The Best Museums for Kids in Northern New Jersey

When bad weather hits, a trip to a museum can be a great cure for cabin fever. With winter in full force, it's time to check out a few local gems that offer kids hands-on art and science exploration. At these northern New Jersey museums, kids can study the stars at a planetarium, learn about dinosaurs that once roamed New Jersey, create their own works of art, meet animals, make music, and much more. They're guaranteed to learn something—and get nice and tired in the process.

Read on for our favorite spots in northern New Jersey, and be sure to check out our roundup of museums in central and southern NJ, too.

10 Winter Activities for Connecticut Kids: January 22-26

Okay, it hasn't exactly been beach weather, but it's been nice to have a break from the gray days and bone-chilling cold of the last few weeks. We may still have two months until spring (who's counting, right?), but there's still lots of winter fun to be had all over Connecticut, from outdoor adventures including Eagle Watching and Winter Walking to cozy indoor crafts, stories, and snacks. Better yet, nine out of these ten events are free!

9 Best Florida Beach Vacation Destinations for Families

Sure, we all love a good spa resort or ski trip, but if the relentless winter has worn you down, know that there are balmy breezes, sandy beaches, and palm trees awaiting you in Florida

February's rounding the bend and spring is not quite ready to make an appearance; I can't think of a better time to the south for a fun family vacation—maybe for the kids' spring break from school. As a mother of two little ones living in Florida, I know the best spots for families on both coasts. Check out my favorite beach destinations for little and big (that means you!) kids alike.

10 Family Memberships Worth Having As You Raise Your LA Kid

It can be hard to find places to go with the whole family without breaking the bank. So when your kids let you know they love a place, you're going to want to go back there again and again (and again). If you find yourself hitting up the same spots, you might as well become a member to enjoy all the perks and discounts that entails (plus the tax write-off). Here are a few of the most affordable and enjoyable places in LA to get memberships for the whole family. 

Best Spots Around Houston for Hosting a Birthday Party on a Budget

Planning a fantastically fun birthday party that your child and their friends will remember for years to come can seem like a daunting task, especially when you start counting out invitations and pricing venues. Making the most of a birthday party budget means getting the best deal possible on space, food, decor, and entertainment. Luckily for Houstonians, there are several great options for planning birthday parties on a budget all over town. 

Whether you prefer a more traditional party with streamers, balloons, and a bounce house, or want to go for a more unique experience like a museum tour, we've got you covered. Read on for our suggestions on where to go and what to do when you want to make the most of a birthday party budget, and consult our Birthday Party Guide for more ideas.

25 Things to do in Waterbury: The Brass City

Known as the "Brass City," Waterbury is the 9th largest city in New England. For families, the greater Waterbury-area is packed with things for kids to do. Whether you have a little conductor, bowler, ice cream lover or daredevil, there is something for everyone. But no matter what you come to Waterbury for, make sure you stop by Sultans Turkish Restaurant for some amazing food afterwards.

Enjoy These Long Island Cafes With Kids' Play Spaces

A place for children to play and parents to connect with other moms and dads.

That’s exactly what Long Island play cafes offer. Enjoy these fun, safe venues for your child’s next play date: They'll have fun and explore, and you'll relax with a snack, catch up with your peers, or just relish some me time. Of course, parents are required to keep an eye on their children at all times.

For more seasonal fun ideas, check out our guide to indoor play spaces and our roundup of sensory play spaces on Long Island. And don’t forget our Winter Fun Guide for a host of ideas sure to keep your kids happily occupied during the winter months.

Get Out and Drop In! Best Queens Play Spaces and Gyms for Kids

From Queens' formerly industrial waterfront to deep in the borough, family-friendly spots and amenities are on the upswing. There are wide-open spaces to run with abandon, playgrounds are aplenty, and indoor play spaces with open play hours are strong in number: In fact, it has more than Manhattan and is gaining on Brooklyn.

We found 14 indoor romping locations in the borough that offer drop-in sessions open to the public (no membership required), including newcomer Jump N Play, which opened in Ozone Park this past summer.

Bonus: All of these spots host birthday parties, too, and most are much more affordable than their Manhattan competitors.

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