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Safe, Organized, and Indoor Trick-or-Treat Options for LA Kids on Halloween Night

We may have grown up cruising the streets unchaperoned eating loosely wrapped candy on Halloween night, but we’d no sooner let our own children do that than bounce around the back of a station wagon without a car seat. And while some of us are fortunate enough to have friendly, festive neighborhoods to walk our Avengers and Elsas through, many parents prefer the safety and self-contained nature of a mall, museum, or other organized trick-or-treat event.

Keep an eye on our events calendar and Halloween Fun Guide for complete listings; some venues hold their Halloween celebrations on the weekend, to maximize the holiday. October 31, of course, is the night for ringing doorbells, but for those who prefer to collect their candy in a confined space, we have more than 25 local options below.

New Play Space in Westchester Offers Fun for Little Ones and Caregivers

Looking for an indoor play space for young children in lower Westchester? You're in luck—a new destination for classes, free play, retail, and parties for the 6-and-under set has just arrived in Pelham: Tig & Peach. We paid a visit and were dazzled by the use of the space.

Read on for the lowdown on Tig & Peach, which opened in September. And be sure to subscribe to our newsletters and follow us on Facebook to stay in the know about other news for Westchester and Hudson Valley families!

Dine-In Movie Theaters Around Houston Perfect For Family Outings

Looking for a fun way to enjoy dinner and a movie as a family? Knock both items out in one fell swoop when you visit a dine-in movie theater around Houston with your kids. While watching a movie at home might offer you and your kids the chance to enjoy a meal with your show, dinner just tastes better when you don't have to cook it. At these local theaters, you can enjoy more than just the standard popcorn, candy, and soda from the movie theater snack bar. From bite-sized appetizers and tapas-style small bite plates to full-blown dinner menus (with kid's menus, too!), you and your kids can enjoy an elevated food experience served right to your seat all while catching the latest flick. 

If you've never been to a dine-in movie before, here's a run down of what you can expect. With only a couple of slight exceptions noted below, most dine-in theaters work the same way. You'll want to make a reservation online or by phone ahead of time to secure your seat as most dine-in theaters offer quite a bit fewer seats than traditional theaters. When you arrive, a server will take your order right from your seat and deliver it to you. They'll generally come back around another time during the movie to take dessert orders or refill drinks. You'll receive a check to pay for your meal when your movie is finished, just like you would at a traditional restaurant. It's a pretty fun way to see a movie and enjoy a great meal. 

Peek Inside the New Hunters Point Library in Long Island City

The highly-anticipated Hunters Point Library in Long Island City is now open to the public, with a lovely waterfront location, a sunny children's section, a packed calendar of family programming, and that delicious "new library smell." (Just kidding. Sort of...)  

An estimated 15 years in the making, the $41.5 million Queens architectural marvel is now welcoming visitors of all ages. So if you’re looking for an indoor adventure and the allure of your local library has worn off, here's a peek inside NYC's newest literary jewel box.

New Art of the Brick Exhibit Dazzles at New York Hall of Science

Lego maniacs in the five boroughs now have an alternative to making a trek to Westchester (or awaiting the opening of the Legoland Resort coming next year to the Hudson Valley) if they want to commune with huge piles of colorful building bricks. The New York Hall of Science's spectacular Art of the Brick exhibit is on view now through January 26.

Using more than a million bricks, artist Nathan Sawaya created over 100 pieces for this exhibition, from recreations of iconic pieces of art to original sculptures including a stunning T. Rex. In collaboration with photographer Dean West, the exhibit also showcases an innovative multimedia collection of Lego art photography. For more details about the interactive play stations and installations, read on.

Museum of Ice Cream Returns to NYC This Winter

Clearly someone was listening in on our dreams. The Museum of Ice Cream, an imaginative pop-up experience celebrating everybody's favorite frozen dessert, is returning to NYC later this year, with a new location in Soho, new installations, and a bigger-than-ever "sprinkle pool." Tickets went on sale yesterday, and if previous incarnations of the museum are any indication, the timed entry slots will go fast. Read on for the scoop...or the double scoop with chocolate sauce.

Top Family-Friendly Spots on NYC’s Upper East Side

Featuring New York's most iconic park, world-renowned museums, some of the city's most unique play spots, and eateries for all, the Upper East Side has easily earned its spot as a family favorite. Watch Avery, a Kids Access Press student reporter, take us on an action-packed video tour of the fun-filled neighborhood. Then read on below for more details about some of the area's best spots for kids.

Thanks to our sponsor 180 E 88th St for making this video possible. 180 E 88th is a luxury building in the heart of everything that makes NYC’s Upper East Side a perfect fit for families. Take a peek at the stunning full- and half-floor residences, complete with 14’+ ceilings and sweeping views of Central Park, plus the 8 floors of amenities, including a wine room, game room, indoor basketball court and soccer pitch, and a playroom conceptualized by the Children's Museum of the Arts.

Best Things to Do in Cypress With Kids

Not too long ago, longtime Houstonians may have referred to Cypress as "the country," but the northwest Houston suburb has certainly grown. It's bustling with unique small businesses, particularly some great restaurants and breweries. There are plenty of reasons to spend the day out in the CYP, and there is plenty to do. These are our top recommendations for places to see and where to eat in Cypress with kids.


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