Tweens & Teens

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Heights Day of Music, Rodeo, March 25-26

Spring is officially here! Go out and enjoy this gorgeous weather with fun events and activities, such as the upcoming FREE Heights Kids' Day of Music. You can also check out the Bellaire Nature Discovery Center or Levy Park, both of which recently went through massive renovations and are perfect spring destinations. This is the last weekend to enjoy the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. If this will be your first visit, let us help plan your trip with our list of FREE things you can do with your kids at the rodeo.

There are many Spring Festivals and Crawfish Boils around Houston this weekend, make sure to check our calendar for the best places to enjoy those yummy mud bugs (or where not to). By now you've probably noticed bluebonnets are showing up all over town, and we have a great roundup of locations where bluebonnets are popping up to help families find the best spots for taking Pinterest-worthy pics. 

Looking forward to summer, we have plenty of ideas for engaging summer camps for the kiddos in our summer and vacation Camp Guide. Houston has tons of fun camps, including Overnight Camps,  Outdoor CampsMusic and Theater Camps, Science Camps, Art Camps, and more. 

Our event calendar is loaded with fun, daily events for the whole family, and you can also submit your own events. For more activities and events to fill the each weekend of the month, pop over to our March GoList. And finally, don't forget to subscribe to our weekly newsletter to receive articles such as this in your inbox every week. 

Now, it's time to check out what's happening around town this weekend.

Choco-Story New York: The City's First Chocolate Museum

New York City boasts plenty of sweet spots, and even places where kids can make their own chocolate or ice cream. But now it has its very own museum dedicated to chocolate.

Choco-Story New York: The Chocolate Museum and Experience recently opened within Jacques Torres’ Soho shop, offering tours, classes, and a healthy serving of history about one of our most revered sweets.

Maybe you saw the headlines about its opening March 7, but wondered, “Is it kid-friendly?” Read on for our review and tips to find out.

Spring Break Camps: 14 Kinds of Vacation Fun for LA Kids

Spring Break around Los Angeles is a moving feast; some districts have one week, and some have two. Some take vacation in March, and some in April. Add to the mix the complications of Easter, Passover, and parent work schedules, and Spring Break camp can be a tough knot to untie. Whether your family needs two weeks full time or a day here and there, we've chosen a few of our favorites that run the gamut. From the Valley to the sea, surfing to soccer, we think you'll find something worthy of a few days away from school among the camps below.

And if you're so on the ball that spring is already covered and you've moved on to summer, check out some of our favorite art, cooking, horse, and classic outdoorsy camps in our Summer and Vacation Camp Guide!

Ancient Mummies Arrive at Natural History Museum for NYC Exhibit

Mummies, a new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History, is an exciting glimpse into the ancient past made possible through modern technology. The exhibit—on loan from The Field Museum in Chicago—showcases 18 mummies from ancient Egypt and Peru, many of which have been in storage since the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

Yes, that's right—more than 100 years ago. Amazing. Kids will be fascinated by the mummies, while parents will find the science that made it all possible equally enthralling. (More on that later.) The exhibit, which opened Monday, March 20, gives a sense of who the mummies were, what their lives were like, and even what several of them looked like. 

Sports Outside the Box: Sailing, Fencing, Squash... and Boxing in Fairfield County

So my 8-year-old is a pretty good little athlete – always has been. Naturally, I’ve been assuming that, one day, the US Women’s junior lacrosse team would knock on my door and beg her to come and play for them. That is, until I took her to a lacrosse camp this past week. These kids were UNBELIEVABLE, bobbing and weaving with the greatest of ease. One pigtailed and freckled little athlete informed me that she would be playing in Baltimore next week to “focus on my attack dodges.”

These 7-year-old phenomena made me start thinking about the sports my kids are pursuing. Maybe it's time to go off the beaten path a little, and try a sport where a kid stands a better chance of standing out.

I've listed below some not-so-run-of-the-mill sport options that I've found for kids. For more options, check out our Classes and Enrichment Guide for Kids in Connecticut, or have fun digging into our Fairfield County Guide.

The Butterfly Pavilion Returns to the Natural History Museum

Everyone's all a-flutter at the Natural History Museum. The seasonal re-opening of the Butterfly Pavilion took place over the weekend, giving us months of access to the unfettered joy that is an afternoon among the butterflies. The old pavilion was replaced by an entirely new screened structure a few months ago, still on the museum’s South Lawn, and the doors are now open once more for some delightful flutterby time on the site that becomes the creepy Spider Pavilion come autumn. From chrysalis to butterfly, the pavilion is full of magical moments, which is why it rates as one of our 100 things to do with LA kids before they grow up.

Play Retro Video Games at NYC Museums and Family Arcades

Does it bother you that your kids don't know all four of the ghosts in Pac-Man (say it with me: Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde), or all the characters in Mortal Combat, or what the game Asteroids even is? We're here for you. We've found a handful of old-fashioned family-friendly arcades around NYC, some straddling the line between retro and cutting edge video games.

Of course, you can also find arcade games at Chuck E. Cheese and Dave & Buster's. Check out our roundup of more birthday-oriented video game spots with laser tag and cheesy pizza for more of these game fun zones. You can also find small arcades at many of the city's bowling alleys.

But consider one of the retro spots below if you're in the market for some parental nostalgia and old-school family fun.

Affordable Summer Camps for New Jersey Kids

Summer camps in New Jersey vary wildly in price, so it’s important to choose a camp that’s right for your child AND your pocketbook. Many camps let you register by the week or even the day, so you don't have to commit to an entire summer. Other options, like three-day weeks and half-day camp, also allow you to keep costs down. The cost of certain camps can be applied against the child care tax credit for children of single parents/two working parents, and some camps offer financial assistance—especially ones that get money from donors. Here we've rounded up 15 affordable day camp options for NJ kids. To find more New Jersey summer camps, check out our Camp Guide and Full Directory of Listings

A Visit to the Institute for American Indian Studies Museum & Research Center

Tucked on a woodsy cul-de-sac in Washington - one of the most pastoral areas of Connecticut – you will find an important assortment of stories and artifacts that preserve and celebrate the traditions and contributions of indigenous cultures. Though small in square footage, the Institute for American Indian Studies Museum & Research Center features an impressive collection and is an especially child-friendly Litchfield County attraction.

Weekday Picks: Stargazing, Fireside, and Wildlife Club, March 20-24

All of this snow makes it hard to believe that April is right around the corner. Hopefully you are making the most of it and enjoying some local skiing and decorating the last of your snowmen for the winter. This week is jam-packed with all sort of hands-on adventures from outdoor exploration, learning about the history of shad fishing in CT, and enjoying stories by the fireside

To keep tabs on all the fun across Connecticut, check our frequently updated Event Calendar and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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