From Parties to Scouts, Why Annenberg PetSpace Is Such a Great Place To Bring Kids

We just got word that Annenberg PetSpace's new summer camp is already full for the season—that didn't take long! But even if you missed it, there are still a whole bunch of wonderful reasons to bring kids to explore this unique, critter-focused community space, many of which are free. The center has educational programs and play opportunities that include story hours, classes, scavenger hunts, birthday parties, and more—all created to strengthen the bond between pets and people. If you thought Annenberg PetSpace was just an adoption center, get ready to take a closer look.

Best Playgrounds in Chicago: Destination Play Zones Worth the Trip

Chicago families are lucky to have a world-class parks system with hundreds of great playgrounds. Thanks to a city initiative, over 300 playgrounds in Chicago have been refurbished or newly built since 2013, with the goal of ensuring that every Chicago kid has a place to play within a ten-minute walk of home.

But even in a city packed with great parks, some Chicago playgrounds are a cut above the rest. The spots on our best-of list have plenty of space to climb, slide, swing, and play, while also offering something special or unique that makes them worth the trip. Check out our Chicago playground hall of fame, and get out to play at a new-to-you park this weekend.

Free Cinco de Mayo Celebrations that Are Great for Families

First let's set the record straight: Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. What the day actually celebrates is an underdog Mexican victory over a French military attack on Puebla, Mexico in 1862. The holiday is mostly observed in Puebla and in Southern California, where there's little mention of the French, but much swinging at piñatas and dancing to mariachis. After all, by the first weekend of May, who needs more excuse than that to revel in the sunshine? Many of the Cinco de Mayo events you'll see advertised are pub crawls, but we've hunted down celebrations the whole family can enjoy.

There are free Cinco de Mayo fests throughout LA and the OC, starting as early as a week before, so get in the spirit to dance, watch parades, and (of course) eat.

11 Inclusive and Accessible Playgrounds for Boston Kids

We all work so hard to teach our children to be kind and inclusive to one other, so why not play somewhere that celebrates many different kinds of ability? A growing number of playgrounds are working to create play structures and activities that are accessible to all kids of all physical capabilities, including Boston's newest playground Martin's Park set to open this June. From ramps to swings to sensory play areas, these 11 playgrounds are designed to make sure all kids have a blast playing outside. And if you're looking for even more outdoor fun, consider a day trip to these brain-boosting playgrounds or hop in the car for a new adventure and visit one of these drive-worthy spots

25 Things to Do with Preschoolers in DC Before They Turn 5

Parents have just a few short years before their little ones head to kindergarten. These years are marked by rapid growth and development so while the days are long, moms and dads know, the time speeds by, and so they’re more than happy to spend precious quality time with their kiddos. That means heading to play spaces, enjoying kid-friendly museums (many with free admission!), getting outside, and everything else our nation’s capital and surrounding areas have to offer.

For more can't-miss DC family fun, check out 50 Things to Do in DC with Kids Before They Grow Up.

15 Connecticut State Parks and Forests That Are Fun to Visit with Kids

Some of Connecticut's best treasures are anchored in natural beauty, no matter the season. The Nutmeg State is home to 110 state parks, which means there's a lot of outdoor adventure to be had. We've compiled a list of favorite spots to visit with children, taking into consideration terrain, views, access to restrooms, and other amenities or attractions associated with each destination. Bonus: in 2018, entry to Connecticut state parks became free to residents, so enjoy the bargain.

For wee ones, consider our suggestions for 1-Mile Hikes and 10 Fantastic Stroller Hikes, or challenge older children to a trek up a mountain. Grab your hiking shoes, pack snacks, and enjoy the views and fresh air. 

Family-Friendly Mother's Day Brunch Spots in Lower Westchester

Mother's Day is just around the corner, and it's the one day a year we're mandated to celebrate all things Mom. Westchester offers a variety of great restaurants featuring Mother’s Day brunch, and we've rounded up some of our top picks in Lower Westchester. Many places require reservations, and we suggest hurrying. 

Looking for more things to do on Mother's Day and in May? Check out our Event Calendar and follow us on Facebook!

Worth The Drive: 10 Destination Playgrounds in NJ

There's no doubt that New Jersey is home to countless parks and playgrounds, but some go above and beyond, with design features that make them more of a destination than the basic park down the block. 

If you've been to your neighborhood playground so many times that the slides and swings have lost their thrill, now's the perfect time to switch up your kiddo's routine. Spring has sprung, and these 10 amazing playgrounds are worth the trip!

From cool play spaces featuring awesome jungle gyms you won't find anywhere else, as well as playgrounds with water features, zip lines, a carousel, and even a zoo, these stellar playscapes allow kids to slide, swing, splash, climb, and imagine the day away. Pile into the car and visit each at least once—but we bet you'll want to return again and again.

Best Long Island Camping and RV Sites for Families and Kids

Families have for generations bonded over camping. On Long Island, where campgrounds offer oceanside views, hiking trails, historic landmarks, and lighthouses, experienced camping families or first-timers can enjoy roasting hot dogs and marshmallows, making shadow animals on tent walls, chasing after fireflies, and otherwise celebrating nature.

We've compiled a list of the best camping destinations in Nassau and Suffolk counties just waiting to host you and your family. Some are located in state or county parks, where residency restrictions might apply. Others are private or corporately run and open to all. Regardless, camping is especially popular on Long Island from May to October, so call ahead for availability and other essential information.

For tips on other LI outdoor activities, see our guide to Long Island playgrounds and parks. For exciting day trip possibilities and other nature-related activities, see our Long Island getaway guide.

NYC's Best Playgrounds: 18 Parks Worthy of a Subway Schlep

Playgrounds may be as much a part of childhood as potty training and the tooth fairy, but to city families, having a go-to playground is a real sanity saver. When you live in a tiny apartment, the neighborhood park is like your backyard.

While New Yorkers are lucky to have many awesome local play spots, some NYC playgrounds are a cut above the rest. These spots offer plenty of space to romp and enough outdoor entertainment to make them worth a schlep on the subway. Without further ado, read on for 18 of the city's best playgrounds—our NYC playground hall of fame.

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