Best Indoor Play Spaces in Essex County for NJ Kids

It might not feel like it now, but winter is on its way – and that means that you and the kids will soon be spending lots of time inside. The good news? You don't necessarily need to stay home. Battle boredom and fight off cabin fever with a visit to one of these 11 indoor hot spots in Essex County. To find even more indoor fun throughout New Jersey, check out our comprehensive guide to indoor playgrounds, kid gyms, sports centers, and fun zones.

Best Neighborhoods to Trick-or-Treat for Philadelphia Kids

Zillow's annual list of best cities for trick-or-treating is out, and guess what, Philly... We're number 1! If the kids are looking to score a ton of candy this year, it looks like they're in luck. Usually the best way to find a great neighborhood for trick-or-treating is to head out and look for lights and decorations, but if you don't have the time (or the energy) to drive around in the dark, we've got you covered. We've talked to local parents and candy-givers alike, and gathered up the best of the best neighborhoods for getting some sweet treats. Read below to see if your neighborhood made the cut.

If trick-or-treating on the 31st isn't quite you're thing, we know some great trick-or-treat alternatives—not to mention a few costume parades for showing off this year's Halloween look.

NYC Car Services with Car Seats for Babies and Kids

Whether you're headed to the pediatrician, the airport, or just visiting New York City, it can be hard to find a taxi or car service that offers car seats. In fact, it's probably one of the most frequent questions that tourists and locals alike email in to ask us about. 

If you have a car seat of your own, taxi drivers are required to let you install it; I've had anxious drivers balk, but I've always made them wait. But maybe you don't feel like lugging your seat to and from JFK or up and down the pediatrician's steps. Solution? Call a car service with car seats!

We've rounded up some of our staff favorites for service in all five boroughs. Just remember to specifically request an infant or a toddler seat.

25 Things to Do, See, and Eat in Chinatown with Kids

At first glance, navigating the street vendors, traffic, and crowds of Canal Street can seem intimidating for families. But with a little planning, Chinatown opens up into a world of wonders. Explore parks, temples, turn-of-the century architecture, festivities, and, of course, amazing food in one of NYC's fastest-growing neighborhoods.

Chinatown is unlike other hot spots in Manhattan. It is a living, breathing neighborhood with a real community and real residents. Although dependent on tourists, Chinatown is unapologetically authentic. Be fearless, kind, and patient. as you step into this city within a city. Growing up in NYC, I've seen Chinatown evolve yet never change, holding steadfast to traditions while still exploring and innovating. As an adult, I plan to make Chinatown a part of my children's lives for years to come.

Get the insider's scoop on more of NYC's popular areas, such as Koreatown, with our Neighborhood Guides.

Alternatives to Traditional Trick-or-Treating for Philly Families

Trick-or-treating is an annual custom that many families enjoy every Halloween. However, not every child or grown-up is all about roaming the streets for the sole purpose of getting candy from their neighbors (or strangers)! When October 31 rolls around, be sure to check out all the great trick-or-treat alternatives in the Philadelphia area—whether they take a hayride, play in a pumpkin patch, or pick up some tasty tidbits from the local mall, little ones will still get to dress up and have fun on Halloween, without the traditional door-to-door candy gathering. Plus, don’t forget to check our Event Calendar regularly—new activities are added daily.

Mommy Poppins Philadelphia would love to see some cute costumes! Follow us on Instagram, post a photo or two, and tag us @MommyPoppinsPHL so we can marvel at the adorable kiddos in and around the area.  

Where to Host an Indoor Birthday Party in Houston

Planning an outdoor birthday party in Houston can be quite risky due to the weather, from scorching heat to pouring rain to even the occasional chilly winter day, it’s often hard to know what to expect. For parents who prefer to take the safer, climate-controlled, route, Houston offers many indoor venues that are great for throwing a unique party. The Downtown Aquarium and Children's Museum of Houston are always great options for parties, but we’ve rounded up some other lesser-known and exciting options in a range of prices for celebrating kids of all ages! Whether your birthday child is athletic, artistic, a chocoholic, or all of the above, you’re sure to find the perfect spot for throwing a memorable birthday bash on this list. An additional bonus is that many of these locations offer all-inclusive packages that make hosting a birthday party stress-free for parents.

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Haunted House, Harvest Festival, Scarecrows

The countdown to Halloween is on, and there's no shortage of awesome events for New Jersey kids and their families! Get into the spirit with a Scarecrow Stroll in downtown Cranford and visits to Haunted Allaire Village, the Hoboken Harvest Festival, and the Brite Nites jack-o-lantern event at Wagner Farm. October fun continues with Open Cockpit Weekend at The Aviation Hall of Fame, and weekend performances of The Frog Princess at Studio Players.

For more ideas, take a look at our Event Calendar and Fall Fun Guide for NJ Kids. And don't forget that it's fall picking season at New Jersey farms, so be sure to peruse our Farm Guide for apple and pumpkin picking spots, as well as hayrides and harvest festivals.

Halloween Ghost Trains, Rides, and Haunted Boats near LA

So you've already been to the pumpkin patches, and you're ready to take Halloween to the next level; you're ready, in fact, to put it in motion. Well, we know seven deadly ways to take this haunt on the road – or the sea – with everything from an old-fashioned train ride through fields of pumpkins, to a spooky tour through the bowels of a haunted ship, to a scream-filled hay ride through fields of zombies. Whatever Halloween means to your family, you can make it a ride at one (or more) of these vehicular annual haunts. After all, the family that guns down armies of zombies together stays together.


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