Last-Minute Labor Day Getaways for NYC Families

Labor Day marks the last chance for a summer getaway, so we’ve searched for destinations with lots of family potential to help New Yorkers ring in the approaching school year with a little more cheer, or at least a tan.

Do some in your family like to shop while others prefer the outdoors? Consider taking the kids to Freeport, Maine. In need of one last beach blitz? We have a spot in mind. More of a lake crew? No problem. Our mom-approved Labor Day vacations even include a kid-free suggestion if you can snag grandma and grandpa for the weekend. And if you need more inspiration, our travel site is loaded with kid and parent getaway suggestions for all types from water park lovers to Lego fans to hikers.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Taylor Swift, Chocolate Tournament, Barn Dance, August 24-28

Though summer break is winding down, summertime fun still abounds throughout Westchester. This week offers loads of fun options for families, including a delectable Chocolate Tournament for the chocoholics among us. Taylor Swift fans will delight in 2kPop Sing-Along: Taylor Swift. Feeling a little bit country? Do-si-do at a local Barn Dance!

These are just a few of our top picks for the coming week. Read on for details on these and other highlights. Also, be sure to peruse our Event Calendar for more ideas!

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Strandbeests & Summer Eats, August 24-28

The Strandbeests are coming! Two sneak peaks of these wicked cool contraptions (pictured) are coming up this week, including one at the sculpture-friendly Rose Kennedy Greenway. The full exhibit opens at the Peabody Essex Museum in September, but if you're like me and can't wait, grab the kids and check out one of these free pop-ups. While you're at it, this week is a good time to hit one of the local farmers' markets or have the little ones learn about food we can grow at home before summer turns to fall.

Brooklyn Discovery Garden Offers Hands-On Nature Activities for Kids

The Brooklyn Botanic Garden has been offering city kids a chance to get their hands dirty in educational programs for more than a century. And now there's a fresh family attraction to explore at this urban oasis: its just introduced Discovery Garden. Part of the BBG's massive South Garden revitalization project, the one-acre space invites children to learn about plants and ecosystems through hands-on activities. With special sessions just for toddlers, discovery stations for older kids and frequent Family Discovery Weekends, the Discovery Garden promises an immersive nature experience for all ages.

Destination Playgrounds in Lower Hudson Valley

Playgrounds provide easy fun for kids of all ages. Pack a lunch and grab the sunscreen and you pretty much have a day of fun without a lot of fuss. While it's easy enough to find a playground, sometimes it's worth heading out past your neighborhood park for a playground that packs a little more punch.

Beautiful parks are plentiful throughout Westchester and Lower Hudson Valley and while picnicking, open fields and gorgeous views are great, most kids think first of the playground. We're taking a look at a trio of destination playgrounds in the Lower Hudson Valley. All are worth the drive with imaginative play structures, shade and other amenities that add up to a day of fun for the whole family.

Tween Shopping Roundup in Greenwich

It's not easy being tween, especially when you're looking for something cool to wear. Luckily, Greenwich has a lot of choices that are just right including Splendid, which has their only Connecticut retail location right on Greenwich Avenue in Fairfield County. The Splendid store is in great company with all of the other boutiques and restaurants that make Greenwich a world class shopping destination, even if you're just doing some world class window shopping. It's time for a journey up and down the avenue to check out all of the best tween shopping in town.

Family-Friendly Steakhouses in the Greater Hartford Area

There are a lot of family friendly steakhouses in Greater Hartford, including restaurants where you can bring the whole gang without worrying about breaking a wineglass (or the bank). Below I’ve rounded up steakhouses for the whole family and another list for those special date nights out. You might even want to start a steakhouse tour -- write back and tell us your favorites! (For other dining options check out our list of Greater Hartford restaurants.)


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