Nassau County Summer Day Camps

It's never too early to think about summer plans. There are family vacations to organize, and then there's the issue of what to do with kids the rest of the time. Summer camp is an excellent option for many families, and day camps can be affordable and fun. 

Camps across Long Island are beginning to hold open houses, so it might be time to figure out where to send your little ones once school lets out. Looking for a general camp? How about one just for preschoolers? Or how about a camp for older children? Here we check out the best camps Nassau County has to offer.

From special events, programs that focus on art, sports or science, to field trips, these camps are sure to create fun experiences and great memories. Each camp below has its American Camp Association accreditation; for a comprehensive list, check out our Long Island Summer Camp Guide. A guide to Suffolk County camps can be found here

Court 16 Opens Kid-Friendly Tennis Spot in Long Island City

When it comes to family-friendly amenities, Long Island City is experiencing a boom. From inventive play spaces to sprawling parks and cool tot spots, there's plenty to see and do, including a brand-new tennis facility, Court 16.

Four years after opening its flagship location in Gowanus, Brooklyn, Court 16 has opened a new indoor tennis complex geared toward the kids who are rapidly taking over this neighborhood's sidewalks. With nine tennis courts of varying kid-friendly sizes, there's something for tennis players of all ages at this new spot.

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Irvine Railroad, African American Arts, and Bob Baker, Feb 24 & 25

February, you may be a short month, but it seems you've saved the best for last. We're closing out Black History Month with two large festivals; we're celebrating the legacies of two Los Angeles icons; we're partying for Lunar New Year, and Carnaval, and pouring it on for Purim.

Want to party with the stars? This weekend you can hang with a cool cat, the friendliest of friends, tuneful teddies, and a singing cowboy.  (There's also a zombie who sings.)

You can run and ride and crawl and play! You can show off all your abilities. This weekend, dreams are yours for the catching. And most unusually, this weekend you can Wear. A. Sweater.  Because in this, the shortest month, anything is possible in LA. Even a cold snap.

Keep reading for our briskest selections for the weekend..!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Maple Syrup, Culture, Performances February 24-25

February has been quite a month for Philly families featuring with a Super Bowl winOlympic fun, and Black History Month activities. But, still more fun awaits! Philly kids and grown ups alike can explore some of these amazing options that can be found in our event calendar.

Start the weekend out with sustenance by indulging in pancakes and maple syrup. Burn off some energy with a nature hike, a jump on the trampoline, a twirl on the ice, or a round of indoor mini-golf. Grab tickets to see a performance such as Shen Yun at the Merriam Theater, Wonderland at the Delaware Children's Museum, or The Princess and the Pea at The Media Theatre. Rock out to a concert such as Kids Rock Philly at World Cafe Live or Phish for Kids! at The Ardmore Music Hall. Or, watch the Mummers in all their glory as they march down the streets of Manayunk.

No matter how you spend the weekend, make it a great one!

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Sloth Weekend, Rodeo Run, Feb 24-25

Everyone, giddy-up! Rodeo season (it is a season, right?) is upon us. This weekend kicks everything off with the some finger-licking good food at the World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, informally known as cook-off. Before you head out, make sure you check out our guide to tackling the rodeo; coming up with a game plan ahead of time will make the whole experience much less overwhelming! And don't forget to check out the best places to purchase rodeo gear for your kids so they can show up in style. 

On a more serious note, it would be remiss not to acknowledge the most recent school shooting. Our hearts go out to the families who are suffering right now. The current culture of fear is both sickening and heartbreaking, and we know firsthand how difficult it is to know the right course of action when addressing this. There are ways both parents and children alike can feel empowered in the wake of this event, however, and we hope these tips provides some small measure of hope and confidence moving forward. 

