how-to book for parents looking to help their children develop organizational skills.

Amusement Center

Top 5 (* tie for Top 5)

•Boundless Adventures* (Purchase)

•FunFuzion* (New Rochelle)

•Grand Prix New York (Mt. Kisco)

•LEGOLAND Discovery Center (Yonkers)

•Playland (Rye)

•Spins Hudson (Peekskill)

The Winner

Playland

Playland Pkwy., Rye

914-813-7010 or 7000

ryeplayland.org

Playland was officially declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987. Families continue to enjoy the more than 50 rides for children, youngsters, and adults. There’s also free entertainment, a beach, pool, boardwalk and pier, lake boating, picnic area, and mini golf. If you are at least 48” tall be sure to get on the famous Dragon Coaster, ride the 3,400 feet of track and plunge into a 128-foot drop that hurls you into the mouth of the dragon! The Kiddyland section is dedicated to the youngest visitors with rides that are age appropriate. Catch the Friday Night Fireworks display set to music every Friday evening from July 12 to Aug. 30 at 9:20 p.m.

Apple Picking Orchard

Top 5

•Barton Orchards (Poughquag)

•Fishkill Farms (Hopewell Junction)

•Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard (North Salem)

•Stuart’s Fruit Farm (Granite Springs)

•Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm (Yorktown Heights)

The Winner

Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard

130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem

914-485-1210

harvestmoonfarmandorchard.com

Picking apples is a time-honored tradition in Westchester. Don’t miss the chance to get out in the orchards and pick-your-own at this popular family-owned apple orchard in North Salem. In September and October Harvest Moon offers apple-picking, seasonal festivals, hayrides, a bounce house, games, live music, farm animals, pony rides, face painting, and food and craft vendors. Plus their country store is loaded with homegrown veggies, fruit, eggs, homemade hard cider, and their famous apple cider donuts! Purchase lunch and have it on the farm picnic tables al fresco! CSA’s are also available.

Art Studio for Kids

Top 5

•A Maze in Pottery (Briarcliff Manor)

•Fun Craft of Scarsdale (Scarsdale)

•Katonah Art Center (Mt. Kisco)

•Pelham Art Center (Pelham)

•The Rye Arts Center (Rye)

The Winner

The Rye Arts Center

51 Milton Road, Rye

914-967-0700

ryeartscenter.org

The Rye Arts Center is a not-for-profit organization that offers a wide range of classes for children of all ages. Students can explore the visual arts with drawing, painting, ceramics, and photography classes. Performing art classes are offered in music, ballet, dance, and musical theater. New classes are being added all the time. This summer ther are new offerings such as Stitching & Embroidery on Plastics and Book Sculptures. There are also S.T.E.A.M. classes in Robotics, 3D printing and coding. This summer kids can try Animation Week with Minecraft or Minecraft 3D printing classes. They also offer a pre-K program called Creative Kids. The Center has been operating since 1960 and continues to strengthen and expand their programming. The LOOK! Program brings innovative arts education into many classrooms in the area. Special summer programs and mini-camps make this Center a popular choice for local summer fun.

Birthday Cake for Kids (Local)

Top 5

•Beascakes Bakery (Armonk)

•Gammie Cakes (Pleasantville)

•Martine’s Fine Bake Shoppe (Scarsdale)

•Riviera Bakehouse (Ardsley)

•The Snackery Bakeshop (Larchmont)

The Winner

Riviera Bakehouse

660 Saw Mill River Road, Ardsley

914-693-9758

thewhimsicalbakehouse.com

Don’t take everyone in Westchester’s word for it. Drop by yourself and inhale the delicious smell of fresh pastry at this haven of baked goods.Whether it’s a birthday, graduation or other special occasion, custom cakes or cupcakes from Riviera Bakehouse add a magical touch to the celebration. Everything here is made in-house and from scratch. The baked goods not only taste great, the whimsical designs are a work of art! Have an idea for a special design? You can work with the master bakers here to make your dream cake come true. Allow time when you stop by to have coffee and cookies, or a sandwich or a classic pastry in the shop or on the deck out front. While you are there take a look at the book of designs they have - real photos of cakes they have creted and chronicled over time – it’s great fun to browse through. Open seven days a week.

