After School Art Classes in the Hartford Area

If you’re looking for a fun extra-curricular activity for your budding artist there are many after school art class options in the Hartford County area. The arts are essential in stimulating creativity and developing innovative thinkers whether it’s through artistic expression of music or creating beautiful painted masterpieces. Check out one of these great programs in Hartford County to help inspire your little artist. For more fun ideas check out our After School Classes Guide.

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Princesses, Peaches, State Fair, Butterflies

It may already be mid-August, but New Jersey is still churning out plenty of summertime fun! The peach reigns supreme this time of year, so get your fill of the juicy stone fruit during the Peach, Princess & Pirate Celebration at the Camden Children's Garden and the Peach Festival at Oasis Family Farm. Can't make it? Pick-your-own peaches at these NJ farms and orchards

There's a little something for everyone this weekend: check out the last few days of the NJ State Fair at the Sussex County Fairgrounds, the Watershed Butterfly Festival, or the awesome Tap N' Time dance performance at the Westminster Art Center. Weekend rain and clouds got ya down? Try one of these 25 indoor activities for your Jersey kid. From museums to bounce houses, there's plenty to do!

For more options, take a look at our full Event Calendar, August GoList, and our Summer Fun Guide.

Cooling off in Public Swimming Pools on the Westside

There are certain hot summer days when the sprinkler or the splash pad at the park just isn't enough, and the beach is a little too much—when only a swimming pool will do. Luckily the Westside has almost as many public pools as public beaches; kids can cool off with a splash at a different pool each day of the week! Most of the outdoor pools listed below are seasonal, and hours change throughout the summer. It's always advisable to call for the day's schedule before heading out.

Bronx Water Playgrounds and Sprinklers to Cool Off the Kids

Although the kids might beg, not every summer day can be a pool day. Still, water play is essential to summer survival in NYC. Enter playgrounds loaded with water jets and refreshing splash pads for instant relief. Kids (and their grown-ups) can frolic in sprinklers and spray showers, many with nifty features like footbridges, geysers, and themed settings. We've told you about some of our favorite playgrounds with water features citywide, but we know the Bronx needs a shout-out all its own. Read on for details on seven of our favorite splash pads in NYC's northernmost borough.

Find more water fun in our Beaches, Pools, Water Parks Guide, or cool NYC activities in our Summer Fun Guide

10 Perfect Places to Fly a Kite in Boston With Kids

Chicago may be the Windy City, but it often seems like Boston could have earned that nickname, too. Ocean breezes are a near-constant presence and there’s no better way to harness them than by flying a kite. Despite Boston’s low elevation, there are plenty of hills and beaches in the area that provide the perfect places to get some air. We’ve rounded up 10 of them, some of which also have awesome playgrounds. Now go fly a kite!

Best NJ Summer Day Trips for Families

Are the kids bored with the same park every day? We've got plenty of summer day trip ideas you can take the family on without even leaving the state! Pick fresh fruit and let the kids pet some barnyard animals; check out a national monument; visit NJ's own Victorian seaside town; head to a giant lake water park; or visit the beach, boardwalk, and aquarium all in one day.

So just hop in the car and head out to enjoy one of these 13 fun New Jersey day trips for this summer. Need more inspiration? Peruse our NJ Family Day Trip and Getaway Guide for even more ideas.

15 Coney Island & Brighton Beach Family-Friendly Restaurants

If you're day tripping to Coney Island or Brighton Beach with the kids for the subway-accessible beach, amusement park rides, aquarium, or just to enjoy the ocean breeze, you'll likely need to stop to eat at some point. You're sure to find more traditional family restaurants, serving up kid-pleasers such as pizza, hot dogs, burgers, and shakes in a casual atmosphere along the Coney boardwalk, and because Brighton has a large Russian population, restaurants there will be family-friendly, too, but in a different way. There are many upscale spots where kids contact exotic foods, adult conversation and, alas, cigarette smoke. I realize this may be a deal breaker for some, but you'll still see plenty of children in these restaurants, even at midnight, chowing down on delicacies such as cow's tongue, pickled cabbage, or, if they're picky, fried potatoes and bread.

And in recent years, chains such as Checkers, Johnny Rockets, Wendy's, Popeyes Chicken, and Applebee's have moved into the area. There's even a Wahlburgers, but since this one has cool, outdoor roof seating, we'll give it a pass. As a longtime local, I'm rounding up some of the best eats for families in the area, whether you're looking for an immersive Russian cultural experience or just want a quick meal that doesn't have a logo on it.

Find more great NYC eats in our Family-Friendly Restaurant Guide.

 

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