Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Messy Science, Truck Day, May 16-20

The week ahead is rife with opportunities for Westchester families to explore. From messy science to DNA, several of our top picks for the week invite participants to probe.

Unravel the mysteries of DNA at What Makes You YOU?, roam assorted vehicles at Truck Day or experiment with kitchen chemistry at Make a Mess Mad Science.

This is just a sampling of what’s in store; for more options to choose from, read on and continue to our Event Calendar to plan the rest of May. Most of our weekday picks are FREE!

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Best Amusement Parks for Preschoolers in and Near NYC

For young children, a ride on a carousel’s painted pony, a spin with dad around the bumper car track and a dripping swirl of frozen custard are the stuff summer memories are made of. No need to seek out the latest scary high-tech roller coasters (which means you can cross Luna Park's most scary rides off your list).

Rides that look mild (or frankly, downright boring) to big people usually provide just the right amount of thrills for toddlers and preschoolers. Happily, there are a number of amusement parks and water parks in and near New York City that offer these kinds of tame attractions. Here's our roundup of theme parks that are perfect for the pint-sized.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Outdoors, Concerts, Museums May 16-20

Philly families can tell that spring is here. Birds are chirping, lawnmowers are humming and springtime gardens are blooming. Our Events Calendar also clues us in to the time of year with a multitude of options for springtime fun.

Children ready to explore the outdoors can participate in storytimes, outdoor hikes and nature playgroups. Families ready to watch outdoor movies and listen to outdoor concerts are in luck. Just this week alone, Upper Gwynedd Township starts its Summer Breeze concert series and The Market at DelVal begins its Wine Concert series. However, if spring showers chase you indoors, visit one of the museums offering discounted, pay what you wish or free admission this week.

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Weekday Fun: Kings County Fair, Legos, Concerts, Free Fun

This week, NYC offers up both indoor and outdoor fun for families. Participate in alfresco hands-on workshops, games and other fun at FAB Friday or be there for the opening of the Kings County Fair. Inside fun includes the New York Public Library's medieval-themed Lego building workshops and a FREE Vered and the Babes Concert at the Dweck Center.

Looking for more weekday fun? Visit the cool Salt Marsh Nature Center, take a two-wheeler for a ride in honor of National Bike Month or scramble up the recently opened DUMBO Boulders outdoor climbing wall. If you still have time after all that, you can always explore a new-to-you playground or neighborhood to round out the week.

Don't forget, there's more family fun to be found in our Event Calendar and NYC Spring Guide.

Ahoy! Shipwrecked Miniature Golf Spot Opens in Brooklyn

When the folks behind the over-the-top Park Slope Holiday Light Spectacular attraction create a miniature golf course, it is best to drop everything and go. Like the incredible light-and-theater productions the pair mounted on a Brooklyn brownstone in years past, the brand-new pirate-themed Shipwrecked Miniature Golf is unlike any other mini golf course you may have experienced in the past.  

You won't be golfing holes with spinning windmills here. Instead, expect a cool neon light show, NYC-themed rooms, tropical island backdrops and an overall kid-friendly, interactive experience at this 18-hole course. The indoor (ha, ha rain!) 11,000-square-foot Shipwrecked Miniature Golf opened in Red Hook, Brooklyn in late April, and takes inspiration from its waterfront neighborhood of choice. Of course, I had to make the trek out with my family to check it out. Read on for our full review of this new kid sports and fun play zone.

Looking for more mini golf? We recently rounded up 11 of the city's top spots, just in time for spring. Many are outdoor venues, so open seasonally only.

Fun Spring Activities for Preschoolers in Connecticut

“Mommy, how do the flowers know it’s time to wake up?” Celebrating the change of seasons with preschoolers is so much fun! Experiencing life through their eyes is magical- everything is so fresh and new! One of the best parts about living in New England is we get to celebrate all four seasons, but nothing is more magical than the arrival of spring.  Whether you want to enjoy the countryside of Litchfield County or hiking through Fairfield County, here are some more of our tried and true preschool activities for spring. 

9 Sensory Gyms for Children's Physical Therapy in Manhattan

Living in a city as diverse as New York means that many services are right at our fingertips, including expert physical, occupational, sensory and speech therapists who specialize in children. Whether your child is facing a lifetime of therapy due to disability, or is working to overcome a developmental delay or other issue, the city's sensory gyms and therapists can help.

Manhattan has a bunch of amazing sensory gyms that offer fun, safe environments for children to work on their core strength, balance, fine motor skills, language, sensory integration, behavior, attention and social interaction skills. The bad news? There are so many options that picking the best sensory gym for your child’s particular needs may feel like finding a needle in a haystack. We've rounded up nine top gyms to get you started. This list is by no means comprehensive, but as the mom to a tween with special needs who's been to quite a few of these spots, I believe these nine are a great place to start.

Check out our special needs and disability guide for more crucial info on resources and services for NYC families.

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