Best Boat Rides for Families in NYC

There's something magical about being out on the water in New York City. Whether you sail down one of our rivers, row out on a lake or cruise on the ocean, it's a lovely and relaxing activity, and a great way to stay cool on a hot summer day. It's also an opportunity to see the city from a whole new perspective.

Since much of NYC is surrounded by water, there are countless operators offering all kinds of boat tours. So the big question for families is, which ones are truly family-friendly? After all, once you're on the water, you're committed to the ride, regardless of tantrums, seasickness or plain old boredom. So you want to make the right decision.

To help you figure out which NYC boat ride works best for your family, we've broken them down by type (great for tots, wildlife watching, DIY rides, etc.) and highlighted some of our kids' personal favorites. You can find more seasonal activities in our Summer Fun Guide.

Spring 2015 Festivals and Fairs in Westchester

Spring is in full swing, and we couldn't be happier about heading outdoors to celebrate the season. Lucky for us, Westchester is buzzing with festivals and fairs all season long, promising fun-filled outdoor events for the entire family.

We've rounded up our favorite spring festivals, street fairs and celebrations happening throughout Westchester, many of which are FREE. Be sure to check out our Spring Activity Guide for more seasonal fun, and peruse our May GoList to help plan out your entire month.

Free Outdoor Movies for NYC Kids This Summer

Enjoying a FREE alfresco film is a rite of summer in New York City. Even if you go to see a flick you've watched a million times at home, it's a totally different experience viewing it in the open air alongside a couple hundred other fans. It ends up being a pretty thrilling communal event.

A few outdoor movie series, like RiverFlicks for Kids in the West Village, are aimed specifically at children. But even the grown-up ones like Bryant Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park's Syfy Movies with a View include a family-friendly screening or two.

Movies usually begin at dusk between 8-8:30pm but make sure you arrive early: The well-known series fill up fast. Plus sometimes there is cool, pre-movie entertainment. So pack a picnic, bring your blanket, sit back, relax and enjoy the show at one of these outdoor summer movie series in NYC. You can find even more seasonal activities, including FREE indoor film screenings, in our Summer Fun Guide.

Boating in New York City: Free Kayaking, Canoeing and Rowing for Families

New York City has a lot of islands—Manhattan, Staten, even Brooklyn and Queens lead into Long Island. With all this waterfront, it's no wonder there are so many sightseeing cruises and fun ferries.

But sometimes you want to be your own captain. No need to hijack a boat; there are many opportunities for families to get out on the water by themselves, kayaking, rowing and canoeing. We've rounded up great New York City organizations that offer boating sessions on our wonderful waterways—and they're all FREE. Ahoy!

May GoList: Best Things to Do with Philly Kids

Philadelphia welcomes the month of May with spring fever in full effect. Our Event Calendar is filled with ways to get outside and enjoy the season, including many festivals and garden celebrations. Of course, our top picks for May wouldn't be complete without a special Mother's Day event and a host of parades on Memorial Day.

If your family is more of the indoor-type, we still have you covered. Several classic tales are being performed on stage this month, with shows customized for young audiences.

Read on for our top suggestions for family events in Philly this month.

Mother's Day Brunch Restaurants in Los Angeles and Orange County

Mother's Day, and the brunching is easy—and when we say easy, we mean the culinary version of a chick flick. This is not a day for the Denny's Lumberjack Slam (not that there's anything wrong with that); Mother's Day brunch begs sprigs of rosemary, ocean views, and maybe a harp plucked with a rose. Or, if that's not your thing, Fillmore & Western Railway is happy to Throw Mama on the Train. The key is Mom's Choice—all day!

Read on for some of our favorite restaurants serving fabulous Mother's Day brunch.

Memorial Day Parades Around LA and the OC

One thing about Los Angeles - it's not a one-parade town. If festivals are too stationary for you, if you need a parade to drum up an appetite for that Memorial Day BBQ, then you've got it made in the shade (as long as you've found a shady spot for your  chair) in Los Angeles and Orange County on Monday. The good news for the parade abstainers is that none of the parades on this holiday marches down a major thoroughfare (unless the 405 gets shut down - in which case Topanga is going to hear plenty of honking that isn't for peace). For parade fans, the patriotic fanfare never sounded so good.

May GoList: Best Things To Do With NJ Kids This Month

May is bursting with things to do with the family, be it Cinco de Mayo fun, Mother's Day events or the gazillion fairs and festivals around the state. But of course, we have our favorites, and this post highlights 10 of them, like Kite Day at Terhune Orchards, an arbor day celebration at the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum, a family fun day at the Lord Stirling Stable and an opportunity to watch an historic baseball game. Have a great May, NJ!

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