Water Theme Parks In or Around CT

In Connecticut the water parks we have are located in larger amusement parks. The water parks themselves provide a day's worth of fun.  If you’re planning a day trip, you might want to focus on the water park area only (otherwise you could become overwhelmed by too many fun options!) Thankfully for our wallets, a few of the parks have water park only tickets available. For more water fun check out our CT Beach and Water Fun Guide Mommy Poppins Theme and Water Park Guide and our post on Brownstone Park (not a theme park, but lots of fun.).

8 Family-Friendly Restaurants Near Disneyland, Not in It

It's no wonder Disneyland is nicknamed the Happiest Place on Earth; Main Street USA is crowded with costumed characters, light-up parades, and thrill-seeking rides, making this California landmark a must-see destination for tourists from all over the world. But while people flock to the Mouse House for its incomparable entertainment, many prefer to look outside the park for budget-friendly restaurants and variety in cuisine. Not that we have anything against character-shaped grilled cheese, pizza, and corn dogs for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; it's just that dining outside the park before or after your adventure may be a calmer, cheaper, tastier way to go. Anaheim does have a lot more to it than just Disney, and these 8 kid-friendly eateries are just the beginning.

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Chocolate Fest, Zoo Fun, Winter on the Farm

Black History Month kicks off with an exciting event in New Jersey this weekend: the grand re-opening of the Underground Railroad Museum of Burlington County. This weekend also offers opportunities to visit with creatures of the land and sea, with a Tots Program at Turtle Back Zoo and a Behind the Scenes Tour at Jenkinsons Aquarium.

Love is in the air with a couple of events heralding the arrival of Valentine's Day, including the Chocolate Festival at the Morris Museum in Morristown and a My Little Valentine craft workshop at the Crop Shop in Hoboken. For more midwinter fun, be sure to check out our February GoList, as well as our excellent list of 30 FREE indoor activities. And you can find all of this and more in our Event Calendar!

Also, don't forget to check out our New Jersey Camp Guide to find the perfect summer enrichment destination for your kid.

Best of Astoria with Kids: Play Spaces and Indoor Attractions

Families flock to Astoria, Queens, for its parks, pool, and great restaurants, but also the trove of family-friendly indoor entertainment, from top museums like the Museum of the Moving Image to creative kids' classes and fun play spaces.

We can't possibly list all of the wonderful programs on tap, but we're highlighting locations that offer drop-in sessions, as well as a few perennial family favorites that require longer commitments. Many of these spots attract residents from all over Queens, including my kids and I, who come from Sunnyside to hit The Yoga Room and the inexpensive but fun play space, Kids Playhouse Astoria.

Here are 11 places where kids can swim, dance, bowl or just get their sillies out in Astoria, Queens.

11 Long Island Summer Camps for Preschoolers

Finding a fun, enriching summer camp close to home that is a good fit for your preschooler (or, soon-to-be preschooler) can be nerve-wracking. You want your child’s first camp experience to be safe and memorable, but not overwhelming. So where to begin?

Here’s a list of 11 Long Island preschool camps that offer a well-rounded summer experience filled with outdoor time, games, arts, sports, and socialization.  All offer summer experiences for kids of all ages, so check out their offerings for older children and teens as well.

Remember: Every camp has its own philosophy and program emphasis, so explore the camp’s websites, call the director and, if possible, attend an open house. Be sure to also explore our Long Island Summer Camp Guide, or browse through the listings in our Camp Directory.

8 Family-Friendly Places to Watch the Super Bowl Around Boston

The Patriots are in the Super Bowl this Sunday, and if you have children, they're probably just as stoked as you to watch it. But while your toy-strewn living room might have sufficed for an early season matchup, it may not inspire the appropriate excitement now that the team is playing in the biggest game of the year, with a chance to make history. Then again, you don't want to take the kids to a crowded, testosterone- and beer-soaked bar, either. So, to kick off a fabulous February of fun events with kids, we've compiled a number of family-friendly venues around Boston where you can take the whole clan to cheer on the Pats with fellow fans.

Family Dance Party: A NYC Kindie Band Playlist for Kids

There's no doubt about it: The kindie band movement is thriving in New York City. Although I make it a point to expose my son to kid-friendly “grown-up” music, I also have a soft spot for kindie bands—even hopping on the bandwagon and heading Putumayo Kids and producing Kindiefest, Brooklyn’s Family Music Conference.

For those of you new to the kindie music scene—or well-versed but looking for some variety—I've pulled together a curated list of my top picks for NYC-based artists available for streaming on both Pandora and Spotify. Of course, these artists reflect the multicultural city that New York is and draw on their many diverse backgrounds, producing bilingual and global tunes.

Got a little music fan? Find upcoming NYC kindie band concerts, including these artists below, in our Event Calendar, or check out these parent and me baby music classes. The big kids might consider music camp, too!

Where to Celebrate Black History Month with Westchester Kids

February is Black History Month and Westchester is bustling with ways to learn about and celebrate African-American heritage. 

The origin of Black History Month can be traced to back to 1926, when it was founded by Harvard historian Carter G. Woodson and the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History (now ASALH) as a week-long event. Woodson, who selected February because it coincided with the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, was troubled by the inequality in black education. The event was expanded into a month-long honor in 1976 by President Gerald Ford, and, since then, every U.S. president has issued Black History Month proclamations. (We will see if our new president follows suit.) 

All month long throughout Westchester, you'll find family-friendly ways to learn about and celebrate the contributions of African-Americans throughout our country's history. Below are some of of our favorite Black History Month events, almost all of which are FREE. Read on, and then visit our Event Calendar for other great happenings throughout Westchester this month!

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