Indoor Pools with Drop-In Family Swim Times in Boston

When the kids are wired but outdoor swimming is out of the question—nearly 10 months of the year in these parts—a dip in an indoor pool can be just the thing to set the day right. Swim lessons are important for setting a foundation for pool safety, but simply splashing around in the off-season can also help transform doggy paddlers into capable swimmers more quickly, making summer a little safer—and less stressful—for all.

Suffolk County Summer Day Camps

We profiled Nassau County day camps earlier. Now we turn the spotlight on camps in Suffolk County.

From swimming and sports to arts and crafts, each camp offers activities and other events to keep kids happy all summer. Since there are so many different camps in the county from which to choose, be sure to check out our Long Island Summer Camps Guide. Here are some of our favorite Suffolk County camps.

Preschooler Summer Camps in Central Connecticut

Ah! Summertime. Those long, lazy days, nothing for the kids to do but count the blades of grass, eat popsicles, and go completely insane with boredom by the end of vacation...whoa. Stop right there. Even the littlest little can get a bit stir crazy when preschool is out, and with the first day of spring upon us, the time is right for seeking out some summer boredom busters. While it may not be time for them to experience the freedom of sleepaway camp (if that's your thing) there are lots of excellent summer camp options for the smallest among us to get their adorable little feet wet when it comes to spending some quality time away from mom and dad this summer. If you're in central Connecticut, take a gander at these summer camp programs we've rounded up for you. You're sure to find something just right for your preschooler. 

A Visit to the Institute for American Indian Studies Museum & Research Center

Tucked on a woodsy cul-de-sac in Washington - one of the most pastoral areas of Connecticut – you will find an important assortment of stories and artifacts that preserve and celebrate the traditions and contributions of indigenous cultures. Though small in square footage, the Institute for American Indian Studies Museum & Research Center features an impressive collection and is an especially child-friendly Litchfield County attraction.

FREE STEAM Fun for Westchester Families

STEAM programs are really heating up in Westchester, with both in-school and extracurricular activities sprouting up all over the place. In case your family hasn’t yet caught the craze, STEAM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, art and math, and there's a growing movement to ramp up education for kids in these areas.

We previously posted our guide to STEAM centers in Westchester. Now, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite FREE STEAM programs planned for kids this spring. Whether your child is a future physicist, meteorologist, computer programmer, entomologist, astronomer, mathematician, collage artist or engineer, there’s something for all ages and interests.

Our Event Calendar is frequently updated with new additions, so view it often to stay up to date. Now grab your planner, ‘cause things are getting really STEAM-y out there!

Spring Break Camps for Philly Area Kids

Spring break is an opportunity for Philly families to recharge their batteries and find time for reprieve. However, some parents may still need to work a day or two while the kids are off from school. Find fun for your school age children with some of the amazing camps available throughout the Delaware Valley. We have rounded up many excellent camp opportunities to keep children engaged in nature, art, science, and drama. With such variety, Philly kids are sure to have a great spring break. For those luck enough to have off a day or two during break, be sure to browse through our events calendar and schedule time for family fun.

Weekday Picks: First Day of Spring, Beauty and the Beast, Cars, and Puppies, March 20-24

The first day of spring puts a spring in everyone's step, with its promise of warmer weather, longer days, and colorful flowers—lots of flowers. The biggest "superbloom" of recent memory is upon us, as tons of wildflowers spring up after our particularly wet winter followed years of drought. You can go far afield and check out the desert show at Death Valley National Park or choose among our list of wildflower hikes and open spaces close to home to best see nature's work.  

Other ways to mark the changing of the season could be a hike to a local waterfall if you're feeling adventurous, or a free Italian ice at Rita's if you're not (there are about 20 locations in Los Angeles and Orange counties).  

Thinking of catching Disney's new Beauty and the Beast movie? Check our review to see if it's right for your kids, of course, and if you're ready to forge ahead you can choose between screenings at El Capitan with all the extras, at the Arclight with free popcorn, or at Cinépolis with the new in-theater playground.

Our 10 picks for the week are below. Looking for even more ideas? Those can be found on our Mommy Poppins Event Calendar and our March GoList.

Weekday Picks: Stargazing, Fireside, and Wildlife Club, March 20-24

All of this snow makes it hard to believe that April is right around the corner. Hopefully you are making the most of it and enjoying some local skiing and decorating the last of your snowmen for the winter. This week is jam-packed with all sort of hands-on adventures from outdoor exploration, learning about the history of shad fishing in CT, and enjoying stories by the fireside

To keep tabs on all the fun across Connecticut, check our frequently updated Event Calendar and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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