Insider’s Guide to Haines, Alaska: 21 Top Things to Do with Kids

Alaska is a dream destination on many family travel bucket lists. The way most people experience the state is to hop on one of the many cruises that travel up the Inside Passage. Cruising is particularly suited for Alaska travel because the scenery from the ship is beautiful and the destinations are hard to reach otherwise. But, as with many things in travel, the easiest road often passes by the best destinations.

Haines, Alaska, is one of those gems that is often missed by family cruisers. If you have the option to take a cruise that stops in Haines, or can take an excursion to Haines (an option from Skagway), I highly recommend it. Or, if you want to plan your own Alaska trip, you could easily spend a week in Haines without running out of amazing things to do with the kids, from bear watching and fishing to exploring some really unique museums.

Meet the Easter Bunny in NYC for a Photo Op with the Kids

The Easter Bunny is making appearances all over New York City this spring, including on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019—so you'll have plenty of opportunities to snap a picture with your child cozied up to the festive rabbit.

We've rounded up some of the top places in all five boroughs to take a picture with the Easter Bunny, beginning in March. These range from professional shots you can have taken ahead of time to DIY opportunities at your local egg hunt. Get those reservations booked!

Why All the Butterflies, and What Are Good Spots To See Them?

If you're one of the three remaining Angelenos who haven't yet noticed, run outside, quick, and take a look at the steady stream of butterflies flying north up your street! People all over social media are trying to photograph and video them, but the truth is it's tough to do; smart phones just aren't doing justice to this breathtaking phenomenon. So what's going on? Why is getting swarmed by magical winged creatures as easy as walking outside? We can explain—and we can offer some ideas of where to head, if the butterflies aren't outside your own front door. 

14 Easter Bunny Encounters for Westchester Kids

Just as Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to Santa, for many Westchester families, the same holds true for Easter and the Easter Bunny. While encounters are often possible at town egg hunts (we’ll cover that separately), there are many other opportunities to meet the bunny this spring.

Below we’ve rounded up 14 ways to say cheese with the rabbit. These include breakfasts, train rides, photo-ops for kids with special needs, and even the chance to go ice skating with the Easter Bunny. And more! Read on for the rundown and additional details.

Looking for more? Hop across the border to find out where you can dine with the Easter Bunny in Connecticut. And keep tabs on our Event Calendar for numerous other ways to celebrate Easter.

Where Nursing Moms Can Find Private Lactation Rooms in NYC

Raising kids in New York City isn't for the faint of heart. City parents have plenty of worries to contend with that our suburban counterparts don't, from car seats in cabs to finding the right stroller for your lifestyle, and how, exactly, to navigate the subway with a baby in tow.

But one thing city mamas shouldn't have to worry about is where to feed their babies, specifically where to breastfeed or pump when you're on the go. While state law protects a mother's right to breastfeed in public, saying "a mother may breastfeed her baby in any location, public or private, where the mother is otherwise authorized to be," not all mothers are particularly comfortable baring it all, and certainly pumping isn't easy on a city bench. When mama's not comfortable, neither is baby.

To help ease the stress of breastfeeding or pumping on-the-go, we've rounded up some private or semi-private spots for you to feed your wee one while you're out-and-about checking things off our NYC baby bucket list.

Easter Bunny Brunches and Photo-Ops for New Jersey Kids

Grab your bonnets and bow ties, and hop on over to a fun photo-op with the Easter Bunny. We've got the scoop on where you can meet the long-eared guest of honor and take part in activities like bunny brunches, parades, storytimes, and crafts.

Looking for a more straightforward meet-and-greet? Check out our listing of professional photo setups at malls throughout the Garden State below. And if you'd rather take a train ride with your favorite hare, you can always hop aboard the Easter Express

Spring Festivals and Fairs for Chicago Families

While spring festival season in Chicago isn't quite as jam-packed as the summer or fall, there's still lots of fun to be found downtown and out in the suburbs. From St. Patrick's Day parades to maple sugar festivals, from Easter to Holi to Earth Day, and from kites to flowers to Star Wars, Chicago kids have no shortage of reasons to make the most of warmer weather on the way...most of them FREE. Plus there are can't-miss Chicago neighborhood celebrations like the Greek Heritage Parade, the Polish Parade, and the Festival Mole de Mayo. Get your calendars out and start making plans—spring is almost here!

20 Affordable Summer Camps for Philadelphia Families

Two months. That’s how long your student has off from school for the summer. While you could see this as a great bonding time with your kids (and it is!), there is one problem: it’s just so. much. time! That’s where summer camps come in to save the day. Teaching your kids new skills, helping them form new friendships, and burning off the copious amounts of energy.

But summer camp can be a major burden on the wallet. Fortunately, there are a number of local summer camps and programs that make enrollment much more manageable. Whether they want to learn more about science and technology, grow as an artist, or gain skills on the field, there is an affordable camp for every age and interest.

To help you make your selections, we’ve rounded up a great list of free or affordable summer camps (using the cap of $350 per week as the highest limit) that you can use to help keep your kids entertained and engaged all summer long. Most camp registrations are on a week to week basis.

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