Birthday Party Place

Top 5

•BounceU (Elmsford)

•Greenburgh Nature Center (Scarsdale)

•Jodi’s Gym (Mt. Kisco, NYC)

•Magical Movements (Harrison)

•The Rye Arts Center (Rye)

The Winner

The Rye Arts Center

51 Milton Road, Rye

914-967-0700

ryeartscenter.org

Choose from themed-party packages such as Minecraft Birthday Party, Polymer Clay Party, Birthday pARTy at The RAC, 3D Party, or LEGO® Party. Or you can work with their staff to create something unique. Parents choose the date, they do the rest. Tableware, accessories, and food are provided.

Clothing Store (New & Local)

Top 5

•All About the Dress (Armonk)

•Epstein’s Dry Goods (Tuckahoe)

•Lester’s Clothing (Rye Brook)

•Little Rags & Riches (Armonk)

•Stephanie’s Kloset (Larchmont)

The Winner

Stephanie’s Kloset

1917 Palmer Ave., Larchmont

914-834-2144

Cool kids rely on Stephanie’s Kloset for the latest hip brand fashions and accessories. The racks and shelves are packed with irresistible items that even parents love. Besides clothing there are toys, pillows, and other good gift items. This is a closet any kid, especially young girls, would love.

Consignment Store for Kids

Top 5

•Affordables (Dobbs Ferry)

•Lil Chameleon (Tuckahoe)

•Once Upon A Child (Baldwin Place)

•Once Upon A Child (Scarsdale)

•Sweet Repeats (Yorktown & Carmel)

The Winner

Lil Chameleon

29 Elm St., Tuckahoe

914-346-5148

lilchameleon.com

When is a consignment store more than a consignment store? When it’s Lil Chameleon of course! This kid’s resale boutique buys, sells, and trades new and nearly new clothing for kid’s sizes newborn to 12. You’ll also find books, toys, gear, and accessories. Take your gently used or new items to the store and Lil Chameleon may select them paying you 30% cash or 50% store credit, based on the resale price. Yet, there’s so much more – kids’ activities, camps, parties, and a play café are also onsite. There’s even summer drop-off fun time for ages 3 to 6. And catch this, there’s drop-off childcare coming soon! You can even have a tea or coffee in the café. It’s a great way to meet other local moms.

Dance Class

Top 5

•Dance for Joy (Mohegan Lake)

•French-American Ballet Theatre (Hawthorne)

•Logrea Dance Academy (Ossining)

•Penny Lane Dance Academy (Baldwin Place)

•Magical Movements School of Dance (Harrison)

The Winner

Magical Movements

33 Halstead Ave., Harrison

914-381-6185

magicalmovements.net

It’s rare to find the dance studio that not only teaches the discipline of dance but allows students to feel comfortable and encourages them to enjoy expressing themselves through movement. Readers tell us Magical Movements does just that. Parents say the friendly and professional staff, small classes plus affordable rates make this studio a winner. They offer children ages 1 and up classes in a mommy & me setting, fairytale ballet, jazz, hip-hop, Latin jazz, boys hip-hop, Modern, pre-point and point as well as Girl Scout badges programs. Birthday parties are also a favorite here.

Dining with Children

Top 5

•AJ’s Burgers (New Rochelle)

•The Cheesecake Factory (White Plains, Yonkers)

•Fuji Mountain (Larchmont)

•Mt. Kisco Diner (Mt. Kisco)

•Westchester Burger Company (Mt. Kisco, Rye Brook, White Plains)

The Winner

Mt. Kisco Diner

252 E. Main St., Mt. Kisco

914-666-5676

mtkiscodiner.com

This casual eatery has something for everyone, and plenty of it. There’s breakfast all day, vegan and gluten-free options, plus parking, highchairs, takeout service, and a glass of wine for parents. Don’t let the kids see the milkshake before they finish their meal — The Love Shake Raspberry Vanilla is the most popular — it’s outrageous, and a treat to beat! Hey, there’s milk in there so that’s healthy.

