See Live Crocodiles at the American Museum of Natural History

Live animal exhibits always get a spot on my family's New York City summer bucket list, so there was no way we would miss the new reptile exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History.

The museum often features exhibits with small live animals like frogs and spiders, and of course it's popular but seasonal live butterfly atrium. This year, the museum is upping the wow factor with a live crocodile and alligator exhibit, Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World. That's right, live crocodiles! We've got the details on the museum's newest exhibit, opening this Memorial Day weekend.

12 of the Best Picnic Spots for Families in Boston

As the days get longer, sunnier and warmer, you’ll probably long to take some of your meals outside. Picnicking is a classic summer activity that’s perfect for the whole family. Instead of just heading to your neighborhood park, pack your basket and bring it to one of Boston’s best picnic areas. Some have deep roots in Boston’s history or water views, and all are beautiful and provide a breath of fresh air in the middle of a busy city.

See Westchester Children's Museum's Brand-New Space

The highly anticipated (and already beloved) Westchester's Children's Museum is now officially open year round! The museum completed and opened the first phase of an impressive 22,000-square-foot plan, and after a recent visit with my 6- and 8-year-old daughters, we're already hooked and can't wait for what's to come. Read on for details about the new hands-on spot for kids, located along the Playland Boardwalk in Rye.

A Day At The Fair: Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Review

If you live in the neighboring areas, you've almost definitely heard of The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. You've probably even watched the horses loading in and the ferris wheel going up. If you haven't heard of it, The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is a week and a half long event that kicks off the summer every year and is tons of fun for the whole family. It's a unique experience and it offers a little something for everyone, including some really fun events.

Memorial Day Weekend Festivals and Parades for LA Families

Quick, hit the brakes—there's a three-day weekend just ahead! Memorial Day, the holiday generally considered the first harbinger of summer, is on the horizon, and the forecast is for one of those LA Story, 70s-and-sunny weekends. There's only one problem: you were so busy looking for summer camps that you forgot to book a campsite or a beach getaway, right? No worries—when your kids ask why you're not going anywhere this weekend, just tell them you're staying in town to catch some of the great Memorial Day festivals and parades that only happen once a year.

7 Favorite Upstate New York Getaways for Families

New York City and its surrounding suburbs have enough attractions to keep a family busy for a lifetime, but that doesn’t mean you should let its magnetic energy prevent you from exploring upstate New York’s bounty. The less visited northern and western parts of the state are loaded with fantastic and even international attractions that present a feast for families. Whether you're seeking nature, culture, recreation or a combination of all three, the Empire State won’t disappoint.

Check out these seven kid-friendly upstate vacation destinations that will have the whole family saying “I Love New York.” 

And find more regional travel ideas in our Weekend Getaways and Day Trip Guide and Travel 

Summer Festivals and Fairs in the Hartford Area

Ahhh, summer—the sun rises early and sets late, and the day's pace is slower. There are countless hours to fill with excitement and relaxation, and our Connecticut Summer Fun Guide will help you plan some seriously awesome adventures. On those days not spent at the beach, Hartford County's many outdoor festivals and fairs will have your family feasting on cotton candy or dancing in your lawn chairs. Indulge in fresh strawberries, introduce the kids to poetry and jazz, show them how cool old cars can be, and listen to their screams of excitement coming from carnival rides. Grab a picnic basket and a blanket, pack your camera, and marvel at all the fun Hartford County's festivals and fairs have to offer.

Want more? We've got roundups of festivals and fairs in Eastern CT and New Haven County, too, as well as free concert series in Fairfield County.

NJ Pick-Your-Own Strawberry Farms & Strawberry Festivals

If warm weather and day trips are things your family enjoys, grab the little ones and take them strawberry picking! It’s an outdoor adventure with a sweet reward—what kid doesn’t love red, ripe strawberries? New Jersey may be known for its tomatoes and blueberries, but we’ve also got some great places to pick your own strawberries once the season starts in late May. Looking for more outdoor fun in NJ? Check out our roundups of May festivals and 25 things to do this spring with kids.

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