Tweens & Teens

Indoor Ice Skating Rinks in New York City for Every Season

As much as we love ice skating outside, sometimes it's just too cold, hot, or rainy for New York City's seasonal outdoor rinks. Indoor alternatives let NYC kids skate year-round. Some in-the-know parents with young skate enthusiasts tell me they prefer indoor rinks because the quality of the ice is better, making for a smoother glide, which is especially helpful for newbies.

Here are six NYC indoor ice skating rinks to check out whether your kid is just starting out or even practicing their hockey or figure skating moves. Many offer birthday party options, skating lessons, and rentals and most are open in summer if you ever need to cool down.

Audio Stories That Entertain Kids Anytime and Anywhere from Pinna

The screen time struggle is real. So, I can't imagine I'm the only parent who's quite literally all ears when they hear that kids' podcasts and audiobooks are officially a thing now. On-demand audio programming certainly feels like the perfect way to bring some screen-free entertainment to playtime, add a little excitement to the bath, or even just wind down before bed, but finding awesome options for kids can be really hard. Enter a new subscription-based service called Pinna, which is packed with Peabody-winning original series, popular podcasts, and favorite audiobooks for listeners ages 4 to 12 — and zero commercials — making it a major parenting win. Read on to find out more and get a free 7-day membership to try it out.

Historic Train Depots and Museums: Where Kids Can See Real Trains Around Houston

All aboard! Do you have a train lover on your hands? If so, this list of places to visit real trains in and around Houston is for you. Historically speaking, the Texas transit system has a history rich in railroads. To pay tribute to the larger-than-life trains that used to crisscross the country, many Houston area suburbs feature preserved train depots and museums. Many offer cheap or even FREE admission, and one even gives visitors the opportunity to ride on working trains. 

7 New Summer Camps for NYC Kids in 2018

There may be snowflakes a flying, but it's officially summer camp searching season in New York City. While the metro area and surrounding suburbs don't lack for choices, there's always something new on the horizon for our kids!

In 2018, we've found a number of new summer camps, from cooking to outdoor nature and even coding and science. Without further ado, we present seven new this year camps for city kids.

Totally Free Stuff to Save You from February Madness

Well, it depends on which groundhog you ask--Punxatawney Phil predicts six more weeks of winter while Connecticut's own Chuckles the groundhog predicts an early spring. Either way, we all know that even though February is the shortest month it can feel endless at times. Sure we've got the Super Bowl shaking things up this weekend, but it's still cold, it's still getting dark pretty early (though if you're like me you get excited when you realize it's 5:00 pm and still a little dusky) and it's all too easy to succumb to a case of cabin fever. In order to stave off any seasonal meltdowns, I've rounded up 10 family events and activities around Connecticut and the best part is they're all FREE! So when the road conditions permit, bundle up the fam and get out while the getting is good! For even more free stuff to do all year round, check out these 50 Free Things to do Indoors!

Neon Retro Arcade Brings Old School Video Games to Northridge

When I heard Pasadena's popular Neon Retro Arcade was opening a second location in Northridge, I was psyched. I figured it would be a big hit with CSUN students as well as grown-ups of a certain age (ahem) who fondly remember joysticks and token play. What I wasn't sure about was whether little kids who are used to playing console games on living room wide-screen TVs would be as interested in their parents' pixelated playthings. 

Why Sugarloaf Is My Family's Favorite Ski Resort

Nobody can deny that there are plenty of wonderful ski resorts in southern and central New England. That said, sometimes families want to branch out for something a little different (without going so far as to board a plane to do it). When my family goes skiing, we go to Sugarloaf. Now, look—I know what you’re thinking. Why in the name of all that is holy would we voluntarily drive all the way up to the heart of Maine with children just to go skiing? Let me explain.

Frosty February Fun with Connecticut Kids: Libraries, Valentines, and Superb Owls, February 3-4

Here in the heart of Patriots' country it's hard to believe that there's anything on the schedule this weekend besides the Super Bowl, but oh boy is there: from maple sugaring to Dirty Dancing to Valentine crafting, there are plenty of reasons to brave the elements and get out of the house (and not just to stock up on game day supplies).

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Mardi Gras! Galveston, Family Fun Run, Feb 3-4

What better way to kick off February than by enjoying a little football with family and friends by watching the Super Bowl and eating some crawfish? This weekend has several great crawfish events on the calendar, and getting to watch the biggest football game of the year while cracking open mudbugs is the icing on the cake. 

Sports fans may be lamenting the end of the football season after this weekend's big game, but don't fret just yet. The Winter Olympics are just gearing up, and we've created 15 ideas for hosting an awesome Winter Olympics party to celebrate! 

The other big event of the weekend: Galveston Mardi Gras! If you're thinking of making a trip over to the Island, make it a weekend event and check out the Galveston Children's Museum while you're there. It's the perfect place to have pint-sized fun.

For even more fun for the family, head over to our event calendar, which is always stocked with the best events and activities happening throughout the week, and our February GoList for the top events of the month. Trying to explore more of the city and its surrounding areas? Be sure to look over our newly revamped Top 100 Things to Do With Houston Kids for tons of great ideas and hidden gems. You can also make planning even easier by signing up for our free weekly newsletter to have everything delivered straight to your inbox. 

Are you a local business throwing an awesome event? Let us help you get even more people there by submitting your event to our calendar. Just fill out the form, hit submit, and we'll make sure it's published for all of our readers to see.

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

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Winterfest, Super Bowl, Groundhog Day

We've heard rumblings of some sort of Super Bowl game going on this weekend. Oh, but that just takes care of Sunday night. What about the rest of the weekend?

We've got you covered. In fact, you can "kick off" the weekend at a Kids' Super Bowl Saturday event in Setauket. Or mark Groundhog Day the sciency way at the Maritime Explorium. Regardless of Holtsville Hal's prediction Friday, revel in all things chilly willy at the Sands Point Conservancy's Winterfest.

Remember, you can always pop over to our February 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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