25 Ways To Enjoy the Beauty of Banff with Kids

Nestled in the Canadian Rockies is the majestic town of Banff. Built as a tourist destination on the Canadian Pacific Railway, this charming mountain town has entertained the likes of royalty, presidents, and my entire crazy extended family for an whole week around New Year's. Our family trip to Canada was definitely one for the memory books. 

Empowering Kids and Parents After a School Shooting

By Susan Jara

It’s a terrifying scenario that has become all too familiar: A gunman walks into a school and starts shooting. Parents rush to the scene and wait in desperation to find out whether their child survived. Some of them do not.

The shooting that killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, is one of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in U.S. history. Since the tragic 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, more than 400 people have been shot at schools, according to the New York Times.

As a parent watching these tragedies unfold over and over again, I felt powerless, frightened, and bewildered as to how to discuss these events with my children—and really, how to keep them safe going forward. Many parent friends say they’re afraid to send their kids through the school doors every day in light of these mass shootings. We wonder: Are the active shooter drills they’re participating in even helping?

“Every day I leave the house, thinking, ‘What if something happens at my school or at my child’s school,’ says Jill Murray, a mom and social worker in a high school near Newtown, Connecticut. “What if this is the last time I see my son?”

So I sought the advice of experts to help guide myself and other parents through this. What can we do to keep them safe, and what can we do to prevent anxiety from taking over?

14 Best Indoor Birthday Party Ideas for LA Kids

There is a special kind of stress—both emotional and financial—that planning a birthday party can cause if you have kids born between the months of November and March. Oh sure, everyone struggles with the great birthday party question, but those moms who gave birth in LA in August are pretty safe claiming a corner of a public park or throwing down some blankets on the beach. If you have a December baby, you may have tried that, but at some point probably cried "Never again!" LA might not have a proper winter, but it has a proper Indoor Birthday Party season, if only for the sanity of the parents. Allow us to share some of our favorite options for entertaining the masses without stressing about the weather.

Winter Break Fun in CT

This winter break stay busy with one (or all) of the following activity ideas in your area. There are so many fun options to choose from that you'll be sure to find one that you and your family will enjoy.

Also don't forget to check out our  Winter Guide of Activities.

What You Need to Know Before Heading to the Houston Rodeo

It's finally here! The 2018 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo runs Feb. 27-March 18, 2018 and opens at 8 a.m. every day. Even if you're a rodeo regular, donning those cowboy boots and braving the crowds and traffic are still daunting tasks. And when you get there - it's just so....big. We've broken down some essential information to know before planning your visit, and we also recommend downloading the RODEOHOUSTON app for maps, schedules, and more (available for both Apple and Android products). 

Check out our Rodeo Houston Guide for more posts on enjoying the rodeo with kids.

Indoor Play Spots for NYC Toddlers with Weekend Hours

Indoor play spots are essential for NYC families with young children (and limited square feet) as temperatures begin a steady decline into winter.

Unfortunately, so many of the city's indoor play spots are limited to weekday hours. That's great for caregivers Monday through Friday, but mom and dad are left out in the cold, scrambling to fill up those chilly fall, rainy spring or snowy winter weekends with their preschoolers in other ways.

Luckily, we've uncovered nearly two dozen fantastic play spaces that get it, and are keeping weekend, drop-in play hours for kids, no membership required. All include playthings sized just right for the little ones, including for babies in many instances. They are stroller-friendly and equipped with changing stations, making them no-fuss options for the toddler squad.

4 Workouts for Westchester Families to Try Together

While there are lots of Mommy and Me classes to take in Westchester, they’re usually geared towards the under-5 set. But what if you’re looking to spend time trying a fitness activity with your kids, like swimming or yoga, once they’ve made their way to elementary school? We’ve got those too!

Here are a few places in where families can work up a sweat together. The best part? You’ll get in a workout, kids will see firsthand the importance of staying healthy and active—and everyone will have fun. 

Prefer to workout solo? Check out a list of gyms in the area with on-site childcare.

25+ Fun Things to Do with Kids in Jersey City

Jersey City is popular with families for its great neighborhoods, walkability, and proximity to New York City. And there is so much to do here, from cool cafes and sassy sweet-treat spots to beautiful parks and a plethora of playgrounds. It's no wonder the Sixth Borough is also called Chilltown.

JC is certifiably chill—and no longer considered the awkward stepsister to Hoboken—tons of visitors make it a day trip destination, and those who live here don’t have to look too far for fun. Read on for more than 25 things to add to your to-do list if you’re spending some time in Jersey City.

25 Exciting Things to Do with LI Preschoolers

Long Island is, of course, an awesome place to raise a family. From Nassau County to the East End and everywhere in between, there is no shortage of things to do with kids. And if your family consists of at least one high-energy preschooler, there are plenty of fun activities around the Island to keep him or her happily entertained.

We’ve rounded up 25 of our favorite things to do with little ones, including exploring the great outdoors, discovering something new in a museum, visiting a different playground or parkgetting creative, and much, much more. We hope this list inspires you and your toddler to take advantage of all Long Island has to offer families.

For more inspiration, check out our guide to entertaining your Long Island preschooler and our Events Calendar.

Thrilling Family Fun: 5 Escape Rooms and Quests to Do With Boston Kids

As kids get older, it gets harder to find indoor family activities that aren’t “boring” or “stupid.” Fear not; there’s good news. If you’re the parent of older school-age kids or 'tweens, you might want to try an escape room adventure. People all over America are paying to be locked in a room for an hour—to try to get out, together. Escape rooms are the newest trend, and your family might love it. We’ve found five nearby escape rooms, or similarly-themed quest activities, where you and your kids can test your quick-thinking and problem-solving skills (and maybe do some bonding at the same time).

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