3 Funky Grassroots Organizations for Somerville Kids

Somerville is a fun and funky home to artists, musicians, urban farmers, festivals, and makers and creators of all stripes. Whether your children want to learn to garden, build a lightsaber or play in a brass band, there’s an organization in Somerville just for them. These groups – Groundwork Somerville, Parts and Crafts, and School of HONK – provide unique enrichment activities to kids and families in the community. The programs offered are free, inexpensive, or on a sliding scale to give everyone the chance to participate.

Birthday Parties at Philadelphia Museums

Birthday parties are both a cause for excitement and many sleepless nights with all the planning and logistics that come along with the big day. Why not save the planning for the experts and book your kids' special celebrations at one of Philadelphia's premier museums? The decorating is done—all you do is create the invite list and hit send!

Here is our list of museums in Philadelphia that will make your kid's birthday party one to remember.

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.

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