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9 Top Sports Camps for NYC Kids

Got a tot who loves to tumble? A teen who dreams of being a basketball hall-of-famer? Or maybe your high-energy kid just never stops moving?

Not only can New York City kids choose from a number of day camps that have their athleticism in mind—offering karate, tennis, soccer, beach volleyball, parkour, gymnastics, horseback riding, and so much more—but the facilities are mind-blowing. You'll find rock climbing walls and driving ranges, indoor ice rinks and outdoor ball fields, 50-meter Olympic size pools and state-of-the-art sports complexes. Oh, and it doesn't stop with athletics at these summer programs. When campers aren't flexing their muscles, they can participate in activities like cooking classes, science experiments, drum circles, magic shows, and regular field trips.

Where to See a Movie with a Baby in NYC

I hadn't been to the movies in 10 months since having a baby and I missed it. I missed debating over the listings with my husband. I missed smuggling in Duane Reade candy and rating the preview trailers. I missed the dark that settles over the theater like few other places in this city, allowing you to escape for two hours, even though you're rubbing elbows with a stranger in the next seat.

Still, while I miss Fandangoing, I have a hard time justifying a babysitter when there is Netflix, so I was intrigued when a friend told me about a local movie theater that not only allows, but encourages, parents to come with their babies, and there are actually several spots around New York City where new moms can arrive with infants and all the gear for a matinee showing—judgement free.

10 Best Kid-Friendly Weekend Getaways Near NYC

New York City is unlike any other place in the world, and that’s just the way we like it. Still, it’s fun to get away from New York for a weekend to show our families what lies beyond the city limits (naturecultureartfunfood!), and the best part is, you don’t have to travel far to feel like you're a world away from New York.

We’ve rounded up ten of our favorite kid-friendly destinations for stir-crazy city families, all 2.5 hours or less from NYC. 

Star Wars, Potter, and More New Theme Park Rides at Disney and Beyond

Amusement parks are a spring break and family vacation staple. From coast to coast, amusement and water parks abound, offering fun and thrills to parents and children ranging from toddlers to teens alike.

While there's never any shortage of excitement, having an opportunity to check out new attractions only adds to the kids' enjoyment. Take a look at which popular destinations are introducing everything from state-of-the-art roller coasters to gentle kiddie rides, and which are celebrating the opening of entirely new sections of their already-enticing parks in 2019. We've rounded up new rides (including water park fun) from California's Disneyland to Orlando, Florida and even along the New Jersey Shore boardwalks and in Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Texas.

New Interactive T. Rex Exhibit Opens at Natural History Museum

Just three years after making waves with the debut of Titanosaur, one of our favorite family-friendly museums is upping the ante. The American Museum of Natural History is kicking off its 150th anniversary with a fantastic new exhibit dedicated to the ferocious king of all dinos. The interactive exhibit T. rex: The Ultimate Predator opens to the public on Monday, March 11—read on for more details on this not-to-be missed exhibition that will impress dinosaur-obsessed kids and adults alike.

Best Indoor Play Spaces on Staten Island

For rainy, snowy, too-hot, or too-cold days, NYC parents know you've got to have a go-to indoor play space. Brooklyn and Queens have tons of indoor play options, but did you know that Staten Island is stocked with indoor play spaces too? If you can’t face another freezing day at the playground or stuck inside the house, grab socks and let the kids visit one of these spots to jump, climb, slide, and bounce out all of that energy.

Whether you have to hop on the ferry or reside on The Island, these spots are sure to please families looking for a change of scenery. Visit our Indoor Play Spaces Guide for more indoor fun, or our Family Fun Guide to all of NYC's top family attractions.

The 18 Most Insane, Must-Try NYC Desserts

It's no secret that NYC is loaded with great food. Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook seem to be overflowing with incredible-looking eats, but are they just eye candy?

We headed out with a gaggle of kids to test the best, most amazingly outrageous, over-the-top desserts around New York City, and to discover which were as good as they looked and sounded. We picked the most insanely awesome treats in NYC. These delicious desserts are all perfect for a special outing with kids, or just some bonding time. So get ready to wow your kids with the most awesome sweets in NYC.

30 Best Things to Do in Queens with Preschoolers and Toddlers

Living in or visiting the borough of Queens is a nonstop international learning experience for little kids, filled with diverse sights, sounds and tastes—and it's super family-friendly.

It's famous for being the most ethnically diverse county in the United States where hundreds of languages are spoken daily. From eating dumplings in Flushing to feeding a goat on a farm, Queens can inspire, teach and feed the spirits of your little ones.

Children of all ages can enjoy Queens, but traveling around the city with a kid 4 or younger can be a challenge. We’ve compiled a list of the best things to do in seasonal order, so you can enjoy Queens like a king, including parks and playgroundsmuseums and play spaces, the beach, and even amusement parks perfect for toddlers and preschool-age kids.

Weekend Fun: St. Pat's, Purim, ComicCon, Women's History, Tilt Fest

St. Patrick's Day is drawing near, and a few of our weekend picks will have you seeing green. Spend your Saturday checking out Irish films at the East Village's Kids Fleadh or listening to some Irish tunes, and on Sunday step dance over to the Irish Arts Center Open House and the Throgg's Neck Parade. Éirinn go Brách!

March is Women's History Month, and girls interested in STEM can check out the Intrepid's Girls in Science and Engineering program, or chat with women biologists from Snug Harbor. Young girl athletes will be inspired by the She's on Point Celebration, while history buffs can learn about women in the American Revolution, or meet Harriet Tubman (well, a costumed facsimile). Plus, everybody's favorite glass—er, plastic ceiling-breaker Barbie has a sweet pop-up in SoHo to celebrate her 60th

Purim arrives on March 20, but why wait? The Jewish Children's Museum in Brooklyn and the Tribeca Synagogue both host early celebrations on Sunday! Other big events this weekend include the Big Apple ComicCon and the Tilt Festival's FREE Dumpster Ball (sign up online by March 7 if you want to attend). And, of course, you can still catch great kids' films at the International Children's Film Fest.

Still stumped? Find more top events in our March GoList, or our always packed daily NYC Event Calendar. We've also rounded up nearly 50 FREE events happening this March, including this weekend.

17 Popular Preschool Summer Camps in NYC

Finding a cool and enriching summer camp that's right for your kid always takes a bit of work. Finding one that's a good fit for your first-time, preschool-age camper can be downright nerve-racking. You want their initial camp experience to be fun, safe, and memorable, but not over-stimulating or overwhelming. With so many high-quality camps for NYC preschoolers, it's hard to figure out which one to choose.

That's why we turned to the experts: our friends at the American Camp Association of New York and New Jersey. They've selected a handful of awesome New York City programs that offer preschoolers a well-rounded summer experience filled with games, arts, sports, socializing, and plenty of outdoor time, and we've added more options to it. Best of all, many of these camps grow with your child, taking kids in elementary school and beyond.

Keep in mind, every camp has its own philosophy and program so check out the website, call the director, and, if possible, attend an open house to get all the information you need. Check out our Summer Camp Guide Directory for more ideas, or these Brooklyn and Queens preschooler camps for more outer borough options.

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