Kids

A Visit to It Adventure Indoor Ropes Course in New Haven

Looking for an adrenaline rush? Connecticut has got It!

Located in New Haven, the It Adventure Ropes Course, self-proclaimed as the world's largest, will leave you physically challenged and breathless with excitement. Zip lines, suspension bridges, ice cream, and pizza guarantee a fun-filled family outing and memorable experience. 

12 Free Concerts for NYC Kids This June: Dan Zanes and More

Summer is the season of FREE in NYC—and here it comes. There's no-cost fun everywhere you turn, from festivals to parades to lots of outdoor culture. We've rounded up our top 12 FREE concert picks for families taking place this June around New York City. 

Of course there are so many complimentary performances that it can be hard to figure out which ones are worth the time, energy and schlep. That's why we've done the work for you.

And since most of them are in NYC's attraction-filled parks and playgrounds, you can even make a day out of it. So pack a picnic, stake out a spot, lay down a blanket and soak up some no-cost culture. 

8 Play Places for Philly Siblings with an Age Gap

If your kids are separated by a large age gap, it can be hard to keep them both happy and entertained. What makes your baby happy can be boring for an older kid who wants to run and play, but squirmy toddlers might not be able to keep up with your older kid's activities. Unless you can clone yourself to take each of your kids to different activities, finding something to keep them all entertained is key.

Best Bowling Alleys for LI Kids in Nassau County

Ready to hit the lanes for some friendly competition and family fun? You won't strike out at one of these bowling alleys in Nassau County. From dragon tails and arcade fun to glow bowl and tunes, bowling is a great boredom buster and favorite indoor activity. And with summer approaching, many local alleys are participating in Kids Bowl Free, so be sure to look into that before hitting the lanes. If you're heading east, check out our list of bowling alleys in Suffolk County.

Weekday Picks for LI Kids: Art for Kids, Family Carnival, May 23-27

This week, two Long Island museums are getting creative with kids: Children's Museum of the East End is launching a new art program for kids ages 2-5, while the Long Island Children's Museum are teaching kids how to cook. There's also mommy and me yoga at the Manhasset Public Library, a family carnival in Dix Hills and the chance to sample some goodies at Chocolate Works.

This is just a sampling of what's going on this week, so be sure to take a look at 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.

Weekday Picks: Storytime, Science, and Skygazing, May 23-27

I'm digging out the beach bags and dusting off the picnic basket, because this weekend the unofficial start of summer arrives: it's Memorial Day! With storytimes and science clubs to keep the young 'uns entertained, we parents can get on with the business of planning for sunny days and temperate summer nights.

Ridgefield kicks off their outdoor movie nights with The Peanuts Movie on Friday night, and we're loading up the Event Calendar with the (mostly) free outdoor summer concerts, plays, and movies that make summer in Connecticut so much fun. Be sure to check back here often and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest so that you don't miss a thing.

20 Best Water Playgrounds and Sprinklers for Kids in NYC

When we were growing up, New York City playgrounds had sprinklers. Now parks and playgrounds across the five boroughs possess "water features"—fountains, geysers, rivers, pumps and beautiful spraying statues. Kids just love them, and we parents prefer these newfangled playgrounds because they're pretty and cool, and make us feel as if our exorbitant NYC housing costs are justified.

As the city's sprinkler season gets into gear, it's good to know where to find the wildest and wettest playgrounds around. There are hundreds of water features in NYC parks. Some are cooler (literally and figuratively) than others, and more amazing ones seem to open every year. When we first published this article in 2008, we had five favorite splashing spots. Now we're up to 20 fancy playgrounds where kids can get wet in NYC. See if your favorites made our list (and if not, clue us in).

Does the Angry Birds Movie Soar? Depends on Your Age

My 10-year-old daughter must have sensed my trepidation on the way to the Angry Birds Movie screening, because she said, "Don't worry, Mom. Maybe it will be a pleasant surprise, like The LEGO Movie." She knows I'm not big on movies based on brands. LEGO was an exception because it wasn't locked in to a specific story line. But thanks to the ubiquitous game, Angry Birds has a set premise: the birds are angry, and the pigs are villains. In the eponymous film we find out why. And, while it doesn't always soar, it's definitely not for the birds, either.

That's good news for parents, since every child between the ages of 2 and 12 seems set on flying directly to the theater to catch this animated adventure on opening day. But before you go, you probably have some pressing questions—especially what exactly earns the flick a PG rating, and whether it's worth the extra splurge to see it in 3D. We watched the film with eagles eyes and have the answers.

NYC Fourth of July Fireworks Cruises: See Macy's Show on a Boat

The NYC Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2016, and some of the most spectacular views are from the water. The display lights up the East River, and nothing quite compares with watching the celebration up close from a boat. Plus, you don't have to battle the crowds with the kids.

Of course, these special cruises don't come cheaply and many are only open to ages 21 and older. We set out to find the lowest-cost Fourth of July Fireworks cruises in NYC that also welcome children. If you're interested, book quickly. Some already have sold out and the remaining tickets will go quickly.

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Happy as Clams, Turtle Day, May 21-22

Find out why Clammy is not as "happy as a clam" in a live theatrical performance held at the Long Island Children's Museum. Celebrate World Turtle Day at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge or attend a rockin' Turtle Party at The Whaling Museum and Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor. Or head outside for a Picnic in the Park at The Center for Science Teaching and Learning.

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