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.

14 Entertainers That Make Boston Kids' Birthday Parties Extra Special

Every parent wants their child to have an extra special birthday, but it’s not always easy to figure out how to make that happen. The thought of entertaining and corralling your child’s friends and classmates for hours can be intimidating. Luckily, there are many professional birthday party entertainers in the Boston area that can help make the day magical and memorable.

Harborfest and More: Celebrating July 4th in Boston with Kids (Without Fireworks)

Sure, taking the kids to a fireworks show for July 4th seems like a good idea—until you’re actually doing it. The little one (who refuses to wear earplugs) has his hands over his ears and a terrified look on his face, everyone is getting eaten alive by mosquitoes, and you know you'll be getting home well past the kids’ (and your) bedtimes.

Luckily, the city of Boston and the surrounding towns also mark Independence Day with parades, fairs, festivals, carnival rides, live music and food—no fireworks needed. There’s no better place to show the great ol’ U.S. of A. some love than right here in Boston, the cradle of the American Revolution. Do it in style at these kid-centric Independence Day celebrations, from the city's annual Harborfest to small-town festivities all around the Boston area.

25 Things We Can't Wait To Do with Kids This Summer in NJ

Are you ready for summer, New Jersey? If you're like me, you've probably had the season on the brain since January. In a few short weeks, those dreams of beaches, swimming and festivals galore will finally become a reality. The celebrated Jersey Shore, among other warm-weather destinations, make the Garden State the place to be this summer. So get out your calendars, and take note of all the adventures that await your family in NJ this summer.

Macy's July 4th Fireworks 2016: Where to See Them in NYC

Macy's is gearing up for its annual July 4th fireworks. On Monday, July 4, 2016, fireworks will light up the sky over the East River, and the show promises to be bigger than ever as it celebrates its 40th anniversary. Spectators should be able to catch the show from many neighborhoods in downtown Manhattan as well as parts of Brooklyn and Queens.

Fireworks will take to the sky along the East River near Midtown and the South Street Seaport. More than 56,000 are scheduled to burst forth at a rate of 2,200 per minute and all will be synchronized to a soundtrack of patriotic standards. New-in-2016 effects will include pyro-writing, where fireworks will spell out U-S-A.

If you're hoping to watch Macy's 4th of July Fireworks live, it's never too early to start planning your viewing strategy. Tickets for paid viewing options like Fourth of July Fireworks cruises are already on sale and going fast. Of course, you don't need to spend a penny to see the sparklers, but there are some important things to know before you go like when it starts! We've got the scoop on how to find the best places to watch the fireworks in person.

And don't forget, there are fireworks almost daily in NYC during the summer, from Coney Island to Central Park. Read our roundup on where else to see cool displays this summer.

25 Places Families Can Take Mommy and Me Music Classes in Westchester

It's never too early to get started on music appreciation with your child. Taking a Mommy and me—or Dad and me, or Grandparent and me, or nanny and me—music class can boost your tot’s brain power, help develop social skills and foster creativity. It’s also the perfect excuse to let your guard down and boogie to your favorite kid tunes.

Here's our comprehensive list of the best music classes for babies and toddlers in Westchester. Looking for even more classes for kids? Consult our Classes Guide and sign up for our newsletters!

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