Tweens & Teens

10 Great Things to do in Fairfield County this Spring

After a seemingly endless month of snow days mixed with 60 degree weather, we all can probably agree that we are ready for spring. We're ready for some egg hunts and baseball games, some 5Ks and May days. From baby animals being born to the early forsythia and hyacinth blooms, springtime is just good for the soul.  Below you'll find a list of some wonderful things to do in Fairfield County this spring – and whether you’re wearing mittens or flip flops, I bet you’ll enjoy a few of these outings too!

Laser Tag: Must-Try Spots for Family Fun or Epic Birthday Parties

Kids, teens, and adults all love laser tag. A little bit tag, a little bit hide and seek, laser tag is great fun for a mixed-age group. Video games fans can get up off the sofa and jump right inside the game, with an adrenaline rush practically guaranteed. Players wear special vests and use laser guns; the vests light up when hit (so no arguments!), and no protective gear is required—you cannot feel the laser, and it is eye-safe as well.

Some SoCal multi-activity family fun centers (of the type, for example, that might have glow-in-the-dark mini-golf) offer small versions of a laser tag game; if you've played at one of these, it's time to ramp up your game at one of the major laser tag arenas below! A dedicated laser tag center is two to four times larger than the games at family fun centers, and usually offers multiple levels. There are also fewer extra activities to pull at your wallet. Arenas are dark (the better to see the lasers) and may have other effects such as fog and sounds or music—not to mention blacklights. If you are feeling competitive, don’t wear white.

Laser tag is a great activity for a birthday party, too. In case none of the arenas are convenient to you, we've also found some mobile laser tag companies who bring the guns and vests, barricades, and inflatables to you. Indoor or outdoor, daytime or nighttime, going to battle with your kids is just good, wholesome fun.

Easter Bunny Breakfasts and Brunches in Connecticut

Spring has officially sprung! The air is fresh and clean, the sun is (sometimes) shining, and it's time to start polishing up those dress shoes and thinking about a nice Easter brunch. Better yet, brunch with the Easter Bunny himself. Of course, not all kids are thrilled when they finally meet a six-foot-tall rabbit. I've got my share of screaming-child-with-bunny photos stashed in the attic somewhere. But hey, those are cherished memories in their own way and great stories to tell their friends when they're teenagers. Meanwhile, if your kiddo is keen to shake a paw and eat a pancake or two, check out these Easter Bunny brunches and breakfasts around the state. 

Tween GoList: 14 NYC Outings to Combat Adolescent Eye Rolls

The tweenage years—it's a tough stage filled with lots of 'tude. As parents, we know they're too old to hold our hands and follow us blindly to the nearest playground...that's way too babyish. But unlike teens, they may not be quite ready to wander around NYC alone for hours without a destination or supervision. That makes planning family outings for this age particularly tricky.

It's challenging to find activities that will entertain you and your tween. That's why this mother of a picky 11-year-old asked her peers and their kids for ideas guaranteed not to prompt one of those infuriating eye rolls. So bark at them to put down whatever gadget they're holding, and try one of these tween-tested-and-approved excursions in NYC.

Candy Shops on Long Island: Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Whether you are preparing to fill Easter baskets with goodies or just looking for a fun place to take the kids, nothing is quite like a visit to a local candy shop. Feasting your eyes on the vibrant colors, smelling the familiar scent of sugar, and anticipating the first bite of a sweet treat brings out the child in everyone.

Long Island candy shops offer everything from hand-dipped truffles to old-fashioned penny candies. Visit these 20 destinations with your kids to sample treats, take tours, or even a attend candy-making class. And for more seasonal fun, don’t forget to check out our guide to Easter bunny brunches and egg hunts.

Largest Indoor Water Park in the US Opens at Kalahari Poconos

It’s official. Kalahari Resorts and Conventions in the Pocono Mountains is now home to the country’s largest indoor water park.

In early March the African-themed resort completed a more-than-100,000-square-foot addition to its existing indoor water park, bringing the total to 220,000 square feet, more than double its largest competitor in the Poconos vacation region, and besting the record-holder, its own Kalahari resort in Sandusky, Ohio.

The news arrives just before school kids head off for spring break, making it likely welcome news for families looking for a quick water-themed getaway, or even a day trip as Kalahari allows day-pass entry to its water park.

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. 

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