Sunnyside Plays: A New Drop-In Play Space for Queens Kids

Western Queens just gained a new indoor play space for kids with the opening of Sunnyside Plays in, of course, Sunnyside. My family was super excited to have a new indoor playground so close to our neighborhood. In fact, we were amazed when we saw our 7-month-old son start crawling there for the first time. We are already making memories.

The spacious location on 48th Avenue, which just opened this month, is close to Sunnyside Library and Lance Cpl. Thomas A. Noonan Playground. Sunnyside Plays, founded by local parents Ed Kim and Vanessa Quinn, is 1,700 square feet of open, rectangular floor space with 16-foot ceilings. LED track lighting and the studio's vibrant colors give it a refreshing artsy loft feel. Kim and Quinn have art backgrounds and use their knowledge to offer events and classes for kids and adults. 

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Watermelon, Pirates, Jazz Festival

Spend this last weekend of August soaking in all that is warm, carefree and summer! Round up the troops and taste juicy fruit during the Watermelon Festival at Oasis Family Farm, cozy up with blankets for an Old Fashioned Drive-In Movie in Tewksbury or kick back with live music during the Long Branch Jazz & Blues Festival. For even more big family fun, get in touch with your inner pirate at Historic Cold Spring Village's Seafarer's Weekend or rock out with Miss Nina and the Jungle Gym Jam Band. Five of our events are FREE this weekend!

For more options, take a look at our full Event CalendarAugust GoList, and our Summer Fun Guide.

Best Apple Picking Orchards and Farms Near NYC

Starting around Labor Day weekend and continuing through the fall, orchards around the tristate area offer families the chance to pick their own apples. Many also host cool kids' attractions, including hayrides, petting zoos, bouncy houses and corn mazes. Some even sell home-baked treats.

While there was a time when apple trees thrived in NYC (ever wonder how Orchard Street got its name?), city families today need to head out of town to pick their own fruit. While there are plenty of wonderful apple orchards in the Hudson ValleyNew Jersey, Long Island, and Connecticut, many are quite a long drive, and we know nothing derails a fun family outing like a stressful commute. So we've rounded up a dozen places to pick your own apples that are an hour or less from Midtown Manhattan by car. A few are even accessible by train.

Pageant of the Masters in Laguna: These Paintings Aren't What They Seem

Every city has something uniquely its own, some quirky event or phenomenon that defies description yet defines by association. Houston has its rodeo; Boston has its tea party, and Laguna Beach has the Pageant of the Masters

If you've never experienced this curious gem, the private treasure of the people of Laguna, opportunity awaits you every night all summer long. But get ready to clean your glasses, because you won't always be sure what you're looking at. The extraordinary event is unlike anything else I've seen; it may not be everyone's cup of tea, but if you're raising a budding artist, or if you love hitting museums en famille, you owe it to yourselves to check the Pageant of the Masters off this summer's bucket list.

Family-Friendly Fall Fun Runs and Races in Philadelphia

Whether you have been able to whether the weather to stay in shape this summer or not, the cool crisp air of Fall is almost upon us. And with fall, comes many opportunities to get out and run! Which might be why Fall is one of the best seasons for family-friendly runs. These runs can not only encourage physical health awareness for you and your kids, but help you bond over a shared goal, and possibly learn about a cause or charity that may be a great learning experience for your kids. If you have fun on these runs, keep training for the later festive fall Turkey Trots and Santa Runs!

10 Boston-Area Fitness Classes for Moms and Babies

Life with a new baby can be hectic—between round-the-clock feedings and sleepless nights, it can be hard to fit in a shower. However, after those first few weeks, many new moms want to start exercising again. Several local fitness studios offer mom and baby workout classes so new moms can take care of themselves and keep their babies close at the same time. The classes run the gamut from pilates and barre to running and stroller sessions—mom and baby yoga classes are featured in another post.

10 Ways to Beat the Heat on Long Island This Summer

August usually brings high temps and plenty of humidity, leaving Long Island families scrambling to find ways to cool off. Whether you want to enjoy the sunshine or retreat indoors to central AC, there are plenty of options in both Nassau and Suffolk counties to help you beat the heat--and all are guaranteed fun for every age. After all, you want to enjoy these last bits of summer before school begins. For more to do this month, check out our Summer Fun Guide.

Apple Picking Around New Jersey

There's a chill in the air, the kids are headed back to school, and you know what all that means... That's right, it’s finally apple-picking time! No matter where you live in New Jersey, there's bound to be an apple picking orchard nearby, many of which also offer fun activities, like hay rides and petting zoos. So grab a few baskets and head out to one of these great farms. Mmmmm.

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