Restaurants

A Dozen Family-Friendly Restaurants Near Times Square

Finding a family-friendly Times Square restaurant that doesn't belong in a mall might be even more difficult than navigating the tourist-and-costumed-character-crammed sidewalks of the 'hood with a stroller. The presence of Applebee's, Chevy's, Olive Garden, and TGI Friday's might leave you feeling like you're in the 'burbs, not the crossroads of the world.

But just as there are things to do with kids in Times Square beyond the usual tourist attractions, there are also a variety of off-the-beaten-track, family-friendly eateries serving tasty cuisine that reflects our melting pot of a city.

Next time you're in the Theater District, whether seeing a Broadway show, entertaining guests or just passing through, skip the chains and try one of these 12 kid-friendly Times Square restaurants.

Philly Area Beer Gardens That Are Kid-Friendly

Al fresco dining and drinking is a natural match for parents who enjoy getting out and having a semi-adult evening without having to call a babysitter. Which is why beer gardens are such a draw for parents. The outdoor space is perfect for kids who may be a bit on the loud side (speaking from personal experience), and beer gardens often include games that kids enjoy. Not to mention all the other kids that are there who they can play with. But not all beer gardens are created equally, or are quite as welcoming to parents with kids in tow (understandably so). So here is your go-to list for which beer gardens are the best for families:

Pick-Your-Own Strawberry Farms in Connecticut

Right now, strawberry picking is just getting under way, but don't hesitate: on some farms the picking season lasts just a few weeks. Happy picking, and baking, and eating!  Not only is picking your own fruit a fun family activity, it's also a great way to teach children about where their food comes from and to engage them in its preparation process. For more pick-your-own options check out our posts about strawberry picking in Hartford County and blueberry picking farms.

15 June Festivals for New Jersey Families

Summer is almost here, and festivals are kicking into high gear. There’s something to delight everyone this month, whether your family loves history, food, nature or a good, old-fashioned carnival. Highlights include the Privateers & Pirates Festival at Tuckerton Seaport, St. Andrew's Big Greek Festival and the Strawberry Harvest Festival at Alstede Farms. You can’t go wrong with any of these awesome outings. So grab the family, slap on some sunscreen and start your season of fun at one (or more!) of these 15 fabulous fests. Check out our Event Calendar for even more wonderful family happenings this month.

Pick-Your-Own Berry Farms in Connecticut

The abundance and availability of fresh food at this time of the year is a real treat. Being able to pick our own fruits and vegetables at local farms makes the bounty taste even sweeter. Not only is it a fun family activity, it's also a great way to teach children about where their food comes from and to engage them in its preparation process.

Right now, strawberry picking is just getting under way, but don't hesitate: on some farms the picking season lasts just a few weeks.  For more pick-your-own options in Connecticut, check out our posts about strawberry picking in Hartford County and blueberry picking farms. Happy picking - and baking - and eating!

Where to Have Mother's Day Brunch in Boston Without a Reservation

Going out for Mother’s Day brunch sounds like such a treat, but you may fear you’ve missed your chance if you didn’t make reservations weeks in advance. Not so. There are plenty of restaurants all over the Boston area welcoming walk-ins for breakfast and brunch on Mother’s Day. Some of them are even near a few of the spring festivals happening that Sunday, so you can stroll over after your meal to make a day of it. 

Mommy Freebies! Free Stuff for LA Moms on Mother's Day

Naturally, we hope that someone is making brunch reservations for you this Mother's Day. But what to do with the rest of the day? Well, there's nothing like feeling appreciated, and what says, "We appreciate you, Mom!" better than free admission (or a free cocktail)? Check out these places around town where the free carpet is rolled out just for mamas on Mother's Day.

Mother's Day Brunch Restaurants in Los Angeles and Orange County

Mother's Day, and the brunching is easy—and when we say easy, we mean the culinary version of a chick flick. This is not a day for the Denny's Lumberjack Slam (not that there's anything wrong with that); Mother's Day brunch begs sprigs of rosemary, ocean views, and maybe a harp plucked with a rose. Or, if that's not your thing, Fillmore & Western Railway is happy to Throw Mama on the Train. The key is Mom's Choice—all day!

Read on for some of our favorite restaurants that offer a pretty darn fabulous Mother's Day brunch.

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