10 Fun Things To Do on Melrose with Kids (No Piercings Involved)

For most Angelenos, the stretch of Melrose Avenue between Fairfax and La Brea evokes images of uber hip twenty-somethings being punctured by tattoo needles and pierced through any number of body parts—not necessarily a destination for tots. But an afternoon meandering Melrose with kids in mind can be both family friendly and super cool. Why not revisit one of the streets of your youth with your youths in tow, and up the style factor of your LA brood? For more ideas in the neighborhood check out 25 Things To Do in Hollywood with Kids.

NY Kids Club to Open Three New Locations in 2017

NY Kids Club will open three new enrichment centers and three more of its accredited NY Preschools in January 2017, bringing to 15 the number of locations across NYC. These new tot learning spots will be situated in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Dumbo and Cobble Hill, as well as Greenwich Village in Manhattan. Each will be equipped with state-of-the-art gymnasiums for ongoing enrichment classes and open play for members, as well as classroom space for the preschoolers.

The Dumbo location at 135 Plymouth Street in Brooklyn will house five classrooms contained within an 8,400-square-foot floor plan, while the two-story Cobble Hill location at 299 Court Street comes in at 6,000-square-feet with five classrooms. Greenwich Village's 11 Fifth Avenue location will be cozier at less than half that size and three classrooms. 

20 Ways to Celebrate 4th of July in Philly Without Fireworks

It’s time to celebrate America! While you might think no 4th of July is complete without a celebration of fireworks, we have found 20 events around the region that are firework-free but full of American pride and good old fashioned family fun! From readings of the Declaration of Independence to music and movies, the region is full of ways to celebrate our Independence that don’t keep us up late at night or include any of the rockets red glare or bombs bursting in air.

Free Outdoor Movies for Long Island Kids This Summer

Once the summer sun sets, it creates the perfect starlit backdrop for enjoying movies outdoors. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and a few snacks, and snuggle up with the kids for some wholesome family entertainment. No lines or expensive tickets—these family-friendly screenings are free. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, so arrive early. Before heading out, be sure check each venue's website for up-to-date information on possible weather-related cancellations.

For more family-friendly activities, check out our Event Calendar and our Summer Fun Guide.

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Blueberries, Fireflies, Butterflies, Trains

As we officially welcome in the summertime, there's dozens of warm weather activities to help close out the last weekend in June. For big family fun, round up the whole gang for the North Wildwood Italian-American Festival down the shore, the Firefly Festival at Terhune Orchards or the Mad Hatter's Tea Party at Whippany Railway Museum. And if you love blueberries, this is the time to savor the juicy fruit that's grown right here in Jersey! Check out the Whitesbog Blueberry Festival at Whitesbog Village and the Red, White & Blueberry Festival in Hammonton

For more options, take a look at our full Event CalendarJune GoList, and our Summer Fun Guide.

Captive with Clues: Family-Friendly Escape Rooms in NJ

Sometimes 15 minutes alone in the car with kids can seem like an hour, especially when they’re in the back seat fighting or asking “are we there yet?” So why would a parent choose to lock themselves in a tiny room with their children? Well, to figure out how to escape, of course.

Escape rooms are the latest entertainment craze for those brave enough, clever enough, and not too claustrophobic to take on the challenge. Up to 10 participants get “locked” in a thematic room with a compelling story line such as finding your way off an island, out of a mysterious location, or escaping before falling victim to a terrible curse. The group has up to an hour to find and solve clues hidden literally anywhere in the room and free themselves. Clues can be as simple as a color or a number; they can be in code; they can be subtly hidden in a picture or painting, on a piece of paper, in a decorative item in the room. A Game Master monitors all the action on video screen and is available to offer help upon request.

Read on for our our list of family-friendly escape rooms in NJ!

The Coop: Toddler-Friendly Cafe Opens in Bay Ridge

The Coop in Bay Ridge goes beyond high chairs and French fries to deliver a truly kid-friendly cafe that families adore. This cozy cafe has a bar-like vibe and friendly staff, delectable food and drinks, and plenty of space to sit back and relax. What really sets it apart from other cafes, though, is the kid-friendly play area in the back. The Coop welcomes parents to relax and dine while their children play in a safe and fun space—all within arm's reach. Peace for the parents, fun and games for the kids.

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