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Free Indoor Play Spots for New Jersey Kids

From malls and toy stores to libraries and bookstores, these low-key play spots will banish winter boredom—at least for a little while. The best part? They're all free! So grab a coffee and a friend, and schedule your next play date at one of these indoor gems.

For even more family fun, don't miss our guide to great indoor play spaces with fees for winter drop-in hours. If you find yourself with a full day to fill and you're up for a little adventure, plan a winter day trip. And don't miss our Events Calendar for tons of local happenings. 

Lincoln Center with Kids: 15 Fun & Mostly Free Things to Do

Lincoln Center, the grand performing arts mecca on Manhattan's Upper West Side, may seem out of reach to many. Prices for the fancy, high-culture shows are beyond most family budgets, but that shouldn't keep you away. From watching the iconic fountain dance to rooting out hidden gem performances that cost little-to-nothing, Lincoln Center is a rich cultural destination you don't need to be rich to enjoy. Here are our top 15 FREE or low-cost things to do with kids at Lincoln Center.

18 Chicago Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free

With famous hometown dishes, world-class restaurants, and a vibrant international food scene, Chicago is one of the best eating towns in the country. But buying your kids a nice meal at a restaurant only to watch them eat three bites and yell "Done!" would leave a bad taste in even the most die-hard foodie's mouth. We've rounded up 18 Chicago restaurants where the grownups can have a great meal while the kids eat FREE, for those nights when you need a break from cooking but don't want to shell out extra for grilled cheese or buttered noodles off the kids' menu.

True to the area's family-friendly vibe, Lakeview takes the prize for the Chicago neighborhood with the most restaurants where kids can eat free, but we've found a few spots downtown offering free meals for kids, as well as restaurants with deals for families in Wicker Park, Lincoln Park, and Evanston. Read on and eat up.

Best Houston Neighborhoods and Homes for Viewing Holiday Lights

During the most magical time of the year, there are many ways to get your holiday light fix. Houston has beautiful public lighting displays, but nothing beats driving the family around a neighborhood in your Christmas pajamas. For those evenings when you want to enjoy the beauty of the holiday season at your own pace, it's helpful to know which Houston neighborhoods go above and beyond in the decoration department.

We've rounded up the neighborhoods with must-see lighting displays, so all you have to do is gather the family into the car, turn on some holiday tunes, and explore the Bayou City on your own time. However, many neighborhoods prefer visitors between 6-10 p.m. Lights are typically up from Thanksgiving through New Years. Also, for all things holiday in Houston - from free events to shows - check out our ultimate holiday guide for families.

Free Holiday Events for Chicago Kids

Free holiday fun for kids is around every corner in Chicago this month, from long-standing annual favorites like Zoo Lights at the Lincoln Park Zoo to hilarious modern takes on the holiday like the Ugly Sweater Skate at Maggie Daley Park. Menorah and Christmas tree lightings give dark winter afternoons a much-needed glow-up. And if you need another reason to blow past bedtime, you can spread out your blanket for a holiday movie screening with an indoor picnic.

Click through the the event listings for details, including times and location information, and keep an eye on our action-packed Event Calendar—there's always something new to do in the Chicago area.

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