Hudson Yards Is Home to Midtown's Latest Playground

Kids on Manhattan's West Side just gained a brand-new jungle gym. The playground sprung up earlier this month near the ongoing Hudson Yards redevelopment project, which is transforming a 28-acre section of Midtown West into shiny new high-rise offices, high-end shops, residences, hotels, restaurants and a public school, as well as access to the 7-train extension when completed. The development is expected to create 14 acres of open space, including multiple green spaces. The newly opened neighborhood park, which houses the newest NYC playground, is a city park operated by the Hudson Yards/Hell's Kitchen Alliance.

We've tested out the new playground, which includes a cool canopy for fending off the summer heat, so read on for our review of this new kid-friendly green space and jungle gym.

10 Ways to Beat the Heat in the Hamptons & North Fork

Even for those who live for summer, the heat and humidity can take its toll--and make you not want to leave the house. But the weather doesn't have to keep you from enjoying all the East End has to offer. In fact, there are plenty of ways to beat the heat here, and we've rounded up 10 of our favorites.

Need more ideas? Be sure to check out our Hamptons & North Fork Family Guide.

Weekday Event Picks for LA Kids: Free Parks, Culver Fiesta, Studio Ghibli, August 24-28

If school hasn’t started yet and your family has time for one last summer hurrah, take a midweek camping trip – from LA it's easy to head for forest, woods, desert, or sea. Tuesday is a day of free admission to national parks, and eleven of our parks in California are participating. For my family, school started last week, but a trip to visit to the world's first national park – Yellowstone – helped us to end our summer on a high note.

With school looming, you probably don’t want to head out of state now, but if you have the time and inclination to venture north, Tuesday's free day could be an opportunity to experience the giant redwoods of Muir Woods, the majesty of Yosemite, or the Gold Rush history of Whiskeytown Lake. Closer to LA, Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego and Joshua Tree National Park offer two extremes of our state’s natural beauty.

But there's plenty to do this week without leaving LA, too; want to do some stargazing before El Niño fills the sky with clouds? The Sidewalk Astronomers are out in Burbank. Fans of Japanese animation will want to catch the Studio Ghibli Festival, and anybody looking for small town fun in our expansive metropolis should check out the Fiesta La Ballona in Culver City.

The summer of al fresco movies and music continues, and there are lots of other listings on our Daily Events Calendar. Here are our five picks for the week.

Weekday Event Picks for NJ Kids: Firemen's Fair, Yo-Yo Guy August 24-28

How do you plan to top off the summer? Wrap up August with those last moments of summery fun at outdoor events like the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair and the Somerset Patriot’s Baseball Game. Take in museum programs this week at Garden State Discovery Museum’s Movie Mondays, Morris Museum’s Yo-Yo Guy Returns and New Jersey State Museum’s Maker Space Program. And don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more options!

Weekday Picks for LI Kids: Chocolate Making, Tea Party, Italian Festival, August 24-28

For many Long Island kids, this is the last full week of summer break. Families can make the most of it with a variety of fun events, including chocolate making, festivals and more.

Our Long Island Events Calendar is packed with activities to keep kids of all ages busy, while our Summer Fun Guide has tons of cool ideas on ways to enjoy the season. Spending time out East? Check out our Hamptons & North Fork Family Guide.

Last-Minute Labor Day Getaways for NYC Families

Labor Day marks the last chance for a summer getaway, so we’ve searched for destinations with lots of family potential to help New Yorkers ring in the approaching school year with a little more cheer, or at least a tan.

Do some in your family like to shop while others prefer the outdoors? Consider taking the kids to Freeport, Maine. In need of one last beach blitz? We have a spot in mind. More of a lake crew? No problem. Our mom-approved Labor Day vacations even include a kid-free suggestion if you can snag grandma and grandpa for the weekend. And if you need more inspiration, our travel site is loaded with kid and parent getaway suggestions for all types from water park lovers to Lego fans to hikers.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Taylor Swift, Chocolate Tournament, Barn Dance, August 24-28

Though summer break is winding down, summertime fun still abounds throughout Westchester. This week offers loads of fun options for families, including a delectable Chocolate Tournament for the chocoholics among us. Taylor Swift fans will delight in 2kPop Sing-Along: Taylor Swift. Feeling a little bit country? Do-si-do at a local Barn Dance!

These are just a few of our top picks for the coming week. Read on for details on these and other highlights. Also, be sure to peruse our Event Calendar for more ideas!

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