Gymnastic Class

Top 5

•GymCats Gymnastics (Yonkers)

•ISG Gymnastics (Harrison)

•Jodi’s Gym (Mt. Kisco, NYC)

•World Cup Gymnastics (Chappaqua)

•YWCA Gymnastics (White Plains)

The Winner

World Cup Gymnastics

170 Hunts Ln., Chappaqua

914-238-4967

worldcupgymnastics.com

This 19,000 square foot facility offers recreational and competitive gymnastics for boys and girls. The program starts with Romperee, a parent & child program. Graduate to Preschool Gymnastics, Recreational Gymnastics, and the option of joining the Boys or Girls Competitive Teams. They also offer Cheer Tumbling, Ninja Warriors and Dive Training. The gym works to maintain a safe, positive, fun, and creative atmosphere. For parents there’s Kids Night Out, a drop-off program for kids ages 3 to 12 on select Saturdays so adults get an evening out and kids have fun. Birthday parties and summer camp sessions are also popular here.

Horseback Riding StableTop 5

•Bronx Equestrian Center (The Bronx)

•Fox Hill Farms (Pleasantville)

•Rocking Horse Ranch Resort (Highland, N.Y.)

•Summit Farm (North Salem)

•Twin Lakes Farm (Bronxville)

The Winner

Rocking Horse Ranch

600 State Route 44/55, Highland, N.Y.

844-402-3214

rockinghorseranch.com

Parents say this Ranch offers a nice introduction to horseback riding for kids. The Junior Wrangler program, for kids under 48” tall, allows parents to lead their child’s pony if they’d like. These gentle “ponies” are retired trail riding horses that like moving at a slower pace. As kids age they can move up to The Walk Ride program then to intermediate (walk and trot) and advanced (walk, trot, canter). There are also horse-drawn wagon rides, horse shoeing demos, and if you are making a family getaway there’s a full children’s center, a water park, and more.

Ice Cream & Yogurt

Top 5

•Blue Pig (Croton-on-Hudson)

•Cold Stone Creamery (Pleasantville, White Plains)

•King Kone (Katonah)

•Longford’s Own-Made Ice Cream (Rye)

•Penny Lick Ice Cream Company (Hastings-on-Hudson)

The Winner

Longford’s Own-Made Ice Cream

4 Elm Pl., Rye

914-967-3797

longfordsicecream.com

Own-made means just that – this ice cream is handcrafted in small batches. Owners Patricia Sudbay and Nolan West also create sorbet, frozen yogurt, and gelato. Manufactured in Stamford, Conn., this local ice cream has been wowing families for more than 25 years. With more than 60 flavors plus another 30 seasonal choices there is plenty to choose from. Longford’s Own-Made Ice Cream is also available at select distributors.

Indoor Playspace

Top 5

•BounceU (Elmsford)

•The Digital Arts Experience (Scarsdale)

•LEGOLAND® Discovery Center (Yonkers)

•The Play Place (Elmsford)

•Rockin’ Jump (Mt. Kisco, Yonkers)

The Winner

LEGOLAND Discovery Center

39 Fitzgerald St., Yonkers

844-740-9223

westchester.legolanddiscoverycenter.com

Have children at various ages? No problem keeping them all entertained at LEGOLAND. There are two family-friendly rides, 10 LEGO build and play zones, a 4D cinema, a Ninja City Adventure, climbing wall, and an all new VR Experience! Open every day – yes, here’s something to do on a Monday or a holiday – allow at least two to three hours for your visit because there’s plenty to do. Parents can have a cup of coffee in the café and because it is located in the Ridge Hill complex there are many dining choices once the kids work up an appetite.

Indoor Rock Climbing

Top 5

•The Cliffs at Valhalla (Valhalla)

•High Exposure Rock Climbing (Northvale, N.J.)

•Life the Place to Be (Ardsley)

•The Rock Club at Pine Brook Fitness (New Rochelle)

•Sportime USA (Elmsford)

The Winner

The Cliffs at Valhalla

1 Commerce St., Valhalla

914-328-7625

valhalla.thecliffsclimbing.com

Interested in rock climbing? At the Cliffs you can pop in for the day (no experience required), take a class, or join a climbing club. There are four climbing programs for kids grouped by age: ages 6 to 9, 10 to 12, and 13 to 18. There’s plenty of fun and challenge for adults here too. For the serious climber there are Competitive Teams. Summer Camp, Scout Badge programs, birthday parties, and private instruction are also available.

