Free Indoor Play Spots for New Jersey Kids

From malls and toy stores to libraries and bookstores, these low-key play spots will banish winter boredom—at least for a little while. The best part? They're all free. So grab a coffee and a friend, and schedule your next play date at one of these indoor gems.

For even more family fun, check out our list of free indoor activities, including storytimes and crafts, and don't miss our guide to great indoor play spaces with fees for winter drop-in hours. If you find yourself with a full day to fill and you're up for a little adventure, plan a winter day trip. And don't miss our February GoList for tons of local happenings. 

Best Bowling Alleys for Kids in Suffolk County

Sometimes even 100 things to do aren't enough to keep active kids entertained. If you're looking for a family-friendly activity but keep striking out, why not try your hand at bowling? It's a sport that's easy to learn for most age groups and there's something very satisfying about knocking things over.

A number of bowling centers across Suffolk County offer kid-friendly options such as lighter balls, ramps, and even leagues for little ones. Some alleys have options for adults to enjoy while their kids bowl. Order a pizza or one of the specials from the center's restaurant and make a night of it. And when the bowling shoes come off, a few of these centers even have arcades for more gaming fun. 

Check out our list of Suffolk bowling centers sure to bowl you over with fun. And if you're in Nassau County or on the East End, don't worry, we've rounded up a list of the best lanes for you.

10 Things to do in Chinatown with Philly Kids

One of the most bustling neighborhoods in Philadelphia is Chinatown, with so many shops, restaurants, and sightseeing spots. Chinatown is an historic area of Philadelphia filled with culture, fun, and good food.  With the Chinese New Year upon us, now is also a great opportunity to educate little ones about the diverse melting pot of cultures in Philly. It's a great place to spend a day walking around and having a great time with the kids. We've rounded up some really fun things to do with kids in Chinatown.

Best Spots To Buy Rodeo & Western Gear For Houston Kids

The Houston Livestock and Rodeo will be here before you know it. It is the perfect occasion to dress up your little cowboy or cowgirl with the cutest boots, vests and cowboy hats. If you want to avoid waiting until the actual rodeo (and the steep prices), we have gathered this list of stores that carry rodeo gear all year long for our little Texans. If you're new to town, know that most Target, Academy and Walmart stores carry boots and apparel for reasonable prices, but for the full western experience, here are some stores and boutiques you'll want to visit.

30 Things To Do with Kids in Downtown Los Angeles

From the outside looking in, Downtown LA can seem somewhat daunting and unfriendly. Isn't it just another part of LA with tall buildings and not enough pedestrian zones? Tourists and LA natives alike often find themselves wondering what kid-friendly activities there are to do Downtown. Well, I'm happy to be the messenger as well as the reminder of all the wonderful family-friendly activities that there are in this bustling metropolis. Read on for a list of 30 kid friendly things to do in Downtown LA. Then hop on the Metro or the Expo Line and start the adventure!

Outside Fun: Maple Sugaring Activities for Kids in Westchester

Finding enough family-friendly activities in the cold weather months can be a challenge. Luckily, Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley offer many ways for families to beat the winter blues.

Maple sugaring is a great winter activity for kids. The season begins in February and runs through late March. Ideally, temperatures must dip below freezing at night and warm up during the day so that the sap flow increases. Another fun fact: To make just 1 gallon of pure maple syrup, it actually takes more than 40 gallons of sap. Who knew?!

We've rounded up maple sugaring fun in and around Westchester and the Hudson Valley. Read on for details on where to learn and celebrate this centuries-old tradition. Looking for more winter fun? Check out our Event Calendar

Best Old School Arcades in Connecticut

Confession: The day my kids and I walked into an arcade with a giant-sized Space Invaders game, I may or may not have raced them to the token machine. There's just something about the flash and buzz of a good arcade that throws me right back to when I was a kid with a fist full of quarters. These days I hand off all my skee ball tickets to my kids, but I still get a thrill out of watching them pour out of the machines. I get an even bigger thrill watching my kids dart around like...well, like kids in an arcade! With winter still very much upon us, the season is just right for some indoor fun. Read on for a roundup of some of the best spots to get your game on in Connecticut.

NYC Bowling Alleys That Welcome Kids and Families

Bowling is a perfect indoor family activity when you find yourself with some spare time (sorry—couldn't resist). At about age 5, children really start enjoying it, making it an ideal family outing. Bowling birthday parties are a hit for the school-age set and most venues offer special packages and pricing.

There are traditional bowling alleys—think leagues, snack bars, pro shops—in the outer boroughs, but Manhattan's spots err on the side of grown-ups. Don’t worry though: Kids can still find lanes—you just have to know when to go. Here are 16 places to bowl with kids all across New York City.

30 Things to Do Over February Break With Long Island Kids

No matter what you call it...February break, midwinter vacation, or Presidents Week, your kids will be home from school for a whole week and you need ideas to keep them busy.

Well, we’ve got exactly what you need: a list of 30 family-friendly events happening across Long Island during public school break, February 19-23. Some private schools on the Island are closed February 12-16, but most of these events are timeless enough to be enjoyed whenever your children are home. 

From one-day and weeklong camps to outdoor ice skating and indoor swimming to museums and aquarium events, our roundup of activities will get your kids up and out of the house. Some events might cost you, but plenty are FREE or low cost, so there’s no excuse to not try at least one.

And for more ideas, check out our list of camps and classes during February break as well as our February GoList and Winter Fun Guide.

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