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Best Spots to Host a Kid's Indoor Birthday Party in Houston

Planning a birthday party in Houston is no small feat - there are so many options with what you can do! Outdoor parties can be like playing roulette hoping the weather complies; our city is known for going from blazing sun to pouring rain in the blink of an eye and it’s often hard to know what to expect.

For parents wanting to take the safer, climate-controlled, route, Houston offers many indoor venues that are great for throwing a unique party. We’ve rounded up a variety of exciting options in a range of prices for celebrating kids of all ages! An additional bonus is that many of these locations offer all-inclusive packages that make hosting stress-free for parents.

Manhattan's Best Drop-in Play Spaces and Kids' Gyms

Finding a non-membership, drop-in play spot for your toddler or preschooler in your neighborhood is like gold to New York City parents—almost as good as scoring a deal on rent. Because when it gets too cold for the city's many playgrounds, and another playdate at home seems dull (or, let's be honest, stressful), taking your kid to a cool indoor kiddie gym or other play space, where everything seems new and someone else will do the cleaning up, is a relief to the whole family.

While the outer boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn dominate the indoor play space market, Manhattan has plenty of creative kid spaces. Some of these dozen awesome spots profiled below allow families to drop in, while others ask that you make reservations, but none require any kind of long-term financial commitment.

For even more wallet-friendly play spaces citywide, see our roundup of budget-friendly play spots. And if you've got a child under the age of 5 to entertain, you might also check out our roundup of a dozen indoor play spaces perfect for the pint-sized set.

11 Indoor Play Spaces for Boston Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

It’s that time of year. The weather is increasingly dreary and predictably unpredictable. Playgrounds are icy even when the sun's out. And yet, if you have a child who is too young for full-day school or drop-off activities, you've gotta find a way to fill the days and burn off everyone's energy. While some indoor playgrounds cater to big kids, too, we are especially grateful for drop-in playspaces that have special zones designed for babies, toddlers, and young preschoolers. Here's the skinny on 9 of our favorite romper rooms.

Indoor Swimming Pools for Families on Long Island

If you haven't had a chance to get away this season and spend time by the pool, there's still hope—and you don’t have to brave the crowds at the airport to get there.

Why not visit one of the many indoor swimming pools Long Island has to offer? We’ve rounded up some of Nassau and Suffolk County's most affordable and family-friendly indoor pools that are open to the public. Check out each location’s website for family swim schedules and rules, as well as information on lessons. And don't forget to take a look at your school district’s website under the “athletics” link or similar to determine if it offers a community swim program. 

For swimming lessons around Long Island or other kid-friendly activities you can enjoy in winter, check out our guide to indoor play spaces and our Long Island classes and enrichment guide.

Best Indoor Play Spaces for DC Kids

Parents of little ones agree: Getting out of the house and burning off all that youthful energy is a must for wintertime survival. It shouldn’t be surprising that the DC area has tons of indoor things to do, especially when it comes to museums. But if you just want the kids to run, jump, climb, and play (without causing a worst storm inside your house than is actually happening outside), DC has got parents covered on the creative free play side of things too.

While most of the DC/MD/VA indoor play spaces on our list do have an entry fee, don’t forget about your local library. With story times and children’s areas with books, blocks, and toys, the library can be a great (and free!) place to get the winter wiggles out.

Read on for our list of 12 of the DC area's best and most interesting indoor play spaces.

Indoor Action Centers Where Westchester Kids Can Burn Energy

When cold and rain makes outdoor play impossible, it's good to know there are a number of fantastic indoor play options in Westchester where kids can burn off all that excess energy. We've rounded up the biggest and best places where kids can run, jump, bounce, climb, and play when outdoors just isn't an option.

Looking for more indoor ideas when inclement weather dampens outdoor fun? Check out our Guide to Indoor Fun and Play Spaces for Westchester Kids, and look to our Event Calendar for tons of fun indoor happenings all year long.

35+ Indoor Play Spaces for Kids in Northern NJ

Neither flurries nor rain, nor heat nor cold should keep New Jersey children from enjoying a day of play—especially when there are so many awesome indoor play spaces in Northern Jersey. From toddler play dates to teen outings, we've compiled a list of the best indoor playgrounds in Northern New Jersey where kids can drop in for play. No memberships needed! 

If you're looking for sites that are a bit farther south, check out this listing of Central Jersey play spaces.

Got a Library Card? You Can Get into 47 Museums and Gardens for Free

New York is home to so many great cultural institutions, but visiting them all with your family regularly can seriously add up. We're always on the hunt for free times to visit and other ways to save on the best family fun in NYC, but with the help of a library card, FREE museum admission is just a few keystrokes away. If you're a current cardholder at the New York Public Library, you're going to want to read on.

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