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.

7 Ideas for a Winter Getaway for Philly Families

The holidays are over and winter is officially here.  As the days, however slowly, start to lengthen,  we have been thinking about what to do (and where to go) this winter. Whether you enjoy skiing, building snowmen, or roasting s’mores, there are plenty of cold-weather winter activities to do. If you’re thinking of going away for a winter weekend, there are plenty of options for a quick road trip. 

10 Most Exciting Kid-Friendly Openings Coming to NYC in 2019

If there's one constant in New York City, it's change. The dawning of a new year has us looking at our calendars and into our crystal balls, anticipating all the fun that's still to come for NYC kids. We opened 2019 with some welcome family-friendly news, but that's not the biggest change in store for city families this year. Read on for 10 new places to play, museums to explore, shows to catch, and goodies to eat. If that's not enough kid-friendly fun for you, make sure you've visited our favorite spots that opened last year, too!

New NJ Laws That Can Impact Parents and Families in 2019

As 2019 gets underway, new laws impacting expectant and new moms, students, and parents may make life a little easier. From streamlining the application process for applying for pregnancy-related disability benefits to ensuring infants have access to breast milk and students in need are offered a breakfast once school's underway, these changes are welcome news for families. Take a look at the new laws and when they go into effect.

Best Winter Baby Clothes and Gear for Cold Weather Survival

It’s no secret that winter babies require more gear and baby clothing than their summer siblings, especially those born in northern climates, such as Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, and Chicago.

New parents should prepare to do battle with snowdrifts, chilling wind gusts that leave faces and fingers raw, and otherwise icy and wet conditions on the way to daycare, playdates, the local library, or wherever. Stock up on some of our favorite stroller blankets, footmuffs, toddler mittens, adorable baby snowsuits, booties, and winter hats before the real storms hit.

Cold weather protection doesn’t stop at the baby phase, of course, especially for those navigating city streets outdoors. “NYC kids stay in their strollers a bit longer than suburban kids, because they have to deal with the elements a lot more,” explains Carol Adams, owner of Torly Kid, a popular kids clothing boutique in Manhattan, by email. “I know I kept my kids wrapped in their 7 A.M. Enfant footmuff and covered the stroller with a wind protector until they were almost 5!”

Read on for our top picks of baby winter clothes and gear for keeping newborns and toddlers toasty—no matter the temperature.

Government Shutdown: What's Open and What's Closed, from Federal Hall to the Statue of Liberty

As the federal government shutdown stretches on, its impact is being felt by government employees and by federally run sites, parks, and museums across the country, including a few here in the NYC area. Wondering what's still open and what's been closed in New York City as a result of the government shutdown? Read on for a full list, which we'll keep up to date as shutdown news develops.

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Underwater Parks, Mobile Museums, and Kamala Harris

Enjoy yourself this weekend. Enjoy yourself while you can. Eat, drink, and be merry, for next week, things change. Be prepared for the unusual, the unexpected, and, there's no way to sugarcoat this: be prepared for the wet. There's rain in the forecast, and we may temporarily lose visual contact with our favored hot ball o'gas. (Alternative orbs may be available.)

Of course we won't be totally underwater. At least I don't think we will. If you are concerned you can practice for such an eventuality at one of the several Underwater Parks events going on this weekend. Get your feet wet, so to speak. Regardless, get out before the precipitation starts, because as those of you who paid attention in storytime know, it's 100% possible to melt when exposed to water.

On a more serious note, next week also presents a challenge of a different kind for some of our families. As of this writing, a strike by LAUSD teachers is likely. Many parents will opt to keep their children home during this time, either in support of the teachers or out of concern for the uncertain conditions in the schools; we've written about some options available for kids out of school during the strike, and our calendar always lists weekday activities for all ages.

Keep reading for our best picks for the weekend, whatever challenges you may be facing...

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