Tweens & Teens

NYC Opens Free Summer STEM Camps...But Apply Now!

New York City is offering public school kids entering kindergarten through grade 12 in September the chance to attend a STEM-focused summer camp for FREE, but applications are due Friday, April 5.

The camps will take place at about a dozen popular NYC institutions known for STEM programs, including zoos, museums, and botanical gardens. There are also internship and college-credit courses available for NYC high schoolers. Charter school students in NYC may also apply.

April GoList: Best Things To Do with Connecticut Kids

April is jam-packed full of fun ways to soak up springtime...and as always, our Connecticut GoList features a carefully curated roundup of the absolute best things to do with kids throughout the month. Stargazing, farm funEaster egg hunts, and even dino egg hunts are just some of the awesome events on tap for April. And with warmer weather on its way, it's a good time to bookmark our spring fun guide, too.

Easter Egg Hunts for Kids in New York City

Easter Sunday is April 21 this year—later than usual, but really just a hop, skip, and a jump away. One of the best ways to celebrate with kids is to attend one of NYC's treat-filled egg hunts. Most are outdoors in playgrounds and parks, zoos, and gardens, but a few are indoors at museums and other cultural spots. Many offer additional spring fun, including seasonal crafts, face painting, and live entertainment.

Remember, Easter egg hunts in NYC are extremely popular so arrive early and expect hordes. If you dislike crowds, avoid the free hunts and opt for those that carry a small fee as they usually cap the number of participants. Or get your photo op with the Easter Bunny in ahead of time at these brunches.

20 Fun Spring Break Activities and Events in Connecticut

Although Mother Nature sometimes has a few tricks up her sleeve, signs of spring are really and truly spreading across Connecticut. The daffodils are blooming in Litchfield, trails are ready for the pitter patter of feet in Stamford, and ice cream cones are just about ready to be filled in Newtown. Perhaps the biggest sign of the change of seasons for many of us is spring break and five whole days free of the school-morning scramble.

Although you may dream of cruising away to the warm seas of the Caribbean, in reality, you may not get much farther than the shores of the Long Island Sound this April vacation week. Thankfully, we live in a place where staycations are full of interesting possibilities, from full-day vacation camps to family-friendly workshops. Make sure to check out 30 things we can’t wait to do this spring in Connecticut for even more ideas.

10 Things to Love About the Intrepid Sea, Air, and Space Museum

Ever since my son could read, he's been a history buff. Our family tree is filled with brave men who have served our country, so military history has always been a subject close to his heart. We've loved exploring the city's National Parks and Monuments and learning about the storied military past of Governors Island together, but nothing has sparked his curiosity or inspired as many return visits as the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

A decommissioned Essex-class air craft carrier, the Intrepid is a floating museum docked in the Hudson River at Pier 86. It was commissioned in 1943 and served a varied history spanning from WWII to the space age. During WWII, it survived a torpedo strike and five kamikaze attacks. Later it was used in the Cold War, as a NASA recovery vessel in the 1960s and as a "special attack carrier" in Vietnam. Decommissioned in 1974, the Intrepid was saved from the scrapyard and converted into a museum in the early 80s. It was remodeled between 2006-08 and returned to Pier 86 as the museum we know today.

With that bit of history under your belt, read on for 10 reasons we love to visit the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.

6 Writing and Art Contests and Opportunities Just for Kids and Teens

When my daughter was in fourth grade, she was struggling socially and academically—but I noticed that any free time she had was used typing away on the computer. Eventually, I took a peek into her writing folder. There were several compelling short stories and poems, way better than the writing assignments she was turning in for school. With the hope that positive affirmation from a source outside of school would inspire her, I sought out kid-focused writing initiatives that might encourage her to develop her budding skills.

As children get older and their interests and personalities develop, special opportunities and internships can foster their passions and develop their strengths. If you have budding artist, writer, or future game designer in your home, take note of these contests and opportunities from the likes of Scholastic and Time to help kids, tweens, and teens explore and showcase their creative work, while boosting their skills and confidence—including two amazing opportunities with deadlines that are right around the corner! 

LA's Annenberg PetSpace Now Has a Summer Camp for Animal-Lovers

Where can animal-obsessed kiddos improve their cat selfie skills, help pups perfect fetch and roll over, and interact with adorable adoptable pets every day? On its mission to strengthen the bond between people and pets, LA's new Annenberg PetSpace is hosting a series of week-long summer camps (for kids ages 9 to 12) that are filled with demonstrations, crafts, educational games, and of course loads of animal encounters.

Top Birthday Party Spots for NJ Tweens and Teens

When the days of princess and pirate parties have come to an end, planning a birthday party for the double-digit crowd can be a challenge. Tweens and teens will want to celebrate their big day with something cool, creative, and unique.

Impress the big kids in your life (and their friends) with an awesome party in one of these age-appropriate New Jersey venues. From cooking and art to sports and science—plus trampolines, laser tag, rides, and more—parties at these tween/teen–friendly New Jersey spots are sure to be talked about the next day.

21 Things to Do in Bushwick With Kids

We’re sure you’ve heard about the cool factor of Bushwick, home to an abundant artistic community and boldly graffitied streets, but the latest hipster neighborhood, bordering Williamsburg, Bed-Stuy, and Ridgewood, actually offers loads of family fun. The once-abandoned warehouses have been transformed into artist studios, galleries, and pizza spots, making the vibrant streets feel like one big adventure.

The rapidly-changing, post-industrial neighborhood of Bushwick offers numerous parks, playgrounds, destination restaurants, and cultural experiences. Plus, it's easily accessible by subway from the L, J, M or Z trains, so even if you don't call Bushwick home, you can still experience this colorful and cool destination. Here are some of our favorite things to do in Bushwick with kids.

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