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Best Queens Play Spaces and Gyms for Kids

Queens has plenty of indoor play spaces with open play hours for when it's too cold, too rainy, or too hot for the kids to run around outside. In fact, it has more than Manhattan and is gaining on Brooklyn.

We found 15 indoor romping spots in the borough that offer drop-in sessions open to the public, including several newcomers, such as Shastye Art Gallery and Play SpaceGood Day Play Cafe, and Sunnyside Plays. We also welcomed a complete overhaul of Let's Play Playhouse in Astoria, and City Owlets, which just opened in 2017.

Bonus: All of these spots host birthday parties, too, and most are much more affordable than their Manhattan competitors.

10 Ways To Meet Other Moms in Houston

Being a mom and a friend can sometimes feel like mutually exclusive concepts, from navigating around naptimes to finding a babysitter (make sure to check out these parent's night out options). It can be helpful to have some mom friends who understand what you are going through, but it is also challenging - you have to put yourself out there and be willing to talk to new people before setting up that first (play) date (perhaps at one of these museums, restaurants or indoor playspaces). Here are 10 ways to meet other moms in the Bayou City, so get out there! Your new mom clique could be just one library story time away.

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Chinese New Year, Monster Jam, Zumba

There’s a lot to celebrate this weekend (other than the simple fact that it’s the weekend). First up, ring in the Year of the Rooster at NJPAC with a performance by Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company. Party at the grand opening of chic new kids space Kidoolo Play Club. And jump start Groundhog Day festivities with a visit to local hideouts of the furry forecasters. For even more ways to celebrate all the fun winter has to offer, check out our January GoList and Event Calendar

9 Exciting New Spots in NYC for Kids' Classes

Confession time: Sometimes, I feel a little overwhelmed by just how many children's classes are available in New York City. Should we do gymnastics or ballet? Robotics or writing this semester? It can be hard to know which are worth the time and money. An inspiring instructor can shape a lifelong hobby or even a career, but if that first class isn't good, a kid can sometimes lost all interest in a subject.

We've put together a list of nine new spots around the city offering cool kids' classes; hopefully this list makes your choice a little more manageable! Your child can get a mental workout at one of the new maker spaces or work off any excess energy with more physical classes, like yoga or rock climbing. 

Remember, this is just a sampling of offerings in NYC. For more enrichment options, check out our Classes Guide or Directory of businesses for a more complete listing.

Ice Skating Lessons for Preschoolers in the Boston Area

Does your preschooler dream of being a hockey star or Olympic figure skater? Or do you simply want to help your little one learn a new skill and take part in a fun winter activity? Either way, three- and four-year-olds are at a perfect age to learn to skate, and we're lucky to have access to lots of great public rinks in Boston. We've compiled a list of area ice skating schools that offer lessons especially for this age group. 

Indoor Water Parks and Pools for Philly Area Families

Winter certainly has its charms: building snowmen, sledding, skating, and hot cocoa are wonderful, but by mid-January you and your family might be looking to warm up in a more tropical environment. While it might be nice to board a plane to a sunny island destination, it’s not always possible or cost-effective. Luckily, you can enjoy some summertime fun even in the coldest months at a multitude of indoor water parks and pools not too far from Philly. Go dig out your bathing suit from behind your coats and mittens, and get ready to take the plunge at one of these exciting parks!

Art Camps for Houston Kids

If you're scratching your head and wondering how it's possible that we are already talking summer activities, you're not alone. But Memorial Day will be here before we know it, and your kids will be bored before July 4th. If you have an arty kid, keep their creative juices flowing by enrolling in summer art camp. Houston has so many great camp options to channel your child's creative energy.  

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