New Mystery Mansion Ride to Open at Long Island's Adventureland

Soon there will be one more reason to visit Adventureland, the popular Long Island amusement park that’s been thrilling families for more than 50 years: Mystery Mansion, a brand-new, two-story dark ride, will be up and running early this spring.

“We felt our guests were looking for a change so we thought we would go out and find something that is very different for Adventureland and for Long Island,” Adventureland’s general manager Steve Gentile said. “We’re bringing to Long Island the first two-story, suspended dark ride. We’re calling it the Mystery Mansion because each time you come to the park you many find something new inside.”

Adventureland opens for the 2018 season on March 24. In the meantime, for more entertainment inspiration see our guide to family fun on Long Island.

New Water Playground Coming to Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Good news for Queens families and anyone who visits the borough's biggest greenspace: Flushing Meadows Corona Park is getting a seriously face-lift that includes new water play areas for kids to cool down on a hot summer day. 

As part of a master plan developed by the Parks Department, the three fountains built for the 1939 and 1964 World's Fair are getting a major update, including spray jets and a mist garden. The revamp plans also include fresh landscaping and more places to relax around the park.

Weekend Fun: Dinosaurs, NJ Makers Day, St. Patrick's Day Parades

This second March weekend is jam-packed with Makers Day events and St. Patrick's Day parades. The creative juices are flowing at Makers Day happenings throughout the state, including NJ Makers Day at Scotch Plains Library, 3rd MCST Makers Day, and NJ Makers Day: Raising the RoofSt. Patrick's Day parades are marching through the Garden State, with events in Morristown, Atlantic City, Somerville, and a special Kids' St. Patrick's Day Celebration at the Shannon Rose Irish Pub in Ramsey and Clifton.

Take in some shows this weekend, including Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live, RVCC Planetarium's Perfect Little Planet, and free performances of Cinderella Tale...Happily Ever After and Schoolhouse Rock Live.

Check out our Guide to Indoor Play Spaces for more options for weekend family fun, including where to find the Best Indoor Water Parks for Kids in the US. And look to our event calendar and March GoList for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

5 Ways to Mark Women's History Month with Philly Kids

As the birthplace of American freedom, Philadelphia is known for its historic sites, most of which offer family-friendly programming and hands-on learning for little ones. It’s fitting then that the City of Brotherly Love provides ample opportunities for engaging education when Women’s History Month rolls around.

Here are a few of the best ways to help your kids observe Women's History Month in Philadelphia.

Affordable Summer Camps for New Jersey Kids

Summer camps in New Jersey vary wildly in price, so it’s important to choose a camp that’s right for your child AND your pocketbook. Many camps let you register by the week or even the day, so you don't have to commit to an entire summer. Other options, like three-day weeks and half-day camp, also allow you to keep costs down. The cost of certain camps can be applied against the child care tax credit for children of single parents/two working parents, and some camps offer financial assistance—especially ones that get money from donors. 

Here we've rounded up 15 affordable day camp options for NJ kids. To find more New Jersey summer camps, check out our Camp Guide and Full Directory of Listings

8 Waterfall Hikes Every LA Family Should Know

After a winter that has felt a bit like a return to drought, Angelenos are ready to celebrate the return of water. What better way than with a hike to one of our wonderful LA area waterfalls? Some of these beautiful gems hid their light under a dry bushel for a few seasons, but the water is flowing again. Every one of the waterfalls below is worth a visit this season; they might not be quite at full glory, but once dry creek beds are again rushing with water and sporting green. A hike to one of these Southland waterfalls is the stuff that family memories (and Facebook posts) are made of.

And if spring hikes are what your family loves, you'll probably want to try one of these wonderful wildflower hikes next!

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12 Family Camping Spots Near NYC in State Parks and More

Camping trips are great for kids, especially NYC kids. They get to spend time outside in green spaces that may seem, to city kids, to go on forever. Plus they can learn esteem-building skills, including how to canoe, fish, chop wood, cook over a fire, pitch a tent, and more. Although there are a number of campgrounds offering fancy perks these days, from wi-fi to heated swimming pools, many camping trips are low-tech, so they allow families time to unplug and reconnect with one another. Plus, pitching a tent is generally an affordable alternative to a hotel.

Camping can be dirty and difficult, though, and require plenty of equipment, including a car. That alone can make an overnight trip to the great outdoors a challenge for many NYC families. But it doesn't have to be that way. There are several campgrounds in the tristate area that are perfect for first-timers and families. For example, we recently tried Tentrr, an online site that rents campsites in the New York area, such as the popular Hudson Valley, that are fully equipped with tents, cots, and other equipment. Just reserve your favorite site and show up!

Read on for more top campgrounds within a few hours of the city that are packed with things to keep kids busy, and two of which are within city limits. A number of these prime destinations are accessible via mass transit, and one campground even provides nearly everything you need. Remember, some of these favorites book up early!

There's no excuse not to hit the woods for a family vacation this year.  

10 Free and Affordable Summer Camps for Boston Kids

Summer camps can be pricey, but not all fun and enriching programs have to cost a pretty penny. We’ve rounded up several inexpensive summer camps in the Boston area that can provide your child with everything from performing arts experience to sailing lessons. Four weeks of summer camp for $5? Yes, please. 

9 Spots for Easter Bunny Photos With Kids Around Boston

The Easter Bunny, in the weeks leading up to Easter (on April 1 this year), keeps as busy as Santa in December. We’ve tracked down some of the places in the Boston area where kids can hop on in, dressed in their Easter finest, to meet the Easter Bunny and get their pictures taken—and maybe even play some games or share a meal with him. Depending on the activity, only professional photographers may be permitted to take pictures, but be sure to bring your camera for great photo ops just in case!

There's more early springtime fun to be had in our March GoList. And for more Easter activities, stay tuned for our egg hunt finder, coming out next week!

Hop Aboard the Easter Bunny Express: Train Rides for Kids Near Philly

Spring is in the air, and many of our scenic railroads are celebrating the season with Easter excursions. Families are invited to get outside after a long winter to enjoy a trip through the countryside with Peter Cottontail himself! We have rounded up several Easter-themed trains that are running special events for kids in the Delaware Valley.

Some of these trains include an Easter Egg hunt at the halfway stop. It is helpful to check whether the railroad provides a photographer and charges for a picture with the Bunny or if you can bring your own camera.

These Easter Bunny Trains can be the start of a great family tradition to celebrate the Easter holiday and to welcome Spring!  Be sure to check our calendar for more fun spring events.


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