Museums

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.

Top 10 Benefits of the IDNYC Card for Families

It's no secret that living in New York City and raising kids here isn't cheap. So one of my favorite finds of the last year is the IDNYCprogram, which, among other things, offers FREE and reduced memberships at 40 cultural institutions across the city.

According to the mayor's office, more than 160,000 total memberships were handed out to residents last year when the program kicked off. Well, here's more good news for New Yorkers as 2016 begins: The IDNYC program won't be a one-year wonder.

The city added additional cultural institutions to the program at the end of last year, too. But the IDNYC card offers more than cultural benefits: Families can take advantage of discounts on prescription drugs, fitness centers, movies and sporting events. It even acts as a public library card and can help you open an account at a bank or credit union.

I spent the last year, with three kids in tow, running around to each of these spots to claim our free memberships, and now I'm happy to share my secrets. Read on for the top 10 reasons to sign up for your FREE card, including discounted admission to some of the city's best children's museums and zoos.

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.

Titanosaur Arrives at the American Museum of Natural History

There are many perks to living in New York City, and now we can add to that list getting up close and personal to one of the largest dinosaurs ever discovered on Earth.

A 122-foot-long titanosaur, an herbivore from the Cretaceous period, went on display Friday, January 15, on the dinosaur-packed fourth floor of the American Museum of Natural History—and, happily, it really does live up to the hype. It is massive! Preschoolers to teens will love walking around and underneath the life-size skeleton cast. Read on for more details on this must-see new exhibit, including a video showing its construction.

Winter Fun: 13 NJ Family Memberships Worth Buying

It looks like Old Man Winter has finally decided to rear his ugly head! We know that parents across the state are looking for some indoor fun that will keep the kids both happy and warm. While many parents love to try something new each week, some of us like the comfort of returning to a familiar spot where we know our kids will have a blast. Turns out, many places offer family memberships that will keep your entertainment costs down this winter. We've rounded up the best deals at 13 indoor destinations that are sure to please the entire family. We've even done the math so you know exactly how many visits it will take for your investment to pay off!

Free Times at NYC Museums: When to Visit at No Cost

Many of New York City's top museums, zoos, gardens and cultural institutions offer FREE or reduced admission on certain nights, days or hours at least once a month—a city perk that no busy parent should miss out on! Plus, many of the "grown-up" museums let kids in for free year-round.

It can be hard to keep track of when and where these freebies are available, so we've compiled an exhaustive list of 2016 reduced or FREE admission days at all of your favorite NYC cultural spots from The Bronx Zoo to the Brooklyn Children's Museum. 

As always, you can check our Event Calendar for more budget-friendly kid activities every day or peruse our Free in NYC Guide. Try our Museum Guide for more on the latest kid-friendly art in NYC.

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