As you plan out your upcoming week and weekend, keep in mind that our event calendar always features events and activities in Houston and the surrounding cities. We also highlight the best events happening throughout the month in our February GoList, and our Top 100 Things to Do With Houston Kids list is the perfect place to find something unique to do with the family. We know it can be hard to stay on top of everything that's happening, so we also have a FREE weekly newsletter that will deliver the best of the best straight to your inbox.

Have an upcoming event you want to share with the city? Let us help! Simply submit your event to our calendar, and we'll take care of the rest. 

Without further delay, let's check out what the weekend has in store! 

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Feb Fest, Animal Adventures, and a Pizza Party; Feb 24-25

One more weekend and then it's back to school! While you still have a household to entertain, the vacation week activities continue with special Blue Man Group performances, animal adventures, and MIT's Feb Fest. It's your last chance to catch the Skating Path before it closes for the season, and superhero wannabes can take a special cruise. If you're feeling hungry, check out storytime at Taza Chocolates or this DIY pizza party

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Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Maple Sugaring, Cardboard Explosion

Both Winter Break and February wrap up with a weekend that might not offer large-scale events, but many of our top picks are easy on the wallet. So if you’re just returning from a pricey vacation or otherwise looking for low-cost fun, look no further than this weekend guide for Westchester families!

A predominant offering is maple sugaring, as peak season runs from mid-February through mid-March. You’ll find several opportunities on our calendar this weekend alone, including ones that are free, such as Sugarhouse Chat. Though not free, the modestly priced Maple Sugar Tours offers tree-tapping plus other assorted activities on Saturday, while for a mere $7 per ticket, catch the wacky performance of Cardboard Explosion with Brad Shur. For more low-key fun, work in teams on a Monster Hunt or savor the season with free Snowshoe Lessons.

Read on for more options to choose from and find even more options on our Event Calendar! If you haven't done so already, sign up for our newsletters to stay in the know.

Weekend Fun: Chinatown Parade, Superheroes, Film Fest, Teknopolis Opens

This coming weekend closes out NYC kids' February school break. We're also celebrating Purim in the city and the final Lunar New Year fun, including the massive parade in Chinatown.

Kids can also stay busy indoors at great theater from Marvel Universe Live to Addy & Uno, a sweet story about disability and kindness. Tots might enjoy Babywild, a hands-on theater experience or a FREE Pinocchio show (both playing in Brooklyn). Big kids have probably already scored their tickets to this year's Teknopolis, a digital, hands-on art installation featuring VR and more at BAM that opens this weekend! Catch shorts, documentaries, and more indie movies for kids as The New York International Children's Film Festival kicks off this weekend, too.

Celebrate the magic and birthday of Dr. Seuss with this FREE bookstore fete in Tribeca, or watch magic tricks at the Broadway Comedy Club's family show.

Find more fun in our Top 50 Things to Do Indoors in NYC List, or check out the daily NYC event calendar for the perfect family outing.

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Magic, Maple Syrup, and The Cat in the Hat

From Winter Storm Warnings to 70-degree days in 72 hours, Connecticut's winter took a fluky turn this week. That trend looks set to continue this weekend, with high temperatures expected to be comfortably into the 50s for much of the state.

But daytime temperatures in the 50s and evening lows in the 30s means the weather is perfect for maple sugaring, with demonstrations (and tasting) going on all over the state. For a combined nature walk with a downtown feel, take a Branches and Bark hike through New Haven, or try a more traditional winter nature walk in Fairfield. Whatever you do, make sure to call ahead for all outdoor activities before leaving the house, and have a great weekend.

A Dozen Museums for Kids and Families in Central and Southern NJ

Winter's not over yet, and if you're running out of ideas, don't despair—there's plenty of indoor fun to be found at museums throughout central and southern NJ. At these wonderful and varied spots, you can explore a battleship, learn all about insects, ride a vintage train, see the stars, and even see a shrunken head.

For more educational fun, check out our list of the best museums for kids in northern NJ, or take a ride across the river to check out one of the many excellent museums in Philadelphia.

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