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STEM & STEAM Summer Camps for Long Island Kids

If you have a child who wants to spend the summer building robots, learning to code and launching rockets, you're in luck. Long Island has quite a few summer camps where kids can expand their knowledge of all things STEM and STEAM. These are places where children can not only have fun and make new friends, but they will also learn new skills that will help them thrive during the upcoming school year. And for additional info on a variety of summer programs across Long Island, be sure to check out our Summer Camp Guide.

25 Exercise Games and Indoor Activities to Get Kids Moving

While suburban kids can always run around in their backyards, city kids often don't have that luxury. A park or playground is a worthy substitute, but sometimes the weather doesn't cooperate or just getting out of the apartment is too much to navigate with the kids. But if a family still wants to integrate movement and exercise into their everyday lives, there are plenty of quick—and fun— exercises that can be done right in your living room. Try our list of 25 easy indoor exercise ideas to do with kids at home. We promise everyone will be tired and laughing after attempting just a handful.

Looking for more indoor boredom busters? We have lots of ideas, including easy craft projects and 40 Snow Day Boredom Busters.

Coolest Boston T Stations for Kids

For many kids, hearing a train rumble through a tunnel as it enters a station can be a moment of excitement, inspiring cries of, “I see the train!” Certain subway and trolley stops on the T exhibit a bit more charm than others, whether it be an interesting station design, convenient vendors, or appealing artwork. With that in mind, below is brief rundown of eight kid-tested stations in Boston's rapid transit system. 

Seven Dinosaur Destinations Near NYC for Kids

My 10-year-old son has been dino crazy for years and I do my best to indulge him. Our latest dino-adventure was counting down the seconds until we saw Jurassic World on opening night last summer. I loved the original Michael Crichton novel and saw the first blockbuster movie on opening night back in the 1990s, so I couldn't wait to experience the thrilling, prehistoric action on the big screen with my son.

The live action of a PG-13 dino movie is too much for most kids, so we've rounded up the top dinosaur attractions in NYC (hello American Museum of Natural History!), or within a three-hour drive of the city, like the tot-friendly Dinosaur Place in Connecticut. If you've got an aspiring paleontologist in your life, you'll want to put these six dinosaur destinations on your must-see list.

Free and Cheap Summer Camps for NYC Kids

Even if your family's swimming in money (and if you are, congrats), we all appreciate a good bargain. Summer camp is an especially stressful financial issue, because while we want our children to have a fun, rewarding and safe experience, we don't want to dig into our retirement fund to pay for it. One thing we've learned is cost and quality don't always correlate. Some wonderful New York City programs are subsidized by arts and education funding, so that all children can experience the amazing resources of this city.

Although there seem to be fewer FREE New York City summer camps than in years past, our list of inexpensive or cheaper camps for local kids keeps growing. Read on for all the info on our picks for FREE and bargain summer camps for NYC kids. You can find even more summer options in our jam-packed Summer Camp Guide and search for programs by interest, age range and location in our Camp Directory.

25 Reasons for Families To Visit Wilmington, DE

There is so much to see and do in Wilmington, DE. And with its proximity to Philadelphia, families can consider making a day trip or a weekend stay. A straight shot down 95 (and even accessible by Amtrak), parents and kids will have a blast in this family-friendly city. From sites along the Riverwalk, to museums and outdoor adventures, Wilmington will have you coming back for more. Here is our roundup of the top 25 things to do as a family in Wilmington. Still not sure where to take your next day trip? Check out our city guides for more ideas and family-focused insights!

Poconos Family Getaway: Split Rock Resort and Jack Frost Mtn

If you can’t escape the snow this winter, you might as well enjoy it—and there’s no better way than skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing in the Poconos.

At Split Rock Resort in Lake Harmony, Pennsylvania, deep in the heart of the Pocono Mountains, the emphasis is squarely on family. Amenities such as an arcade, movie theater, indoor heated pool and indoor water park up the fun factor exponentially.

And all less than two hours from New York City? We had to get the scoop on this family getaway. Here’s our parent (and kids) review, and things to know before you go.

Where To Go Whale Watching with Kids in LA

Winter is prime whale watching season in Southern California, and there are several ways to spy on the giant mammals as they pass through on their 6,000-mile quest for Mexican romance. Each year, between December and April, roughly 20,000 Pacific gray whales migrate past our beaches, and March brings particularly high traffic because that's when the underwater procession starts to turn around. Pregnant, south-bound she-whales still trying to make it to Baja before the contractions start are blasted past by upwardly mobile young he-whales, finished with romance and headed for an appointment in the Arctic Circle. All that toing and froing is the inspiration for many a whale cruise and festival. With a little luck and clear skies, even a hike or sand sledding can turn into a whale watching activity.

Living History Museums Near NYC: 3 Day Trips for Families

Does your kid start nodding off at the mere mention of a history lesson? Well, make it fun with a visit to a nearby living history museum and you might just spark a lifelong interest in the past.

While Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia is the biggest and most famous living history museum in the world, there are several others that make a great day trip from NYC—one is actually within the five boroughs on Staten Island

So time travel back to the past at these three enriching getaways, and suddenly your family isn't just learning about history, you're experiencing it firsthand, watching period craftsmen work, seeing thrilling reenactments and even chatting with vintage VIPs.

30 New York City Family-Friendly Day Trips

We've asked our readers to share your favorite day trips from New York City—and you really went all out! From safaris and water parks to scenic trips and beaches, you let us in on the mother lode of great getaway ideas for the whole family. There were so many great ideas in there, we had to share them.

Here they are, the Top 30 Reader-Suggested Day Trips from New York City. Don't forget to check out our Family Travel Guide for more great day trip ideas either.

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