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Get Ready for Glamping on Governors Island This Summer!

The seasonal perks on Governors Island, long one of our favorite favorite summertime playgrounds, just keep getting better. New in store for summer 2018: Luxury tent camping, or glamping, and an expanded Adventures at Governors Island are two big developments announced by the Trust for Governors Island on Wednesday.

Read on to learn all about the additions coming this summer.

25 Toddler Approved Places in Fairfield County

When your child takes those first steps into toddlerhood, it becomes obvious that the game has changed. No more baby that sleeps soundly in a carrier, or is amused by being pushed around in a stroller. Toddlers hit the ground running and are ready for some hands-on interactive fun. Those loveable bundles of joy have endless energy and an unquenchable desire to explore their surroundings.  That's why we've rounded up 25 places in Fairfield County we know toddlers will love, from active play options to animal fun to sweet treats. Many of the destinations on our list are free, and some of the activities also appeal to older siblings. And for some more indoor fun options check out our Indoor Fun Guide

Check out our top 25 tot spots and if we missed any of your favorites, please add them in the comments.

The 15 Most Exciting Things Coming to NYC This Year for Kids

One constant about New York City is that it's always changing. New attractions, shows, exhibitions, and more pop up regularly—it's one reason we love living here, right? As we march into 2018, we are delighted to share some of the new exciting things opening this year in the city for kids and families. Lego Live descends on NYC, new family-friendly Broadway shows are on the horizon, plus fantastic new exhibits come to the American Museum of Natural History and the New-York Historical Society.

Brooklynites have a new kid-friendly play place and a new movie theater to look forward to, not to mention the much-anticipated opening of the New York Aquarium's expanded space and brand-new exhibit.

New or newly renovated parks and playgrounds are also slated to open this year, plus two new routes on the NYC Ferry. We've got details on all this more in our roundup of the best new openings in 2018 for kids and families in New York City.

Adventure Playground: Orange County's Park for Free-range Kids

I had been hearing rave reviews about Orange County’s Adventure Playground—the so-called free-range playground—ever since I first moved to the area. The hype around this place makes it sound something like a time machine, throwing back to a day of mud puddles in the vacant lot. I finally loaded two kids, a bag of snacks, extra clothes, and beach towels into my car and headed to Irvine to see what the fuss was all about.

Hottest New NYC Destinations for Kids That Opened in 2017

As we close out the year, we're looking back at all the wonderful new cool kid attractions we gained in New York City in 2017. There was massive new development in the Midtown area, with two big family destinations added to Times Square, Gulliver's Gate and National Geographic Encounter: Ocean Odysessy, and a completely revamped American Girl store at Rockefeller Center.

We gained new Broadway shows, including SpongeBob SquarePants and Anastasia, and even a new museum downtown, Choco-Story New York: The Chocolate Museum and Experience. Outdoor destinations weren't neglected either. The city tripled its number of zip lines with additions on Governors Island and at the Bronx Zoo, and continued to revamp neighborhood playgrounds, bringing new or improved romping spots to a number of favorite parks.

A handful of new play spaces opened in Brooklyn, Queens, and on Roosevelt Island. Read on to catch up on all these exciting new offerings, and Happy New Year to you and your family!

7 Drop-In Indoor Playgrounds Where Boston Kids Can Get Their Energy Out

As the temperatures really start to take a nosedive, 'tis the season for finding winter activities that keep kids busy indoors. Just in time for December vacation, we’ve rounded up seven indoor play spaces where you can take your little ones and your school-age kids, too. Most are a drive outside city limits, but all have lots of space and plenty of options for high-energy fun. 

Register for Free Swimming Lessons for NYC Kids

The New York City Parks Department offers FREE aquatic programs for children under 18 all year round, as well as adults, but you have to apply through an online lottery for each session. Winter swimming lessons are on the horizon, and the lottery for registration opens Saturday, December 23, 2017 at noon through Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 11:59pm, so straight through the school holiday break.

The winter swim lessons will take place Monday, January 8, 2018 through Thursday, March 22, 2018. The mandatory water test for older kids will take place Saturday, January 6, 2018.

Read on for the details on where to swim for free, or check our directory of paid kid swim classes, and mommy-and-me swim lessons for babies and toddlers, including those specifically in Brooklyn and in Queens.

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