Free Summer Camps for Boston Kids

Summer camp can be expensive, but it doesn't have to be. In fact, it can be free. Yes, you read that right: Free summer camp! There are several options right here in Boston for both young kids and teens that cover everything from academics to the arts. If you don't find a good fit for your family, check out our post highlighting wicked cheap summer camps for kids in Boston. 

Paint-Your-Own Pottery: 5 Places Westchester Kids Can Get Crafty

Kids are known for bringing home a suitcase-sized amount of artwork each month. Pottery, however, seems to stand apart from the coloring pages and fingerpaints, perhaps because of its sheer durability. We’ve rounded up some of the places in Westchester and Rockland that offer paint-your-own pottery for kids. All have unstructured studio time for kids and adults, as well as happy hour times for parents to get together. 

These studios are open year-round and feature a rotating selection of crafts to match the seasons and annual holidays. Call ahead to find out the lead time for firing and getting your piece back when you want it.

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Introducing the New Mommy Poppins Web and Mobile Site

If you’ve visited Mommy Poppins in the last week, you’ve probably noticed that we have a brand-new website. We hope you like it! Our new site is designed to offer a better mobile experience, as well as a less cluttered design and easier navigation. Since the launch, we’ve been getting great feedback from readers and have been fixing some initial bugs and making more improvements. We wanted to take a moment to show you around the site and highlight some of the new features.

Best New Winter Art Exhibits for NYC Kids

New York City is chock-full of amazing art museums for adults and kids—an especially nice treat in the thick of winter when the chill has many families looking for warm, indoor fun (complete with hot cocoa, of course!). We've pulled together six new and inspiring art exhibits for NYC families, as well as a couple of must-see installations that will be closing soon.

Need more inspiration? We recently reviewed the new dinosaur exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History, Vikings in Times Square, a tech-focused Silicon City installation at the New-York Historical Society and a brand-new kid-friendly museum in Williamsburg. See, winter isn't so bad, right?

Best Places to Go Bowling With Boston Kids

Bowling is fun for all ages, but hitting the lanes with children is particularly enjoyable because it's an activity that's hard to strike out with, whether a kid is on target hitting the pins or just whips the ball down the gutter. And not a lot has changed in bowling since parents were young.

Greater Boston offers a lot of bowling choices, many of them family-friendly places that have been around for decades. Be warned that this rundown skips some very cool bowling meccas, such as Lucky Strikes on Landsdown Street in Boston or the King's chain, because those places attract 20- and 30-somethings who come to drink and eat well while they bowl – not the best spots to bring your 5- or 6-somethings to. With that in mind, here are a dozen bowling lanes that cater to families looking for a fun afternoon out or an indoor birthday party place.

Strike a Pose at Monkey Do! Yoga in Brooklyn

Let's be honest: Kids practically invented yoga. From happy baby pose to downward dog, these forward bends, twists and headstands come naturally to youngsters. The just opened, kid-focused Monkey Do! Yoga in the Gowanus neighborhood of Brooklyn, sandwiched between two family-packed neighborhoods, Park Slope and Carroll Gardens, gets this.

The cozy, 700-square-foot studio focuses exclusively on classes for kids and families, which means an emphasis on play-based yoga that incorporates kid-sized props, games, stories and songs and fun themes like a Girls Are Superheroes session. Prenatal yoga, baby and me yoga, yoga for crawlers and family yoga where caregivers can join the fun and weekly open play hours are also on tap. Read on for our review. 

President's Day Fun in Fairfield County

This arctic blast makes me want to hole up on my cozy couch under some cozy blankets, but by the time Monday rolls around, which is only the first day of a full week of school vacation for my kids in Fairfield County, I'm sure we'll be suffering from a serious case of cabin fever. Happily, not everything is closed for President's Day, and there's a whole range of activities for kids of all ages whether you're looking for a drop-off camp or something to do together as a family. Here are some of our favorites.

7 Places to have Afternoon Tea with Long Island Kids

When the weather is cold and you need to stay indoors, enjoying a cup of tea with your favorite little person is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. From sampling a variety of tea flavors to tasting yummy miniature sandwiches and scones, these Long Island tea rooms offer a warm welcome in an elegant setting. And for more indoor fun, take a look at our Inside Activity Guide.

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