Indoor Swimming Pools and Lessons in the Hartford Area

There are several indoor pools in Hartford County that offer open swim times and lessons. Some require that you are a town resident while others are open to nonresidents. It’s a great way to get the family some exercise even when the weather doesn’t cooperate. Plus, swimming is a lifelong skill that children will carry with them their entire lives.

Weekend Getaway: Family Fun in Mystic, Connecticut

The village of Mystic in Connecticut is a charming little getaway for New York City families. About two hours by car from Midtown Manhattan, Mystic offers lots places for fun with the kids: a fabulous aquarium, the largest maritime museum in the country, and a beautiful outdoor retreat for hiking, birding, and exploring nature—an ideal family excursion no matter if you stay for the day or the entire weekend. Mystic is especially fun during Memorial Day weekend when the Rotary Club hosts its annual “Lobster Days” celebration with children’s lobster-themed storytelling, cooking and fishing demonstrations, and of course lobster dinner.

Nature Preschools and Kindergartens in Philadelphia

The newest movement in childhood education is headed outside. Nature preschools and outdoor education are getting some serious attention lately. The idea is that kids learn all or most of their lessons in the great outdoors-- no matter the weather. The lessons often incorporate the outdoors and there are plenty of adventurous activities involved like hiking, canoeing, climbing, and ropes courses. What's awesome about it is that your kids are spending tons of time outside instead of sitting in a classroom. It also teaches kids practical outdoor survival skills. Some of these forest schools even go all the way through 12th grade. While it's definitely a new phenomenon (and maybe not for the faint of heart), a handful have popped up in the Philadelphia area. 

25 Fun Things To Do with Kids in Long Branch, New Jersey

Long Branch is an often overlooked New Jersey beach town steeped in history. One of the largest towns at the Jersey Shore, Long Branch has recently experienced a rebirth and there are plenty of fun activities for children all year long. Walk the boards, grab a bite at one of the many family-friendly restaurants, take in a show, visit an art festival, spend time at the beach, and much more. Here’s our list of 25 fun things to do in Long Branch, New Jersey, for kids and families.

Roosevelt Island: What to Do with Kids After Taking the Tram

New York is a city of islands. Many of them, like Governors Island, City Island, Randall's Island, and even the infamous Rikers Island, get lots of attention; however, low-key Roosevelt Island manages to slip under the radar. It’s time to get cozy with this narrow, 2-mile long sliver of land in the East River nestled between Manhattan and Queens.

The Roosevelt Island Tram is a familiar site for many New Yorkers and the aerial ride alone is great fun for kids, but what about when you disembark on the isle? Over 11,000 people call this peaceful community home. The vibe is urban, but there are open spaces perfect for rambling. Self-contained, it has its own school, newspaper, and library. My family and I found plenty of cool things to keep us entertained and we've pulled together our top picks for things to do on the isle. 

Take the Kids Back in Time at the New York Renaissance Faire

The New York Renaissance Faire descends on Sterling Forest once again this August and September, an annual festival that transforms the state park in Tuxedo into a 16th century village complete with period costumes, music, theater and crafts. 

The massive 65-acre "Renn Faire," as locals call it, has been taking place since 1977, and it kicks off again on Saturday, August 6. It's a quick day trip away—just over an hour from Midtown Manhattan and even closer for Westchester and Northern New Jersey families. There's also a bus that runs daily from Port Authority to the Faire.  Read on for details on what to see there with the kids, tickets discounts, and more.

Ballroom Dance Classes for Kids in NJ

The late great James Brown once said “The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing.” From tap to jazz; ballet to funk; dance lessons are a wonderful way to express emotion while learning new skills. For those looking a bit outside of the "kids' dance class" box, ballroom dancing is a unique option that teaches children to respect one another and work together as partners. And don't forget to check out our Enrichment Programs, Classes and Activities Guide for NJ Kids!

Worth the Money: Splurge Worthy Philadelphia Experiences for Kids

Parenting in Philadelphia is pretty awesome. With access to so many free places to take our kids, expose them to new learning activities, or just have a great time, its no wonder we have more than 100 places to check off our parenting bucket list! But sometimes it's fun to spend a little and try something new and amazing. Whether it's a special occasion to celebrate, or a special memory you can't wait to create, there are a number of options in and around Philadelphia that are really worth the cost. Here are our picks of some you might want to add to your "worth it" parenting bucket list!

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