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Play Cafes: Shops in Brooklyn and Queens with Kid Play Spaces

If you're looking for a new spot to grab your morning coffee or merely want to enjoy brunch in peace, these kid-friendly restaurants can't be beat. At these Brooklyn and Queens cafes you will find a welcoming environment, great food, and a caffeine jolt, as well as dedicated and safe play areas for your kids. Several of them are actually play spaces first, and cafes second.

So turn your meal into a play date with a friend, or just sit back and take some well-deserved breathing space. Either way, both you and your kids are sure to have a good time.

Check out our NYC Restaurant Guide for more great eateries, or our Play Spaces Guide for more romper rooms.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Handel's "Messiah," Kids & Christmas Pops Concert, Dec 16-17

Let it snow, let it snow! With our unexpected snowfall that transformed most of the city into a short-lived winter wonderland, it finally feels like the holidays here in Houston, and we are ready to barrel full speed ahead into the celebrations! 

We've compiled an ultimate Winter Bucket List of 45 different things to do with the kids during the holiday to make planning your events a snap, and found a lot of free indoor activities just in case the weather takes another turn for the worse. And remember all the Bestie voting that was happening? The conclusion of the voting means that we now have your 2017 Houston Bestie Guide, your resource parenting, family fun, and enrichment.  

As if that weren't enough, we also have an exhaustive event calendar that covers Houston and the surrounding areas, 26 FREE Christmas and holiday events that are nearby, and our December GoList with the month's best family-friendly events. To have posts like this delivered straight to your inbox, be sure to sign up for our free weekly newsletter

For any events you want shared with the community, be sure to submit your event to our calendar. We'll take care of the rest!

Now, onward to this weekend's events!

Weekend Fun: A Charlie Brown Christmas, Hanukkah Celebrations

Holiday shows are on stage across Long Island. Catch Mooseltoe in Bellport or 101 Dalmatians in Merrick. Get crafty at Old Westbury Gardens, Not Just ArtPicasso Kidz, Key to My Art or As You Wish.

On the East End, light up Hanukkah at Temple Adas Israel or follow the MenorahCade in East Hampton.

Create a Google map and zigzag your way around Long Island, checking out these Long Island homes with spectacular light displays. Or hit the rails to peep these holiday train displays.

With the ho-ho-holidays swiftly approaching, take a gander at our Long Island Holiday Guide. And don't forget, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids. Our December GoList offers more great family events through the rest of the month. Don't see a great event here? Add it to our calendar yourself.

Worth It? Family Memberships in NYC to Consider for Winter

After visiting NYC's top play spaces, museums, and other fun zones, we've rounded up the various membership deals at 20 kid-centric destinations. These places will keep your kids entertained, active, and out of the cold. Some even offer short-term memberships, so you only have to pay until spring arrives.

In the dead of winter, it can be daunting to schlep somewhere new every weekend, so a membership to one (or two) of your favorite kid play spots makes sense. We've already done the math so you'll know exactly how many visits it takes until these investments pay off—and whether or not the "deal" works for your family. If the math doesn't work out for you, consider buying one of the play spaces' bulk passes instead, which usually knocks a few bucks off the daily drop-in price.

Need more ideas? Check out our Indoor Play Spaces Guide for more romper rooms by borough, bounce houses, and year-round family entertainment.

Cheap Thrills: 20 Drop-in Play Spaces for NJ Kids That Cost $15 or Less

When it’s too cold for the playground, and another playdate at home seems dull (or, to be honest, too stressful), taking your kid to a warm indoor play space is a welcome respite for the whole family. 

New Jersey has no shortage of indoor playgrounds from North Jersey to South Jersey, plenty of which offer drop-in hours. Still, many of these hot spots require long-term memberships or pricey entrance fees that often run $20 to $25 per child for a single drop-in.

When you just need someplace clean, fun and warm for your kids to play—that's not your living room—we found 20 indoor gems, all for $15 per child or significantly less, and some that are absolutely free! Your kids still get out of the house to experience a play space where everything seems new to them, and you don't have to clean up after, or empty your wallet! 

And don't forget your nearby shopping mall, where you'll often find low-key indoor playgrounds where kids can work out the wiggles while you shop. 

