Indoor Activities

Cavalia's Odysseo: Horses, Acrobats, and a Big White Tent Go Orange

There is nothing like Cavalia. The touring production Odysseo by the Cavalia team feels like the dreams we might have after spending a year among wild horses and gypsy acrobats. And dream really is the key word: from the first moment until the last, herds of horses, flocks of aerialists, and scenic displays of epic proportions fill the stage with sequences that transport the audience to a magical dreamscape beyond most of our imaginings. You'll be rubbing your eyes to work out how they fit this world under one roof.

If these words seem overly effusive, rest assured that they don't begin to do justice to the show taking place daily in that big castle-like tent next to the 405 freeway in Irvine.

13 Queens Play Spaces and Kiddie Gyms

Queens has plenty of indoor play spaces with open play hours—more than Manhattan in fact. We found 13 indoor romping spots in the borough that offer drop-in sessions open to the public, so there's no need to buy a pricey annual membership. Bonus: Most of these spots host birthday parties, too, and are much more affordable (as in half price in some cases) than their Manhattan—and Brooklyn—competitors.

Say Hello to Zaniac, Manhattan's New After-School STEM Center

As TV's Grease Live might croon, “STEM is the word!” From the president to the mayor right down to the schools, everyone wants to get kids, especially girls and children of color, excited about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

And now New York City has one more STEM play and classes spot for kids. Zaniac, which has outlets around the country, including in Greenwich and Westport, Connecticut, recently opened its first STEM-focused, after-school and camp center on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

Hang with Animals at These Cozy Indoor Spots

Kids are innate animal lovers—we bet all parents go through that phase when they're convinced their child is going to grow up to be a veterinarian. But in wintertime when all living things in New York City seem to be hibernating, it's tough to indulge kids' craving for creatures beyond the ever-present subway rats. And who wants to pet one of those?! That's why we rounded up the best places to get up close and personal with animals in cozy, indoor environments. Here's where you can hang with cool cats, beautiful birds and butterflies, and even "adopt" a critter without ever having to take it home.

21 Brooklyn Drop-In Play Spaces and Kiddie Gyms

When it comes to indoor play spaces, Brooklyn can't be beat. While both Manhattan and Queens have about a dozen drop-in indoor playgrounds apiece, Brooklyn boasts nearly two dozen places where kids can run amok. While we've include a couple of the more mellow tot spots with crafts or storytelling, this best of Brooklyn list is focused on the real active play spaces where toddlers, preschoolers and even tweens can conquer multi-level mazes, swoosh down slides, climb up rock walls or, you know, turn around in circles until they fall down exhausted and ready for a nap.

Read on for 21 drop-in indoor romper rooms for kids in Brooklyn.

Valentine's Day Activities & Crafts for Long Island Kids

With Valentine's Day fast approaching, love is definitely in the air. If your kids are anything like mine, they get a kick out of making special gifts and decorations to celebrate the holiday. And fortunately for Long Islanders, there are plenty of events to give your family a chance to get creative. From making a house plant to give to that special someone and cookie decorating to designing a heart flower pot and creating a mailbox, there is something for every child in your home. And for more fun events happening in the area--for Valentine's Day and beyond--be sure to check out our Long Island Events Calendar.

Westchester News: New Places for Kids to Play, Paint and Eat

The short, dark days of winter are over but long, sunny days are still ahead of us. February seems like a wedge between winter and spring: stores are already tempting us with swimsuits and garden gear yet the weather still beckons us to either bundle up or head indoors. Luckily, Westchester families have some new options to get them in a warm weather mindset. 

Go Back to the Future of Tech with Silicon City Exhibit

While some tweens are hardwired to think in zeros and ones and are ready for advanced instruction in computer science, others are leery of the whole thing. I have one of each.

Luckily, both my enthusiastic coder and my reluctant techie found something to enjoy at the New-York Historical Society’s exhibit Silicon City: Computer History Made in New York, on view through April 17 where kids can see early computers, typewriters, phones and even try out classic video games like Space Invaders. Read on for what to expect from this uptown STEM art exhibit where drop-in coding classes are also on tap.

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