making winter fun again- part one

Winter. We know it’s arriving and there is nothing we can do about it. But instead of gluing ourselves to the sofa and bemoaning the shorter days and cold temperatures, let’s flip that switch and embrace a positive attitude by indulging in new experiences, creativity and nature this season. With so much still to discover in and around Westchester, the winter months can be a joy!

CHALLENGE your inner sleuth and test your problem solving skills by finding your way out of one of these escape roomswithin the time limit!

Exercise your critical thinking skills at Escape Scarsdale, with a real life escape from the locked Prison Break or Gamers Challenge rooms. Invite a few friends and create your own reality adventure. Open Thursdays through Sundays.; 914-722-8358.

Puzzle Parlour Escape Room Adventures on Court Street in White Plains offers a host of challenging elements to solve clues and
work together with a group. Find your way out of The Surgery, The Heist, Alien Conspiracy or the Vampire interactive adventure escape rooms. Open seven days, the Puzzle Parlour is a fun indoor experience for grandparenting adventure, team building with co-workers or date night.; 914-368-8222.

Hour to Exit Escape Games in New Rochelle gives players the adrenaline rush of solving puzzles, deciphering hints and finding clues to
exit locked rooms including Pandora’s Box or Elude the Illusionist. Take family bonding and team building to a whole new level! Open seven days a week. Gift vouchers available for all occasions.; 914-355-4272.

You can also put your team to the test at Trap’t Escape Room Adventures in Stamford, Ct, where you’ll find Time Chasers, Museum Mayhem and Tremors on the Tracks, among others;; 203-569-0011.

DISCOVER your inner artist this winter with hands-on drawing, painting and sculpting classes. Play with color, get your hands dirty and express yourself on paper, canvas and in clay.

The Pelham Art Center offers classes in painting, drawing, mixed media collage and digital arts for beginner and experienced levels. Check out their special drop-in evening workshops and ongoing classes. The monthly Creative Consciousness workshops sound intriguing! Gift certificates available.; 914-738-2525.

At Katonah Art Center’s new Mount Kisco location, adult classes in oil, acrylics and watercolor painting, portraiture and still life, drawing and painting with a live model, pottery wheel, and jewelry making offer the opportunity to stimulate your inner artist. Special evening workshops include Mud & Merlot (pottery) and Pinot & Paint (still life). Enjoy creating art in a social setting for celebrations, friends night out or book club field trips! Gift certificates available.; 914-232-4843.

NURTURE your inner chef or confectioner with hands-on cooking classes and candy making workshops. Nothing warms the soul (or stomach) like creating delicious dishes and confections and then eating them!

At Zwilling Cooking Studio in Pleasantville, learn new culinary skills in their hands-on cooking classes. Individuals, couples and small groups can sign up for ethnic cooking (and eating!) classes to learn how to prepare Italian cuisine, a Moroccan feast, a Mexican fiesta or Indonesian dishes. The knife skills classes are very popular with home chefs. Gift certificates are perfect for birthdays and anniversaries.; 914-385-3499.

Chocolate, please! Blue Tulip Chocolates in Rye offers candy and truffle making workshops and chocolate tastings from around the world. Join in a workshop or sign up with a group of friends to create and decorate hand-crafted confections made with superb Belgian chocolate. Gift certificates are available for the 90-minute chocolate candy workshops.; 914-481-4840.

For part two of this article, click here.

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