Spring Wildflower Hikes To Catch this Season's Super Bloom

Spring is the time for enjoying wildflowers! With all the rain LA has seen, people are using that word superbloom again this season; local hills look more like Ireland than Southern California, and you don't have to go far to see carpets of flowers. There are several locations known for spectacular annual displays of spring wildflowers (not to mention the famous fields of Carlsbad), and areas recovering from recent fires can surprise us by bouncing back beautifully. Large displays typically last two to six weeks, so you need to make plans quickly when word comes of a good one. (Don't have time to drive outside the city limits? We know plenty of local hikes worth checking, too!)

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New Interactive T. Rex Exhibit Opens at Natural History Museum

Just three years after making waves with the debut of Titanosaur, one of our favorite family-friendly museums is upping the ante. The American Museum of Natural History is kicking off its 150th anniversary with a fantastic new exhibit dedicated to the ferocious king of all dinos. The interactive exhibit T. rex: The Ultimate Predator opens to the public on Monday, March 11—read on for more details on this not-to-be missed exhibition that will impress dinosaur-obsessed kids and adults alike.

10 Spring Festivals for DC Families

Spring is here, and with it comes festival season. DC families can look forward to a springtime filled with festivals. Whether you're in the heart of the nation's capitol or looking for some in the suburbs, you and your family will find weekend festival fun throughout the season.  From Earth Day events to book festivals and the National Cathedral's much anticipated annual Flower Mart, there's a little something for everyone.

Remember: Inclement weather can impact some of these outdoor events so be sure to check directly with the venue if the weather seems questionable.

Need more ideas for spring fun? Head to our events calendar. In the meantime, browse our list of festivals and see which ones will make it onto your family's calendar.

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Themed Restaurants and Family-Friendly Interactive Dining in NJ

Looking for some fun along with your food? From knights and horses to magicians and model trains, many New Jersey restaurants offer themed and interactive dining experiences for the entire family. Read on for more than 15 spots that will make your next family meal a bit more magical.

Check out our restaurant guide for more ideas for kid-friendly eating experiences, including restaurants where kids eat free and the best family-friendly restaurants near Liberty Science Center. Top it all off with some doughnuts or ice cream. Bon appetit!

Awesomely Fun Trampoline Parks for Kids Around Boston

If rainy or winter weather has your kids bouncing off the walls, there are few more suitable escapes than an indoor trampoline park. We've rounded up this list of Boston-area trampoline parks where children of all ages (and parents, too!) can jump out some pent-up energy, and maybe even fit in an arcade game or laser tag, too. (Bonus: They also make an ideal spot for birthday parties!)

Best Indoor Play Spaces on Staten Island

For rainy, snowy, too-hot, or too-cold days, NYC parents know you've got to have a go-to indoor play space. Brooklyn and Queens have tons of indoor play options, but did you know that Staten Island is stocked with indoor play spaces too? If you can’t face another freezing day at the playground or stuck inside the house, grab socks and let the kids visit one of these spots to jump, climb, slide, and bounce out all of that energy.

Whether you have to hop on the ferry or reside on The Island, these spots are sure to please families looking for a change of scenery. Visit our Indoor Play Spaces Guide for more indoor fun, or our Family Fun Guide to all of NYC's top family attractions.

30 Things We Can't Wait To Do This Spring in Houston

A famous actor once said, "Spring is nature's way of saying 'Let's party!'" Well, from the list below of happenings in Houston this spring, that certainly seems to be true. I know my toddler thinks that any day with a trip to Noah's Ark at the Quillan Center is cause for celebration. But splash pads aside, whether you are looking for a theatrical experience, an outdoor festival, or new playground space, this list will put a spring in your step - your kiddo is already 10 steps ahead.

The 18 Most Insane, Must-Try NYC Desserts

It's no secret that NYC is loaded with great food. Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook seem to be overflowing with incredible-looking eats, but are they just eye candy?

We headed out with a gaggle of kids to test the best, most amazingly outrageous, over-the-top desserts around New York City, and to discover which were as good as they looked and sounded. We picked the most insanely awesome treats in NYC. These delicious desserts are all perfect for a special outing with kids, or just some bonding time. So get ready to wow your kids with the most awesome sweets in NYC.

Sweet Nostalgia: NJ Shops That Sell Retro Candy

Remember running to the corner candy store for a treat after school or on the weekend when visiting grandma or grandpa? There was nothing like selecting penny candy from the counter or searching the shelves for candy cigarettes that puffed out a cloud of sugar, oversized bright-red wax lips, and sugar ball–filled Satellite Saucers that doubled as mini maracas.

Many of the old-fashioned candy items parents and grandparents enjoyed as kids are still available today at specialty stores. The throwback treats are a great way to relive your childhood with your own children— and bond over sugar. So, if your sweets supply has dwindled in the weeks between Valentine’s Day and Easter, here are some shops offering a variety of nostalgic fun and flavors.

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