Minecraft Lovers Get Something New for Hour of Code 2017

The annual Hour of Code is entering its fourth year next month, and Microsoft is adding something for 2017 that your little Minecraft lovers will surely go nuts over. Whether your family is new to this free international mass coding phenomenon or you've explored it before, the 2017 campaign has new and exciting features for everyone—including coding projects about Moana, Star Wars, and Minecraft.

Must-See Holiday Light Displays in Westchester and Putnam

It’s about that time again: Families all over Westchester and the Hudson Valley are decking their halls—and their houses—with holiday decorations. And while you can drive through neighborhoods and spot pretty lights, festive wreaths and lots of Frosty inflatables, there are certain houses that merit a trip all their own.

Here, we’ve rounded up several of our favorite light displays, perfect for getting your crew into the holiday spirit. (May we suggest stopping by one of these delicious places to pick up a hot chocolate for the road?) 

If you're looking for even more holiday happenings, check out our Event Calendar and our Holiday Fun Guide.

Natural Beauty & Stellar Play Areas at Houston's Bay Area Park

Nestled on the edge of the Armand Bayou Nature Preserve in Southeast Houston, is a beautifully shaded park with newly renovated playground equipment for children of all abilities, two dog parks, a canoe launch, and plenty of ducks to feed. Bay Area Park is also home to a host of wildlife living in natural marsh lands, making it a great place to visit for nature lovers. The park even has its own designated campground for scout troops. Whether you're fishing or hiking, playing ball or picnicking, this park is sure to delight. This 64-acre park is a mere minutes away from our home now, but with so much to do here, we found ourselves frequenting the park even when we didn't live nearby. Take a look at what makes Bay Area Park is one of our favorites in the Bayou City. 

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Lucia Fest, Narberth Festival, December 2-3

Searching for the perfect tree, baking cookies, sending holiday cards, and purchasing gifts are activities that often fill a December weekend. While focusing on these holiday to-do's can be fun, be sure to spend a little time crossing off items on your holiday family bucket list.

Learn about Swedish holiday traditions at the American Swedish Historical Museum's Lucia Fest. Get into the spirit of the season at the Christmas Festival held at Peddler's Village. Pretend you are back in the 1840s during Narberth Dickens Festival. Listen to the sounds of A Philly POPS Christmas or An American Celtic Christmas. Line up to watch a Christmas parade in Yardley or Coatesville. Then, gather to see the lights turned on during a tree lighting ceremony in Lansdale, Perkasie, or on South Street.

With so many options in our event calendar, be sure to narrow your options by using the location, age, and tags buttons. Make it a great weekend!

10 Reasons Why LA Totally Beats NYC for Raising Kids

As a recent convert to west coast life, I'm prepared to say that, while the rivalry between east and west may never be settled, there’s no doubt that Los Angeles is the best choice when it comes to raising a family. Sure, a New York subway ride has its gritty charms, but the Big Apple just can’t compete with all that the City of Angels has to offer when it comes to entertaining kids. Don’t believe it? Feel free to tour Manhattan in February, though a better idea would be to start working your way down our LA Bucket List. Meanwhile, here are my favorite 10 things about parenting among the palm trees.

Where To Go Ice Skating Indoors with Kids in NJ

Indoor ice skating is a fun way to take part in a winter activity without exposing yourself to the elements. Happily, there are many indoor rinks throughout the Garden State. We've focused on those that host public skate sessions, but most of them also offer skating lessons, hockey, birthday parties, and more.

Read on for our indoor rink recommendations for NJ families—and for more wintry sports, check out our Ski & Snow Guide.

December GoList: Best Things to Do With Houston Kids This Month

It's the time of the year when the Christmas decorations Target put on display in October are finally appropriate. The holidays are here! We have you covered with our guide featuring events and things to do around Houston this month from where to see holiday shows and The Nutcracker, FREE holiday events for the family, and places to take photos (or eat breakfast) with Santa.

There are tons of fun festivals in December, and lucky for us Houstonians, many of them have thousands of pounds of "snow" for kids to play in. As a native Houstonian, I didn't see snow until I was in my late teens, so at least you can still give your kids a white-ish Christmas. Also, events that started in November like Zoo Lights, Moody Gardens' Festival of Lights, and Magical Winter Lights in La Marque are still up and running throughout December.

Make sure to keep an eye on our calendar for daily events, and if you haven't already, sign up for our FREE weekly newsletters to receive our latest posts and things to do around town. Read on for the best Houston events this month.

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