Maritime History Comes Alive at Cold Spring Harbor's Whaling Museum

The Whaling Museum & Education Center in Cold Spring Harbor is another family-friendly museum that lets Long Island kids have fun and learn at the same time. Kids are engaged in the museum's interactive exhibits—from taking a whiff of cooked whale blubber to climbing into a bunk bed and experiencing a whaling ship’s tight living quarters—as they explore Long Island’s rich maritime history.

50 Things to Do with Kids in Midtown Manhattan

Whether a visitor, commuter, or even a local, it's hard to avoid passing through NYC's Midtown Manhattan. Bordered by 59th Street on the northern end and 34th Street to the south, and extending from river-to-river, the neighborhood has a personality that matches its large size, encompassing Times SquareRockefeller Center, and beyond. 

Between the towering office buildings and the tourist traps on seemingly every street corner, it might seem hard to uncover the worthwhile family spots, but actually Midtown is loaded with quality entertainment. We've done the legwork and rounded up 50 fun picks for enjoying this 'hood with kids in tow.

Read on for these top spots and activities and be sure to explore some of the other new-to-you neighborhoods we've profiled, from the Upper East Side to Chinatown and the outer boroughs. If you're here on vacation, check out our Visitors' Guide for all the best citywide sights for families.

How and Where to Volunteer With Kids Around Boston

Kids have boundless energy and idealist hearts, which makes them perfect volunteers. But it can be tricky to find giving opportunities open to the whole family. As any parent who’s tried to vacuum or bake cookies in the presence of a young child knows, little kids really, really want to help out, but making sure their efforts aren't counterproductive requires masterful delegation—or even creation—of tasks they can handle independently. Not surprisingly, many volunteer organizations limit involvement to kids who are in their pre-teens or older. Boston, luckily, is home to several organizations and activities designed with families and young kids in mind. If the community spirit of the marathon and Earth Day has you and your kids feeling inspired, read on for ways to give back.

Where to See Cherry Blossoms in the Lower Hudson Valley this Spring

Spring is in the air, and that means it's cherry blossom time. These beautiful flowers typically start blooming in late March through early June in the New York region. In addition to the opportunities to see cherry blossoms in New York City—including the famous Sakura Matsuri annual cherry blossom festival at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden—there are some great spots north of the city. 

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Fiesta with the Family for Cinco de Mayo

While tequila and margaritas may have become staples for Cinco de Mayo parties everywhere, this hasn't always been the case. In fact, May 5 actually has a lot of rich cultural heritage, dating all the way back to 1862 when the Mexican Army proved victorious over the French at the Battle of Puebla. Over the years, the day has become a great source of Mexican pride... and also a good excuse for people to get together and fiesta. 

Whether it's a morning spent exploring the holiday's history at the Children's Museum or diving into a Mexican feast and enjoying live music at one of this year's kid-friendly celebrations, we challenge you to bring back some of that cultural awareness this year... and have some good, old-fashioned family fun in the process. 

Travel Back in Time at the Vintage Radio and Television Museum

It's hard to believe a place like this even exists.  The Vintage Radio and Television Museum in Windsor will transport you backwards in time all the way to the 1800's. At this jam-packed museum, you will find yourself reminiscing about the technology of your own youth as well as decades before. Your kids will be amazed by the televisions of the 1950's, the radios of the 1940's, and even the quirky ways we used to call each other on a phone...with a cord. For more fun family museum suggestions check out our Museum Guide

Mini Golf, Batting Cages, and Fun for Kids in the Hamptons and North Fork

Yes, the beaches are beautiful in the Hamptons and North Fork, but sooner or later, your family is going to be looking for something else to do this summer. For a change of pace and a chance for your kids to brush up on their golf and baseball bat swings, or just get out of the sun, we’ve rounded up a list of family-friendly mini golf courses, batting cages and indoor fun like arcades out east.

Most places have snack bars and some offer other amenities such as boat rentals so you can make a whole day of it.

For more fun activities on the east end, be sure to check out our guide to the Hamptons and North Fork and our listing of kayak, canoe, and paddle board rental places. And when your family is ready to hit the beach again, we found the best beaches for families on Long Island. Have fun!

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Book Fest, Butterfly Release, Earth Day, April 22-23

It's all good this weekend. First, there's good for the environment: Earth Day recognizes the importance of looking after the number one mother (Earth) with a flurry of good festivals celebrating the planet we call home. You can show Momma E some love at the zoo, the aquarium, gardens, or the beach, and on bikes, at the movies, with crafts, concerts, kites, and cleanups.

Then there's a good book. You can find plenty of those at the LA Times Festival of Books, one of the goodliest events of the year. 

And since one good turn deserves another, why not join a whole bunch of science types gathering at the Columbia Memorial Space Center, showing all the good science can do? More science lovers are getting together in Pershing Square; a whole lot of good could come of it.

Keep reading for our most goodly finds this weekend...


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