13 Summer Camps for Preschoolers in Brooklyn and Queens

Summer camp is definitely more challenging for parents of preschoolers.

Just when the kids have got the routine down at their “regular” school or at home, they find themselves in a new environment, doing new things. As Martha would say, that’s a good thing—although it may be hard to keep that in mind while you deal with a meltdown at first-day drop-off. That's why it's important to know your little one is under the supervision of experienced counselors who know how to work with that delightful, but sometimes—ahem—difficult age group.

We've been there. To help out a fellow parent, we’ve created a list of some of the best summer camps for preschoolers around the city, and now we're zeroing in on options in the booming boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn. As you’ll see, some have specialties, like music or wildlife, while others are general camps geared for more traditional camp fun. The best news of all? This list means summer's coming! (Eventually.) And you'll be totally ahead of the game.

Remember, you can always search our NYC Camp Directory for more options. Just use the handy filters to sort by location, age, and interest. The list below is just a sampling of the many NYC summer camps available.

30 Things to Do on February Break With Long Island Kids

Didn't we just have a whole week off from school? Well, it's that time again — midwinter break, or February school vacation. Just because Christmas is the flashier of the winter vacations, doesn't mean there isn't a ton to do this week all over Long Island.

From special weeklong camps to bowling and roller skating, there's plenty to keep your kids smiling, happy, and no cooped up inside during February break. So grab your winter coat and bundle up for some indoor and outdoor fun. And remember to check out our full list of camps and classes during Presidents Week, as well as our February GoList for more ideas.

30 Things To Do on February Break with New Jersey School Kids

It might feel as if Christmas break just ended, but winter break is already upon us! For most New Jersey public schools, that means a long Presidents Day weekend, with schools closed on Friday, February 17 and Monday, February 20. Some districts observe the holiday on Monday only, while many schools take the whole week off, not returning until the following Monday, February 27.

Whatever combination of days your kids have, chances are they are ready for some fun, whether they want to stay warm indoors or embrace the cold in a wintry activity like skiing, ice skating, or snow tubing. We've rounded up the best winter break activities for kids of all ages. To plan a family adventure, check out our best bets for winter day trips or an indoor water park for a summer feel!

And don't miss our February GoList and Events Calendar for even more suggestions. 

Broadway Playhouse: Interactive Musical Theater for NYC Kids

A trip to Broadway is always a treat, and one I can't wait to enjoy with my son—when he's a little older! Still, this is NYC, so of course there's a great show for everyone. The Broadway Playhouse, an NYC institution gently introduces kids ages 4-11 to the fun of Broadway by incorporating interactive elements into each performance, including sing-alongs, games, and even discussions with the actors.

It sounded just about right for my music-loving family, enough so that we made the trek from Brooklyn to the Upper West Side with a toddler in tow for a special kid-friendly tribute to the legendary Jazz Age songwriting duo, George and Ira Gershwin.

Splurge GoList: 10 Worth-the-Money Experiences for NYC Kids

While we love spotlighting all of the FREE and inexpensive activities New York City has to offer families, sometimes it's fun to toss your budget aside and splurge on an unforgettable, extra-special experience. Whether you're celebrating a big birthday, holiday, or a stellar report card, visiting on vacation, or just feel like treating your child to some amazing memories, the Big Apple is full of over-the-top options you can't enjoy anywhere else in the world. We've rounded up 10 of our favorites, from ideas to make the best Broadway shows even better, to up close and personal sporting events, to new ways to see our beloved city from the air—and beyond!

7 NYC Arcades for Kid Video Game Birthday Parties

Arcades are an ideal place to celebrate a kid's birthday. Blinking lights, spinning wheels, ringing bells, and mechanical jingles give arcades a festive atmosphere, and the assortment of amusements offers something for everyone. If you have a rare child who isn't a video-game enthusiast, these gaming parlors usually offer air hockey, skee-ball, and basketball games; some even have laser tag. These kid-pleasing party spots are full service, so hosts only have to provide a cake or cupcakes. Many offer games that award tickets redeemable for prizes to fill a goody bag.

Our list of seven arcades for kid birthday parties features spots in every New York City borough, from Manhattan to Staten Island, plus a mobile arcade that comes to you. Read on for all the details.

Looking for more birthday party ideas? Check out our NYC Party Guide or directory of birthday fun suppliers.

10 Dual-Language and Immersion Preschools in Houston

It is a known fact that the brains of young children are primed to learn languages and the earlier they are exposed to a language, the easier it is for them to learn it. Research has shown that there are many benefits to learning a second language, including higher self-esteem, better test scores, enhanced creativity, a higher level of complex problem solving, and an appreciation of other cultures. And that's not to mention increased employability as an adult in our increasingly globalized and diverse society. The natural ability of young children to learn a second, or third, language makes a dual-language or language immersion preschool a great option for childcare and may even save you money in the long run when your kids test out of college language credits! Consider giving your child the gift of a second language and check out these 10 language immersion and dual language preschools located in and around Houston. 

School's Out Day Camps for Presidents' Day in the Philly Area

Monday, February 20th is Presidents' Day. And, although most children have the day off from school, many Philly parents are not so fortunate. Thankfully, we have rounded up some great one-day camp opportunities to make life a bit easier. Whether it is art, drama, or nature, there is something for everyone on the list. View the options below to see what best fits your child's personality and interests. If you happen to have the day off as well, be sure to browse our events calendar as we have listed many family-friendly activities throughout the Delaware Valley.

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