Kid-Approved Rockaway Beach Restaurants

Finding a kid-friendly restaurant isn't always easy when traveling or just hanging out in an unfamiliar neighborhood, but Queens' Rockaway dishes up plenty of options. You'll find the typical beach fare of hot dogs and burgers aplenty, but the area is also gaining a reputation with foodies for its more adventurous eats.

We continue our month-long spotlight on Rockaway with a roundup of the 10 best places to eat in the neighborhood with kids, all taste tested by my children. So pack an appetite along with that bathing suit!

Ten Great NJ Activities To Do During Your Baby's First Summer

If you're a new mom, you've probably noticed that the "lazy days of summer" aren't quite as relaxing as they once were. Beach bags stocked with little more than sunscreen and a good book have been replaced with wagons full of swim diapers and baby gear. Finding things to do that are fun for both mom and baby on a hot, sticky summer day can be tough. Luckily, we've come up with a list of great activities that will make your babies first summer a memorable one.

Sensory Savvy Snacks Help Kids Do Better in School

What kids eat is very important and having the right snack can actually improve a child's ability to learn. Our school occupational therapy consultant, Casey Halper, put together a list of sensory smart snacks just in time for back to school. That means that they are snacks that help kids stay alert and focused in school without making them hyper and restless. These are great snack ideas for children in school, but would be equally great snack choices for toddlers too. Some of the themes for healthy sensory snacks are:

  • Crunchy and chewy foods help make kids more alert by engaging their senses.
  • Sipping or sucking can help organize and calm children.
  • And of course fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and calcium rich foods make them healthy overall.

Try These Sensory Smart Snacks:

12 Favorite Ice Cream and Frozen Yogurt Spots in and Around Boston

We thought we’d take advantage of some free time this summer and make our own ice cream. After all, how tough could it be? But by the time we had Googled a recipe (found plenty that did not require a machine) and made a list of ingredients we needed, the enthusiasm had waned, and we decided it would probably be best if we left the ice cream making to our favorite ice cream shop and enjoy the fruits of their labor!

From good quality ice cream chains founded right here in New England to one-of-a-kind specialty shops, there are plenty of places for Boston families to satisfy that need for something cold and sweet to beat the heat. Read on to find some of our favorite ice cream and frozen yogurt experiences.

Must-See Outdoor Art: 9 Exhibits Kids Will Love

Those seeking alfresco art have plenty of options to choose from this summer as a slew of brand-new, kid-friendly displays just debuted in New York City.

So skip the indoors, and make the city's parks and streets your summer museum while you check out these nine public works of art, including a giant Hello Kitty and a cheerful canopy of colorful umbrellas. Our list includes uptown and downtown spots, Times Square, Brooklyn, Governors Island and the Bronx.

Find even more outdoor public art in New York in our earlier list of spring debuts.

Water Fun for Westchester Kids: Pools, Splash Pads and Lazy Rivers

This post is being updated for 2016. 

Summer is heating up—which probably means you're looking for ways to cool down. If you're searching for more than just a backyard sprinkler, check out one of Westchester's stunning community parks. Many local parks and playgrounds have elaborate water features that rival the best amusement parks around. From lazy rivers to splash pads and wave pools, the county parks system is a water lover's paradise—and all wonderfully close to home!

Read on for the scoop on this summer's must-visit locales, including everything you need to know about Westchester County's park pass and how to get one. Looking for more ways to spend your summer? Sign up for our newsletters and follow us on Facebook

Spectator Sports Bargains for LI Families in the Hamptons & North Fork

Few things are as generational as baseball, especially on the East End of Long Island. Here, family traditions are born and potential major leaguers blossom amid the cornfields and pasture lands of both forks.

But where 60 years ago, Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski played on his father’s potato farm in Bridgehampton, now things aren’t as rustic. These days, Hamptons Collegiate Baseball offers some of the best summertime competition around on fields suitable for wannabe big-leaguers.

It’s ideal family entertainment, and just one of several spectator sports options for East End families on a budget. Love running? The Hamptons Marathon is considered a top prep race for the New York City Marathon. How about horses? Bridgehampton hosts one of the highest-profile equestrian meets In the world.

And if it’s a sport you like watching, chances are you can watch it here, at prices guaranteed not to pinch your pocket book.

Here are six of our favorite spectator options on the East End; And for other activities in the area, check out our Hamptons and North Fork Family Guide.

Weekday Event Picks for NJ Kids: Peach Festival, Butterfly Tea Party July 20-24

As temperatures rise, summery outdoor festivals are sizzling throughout the state this week. Delicious food, games, rides and fun are in abundance at St. Ann's Italian Festival, Monmouth County Fair and NJ Peach Festival-Gloucester County 4-H Fair. Just for little ones, spend outdoor time at Growing in the Garden and Butterfly Tea Party. And don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more options!

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