Unusual Philly Museums That Tweens and Teens Will Love

Philadelphia is filled with incredible museums and attractions for kids, but it can be tough to entertain the tween or teen who has seen it all. The unusual places in this lineup explore the weird, dark, even gross side of history and science, offering experiences your kids won't soon forget. These museums are sure to amaze, surprise and inspire. Geared for kids ages 11 and up, there are a few spots below that are suitable for younger children too, as noted.   

Best Mother's Day Brunches in Northern NJ

The countdown to Mother's Day is on! Give mom the gift of food, lots of it, by treating her to a delicious and hearty brunch. Restaurants throughout Northern New Jersey are cooking up some fabulous, family-friendly brunches, boasting breakfast delights, plus hot chafing dishes, carving stations and desserts all rolled into one delectable meal. Most of these eateries offer discounts for children and are often free for the younger set. Holiday brunches book up quickly, so check out these great Mother’s Day brunches in Northern New Jersey asap! And if you're down the shore, explore these wonderful Mother's Day options.

Upper West Side with Kids: 30 Things to Do for NYC Families

The Upper West Side of Manhattan is one of the most famously family-friendly areas in NYC. I've lived on the UWS since I was just a tot and raised two children (now teens) in the same apartment where I grew up, so we're all very passionate about the neighborhood. (That's part of why we've covered it so extensively in the past.)

Roughly covering the area from Lincoln Center to 106th Street and Riverside Park to Central Park, there are a slew of kid-centric hot spots and activities in this massive neighborhood. It wasn't easy, but we've whittled down our list to 30 top picks for things to do with kids on Manhattan's Upper West Side. While you're sure to find the obvious ones (hello, American Museum of Natural History and Children's Museum of Manhattan), we also included lots of offbeat ideas and unusual info about the familiar attractions.

Half-Day Camps for Long Island’s Little Kids

If your little one isn’t quite ready for a full-day of summer camp, there are plenty of camps on Long Island that offer half- or mini-day options where kids can get out the house and have fun for just a few hours a day. It’s a great way to give mom and dad a break, as well as introduce a younger child to the camp experience. And for more options, be sure to check out the Long Island Summer Camps Guide.

NYC 'Burbs That Will Make You Forget You're Not in the City

Making the big move to the suburbs from the city is something many New Yorkers contemplate at some point. One major reason they decide to make the leap to the ‘burbs often has a lot to do with kids. While raising a baby in the city is pretty Instagram-worthy, reality sets in when it’s time to enroll for kindergarten. But, moving to the suburbs doesn’t have to mean a stripping of your hip urban identity anymore. Oh no, you wild thang you, relax, you can have your brunch and picket fence, too.

My family and I moved to Northern Westchester recently, and, while I was a bit nervous about losing my identity and having to join endless mom groups and book clubs, I was in for a surprise. The ‘burbs have life! There is no shortage of brunching, shopping, kid events and art. While people move out of the city for the space and good schools, there are lots of surprises in store that make it almost like the city, without the crowded subways.

Our sponsor Houlihan Lawrence invited us to share some of the awesome things about life in the towns, villages and hamlets north of New York City. So come on up and start exploring. Here are 10 ways you’ll find we’re rocking your urban lifestyle up here.

Weekday Picks: Earth Day, Dinosaurs, and Blooming Gardens, April 18-22

Happy Earth Day to you, happy Earth Day to you, happy Earth Day dear planet, happy Earth Day to you. Friday is Earth Day, and the City of Los Angeles will be celebrating the preciousness of our globe and its resources with an all day, free event at Grand Park in DTLA. Take in the park’s sustainable landscaping and take home a free tree if you can prove that you live in the city of LA. There's plenty for the kids to do as well, including recycled art crafts.

Of course the best way to celebrate the earth is to appreciate its bounty. Monday is Free Entrance to National Parks Day, and on Tuesday two local gardens offer free admission: my favorite, Descanso, in La Cañada Flintridge and South Coast Botanic Garden in Palos Verdes. Touring gardens has been a bit dreary this year with so many having turned brown in the drought; we're not out of the woods yet as far as water goes, but we’ve had enough rain for this spring to bring quite a bit of color to enjoy. Earth Day is a great excuse to spend the week exploring nature, talking to our children about the fragility of our planet, and taking a moment to contemplate our role in preserving it.

Speaking of climate change, it’s opening week of Dinosaurs Unextinct at the L.A. Zoo. Dig for fossils and experience life size animatronic dinos for an additional $5 when you are at the zoo.

Our Event Calendar and GoList offer many more options for fun, in and out of the elements. Our favorites are below.

Weekday Event Picks for NJ Kids: Earth Day Celebration, Live Butterflies, April 18-22

Earth Day is on the horizon this week. Get the kids involved in honoring our planet at eco-friendly activities such as Earth Day Stories and Crafts and Hunterdon County Earth Day Celebration. Plus, explore nature both outdoors at Tot Walk: Turtles and even indoors at Paramus Park Mall’s Live Butterfly Feeding. And don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more options!

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Baseball, Carnivals, Earth Day Apr 18-22

Tee-ball practice, sidewalk chalk, bike riding... these activities all scream April. With predicted mild temperatures and Earth Day this week, it is the perfect opportunity to grab a baseball mitt, find the chalk or dust off the bike helmet to enjoy the outdoors.

After having some neighborhood fun, be sure to check out our events calendar, which is filled with a multitude of activities to help young ones embrace nature. Visit Bucktoe Creek Preserve for its Drop-In on Nature Playgroup, learn about Habitats and Sharing at Newlin Grist Mill's Springhouse Storytime or explore Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education's Seedlings workshop. In the evening, families can relish carnival fun in Broomall or Morton. Or, savor the nighttime skies as the Philadelphia Science Festival presents its Astronomy Night Friday evening at Independence Seaport Museum, John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, Awbury Arboretum, Haverford College, West Chester University, as well as other locations throughout the Delaware Valley.

Keep reading for our top picks for the week and get outside!

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