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See National Parks for Free in 2017 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 2017. Whether it is or not, you may want to check out the just released FREE admission days at some of the country's largest parks. Courtesy of the National Park Service, the 10 FREE days all take place on easy-for-planning weekends, school breaks, and national holidays at select parks.

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 10 holidays include some of those iconic, bucket list spots like the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Acadia, Zion, Shenandoah, Glacier National Park, Olympic National Park, Harpers Ferry, Everglades National Park, 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.

Mark your calendars as the first FREE admission day is coming up this month, Monday, January 19, Martin Luther King Day; and now, read on to find out the rest of the FREE days, and get a peek at some of the kid-friendly parks that are waiving admission. 

Visiting Play: The New Indoor Spot at The Westchester Mall

We can all get a little stir-crazy in these cold winter months, but that doesn’t mean you always want to spend money on activities. Thankfully, The Westchester mall in White Plains has opened a brand-new play place that is a perfect spot to kill some time on a ho-hum day. The best part? It’s FREE! 

Looking for more things to do that won’t necessarily cost an arm and leg? Consult our Indoor Fun Guide and sign up for our newsletters

20 Free Things to Do with Long Island Kids This Winter

Wintertime in the Northeast means getting creative about keeping the kids entertained and engaged. But indoor play space and fun zones, museum admissions, and theater can all start to add up. So how to do it without breaking the bank? Lucky you. We've rounded up FREE events for Long Island kids and families happening this winter!

We found indoor STEAM events, outdoor hikes at the Fire Island seashore and Quogue Wildlife Refuge, hands-on workshops for little builders, and more special events. 

Remember, you can always check our Events Calendar for FREE events by using the "free" search filter. Be sure to also keep an eye on our Winter Fun Guide as we continue to update it with more season-specific ideas like sledding and winter walks.

20 Fun and Free Things to Do with CT Kids Over Holiday Break

Are you feel overwhelmed yet? I sure am. As much as I love the holidays—and I do love them—it's a hard time of year to be a parent, running around doing last minute shopping and cooking and decorating and entertaining, and just when you think you've got the whole thing covered: the kids are out of school for a few weeks (if you have preschoolers, your kids may even be on vacation already)! Now what are you going to do? (I'm not the only person who feels this way, right?) The good news is there's a lot going on across the state through the holiday break, from light displays to craft workshops to carol sings and more. The better news is that many of the activities are completely free!

For more great ideas to keep the whole family entertained, check out our frequently updated events calendar and our Holiday Fun Guide. Enjoy!

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