Indoor Play Spaces in Connecticut (Fairfield County)

When cold and dreary days show up it’s always good to have a list of indoor play spaces you can take the kids to when they - and you – desperately need to get out of the house.  Burning off all of that creative energy is a must and what a better way to do it than take them out to jump, swing and climb somewhere else other than your home! We've listed some fun options in Fairfield County. For even more indoor fun check out our Connecticut Indoor Play Guide.

Weekday Fun: Veterans Day, Holiday Theater, Most Expensive Dollhouse Ever

Ready for another short school week in NYC? We're celebrating Veterans Day on Wednesday, November 11, but if you have to work, don't stress, we've rounded up dozens of enriching full-day camp programs to keep kids entertained, including one where they whip up a gourmet meal for our country's deserving veterans.

If that free day is an opportunity for a little extra parent-kid fun try popping into a free storytime in Manhattan, Brooklyn or Queens, hitting the recently reopened East 72nd Street playground in Central Park, or going on a DIY Hamilton-inspired tour of NYC

Other highlights for the week of November 9-13 in NYC include superhero fun at the New-York Historical Society, a multimillion-dollar dollhouse on display at Columbus Circle, free flicks and the season opening of the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater's holiday production.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Movies, Nature, Astronomy Nov 9-13

Grocery shopping, making lunches, doing laundry and emptying the dishwasher can become monotonous weekday chores. Why not change things up a bit and venture out to one of the many events featured on our Events Calendar?

From storytimes to sing alongs, from museums to farms, there are many options available all week long. Don't forget that this Wednesday is Veteran's Day, so fly your American flag and thank a soldier. Be sure to use our advanced search options to narrow down your options by age, area and type. This week, put down the laundry basket and have some fun with the kiddos. Enjoy!

Thanksgiving Fun Runs: Kid-Friendly Turkey Trots in the Lower Hudson Valley

A turkey trot can be a fun way to get the kids out of the house Thanksgiving morning—and get out some energy! Many of these fun runs are held in support of a charity, so there’s the added bonus of doing a good deed while you “earn” that extra slice of pumpkin pie.  

We've already highlighted some of the best kid-friendly turkey trots in Westchester, and now we’re turning our attention to the rest of the Lower Hudson Valley. Be sure to check out our Holiday Guide for even more Thanksgiving ideas for families, and keep up to speed with our November GoList

Free Museum Days in Connecticut

Connecticut may be one of the nation’s smallest states, but what it lacks in square footage it makes up for in culture.  Connecticut is literally bursting at the seams with hundreds of art museums, historical homesteads, science museums, children’s museums, and cultural centers in every corner of the state. From the Lyman AIlyn in New London to the Wadsworth Anthenuem in Harford, if you want to take advantage of everything the Nutmeg State has to offer, but don’t love the price tag that comes along with it, then this list of museum free days is for you! And for more info on CT Museums check out our Museum Guide.

Below is a list of free museum hours around the state. Please confirm these free days/evenings with the museums. Sometimes, especially near a national or religious holiday, schedules may change. Also, keep in mind that teachers, veterans, or seniors may also receive extra discounts. 

The Nutcracker Ballet for Boston Area Kids and Families

The Nutcracker Ballet: It just may be the most classic of holiday traditions. And while the Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker is the most traditional of them all, Boston families have numerous options to choose from—traditional performances to modern interpretations, full-length, lavish staging to less elaborate productions just right for young audiences. They all promise to bring that Nutcracker charm that will keep adults wide-eyed, too.

Below we have a list of this year's Boston-area performances of Tchaikovsky's holiday classic, coming to multiple stages in the coming weeks.

Breakfast with Santa for Philly Families

There's something special about that moment when children approach Santa Claus with their wish lists in hand at Christmastime. Nervousness, excitement, awe (and sometimes tears!) cover their faces as they wait to tell the big guy how good they've been all year. Families can avoid the long lines at the mall and extend the magical moment a little longer by attending one of many breakfasts with Santa all over the Delaware Valley.

Kids have a chance to enjoy breakfast, brunch, or lunch as Ol' St. Nick mingles with guests at venues such as restaurants, zoos, and even boats! Some events include a professional photo with Santa, while at others, families are welcome to bring their own cameras. Get ready to chow down and get ready to make some special holiday memories at one of the many Santa events we've rounded up. Many of these sell out early, so reservations are often recommended.

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