Parks & Playgrounds

10 NYC National Parks and Monuments for Junior Rangers

In my world, summer generally means a visit to Grammy and Papa's rustic, woodsy Colorado cabin. While I love raising my kids in NYC, with all of the museums, parks and culture it has to offer, I also enjoy escaping from the urban jungle so we can explore the great outdoors.

One fun and educational way to do that is the national Junior Rangers Program, which we discovered last summer in Colorado. My kids received different activity books—geared toward their respective ages—to read and complete with the promise that, once they were done, they could meet with a Park Ranger, discuss what they'd learned and be sworn in as Junior Rangers complete with badges.

Although my children became Junior Rangers far from the Big Apple in Rocky Mountain National Park, NYC kids can do it at 10 sites right here in and around Manhattan.

Winter Walks in Fairfield County

When the seemingly endless cold and gray of Winter is giving you a case of cabin fever, it’s time to bundle up the family and head to one of your local parks.  Winter brings its own magic to the local parks and preserves of Fairfield County.  Less crowds means more peace and quiet to enjoy your natural surroundings.  Take in a refreshing breath of cold air and see how many animal tracks you can find in the snow or just spend some time gathering materials to make an awesome Ice Suncatcher.

No snow? No problem! You don’t need snow shoes, skis, sleds to enjoy these parks and preserves - a pair of weatherproof boots and your winterwear should do the trick. So, disconnect from the screens and devices for an afternoon and reconnect with nature. 

Chappaqua with Kids: 25 Things to Do for Westchester Families

Chappaqua is a quaint hamlet located near the center of Westchester in the town of New Castle, just about 30 miles from Midtown Manhattan. Known for its charming neighborhoods, the village maintains a peaceful New England feel, with rolling hills and historic homes and barns.

Chappaqua offers a wealth of public parks, protected wetlands and wildlife sanctuaries with hiking trails, well-maintained playing fields, courts and other facilities for tennis, soccer and skating. It also boasts a walkable village featuring family-friendly restaurants, shops and a farmer’s market. There's no shortage of events or things to do here during the year, and we've gathered our top 25 things to do in Chappaqua with kids.

25 Fun Things To Do in Hoboken, New Jersey

Home sweet Hoboken. You're very small, with wildly uneven sidewalks, but it's hard to beat your warmth, your people, or your mutz. And for all the small towns in New Jersey, you rank amongst our absolute faves. Here's 25 fun, and mostly FREE things to do in my favorite small town urban area. 

25 Fun Things To Do in Morristown, NJ

Just 25 miles west of NYC, Morristown is rich in history, culture, and offers lots of fun for families. Where else can you walk alongside a seeing eye dog in training, shop at one of the best chocolate shops in the area, catch a kid friendly theater performance and visit a few places where George Washington actually DID sleep! I've had a blast exploring Morristown for over a decade with my brood and compiled my top 25 fun, and mostly FREE things to do in this great suburban town.

6 Awesome New Jersey Water Parks

Summer is the perfect time to hit some amusement parks. Unfortunately, crowds + extreme heat = cranky kids and adults. The solution? An amusement park filled with gallons and gallons of water! New Jersey has some fantastic water parks to offer. From big name parks to boardwalk favorites to the first municipal water park in the state – here are six of New Jersey’s best water parks and a overview of what to expect from each one. Of course, if you're looking for water on a slightly cheaper scale, try our Best Water Playgrounds and Splash Pads round-up, and for all summer awesomeness, check out our New Jersey Kids Summer Activities Guide.

15 Fun Things to do in Montclair, NJ

Nestled in Essex County, Montclair is located just 12 miles outside of Manhattan. This walkable suburb is home to Montclair State University, the Presby Iris Gardens and the Montclair Art Museum. There are eighteen public parks and two nature preserves within the town borders. From the Upper Montclair shopping area to Church Street’s shops, its eclectic restaurants and kid-friendly activities make this a fun day trip for anyone in Northern New Jersey.

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