Kids

One-Hour Family Vacation: National Parks Adventure in IMAX 3D

There is nothing quite like a milestone birthday. In 2016 The National Parks service turns 100. Thanks to the prescient collaboration of President Theodore Roosevelt and naturalist John Muir, 400 plus sites have been preserved for generations to enjoy as national parks. In honor of these natural landmarks’ first century, McGillivray Freeman Films and IMAX 3D have produced a spectacular movie, America Wild: National Parks Adventure. It's an IMAX film to watch as a family and then plan your next vacation.

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Valentine's Day Cookies, Crafts, Feb. 13-14

Love is in the air this Valentine's Day weekend. Share it with your family with Valentine's Cookie Decorating, Heartfelt Messages or Sailor's Valentine Craft. Parents can also take the night off and drop the kiddies off at Key to My Art for Kid's Valentine Paint Night.

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Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Aircraft, Dinosaurs, & Puppet Shows February 13-14

A three-day weekend is ahead and plenty of action awaits around the state. If you're looking for outdoor activities, check out our Ski and Snow Sports Guide, or take a peek at 40 Snow Day Boredom Busters that are fun even on a snowless winter day. Because temperatures are predicted to drop into single digits, it might be a good time to sit back and enjoy a family-friendly theater outing. Sunday is the last chance to catch The Jungle Book at the Downtown Cabaret Children's theater, and Monday you can start the week off with Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live! at the Jorgensen Center in Storrs. 

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7 Birthday Party Places for Adrenaline Junkies

If you have an adventure loving kiddie on your hands, the usual bounce house birthday party might not quench their need for speed. Your thrill seeking boy or girl can have the time of their lives at one of these birthday spots on Long Island that will have you zipping, zooming, driving and diving. Be sure to call for up-to-date pricing and availability. And for more birthday party ideas, check out our Long Island Party Guide.

Family Presidential Activities for Presidents Day in LA

Unlike other holidays, Presidents Day is not a day replete with family rituals; if your family does have a tradition, it's more likely to be hunting for the snow chains before heading off skiing than anything presidential. If you are staying in town for the three-day weekend, though, why not find an activity that makes sense out of Presidents Day? After all, you're more likely to raise a president yourself if you keep your eye on the ball! Check out these five special Presidents Day activities for LA's little POTUS-in-training; and maybe someday your kiddo will add a third presidential museum to the LA landscape.

Our Trip Along the Chocolate Trail

What better way to spend a winter weekend than a trip along the Connecticut Chocolate Trail with my little sweetheart. Connecticut has many trails and tours that explore numerous hand crafted artisanal goodies, but the Chocolate Trail seems like a perfect fit for the Valentine's season. While there are many businesses on the trail, we decided to keep it more local and explore some of the spots just in Fairfield County.

Cavalia's Odysseo: Horses, Acrobats, and a Big White Tent Go Orange

There is nothing like Cavalia. The touring production Odysseo by the Cavalia team feels like the dreams we might have after spending a year among wild horses and gypsy acrobats. And dream really is the key word: from the first moment until the last, herds of horses, flocks of aerialists, and scenic displays of epic proportions fill the stage with sequences that transport the audience to a magical dreamscape beyond most of our imaginings. You'll be rubbing your eyes to work out how they fit this world under one roof.

If these words seem overly effusive, rest assured that they don't begin to do justice to the show taking place daily in that big castle-like tent next to the 405 freeway in Irvine.

13 Queens Play Spaces and Kiddie Gyms

Queens has plenty of indoor play spaces with open play hours—more than Manhattan in fact. We found 13 indoor romping spots in the borough that offer drop-in sessions open to the public, so there's no need to buy a pricey annual membership. Bonus: Most of these spots host birthday parties, too, and are much more affordable (as in half price in some cases) than their Manhattan—and Brooklyn—competitors.

Weekday Picks for LI Kids: Valentine's Fun, Darwin Day, Feb. 8-12

Celebrate Valentine's Day a few days early this week with a special storytime at Once Upon a Treetop and special Sweetheart Jump at Pump it Up. And be sure to check out other Valentine's Day actvities and crafts leading up to the big day. Kids can also drop in for some gym time and learn about Darwin Day. For more, check out our Long Island events calendar. You can also get the best events of the week sent directly to your inbox each week if you sign up for our newsletter.

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