Museum for Families

Top 5

•Bruce Museum (Greenwich, Conn.)

•Hudson River Museum (Yonkers)

•Katonah Museum of Art (Katonah)

•Stepping Stones Museum for Children (Norwalk, Conn.)

•Westchester Children’s Museum (Rye)

The Winner

Stepping Stones Museum for Children

Mathews Park, 303 West Ave., Norwalk, Conn.

203-899-0606

steppingstonesmuseum.org

This Museum takes play very seriously. Packed with a multitude of interactive learning experiences, here kids play and learn seamlessly. There are exhibits for every age group including infants and pre-walkers. Kids love Energy Lab, a wonderfully wet way for kids to learn about the science of energy. The Build It exhibit allows kids to explore building and Tot Town is ideal for the littlest museum visitor. An outdoor courtyard expands the play area and special exhibits mean there’s always something new to explore. Special days/times are dedicated to individuals with sensory processing differences and other special needs (see website). Birthday parties are also offered.

Music Lessons

Top 5

•Belle School of Music (Scarsdale, White Plains, Yonkers)

•Eugene’s Music Studio (Port Chester)

•Harrison School of Music (Harrison)

•Larchmont Music Academy (Larchmont)

•The Rye Arts Center (Rye)

The Winner

Harrison School of Music

253 Halstead Ave., Harrison

914-575-2288

harrisonmusicschool.com

At Harrison School of Music classes are available in guitar, bass, piano, drums, ukulele, singing, voice, saxophone, violin, flute, and clarinet. Professional, experienced musicians teach students ages 4 to adult and of all abilities seven days a week. Students can study rock, pop, jazz, country, blues, and classical styles. A comfortable parent’s lounge makes waiting easy. Music recitals are held at least two times a year.

Music Program (Parent & Child)

Top 5

•Gymboree Play & Music (Scarsdale)

•Musical Munchkins (Armonk, Dobbs Ferry, New Rochelle, Pleasantville, Scarsdale, Tuckahoe, White Plains)

•Rye YMCA (Rye)

•Sounds Good Westchester (Harrison, Larchmont, New Rochelle, Pelham, Port Chester, Rye)

•Starlight Starbright Music (Chappaqua, Scarsdale, Tarrytown)

The Winner

Sounds Good Westchester

Harrison, Larchmont, New Rochelle, Pelham, Port Chester, Rye, Scarsdale

914-670-7024

soundsgoodwestchester.com

Parent and child classes are a great way to interact with your little one and meet other like-minded adults. Sounds Good Westchester offers Music Together® classes for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers with their grown-ups. Select from Babies Only, Mixed Age or Generations classes. There’s even a Canta y Baila Conmigo® Spanish music class offered in Rye and a Music Together® Sing Shalom class in Scarsdale. Classes are offered seven days a week. Sign up online to try a free demo class.

Nature Center

Top 5

•Audubon Greenwich (Greenwich, Conn)

•Greenburgh Nature Center (Scarsdale)

•Muscoot Farm (Katonah)

•Rye Nature Center (Rye)

•Teatown Lake Reservation (Ossining)

The Winner

Greenburgh Nature Center

99 Dromore Road, Scarsdale

914-723-3470

greenburghnaturecenter.org

This 33-acre, not-for-profit, woodland preserve offers trails, a pond, gardens, a live animal museum, and indoor exhibits. There are many family programs held during the week and on weekends as well as a parent and child preschool program. There’s even summer camp! The Live Butterfly Exhibit through Aug. 3 is especially popular. Make sure to take the kids to the Nature’s Discovery Playground, an outdoor playground suitable for all ages. Here kids can climb, slide, and swing in a natural setting. The tree house-like structures are magical.

Performing Arts Class / Acting

Top 5

•Artistree Performing Arts (Mamaroneck)

•Broadway Training Center of Westchester (Hastings-on- Hudson)

•The Play Group Theatre (White Plains)

•Star Kidz (Harrison)

•Yorktown Stage (Yorktown Heights)

The Winner

The Play Group Theatre

1 N. Broadway, White Plains

914-946-4433

playgroup.org

Jill Abusch, artistic director, and Steve Abusch, executive director, are co-founders of the award-winning Play Group Theatre that offers a full component of programs for students ages 4 to adult. MainStage and Theatre Lab are performance programs culminating in public or open performances. Classes are offered in Design Tech, Little Theatre (ages 4-6), acting, musical theatre, voice, college counseling, audition coaching, and summer theater camps. There’s even an Improv Troupe and Community Cabaret.

