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Free Museum Days in Connecticut

Connecticut may be one of the nation’s smallest states, but what it lacks in square footage it makes up for in culture.  Connecticut is literally bursting at the seams with hundreds of art museums, historical homesteads, science museums, children’s museums, and cultural centers in every corner of the state. From the Lyman AIlyn in New London to the Wadsworth Anthenuem in Harford, if you want to take advantage of everything the Nutmeg State has to offer, but don’t love the price tag that comes along with it, then this list of museum free days is for you! And for more info on CT Museums check out our Museum Guide.

Below is a list of free museum hours around the state. Please confirm these free days/evenings with the museums. Sometimes, especially near a national or religious holiday, schedules may change. Also, keep in mind that teachers, veterans, or seniors may also receive extra discounts. 

Spring Break in NYC: 50 Fun Things to Do with Kids

Worried about keeping the kids entertained over NYC's 10-day spring break? We know it's daunting, but we've also got it covered for you.

If you're sticking around the city, there's plenty to keep every age group busy. From interactive exhibits and hands-on museum programs to cool family theater shows, parks, playgrounds, and indoor play spaces, we've rounded up 50 things to do with kids in New York City during the break. Some of our picks only take place on specific dates; others run the entire duration, but all are engaging ways to get out and celebrate spring

If you're thinking of heading out of town for a last-minute vacation, or just a day trip or two during the break, which technically runs from runs from Friday, March 30, to Sunday, April 8, you can find great nearby getaways in our Day Trips Guide and more far-flung destinations in our Family Travel and Resort Guide.

25 Spring Break Activities for Long Island Kids

If your family is planning a stay-cation here on Long Island during spring break and you’re searching for things to do, you’ve come to the right place.

For most public school students on Long Island spring break runs from Friday, March 29 to Friday, April 6. We’ve rounded up 25 fun activities that will keep your kids busy and happily entertained. From indoor events to outdoor excursions, there’s something for everyone. Try one or more of these activities, and we're confident you’ll never again hear those dreaded words: I’m bored (well, at least not during spring break, anyway).

As always, for more seasonal entertainment check out our Spring Fun Guide, and our Events Calendar. And here's to the arrival of spring.

Connecticut STEM Camps Keep Science and Math Fun All Summer

Got a kiddo who loves all things science and tech? If so, a STEM summer camp could be a great way to broaden those interests and start your little scientist on a path of lifelong learning. STEM-based camps motivate young people to learn about and protect the natural world, while helping them understand the progression of technology and how they can contribute to its progress—which is now probably more important than ever. At these enriching, hands-on summer programs, kids will have a chance to learn about everything from building a model coral reef, to designing and printing 3-D objects, to powering a circuit using solar energy.

Top Boston Area STEM Camps to Make Summer a Blast

If a summer filled with flying drones, engineering robots, launching rockets, and modding Minecraft sounds a dream come true for your kiddo, then the Boston Area camp scene certainly won't disappoint! With loads of STEM and STEAM programs available at nearby universities, parks, libraries, and more, there are plenty of options for you and your curious kid to choose from. Plus, with the growing importance of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math studies, you can feel extra good about signing your child up for these hands-on, highly-interactive, enriching summer programs.

Best Long Island Camping and RV Sites for Families and Kids

Families have for generations bonded over camping. On Long Island, where campgrounds offer oceanside views, hiking trails, historic landmarks, and lighthouses, experienced camping families or first-timers can enjoy roasting hot dogs and marshmallows, making shadow animals on tent walls, chasing after fireflies, and otherwise celebrating nature.

We've compiled a list of the best camping destinations in Nassau and Suffolk counties just waiting to host you and your family. Some are located in state or county parks, where residency restrictions might apply. Others are private or corporately run and open to all. Regardless, camping is especially popular on Long Island from May to October, so call ahead for availability and other essential information.

For tips on other LI outdoor activities, see our guide to Long Island playgrounds and parks. For exciting day trip possibilities and other nature-related activities, see our Long Island getaway guide.

Inexpensive Birthday Party Room Rentals for NYC Kids

Few suburban comforts make me jealous, but the ability to host a home birthday party is one. Fear not: There are inexpensive party rooms available to rent in NYC; you just have to know where to look.

Keep in mind, buying an all-inclusive package can get pricey, especially if you want to invite your child's entire class. These spots all require DIY inventiveness, but you'll be rewarded with a special day that won't (totally) break the budget. If these prices still don't work for you, consider downsizing the guest list and doing at home with these 5 Party Ideas for Small Spaces, or this apartment party cheat sheet. Read on for inspiration and where to find a party spot near you, or check out our party directory for more local venues and entertainers.

13 Spring Break Camps for Westchester Kids

If you're not heading out of town for spring break, you may be wondering how to keep the kids busy during the break. Spring break camps offer a great way to keep them active, learning and engaged while they are off from school.  

Westchester offers many specialized programs, so there's sure to be a camp to please most interests. We've rounded up a baker's dozen of choices, including those with nature, arts and sports programs. Be sure to check out our Event Calendar for all of your break-planning needs

25 Things We Can't WAIT to do This Spring

Hey. are you holding up? Over here things have been...y'know...kinda snowy. I don't know about your house but in mine, there were four snow days and a weekend in the space of seven days. Do the math. I'll wait. By the end, I was scraping the bottom of the barrel for something, anything to keep my kids from climbing the walls. But there's good news. The first day of spring is in view. Like, if we were on a road trip and spring was the destination, we'd be passing highway signs saying we had entered the Greater Metro Spring Area. Deep breath. We're almost there. And you know what, even though it might snow again, there's a little quote I like to remember that goes "no winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn." The naturalist Hal Borland said that. And he lived right here in Connecticut so he knew what he was talking about. So with spring upon us, I thought it would be a good time to start getting excited about all the fun stuff we are gonna do when the snow melts and the jackets come off!

40 Things To Do in the East Village with Kids

The East Village is the epitome of the luxury bohemian paradox. High-end condos, trendy eateries, chain stores, and shiny new NYU dorms sit kitty-corner from decrepit tenements, old-world restaurants, punk-rock shops, and community gardens blooming with flowers and sculptures. Although it's certainly not the gritty neighborhood of my youth, you can still find traces of the artsy, old-school East Village if you know where to look.

For the purposes of this post, our boundaries are Broadway to the East River between Houston and 14th Streets. Read on for all the top spots and experiences for kids in this eclectic Manhattan neighborhood, from play spots and excellent eats to funky, only-in-the-East Village destinations.


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