Parks & Playgrounds

Register for Free Swimming Lessons for NYC Kids

The New York City Parks Department offers FREE aquatic programs for children under 18 all year round, as well as adults, but you have to apply through an online lottery for each session.

The first lottery of 2016 opens in January for indoor swim lessons at select recreation center pools scattered throughout the city, including Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens.

Read on for the details on where to swim for free, or check our directory of paid kid swim classes or mommy-and-me swim lessons for babies and toddlers.

Top Playgrounds in Hartford County, CT

Spring is in the air! With the nice weather here everyone’s itching to spend some time outdoors. And what better way than to run, jump, and climb around a fun playscape. There are so many great playgrounds to choose from in the Hartford County area that you can go park-hopping all season long!

5 Reasons Why Larz Anderson Park Is Awesome for Kids in Winter

There are a lot of public parks in Greater Boston that simply are not as entertaining and accessible for kids when the cold, snowy weather blows in. Larz Anderson Park in Brookline bucks that notion with sledding, ice skating, and outdoor adventures, perhaps being more fun in the winter than in warmer times. 

Here are five great reasons for kids to check out Larz Anderson Park in the winter months:

25 Things To Do With Kids in Somerville

Somerville has been experiencing a renaissance in recent years as young families have opted to stay closer to the city center when they have children. From festival-going to exploring a new neighborhood like LEGOLAND Discovery Center's home at Assembly Row, there's plenty to do with kids of all ages. Here are 25 ideas for family fun, whether you call Somerville home or are just visiting.

Things to Do with Thanksgiving Visitors in Fairfield County

Recently, my daughter invited a friend home from school, and, as this new friend stepped inside our house and looked around appraisingly, she asked, "Is this the whole house?" 

So yes, our house might best be described as cozy. Though I think it suits our family perfectly, once you throw in some out of town guests and a stuffed bird or two, it starts to feel very crowded very quickly. Happily, there are many places close by in Fairfield County where the kids can get their sillies out while grown ups can chat or snap pictures or generally be thankful for one another's company whether at a road race, a turkey waddle, or a free family movie.

These are some of the ideas we've collected for Thanksgiving weekend. For more inspiration, check out the event calendar and Holiday Fun Guide, which we continue to update each day.

East 72nd Central Park Playground Reopens After Eight-Month Renovation

The East 72nd Street playground in Central Park reopened this month, welcoming kids with slides, swings, a redesigned sandbox and climbing structures after an eight-month rehab. The Central Park Conservancy has undertaken a massive playground renovation project with a lofty goal of upgrading all 21 of the park's perimeter playgrounds

The playground debuted in 1936! It underwent renovations in 1969 and again in 2000. The current project was more of a facelift than a total overhaul, with improvements focused on increasing accessibility and updating safety standards. We couldn't wait to have a look—and the many happy, romping kids seem to have given their seal of approval.

Great Playgrounds in Stamford

Stamford is a big place with lots to see and even more to do. With over 125,000 residents, this Fairfield County city is the third largest in Connecticut and the seventh largest in New England. From the woods and rolling hills of North Stamford to the beaches and marinas in the South End, Stamford is urban, suburban and even a little rural depending on where you go. In a city of this size, you can bet that it's full of kids.

My kids love to get out there and play. They always like to check out different parks to see if they can find an old friend or make a bunch of new ones. This is a list of our favorite playgrounds in the city, but by no means a list of every single playground. For instance, Stamford's elementary school playgrounds are open to the public after school and on weekends, which make for a convenient, neighborhood option. When you're ready to look for things to do beyond the playground, check out 40 Things to Do in Stamford With or Without Kids. If you have a skater in the family check out these Skateparks in Fairfield County. No matter what, I hope you'll get out there and explore some of these places.

Good thing there are so many great parks and playgrounds for all these kids to choose from. I've rounded up some of the best playgrounds in Stamford, with descriptions of what you'll find when you get there. Check it out!

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