Indoor Activities

DIY Chocolate: NJ Places Where Kids Can Make Candy

Warning: reading this piece may lead to a sugar rush. Buying candy is a treat for little ones. Making their own is even sweeter. Candy shops throughout NJ offer kids the opportunity to play chocolatier and make their very own candy. Creating custom goodies is a fun, hands-on activity for birthday parties, clubs and scout troops. Some of these shops even offer children’s classes on the art of chocolate design. Get your sweet tooth on at these NJ candy shops that offer make-your-own fun.

Mega Indoor Play Space Curiosity On Court Opens in Cobble Hill

Families are flocking to Curiosity on Court, the new indoor play space that just opened in the Cobble Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn. And for good reason. With custom play structures and exhibits, open-play hours, weekend hours, date nights and birthday party packages, Curiosity on Court is a great addition to the recent spate of indoor play spaces opening up in Brooklyn.  

Read on for our parent review of this new kid hot spot.

12 Drop-In Kid Spots in the Lower Hudson Valley

Whether you’re in need of a date night, or your kids just want some evening fun, there are many places in the Lower Hudson Valley that host Kid or Teen Nights. Great for some solo adult time, these places offer either drop-in (no parents or pre-registration required) or drop-off play (parents not required but pre-registration may be). Some of these facilities have irregular program dates, so contact the location for the most recent schedule. 

Looking for places that offer drop-in and drop-off play in Westchester? We have you covered. Be sure to sign up for our FREE newsletters to keep up to date with all of the best places to play in the area. 

10 Free Indoor Activities for a Rainy LA Day

There is no limit to what a family can do outdoors in Los Angeles, and our clichéd weather makes enjoying these activities possible most days of the year. But on the occasional day when the mercury drops below 50 degrees - or when water falls perplexingly from the sky - we need a back-up plan. Indoor activities are sprinkled throughout our bucket list of 100 Things To Do with LA Kids Before They Grow Up, but wouldn't it be handy to have one list of totally free things to do with kids indoors? We thought so, too!

Yoga Classes and Birthday Parties for Boston Kids

Many adults love attending yoga classes for exercise or just to relax, and now kids in the Boston area can get the same benefits. Several local yoga studios offer classes – and sometimes birthday parties – specifically tailored to kids and teenagers. With short days and cold weather upon us, this is the perfect time of year for kids to try a new indoor activity like yoga. Here are 18 great options in the Boston area for future yogis: 

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. 

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