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Free STEM Summer Camp from Girls Who Code Opens Registration

Looking for more than mindless hanging out and screentime for your teenage daughter this summer? Girls Who Code, a nonprofit that aims to increase the number of women in computer science fields, is once again offering its FREE summer immersion program for girls entering their junior or senior year of high school. The 7-week STEM summer camp offering FREE coding lessons and more crucial skills will take place in select cities across the country, including the NYC metro area, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Houston, and Chicago.

Keep reading to find out who is eligible, how to apply, and when and where the program is happening in summer 2019. Hurry, because the early application period for this FREE summer program is already open!

Where to Eat With Kids in East Harlem Now

You can easily spot Upper East Siders and locals headed to East River Plaza on the bus and train. They have cumbersome foldable shopping trolleys, oversized backpacks, a child or two in tow, and a look of determination. However, experience has taught me that shopping can work up an appetite. When you are out and about in East Harlem with kids and hunger strikes, here are a few newer restaurant options to have in your back pocket. 

Weekend Fun: Lunar New Year, Film Fest, Black History, Groundhog Day

The first weekend in February is action-packed. Saturday is Groundhog Day, and while Punxsutawney Phil (accuracy rate 38%) is poised to prognosticate once again, NYC's local groundhog Chuck (accuracy rate 80%!) is the one to watch. Early risers at the Staten Island Zoo get a Spring proximity forecast, plus musical performances and animal encounters. In the Bronx, Wave Hill hosts a Groundhog Day Pancake Breakfast as part of the Hibernator's Weekend festivities.

Lunar New Year celebrations for the Year of the Pig get started at the Prospect Park Zoo, Beyond at Liberty View, and the Conservatory of Music in Brooklyn and at the Queens Botanical Garden and the Queens Museum. February is also Black History Month, and our calendar is packed with kid-friendly tributes to the African American experience. Get in the swing with a special tour at Fraunces Tavern, or learn about Harlem's storied history at the New-York Historical Society

Meanwhile, the BAMkids film festival in Brooklyn is back for its 21st year, with cool Dancewave Workshops on the side. Gustafer Yellowgold returns to Symphony Space, The Stinky Cheese Man offends noses young and old in Tribeca, and at Bryant Park, you can catch The Little Red HenThis weekend's FrostFest in Bryant Park is also your last chance to try out the ice rink bumper cars. Oh, and Henry Winkler is talking about his new kids' book on Sunday: Stop by and say "Heeeeeyyyyy."

Don't sleep on our February GoList, our Winter Fun Guide, or our list of 40 FREE things to do in February with NYC kids. Our Event Calendar is on point through the coming Spring (or endless Winter, depending on Phil and Chuck).

Where to Get Free Infant Sleep Sacks This Winter

With cold winter weather upon us, the New York City Administration for Children's Services is lending a helping hand to families, distributing free, wearable baby blankets at each of its 16 city locations in an effort to ensure the youngest New Yorkers are kept safe during the season's chill. Read on to learn more about the program and where you can pick up a free wearable sleeping blanket for your infant.

14 Fun and Offbeat NYC Stores to Visit With Kids

New York City is famous for its shopping options, and for good reason—but some stores are a cut above and worth the schlep, even with kids. If you've got a big birthday to celebrate with a gift, or just need an indoor diversion from a gloomy winter day, these retail spots are sure to put a smile on your face, whether you're just a lookie-loo or decide to splurge on a special treat. Find more local shopping ideas in our NYC Local Shopping Guide.

Lincoln Square: A Family-Friendly Neighborhood Packed with Culture, Parks and Play

An entertainment Mecca for Manhattanites and tourists, Lincoln Square is a vibrant, bustling and sought-after community for families and professionals. It offers luxurious shopping, upscale dining and entertainment options, alongside top-notch family friendly amenities. Lincoln Square, the southern-most section of the Upper West Side, begins at Columbus Circle at 58th Street and continues north to West 70th Street. It’s bordered by Amsterdam Avenue on the west and Central Park, just blocks to the east!

Families who yearn to make Lincoln Square their home should check out the apartment rentals One Columbus Place. This family-friendly luxury building offers no fee apartments with select units offering up to 1.5 months rent free. The building offers a host of amenities such as an apple seeds® playroom, private outdoor spaces, and a wellness center with Peloton bikes. Read on for the 45 best reasons to make Lincoln Square your next stop for family fun and fabulousness. 

Chinese Lunar New Year Parades and Celebrations for NYC Kids

Lunar New Year is one of our favorite winter celebrations in New York City, and we're particularly excited for 2019's family activities. School-aged kids ought to be excited, too, as the holiday gives them an extra day off from school.

Often referred to as Chinese New Year, although many Asian nations celebrate it, this year the holiday takes place on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, and ushers in the Year of the Pig. Mark this cultural holiday with a family-friendly celebration. We've got the scoop on the best Lunar New Year parades, family dance parties, museum events, crafts, and more for NYC kids.

Commemorating Lunar New Year is a great way to learn about Asian culture and enjoy the food. Check out one of these dozen NYC eateries where you can enjoy Lunar New Year banquets, snacks, or desserts. With celebrations and parades in almost every borough, it's also an opportunity to get out and explore a new-to-you neighborhood such as Manhattan's ChinatownFlushing in Queens, Sunset Park in Brooklyn, or Midtown Manhattan's Koreatown.

Save Big on Summer Camp: 30+ Camps With Early-Bird Offers

We reached out to area summer camps and asked them if they had early bird discounts or wanted to offer our readers exclusive savings deals. We got deals from over 30 camps in the NYC area! Find discounts on sports camps, arts camps, STEM camps, nature camps, traditional day and overnight camps...camps for preschoolers, camps for get the idea—there are a lot of camp deals!

We organized them into categories, but lots of camps offer multiple programs for different ages so make sure to click through to find out all the offerings for each camp. And don't dawdle, these deals will literally disappear as they expire. If you don't see a deal listed below it means that camp's offer is over.

Of course, you'll find lots more camps in our Camp Guide and Directory. Read on to find all the summer camp deals and discounts we got just for you!

Best Things to Do with NYC Kids: February GoList

Get your calendars ready! Here are the top 14 things to do with kids in New York City this February, plus a dozen more great events happening this month.

Even though it's the shortest month, there are still plenty of awesome family activities in NYC. Our February GoList includes annual favorites such as Chinatown's Lunar New Year Parade, the activity-filled Intrepid Kids Week during public school midwinter break, and the city's biggest movie fest for families: the New York International Children's Film Festival. And, of course, there are some brand-new, exceptional shows, concerts, and other special experiences for kids of all ages. We made sure to highlight a range of options, whether you have toddlers, elementary schoolers, or tweens.

Stay on a Houseboat in Amsterdam for a Total Family Vacation Win

Amsterdam is a wonderful city to visit on a European family vacation. The city is kid friendly with lots of fun things to do for families, including wonderful parks, engaging museums, and many delicious restaurants to try. It's also relatively easy to navigate with children in tow.

The city is full of canals, which is another plus for kids as they often love to watch the boats or even take a ride. One of the most special (and affordable) ways to visit Amsterdam is to stay on an actual houseboat instead of in a hotel. 

When you visit Amsterdam, you can’t help but notice these charming houseboats lining the canals and Amstel River. They look so cozy, and many even have gardens growing around them. Our family stayed on a houseboat in Amsterdam for a long weekend and found it to be a comfortable and fun way to visit the city with children.


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