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12 Books that Make Kids Proud to be Bostonians

Boston is a city steeped in history, and one of the best ways to learn about all of its famous landmarks and residents is through books. Next time you head to one of our city's great libraries or bookstores, look for one or more of these 12 great children's books, including a brand-new, beautifully illustrated story about the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. From landmark lore to rich biographies, these great reads will inspire hometown pride in Boston kids in different, age-appropriate ways.

Kids' Happy Hour Activities in NYC to Keep 'Em Busy Until Bed

Even for the most innovative parent, the gap between late afternoon and bedtime can be challenging to fill—especially during bad weather. When it's too cold and dark for the park, the "witching hour" can feel like an endless desert of time. Most play spaces, libraries, and museums close the doors before 6pm, so it's hard to justify schlepping across the city for a short window of playtime, especially when getting everyone fed is a factor. What's a parent to do? Well, check out our borough-by-borough breakdown of kid-centric locales that are open "late!" to keep your kids (little and big) busy till bedtime. 

25 Exciting Things to Do with LI Preschoolers

Long Island is, of course, an awesome place to raise a family. From Nassau County to the East End and everywhere in between, there is no shortage of things to do with kids. And if your family consists of at least one high-energy preschooler, there are plenty of fun activities around the Island to keep him or her happily entertained.

We’ve rounded up 25 of our favorite things to do with little ones, including exploring the great outdoors, discovering something new in a museum, visiting a different playground or parkgetting creative, and much, much more. We hope this list inspires you and your toddler to take advantage of all Long Island has to offer families.

For more inspiration, check out our guide to entertaining your Long Island preschooler and our Events Calendar.

February School Break: 35 Fun Things to Do with NYC Kids

Kids can stop praying for more snow days. Midwinter recess kicks off for New York City public schools on Friday, February 16, aka Lunar New Year and continues through Sunday, February 25, giving kids 10 days of uninterrupted holiday playtime. To help you make the most of the February vacation, we've rounded up 35 things to do with kids across all five boroughs.

Lucky for us, NYC museums, ice rinks, parks, and other fun zones host a slew of special activities and promotions during the school break. Some of our picks take place on specific dates, others run the entire time, and all are great ways to celebrate the freezin' season.

The extra days off also make it a great time to book a couple of nights away as a family with these more budget-minded getaways, or to pile onto the train or into the car for a day trip to a top kid spot.

Remember you can always search our Event Calendar for more February break week happenings. (Tip: Search for a specific day or with the word "break.")

30 Things to Do Over February Break With Long Island Kids

No matter what you call it...February break, midwinter vacation, or Presidents Week, your kids will be home from school for a whole week and you need ideas to keep them busy.

Well, we’ve got exactly what you need: a list of 30 family-friendly events happening across Long Island during public school break, February 19-23. Some private schools on the Island are closed February 12-16, but most of these events are timeless enough to be enjoyed whenever your children are home. 

From one-day and weeklong camps to outdoor ice skating and indoor swimming to museums and aquarium events, our roundup of activities will get your kids up and out of the house. Some events might cost you, but plenty are FREE or low cost, so there’s no excuse to not try at least one.

And for more ideas, check out our list of camps and classes during February break as well as our February GoList and Winter Fun Guide.

31 Things To Do in Gowanus, Brooklyn with Kids

Sandwiched between the famously family-friendly enclaves of BoCoCa and Park Slope, Gowanus is holding its own in terms of cool hangouts and play spaces for kids. With the promise of a $500 million Superfund cleanup of its odoriferous waterway, the area is transforming from an industrial pass-through to a destination in its own right, complete with new condo development. Following in the footsteps of nearby Red Hook, warehouses have become art houses, and boutiques and restaurants are opening up left and right. Mixed-use buildings are providing more residential options than ever, so it's no surprise that this Brooklyn neighborhood is attracting young families in droves.

Gowanus spans the area from Baltic Street to the north and the Gowanus Expressway to the south, Fourth Avenue to the east, and Smith and Hoyt Streets to the west. Despite all the development in this formerly industrial neighborhood, Gowanus maintains its status as a hotbed for artists, makers, and entrepreneurs. Easily accessible by subway, and walking distance from the Barclays Center, the area is exploding with activities for families and kids of all ages. Enjoy an ice cream cone, explore the art scene, or get busy creating in the up-and-coming 'hood.

8 Bakeries Making Outrageous Birthday Cakes for Westchester Kids

Kids’ birthday parties have become way more elaborate than when we were kids, with large guest lists and elaborate entertainment. Birthday cakes have stepped up their game, too. While some parents opt for simplicity, like buying a sheet cake from the supermarket or Carvel, there’s a definite market for sensational cakes with a heftier price tag.

Below we’ve rounded up Westchester bakeries that have the chops to create cakes worthy of The Food Network. Whether you seek a simple layer cake frosted in buttercream or a three-tiered tower adorned with elaborate fondant figurines, these shops—pardon the expression—really take the cake!

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