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10 Must-See Exhibits at Boston's Museum of Science

The Museum of Science is a paradise for pretty much any curious kid, which is why, in a city packed with brainy attractions, the MOS is probably our crown jewel. Many of the exhibits are specifically aimed at children, with lots of opportunities for fun and hands-on learning, but parents are certain to learn something new when visiting the MOS. The catch: With 130,000 square feet of exhibit halls, it's nearly impossible to soak up every part of the museum, so it's best to go with a game plan in mind. While not every family is going to agree on their favorites, we're pretty certain you can't go wrong by hitting these highlights—none of which, by the way, require extra money beyond regular admission fees. 

Cabin Fever Relief: Don't Miss these Play Cafes for Westchester Kids and Parents

While it’s fun to take the kids to a dedicated play space—and trust us, there are lots of those to choose from in Westchester—there are times when you want to go somewhere that has something for both you (read: coffee, brownies, both) and the kids. You’re in luck: There are a few places in our area where you can meet a friend for tea or hang out with your spouse over lunch that also offer fun things for kids to do, too—whether it’s reading a good book, drawing on a chalkboard wall, going down slides or building with blocks and construction sets.

Looking for even more places to take the whole family? Check out our kid-friendly restaurant guide

Perfect Spots for Your LA Baby's First Birthday

Congratulations! You made it through baby’s first year, and now it’s time to celebrate. If you’re like me and totally not into hosting your child’s first birthday party at home (read: cleaning, shopping, cooking, decorating, hosting...cleaning again), don't worry. The weather in LA is so beautiful that outdoor birthdays are possible nearly any time of year. If that's not your speed, the Southland boasts plenty of awesome indoor options as well. Here are ten great spots—from pricey to free with one surprise at the end—to smash a cake and tire out the kiddos so everyone can go home and take a well-deserved nap.

Ways to Meet Other Parents on Long Island

New to parenthood or to your neighborhood? Seeking to meet other parents like yourself? The winter months make it tough to get out and socialize. But don't worry, you don't need to take out a personal ad. Try these ideas to get up and out and meet new folks (and kids).

Remember, this list is a sampling of some of the largest groups, but certainly not exhaustive. If you don’t see your neighborhood on the list, search a Yahoo Groups directory for your area (or interest), adding “parents"  to the search. Also visit Meetup’s Parents and Family page.

For more creative play ideas ideas, check out our guide to indoors activities on Long Island.  

10 Things to Do with Your Boston Baby this Winter

Now that winter has really set in with its frigid temperatures and snowy days, keeping a infant or toddler entertained can be challenging. With a new baby of my own, I'm always looking for reasons to get out of the house for a change of scenery—I find it helps both my little one and me avoid cabin fever.

Enjoy These Long Island Cafes With Kids' Play Spaces

A place for children to play and parents to connect with other moms and dads.

That’s exactly what Long Island play cafes offer. Enjoy these fun, safe venues for your child’s next play date: They'll have fun and explore, and you'll relax with a snack, catch up with your peers, or just relish some me time. Of course, parents are required to keep an eye on their children at all times.

For more seasonal fun ideas, check out our guide to indoor play spaces and our roundup of sensory play spaces on Long Island. And don’t forget our Winter Fun Guide for a host of ideas sure to keep your kids happily occupied during the winter months.

Free Admission for Kids at Boston Museums and Attractions

It’s been said that the best things in life are free, but when it comes to visiting museums and other attractions with kids, it’s not always clear when they are free. Mommy Poppins has set out to uncover these freebies so Boston families can enjoy the best of the city without breaking the bank. Here, we've ID'd the museums that let young children—and in some cases, all kids—in at no charge.

If you're working your way through our Boston Kids' 100 Things to Do bucket list, you may want to coordinate with the cut-off ages below; some of the museums you can catch on their free admission days, but several other attractions below really drive home the bittersweet point that you're only young once.

Note that the cut-off ages below imply that when a child reaches the age listed, he or she no longer qualifies for free admission.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Arbor Day, Children's Texas Art Festival, Jan 20-21

How is it even possible that January is already over halfway done? 2018 is off to a running start, and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon! To ring in the new year, we revamped our list of 100 Things To Do With Houston Kids Before They Grow Up so you can stay on top of all the must-do and must-see things around our great city. Make this year the year that you start crossing off all the best destinations and activities to take the kids! 

These colder months have meant we've focused a lot on keeping the toddlers and kids busy while indoors; now it's time to give a nod to all the babies out there, because we know they can get bored being stuck inside, too. Sensory activities are a great way to entertain, educate, and stimulate your baby's ever-expanding mind and senses, and most can easily be assembled with items you already have at home. 

Whenever you find yourself in an activity slump, you can count on our event calendar to have all the best events and activities across Houston and the surrounding areas, making it easy to find and plan a family-friendly outing. Want something more concise? Then you'll want to check out our exceedingly popular January GoList for the month's best family-friendly events. You can also have posts like this delivered straight to your inbox by signing up for our free weekly newsletter, which makes it easy to stay on top of everything that's happening. 

We also know there are a ton of great events happening out there that we would love to give more visibility to, which we can easily do when you submit your event to our calendar. Just fill out the form, hit submit, and we'll take care of the rest! 

On that note, it's time to start planning the weekend!

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Art, Nature, and Theater

Expose your kids to culture this weekend with live performances of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood or the Happy as Clams Musical. Interact at the Heckscher Museum of Art during its family hour. Or learn about and create still-life art at the Long Island Children's Museum as part of its Abstract Art Series.

And remember, you can always pop over to our January GoList or Winter Fun Guide to find more seasonal fun. Mark your calendars this winter and complete some of our 50 great things to do indoors with Long Island kids.

Of course, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun daily events for Long Island kids. Don't see a great event listed here? Add it to our Event Calendar yourself

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Birth with Benefits: NJ Hospitals That Offer Perks for Moms and Families

Free massages. Aromatherapy. Complimentary fruit baskets. Getting pampered while you push is the latest trend to hit maternity wards around the Garden State. Forget about birth plans consisting of no more than an iTunes playlist—many NJ hospitals are helping moms get through the pains of labor with personalized spa-like services that offer much-needed distraction and natural pain support. They also provide plenty of perks for moms and family members after baby arrives. Here are some maternity units that are wowing moms-to-be with some extra-special services.

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