New York City

7 Cool Escape Rooms for NYC Kids to Conquer

For parents, life in a tiny New York City apartment can feel like a constant escape game. The clutter is closing in on you and you've got to locate two toddler shoes, a missing must-have accessory for your tween, and your own MIA cell phone before you can unlock the door to take on the mean city streets.

If your clever kids don't see the game in that routine, they might be up for a different kind of challenge. Consider splurging on an afternoon in one of these kid-friendly escape rooms, where their puzzle skills (and yours!) will be put to the test. Most offer birthday party packages, too. Be aware that most spots require a reservation to get locked in, so plan your outing in advance.

Hunter Mountain Expansion Offers New Family Skiing in New York

It’s expensive to expand a ski resort. The folks at Hunter Mountain invested $9 million to construct an 80-acre addition to New York’s second most-visited ski destination.

Did they get their money’s worth without compromising all that made Hunter one of the top ski destinations for families near New York City?

After visiting the now 320-acre Catskills resort that is 2½ hours north of the city, one is tempted to say, yes.

13 Family-Friendly Day Trips to Celebrate Your Kid's Next Birthday

Birthdays are big business in New York City, but there comes a point where the last thing you want to do is throw another big blowout party, especially in a small city apartment. Perhaps, then, it's time to consider a new way to celebrate: the day trip.

From cool outdoor explorations to awesome animal adventures, water fun, and skiing, we've rounded up 13 spots within two hours of city limits—and some are even accessible by public transit—to celebrate your kid's next trip around the sun. Read on and start planning an epic birthday, no goodie bags required.

Cheap Spring Break Travel Ideas for Families on a Budget

Is there a way to travel for cheap with kids during spring break? The short answer is... yes!

While some might automatically head to Orlando or even the Caribbean for spring break, airfare for a family of four can quickly add up to waaaay over budget. Families-in-the-know deploy a few tricks to plan a fun spring break vacation for the kids without blowing their mortgage payment, from scoring a secret deal to compromising a bit on the location.

There are plenty of family-friendly cities and destinations that cost a bit less but don’t scrimp on the family attractions, including top museums, eateries, beaches, and even amusement parks.

Read on for some of our editors’ favorite hacks in planning a cheap spring break and where they like to vacation as a family!

25 Free Activities to Check Out During Midwinter Break

Midwinter break always seems to sneak up on me. We're barely into a post-holiday groove and yet again we've got a full week off from school to fill. While we've already rounded up 35 fun-filled activities for the week, many of them come with a high price tag. To give your budget a bit of relief, we've got 25 more ideas for the February school break that are completely FREE. Visit our Free in NYC Guide for more money-saving options for school break...or any day.

28 Great Spring Break Camps for NYC Kids

School holidays seem to pile up this time of the year. You've just gotten February break sorted out and it's already time to plan for spring break, which runs from Friday, April 19 through Friday, April 26 for public school kids in 2019.

Whether your kid wants to spend his or her break in the arts or honing sports skills, is obsessed with all things STEM, or all of the the above, New York City seemingly has a camp for every interest. In fact, we've rounded up more than two dozen NYC camps across the five boroughs that are open for spring break and many other school holidays.

Check out our Summer Camp Guide if you're planning for summer's much longer school break!

NYC Restroom Map: A Godsend for City Parents

When you gotta go, you gotta go...but when you're out and about and have a potty-training preschooler or an infant in need of a diaper change you don't always have the luxury of advance planning. You need to find the closest, (hopefully) cleanest, publicly accessible bathroom—and fast.

Have we ever got a list for you. Thanks to the work of one thoughtful, brilliant Rutgers professor, Dr. Wansoo Im, (hey, Jersey's good for something!) we now have an interactive map of every city bathroom. Get your bookmarks ready.

Weekend Fun: Lunar New Year, Black History, Valentine's, Westminster Dog Show

It's a busy weekend in New York City as we head into two festive February holidays: Valentine's Day and the Chinese Lunar New Year. Kick off the Year of the Pig on the Upper East Side, at the Flushing Lunar New Year Parade, the Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar, the Met's Lunar New Year Fest, or at parties at Brookfield Place, the Asia Society and the China Institute.

Valentine's Day paints the town red next Thursday, and there's still time to make a "love bug" craft for your sweetheart(s) at CMOM, or give it the old "collage" try at 6 River Terrace on Sunday. Black History Month events include the BAM Black Comix Expo, living African American history at Fraunces Tavern, and the Paley Center's month-long celebration, including a salute to Motown's 60th anniversary.

On Saturday, watch the dog fur fly at the Westminster Agility Championship and AKC Meet the Breeds. On Sunday, sing with friends at a Mary Poppins Sing-Along, or head to Queens for the Native American Arts Social, complete with drumming, dancing, and story telling. You can even throw beans at ogres, keeping a Japanese tradition.

Two takes on a classic fairy tale play this weekend: Check out the New York Theatre Ballet's Cinderella, or the puppet version at Brooklyn's Puppetworks. Other great kid-friendly shows in town include A Simple Space (glorious acrobatics!) at New Victory, Little Red Riding Hood, the Musical! at the 92nd Street Y, Fly Feather at BAM, and The Doubtful Sprout at Symphony Space.

Still rarin' to go? Options abound in our February Go-List, our dazzling list of 40 FREE things to do with kids in February, and your ever-faithful MommyPoppins NYC Event Calendar. And pssst: If you haven't got your tickets for the International New York Children's Film Festival yet, what are you waiting for?

Jackie Robinson Honored with New Exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York

Baseball is a big deal in my house. Evenings and weekends are spent on ball fields and in batting cages and all three of my kids have donned Little League uniforms. As much as I love watching them play, I've been a long-time fan of the pro game, too, so when I heard one of our favorite local culture spots, the Museum of the City of New York, was honoring trailblazer and American hero Jackie Robinson, I had to visit.


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