Places to Throw an Indoor Play Gym Birthday Party in New Haven County

Is your child’s birthday right around the corner but you’ve put off planning his or her party? Are you concerned about having way too many rambunctious little feet running through your house and the mess that might accompany it? Or maybe you just don’t have enough time to set up and decorate? Then consider having your next party at an indoor play gym. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy your child’s special day without the worry of set up, clean up, or lack of space. There are several different play gym options in New Haven County. We've also rounded up some other indoor playspaces in New Haven County here. Check out a space near you and start planning today! For more party ideas check out our Connecticut Party Guide.

10 Ways to Celebrate Father's Day in NYC, Chosen by Real-Life Dads

Father's Day is supposed to be all about dad, and yet, every year when I ask my husband how he wants to mark the occasion, he replies, "Whatever you want, honey." Agreeable, sure, but helpful? Nope. So this year I decided to turn to the experts for advice: all the other dads I know.

I gave them two rules for their Father's Day wish lists—keep it PG and include the whole family. The result was an eclectic list of fantastic (and many FREE) ways to celebrate Father's Day in New York City that both parents and kids can enjoy. Even better, many of these ideas aren't unique to this Sunday—you can try most of them anytime. So whether you're a partner left to plan the big day or a father looking for inspiration, here are 10 things real-life dads would love to do on Father's Day in NYC.

Little Neck with Kids: Nature Trails, Free Ropes Course & Nutella Pizza

Little Neck, Queens is one of NYC's hidden gems. It has the feel of suburban living while still staying true to important tenets of city life: accessible public transportation, along with great culture and dining. It's just 30 minutes from Manhattan via the Long Island Railroad, and there are a number of interesting things to do and see here. Bordered by Little Neck Bay, Nassau County and the Long Island Expressway, Little Neck is one of the most scenic neighborhoods in Queens.

Attractions like Udalls Cove Park Preserve featuring 31 acres of nature, wildlife and great walking paths, and fabulous restaurants such as Little Dumpling, with its delicious steamed buns and noodles, make this neighborhood a worthwhile trip.

As you stroll through the area, you'll see that it's well-loved and well-preserved by its residents. Little Neck is clean and quiet, and the hilly streets make for an invigorating walk. Also, if you love looking at beautiful homes, this sweet neighborhood certainly delivers. I recommend walking through the residential part of town or one of the large parks, and then heading over to Northern Boulevard for a bite to eat.

You and your family are sure to have a fun-filled day exploring this small community with our top 10 things to do with kids in Liltle Neck, Queens.

Kid-Friendly Nature Walks in the Hamptons & North Fork

From North Fork trails that wind through wine country, to mountain walks in Montauk, the East End lets families explore nature’s diversity. Flowers bloom, rare birds soar and seals bond with curious onlookers, all in a mile-long stretch by the shore.

Parents hoping to foster a love of Mother Nature in their kids should check out some of these family-friendly hikes around the East End. Here you’ll find walks suitable for all ages, from young children through teens. Just remember: stay hydrated and be wary of ticks!

And for the best in family fun out East this summer, check out our Hamptons & North Fork Family Guide.

A Family Getaway to Mount Monadnock: Keene, Peterborough & Rindge, New Hampshire

Hikers from all over the world flock to Mount Monadnock for a relatively easy climb that’s rewarded by breathtaking views and bragging rights. But you don’t have to be a mountain climber to enjoy the Monadnock Region of New Hampshire. Tucked in the southwestern corner of the state, the area offers activities for every age and interest—toddlers to great-grandparents, nature lovers to shopaholics—making it the perfect place for a multigenerational family getaway.

Even if trekking mountains is what draws your adventurous family to the Monadnock Region, you’ll want to take a break to explore the quaint towns that dot the magnificent landscape. Stroll the idyllic New England main streets of Peterborough and Keene, stop in a restaurant with a view for a bite to eat, and explore the arts, culture, and unique shops. Then you’ll be ready to scale another of the region's mountains.

Weekday Event Picks for LA Kids: New Toys, Old Movies, & Wildlife, June 15-19

As parents, we worry a lot about street safety when it comes to our children. Can you imagine how it must be in the animal kingdom? Temescal Gateway Park explores this topic with the program Crossing Los Angeles on Four Legs: Wildlife Commuting Strategies in a Complex Landscape. An afternoon hike, picnic dinner, and a nature lecture make this a perfect summer evening.

The Studio City Library Science Program has Little Bits, a newish toy that introduces kids to working with electronic components, and the no-legged grunion run again in the wee hours of a summer night. A Gene Kelly/Judy Garland classic rounds out the week at El Segundo’s Old Town Music Hall; introduce the kids to a good old-fashioned musical in a good-old fashioned setting, where every show begins with a comedy short and an audience sing-along accompanied by a live pipe organ. Of course, if a brand-new movie is more your speed, be sure to enter our contest for a chance to win free tickets to a sneak peek screening of Minions!

Weekday Event Picks for NJ Kids: Fit4Kids, Read & Pick, Carnival, June 15-19

The countdown is on for summer break! Before all of our brains go on a collective vacation, take advantage of the many fun and educational events happening this week. Immerse yourself in cherry picking at Terhune Orchards' Read & Pick Program and be a nature lover at Tenafly Nature Center’s Afternoon Explorers. Check out free library programs like a Fit4Kids Healthy Sports Show. And keep those creative juices flowing at an After-School Art Class and a Messy Artist’s Drop In & Play session. Don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more options!

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