Trains, Dinos & Heros

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.

Things to Do for Train-Loving Kids in New Jersey

If Thomas, Percy and James are a part of your daily conversations, take advantage of the many New Jersey train and railroad attractions. Located throughout the garden state, each location offers a different experience, but will surely put a smile on any train lovers face. If you're looking for the Easter Express, the Polar Express, or just a basic train-lovin' experience, these are the hot spots, guaranteed.

Best Museums for Kids in Central and Southern New Jersey

It’s that time of year when indoor spaces are a blessing to every harried mom and dad. Looking for some new places to entertain (and hopefully exhaust) your kids? Why not check out one of these wonderful museums? Touch an insect, ride a vintage train or even view a shrunken head. Whatever you choose, your kids will be happy… and should they fall asleep on the way home, so be it.

Christmas in DC with Kids: 5 Free Holiday Activities for a Last Minute Weekend Getaway

I’ve been meaning to visit Washington DC with my kids for a while. It’s such an easy trip, it makes a great last minute getaway. And with lots of holiday festivities and cheer, you could even pop down for an impromptu vacation over the upcoming break.  Our family visited DC on a recent weekend to check out our nation’s capital and preview some of the holiday happenings.

The great thing about Washington DC is so many of the things to do there are free from the museums to these great holiday happenings. The only things we paid for on our entire trip were our meals and lodgings. Keep in mind, free means you don’t need to reserve tickets ahead of time, but it also means you should expect crowds during peak times.

Here’s the scoop on the best holiday activities for kids and families in Weashington DC. Click through to check dates and specific schedules for each event.

Indie Toy Stores: Shopping for LA Kids Where the Play Is the Thing

Toys. Kids love ‘em; parents wish they would put them away. But toys are cool, and while it used to be that some of us wished children would ask for books instead of toys, in this the age of electronics, I think we can all agree that a good old-fashioned manipulative beats a device with a screen any day. I hate to think that toys are going out of style, but 2015 is the year that 5th Avenue’s iconic FAO Schwartz, closed its doors for the last time. New York will never be the same. Time for us to rally and support the local toy stores we love, if we want them to be here next year—particularly the ones where you know you can run in and find an unusual gift just when you need it.

Holiday Light Shows in Fairfield County

There is something magical about a holiday light display.  I have so many fun memories of bundling up in the backseat and driving around town searching for the best Christmas lights.  I am happy to say that this is a tradition that I have continued with my daughter.  

New Haven may have its Fantasy of Lights, but Fairfield County has some of the best home light displays I have ever seen.  From billionaire Paul Tudor Jones’ elaborate light display in Greenwich, to a nostalgic drive down Danbury’s Main St display, Fairfield County has something that will spark your interest.

Holiday Trains: The Polar Express and Other Train Displays In and Around Westchester

At some point along the way, the holidays became synonymous with trains. Train displays have become as much a part of the holiday season as the Nutcracker and holiday tree lightings. They are so festive and fun, it’s no wonder families look forward to these holiday train displays each year.

The Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden is a sure crowd pleaser for all ages; however, there are other train shows in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, and we’ve rounded up several local options to celebrate locomotion for the holidays. Read on for more info about holiday train shows in and around Westchester.

A Visit to the Connecticut River Museum in Essex

In Eastern Connecticut, on the edge of the Connecticut River, a small unassuming building holds many archeological treasures, history lessons, nautical artwork, and a full-sized replica of the first American submarine. The 22nd Annual Train Show is a special seasonal attraction for visitors of all ages, and only a few minutes away, a ride on the North Pole Express awaits at the Essex Steam Train Station. 


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