Pet Shop

Top 5 (*tie for Top 5)

•All Paws Gourmet Pet Boutique (Rye)

•Bird Jungle* (Scarsdale)

•Pet Goods (Scarsdale)

•Petco (Hartsdale, Larchmont, Mt. Kisco, Mt. Vernon, Port Chester, Yonkers)

•PetSmart* (Mohegan Lake, Scarsdale, White Plains, Yonkers)

•Wags & Whiskers (Chappaqua)

The Winner

Pet Goods

1125 Central Park Ave., Scarsdale

914-472-6050

petgoods.com

Billed as a super store with personal service, this store always welcomes your pet. Whether you have a dog, cat, fish, bird, reptile, or other small animal you can find something for them at this family-owned business that was started in 1979. They carry a wide range of food products including Blue Buffalo and Orijen pet food plus animal supplies and accessories. View their monthly Pet Goods Promotions on their website that lists special monthly sales. Free shipping on orders over $49.

Photographer (Family or Child)

Top 5

•Donna Mueller Photography (Pleasantville)

•Jane Goodrich Photography (Larchmont)

•Michael Kormos Photography (New York City)

•Suzanne Claire Photography (Port Chester)

•Venture Photography (Greenwich, Conn)

The Winner

Jane Goodrich Photography

7 Woodland Ave., Suite 17, Larchmont

917-744-3310

janegoodrich.com

Parents tell us working with Jane Goodrich is so easy. Goodrich takes the stress out of photography. Her easy way with kids translates into genuine, relaxed images that capture your child’s personality. Goodrich has published three books and even offers workshops for parents on how to photograph their children. She shoots on location, in homes, and in her studio. She specializes in maternity, newborn, baby, and kids and family photography.

Playground

Top 5

•Croton Point Park (Croton-on-Hudson)

•Gedney Park (Chappaqua)

•Harbor Island Playground (Mamaroneck)

•Nature’s Discovery Playground at Greenburgh Nature Center (Scarsdale)

•Saxon Woods Park (White Plains)

The Winner

Nature’s Discovery Playground

at Greenburgh Nature Center

99 Dromore Road, Scarsdale

914-723-3470

greenburghnaturecenter.org

Nestled in the forest right next to the Center’s Great Lawn this magical playground offers the traditional fun of a playground in a nature-themed setting for children ages 2 to 12. The playground is wheelchair and stroller accessible by a path located at the handicapped parking area next to the Manor House.

Resort for Families

Top 5

•Camelback Resort (Tannersville, Penn.)

•Great Wolf Lodge (Scotrun, Penn.)

•Hersheypark (Hershey, Penn.)

•Kalahari Resorts (Pocono Manor, Penn.)

•Mohonk Mountain House (New Paltz, N.Y.)

The Winner

Great Wolf Lodge

1 Great Wolf Dr., Scotrun, Penn.

800-768-9653

greatwolf.com

Local families enjoy experiencing Great Wolf Lodge in the Poconos while creating lifelong memories. This year the resort showcases their brand new renovations and additions such as new dry-play activities including the expansive Oliver’s Mining Co. and Moonstone Mine, along with a new look to the popular mystical adventure, MagiQuest! Of course the indoor water park excels at everything wet and there’s plenty of water play too.

Special Needs Recreational Program

Top 5

•Aqua Tots (West Harrison)

•Backyard Sports Cares (White Plains)

•Greenburgh Special Education Recreation (Ardsley)

•JCC of Mid-Westchester (Scarsdale)

•The Miracle League of Westchester (Hartsdale)

The Winner

Backyard Sports Cares

75 S. Broadway, Suite 453, White Plains (office)

914-304-4052

byardsportscares.org

Backyard Sports runs BYS Plus program for children ages 5 to 15 with special needs. The popular tennis/baseball program runs on Sundays at the main gym at Purchase College. Other programs run at various locations. With a 1:1 teacher to student ratio kids get individual attention that helps them build skills, confidence, and overall fitness. The program is safe and appropriately competitive. Good sportsmanship and group cooperation is stressed.

