STEM & STEAM Summer Camps for Long Island Kids

If you have a child who wants to spend the summer building robots, learning to code and launching rockets, you're in luck. Long Island has quite a few summer camps where kids can expand their knowledge of all things STEM and STEAM. These are places where children can not only have fun and make new friends, but they will also learn new skills that will help them thrive during the upcoming school year. And for additional info on a variety of summer programs across Long Island, be sure to check out our Summer Camp Guide.

25 Exercise Games and Indoor Activities to Get Kids Moving

While suburban kids can always run around in their backyards, city kids often don't have that luxury. A park or playground is a worthy substitute, but sometimes the weather doesn't cooperate or just getting out of the apartment is too much to navigate with the kids. But if a family still wants to integrate movement and exercise into their everyday lives, there are plenty of quick—and fun— exercises that can be done right in your living room. Try our list of 25 easy indoor exercise ideas to do with kids at home. We promise everyone will be tired and laughing after attempting just a handful.

Looking for more indoor boredom busters? We have lots of ideas, including easy craft projects and 40 Snow Day Boredom Busters.

Ten Things My Tween and Teen Love about the California Science Center

I have a son and a daughter with four years between them, which means they don’t always want to do the same thing in the same place at the same time. Siblings! That said, one destination they can always agree on is the California Science Center in Exposition Park. This immersive, interactive exhibition space engages all ages, preschool to high school, and we rarely leave without the feeling that there was more to see and to do. As a parent I love this museum, because, while science is a universal topic, the California Science Center finds many ways to connect us with our own state of California and has exhibits highlighting our ecosystems, earthquakes, and industry.

Space belongs to everyone, but much of the Aerospace Industry is housed here in California. LA's free science museum recently acquired the Space Shuttle Endeavor, currently displayed in a temporary location but ultimately planned as the centerpiece of the new Samuel Oschin Air and Space Center. As thrilling as that big ticket item is, there are many smaller permanent installations that my kids love to revisit—and believe you me they know how to find them. Rotating exhibits also capture their attention: my daughter was so eager to get to last year’s Pompeii that she ended up going without me. I won’t make that mistake again!

Here is a too short list of ten things you gotta love about the California Science Center.

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.


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