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Enjoy These Long Island Cafes With Kids' Play Spaces

There are days when all you want to do is kick back and relax with a cup of coffee or tea and maybe even a sweet treat.

But enjoying quality Me Time gets tricky when your duties include making sure little ones are happy, engaged, and safe. Whether you're looking for a great place to spend your next play date — a venue that actually allows you to talk with other parents — or just wouldn't mind checking your email while your child is busy with imaginative play, these Long Island play cafes offer something for everyone.

Check out our Long Island play space guide and Winter Fun List for other great ideas on how to keep your kids occupied. 

President's Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Mardi Gras, Monster Jam, Camp Fairs, Feb 18-20

If you've been in Houston for at least one day this month, you know Mardi Gras is upon us! This weekend kicks off with the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the nation in our very own Galveston beach. Head down to the island and enjoy tons of parades, concerts, shows and more over the next two weekends. February is also an important month to celebrate Black History Month, and we have some great ideas on how to celebrate and teach your kids.

If you are already looking at camps for the summer, (or you need a last-minute day option for President's Day), be sure to check out our Camp Guide, where you will find information about Holiday Break Camps, Music and Theater Camps, Science Camps, Art Camps, and more. 

Also, our event calendar is loaded with fun, daily events for the whole family. You can also submit your own events. For more activities and events to fill the each weekend of the month, pop over to our February GoList. And don't forget to subscribe to our weekly newsletter to receive articles such as this in your inbox every week. 

Now, let's check out what's happening all over Houston this weekend: 

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: STOMP, GoGames360, Feb 11-12

Love is in the air! Valentine's Day is almost here. Although some may think it's just another Hallmark holiday, I like to think about it as a day to celebrate friendships and to teach our kids how to be kind and loving towards others. We have prepared a list of ways to celebrate Valentine's Day with your kids in and around Houston for you to explore. If you are planning a romantic date night, be sure to check out our list of fun kid places with parents' night out options.

And to help you plan ahead, visit our awesome camp guide It's filling up with great ideas for this summer, including science camps, art camps, technology camps, and more.

Also, our event calendar is loaded with fun, daily events for Houston kids. You can also submit your own events. For more activities and events to fill the each weekend of the month, pop over to our February GoList. And don't forget to subscribe to our weekly newsletter to receive articles such as this in your inbox every week. 

Now, let's check out what's happening all over Houston this weekend: 

Best Indoor Play Spaces for Long Island Toddlers

While most indoor play places cater to a range of ages, some parents feel more comfortable when there are areas designated for younger children. At most of these locations, children ages 5 and younger are the primary focus and can play freely without being knocked down or bumped into by an older crowd.

We've rounded up a list of play spaces on Long Island that are geared toward little ones.

And for more indoor ideas, check our our Inside Activity Guide.

Must See from CES: 8 High-Tech Baby Gadgets on the Way

Even the Jetsons didn’t have baby gear like this. 

CES, the largest technology trade show in the U.S., was held last month in Las Vegas, and there was a ton of futuristic baby gear on display. All of it is meant to make the lives of parents easier, but that doesn’t mean some of it isn’t a little … unusual. 

Whether these gadgets will ultimately be practical remains to be seen (and some of it might have you longing for the days of the Flintstones instead). Be sure to sign up for our newsletters to stay in the know! 

Presidents Week Camps and Classes for Long Island Kids

Presidents Week 2017 is approaching, leaving many parents wondering how to keep their kids occupied while school is out. Chase away the winter blues and boredom cries with these classes, activities and camps taking place during the break.

From science experiments to jewelry making and sports skills, these Long Island camps have it all. Drop in for a day or the entire week.

And for more events and activities, be sure to check out our Inside Activity Guide and Long Island Events Calendar.

Super Bowl Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Feb 4-5

In case you haven't heard, Houston is hosting the most-watched football game of the year, the Super Bowl LI! Yes, that's 51 years of football fun! I'm not a huge football fan myself, so even if you don't like football that much, be sure to check out the cool free exhibits at Super Bowl LIVE at Discovery Green. It has everything from the Mars Rover (perfect for picture taking) and other cool NASA stuff on display, free concerts all day long, and yummy food trucks to try out. If you have guests coming in, here are some ideas for how to keep them entertained. And for after the big day, and after hours of eating pizza rolls and queso, here's a list of gyms or yoga classes with childcare for working off the chips (no judgment here - you're not a true Houstonian if you don't eat multiple bowls of queso during football games).

As usual, winter in Houston is very unpredictable. Some days you can be outside enjoying the warm, beautiful weather, and then other days it's pouring down freezing rain. So when the weather is not looking great, look at this list of indoor play spaces. If you like to plan ahead and are already thinking about summer plans, we are preparing our summer and vacation camp guide with lots of ideas. 

Our event calendar is loaded with fun, daily events for Houston kids! You can also submit your own events. For more activities and events to fill the each weekend of the month, pop over to our February GoList. And don't forget to subscribe to our weekly newsletter to receive articles such as this in your inbox every week. 

Now, let's check out what's happening all over Houston this weekend: 

Family Dance Party: A NYC Kindie Band Playlist for Kids

There's no doubt about it: The kindie band movement is thriving in New York City. Although I make it a point to expose my son to kid-friendly “grown-up” music, I also have a soft spot for kindie bands—even hopping on the bandwagon and heading Putumayo Kids and producing Kindiefest, Brooklyn’s Family Music Conference.

For those of you new to the kindie music scene—or well-versed but looking for some variety—I've pulled together a curated list of my top picks for NYC-based artists available for streaming on both Pandora and Spotify. Of course, these artists reflect the multicultural city that New York is and draw on their many diverse backgrounds, producing bilingual and global tunes.

Got a little music fan? Find upcoming NYC kindie band concerts, including these artists below, in our Event Calendar, or check out these parent and me baby music classes. The big kids might consider music camp, too!

Baby Sleep Boxes Offered to Every NJ Parent for Free in 2017

Expecting a baby in 2017? If you're in New Jersey, you'll have the opportunity to receive a FREE Baby Box that can serve as mini crib for the newborn months and comes stocked with infant supplies, such as diaper and wipe samples.

The boxes, created by Baby Box Co., are modeled after the same ones provided by the Finnish government for decades to new moms and aimed at tackling SIDs, or SUID, Sudden Unexpected Infant Death, aka, every parent's worst nightmare. The sturdy cardboard box is considered a safe sleeping environment and has earned the seal of approval from ASTM, CPSC, Health Canada and EN for safe infant sleeping spaces. It can also be kept close by, which makes things easier on parents but also further encourages healthy habits, from breastfeeding to bonding. Finland has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world, and the boxes, along with the prenatal counseling that comes with them, are credited with its successful rating.

Indoor Play Spots for NYC Toddlers with Weekend Hours

Indoor play spots are essential for NYC families with young children (and limited square feet) as temperatures begin a steady decline into winter.

Unfortunately, so many of the city's indoor play spots are limited to weekday hours. That's great for caregivers Monday through Friday, but mom and dad are left out in the cold, scrambling to fill up those chilly fall, rainy spring or snowy winter weekends with their preschoolers in other ways. Luckily, we've uncovered nearly two dozen fantastic play spaces that get it, and are keeping weekend, drop-in play hours for kids, no membership required. All include playthings sized just right for the little ones, including for babies in many instances. They are stroller-friendly and equipped with changing stations, making them no-fuss options for the toddler squad.

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