STEM Program (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math)

Top 5

•Curious-on-Hudson (White Plains)

•The Digital Arts Experience (Scarsdale)

•Mad Science (White Plains)

•Mathnasium (Ardsley/Irvington, Chappaqua, Cortlandt, Mamaroneck, Scarsdale, Rye)

•STEM Alliance of Larchmont-Mamaroneck (Larchmont)

The Winner

The Digital Arts Experience

303 Central Park Ave., Scarsdale

914-644-8100

thedae.com

The Digital Arts Experience (DAE) helps students develop their interest and expertise in all things digital. The fully equipped open, collaborative environment features the latest creative software, a makerspace with 3D printers and scanners, a photo and video studio, a recording studio and other equipment that makes learning easy. Experienced instructors are passionate about teaching, which helps kids get excited through hands-on projects such as building robots, drones, and coding. Summer Camps and after-school programs available.

Tennis Program for Kids

Top 5

•Armonk Tennis Club (Armonk)

•New Rochelle Racquet Club at Pine Brook Fitness (New Rochelle)

•The Play Place (Elmsford)

•Rye Racquet Club (Harrison)

•Yonkers Tennis Center (Yonkers)

The Winner

New Rochelle Racquet
Club (NRRC) at
Pine Brook Fitness

130 Rhodes St., New Rochelle

914-636-1019

pinebrookfitness.com

NRRC offers an amazing Ten and Under Tennis (TAUT) program that’s specially designed to get kids actually playing tennis. By using kid-sized courts and equipment with balls that bounce lower and don’t move as fast through the air kids have more success on the court and begin to enjoy the game. Kids move up to the Junior Development program and ultimately the Tournament Training Program. NRRC also offers summer camps and birthday parties.

Theater for Families (Local & Live)

Top 5

•Emelin Theatre (Mamaroneck)

•The Performing Arts Center (Purchase)

•The Play Group Theatre (White Plains)

•Tarrytown Music Hall (Tarrytown)

•Westchester Broadway Theatre (Elmsford)

The Winner

Emelin Theatre

153 Library Lane, Mamaroneck

914-698-0098

emelin.org

Emelin Theatre, a 275-seat non-profit theater, offers a Family Series that appeals to kids - and the kid in every parent. Presenting the work of talented groups such as Theatreworks USA and collaborating with others such as the Missoula Children’s Theatre, Emelin offers quality programming for the junior set. Recent shows include Pete the Cat, Rosie Revere, Engineer, and the upcoming Peter Pan.

Making the Top 5 is a win in our book. Get to know a little more about some of the local businesses and services that made it to the top of the list in this year’s Family Favorites contest.

Affordables: Top 5 Consignment Store for Kids
10 Main St., Dobbs Ferry
914-693-3610
affordablechilddobbsferry.com
Billed as “high-quality consignment for moms who know how to shop smart,” Affordables offers name-brand kid’s clothing and a maternity clothing section that includes casual, dressy and business wear. They also sell gently used books, toys, baby equipment, bicycles and seasonal items.

All Paws Gourmet Pet Boutique: Top 5 Pet Shop
31 Purchase St., Rye
914-921-1690
This shop is dedicated to offering the most healthful and nutritious food for your pet. All Paws also works with a bakery to bring you fresh cake and cookie treats for your doggy. They also offer carefully selected toys and dogwear.

A Maze In Pottery:
Top 5 Art Studio for Kids
76 N. State Road, Briarcliff Manor
914-502-0088
amazeinpottery.com
It’s just amazing what you can create at this local pottery studio where the focus is on fun and relaxation. Adults, teens and children are encouraged to express their inner artist. No artistic experience necessary! Birthday parties, classes and camp also available.

Aqua Tots: Top 5 Special Needs Recreation Program
45 W. Red Oak Ln., West Harrison
914-694-3289
swimtank.net
Swim Tank is the home of Aqua Tots, a program that offers customized swim lessons to meet the individual needs of your child. Trained instructors work with you to identify and meet the specific goals that you would like to set for your child.

