We all love our own little cozy corners of Westchester. There are so many things to do and see, places to eat, parks to visit…and I for one love exploring the county and “finding” the kid-friendly gems! I’ve lived here for my entire life, and I still find new fun things to do all the time. I’m always talking to people who say, “Well, haven’t you ever been to…” (insert super fun place here). With that in mind, I realized that it was my mom-bloggin’ duty to highlight some of those awesome places so that other moms can take advantage too! With each installment one or two new towns/cities will be highlighted to give you a glimpse into the awesomeness that is Westchester!
Spotlight on Mamaroneck
Mamaroneck is a beautiful waterfront town in lower Westchester. Home to Harbor Island Park, quaint shops, a variety of delicious eateries, and more, Mamaroneck has something for everyone.
What To Do
Park Fun: The harbor park is a 44 acre wonderland which offers a public beach, splash ground, playing fields, fishing and boating spots, year round tennis, and two playgrounds. Throughout the year, Harbor Island is the setting for many different carnivals, festivals, and fun kid friendly events, the biggest being The Fireman’s Carnival (held in late June through July 4). History buffs may enjoy a peek into the one room school house built in 1816 and now located on the harbor’s grounds. Meanwhile environmentalists may enjoy a trip to the Marine Education Center. There, children and adults can learn about the marine life found within the harbor and sound waters. Plus, there are trails to walk and plenty of photo opportunities. I can’t help but take pictures there every time I go! Try visiting in the spring when the cherry blossom trees are in bloom; it’s a pink princess wonderland! (location: Mamaroneck Ave and Boston Post Road)
A Day at the Theater: One of the best little parts of Mamaroneck is the Emelin Theater. The Emelin is a performing arts center that brings in a huge variety of performances at very decent prices. They host local productions as well. There are comedy nights, movie series, and best of all kid/family friendly shows! We have seen a ton of shows there and each one is better than the last. This spring Pinkalicious, Seusical, and Pete the Cat will be playing. The kid shows are always packed with children and knowing this, the staff is very friendly and accommodating. Seats are often first come first serve, so arrive in a timely fashion. Parking is ample and the theater is attached to the Mamaroneck Public Library (check out their beautiful children’s room while you are there). It is also down the block from Mamaroneck Avenue and every kind of restaurant you can imagine.
Get Creative: There are plenty of fun places to let your creativity shine in Mamaroneck. If painting is your game, Pinot’s Palette is a super fun paint and sip venue that teaches you how to paint while serving you drinks and snacks. By the time you leave, you may think you are the next Van Gogh! It is a great place for a mom’s night out but it also can be great for kids. Pinot’s Palette offers family times where you can work together to create some magical memories. They offer birthday parties for children six and up and can run programs for groups like girl scouts as well. Around the corner from Pinot’s is Made, an art and design studio. At Made you can walk in, pick a piece, and get creative! They have pottery wheels, mosaics, and paint your own ceramics. They also have party options and group projects for scouts, etc. (Disclaimer: I have yet to make it to Made, but it looks really fun : it’s on my Mamaroneck Bucket List!)
Where to Eat
Pizza: There are many kid friendly places to enjoy a good bite in Mamaroneck. Many restaurants can be found right on Mamaroneck Avenue, locally nicknamed “The Ave”. My family is full of some picky eaters, but we can all agree on one place: Sal’s. Sal’s Pizza has been at 316 Mamaroneck Avenue for over 50 years. It has an old school – Italian pizzeria feel. Try their sicilian slice or a calzone. On a weekend night you will find lines around the block waiting for these no-muss slices. If you look up NY pizza in the dictionary (or if you google it, because who uses a dictionary anymore) you’ll see a Sal’s slice. Trust me, one slice and you will be hooked.
One of A Kind: If you are in the mood to take the kids out for a quick-serve kind of meal, Walter’s is for you. Walter’s is a walk up restaurant featuring delicious hot dogs, fries, and shakes. There is no indoor seating, but if the weather is nice they have many outdoor tables. My little one loves to order a puppy dog – half a hot dog, just her size. I suggest getting a double, with Walter’s special mustard blend. It’s tangy and delish. Wash it down with one of their cowboy shakes, or if you have a sweet tooth, try their funnel cake fries. If you can’t make it to Mamaroneck (and seriously, why not, it’s so cute here!) then keep an eye out for their food truck. These dogs do not disappoint.
Classic Diner: Although I could point you to fancy French Cuisine or mouth watering ribs and chicken, every once in awhile it is nice to just go classic-kid friendly diner. The Mamaroneck Diner has been a local staple for years with a wide variety of options for every family member’s palette. The kid menu is pretty classic: hamburgers or chicken fingers etc. They also have some great salad choices and lots of daily specials. I always enjoy their burgers and different entrees. The atmosphere and staff are inviting and friendly. The kids will get some crayons and can stare at the fish tank on the way out. What’s not to love?
Cozy Italian: Ok, so sometimes we mommas need a step above the dogs and the fries. When that’s the case, I suggest Andrea’s 25 North. This restaurant oozes Italian hospitality and charm. You can get all the classic Italian dishes you love, plus their specials are always delicious. I’ve never had a dinner I did not enjoy at Andrea’s, from the lobster ravioli to lighter choices like zucchini marinara. They also have a kid’s menu with smaller portions of pasta, chicken, or ravioli. Plus Andrea’s has a bar and lovely wine selection for when it’s just been that kind of week. The only downside is the parking, as there is almost none. The restaurant does have a valet to help with the lack of parking but, trust me on this, by the time you’ve finished pasta/carb loading and hit dessert, you won’t care about the parking anymore.
When you find the time, I definitely recommend a trip to our little town. You won’t be disappointed. Have you been? Be sure to share your favorite Mamaroneck spots in the comments. Have a spot we need to check out in our next town highlight? Be sure to let me know. I love exploring our county!