Spring Break Camps: 10 Kinds of Vacation Fun for LA Kids

Spring Break around Los Angeles is a moving feast; some districts have one week, and some have two. Some take vacation in March, and a few in April. Add to the mix the complications of Easter, Passover, and parent work schedules, and Spring Break camp can be a tough knot to untie. Whether your family needs two weeks full time or a day here and there, we've chosen ten of our favorites that run the gamut. From the Valley to the sea, surfing to soccer, we think you'll find something worthy of a few days away from school among the camps below. And if you're so on the ball that spring is already covered and you've moved on to summer, check out some of our favorite art, cooking, horse, and classic outdoorsy camps in our Summer and Vacation Camp Guide!

Screen Time Social: NYC Tech Expo for Families This Weekend

Is there a parent that doesn't struggle with finding the right screen time balance for their kids? We haven't met one yet. A new tech family expo, Screen Time Social, will address this digital age challenge on Sunday with maker sessions for kids and seminars for parents at the Jewish Heritage museum in lower Manhattan.

With expert panels, as well as hands-on maker workshops for all ages, the expo is designed for parents and kids to experience together and find a balance between encouraging necessary (and fun!) tech skills and finding time to unplug. Kids can attend for FREE, and we've got a ticket discount to pass on to parents. Read on for all the details.

10 Free (or Super Cheap) Things To Do with LI Preschoolers

Living on Long Island isn’t cheap, so when parents find something that doesn’t cost them a fortune—or is free—then we're obligated to spread the word. And believe it or not, there are plenty of activities around town that won't break the bank. From storytime and art to train and carousel rides, here are some ideas to keep your preschooler occupied both inside and outdoors. And for more ideas, be sure to check our Long Island Events Calendar, which is updated daily.

Where to Have a Laser Tag Party in Westchester or Lower Hudson Valley

If your kid has graduated from NERF battles to laser tag, don’t be surprised if he or she starts clamoring for a laser-themed birthday party. Super intense and requiring skill, patience and precision, laser tag is a huge hit with the middle school crowd. We’ve covered nearly all kinds of birthday parties in the past, and now we’ll focus on locations in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley that offer this high-tech game, as well as some options for throwing a bash at your own house.

Hartford Area Summer Camps: Pottery, Art, Farming

During the summer months your child may crave more freedom, more opportunity for creativity, and more time outdoors. If so, the adventures below might be perfect for them. Here are a few summer camps in the Hartford area that focus on art, pottery, and farm life. This will allow young minds to take a break from formulas and to get their hands dirty with paint, clay, or soil. At the end of the summer, they'll be left with beautiful memories, and maybe even a few beautiful works of art.

Favorite Offbeat Baby and Me Classes in Manhattan

Baby and me classes are a great way to get out of the apartment, meet other parents and bond with your new infant. We've been sampling classes all around Manhattan the last year, and now I'm happy to recommend seven offbeat but favorite choices from Mandarin and sign language to a mom and baby exercise class to a parent meet-up and playgroup.

All of our top picks are below and all are tried, tested and approved by my son and me.

Looking for cool baby classes in Brooklyn? We recently rounded up some of the best offbeat options in Brooklyn, too. Check out our NYC Baby Guide or Classes Guide for more ideas.

The Wong Kids: Parent Review of the ArtsEmerson Production

The Space adventure The Wong Kids at ArtsEmerson's Paramount Mainstage sweeps families across the universe in a side-splitting, colorful romp that cleverly shows audiences that it's more than okay to be different.

Older kids who love Star Wars and superheroes are going to adore Violet and Bruce Wong, the unlikely heroes of this imaginative and unique tale. The production hooks the audience from the very first moments with the appearance of the quirky siblings. They look different, they act different, and they are different. They discover their shared superpower just as a Space Chupacabra appears in the sky, threatening the destruction of the universe. What are quirky kids with a strange superpower to do but pony up and try to save the universe?

Welcome in Spring with a Live Show at The Palace Theatre

This post is sponsored by The Palace Theatre.

Many Connecticut families already know that seeing a show at The Palace Theatre in Stamford is a unique and memorable experience. A one-time vaudeville house, it has been restored with plush red seats and gold decorative work that frames the bigger-than-Broadway stage. But while its décor might be reminiscent of old Hollywood, the line up is fresh and sure to please youngsters. In fact, kids truly rule at The Palace this spring, with family favorites you won't want to miss that include fun with both Disney and Sesame Street.

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