10 Best Indoor Water Parks for Kids in the US

Whether it's the middle of winter and you need a family getaway or you have a special occasion to celebrate but don't want to risk your party being washed out by rain, it's nice to have indoor water options. And we're not talking the dip pool at the downtown Best Western. We're thinking mega water slides, relaxing lazy rivers, toddler-friendly water play, and thrilling wave pools that only a water park can offer.

Those living in the North and Midwest no longer have to seek sunny locales to beat the winter blues. And residents of the South and West now have ways to beat the heat when even water won't cool you off from a blazing sun. The year-round fun of an indoor water park is a bonus for everyone!

Here are our picks for the best indoor water parks for kids around the country. For more ideas, check out our local coverage of indoor water parks near New York, New Jersey, Boston, and Philadelphia.

Slurping Encouraged: Where to find Ramen in Connecticut

It's a well-known fact around here that Ramen fixes everything. Not feeling well? Ramen. Had a rough week? Ramen. Tired of the cold, gray skies of winter? Ramen. Trying to solve the Reimann Hypothesis? Ramen. OK. You get the point. Any excuse for Ramen is a good excuse. And luckily, because this delicious noodle bowl has seen a sharp spike in well-deserved popularity, a serving is never too far off no matter where you are in Connecticut. So whether you're new to Ramen or a tried and true noodle aficionado, read on for some of Connecticut's best noodle houses. And remember, slurping is encouraged.

10 Kid-Friendly Brunch Spots Around Houston

Going out for brunch on the weekends may seem like a lofty goal when you have kids. Just the sound of the word "brunch" can incite visions of lavish lounges filled with trendy people without a kiddo in sight. But parents, have no fear! Enjoying a weekend brunch with kids is possible, and we're here to help make it happen. This handy list features 10 Houston area spots where you can take your kids to dine when you feel like noshing on chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy, or even eggs benedict during the magical weekend brunch-time hours. Some of these spots even offer kid-friendly activities, play spaces, or ample romping room for rowdier little ones. 

Maple Sugar Festivals and Farms for Boston Families

One of the sweetest things about living in New England is being able to experience maple sugaring firsthand. Bostonians don’t have to go very far to enjoy maple sugar festivals, take tours of farms, watch sap being boiled down in sugar houses, or learn to tap maple trees.

Of course, the best part is tasting the final product – in syrup form poured over pancakes, as candies, and even in hot dogs. Celebrate maple sugaring season with special events and visits to these local maple farms.

March GoList: The Best Things To Do with NJ Kids This Month

There's a lot to love about March, including St. Patrick's Day, train rides with the Easter Bunny, and other signs of spring. We've rounded up 20 things we're most looking forward to this month, from springtime celebrations to a huge selection of kids' shows. 

This month is packed with performances—the Sesame Street gang, Marvel superheroes, performing pets, the Runaway Bunny, taco-chomping dragons, and many more cool characters are coming to stages throughout NJ. You can celebrate Dr. Seuss's birthday with storytimes or a birthday partybuild an entire New Jersey town out of Lego; and celebrate the Holi Festival with a burst of color and music. And amusement parks are reopening for the season at the end of the month!

Read on to see all of our top picks for March awesomness. And for a complete list of this month's happenings, be sure to check out our Event Calendar. Happy (almost) spring!

16 of the Best Party Places for Toddlers and Preschoolers in Westchester

As adorable as first, second and third birthday parties can be, the idea of my toddler and 10 to 15 of her closest friends wreaking havoc on my living room and our unsuspecting cats is enough to make me consider just skipping the festivities until she is old enough to lend a significant hand in the post-party clean up. Luckily, there are professionals all across Westchester County who have mastered the delicate science of toddler birthday parties.

If you prefer to party at home, check out our post on in-house party entertainers and stand back as little ones are delighted and amazed. For those of us who opt to leave the work entirely in the hands of the professionals, read on for our top picks for celebrating yearly milestones with the 4-and-under-crowd.

March GoList: The Best Things to Do With Long Island Kids This Month

Congratulations. You’ve made it to March, Mother Nature’s transition month. Soon we will close the book on winter fun and “spring” ahead to a season of rejuvenation and cultural celebration.

No sooner does March receive the seasonal baton from February than we on Long Island begin the countdown to the official arrival of spring, which, for the record, is 12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20. Not soon enough?

An early Easter this year means egg hunts and bunny sightings follow by less than a week the last of Long Island’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. And while you might be eager for outdoor entertainment, we remind you there are still plenty of indoor alternatives should the weather necessitate an extended bit of cabin fever.

So here are our picks for the best family entertainment options in this final month of winter. As always, check out our Events Calendar for more opportunities as they emerge.

March GoList: Best Things to Do with NYC Kids This Month

It's hard to believe March has arrived, bringing with it signs of spring all around New York City, from melting snowbanks to outdoor play. One thing that doesn't change with the season is our overflowing events calendar, but we're making it easy for you to hit all the fun, spring-inspired events, including the Macy's Flower Show, Luna Park's Opening Day (early this year!), and of course St. Patrick's Day parades and children's activities as the city turns green March 17. We're also celebrating Dr. Seuss on March 2 with nearly two dozen wacky activities.

As soon as you've stored your favorite green garb, it's time to get ready for springtime Easter egg hunts and festivities. There's lots to do, from photo ops to brunch with the bunny of the hour as well as the spectacular Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival.

We've rounded up 16 must-hit happenings in our GoList. Beyond the holidays, it's a huge month for the performing arts. We've got details on the innovative Tilt Festival, plus Puerto Rican drumming and dancing. Head to the theater to watch puppetry-meet-technology in Lightwire Theater: Dino-Light, or go full-on dramedy with the premiere of the much-anticipated Mean Girls. Looking for a toddler friendly theater experience? You're in luck as Paw Patrol Live makes a stop here, too.

Don't forget to get a jump on spring break planning with our Getaways and Day Trips Guide, as well as our roundup on Spring Break Camps for NYC Kids. Grab early bird summer camp rates by perusing the rest of our Summer Camp Guide, which includes FREE camps and brand-new ones for the 2018 season.

Now get your calendars ready! Here are the top things to do with kids in New York City this March.

Low-Cost Summer Camp Lottery from NYC Parks Opens March 1

Summer is on the horizon and that means parents are scurrying to finalize summer camp placements. While we've got plenty of options in our Summer Camp Guide and Directory, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better full-summer deal than that offered by the New York City Parks Department, which is set to open it's low-cost camp lottery on March 1.

Read on for more details on this option that's budget friendly for mom and dad, yet full of over-the-top-fun for kids.

18 Ways to Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday in Philly

When it comes to children's books, there is no bigger rock star than Dr. Seuss. Books such as Hop on Pop and Green Eggs and Ham are often among the first stories shared with young ones as parents and caregivers alike help to foster a love of reading and develop language fluency.

Many venues through the Delaware Valley are holding special activities to celebrate this most beloved children's author. Philly kids can anticipate educational story sessions, games and crafts, special guest appearances, and even a theater production. Keep reading to discover the zany, wacky themed events that honor Dr. Seuss and his world of imagination and fun!

Looking for more ways to celebrate? We've got 21 wacky ways you can have some whimsical Seuss-like fun with your kids right at home!


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