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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.

Book Worms Unite! Book Clubs for Westchester Kids and Tweens

While there are all sorts of clubs and classes for kids to try in Westchester (Chess! Music! Photography!), if your child is the one who’s reading books by flashlight way past her bedtime, it might be a great time to try a book club. We’ve rounded up 20 book clubs in Westchester County—whether your child is into graphic novels or YA fiction.  

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4 Workouts for Westchester Families to Try Together

While there are lots of Mommy and Me classes to take in Westchester, they’re usually geared towards the under-5 set. But what if you’re looking to spend time trying a fitness activity with your kids, like swimming or yoga, once they’ve made their way to elementary school? We’ve got those too!

Here are a few places in where families can work up a sweat together. The best part? You’ll get in a workout, kids will see firsthand the importance of staying healthy and active—and everyone will have fun. 

Prefer to workout solo? Check out a list of gyms in the area with on-site childcare.

New Kids' Gym in Paramus Lets NJ Parents Drop and Shop

Shopping with kids can be a chore. When they’re not running around the sales floor or playing hide-and-seek in the clothing racks, they’re complaining or asking you to buy them something. Instead of dropping $20 on snacks and small toys to keep them happy, why not put that “treat” money toward something both of you can enjoy—a drop-off gym class at the mall. PopFit Kids, which recently opened in the South Court at Paramus Park Mall, offers this and more—including drop-in and weekly classes that offer kids plenty of active, indoor fun. It just might help both kids and parents enjoy a trip to the mall once again. 

GOAL! Take to the Ice with Hockey Lessons for Philadelphia Kids

Philadelphia is home to the Flyers and some intense sports fans. For many, hockey is serious business, and they are just as excited to see the Flyers bring home the Stanley Cup as they are to see Team USA bring home the Olympic gold. So it comes as no surprise that many kids want to take to the ice and learn to skate and play like the pros. Fortunately, there are a number of local programs that are NHL Learn to Skate USA partners. The program is designed to build skills and make hockey a positive experience, and the only thing you need are basic ice skating skills. If your kid has the eye of the tiger and is dreaming of growing up to be the next Bobby Clarke or Claude Giroux, we've put together a roundup of some Philadelphia-area rinks that offer ice hockey lessons for kids.

20 Art Studios with Drop-In Sessions for New Jersey Kids

Like the idea of crafting with your kid but cringe at the thought of paint and glitter all over your house? Lucky for us, New Jersey is home to a variety of drop-in art studios that offer your spontaneous painter, potter, glassmaker, and jeweler the chance to get their craft on. The perfect destinations for a cold winter day, these craft-tastic spaces let you skip the mess at home while catering to your budding artist's creative impulses.  

10 Drop-In Art Locations for Long Island Kids

Lucky enough to have a potential Picasso on your hands? Perhaps a little Salvador Dali´ in the making?

There are few things quite as inspiring as discovering your child’s artistic soul. And you can cultivate that on Long Island at one of these 10 art spots that offer drop-in classes, painting parties, and more. Long-term commitments are often not necessary, so kids can pop in for arts and crafts fun and get those creative juices flowing.

While you’re at it, check out our guide to classes and enrichment opportunities for Long Island kids. Our Winter Fun Guide has a host of seasonal activities to consider, and our museums guide offers the best venues to cultivate your child's intellect.

7 Spots Westchester Kids Can Take Figure Skating Classes

As the Olympic competition heats up and outdoor temperatures struggle to creep above frigid, the cold-yet-controlled climates of Westchester County's indoor skating rinks beckon to families who've been cooped up all winter. If you're looking for ways to get your own little Nathan Chen or Bradie Tennell out there on the ice, check out these local skating classes.

Want even more winter fun? Take a look at our Winter Fun Guide.

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