Family-Friendly Escape Rooms Near Philadelphia

If you haven't been to an escape room, you've probably at least seen someone share a photo in your news feed, holding up a sign that says something like, "I escaped!" It's a super fun rainy day, weekend, or even birthday party activity. The gist is simple: Get locked in a room with a bunch of friends (and strangers) and find the clues to work your way out. What makes these rooms even more fun is the choice of themes-anything from classrooms to locker rooms, Harry Potter, and even the 1980s. We recommend you check websites for room themes, as these may be subject to change at any time. Not all escape rooms welcome kids, so we've rounded up some family-friendly escape rooms in the Philadelphia area. And don't forget to check out our post on family-friendly escape rooms in NJ if you'd rather visit a locale in the Garden State.

50 Things to Do in Stamford With or Without Kids!

With its close proximity to both New York City (only 30 miles to Manhattan) and Long Island Sound, Stamford offers the best of both worlds. Here you can take advantage of the waterfront perks like crabbing, fishing and swimming at Cove Island and Cummings Park, hop on the adorable Harbor Point Trolley and check out the city or visit the Heckscher Farm babies at the Stamford Nature Center. There's certainly no shortage of things to do in Connecticut's third largest city.

In fact, we've rounded up 50 ideas for you and your crew to check off, whether you live and work in Stamford, or just wanna play for the day. For fun happenings about Fairfield County check out our neighborhood guide and our Connecticut Summer Fun Guide.

11 Spots for Peach Picking Near NYC

Peach picking season is upon us in the Northeast, the perfect excuse for NYC families to plan a sweet summertime day trip before kids head back to school.

Starting in July or early to mid-August, depending on the farm and the weather, the peaches begin to ripen, and peach season typically runs into September. Peach picking, a perfect activity after berry picking season has peaked, is often a less commercial and more straightforward outing than some of the more popular fruit seasons like apple picking, meaning you're not going to run into as many hayrides, face painting, or crowds, but you will get a more authentic farm life experience.

We've rounded up 11 peach orchards, all under two hours by car from NYC. Several are accessible by mass transit, so you're really out of excuses! 

Support Groups, Play Groups, and More for LI Special-Needs Families

Families of special-needs children encounter special challenges. The good news is, on Long Island there are quite a lot of resources available for support.

Many times these challenges are not anticipated. Although caregivers might get some relief from drop-off respite programs, other support services can be required. The firms and agencies below offer support programs ranging from personal care and training to financial services, and even playtime.

For more information, see our guide to special-needs services on Long Island, including a look at the region's top sensory gardens, inclusive playgrounds, and more.

Amusement Rides and Indoor Play Spaces Await at Palisades Center

I remember watching the Palisades Center being built from the ground up as I shuttled between Rockland and Westchester counties for various athletic meets and games in high school. At the time, I never imagined that 20 years later, I would be a parent seeking out that very mall to entertain and amuse my own child. But seek it out I do—and with good reason.

It's not just the shopping that makes the Palisades Center a destination spot for families (though, seriously, who can resist four full floors of restaurants and shops?). Palisades Center is also an entertainment complex that lures patrons of all ages. From indoor play spaces larger than many elementary schools to carnival rides and extreme ropes courses, this gigantic mall has something for kids with every interest—with plenty to entertain parents, as well. Read on for the highlights.

Looking for even more fun? Check out some other family-friendly spots

18 Top Pick-Your-Own Peach Farms in New Jersey

There’s nothing that screams summer more than a warm-off-the-tree peach, with the sweet juices dripping down your chin. With farms a-plenty and peaches ripe for the picking, choose your spot from the list below, grab your baskets and babes, and head to one of these u-pick farms

The peach-picking season in the Garden State really gets going in mid-July and carries on through August and early September at some farms. Before you go, call ahead or check the farm’s Facebook page to make sure crops are still plentiful and what, specifically, is available on any given day. (You might also be able to pick blueberries, which are available at many farms through July.)

Read on to find out where the juiciest fruit can be found.

Kid Explorers Dig Into the New Ripley's Relic Game in Times Square

A new interactive experience has come to Ripley's Believe it or Not! Times Square just in time for summer (believe it or not, Times Square isn't just for NYC visitors!). The museum that's widely known for being the home of all that's unusual just launched Ripley's Relic, a high-tech escape game that is designed to bring out your inner explorer.

My kids have never met an adventure they didn't like, so I trekked to Times Square with my 8-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son in tow for the opening of Ripley's Relic to take a crack at solving the puzzle in person. 

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Ocean Festival, Comic Con, Little Tokyo, and a Dive-in

This is poor little sad emoji me, stuck in LA with nothing to do while all the cool kids go down to San Diego for the most awesome party of the year. I guess I'll just sit here twiddling my thumbs and maybe start planning school lunches for the coming year....

Are they gone yet? Phew! Is it me or is it a little easier to breathe suddenly with all those extra oxygen poachers gone? Good thing, too, because this weekend is going to be full of gasps and sucking in of air as we take in the wonder and thrills of just another weekend (yeah right!) in LA.  We are celebrating and festivalizing in the streets and in the seas. Looking for your favorite authors? Signatures coming up! Looking for pop stars under the stars? We've got Lalah Hathaway and the Psychedelic Furs, under the stars and for free, (plus a whole lotta other concerts too).

Movies? I'll show you movies: free and under the stars (and possibly in a pool). And sure, movies, but did we mention the live theater? Open air and free baby!  Or: based on your favorite books. Or perhaps you prefer your theater indoors with free childcare 

We've got discount nights and days in the parkBig Sings and grand performances, clean ups and field tripscounty fairs and faeries and pharoahs and puppeteers and who needs Comic Con anyway?

Keep reading for our favorite picks for the weekend, mostly free, mostly outdoors, and with 20% more oxygen!....  

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Kid-Friendly Goat Yoga, Julydoscope, July 21-22

Ready for a little fun in the sun? This weekend we recommend heading down to the Island and hitting the beach because Galveston has some awesome family-friendly events on tap. Get in on some sandcastle building action (and learn tips from the experts!) on Saturday at Stewart Beach, then head to Moody Gardens for some country rock by Shotgun Road at Bands on the Sand. Then Sunday during the day compete in a good, old-fashioned beach challenge, with life-size versions of bean bags, Connect Four, and more, all for a chance to win a $500 gift card! Plus, no weekend is complete without a little Sunday night fireworks over the Gulf or a moonlit showing of Up at Pleasure Pier

In case you missed it on Mommy Poppins, these articles also offer up some fun vacation and staycation activities: 

Anytime you feel stuck on what to do, be sure to visit our event calendar and our July GoList. Both are full of awesome family-friendly activities happening throughout the week and month around Houston, turning your boring day into the best one yet. We also have a weekly newsletter that gives a neat little overview of everything happening on Mommy Poppins so you're always up to speed on the latest and greatest that Houston and other Texas gems have to offer.

If you have an amazing event coming up that you'd love to share, we invite you to submit your event to our calendar, because we'd love to share it too! Fill out the form, hit submit, and we'll handle the rest, making sure it gets the coverage it deserves!

On that note, let's check out what's on tap for the weekend. 

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