5 Children's Bookstores You Can Only Find in Boston

My family and I love books, and luckily for us, Boston is a great city for bookish fans. Both libraries and bookstores appear among the top 100 Things to Do with Boston Kids Before They Grow Up, and there's no debating the wonderful options for book lovers in the Boston area. With children's bookstores from Faneuil Hall to Harvard Square to farther afield, families can keep even the youngest of readers happy at any of these fantastic spots.

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo with Kids

There are so many wonderful ways to welcome spring in and around Philly, and Cinco de Mayo is one of the best.  This list includes area events and specials, plus crafts, books and even recipes that are creative, family-friendly ways to celebrate the holiday while teaching kids about Mexican culture and tradition.  

Sensory Gym for Children with Disabilities Opens in Queens

Extreme Kids & Crew, a mom-founded nonprofit, just opened its third NYC sensory gym for children with disabilities and its first outpost in Queens. We've visited its Brooklyn play spaces in Crown Heights and Red Hook in the past, so we were excited to see its latest, Ridgewood Space, in the Ridgewood neighborhood of Queens, which straddles Brooklyn and is often touted as the next hot NYC nabe.

The goal of the Brooklyn-based nonprofit is to provide supportive spaces for children with disabilities and their families to play and connect. The new Ridgewood spot is located in P.S. 71 elementary school, and offers places to swing, slide, build and just chill out. The bubble machine particularly caught our eye.

The borough seems to be adding more and more indoor play spaces for kids, including Sabrina's and Shastye last year, and we're happy to welcome Extreme Kids & Crew to the fold. Read on for our full review.

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Kite Day, Cinco de Mayo, April 30 - May 1

We welcome the lovely month of May this weekend and there are dozens of family-friendly activities to do as we celebrate spring! Head outside with the whole gang and check out Terhune Orchard's Kite Day, the Renaissance Faire at Historic Smithville Village or the Hoboken Spring Arts & Music Festival. There's even more outings to keep the kids entertained: take your little T-Rex lovers to Dino Day at the Morris Museum, learn from do-it-yourself creators during the Greater Newark Mini Maker Faire or celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the town of Bridgeton. For additional activity options, take a look at our full Event Calendar.

Best Water Theme Parks Near NYC for Families

While there are no full-fledged water theme parks in NYC (yet), you don't have to go too far to find some awesome ones. We've rounded up 13 of our favorites for kids in the tristate area, mostly in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and all are less than a two-hour drive from Midtown Manhattan. No two are alike: Each one offers different experiences and thrills.

For more water fun, check out these toddler-friendly water parks and year-round indoor water parks near NYC.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Kids in NJ

May is right around the corner, so don your sombrero, dust off that marimba and head out for some Cinco de Mayo family fun! There’s music to dance to, food and drink to consume, monarch butterfly celebrations and more. With all this activity, your kids may enjoy a relaxing siesta while you mix up that margarita you so richly deserve. For even more seasonal fun, check out our list of 25 things we can't wait to do with kids this spring in NJ.

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