Escape Room Fun for LA Kids: Great for Parties or Cabin Fever

A new trend in group entertainment has hit LA, and it may be one you haven't wrapped your mind around yet: escape rooms. Certain assumptions would seem obvious from the moniker (you need to escape, right? From a room?), but in fact most of my friends seem to know very little about them. Personally, I was curious. And beyond my personal curiosity, I was even more interested to know whether an escape room might be an adventure to be shared with bigger kids who enjoy a little challenge and mystery. Well, it turns out that yes, yes it is a totally and utterly cool thing to do with kids. So get ready for the thrill of locking your kids in a room, and then watching them try to get out. For an hour.

Brooklyn's Best Hot Chocolate Spots

Delicious, steaming hot cocoa topped with pillowy marshmallows is a kids staple during the winter months, warming little hands from the very first sip. You can make it at home, of course, but foodie Brooklyn offers a multitude of independent chocolatiers, coffee shops, and cafes serving up rich, creamy and inventive hot chocolates.

We recently covered the best spots to get hot chocolate in Manhattan, as well as Queens, but Brooklyn, home to the city's artisanal food scene, has plenty to offer, too. Read on for 10 of our favorite spots to pick up a cup of hot chocolate with the kids in this family-oriented borough.

7 Drop-In Art Spots for Long Island Kids

Have a little Picasso on your hands? A budding artist whom you would you like to get drawing on paper instead of your walls? These Long Island-based art spots offer drop-in classes, painting parties and more. No long-term commitments necessary. Pop in for some arts and crafts and get your creative juices flowing.

For more seasonal activities, pop over to our Winter Fun Guide. And if you're keeping an eye on your wallet after the holidays, check out our list of 20 FREE Things to Do With Long Island Kids This Winter.

11 Historical Ways to Spend Presidents' Day Weekend for Philly Kids

Presidents' Day weekend is the time of year that Philly families enjoy a much-needed break during the throws of winter. Some may take a ski getaway or road trip, while others delight in a staycation. With so much history to offer, consider spending part of the holiday weekend by participating in some historic activities from our events calendar. These experiences not only entertain but also educate young and old alike. We have rounded up some of our favorites below.

Houston Area Music and Theater Camps

Houston has an array of summer and vacation camps to fit every kid's passion that provide a break from the classroom and the perfect opportunity for kids to pursue their interests in a more singular fashion. Have an aspiring actor or actress on your hands? Use summertime to help them hone in on their musical and theatrical skills by enrolling your little Romeo or Juliet in one of Houston's many music or theater camps. 

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