Indoor Activities

NYC Winter Fun List: 50 Things to Do Indoors with Kids

Staying cooped up in a tiny apartment with your kids hanging off the furniture (and you) is no way to spend the winter. OK, so it's hard to motivate to head out into the freezing cold (and put on all that winter gear!) to hit up one of the zillion daily kid events happening in NYC, but we're here to help. 

To inspire you, we've complied a list of 50 awesome drop-in spots in all five boroughs where kids can run, jump, bounce, learn, create and get cultured, all while staying warm. It's all just a subway ride away. Some are even FREE.

Still not willing to open up that door? Try one of these indoor craft projects at home as a family to keep those little hands busy or one of our 40 Indoor Snow Day Boredom Busters.

Of course, you can always find more winter fun ideas in our Indoor Activity Guide.

10 Tips for Visiting the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia

The Please Touch Museum is one of the most celebrated places in the Philadelphia region to take your tots under the age of six, and for good reason. This totally hands-on experience, with nothing off limits, gives kids the chance to let their imaginations run wild. Whether they are playing grown-up in the replica grocery store or make-believe in the Alice in Wonderland maze, kids are sure to have a great time. Here are some insider tips to help parents and children make the most of their visit.

Looking for other inside activities for kids in the Philly area? Check out our directory of venues that offer indoor fun.

Makerspaces Where Boston Kids Can Be Creative

For parents not familiar with makerspaces (also known as hackerspaces), think of them as similar to art classes. People go to create something through free expression with tools they otherwise don't have, but instead of oil-based paints and canvases, makerspaces provide 3D printers, computer-aided design software, and other technology.

Although folks of all ages can participate in makerspaces, the best ones for kids have an emphasis on youth-based STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning. Here is a rundown of fun and kid-centric makerspace options in the Boston area. 

Indoor Play Spaces for Babies and Toddlers in Chester County

There's only so much time a parent can spend inside the house if they don't want the kids to completely lose their minds. That's when a little socialization and a change of scenery is a great idea!

While a trip to the local park or library for story times can be great, there are a few ways to change it up with other indoor play spaces. Our list of indoor play areas in Chester County is here to help.

The Best Indoor Ice Skating Rinks in NJ

From ice fishing and tubing to skiing and snowboarding, families can make the best of the frigid temperatures: try ice skating! There are many indoor ice skating rinks located across the great Garden State, many with skating lessons. Take a lesson, play some hockey or just have some fun skating during a public session. Here’s a listing of indoor rinks by county for NJ families, and if you're looking for something a bit chillier, check out our Best Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in NJ. For all wintry sports, check out our Ski & Snow Guide.

Giocare Play Spot: New Kid Playroom Opens in South Park Slope

We love checking out NYC's newest and coolest indoor play areas, so we couldn't wait to drop in to the recently opened Giocare Play Spot in South Park Slope, Brooklyn. Catering to infants, toddlers and preschoolers, Giocare offers drop-in play sessions, classes, storytimes and more.

We've got the scoop on Giocare and everything you need to know before you go—just in time for an NYC winter when we're all looking for new boredom-busting play ideas.

Top 35 Free Indoor Activities for a NJ Winter

Baby, it’s cold outside! The winter months can be tough and the kiddos are probably going stir-crazy because there are only so many craft projects they can do, right? Well, we’re here to help with 35 fabulous activities to keep the family busy all winter long. With everything from story times to music events to fun with animals, kids will have a blast all season long. And go ahead and supplement your idea list with our Indoor Activities: 25 Ways to Spend a Rainy Day in NJ.

25 Things To Do with Your Preschooler in Downtown Los Angeles

It's the New Year; time to get creative! There's only so much a parent can dream up for the kids to do in a 12 hour span of time, especially after a busy holiday season when there might have been too much on the things to do list.

Even if you live in a bustling city like Los Angeles, sometimes options for preschool activities seem limited—even more so the farther you get from the suburbs. As concrete and dry as Downtown LA might seem at times, I promise you there's a ton of stuff for families to do, particularly for you and your preschooler. Have fun exploring!

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