Learning Through Play Day Cares and Preschools in Philadelphia

More and more studies are showing how important the role of play is in early childhood learning. Kids develop important social and cognitive skills from play, and become more self-confident and emotionally mature when allowed to learn by playing. Finding a daycare that goes beyond simply watching your kid, and fosters this independence and imporant early learning skill isn't always easy. We've rounded up a few great daycares (some of which also have preschools) where your child will love to learn while they play.

The Roosevelt Ride: Day Trip Celebrates FDR in Hudson Valley

FDR looms large in many Americans' minds as the man who led the country through the Great Depression and the only president to serve three terms. For New Yorkers, the legacy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the nation's 32nd president, is perhaps even more pervasive.

He was born in Dutchess County's Hyde Park and his family was deeply connected to the Hudson Valley. He served in the New York State Senate and later as the governor of the state before ascending to the White House. Today, the area boasts several historic Roosevelt sites that help introduce visitors to our longest-serving president and First Lady Eleanor, including the FDR Presidential Library and Museum and the Franklin Roosevelt Park. Even a number of NYC sites carry his name. Time for a visit to Roosevelt Island?

A visit to Hyde Park, though, is a unique educational opportunity for children and parents—and don't count out a visit with young children. The shady grounds of the various Roosevelt sites offer plenty of room to romp in the fresh air. How to see it all, you ask? On the Roosevelt Ride, of course! This efficient shuttle takes visitors on a tour of the most important historic Roosevelt sites in and around Hyde Park—for FREE. We've got the scoop on catching the Roosevelt Ride as well as details on sites along the route, all adding up to a car-free, family-friendly day trip that’s heavy on history with a side helping of nature.

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Goldfish from Pluto and Bubblemania, August 6-7

Anyone looking for some out-of-this-world fun can visit the mobile theme park Goldfish from Pluto this weekend at Eisenhower Park. Prefer a dose of family-friendly theater? Take in a live performance of Curious George in Smithtown, Rapunzel in Northport, or The Misadventures of Robin Hood in Port Jefferson.

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The Tastiest Ice Cream Shops in Queens

Craft ice cream is all the rage across NYC, including in Queens, where new independent ice cream shops have opened and old favorites test out new ingredients like pretzel cones and exotic flavors. In the diverse borough of Queens, you'll find Peruvian-inspired cones at Creme & Sugar, all the fixings at NYC-fave Ample Hills, vintage appeal at Eddie's Sweet Shop, and even the trendy Thai-style rolled ice cream at the brand-new Snow Story shop.

So check out some of these Queens hot spots—or, shall we say, cold spots—to satisfy your sweet teeth before summer winds down.

Top 10 Things to Do with Kids in Plymouth, Including a Crazy Pirate Cruise

From its steep historical character as the area where the original Pilgrims landed to its beautiful harbor, Plymouth evokes our colonial and maritime roots here in Massachusetts. Summer is a great time for families to make a day trip to the town, with the sea breeze kicking in on hot days and many attractions within walking distance of each other. Add in a pirate or a ghost and things get even more appealing for kids.

Here's a rundown of the top 10 activities and sites in Plymouth to check out with your kids. 

Splurge List: Where Westchester Families Can Be VIPs

We spend a lot of time helping you find the most affordable fun in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley, but we also know you and your kids deserve a splurge every now and then. If you’re looking to feel like a VIP, check out some of these local family-friendly splurges that are worth the extra price. Big bonus: Many of these high-end excursions are still cheaper than your run-of-the-mill equivalents in the city. 

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A Visit to Alice in the Village Tea Room

As if there were not already enough reasons to love Mystic, a new tea house opened in town, bringing with it some British deliciousness and an atmosphere sure to please any Alice in Wonderland fan – or anyone looking for a few sweet bites and a comforting cup of tea.

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Getty Garden, Pokemon & Juliet, BrickFest, August 6 -7

This pocket monsters thing goes much deeper than anyone knew. In recent weeks, Pokemon have been spotted playing with our children, wandering our national parks, and hiding in plain sight among wild animals. Evidence strongly suggests that they ran with the dinosaurs. But perhaps the most compelling argument for the influence these creatures have had on society is the latest revelation: Shakespeare wrote about them. He was Team Mystic; she was Team Valor: their star-crossed love affair colors our view of romance even today.

Or maybe it's just a story. Who knows? Stories are big in our culture—stories about imaginary friends and curious monkeys and dinosaurs, stories made up in the moment and tales that have stood the test of time.  We're big fat liars  tellers of tales.

Which brings us to the biggest story of all:  it's August, and school is starting up again before you know it.  So get out there and enjoy all this town has to offer. (Luckily, it's a lot!)

Keep reading for our picks of LA's stories (and unlikely places to find Pokemon) this weekend...  

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