Every year, we share a roundup of summer activities for kids in Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow. While this year, many of the usual activities may not be an option, that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of fun things to do with kids this summer even if it’s in your own backyard. Here are a few great ideas for keeping the kids entertained:
1) Try New Cuisines
Looking for summer activities for kids in Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow that aren’t only entertaining but also support local businesses? Well, we have a great (and delicious) idea. If it’s within your budget, choose one night a week or every few weeks to get takeout or delivery from a different local restaurant and try to represent a variety of cuisines. You can introduce kids to different flavors from around the world, while simultaneously helping local restaurants that have been hard hit from the shutdowns.
2) Visit TaSH Farmers’ Market and Cook or Bake a Meal or Snack Together
Speaking of food, cooking and baking are great activities for kids to do while social distancing. Send a family member to the TaSH Farmers’ Market at Patriots Park to pick up fresh, local produce and show area farmers and small businesses some love. The Farmers’ Market is open on Saturdays and is offering special hours from 8:30 to 9:30am for senior citizens and people who are immunocompromised and it’s open to the general public from 9:30am to 1:30pm. Use the ingredients you purchase and try one of the easy recipes kids can make. Let your child choose the recipe. Of course, depending on their age, you may have to help, but it’s still fun to whip up a meal as a family. Or, if you like desserts or you want some ideas for having a family cooking or baking competition, the Tarrytown Parks and Recreation Department put together a fun guide with ideas.
3) Take a Jitterbugs Jazz for Kids Class
The Jazz Forum Arts summer concert series is always one of our favorite Tarrytown activities for kids and families each summer. While they are hoping to still hold a concert series in 2020 with safe social distancing, while you wait for the updates, sign your little ones up for Jazz Forum Arts’ Jitterbugs Jazz for Kids class. Jazz and classical cellist Jody Redhage Ferber will be accompanied by various guests as she teaches ages two through seven about jazz and leads them through interactive music games via Zoom. The 30-minute classes are structured as a child-adult experience and cost $15 per family. Check out the schedule and sign-up for a class here.
4) Enjoy Some Fun at Warner Library
Warner Library is still offering a host of summer activities for kids in Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown with its virtual programming, which includes storytimes through Zoom, perfect for rainy or hot days. Additionally, the library is now open so they’re also offering Take & Make Crafts. Every week, they’ll have a new craft project you can make at home with kids of all ages. Grab it at the Children’s Room desk and then get to work once you get back to your house. You can see the schedule here.
5) Have a Picnic
Picnics are a quintessential summer activity for families. Head to a local park in Tarrytown or Sleepy Hollow or just set up shop in your backyard and have a picnic. Afterwards, relax on your blanket in the sunshine, read books or play some games. If you’re in need of some new games or vintage toys to liven things up at your picnic, A Nu Toy Store in Tarrytown is offering delivery every day and curbside pick on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 10am to 12n.
6) Do an Educational Activity
NYMetroParents has a whole host of educational activity ideas for kids to prevent summer slide in their Westchester summer issue, including hosting your own creative writing workshop, doing art projects, going on virtual tours around the world and doing science experiments.
7) Take a Bike Ride or Hike
We have stunning trails in Westchester County perfect for taking a bike ride, walk or hike. Try to choose a less congested trail so you can keep a safe distance while getting fresh air. If you decide to walk or hike, bring along a printable nature scavenger hunt and see how many items kids can check off the list.
We hope you find these ideas for socially distanced summer activities for kids in Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow helpful! If you’d also like to learn more about orthodontic treatment or you’re in need of an expert pediatric dentist in Tarrytown, schedule a visit at 914 Smiles today! You can read all about how we’re keeping our patients safe here.