10 Great Beach Day Trips in Connecticut

As a lifelong resident of Connecticut, the list of my state's redeeming qualities is lengthy.  Among the attributes of living in the Nutmeg State, is our close proximity to water.  No matter where in Connecticut you find yourself, you're likely within an hour's drive of a beach!  And, in the summer, with anxious, energetic kiddos, the less time spent in the car, the better.  So, we've compiled a list of 10 great beach day trips within Connecticut.  There's sure to be one close to you! Make sure to check out our list of 8 Affordable Connecticut Beaches too.

Spring Break in NYC: 50 Fun Things to Do with Kids

If you plan to stick around New York City for a family staycation this spring break (Monday, April 25 to Friday, April 29), we have 50-plus ideas on how to stay busy with a packed week of kiddie fun. 

From interactive exhibits and hands-on museum programs, to cool circus and family theater shows, to parks, playgrounds and indoor play spaces, there's no shortage of spring break activities for NYC kids in 2016. Some of our picks only take place on specific dates, others run the entire time but all are engaging ways to get out there and celebrate the season

If you're thinking of heading out of town for a last-minute vacation, you can find plenty of worthy far-flung destinations via our travel reviews of Caribbean resorts, walkable European cities and plenty of family hotels and cities right here in the U.S. Or check our just published 25 Spring Day Trip Ideas for NYC families for a shorter and less expensive getaway. Working? Consider a spring break weeklong or day mini camp, covering all manner of interests from STEM and fashion to gymnastics and swim.

Where to Roller Skate with Kids in NYC and Beyond

City dwellers seem to go crazy for ice skating season, but once the ice thaws and summer is upon us, where's a skater to go? It's time to introduce the kids to the old-school art of roller-skating at one of these seven rinks within New York City limits and just beyond.

In addition to retro skating fun, many of these spots offer extras, including arcade games, bouncy houses and party packages. Many of NYC's outdoor skating rinks open in April as the weather warms, just in time for spring break. Just be sure to call ahead to confirm hours and skate rental availability. 

Spring 2016 Festivals and Fairs in Westchester

Don't let the bitter chill fool you—spring is almost here, and we couldn't be happier about celebrating the season. Lucky for us, Westchester is buzzing with festivals and fairs all season long, promising fun-filled outdoor events for the entire family.

We've rounded up our favorite spring festivals, street fairs and celebrations happening throughout Westchester, many of which are FREE. Be sure to check out our Spring Activity Guide for more seasonal fun, and peruse our April GoList to help plan out your entire month.

Spring Wildflower Hikes and Super Blooms for Southern California Families

Spring is in the air, and spring means wildflowers! This season is turning out to be a particularly good one, in case you haven't heard. Words like "superbloom" are being bandied about, and in some cases with good cause. Some of the hillsides that we've been sad to see engulfed in fire in recent years finally got the rain they needed this winter to awaken seeds that lie waiting for years for this perfect combination of events. There are several locations that are known for spectacular annual displays of spring wildflowers in Southern California, but this season brings some special guest stars as well. Large displays typically last two to six weeks, so you need to make plans quickly when word comes of a good display. (Don't have time to drive outside the city limits? We know plenty of local hikes worth checking, too!)

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