Birthday Freebies: How Kids Get Free Stuff and Eat Free in LA and OC

Who doesn't love receiving gifts on birthdays? Rhetorical question: obviously kids love gifts, and parents love free gifts. That's why it's worth knowing about the many SoCal businesses that offer birthday clubs, treats, and freebies for kids on their big day. As the parent, you will need to register the birthday kids—and oftentimes yourself, too, before adding your children as family members. Check the age ranges on the offers below, as they vary. Go ahead and sign up now, and the coupons and emails will start rolling in while you are busy planning a birthday party.

Times Square's Biggest New Attraction is a Hugely Fun Miniature World

They say big things come in small packages. Gulliver's Gate, the newest attraction to arrive in Times Square, proves just that. Now open for previews—with its official opening slated for early May—this inspiring destination shrinks our global community into 49,000 square feet of captivating detail, giving visitors a glimpse at all corners of the world.

My daughters and I attended a preview and, even though some parts are still in the works, we agree Gulliver's Gate definitely deserves its spot on our 2017 GoList. We've got tips for exploring this exhibit with kids, including some fun facts about the displays, engaging interactive elements, and other perks.

Indoor Activities: 25 Ways To Spend a Rainy Day in NJ

Rainy days may be perfect for curling up with a book or stomping in puddles, but sometimes busy kids need more boredom-busters on stormy days. No matter the season, NJ has a great array of indoor fun for the whole family, from museums and indoor play spaces to bowling alleys and roller rinks. If staying dry sounds better, check out our ideas for rainy day fun at home and make the most of those rain clouds!  

Best Children's Playgrounds on Long Island

One feature that makes Long Island a wonderful place to raise a family is an abundance of parks and playgrounds. They are, of course, great places for little ones to get valuable exercise (and have fun), but are also ideal places for parents to chat while their kids play.

We’ve scouted the best playgrounds across the Island—in Nassau, Suffolk and on the East End—where you’ll find plenty of space for you and your little ones to enjoy. For more playground inspiration, check our guide to day trips to Long Island's top parks.

7 Secret Playgrounds in the Boston Area

Big, splashy, and downright fantastic playgrounds and parks abound in Boston, and they're the cornerstone of spring and summer fun around town. But sometimes you need a rec space where mayhem is at a minimum, and keeping track of your kid doesn't feel like a "Where's Waldo" challenge. If you’re looking for a playground that won’t be packed with children (and their parents), you’re in luck! Here’s a list of seven local playgrounds where you and your kids might be able to frolic in (relative) peace and quiet.

One-of-a-Kind Birthday Party Ideas for Houston Kids

Houston is home to tons of places to throw the best birthday party, from indoor spots to science-themed laboratories for your little Einstein. But if you really want to kick the festivities up a notch and plan a party that will go down in your family's history as the best. party. ever., then look no further. Here are seven ideas for planning a spectacular bash. And for more inspiration, check out our birthday party guide.

14 Free (or Almost Free) Ways to Celebrate Earth Day with Kids in Westchester

What better way to get kids interested in nature and doing their part for the planet than with a variety of fun and educational activities in honor of Earth Day? This year, celebrations take place throughout the month of April and include everything from all-day festivals to a movie screening and creating one-of-a-kind crafts from recycled materials. The best part: They’re all free or inexpensive! 

Be sure to check out our Event Calendar for even more activities for Westchester families and follow us on Facebook.

NYC Carousels: 13 City Merry-Go-Rounds To Spin You Around

There's something wonderfully nostalgic about kids getting a thrill from a ride on a carousel. There are more than a dozen merry-go-rounds in our city and each offers a unique spin on this traditional kiddie ride. With spring in full swing, it's a great time to take your first carousel ride of the season. With merry-go-rounds in all five boroughs, there's probably one near you.

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