Belle School of Music:
Top 5 Music Lessons
1537 Central Park Ave., Yonkers
1088 Central Park Ave., Scarsdale
283 Tarrytown Road, White Plains
914-961-5511
belleschool.com
Under the supervision of highly qualified staff your child will have fun and develop an appreciation for music that lasts a lifetime. Three convenient locations make getting to and from lessons easy for parents. Belle offers a free consultation and introductory lesson.

Boundless Adventures:
Top 5 Amusement Center
735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase
914-893-4550
boundlessadventures.net/winner
Swing, climb, balance and zip-line through this treetop aerial adventure park. With 9 courses spanning 4 levels of difficulty, challenge yourself with our 90+ bridges and 17 ziplines. There is something for everyone from beginner to expert. Great for family outings, birthday parties, and more.

Broadway Training Center (BTC): Top 5 Perfroming Arts Class/Acting
10 Washington Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson
914-478-7065
broadwaytraining.com
Westchester’s premiere performing arts school provides yearlong training in acting, voice, dance, and Musical Theater Performance programs for K-12 and adults. An award-winning not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization; National Youth Arts awards; Best of Westchester; Top 5 Westchester Family; Kids Out & About!

Digital Arts Experience: Top 5 Indoor Playspace
303 Central Park Ave., Scarsdale
914-644-8100
thedae.com
The after school drop-in workshops are flexible and convenient. Arrive between 3 and 4 p.m. to hang out, have a snack, and finish homework. Then the project of the day begins. It’s a digital playground! Westchester Family readers voted The DAE Best S.T.E.M. Program for the past three years!

Eugene’s Music Studio:
Top 5 Music Lessons
603 N. Main St., Port Chester
914-259-8389
eugenesmusicstudio.com
Offering in-home or in-studio music lessons for brass, percussion, and woodwind instruments, as well as piano and voice. Dedicated teachers look for new ways to make their students’ musical experience rewarding. Also offering Early Childhood Music Classes, ages 6 months to 6 years.

Eye Level Learning Center: Top 5 Academic Enrichment Program
501 N. State Road, Briarcliff Manor
914-741-0407
eyelevelbriarcliff.com
Eye level offers basic math, critical thinking, and integrated reading and writing programs. Offering early learning, enrichment and extra help. Summer sessions are also available to help your child build a strong foundation in math and English. Low teacher to student ratio makes individualized teaching possible.

French-American Ballet Theatre: Top 5 Dance Class
26 Broadway, Hawthorne
347-943-9882
contact@fabtheatre.com
fabtheatre.com
Directed by faculty from leading European and American ballet companies, French-American Ballet Theatre proposes a unique set of classical ballet classes for beginners to professional dancers, theme-focused workshops, tailored private lessons, and an inspiring Ballet Barre Sculpt adult program.

Grand Prix New York:
Top 5 Amusement Center
333 N. Bedford Rd, Mt. Kisco
914-241-3131
gpny.com
From one of the most well known originators of family fun in Westchester, Grand Prix will launch its newest attraction; GPX! Stay tuned for the launch of their massive ninja style course loaded with gravity defying obstacles and even more adventure than before! Coming this summer.

Greenburgh Nature Center: Top 5 Birthday Party Place
99 Dromore Road, Scarsdale
914-723-3470
greenburghnaturecenter.org
Westchester Family readers adore this nature center, which was also voted a Family Favorites Winner in the Nature Center and Playground categories! “Green” birthday parties allow kids to celebrate as they enjoy the wonders of nature. Different themes are all fun and educational.

Gymcats Gymnastics:
Top 5 Gymnastic Class
1 Odell Plaza, #190, Yonkers
914-965-7676
gymcats.net
Founded more than 30 years ago, this gymnastics center looks to create athletes as well as lay the foundations for kids to succeed both in and out of sports. Classes for kids ages 20 months to teens. Competitive team and non-competitive team program are also available.

ISG Gymnastics:
Top 5 Gymnastic Class
151 Crotona Ave., Harrison
914-835-0010
isggymnastics.com
ISG has been in business for nearly 40 years offering classes for kids ages 3 to teen. This family-owned center strives to provide a safe and fun environment. They look to create and foster self-confidence in children in a positive atmosphere.

