Tweens & Teens

Birthday Party Ideas and Venues for Tweens on Long Island

Don't fret if your preteen's birthday has rolled around and you realize he or she has outgrown the bouncy house circuit. There are plenty of party options on Long Island specifically for this age group. Discerning tweens know what they like, so we've rounded up a list of awesome party spots that will impress this picky crowd.

From zip lines to fashion shows, these tween birthday bash ideas at cool Long Island spots fit the bill for that special day. Call the venues for the most up-to-date pricing information.

Got a not-so-little kid? You'll want to take a look at our guide to tween and teen fun on Long Island for exciting and cool things to do. And for more birthday party ideas, check out our Long Island party guide.

Get Help Planning a Perfect Party for the Pint-Sized Set

“Let’s just have a simple in-house party” are my famous last words. Some party hats, cake, and pizza are all these kids need for a good time, right? Anyone else out there start off with the best intentions, then get hit with the harsh reality that entertaining a horde of sugared-up and party-crazed kids is far from simple? I've realized that sometimes it takes a little outside the box thinking to entertain even the pickiest of critics (aka: your kid.)

Here's a simple solution: host the party at home, but outsource the entertainment (and maybe even the decor!) Below are several outfits that will come to your home and put on an extraordinary party that goes beyond clowns and face painting.  From circuses to hula hoops, there is something for everyone. For more party ideas check out our Party Guide!

Whale Watching Update: Where To See Whales with Kids in LA

Winter is prime whale watching season in Southern California, and there are several ways to spy on the giant mammals as they pass through on their 6,000-mile quest for Mexican romance. Each year, between December and April, roughly 20,000 Pacific gray whales migrate past our beaches, and March brings particularly high traffic because that's when the underwater procession starts to turn around. Pregnant, south-bound she-whales still trying to make it to Baja before the contractions start are blasted past by upwardly mobile young he-whales, finished with romance and headed for an appointment in the Arctic Circle. All that toing and froing is the inspiration for many a whale cruise and festival. With a little luck and clear skies, even a hike or sand sledding can turn into a whale watching activity.

14 Science and Tech Summer Camps for Boston Kids who Love STEM

Surrounded as we are by so many tech start-ups, a world-class science museum, and some of the top college computer-science departments in the country, it's no surprise that many of our kids are fascinated by all things STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Luckily, a growing number of tech-minded summer camps are cropping up all over the region to meet demand, and the options for local kids range from a program for wannabe inventors to a science immersion program just for girls. We’ve rounded up a dozen great school vacation programs where kids can tinker, make, build, code, invent, and experiment. Read on to find one that’s a good fit for your sci-tech lover, and sign up soon—early-bird specials are widely available this month, and some of these camps fill up fast. For more great brain-building programs over school break, check out our complete summer camp guide.

Awesome Specialty Summer Camps for NYC Kids

Here in New York City, finding a summer camp for your kiddo isn't the hard part. It's picking one from all of the awesome options that's tough!

If you're looking to narrow your search, specialty camps are the perfect way to fuel your kid's passion or even help them hone in on a new hobby. For science- and tech-lovers, there are a number of STEM/STEAM camps, teaching everything from artificial intelligence and 3-D printing, to marine biology and wood working. Aspiring athletes can get in on a game of soccer or gaga ball at a sports-centered camp, or try their hand at figure skating or parkour. There's even Chinese language instruction for budding linguists, performing arts camps for kids who love the spotlight, programs that take your tiny historian back in time, and even hands-on cooking camps for the littlest foodies.

With half-day and full-day options, and sessions ranging from one week to the entire summer, there's truly something for everyone. Take a look at some much-loved specialty camps below, and browse our New York City Camp Guide for even more options.

A visit to the Eli Whitney Museum

Got a future innovator on your hands? Perhaps an engineer in the works? Whether your budding genius is a novice inventor or a future mechanical pioneer, you’re sure to find entertaining exhibits and engaging hands-on workshops to stimulate their minds at the Eli Whitney Museum. Eli Whitney is remembered as the inventor of the cotton gin and a leader in the concept of interchangeable parts which became the manufacturing standard in the Industrial Revolution. Teaching his workers how to craft tools and other skills required for his factories, Whitney’s legacy of workshop education lives on inside the Eli Whitney Museum.For more fun near Eli Whitney, check out our top picks for things to do with kids in New Haven. Or, take a peek at our museum guide

7 Awesomely Unique Summer Day Camps Fit for New Jersey Kids

Do you have fond memories of riding the bus to summer camp? How about happy days filled with sports, swimming, arts and crafts, and good friends?

Some of those same classic summer day camps are still around today, with all the fun traditions, but updated with splash parks and STEM programs. Meanwhile, there are also really unique specialty camps that we would have never dreamed of decades ago. Musical theater lovers can create sets, design costumes, and perform on a professional stage. Tennis-pros-in-the-making can learn on air conditioned courts with hi-tech technique instruction. There's even a supportive program for kids who have experienced the loss of a loved one. Academic camps make sure brains get exercised with robotics, chess, and coding classes. A Montessori program offers programs for kids as young as 2. New Jersey families are lucky to have some of the best summer camps around!

Slurping Encouraged: Where to find Ramen in Connecticut

It's a well-known fact around here that Ramen fixes everything. Not feeling well? Ramen. Had a rough week? Ramen. Tired of the cold, gray skies of winter? Ramen. Trying to solve the Reimann Hypothesis? Ramen. OK. You get the point. Any excuse for Ramen is a good excuse. And luckily, because this delicious noodle bowl has seen a sharp spike in well-deserved popularity, a serving is never too far off no matter where you are in Connecticut. So whether you're new to Ramen or a tried and true noodle aficionado, read on for some of Connecticut's best noodle houses. And remember, slurping is encouraged.

Low-Cost Summer Camp Lottery from NYC Parks Opens March 1

Summer is on the horizon and that means parents are scurrying to finalize summer camp placements. While we've got plenty of options in our Summer Camp Guide and Directory, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better full-summer deal than that offered by the New York City Parks Department, which is set to open it's low-cost camp lottery on March 1.

Read on for more details on this option that's budget friendly for mom and dad, yet full of over-the-top-fun for kids.


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