Find more indoor fun spots in our local NJ guide, or try these at-home boredom busters for days when you just want to stay in. If you find yourself with a full day to fill and you're up for a little more adventure, plan a winter day trip.

Sippy Cups Cafe: A New Play Space with Snacktime

A play space where parents can grab a cup of joe— and drink it while it's still hot—with the kiddies exploring in plain sight? That's the setup at Sippy Cups Cafe in Seaford, a play space plus cafe for adults with children ages 6 and younger.

Looking for more inside fun this season? Check out our guide to Long Island's top indoor play spaces. If you have a younger child, you might want to see our list of the best indoor play spaces for LI toddlers. Enjoy.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Jingle on the Boardwalk, Gingerbread Build-Off, Dec 9-10

Our weather may be alternating between being unseasonably warm and the more seasonably appropriate cooler temps, but our city is unwavering in its holiday spirit. This weekend is full of all sorts of holiday festivities you don't want to miss, such as La Marque's Magical Winter Lights, which promises to be a truly enchanting experience. 

Still need to put up the Christmas tree? Why not cut down your own at one of these five Houston-area Tree Farms? You can find all sorts of holiday happenings like this in our Guide to Holiday and Christmas Events for Houston Families

For those interested in getting outdoors and taking advantage of Houston's balmy winter temperatures, Bay Area Park may be just what you're looking for to shake up your normal park routine. 

We also have an event calendar that is full of all the best events happening throughout Houston and the surrounding areas, as well as a list of 26 FREE Christmas and holiday events that are nearby, our ever popular December GoList, and our free weekly newsletter

Have an event worth sharing? Submit your event to our calendar, and we'll make sure it reaches all of our loyal readers.

Now, onward to this weekend's events!

Weekend Fun: Holiday & Chocolate Festivals, Electric Parade

The sun will come out tomorrow! Or rather, all weekend long as the Engeman Theatre puts on a production of Annie. Throw on an apron and decorate a gingerbread house with mom or dad at Picasso Kidz. Catch the hijinx of Elf Jr. on stage in Oakdale. Step back into days of old at The Whaling Museum's Ye Olde Victorian Holiday Party.

Create a Google map and zigzag your way around Long Island, checking out these Long Island homes with spectacular light displays. Or hit the rails to peep these holiday train displays.

With the ho-ho-holidays swiftly approaching, take a gander at our Long Island Holiday Guide. And don't forget, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids. Our December GoList offers more great family events through the rest of the month. Don't see a great event here? Add it to our calendar yourself.

Drop-in Play Spaces for Kids in NYC That Cost $12 or Less

New York City is packed with fun indoor play spaces to keep kids active all year. Unfortunately, the average price at these parental lifesavers keeps creeping up. Admission often runs $20 to $25 per child for a single drop-in. Pricey fees or membership commitments can quickly ruin your plans for a quick escape from the staying-in doldrums.

Of course, we're here to help. We've rounded up a dozen options for drop-in play—all for under $12 a visit, and a few that cost significantly less!

Read on for open play sessions that won’t break the bank in nearly all five boroughs, and find more indoor fun spots in our local NYC guide, or at-home boredom buster games and crafts for those days when you really want to pinch a penny.

Family-Friendly Car Services with Car Seats in New Jersey

There's no sugarcoating it: traveling with small children is overwhelming. For most parents, the days of packing a small bag and jet-setting across the country are a distant memory. Babies and small children need a lot of stuff, which means traveling families have to lug strollers, pack 'n plays, and big suitcases stuffed with everything from bottles to blankies.

Luckily, if you're using a car service, there's one important—and heavy—item that you can stop stressing about. Many NJ car services now offer car seats for babies, toddlers, and young children, and we've rounded up a dozen of them here. On your next vacation, lighten your load! 

Want to call a Lyft or Uber? Not so fast. Uber only offers car seats for passengers in New York City, Philadelphia or Washington, D.C. Lyft charges an extra $10 per ride for a car seat, but this service is currently only available in NYC. To find more car service with car seat options in NYC, check out NYC Car Services with Car Seats for Babies & Kids.

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