The Best Animal Farms and Petting Zoos on Long Island

Whether you are looking for a low-key petting zoo or an exotic experience with wild animals, there's no shortage of places on Long Island where children can interact with nature's noble creatures. If they want to, Long Island kids can do everything from feed a giraffe to visit with an alpaca, and even ride a safari train. 

Be sure to check out our directory of zoos and gardens on Long Island, and peruse our Pick Your Own Guide to more local farm fun. Kids of every age will be delighted by these opportunities.

Earth Day Events Around Houston

Earth Day was created in 1970 to bring awareness to environmental issues. Now a global celebration of all things planet Earth, people of all ages are encouraged to take part in Earth Day festivities on April 22. Whether you are planting a community garden or learning about endangered wildlife, these events happening around the Houston area will be sure to inspire and educate the whole family.  

Where to Roller Skate with Kids in NYC and Beyond

City dwellers seem to go crazy for ice skating season, but once the ice thaws and spring is upon us where's a skater to go? It's time to introduce the kids to the old-school art of roller skating at one of these seven rinks within city limits and just beyond.

In addition to retro skating fun, many of these spots offer extras, including arcade games, bounce houses, and party packages.

Earth Day with LA Kids: Green Festivals, Events, and Fun for Families

You say it's your Earth Day; well it's my Earth Day, too, yeah! And yes, we're gonna have a good time. Earth Day is one of those holidays that just screams kids. And when we say scream, we mean outdoor voices. Oh sure, Halloween has its ghosts and goblins; Christmas has its presents, and Easter has its chocolate bunnies (melting in the SoCal sun if not found quickly). But Earth Day is a holiday when families of all backgrounds can come together to appreciate our planet and keep our outdoors great for generations to come. And since loving the environment is something Californians take particular pride in, it's not surprising that we're spoiled for choice for celebrating Earth Day around LA.

(Video) Crazy Cool Easter Bonnets and Kids at the NYC Parade

NYC families turned out in droves for the city's annual Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival, from babies in strollers to groups of moms in long gloves and neon-hued hats. Bedecked in all manner of costume and creative bonnets, the Easter Sunday revelers mingled along Fifth Avenue in Midtown, gathering near St. Patrick's Cathedral across from Rockefeller Center. 

The energy was pure positivity with spring colors and flowers, as well as NYC's theatrical streak on full display, reports our videographer and photographer who attended this year's fun on April 16. She described it as a "bit like a fashion show." It's FREE silly fun and uber family friendly with balloon artists, dancing, and puppetry; no wonder it's one of our top recommended things to do with NYC kids in April and this spring.

Check out the video and photos below of some of the coolest kids and families at the beloved annual fest.

Seven Running Clubs for Kids in Boston

On your mark, get set, GO! It’s marathon time, which means Bostonians have running on the brain. Aspiring runners don’t need to be adults to learn to run like Desi Linden or Meb Keflezighi. Seven local running clubs for children will help kids learn to run or train to be the track stars of the future. Whether or not your kid is Olympics-bound, these clubs also promote sportsmanship, friendship, fitness, and self-confidence—which are worth just as much as a medal.

Weekday Picks: OC Imaginology, Free Garden Days, Planetariums

With Earth Day looming (it's Saturday, April 22), there's a whole slew of activities this week that can give families a deeper appreciation of the natural world around them. These include free days at gardens, such as South Coast Botanic and Descanso, and planetarium shows at UCLA and Santa Monica College

Also on tap for the week is the OC Fair Imaginology event, with its focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math); now in its 38th year, the event allows youths to showcase their talents in individual and group competitions. It also features hands-on activities, displays, workshops, career advice, and other activities for families.

We know a great weeknight dinner deal this week, too, that makes it easier to enjoy all this entertainment.

Want more? Head over to our Event Calendar and monthly GoList. Here are a few favorites for the week.

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