25 Ways Kids Can Get Their Hands Dirty in NYC

Get your rain boots ready! Springtime means muddy puddle stomping and mud pie making season for kids—even NYC children. It's a great excuse to get outdoors for some unstructured, messy playtime. So we’ve rounded up 25 dig-in-dirt, you're-gonna-need-a-bath-tonight ways for city kids to enjoy the coming warm days beyond just the usual ramble through the neighborhood park.

If the weather is uncooperative, check out 50 things to do indoors with kids or get crafty with our WeeWork series.

25 Things To Do in Pacific Palisades with Kids

A short drive from Santa Monica or Malibu and worth the drive from anywhere else in LA, the Pacific Palisades sits nestled atop a cliff line from the beach to 26th Street (Allenford). While the neighborhood is certainly celebrity-dense and the real estate is one of the most pricey in the city, families are drawn to the Palisades for its small town feeling, its kid-friendly neighborhoods, and the fantastic schools. Whether you live in the Palisades or not, here are 25 bucket list items you may want to start crossing off your list in this city by the sea.

Houston Donut Shops Where Kids Can Try Outrageous Flavors

Almost nothing beats starting the weekend with a warm, delicious, sugary donut. While the regular chain donut shops my family frequents offer selections of donuts that include basic glazed donuts and several filled donut options, my kids tend to gravitate toward the donuts topped with brightly-colored icing and sprinkles. What sounds even better to a child's ears than an iced and sprinkled donut is one covered in candy bar pieces or cookie crumbles or filled with Nutella. Yum! At these Houston specialty donut shops, kids can choose from a variety of gourmet flavors to bring joy to their foodie hearts. 

Outdoor Adventure Parks Near NYC With Kid-Friendly Zip Lines & Ropes Courses

We all need a little excitement in our lives. For some, any of these 13 carousels around New York City will deliver all the excitement in the world. For others, the idea of zip-lining through the air ranks high on their to-do list. Of course, adventure parks aren't for everyone, but there's proof they help children learn problem-solving and collaboration skills. Plus, it's just plain fun to play together as a family and create unforgettable memories.

New York City may not be the epicenter of adventure parks, but it's making strides, especially with Adventures on Governors Island, the Bronx Zoo's Treetop Adventure, and a seriously high-flying outdoor zip line in Queens. Meanwhile, just outside the city limits, there are dozens of rope and zip line courses.

We've rounded up a handful of our favorite outdoor adventure parks either in the city or reachable within a quick day trip. Also make sure to see our brand new guide to 25 outdoor adventures in the city for NYC kids.

Massive Sports Dome and Entertainment Complex Coming to Jackson, NJ

Athletes, sports fans, and gaming enthusiasts will soon have a state-of-the-art facility where all their interests come together in one location in Jackson, NJ.

Already a popular destination thanks to Six Flags Great Adventure and Hurricane Harbor, the Ocean County township will be home to Adventure Crossing USA, a massive sports dome and entertainment center, which will include indoor and outdoor multi-sport turf fields; hard courts for basketball, volleyball, and futsal; and a baseball and softball training facility; along with a sprawling, Jersey Shore–themed arcade, indoor go-kart racing, a multi-level laser tag experience, and much more.

NYC Summer Camps With Bus Transportation for an Easy AM Commute

Just when you think the end of the school year means maybe life will slow down a bit, summer camp starts and it's even more schlepping and lunches to pack. That's why camps that will pick up your kids at home, or at least in your neighborhood, are our summertime salvation. We've rounded up top New York City camps that offer the convenience of transportation. If you're looking for a country camp, check out our articles on summer camps in Long Island, New Jersey, or Westchester that offer bussing, as most of them pick up from areas of NYC too.  

To find even more camps, check out our NYC Summer Camp Guide and or use our Directory to filter by type of camp or locations. 

See National Parks for Free in 2019 on These Free Entrance Days

A trip to one of our nation's incredible national parks may already be on your family travel to-do list for 2019. Whether it is or not, you may want to check out the FREE admission days at some of the country's largest parks. Courtesy of the National Park Service, there are five FREE days in 2019, which all take place on easy-for-planning weekends or holiday Mondays, at national parks that typically charge an admission fee.

While many parks have free admission every day of the year, more than 100 of them, including some of the most popular destinations, charge $15 per person or more. Those waiving admission for these holidays include some of those iconic, bucket list spots like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Acadia, Zion, Shenandoah, Joshua Tree, Glacier National Park, Death Valley, and the Cape Cod Seashore. The freebies also extend to a few historical sites under the National Park Service's purview, like the New York home of celebrated American president Franklin D. Roosevelt and national historic parks like Morristown National Historic Park, the scene of an American Revolutionary War battle.

New Summer Camp Opportunities in the Philly Area

Every Philly parent wants their kids have a fantastic summer. One way to make sure that kids' minds are stimulated (and they are not BORED) is by registering them at summer camps that provide opportunities for learning and growth. There are many local camps with new offerings for 2019. Some programs have expanded their schedule to include younger or older kids while others have incorporated new themes to keep campers engaged. Several even provide early bird discounts to save some extra money too! Keep reading to discover the new camp fun that awaits Philly kids this summer.

10 Great LA Restaurants Where Kids Can Play While Parents Eat

Whoever said that dining out with kids is an impossible task probably didn’t know that there are a few spots that make the whole experience a piece of cake. We’re not talking about pizza parlors or hot dog stands (we love those, too), but wonderful restaurants and hip cafes where parents can get delectable food while kids can go a bit wild, whether enjoying a play area, a babbling brook, or old school games. It’s a win for everyone (especially for the parents) at these very family-friendly eateries.

25 Things to Do on a Rainy Day with Kids in Connecticut

Just because the weather calls for rain, your day doesn't need to be dreary, too. From free museums to indoor playgrounds to tasty treat spots, here are 25 ways to keep kids active and entertained when showers put a damper on outdoor plans. For even more things to do, check out our indoor fun guide; and don't forget to keep tabs on our events calendar, which is packed with plenty of fun activities—inside and out—for every day of the week.

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