Newport Green Park: An Urban Oasis and Playground in Jersey City

Nestled between two urban downtowns is a gem of a play area known as Newport Green Park. Created in 2012 as part of Jersey City’s revitalization, this peaceful oasis boasts an imaginative playground, the Hudson River’s only man-made beach, and a walkway to Hoboken, all with the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop. This day trip–worthy park is also home to a carousel and splash pad.

Best Broadway Shows for Kids and Families

Whether you're visiting NYC or live here year-round, seeing a Broadway show is a special family experience. Kids are sure to remember it vividly, and chances are parents won't soon forget the credit card bill. That's why it's so important to pick a production wisely, especially when bringing young children to their first Broadway performance.

While Disney juggernauts The Lion King and Aladdin are popular options, there are other kid-friendly choices that aren't as obvious. We've rounded up our 15 best Broadway musicals for families and organized them by age appropriateness. As a bonus, we've also got the scoop on how to save big bucks on tickets to some of our picks.

Peruse our event calendar for additional family theater options in NYC, or read reviews of current productions to find one that best suits your children.

Travel Town in Griffith Park: Train Rides for Little Tank Engines

Have a train-obsessed kiddo? If riding back and forth on the Metro line isn't enough for your little engine, it's time to explore the train options in Griffith Park—the crown jewel of which is the park’s train-filled Travel Town Museum. The museum itself is free, and rides on the miniature trains costs less than $3 per person, making it a perfect place to visit with toddlers, or host a birthday party full of tank engine fans.

Stunning Long Island Lighthouses Worth Visiting with Kids

Long Island lighthouses are a beacon into the past. To explore them is to immerse yourself in the history of the region, from the Revolutionary War to the whaling age, and the great steamship era of the 19th century.

The are about 20 lighthouses on Long Island, from New York Harbor to Montauk and the North Fork. Four—Bug Light, Fire Island, Horton Point and Montauk Point—are open for public exploration. A fifth, in Huntington Harbor, is closed indefinitely, but will reopen to visitors when renovations are complete.

So see the light at these four destinations. But a word of advice before you go: Limber up, as some of these lighthouses boast steep climbs. Don't fret because the panoramic views are worth the sweat. Here is our guide to four incredible lighthouses that are worth the trip. Have fun exploring.

Got the travel itch? Check out our Family Day Trips Guide

Socrates Sculpture Park: A Hidden (and Free) Gem in Queens

It’s a total cliché to say something is a hidden gem, but in the case of Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, Queens, it’s hard to find a description that’s more apt. For four years, I constantly drove past the park, which is somewhat concealed behind a tall fence on Vernon Boulevard and Broadway, on the way to my daughter's school. Finally, my family decided to investigate.

We weren’t expecting to find a five-acre, open-air art park with amazing views of the East River and Manhattan. It was built on a landfill and unofficial dumping ground 30 years ago and has a free-wheeling bohemian vibe reminiscent of the '60s or '70s. Artwork changes regularly, but the people who visit are invariably engaged in the same activities: wandering among the sculptures, sunbathing, reading, taking in the city views or gardens, or just having old-fashioned conversation. (In all seriousness, it's one of the few places I can think of where I rarely see someone absorbed in a cell phone.)

Our Visit to Kidcity in Middletown

Before you set foot in Kidcity, you'll most likely have already heard about it from moms who have gone or plan to go. Kidcity Children's Museum in Middletown is a one-of-a kind destination designed for little ones ages 7 and under to explore, socialize and probably learn something along the way. Director Jen Alexander, founder and creator behind Kidcity, wants little children to come and navigate their way through the three floors of fun and be free to experience it any way they like to - whether that is skipping from room to room or spending the entire time in one fascinating place.

This Weekend's Fun for LA Kids: Bug Fair, JPL, Strawberries, & Roses

Things are looking up, my friends. Like, way up—astronomically, even. Especially if you are among the lucky few who managed to snatch up a golden ticket to this weekend's free open house at JPL. (Either way, we hope our heads-up helped you try!) You'll get to see actual star destroyers satellites and other spacecraft, talk to scientists whose work peers into the far reaches and very beginnings of our universe, and maybe operate a rover. But if this one passed you by, no worries: the weekend is full of tasty thingsFragrant thingsCreepy, crawly, serve 'em on a cracker things! You can relive one of the greatest conflicts in our country's history (but rest easy knowing the outcome). Need a little brushing up on your civics lessons? Learn them the cartoon way! Not into conflict? Well, fiddle-dee-dee, you can strum along with that tomorrow!

Other highlights this week are a city's centennial, a fare thee well to a favored faire, a festive fling, and a bicycle blowout. And next weekend is Memorial Day, so you know what that means: Summer is coming!  Prepare to shine.

Keep reading for our most optimistic events for this weekend...

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Italian Market Festival, Strawberries, History, May 20-21

During this May weekend, Philly parents can find many ways to spend quality family time together. For starters, there are quite a few springtime festivals to enjoy. Eat delicious Italian foods in South Philly, appreciate the beauty and splendor of the Asian culture in Franklin Square, nibble on strawberry treats at Peddlers' Village, delight in children's entertainment at Annenberg Center Live, or applaud children's authors and literature at Big Blue Bookstore's Literary Festival.

After festival fun, spend some one-on-one time making art at Exton Square Mall, learning about weather at Fairmount Water Works, or trying a mindfulness class at Ahimsa House. Or, consider stepping back in time to simpler days where children can learn how soap is made at Newlin Grist Mill, wool is spun at the Thompson-Neely House, and horseshoes are created at Merion Friends Meeting House.

Don't forget to browse through our entire event calendar. With all of these options, be sure to use the filtering options to help narrow down events by age, location, and tags. Now continue reading for our top weekend picks.


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