8 SoCal Campgrounds with Extra Entertainment To Keep Kids Happy

Camping with kids is a smorgasbord of sights and sounds, loaded with opportunities to explore the great outdoors. Hiking and biking, telling stories fireside, and unplugging from the hustle and bustle of our daily lives is good for the soul; but let’s face it, even with the whole of Mother Nature at their fingertips, kids sometimes get bored.

It’s time to up the ante on family camping, and you don’t have to ditch the tent to inject a bit of pep in your sulking teen’s step or enchant your tantrum-prone three year old. Southern California is home to several awesome family campgrounds that offer kids exciting alternative activities and entertainment when they tire of forest tag. Zip lining, anyone? Fishing? Rock climbing? Movies? Even ghost tours? All these and more are offered at the Southland campgrounds below. Get ready for the best of both worlds, cause we dare your kids to get bored at one of these campgrounds.

100 Things To Do with Kids in Westchester Before They Grow Up

One of our favorite things about being moms is rediscovering curiosity, joy and beauty through a child's eye. And while we can't stop our little ones from growing up, we can do our best to share meaningful experiences with them, expose them to some of our interests, and encourage their budding passions.

To that end, we're offering up our top 100 things to do with kids in and around Westchester. Whether it's visiting a local museum or romping in one our area's beautiful park, these activities are sure to create lasting memories and quality family fun. You've probably already experienced several of our picks, but chances are that you haven't gotten to them all just yet. Why not start this weekend?

Read on for 100 must-do, family-friendly activities throughout Westchester with kids (in no particular order).

Birthday Freebies in Connecticut

Birthdays are so great when you're a kid. There's the endless countdown to the big day, and finally waking up the morning of anticipating all the awaiting surprises. When you're young, there's still excitement (rather than dread) at the thought of turning another year older. So what could possibly make all this even more exciting? How about a whole bunch of free stuff?! If you know where to look, there are some pretty sweet freebies to be had on your kid's birthday (or on yours, for that matter). A lot of these places are big companies that require sign up to a club or mailing list, and many of them require a minimum age for membership (usually 13 in compliance with a federal online privacy act) so parents may want to be the primary member and just hand off the goodies to the littles when the time comes. Others, though, are smaller even local Connecticut businesses that genuinely want to offer something lovely to the people who support them. Whether your kid might like a free birthday ice cream cone or a trip back in time on their special day, here are some fun free finds for your little's next birthday.

15 Super Sprinkler Parks on Long Island

When the temperature rises, there’s nothing like jumping through the sprinkler to cool off. Long Island sprinkler parks are great places to take kids because unlike pools and beaches, sprinkler parks have low water depth and often a rubber surface. Just add sunscreen and let the adventures begin.

We’ve put together a list of super sprinkler parks that are open to everyone. We've even included a few parks open to residents only. Proof of residency and/or a membership pass can be required at those facilities. Fees vary, so check the websites or call the parks before going.

For more aquatic fun, take a look at our guide to Long Island amusement parks and water parks. For other kid-friendly activities, check out our Summer Fun Guide, and our recommendations for the best beach playgrounds as well as other top playgrounds on LI.

Best Jersey Shore Beaches for Families: Sandy Hook to Cape May

Make your New Jersey kid a beach baby and go "down the shore." New Jersey boasts 130 miles of shoreline and some of the prettiest beaches anywhere. Whether your family is looking for a busy boardwalk with children's rides, a beachside water park or sprinkler playground, towering lighthouses, toddler attractions, or something a bit quieter, the Jersey Shore has it. 

We've rounded up 10 of our favorite Jersey beaches, from a national park on the northern shore down to the busier southern beaches of Cape May and Atlantic City. So pack the car (and the kids) for a beach day trip or a long weekend—the summer possibilities are endless. And for more beach fun, check out our Jersey Shore Family Guide, including a roundup of our favorite boardwalks.

Animal Farms and Petting Zoos for Boston Kids

Living in or near the city means most kids today don’t have a lot of access to farm animals. But many children absolutely love cows, chickens, pigs, goats, and sheep. If your little one warms to barnyard creatures, they'll have a blast at one of these local farms or zoos, where they can interact with some favorite furry creatures. 

How to Deal with the Trickiest, Stickiest, Messiest New Parent Problems

Protecting your little one is probably at the top of every parent's to do list, but between the sleep deprivation and the fact that you seem to be missing the instruction manual to your new bundle of joy, a little guidance goes a really long way. After all, parenthood hurls a lot of tough stuff at you in the first year—sometimes literally—and you don't have the time to desperately search for solutions. You barely even have time to shower.

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