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9 NYSCI Exhibits Every NYC Kid Needs To See At Least Once

Queens natives know where to find the best pizza and the best dim sum. They know the best outdoor playgrounds and the best indoor play spaces. Knowing that the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) is one of Queens’ best places to visit with kids comes as no surprise to us. So it’s shocking to learn how many people outside of the borough haven’t ever stepped foot into NYSCI!

Serving families since 1986, NYSCI is an outstanding, educational, hands-on learning center with over 450 interactive exhibits. Some children's museums might go light on education, but NYSCI is 100% dedicated to learning and the love of science and STEM.

My family and I recently had the pleasure of returning to the museum for a guided tour of its top exhibits, so we could share with you what's new, plus all our old favorites and upcoming events. Check out permanent exhibits you can rely on one year after the next, top outdoor activities for when the weather gets a little more agreeable, and temporary events arriving for a limited time only.

Find more of NYC's latest exhibits and top art spots in our Museum Guide for Families.

YMCA Offers Affordable Day Camps, Sleepaway Camps, and Specialty Summer Programs for All Ages

With more than twenty locations that proudly served a combined total of over 12,000 young New Yorkers last year alone, you're unlikely to make it through all those parenting listserv threads about summer coverage without coming across YMCA's much-loved camps. Offering fun-filled early childhood options for tots, traditional sleepaway options for tweens and teens, and specialty programs focusing on everything from STEAM to soccer, it's no surprise the popular programming has been a hit with parents and kids across the city since 1885.

25 Exercise Games and Indoor Activities to Get Kids Moving

Whether it's rainy, snowy, or even too hot to hit the park or backyard, exercise games are a great way to get everyone in the family giggling and away from the screens for a bit.  

We've put together a list of 25 easy indoor exercise ideas to do with kids at home. It's a really simple way for a family to integrate movement and exercise into any day. Most of these can be done right in your living room, and will even work in tight city apartments (or hallways). We promise everyone will be tired and laughing after attempting just a handful.

Looking for more indoor boredom busters for kids? We have lots of ideas, including science experiments and sensory activities for all ages.

Indoor Ice Skating Rinks in New York City for Every Season

As much as we love ice skating outside, sometimes it's just too cold, hot, or rainy for New York City's seasonal outdoor rinks. Indoor alternatives let NYC kids skate year-round. Some in-the-know parents with young skate enthusiasts tell me they prefer indoor rinks because the quality of the ice is better, making for a smoother glide, which is especially helpful for newbies.

Here are six NYC indoor ice skating rinks to check out whether your kid is just starting out or even practicing their hockey or figure skating moves. Many offer birthday party options, skating lessons, and rentals and most are open in summer if you ever need to cool down.

Audio Stories That Entertain Kids Anytime and Anywhere from Pinna

The screen time struggle is real. So, I can't imagine I'm the only parent who's quite literally all ears when they hear that kids' podcasts and audiobooks are officially a thing now. On-demand audio programming certainly feels like the perfect way to bring some screen-free entertainment to playtime, add a little excitement to the bath, or even just wind down before bed, but finding awesome options for kids can be really hard. Enter a new subscription-based service called Pinna, which is packed with Peabody-winning original series, popular podcasts, and favorite audiobooks for listeners ages 4 to 12 — and zero commercials — making it a major parenting win. Read on to find out more and get a free 7-day membership to try it out.

7 New Summer Camps for NYC Kids in 2018

There may be snowflakes a flying, but it's officially summer camp searching season in New York City. While the metro area and surrounding suburbs don't lack for choices, there's always something new on the horizon for our kids!

In 2018, we've found a number of new summer camps, from cooking to outdoor nature and even coding and science. Without further ado, we present seven new this year camps for city kids.

The New IDNYC Card Perks for Families You Don't Want to Miss

It's no secret that living in New York City and raising kids here isn't cheap. So one of my favorite finds has been the IDNYC program, which, among other things, offers FREE and reduced-price memberships more than 40 cultural institutions across the city.

Since the municipal ID program launched in 2015, more than 1 million people have turned up at IDNYC centers to get their free ID cards and the benefits that being a card-carrying citizen of this great city brings. In 2018, the city introduced several new institutions to the program, including two that might interest NYC families: Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn and Chelsea Piers are now IDNYC partners. At Aviator, you can nab an individual membership for 20 percent off and score 15 percent off party bookings. Chelsea Piers invites you to enjoy 2-for-1 admission at its indoor ice skating rink as well as discounts at its driving range.

The IDNYC card offers more than cultural benefits: Families can take advantage of discounts on prescription drugs, car-share memberships, movies, sporting events, and more. It even acts as a public library card and can help you open an account at a bank or credit union.

I've put my card to use to take advantage of these benefits and more, so read on for a dozen reasons to sign up for your FREE card, including discounted admission to some of the city's best children's museums and zoos.

Why Sugarloaf Is My Family's Favorite Ski Resort

Nobody can deny that there are plenty of wonderful ski resorts in southern and central New England. That said, sometimes families want to branch out for something a little different (without going so far as to board a plane to do it). When my family goes skiing, we go to Sugarloaf. Now, look—I know what you’re thinking. Why in the name of all that is holy would we voluntarily drive all the way up to the heart of Maine with children just to go skiing? Let me explain.

Weekend Fun: Unicorn Planet, Free Concert, and BAMkids Film Fest

New York City kids kick off February with big annual events like the Thunderbird American Indian Dance and Powwow in the East Village and the BAMkids film festival in Brooklyn. On Saturday, the Brooklyn Museum runs a cool Jean-Michel Basquiat workshop while the Central Library, just around the corner, hosts a FREE concert by Shine and the Moonbeams.

On Sunday, Symphony Space's Thalia Book Club celebrates Judy Blumesday, AKA Judy Blume's birthday, with an afternoon of readings by actors and authors. In the Garment District, the Galli Theater debuts its kid-friendly version of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

Maybe head downtown to the Whitney Museum then grab something to eat. Or, if you're in Brooklyn, investigate a rapidly changing neighborhood! See our 31 things to do in Gowanus.

Please give a hearty hello to our February GoList, as well as this list of nearly 40 FREE things to do in February with NYC kids. Of course, our Winter Fun Guide has lots to offer, and our Event Calendar grows and grows as far ahead as the spring.

Kellogg's NYC Moves Its Cereal Cafe to Union Square

Union Square supplies NYC parents and caregivers some solid havens. There’s the newly renovated equipment at Evelyn’s Playground in the summer to shake out those willies. The warmth of Barnes & Noble in the winter will keep you cozy and entertained. There's the promise of candy dreams at Dylan's. And in between, you can even sneak in some serene minutes at the Union Square Greenmarket.

And now Kellogg’s NYC has given parents in the area a new, tasty and delightful option. Moving from its former location in Times Square in December, the updated 2,000-square-foot eatery is five times larger than the last—offering more fun and more tastiness.

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