Hop Aboard the Easter Bunny Express: Train Rides for Kids Near Philly

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Spring is in the air and many of our scenic railroads are celebrating the season with Easter excursions. Families are invited get outside after a long winter to enjoy a trip through the countryside with Peter Cottontail himself!  We have rounded up several Easter-themed trains that will be running special events for kids in the Delaware Valley.

Some of these trains include an Easter Egg hunt at the halfway stop. It is helpful to check whether the railroad provides a photographer and charges for a picture with the Bunny or if you can bring your own camera.

These Easter Bunny Trains can be the start of a great family tradition to celebrate the Easter holiday and to welcome Spring!  Be sure to check our calendar for more fun spring events.

25 Things to Do With a Preschooler in Boston

Preschoolers can be a finicky bunch. Maybe that's partly because they are straddling the fine line between little kid and big kid status: too old for some things, but too young for many others. 

Fortunately, from museums to outdoor activities (not to mention tons of free stuff), Boston is filled with family fun that'll have your 3 to 5-year old jumping for joy.

Here are 25 wonderful ways to enjoy Boston with a preschooler.

Easter Egg Hunts for Kids in New York City 2015

Easter is just a hop, skip and a jump away, falling on Sunday, April 5 this year. One of the best ways to celebrate with kids is to attend one of NYC's treat-filled egg hunts. Most are outdoors in playgrounds and parks, zoos and gardens, but a few are indoors at museums and other culture spots. Many also offer additional spring fun like seasonal crafts, face painting and live entertainment.

Remember, Easter egg hunts in NYC are extremely popular so arrive early and expect hordes. If you can't handle crowds, avoid the FREE hunts and opt for one that costs a small fee as those usually have a cap on participants.

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.

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