City Bakery Hot Chocolate Festival 2016

It's February and that means it's time for City Bakery's annual Hot Chocolate Festival. For every day in February, the popular Flatiron eatery City Bakery will be spicing up its delicious cocoa with a different flavor. And since it's a Leap Year, that's 29 days of hot chocolates that need to be sampled.

City Bakery is already a kid-friendly spot, but it's also nearby the wonderful Books of Wonder and lots of other family attractions in Flatiron like the Lego Store, the recently opened Dylan's Candy Bar and of course the Union Square Playground that it makes for a great winter outing. Maybe hit of the new MoMath Beaver Run exhibit pre- or post-hot cocoa? 

Looking for more to do this month? Read our February GoList for great NYC family events all month.

Where to Eat With Kids in DC Near the National Mall and Capital

We recently visited Washington DC with the kids. It makes a great car-free getaway since most of the museums and attractions are centralized around the National Mall and Capital. But finding good, kid-friendly, and inexpensive food when you're hungry and tired from lots of walking was challenging. We did eventually find some good options after a few days of exploring (and some help from our hotel concierge). Here are the best family friendly restaurants we discovered near the Capital and National Mall. 

Christmas Cookie Crawl: 10 Sweet NYC Holiday Bakeries to Visit

One of the best things about the holiday season is the opportunity to indulge in once-a-year special treats. Whether you bake them or buy them, enjoying holiday cookies is a great way to treat the kids (and you!) between all that shopping, visiting Santa and checking out amazing holiday displays all over town.

From gingerbread-infused macarons to traditional European specialties and the American classic sugar cookie, we've rounded up our top 10 bakeries for getting your Christmas cookie fix in NYC this season. While we focused on Manhattan for this cookie search, several of our selections can be found in Queens and Brooklyn, too.

Philly Area Restaurants Open Christmas Day

That Christmas goose may be getting fat, but you have no desire to cook it. And who could blame you? After all the shopping and excursions to enjoy area events, why not take a holiday yourself and spend your meal enjoying your family instead of cooking and cleaning away! Philadelphia's ample dining scene leaves you with plenty of options to choose from. Here's a roundup of open restaurants on Christmas Day, serving up traditional (and not-so-traditional) fare!

Brooklyn's Best Hot Chocolate Spots

Delicious, steaming hot cocoa topped with pillowy marshmallow is a kid staple during the long winter months, warming little hands from the very first sip. You can make it at home, of course, but foodie Brooklyn offers a multitude of independent chocolatiers, coffee shops and cafes serving up rich, creamy and inventive hot chocolates.

We recently covered the best spots to get hot chocolate in Manhattan, but Brooklyn, home to the city's artisanal food scene has plenty to offer, too. Read on for eight of our favorite spots to pick up a cup of hot chocolate with the kids in this family-fueled borough.

Best High Tea Spots in NYC to Enjoy a Cup with Kids

Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or just looking for a memorable experience, afternoon tea—popularly called high tea in New York City—can be a fun outing with kids. It's an especially great winter outing and particularly fitting during the holidays.

Several places serve high tea in New York City, with varying degrees of appropriateness for children. From the fancy Eloise Tea at the Plaza Hotel to the funky vegan snacks served at Teany on the Lower East Side, there are teas for children of all ages and parents of all budgets. Here's our take on some of the best high tea cafes in NYC.

10 Restaurants Open on Christmas Day in Los Angeles and Orange Country

The tree is trimmed; the presents are wrapped, and the cookies are baked and boxed. Hmm. Now, what to make for Christmas dinner. Our suggestion? Reservations. That’s right. Many Southland restaurants will be open and happy to serve you on Christmas Day.

You’ve already done so much to get ready for the big day. Instead of once again slaving over that hot stove, pile your family and out-of-town guests into the car and give yourself the gift of dining out. That way you can kick back and enjoy the day!

Grand Central's Most Kid-Friendly Restaurants

Whether you’re catching a train, taking in the neighborhood sights or simply exploring Grand Central Terminal with your kids, hunger will inevitably beckon. You can find plenty of high-end options in the vicinity for the business set, but unearthing fun and easy kid-friendly eats can be more of a challenge. No worries—we've rounded up several great options for dining with kids, from fun and fancy to cheap and easy. 


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