'That Physics Show' Makes Science Even Cooler Than Magic

While this season is all about the great holiday theater for kids, not everyone is into swans, bears and Nutcrackers. Maybe your tyke prefers jet packs and a bed of nails instead?

That Physics Show is an awesome and educational production that has absolutely nothing to do with the holidays, but that doesn't make it any less spectacular. Veteran Rutgers University physics demonstrator David Maiullo doesn't need glitz, glamor or glitter to wow school-age kids with his amazing experiments as he makes balloons burst into flame, soda cans crack and lasers light up the room. Some of the demos are so incredible you may feel like you're watching a magic show. But all of his "tricks" are actually just science, which is the most mind-blowing reveal of all.

Hanukkah Fun and Celebrations for Kids in Westchester

The Jewish Festival of Lights runs from Dec. 6-14 in 2015, which means it falls a little early this year. (This also means the festivities and celebrations have already begun!) No matter how you spell it—Chanukah, Chanuka, Hanukka, Hanukkah—this month spells fun with holiday celebrations throughout Westchester.

We’ve collected some of the most family-friendly activities occurring in Westchester. For more fun outings this month, be sure to check out our Holiday Fun Guide and Event Calendar, and don't forget to follow us on Facebook

Holiday Strolls in Fairfield County

The holidays usually hit us at warp speed, but thankfully, some local Fairfield County communities have figured out a way to slow us down, make us savor the season and shop, simultaneously, with their Holiday Strolls. Downtowns decked out with holiday sparkle and the air filled with carolers, tasty food to sample, special stores to scour—are all good reasons to take the slower lane at a Holiday Stroll. For more holiday happenings, visit our Holiday Guide.

5 Wintertime Hikes for Philly Families

Being stuck indoors during the winter months can really bring about a case of the doldrums, especially when the kids are raring to get outside to do something...anything! Just because it's cold outside doesn't mean there still isn't plenty to do outdoors with the kids in tow. 

Taking the kids hiking on trails, in a national park, or on a mountain, can be a great way to get in that time outdoors and get in some much-needed exercise for the whole family! Here are 5 spots where families can hit the trails and enjoy the winter scenery.

December GoList: 10 Best Holiday Events and Activities for LA and OC Kids

Thanksgiving is behind us, and the daily, backward-counting dose of chocolate known as Advent has begun.Hanukkah looms large on the colorfully lit horizon, and suddenly we have just three weeks left to squeeze every bit of holiday fun out of this city that we possibly can - with a week left over to decide whether we should try to celebrate New Year's Eve with our kids, or elusively without them. There are amazing holiday light displays to take in; and then there are more amazing holiday light displays. There are Santa photos to snap, trees to light, and Nutcrackers to see. In short, no matter how hard you try to do it all, there is more epic fun stuff going on than anyone could possibly do in a month. If you had to choose just 10, though, below are the 10 December events we would suggest you make time for.

A Parent's Review of Matilda: The Musical

Filled with undying energy, twisted humor, dark characters, and a soundtrack to match, Matilda: The Musical debuted the first leg of a national tour in Philadelphia in mid-November.

Grown-ups who have read the book written by Roald Dahl will recognize all the classic characters throughout the show, including Matilda (played by Mabel Tyler), Miss Honey (played by Jennifer Blood), and the evil headmistress, Miss Trunchbull (played by Bryce Rynes). The cast did an outstanding job of bringing their famed characters to life.

52 Things to Do With Kids in Litchfield County, Connecticut

Our family loves exploring and finding cool outdoor things to do as well as great educational outings in Litchfield County. Here is my bucket list of things I want to do with my children before they grow up. It's organized by season. Feel free to add to the list in the comments section below...


1. Go apple picking at scenic Averill Farm in Washington Depot. It’s a family farm, which has been operated continuously by the Averills since it was purchased in 1746 from the holdings of Chief Waramaug.
2. Go experience a replicated Algonkian Village at the Institute of American Indian Studies
3. Meet friendly costumed animal characters along the Enchanted Forest candlelit trail during this non-scary event at the Audubon Society in Sharon


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