5 Brooklyn Cafes with Dedicated Kid Play Areas

If you're looking for a new spot to grab your morning coffee or merely want to enjoy brunch in peace, these five kid-friendly restaurants can't be beat. At these Brooklyn cafes you will find a welcoming environment, great food, and a caffeine jolt, as well as dedicated and safe play areas for your kids. Turn your meal into a play date with a friend or just sit back and take some well-deserved breathing space. Either way, both you and your kids are sure to have a good time.

Check out our NYC Restaurant Guide for more great eateries, including these 10 Brooklyn spots with ample outdoor seating.

Visiting Philly: A Basic Guide of Things To Do for First Time Visitors

Philadelphia is walk-able, easy to navigate, filled with kid-friendly attractions and museums, gardens and parks, restaurants and activities. It's full of rich history, and is the perfect destination for families. Whether you're planning a day trip or a long weekend (even a whole week) there's plenty to entertain and inspire the whole family. With so many awesome places to see, adventures to take, and things to eat, planning a trip to Philly can be overwhelming, so here's a few tips and ideas to get you started.

While you're in town, be sure to check out our event calendar to see a listing of all the special events happening.

Best Water Parks for Toddlers Near NYC

Spending a day around the wave pool at a water park is one of our favorite things to do on a hot summer day. Of course, when temperatures soar, we might just sprint over to the FREE neighborhood pool or sprinklers for a quick cool down, but sometimes it's an all-day water park kind of heat. 

Families with toddlers in tow aren't looking for big slides or big waves. So although we've told you already about the many water parks near NYC, we've rounded up our top preschool splash pads. Prepare to find toddler-sized attractions, along with perks such as nursing stations and FREE mini life jackets—and don't worry, there's plenty of big-kid fun to go around, too. So read on for details about 11 parks within two hours of New York City that cater to the littlest water explorers.

Check out our NYC Beaches, Pools, and Water Fun Guide for more ideas on how to cool down.

Five Children's Museums Outside of Busy Boston

Sure, the Boston Children's Museum is lots of fun. It can also be crowded and hectic, and parking is a challenge. The good news is that there are a handful of other great children's museums in eastern New England – all within a reasonable drive – for those days when you're looking for something a little more relaxed.

Here's a rundown of five kid-centric museums outside of Boston. If you're a member of the Boston Children's Museum, it's worth checking whether your membership offers free entry into any of these other museums. Local libraries may also make free or discounted passes available.

8 Awesome Food Festivals Happening in Philly this Summer

Food festivals are a great way to bring families together. Nothing screams summer more than corn on the cob, watermelon, barbeque, and ice cream. Food with music, entertainment, and games is the perfect formula for a great family afternoon for kids of all ages. We've compiled a list of some awesome food festivals happening this summer. Come hungry and ready for fun!

Pokemon Go Is the Most Awesome (and Dangerous) Mobile Game Ever

To say the July launch of Pokémon Go has been a phenomenon would be to vastly understate it. Few mobile games have ever launched to so much anticipation and so many immediate downloads. And, it’s obvious why it would. Pokémon Go takes mobile gaming to a whole new dimension.

The idea of Pokémon Go is to turn your real-life environment into a Pokémon world through augmented reality technology. Players collect Pokémon as they move around, and, through their phones, Pokemon appear right in their real world. The Pokémon, and Poke Stops, are scattered all over the map, so as you travel through life you will find and catch more. When players get to higher levels, they can train and battle their Pokémon as well.

Pokémon Go has already had a huge impact on my kids. Some of it is super good, but there are also some trends that are very concerning. Here’s what parents need to know about what to love and what to fear about Pokémon Go.

Weekday Picks: Free Slurpees, Dog Day Afternoon, and OC Fair, July 11-15

You know a week is going to be good when it starts with something free. In this case, 7-Eleven stores celebrate July with a Slurpee giveaway. What cooler, more refreshing treat can there be on a hot summer day? Speaking of hot, why not share the dog days of summer with your canine family members? The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angeles hosts its 10th annual Dog Day Afternoon this week. Not to be confused with an Al Pacino movie, this is actually a free, pet friendly festival (assuming your dog is on a leash and well behaved). Two legged creatures are welcome with or without a canine companion.

In Northridge, CSUN’s free summer movie this week is Cinderella, a lovely treat that manages to be sweet but not treacly. If you are not sure this princess movie is right for your tots charming, check out our review. End the week on a free note when the Orange County Fair opens Friday; admission is free the first hour on opening day. County Fairs tend to have something for everyone from livestock to carnival rides, monster trucks and of course anything you can think of that can be deep fried…

If you haven't yet voted in our Best of LA Kids contest, don't miss the chance; we recently added an Ojai getaway (including dinner at Azu!) to the other great prizes you can win just for voting.

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