10 Places for Family Playtime: Bowling, Bumper Cars, More

Playing together with your kids is an important part of having a healthy family life. Not only does it get you off the couch and moving, you're also having fun and creating memorable family experiences. Don't worry if you don't have a backyard or can't stand the thought of another day scaling the jungle gym in your local playground. There are plenty of ways to play in NYC that are as engaging for grown-ups as for children, from mini golf to bumper cars to bowling to billiards and beyond. Best of all, you and your kids get to disconnect from technology and enjoy a few hours of awesome bonding time.

Spring Break Mini-Camps in Orange County

With a light at the end of this long, cold winter, our first glimpses of spring are just around the corner. This means, of course, that Spring Break is almost here and you may be looking for ways to keep stir-crazy kids occupied during their week off from school.

We've decided to look just past Westchester's borders, to explore mini-camp options in Orange County. These camps have a little something for every child, whether he likes to ride horses or she likes to become one with nature. Many have full- and half-day options and some even include extended hours.

Read on for our Spring Break mini-camp picks in Orange County. For more information on camps throughout Westchester and Lower Hudson Valley, attend a Summer Camp Open House, check out our Camp Guide or browse our Camp Directory.

Easter Egg Hunts for Long Island Kids & Families 2015

Easter will be here soon, and the Easter Bunny will be busy hopping through Long Island hiding thousands of colorful, treat-filled eggs. We've rounded up egg hunts and bunny visits in some of our favorite spots. We're glad to see so many venues have scheduled hunts by age to give both little kids and big kids a fair shot at filling their baskets. Remember to bring a basket (or a bag) for the kids to use to hold their collected treasures and pack your camera for Easter Bunny photo-ops. (If there's the threat of rain, be sure to give a call first.) And for more kid-friendly fun, be sure to check out our Long Island Events Calendar.

Jewish Museums in NYC: 5 Cultural Spots for Kids

In our multi-cultural society, NYC kids are exposed to lots of different cultures. In fact, it's not uncommon for children of all backgrounds to want to celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanza, Christmas, Purim and Lunar New Year, and, perhaps, even teach their parents how it's done.

Exploring various ethnic traditions at school and with friends is fun, but there are also many New York City institutions where you can learn about different cultures in more depth. We've written about museums that focus on Himalayan and Chinese cultures, and now with Passover coming up, we thought it was a great time to highlight local institutions where children can learn about Jewish culture.

One thing to keep in mind when visiting a Jewish museum is that an exhibition of hand-crafted menorahs may be right around the corner from a huge sculpture commemorating the Holocaust, prompting kids to ask a bunch of difficult questions. For children who are ready, some of these institutions explore the the Holocaust in an appropriate way. Visiting spots like the Museum of Jewish Heritage and the Anne Frank Center are a lot more engaging than reading a dry textbook but also less scary than watching graphic newsreel footage or looking at archival photos.

Here are five great NYC spots where kids can learn about Jewish culture, traditions and history.

Where to Find the Easter Bunny in Greater Boston

The Easter Bunny, in the weeks leading up to Easter (on April 5 this year), keeps as busy as Santa in December. We’ve tracked down some of the places in the Boston area where kids can hop on in, dressed in their Easter finest, to meet the Easter Bunny and get their pictures taken, play some games or share a meal with him. Depending on the activity, only professional photographers may be permitted to take pictures, but be sure to bring your camera for great photo ops just in case!

And for more Easter activities, please check out our listing of Easter Egg Hunts in Boston for some ideas.

Weekday Event Picks for LA Kids: Return of the Swallows & St. Pat March 16-20

While our parched region may be praying for more rain, it is pretty apparent that spring has sprung. The asparagus spears are tender; wildflowers bloom, St. Paddy’s Day is here, and Easter is on its way. Celebrate the season of life with egg hunting and nest building in San Juan Capistrano, where the cyclical return of the swallows (who build their nests in the building’s eaves) on St. Joseph’s Day is an annual miracle – and something to experience at least once. Then clean out your closet for SoCal’s largest consignment sale

Weekday Event Picks for NJ Kids March 16-20: Mini Music Mondays & More!

Spring is in the air. Who’s doing the happy dance? Dance and sing at fun musical events this week, including Mini Music Mondays at Maxwell’s and The Imagination Movers: Meet the Movers Tour. Let the creative juices flow at Marlboro Public Library’s Marble Painting, Crafty Kids Workshops and Think & Eat Green St. Patty’s Day Cooking Class. And don’t forget to check out our event calendar for even more weekday and weekend events.

Special Needs Programs and Classes for All New York City Kids

Some kids take so many extra-curricular activities they barely have time to play, but for other kids, after-school classes can be a challenge. Whether your child has a developmental challenge, delay, disability or disorder, or they just struggle with all things organized, many kids can not partake in a slew of general after-school activities. Luckily, no matter how small or great a child's challenges might be, NYC offers a number of options for children of every ability.

Don't forget to ask about summer and holiday mini-camps. Many of these programs do offer them, too.

See our Special Needs Guide for more ideas, programs and services.

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