Bird Watching with Kids in Newburyport

Did you know that over 300 species of our fine-feathered friends are observed in the Newburyport area each year?

It turns out this place really is for the birds.

In fact, serious birders from all over flock to this northeast section of the state in the hopes of getting a glimpse of their favorite winged animal. But birding is a nice, leisurely family activity, too – in all seasons. Check out the following resources, grab a pair of binoculars, and head out into the great outdoors to see how many cute little birdies your family can spot. 

May is Bike Month in NYC: Free Activities, Classes and Festivals for Kids and Families

Riding your own two wheels around town is one of the great joys of being a kid. New York City is extremely bike friendly, and since May is Bike Month, there's no better time for families to go out and pedal.

Throughout the month, there are a slew of learn-to-ride and bike safety classes for kids and adults (where you can often snag free gear like helmets); bike tours and parades, festivals and other cycling-themed events.

Kids Hair Salons in the Hartford Area

While some kids are just fine getting a quick trim at your stylist or the local Supercuts, others need major cajoling and distractions if anyone is going to get near their tresses with scissors (or it won’t be a pretty sight). For these little ones, a salon that specializes in kids services is the way to go. These stylists know how to get the job done, with some serious help from bubbles, toys, cool chairs, and fun shows on TV. It’s amazing the difference sitting in a car-themed chair versus a regular salon chair can make when you’re 3! Some of these salons also offer birthday party packages and, for the older set, kid spa services. The following kid-friendly hair cutting places in the Hartford area should make getting a haircut a fun experience that your child looks forward to.

Miniature Golf Courses for NYC Kids

I admit it: Mini golf is one of those things I endure for the sake of my son. I never enjoyed it as a kid and I don’t love it as an adult, but my kid could play every day. I know that for many families, mini golf is a quintessential warm weather activity that they look forward to every year. And spring is definitely a great season to play before the summer humidity kicks in.

While there are plenty of courses on Long Island and in New Jersey, you don't need to head out of town for putt-putt golf. There are currently 11 places to play mini golf right here in New York City (including one indoor course), complete with spinning windmills, bridges, water features—you know—the works.

Read on to find out where you can play mini golf in NYC and I'll see you on the green!

Enjoy Free Family Camping in NYC Parks

Camping is a great way to bond with your kids and commune with nature. Contrary to what you might think, you don't need to invest in expensive equipment or even leave New York City to pitch a tent. The Urban Park Rangers offer free overnight family camping at designated times and locations in all five boroughs. Bonus: They bring almost everything you need for a night spent alfresco, including the tent, dinner and even s'mores!

This year's program kicks off on May 30 and although it's free, advance registration is required for all camp outs. Read on to find out how to you can snag a spot at one of these cool camping trips.

This Week: Skiing in New Hampshire & Vermont, Warm Winter Day Trips, Date Night Child Care, Awesome Weekend Events for NYC Kids

All of our bloggers have been so busy enjoying February break with their kids this week, we've barely had time to write! A few went skiing in Vermont and New Hampshire. Others are celebrating Lunar New Year. And my family and I finally got around to seeing the Paddington and SpongeBob movies, and Cambuyón at the New Victory Theater. We hope your family has been having as much fun as we have.

Since winter refuses to let go, the last few days of break are a great time for a warm getaway like an indoor water park or a food factory tour. Or embrace the season by going skiing, snow tubing or ice-skating—remember, spring reportedly starts in four weeks so there's not much time left for winter sports.

Here's what else we covered on the NYC site this week:

NYC Carousels: Get Merry and Go Around

There's something wonderfully nostalgic about kids getting a thrill from a ride on a carousel. There are a dozen merry-go-rounds in our great city, with one brand-new one slated to open later this year.

Carousels have a long and lovely history in NYC. With spring in full swing, it's a great time to take your first spin of the season. There are merry-go-rounds in all five boroughs, which means there's probably one near you.

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