The Best Indoor Play Spaces for Long Island Toddlers

While many indoor play destinations cater to a range of ages, some parents feel more comfortable when areas are designated for younger children. With that in mind, we've rounded up a list of fun and imaginative play spaces on Long Island geared to little ones. 

At most of these locations, children ages 5 and younger are the primary focus and can play freely without being knocked down or bumped into by older crowds. They also offer age-appropriate equipment and activities for toddlers.

If your little one enjoys spending time at one of these venues, why not celebrate his or her special day there, too? Many of these destinations also host birthday parties.

For more seasonal fun ideas, check out our list of 50 things to do indoors with Long Island kids as well as our guide to LI-based indooor play spaces and fun centers.

Is New England's Biggest Family Entertainment Center the "Apex" of Fun for Boston Kids?

With three boys who are outgrowing indoor play spaces, I'm always on the hunt for spots where they can get their energy out in cold or wet weather. Indoor obstacle courses, bowling alleys, go-karts, and laser tag often fit the bill, but recently, I kept hearing other moms talk about a new place in Marlborough that combines these activities and more under one (ginormous) roof. The other week, we made the trek to Apex Entertainment Center, and after lifting jaws that had dropped to the ground at the place's sheer size—80,000 square feet!—my kids smiled and whooped their way through three hours of sporty and techie fun. Here's what to expect at the place that bills itself as New England's biggest family entertainment center.

Free Things to Do with Philly Kids in February

Keeping the kids entertained during the winter months can be challenging. However, February offers Philly families many exciting opportunities for free fun including holiday events recognizing Groundhog's Day, Valentine's Day and Presidents' Day.

In addition, this month offers free events for a wide range of interests. Young children can participate in an interactive musical session at The Kimmel Center.  Those interested in nature can check out free maple sugaring events or winter celebrations at Briar Bush Nature Center and Wagner Free Institute of Science. Future carpenters can build something special at your local Home Depot. And, those interested in computers can learn computer graphics, how to make a website, and podcasting

With so many options, it may be difficult to choose! Keep reading to discover more great ways to make memories without spending a dime.

Cooking Classes for Kids in NYC

If your kitchen can’t contain your budding Food Network star, there are plenty of stellar cooking classes throughout New York City for the littlest chefs, from toddlers to teens. We’ve rounded up the best food prep courses in the area. And who knows? Maybe you’ll get a delicious kid-made dinner out of the deal—or even expand a picky someone's palate! 

Find more NYC classes in our Classes Guide and Directory Listings.

Science & Technology Camps for Philadelphia Area Kids

The importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education is becoming more and more apparent in our children's lives. Technology is everywhere, and STEM fields provide some of the most in-demand career opportunities (these careers are growing twice as fast as non-STEM ones!). But even if your kids are years away from that stage of life, STEM activities provide value and stimulation right now. They boost brain power, creative thinking, and problem solving. Plus, kids can learn to design video games, build LEGO robots, or even dissect a squid! How cool is that?

Fun and engaging summer camp programs in science and technology are plentiful in the Philadelphia area. All this is sure to make summer science anything but boring.

Visit the Mommy Poppins Camp Directory for even more great summer program options.

There's A New Co-Working Childcare Lifesaver for East LA Parents

Let’s face it, it’s extremely hard to squeeze in some extra hours to work with a toddler at home. These days, my son’s schedule and needs are unpredictable: naps are shorter and hanging out with mommy is much more fun. The right daycare can come to the rescue, and the Eastside of LA now has a creative new childcare option with an appropriate name—Wiggle & Work. 

11 New Summer Camps for NYC Kids in 2019

Seasoned New York City parents know that summer camp search season starts when snow is on the ground and summer seems like a distant memory. Still, every year, I tend to put off summer planning until the February mid-winter school break shocks me into action.

Fortunately, the NYC area and surrounding suburbs offer tons of summer camp choices, from cooking to coding, from science to sports, and everything in between. And because NYC is always changing, there are always new camps opening. We've found a number of new summer camps for 2019, including some new locations for old favorites. Summer break will be here before you know it!

Tidying Up Kids' Stuff: 2 Easy Takeaways from Marie Kondo

While the world binge-watched Tidying Up with Marie Kondo and my social media feeds filled up with photos of freshly organized sock drawers, I didn't bother tuning in. After all, I'm already a Very Organized Person—the kind of mom who sorts her kids' toys according to category, and who may have an addiction to The Container Store. What could I possibly have to learn?

Then an image sprang to mind of me, huffily sorting papers on the kitchen counter while a hundred other urgent matters vie for my attention. When things get hectic, the piles of mail, magazines, kids' artwork, school forms, and other random papers crowding our countertops suddenly seem like a five-alarm fire. My husband calls it "angry organizing."

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