Katonah Art Center:
Top 5 Art Studio for Kids
40 Radio Circle Dr., Mt. Kisco
914-232-4843
katonahartcenter.com
A go-to hub for students looking to learn and excel in the visual arts. Drawing, painting, pottery, sculpture, photography, jewelry making, 3D printing, digital arts! All ages and all levels. KAC’s Art Summer Camp offers one-week sessions - half-day, full-day, extended-day options. For ages 3.5 to teens.

Logrea Dance Academy: Top 5 Dance Class
2 Dale Ave., Ossining
914-941-2939
logreadance.com
Superb training. Life-long friendships. Life-lessons like discipline, perseverance, and self-confidence are all wrapped in a positive, caring, fun family atmosphere. Whether your child wants a career in dance, or just wants to dance for the joy of it, Logrea can help them achieve their dreams.

Michael Kormos Photography
NYC|Westchester
212-544-0102
michaelkormos.com
They’ll make you laugh with delight, and move you to tears. With an eye for candid moments and genuine interactions, Michael & Sophie have been recognized worldwide for their fresh style, creative perspectives, and portraits that celebrate the love and joy of families.

Musical Munchkins: Music Program (Parent & Child)
Offering classes in: Armonk, Dobbs Ferry. New Rochelle, Pleasantville, Scarsdale, Tuckahoe, White Plains
914-771-7000
musicalmunchkins.com
Musical Munchkins is celebrating 35+ years of making music and memories. Toddlers, preschoolers and their caregivers explore their natural musical abilities with interactive live guitar music, instruments, props, puppets for a clapping, singing, dancing good time.

Play Group Theater: Top 5 Theater for Families (Live & Local)
1 N. Broadway. White Plains
914-946-4433
playgroup.org
Readers also voted this popular theater a 2019 Family Favorite Winner for Performing Arts Class/ Acting. Besides preparing children “for every stage in life,” Play Group also provides excellent entertainment for families. Stunningly staged, professionally directed shows from Shakespeare to Shrek regularly delight local audiences.

Spins Hudson: Top 5 Amusement Center
5 John Walsh Blvd., Peekskill
914-930-7920
spinshudson.com
Spins Hudson is the perfect place for outdoor and indoor activities for kids and adults alike. There is no shortage of fun to be had in their laser tag arena, ropes course, and massive redemption arcade! Plus views of the beautiful Hudson.

Suzanne Claire Photography: Top 5 Photographer (Family or Child)
42 Milton Ct., Port Chester
914-462-8608
suzanneclairephotography.com
Outdoor and studio shoots are offered by this award-winning photographer who specializes in newborn, maternity and family photography. She also works with models, does head shots and photographs events. See her website for information and happy client comments.

Twin Lakes Farm: Top 5 Horseback Riding Stable
960 California Road, Eastchester
914-961-3821
twinlakesfarm.com
This riding academy and competitive show stable offers lessons seven days a week! Situated on 150 acres of protected parkland that includes miles of trails and indoor and outdoor arenas. This traditional riding school also offers therapeutic riding program, Access Equestrian for the special needs community.

Westchester Broadway Theatre: Top 5 Theater for Families (Local & Live)
1 Broadway Plaza, Elmsford
914-592-2222
broadwaytheatre.com
Families can enjoy Broadway Musicals, Special Events and Concerts at WBT, the longest running year-round Equity Theatre in New York State! Enjoy a delicious meal and an exciting show for one low price! On Your Feet, Mambo Italiano, and An American In Paris are onstage in 2019!

World Cup Gymnastics: Top 5 Gymnastic Class
170 Hunts Lane, Chappaqua
914-238-4967
worldcupgymnastics.com
Whether you are a beginner or experienced gymnast, a recreational or competitive gymnast, they have a program that will match your skills. Discover your inner champion at World Cup Gymnastics. Programs include: romperee, preschool, recreational, ninja and competitive gymnastics and birthday parties.

YWCA Gymnastics: Top 5 Gymnastics Class
515 North St., White Plains
914-949-6227
ywcawpcw.org
The 8,000-square-foot, air-conditioned facility has a spring floor, trampoline, BAB system and 40-foot Tumbletrack. The staff is safety certified by the USA Gymnastics Federation. There are classes for Parent & Tot, Preschooler, Youth (Co-Ed), Boys Program, Ninja Warrior, Tumbling and Team.

Updated 8:08 am, November 12, 2019
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