Why All the Butterflies, and What Are Good Spots To See Them?

If you're one of the three remaining Angelenos who haven't yet noticed, run outside, quick, and take a look at the steady stream of butterflies flying north up your street! People all over social media are trying to photograph and video them, but the truth is it's tough to do; smart phones just aren't doing justice to this breathtaking phenomenon. So what's going on? Why is getting swarmed by magical winged creatures as easy as walking outside? We can explain—and we can offer some ideas of where to head, if the butterflies aren't outside your own front door. 

14 Easter Bunny Encounters for Westchester Kids

Just as Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to Santa, for many Westchester families, the same holds true for Easter and the Easter Bunny. While encounters are often possible at town egg hunts (we’ll cover that separately), there are many other opportunities to meet the bunny this spring.

Below we’ve rounded up 14 ways to say cheese with the rabbit. These include breakfasts, train rides, photo-ops for kids with special needs, and even the chance to go ice skating with the Easter Bunny. And more! Read on for the rundown and additional details.

Looking for more? Hop across the border to find out where you can dine with the Easter Bunny in Connecticut. And keep tabs on our Event Calendar for numerous other ways to celebrate Easter.

Easter Bunny Breakfasts and Brunches Across Long Island

Dust off your spring hats and get those baskets ready because the Easter Bunny is on his way.

Easter is a fun time for kids, but adults can enjoy the holiday, too. Many Long Island establishments celebrate with a special Easter breakfast or brunch with treats for the whole family. From waffles and freshly baked pastries to omelet stations, eggs Benedict, and even chocolate fountains, these holiday breakfasts and brunches are a feast for the eyes and stomach. Hop on over to one of these spots, where families can indulge while sharing quality time with the Bunny himself. 

These Easter festivities are listed by date to better aid in your holiday planning. Easter is, of course, Sunday, April 21, 2019.Venues below require or strongly suggest reservations. For more Easter and seasonal events, check out our Events CalendarMarch GoList and guide to Spring Fun on Long Island

Where Nursing Moms Can Find Private Lactation Rooms in NYC

Raising kids in New York City isn't for the faint of heart. City parents have plenty of worries to contend with that our suburban counterparts don't, from car seats in cabs to finding the right stroller for your lifestyle, and how, exactly, to navigate the subway with a baby in tow.

But one thing city mamas shouldn't have to worry about is where to feed their babies, specifically where to breastfeed or pump when you're on the go. While state law protects a mother's right to breastfeed in public, saying "a mother may breastfeed her baby in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be," not all mothers are particularly comfortable baring it all, and certainly pumping isn't easy on a city bench. When mama's not comfortable, neither is baby.

To help ease the stress of breastfeeding or pumping on-the-go, we've rounded up some private or semi-private spots for you to feed your wee one while you're out-and-about checking things off our NYC baby bucket list.

Easter Bunny Brunches and Photo-Ops for New Jersey Kids

Grab your bonnets and bow ties, and hop on over to a fun photo-op with the Easter Bunny. We've got the scoop on where you can meet the long-eared guest of honor and take part in activities like bunny brunches, parades, storytimes, and crafts.

Looking for a more straightforward meet-and-greet? Check out our listing of professional photo setups at malls throughout the Garden State below. And if you'd rather take a train ride with your favorite hare, you can always hop aboard the Easter Express

Spring Festivals and Fairs for Chicago Families

While spring festival season in Chicago isn't quite as jam-packed as the summer or fall, there's still lots of fun to be found downtown and out in the suburbs. From St. Patrick's Day parades to maple sugar festivals, from Easter to Holi to Earth Day, and from kites to flowers to Star Wars, Chicago kids have no shortage of reasons to make the most of warmer weather on the way...most of them FREE. Plus there are can't-miss Chicago neighborhood celebrations like the Greek Heritage Parade, the Polish Parade, and the Festival Mole de Mayo. Get your calendars out and start making plans—spring is almost here!

Summer Camps with Transportation for LA Campers

As wonderful as summer can be, it is also a puzzle that must be solved, year after year. Will they go to camp? Day camp or sleepaway? If it's day camp, who will drive them and pick them up? Is there a camp by your office, and if so does that really sound like a fun place to spend summer vacation?

Wouldn't your kids prefer the beach or the mountains, enjoying fresh air, nature, and wide open space? Many LA camps offer this traditional, outdoor experience plus the bus ride to get there—some even include the ride for free! Check out the 9 camps below that give campers an adventure of swimming, surfing, horseback riding, hiking, and a variety of sports and performing arts—all without Mom or Dad needing to veer off the morning commute.

20 Affordable Summer Camps for Philadelphia Families

Two months. That’s how long your student has off from school for the summer. While you could see this as a great bonding time with your kids (and it is!), there is one problem: it’s just so. much. time! That’s where summer camps come in to save the day. Teaching your kids new skills, helping them form new friendships, and burning off the copious amounts of energy.

But summer camp can be a major burden on the wallet. Fortunately, there are a number of local summer camps and programs that make enrollment much more manageable. Whether they want to learn more about science and technology, grow as an artist, or gain skills on the field, there is an affordable camp for every age and interest.

To help you make your selections, we’ve rounded up a great list of free or affordable summer camps (using the cap of $350 per week as the highest limit) that you can use to help keep your kids entertained and engaged all summer long. Most camp registrations are on a week to week basis.

25 Spring & Crawfish Festivals for Houston Families

Spring in Houston is all about going to the rodeo, eating crawfish, listening to live music, and spending time outside enjoying the mild weather before the temperatures start to rise. It's also the perfect time to check out some of the many beautiful parks in the Bayou City, explore Houston's bountiful farmers' markets, hang out at one of the area's local breweries, and spend the weekend at one (or all!) of these family-friendly festivals.

For even more things to do, be sure to take a look at our event calendar and our Spring Fun Guide as well!

Best Spring Events for NYC Preschoolers and Toddlers

Spring may be the most exciting season of the year for parents and caregivers of preschoolers and toddlers who have been stuck inside for the 5,000 weeks that make up winter. With the arrival of warm weather, it's like New York City itself wakes up from hibernating, and families stream out of their houses to take advantage of all the city has to offer in springtime.

There are so many wonderful things to see and do during April and May, and we've rounded up the best ones specifically for kids ages 5 and under. What's not included? The piles of Easter celebrations, Mother's Day extravaganzas, and Passover observances. Too.Much.Information. (But don't worry, we're covering all the spring holidays in depth in coming weeks.). Without further ado, here's the best of the rest!

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