Restaurants for After Your Natural History Museum Visit in NYC

Starved after your visit to one of the top kid destinations on the Upper West Side? Home to the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) at 79th Street and Central Park West and the Children's Museum of Manhattan (CMOM) at 83rd Street, between Amsterdam and Broadway, few Manhattan neighborhoods scream kid-friendly quite like the UWS, and that means the area's restaurants are overwhelmingly welcoming to families.

So while you really can't go wrong, we've rounded up 12 of the best spots where you can grab a quick bite or even sit down for a full meal. For more family-friendly eateries, check out our NYC Restaurant Guide.

30 Things To Do with Philly Kids Over Winter Break

Christmas is almost here and so is winter break. Having the kids around the house for a week (or more) can be great, but it can also be exhausting. With cold weather here to stay, getting out of the house may be a little tougher than usual, but Philly has plenty of fun activities to keep kids busy. Check out Disney on Ice, family studio time at the art museum, a new exhibit at the Franklin Institute, or see a show at the Arden Theatre!

Momo's Clubhouse Opens an Indoor Jungle Gym for Kids in Syosset

Kids in Long Island's Syosset gained a brand-new play space this fall. Momo's Clubhouse opened in September, offering all-day drop-in play at its indoor playground, birthday parties, classes for toddlers and preschoolers, and even snacks and coffee for the parents.

We, of course, had to hear more! The bright indoor space is designed to promote imagination and creativity for ages 2 through 9, though there is a separate section (and lower pricing) for crawling babies, too!

Read on for our review of this new Nassau play space, and find more local indoor fun in our Long Island's top Long Island Play Space guide, including those just right for toddlers.

The Cronut Arrives in LA—and Your Kids Are Gonna Want One

It’s no coincidence that a French pastry chef came up with what has become an enduring pastry trend. In 2013, Dominique Ansel created the cronut, a pastry that puts a twist on the American donut by combining a donut and croissant in a pastry filled with a slow-cooked jam and creamy ganache. The creation took New York by storm—and has finally hit the LA food scene.

Play Cafes: Shops in Brooklyn and Queens with Kid Play Spaces

If you're looking for a new spot to grab your morning coffee or merely want to enjoy brunch in peace, these kid-friendly restaurants can't be beat. At these Brooklyn and Queens cafes you will find a welcoming environment, great food, and a caffeine jolt, as well as dedicated and safe play areas for your kids. Several of them are actually play spaces first, and cafes second.

So turn your meal into a play date with a friend, or just sit back and take some well-deserved breathing space. Either way, both you and your kids are sure to have a good time.

Check out our NYC Restaurant Guide for more great eateries, or our Play Spaces Guide for more romper rooms.

Science, Language & Arts International School Brings New Language Immersion Programs to Brooklyn

Bienvenue to Brooklyn! Or should we say 欢迎?

Dual-language schools are all the rage as parents and educators realize the growing importance of preparing kids for our quickly globalizing world. Here in Brooklyn, Science, Language & Arts International School (SLA) continues to grow with the increasing demand for its innovative and effective immersion program. Founded by linguist and bilingual education specialist Jennifer Wilkin back in 2011, the independent school has expanded to offer a rigorous, project-based education in a bilingual French or Mandarin setting for kids ages two to fourteen. And starting this academic year, SLA is launching a brand new pre-K Mandarin immersion track to run alongside the existing French immersion track, as well as middle school tracks for 6th to 8th graders in both Mandarin and French.

Not only does SLA offer a rich science, math, and arts curriculum in a bilingual environment, but it does it at a significantly lower tuition than many other local private schools.

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Hanukkah, CHILL, and Beauty and the Panto

Ho, ho, ho, it's Hanukkah! All across the Southland, kids are lighting their menorahs, spinning their dreidels, and feasting on latkes (and maybe opening a present or eight).

And that chill you feel? It's CHILL, of course, the wintry annual fest at the feet of the Queen Mary in Long Beach. This year, it transforms into an ice adventure park, with ice skating track, ice bumper cars, ice tricycles, a zip line, ice shuffleboard, a two-story, 100-foot-long ice tubing slide, and many more festive winter activities.

Of course, snow is no big deal in Los Angeles. It's pretty much everywhere you look. (Bring mittens.)

(And not to panic you or anything, but this weekend is the last weekend before next weekend. And next weekend is the weekend that includes Christmas Eve, so whatever you had in mind before then, whether it's earning nice points or cross-checking your list with Santa's, you'd best get a move on.)

P.S.  Best way to earn nice points? Take your kid to some of the events on our calendar. Keep reading for a few of the top things on our list.....

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Performances, Museums, Santa December 16-17

While Philly kids are on their best behavior dreaming of receiving the latest gaming system, must-have sweater, or classic toy train, take a moment to redirect their focus from acquiring things to sharing experiences together.

Take the family to see a show such as My Very Own Polar Bear at Act II Playhouse, Annie at Walnut Street Theatre, or Shrek the Musical at Delaware Children's Theater. Experience the classic nutcracker ballet at The Academy of Music, Emilie K. Asplundh Concert Hall, or Mandell Theater at Drexel University. Or, check out a different version at Painted Art Center.  Explore an interactive exhibit at a local museum like Franklin Institute's Terracotta Warriors, Mercer Museum's Centuries of Childhood: An American Story, or Center for Architecture + Design's Constructing Play: Classic + Modern Building Toys Exhibit.

Of course, nothing says togetherness like trying to capture the perfect family picture with Santa. This weekend, he can be found on a train in West Chester, New Hope, or Strasburg, underwater at the aquarium, or among the butterflies at the Insectarium.

Whatever they may be asking for this year, there is nothing better than making family memories together. Read on for our top picks for the weekend.

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Snowmazing, Gingerbread, and Lasers ; Dec 16-17

'Tis the season of giving! And what better way to help a cause than by visiting an indoor winter-themed amusement park (where ticket proceeds go to the Christmas in the City organization) or by building a lightsaber (to support one of our area's coolest nonprofits)? For those looking for some cultural holiday experiences, discover the meaning of Kwanzaa, re-enact the Boston Tea Party, take a great big (Chanukah) jump, and celebrate Posada Navideña with a live mariachi band.


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