40 Things To Do on a NYC Staycation with Kids

With spring in the air and NYC public school spring break on the horizon, many parents may be dreaming of a far-flung destination. But bank accounts or scheduling constraints could mean local family outings are more palatable.

Luckily, we've pulled together a gold mine of activities for families looking to keep busy during spring break—or anytime in the Big Apple. The only fare we'll be paying is to the MTA, although even that hurts with the recent fare increases.

Looking for year-round fun things to do in the cty? Check out our 100 Things to Do with Kids in NYC, and of course, our always packed Event Calendar. Don't forget to peruse our NYC Museum Guide to learn about all the latest exhibits and children's museums, and wrap up your day with our guide to family-friendly city restaurants.

Weekday Events for LI Kids: Art Workshops, Video Games, Theater

Time to break out the floral prints and pastels...it's officially spring. Check out our Spring Guide for things to do all across Long Island with children of all ages. 

Beginning soon, Long Island families can track down the Easter Bunny for some fabulous photo opportunities. Plus, enjoy some family-friendly Easter Bunny Brunches and Breakfasts that pair time with everyone's favorite bunny and some delicious food.

Visit our March GoList for more kid-friendly fun throughout the week. Plus, check out our full Events Calendar for more great entertainment happenings near you.

Weekday Fun: Harry Potter, UniverSoul Circus, Preschooler Pop

Most New York City kids love the stage, and events this week don't disappoint. UniverSoul Circus brings acrobats to Brooklyn, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory hits the stage, and Radio City Music Hall offers the cinematic music of Harry Potter.

But don't count out the smaller stuff. Head to Queens on Thursday for a FREE "Allergic to Salad" cooking class for kids. On Wednesday, 92Y hosts an affordable, regular parent get together. Also on Wednesday, Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band throw a FREE concert for preschoolers in Brooklyn. For more preschooler-focused events, see our new guide to the best events for preschool-age kids in New York City this spring.

Our March GoList is in its final week! Our Spring Fun Guide is also at your service, loaded with Easter fun, seasonal art, and more family activities.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Music Class, Art Sessions, Storytimes March 27-31

This week's events calendar is filled with lots of great opportunities for Philly kids to spend quality time experiencing something new. From art opportunities to sing-alongs and storytimes, there are a variety of options to peak every child's interest.

Young ones can enjoy a musical sing along with Music Monkey Jungle at locations throughout Philly. Toddlers can bounce the day away at Skyzone or explore the outdoors with activities at Bucktoe Creek Preserve. Older kids can make art at Chester County Art Association's drop-in class while children under 4 can attend a Mommy and Me alternative.

With Easter just around the corner, perhaps you want to plan out which egg hunt, train ride, or farm experience your family hopes to visit this year. But, for now, continue reading for our top picks of this fun-filled week!

10 Great Things to do in Fairfield County this Spring

After a seemingly endless month of snow days mixed with 60 degree weather, we all can probably agree that we are ready for spring. We're ready for some egg hunts and baseball games, some 5Ks and May days. From baby animals being born to the early forsythia and hyacinth blooms, springtime is just good for the soul.  Below you'll find a list of some wonderful things to do in Fairfield County this spring – and whether you’re wearing mittens or flip flops, I bet you’ll enjoy a few of these outings too!

50 Things To Do in Orlando with Kids Other Than Theme Parks

Most of us know Orlando as the Theme Park Mecca, offering tons of memories at Disney World and Universal; but Florida's mega tourist destination offers a variety of fun things to do with kids of all ages other than the obvious options. Whether you live in Florida or are just visiting, Orlando is a great destination for families on both short and extended stays.

As a former Disney World cast member and Universal passholder, I could tell you a million and one ways to have fun at a huge theme park with kids, but we'll save that for another post. If you're looking for simple fun, unique experiences, and virtually no lines, Orlando still ranks as one of the world's most kid-friendly destinations.

The list below includes a little bit of everything. From canoeing to museums to themed dinners, these 50 fun spots offer a variety of family entertainment and "must do" activities for kids in Orlando, with or without a visit to the Mouse. Get ready to forego the theme park ticket and experience the real Orlando. 

Laser Tag: Must-Try Spots for Family Fun or Epic Birthday Parties

Kids, teens, and adults all love laser tag. A little bit tag, a little bit hide and seek, laser tag is great fun for a mixed-age group. Video games fans can get up off the sofa and jump right inside the game, with an adrenaline rush practically guaranteed. Players wear special vests and use laser guns; the vests light up when hit (so no arguments!), and no protective gear is required—you cannot feel the laser, and it is eye-safe as well.

Some SoCal multi-activity family fun centers (of the type, for example, that might have glow-in-the-dark mini-golf) offer small versions of a laser tag game; if you've played at one of these, it's time to ramp up your game at one of the major laser tag arenas below! A dedicated laser tag center is two to four times larger than the games at family fun centers, and usually offers multiple levels. There are also fewer extra activities to pull at your wallet. Arenas are dark (the better to see the lasers) and may have other effects such as fog and sounds or music—not to mention blacklights. If you are feeling competitive, don’t wear white.

Laser tag is a great activity for a birthday party, too. In case none of the arenas are convenient to you, we've also found some mobile laser tag companies who bring the guns and vests, barricades, and inflatables to you. Indoor or outdoor, daytime or nighttime, going to battle with your kids is just good, wholesome fun.

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