Pennsylvania Maple Sugaring Season Events

Mark your calendars because maple sugaring season is upon us! If you’ve never wondered what all the fuss was about when it comes to the run-of-the-mill syrup versus the true-blue maple, now is your chance to find out. Tree-tapping season officially kicks off in February, but sugarings and tastings run through April across the state of Pennsylvania. Festivals and breakfasts will have families breaking any lingering New Year’s resolutions, but it's SO worth it. From day trips to local events, check out what the syrup season has to offer.

NOTE: Some of these events are definitely destination activities (averaging a 3-4 hour drive) that likely require an overnight trip, especially when bringing little ones. Please check the drive times before planning your trip.

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Family Art Adventure, Toddler Hike, February 20-21

We're at that point in the winter where we've celebrated Valentine's Day, had a chance to play in the snow and are maybe getting a wee bit tired of frigid temps. Spring is still another month away, but there's no reason to stay cooped up at home. Bundle up and check out one of the fun and educational events going on in Jersey this weekend. Channel your inner artist during the Art for Families: Jigsaw Puzzle program at the Princeton University Art Museum or the Family Art Adventure at the Montclair Art Museum. Keep little guys busy during the Passport to Discovery African culture event at the Garden State Discovery Museum and keep older kids engaged with Minecraft Open Play at Small Factory Productions. And everyone in the family will love the Introduction to Alpacas event at Bluebird Farm! Whatever you decide to do this weekend, we hope you enjoy it with family and friends. For additional activity options, check out our Event Calendar.

Coolest Boston T Stations for Kids

For many kids, hearing a train rumble through a tunnel as it enters a station can be a moment of excitement, inspiring cries of, “I see the train!” Certain subway and trolley stops on the T exhibit a bit more charm than others, whether it be an interesting station design, convenient vendors, or appealing artwork. With that in mind, below is brief rundown of eight kid-tested stations in Boston's rapid transit system. 

Seven Dinosaur Destinations Near NYC for Kids

My 10-year-old son has been dino crazy for years and I do my best to indulge him. Our latest dino-adventure was counting down the seconds until we saw Jurassic World on opening night last summer. I loved the original Michael Crichton novel and saw the first blockbuster movie on opening night back in the 1990s, so I couldn't wait to experience the thrilling, prehistoric action on the big screen with my son.

The live action of a PG-13 dino movie is too much for most kids, so we've rounded up the top dinosaur attractions in NYC (hello American Museum of Natural History!), or within a three-hour drive of the city, like the tot-friendly Dinosaur Place in Connecticut. If you've got an aspiring paleontologist in your life, you'll want to put these six dinosaur destinations on your must-see list.

Free and Cheap Summer Camps for NYC Kids

Even if your family's swimming in money (and if you are, congrats), we all appreciate a good bargain. Summer camp is an especially stressful financial issue, because while we want our children to have a fun, rewarding and safe experience, we don't want to dig into our retirement fund to pay for it. One thing we've learned is cost and quality don't always correlate. Some wonderful New York City programs are subsidized by arts and education funding, so that all children can experience the amazing resources of this city.

Although there seem to be fewer FREE New York City summer camps than in years past, our list of inexpensive or cheaper camps for local kids keeps growing. Read on for all the info on our picks for FREE and bargain summer camps for NYC kids. You can find even more summer options in our jam-packed Summer Camp Guide and search for programs by interest, age range and location in our Camp Directory.

25 Reasons for Families To Visit Wilmington, DE

There is so much to see and do in Wilmington, DE. And with its proximity to Philadelphia, families can consider making a day trip or a weekend stay. A straight shot down 95 (and even accessible by Amtrak), parents and kids will have a blast in this family-friendly city. From sites along the Riverwalk, to museums and outdoor adventures, Wilmington will have you coming back for more. Here is our roundup of the top 25 things to do as a family in Wilmington. Still not sure where to take your next day trip? Check out our city guides for more ideas and family-focused insights!

Poconos Family Getaway: Split Rock Resort and Jack Frost Mtn

If you can’t escape the snow this winter, you might as well enjoy it—and there’s no better way than skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing in the Poconos.

At Split Rock Resort in Lake Harmony, Pennsylvania, deep in the heart of the Pocono Mountains, the emphasis is squarely on family. Amenities such as an arcade, movie theater, indoor heated pool and indoor water park up the fun factor exponentially.

And all less than two hours from New York City? We had to get the scoop on this family getaway. Here’s our parent (and kids) review, and things to know before you go.

Archery Classes for New Jersey Kids

Until recently, the sport of archery was relegated to the arena of nerdy gym-class alternative. These days, however, one of the world's oldest sports is suddenly popular and downright hip, thanks to some pop culture heroes and heroines. With characters such as Katniss in The Hunger Games and Hawkeye in The Avengers wielding a bow and arrow, more New Jersey kids are looking to give archery a try. Here are five schools in NJ that parents can "target". For even more great classes for kids, check out our Enrichment Programs, Classes and Activities Guide.

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