Tweens & Teens

A Dozen Private NYC Swimming Pools Offering Day Passes

There are plenty of FREE swimming pools in NYC for kids during the summer months, but if you're looking for year-round options, or less crowded waters, try a private pool day pass. A number of "private" pools in New York City allow you to pay to swim for the day. And these are not hipsters-only hangouts, where visitors sip on $18 cocktails. Well, those exist, of course, but we've rounded up 12 private pools that are definitely kid-friendly and welcome families for swimming and other water fun.

Read on for where to get swimming in NYC now, and don't forget to check out how to score FREE swim lessons in the city, too.
 

Dance Summer Camps for Kids in Fairfield County

Practically since they could walk, my kids have loved to dance. As they've gotten older, however, it's become pretty clear that they're just dabblers, and sometimes the commitment to an after school dance class is just too much to add into a busy schedule.  Happily, while there are many camps that offer summer intensives for enthusiastic dancers to hone their skills, there are a range of camps around Fairfield County--some as short as one week--that give budding dancers to try something new, be it ballet, hip hop, Irish dance, and more. Here are some of our favorites:

Weekday Picks for LI Kids: Mother's Day, Mini Model Build, May 2-6

Spring break has come to an end, but there is still plenty of fun happening around Long Island. There are a few Mother's Day events where kids can make something special for mom or grandma, as well as a free Lego activity and some live theater (with a special message) at Long Island Children's Museum. Most of the events below require registration in advance, so please be sure to contact each location for more info.

And this is just a sampling of what's going on this week, so be sure to check out our Long Island events calendar and our Spring Fun Guide. You can also get the best events of the week sent directly to your inbox each week if you sign up for our newsletter.

Free Summer Sports and Outdoor Programs for NYC Kids

Just because we live in a concrete jungle doesn't mean our kids can't enjoy a summer filled with athletic activities outdoors. The best news: You don't need to be a banker to afford it.

New York City offers many opportunities for kids to learn team sports and to try swimming, tennis, golf, fishing, kayaking, camping and more for FREE. Of course registering for these FREE programs takes a little legwork and, since many are first-come, first-served, punctuality. We've got the scoop on what's available, and how your kids can vie for spots. You can find more no-cost activities in our Free in NYC Guide, or check out these FREE or inexpensive summer camp options around NYC.

May GoList: Best Things To Do with Kids in Connecticut

May brings Mother's Day and Memorial Day weekend, which we all know marks the unofficial beginning of summer. Everywhere you turn throughout the month, there are fairs and festivals. Here are 19 of our favorite things to do with kids in May in Connecticut. If you click through to the full listings, you can add them to your calendar. Of course, our Event Calendar always has more fun listed each and every day. Have fun planning!

May GoList: Best Things To Do with LA and OC Kids This Month

The weekends of May are packed with activity; there's Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day, Memorial Day, and that one weekend without a holiday. With so much going on, it's easy to miss something. To help you keep track, here's a list of the biggest, most once-a-year-ish events happening this month. We still send our weekend events newsletters each Thursday and weekday suggestions on Monday, of course, and we'll keep adding to our Event Calendar daily; but we figured you'd appreciate some advance notice on these May favorites.

Click through to the full listings, and you can automatically add them to your personal calendar.

Celebrate Mother's Day in the Hartford Area

Mothers usually put their children and everyone else first, before even thinking of themselves. So why not take full advantage of the one day that is dedicated just to moms and celebrate being one very special lady! Kick back, relax, and enjoy being a top mom at one of these fun events as your family shows appreciation for all that you do. 

May GoList: Best Things To Do with Long Island Kids This Month

April showers bring May flowers, so it's no surprise that there are plenty of outdoor activities happening all over Long Island this month. From Huntington's annual Tulip Festival and a May Day celebration, to Hofstra's annual Dutch Festival and celebrating turtles, it's time to enjoy everything Long Island has to offer this season. And don't forget to take a look at the other Spring Festivals happening this month, as well as our Event Calendar for other family-friendly activities throughout May. Have fun!

Arcade Age Exhibit Is a Blast From Your Video Game Past

For parents and kids who love video games, there's a new must-do. The Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, Long Island, is now home to a retro video game exhibit where, for a flat fee, you get a 90-minute window to play as much Pac-Man, Donkey Kong and Mortal Kombat II as you can.

The Arcade Age exhibit consists of over 50 authentic video game machines from the 1980s. Atari, Midway and Sega are in heavy rotation here. You'll find popular throwbacks like Dig Dug, Pole Position, Missile Command and Breakout that will defintiely take you back. It's also fun discovering some of the more eclectic games you may have missed and your children certainly have never heard of before now. Read on for more on our recent visit.

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