Kids

Kid-Friendly Shows & Acts at the Texas Renaissance Festival

It's the season for the Texas Renaissance Festival, and even though it's a bit of a drive, don't be intimidated by the idea of going with the kids. Not only is there a ton of games and activities, but there is a whole line-up of kid-friendly shows and entertainers your little ones will love. 

Use the festival map to find each of the stages listed below and map out how you want to spend your day. The festival and its themed weekends run through the end of November, so what are you waiting for - get on that costume and get in the car!

Best Home Haunts, Haunted Houses, and Spooky Tours for Halloween in LA

Our house loves Halloween—no, really loves Halloween. We reconnect with neighbors as we hang ghosts in trees, weave skeletons into the jasmine, drape pumpkin lights along the fence, and smear cobwebs all over the shrubbery. Our normally zen rock garden becomes a graveyard, and last year's Halloween costumes become its inhabitants.

One way we feed our macabre creativity is by avidly checking out other Halloween addicts' handiwork; we love the ghost trains, festivals, and pumpkin patches—we even love a good scream at the Queen Mary—but the real beauty of living in the film capital of the world is that private haunted houses frequently rival the spectacle of the big theme park spooks. Seriously. We've collected the scream of the crop below.

The Best LI Destinations for Kids to Learn About Diversity

It might be difficult for your wee one to imagine of a world outside of his or her Matchbox or Shopkins collections. However, teaching kids early on about different cultures can help them appreciate differences in people and traditions. These museums and historical sites offer educational information about the diverse cultures that make up Long Island.

For more Long Island spots brimming with information, visit our museum guide. From outer space to trains, there's an educational opportunity waiting to engage your family.

The NYBG Holiday Train Show Returns with Tons of Updates in 2017

We may still be a few weeks away from Halloween, but the trappings of the holiday season have started to creep onto store shelves, and we're already anticipating one of our favorite seasonal traditions: the Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden.

In 2017, the iconic skyscrapers of Midtown Manhattan take center stage. The show, which opens to the public on Wednesday, November 22, debuts all-new replicas of the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, General Electric Building, and St. Bartholomew's Church.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Zoo Boo, Bayou City Art Festival, Symphonic Spooktacular

Toasty temperatures can't put a damper on our fall fun here in Houston, and it's time to start making important decisions like where you're going to trick or treat this Halloween, when you're going to check out the fall festivities at Froberg's Farm (say that five times fast!), and who you're going to vote for during this year's Houston Besties where you vote on your favorite local businesses and get a chance to win some awesome prizes.

In need of a new park to visit? You're definitely going to want to add Clear Lake Park to your list. With six different playgrounds and a waterfront view, it's sure to be a hit. 

There's also still plenty of time to check out our fall bucket list and our October GoList for a host of family events and activities, and our event calendar is always stocked with ideas for every day of the week. 

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Now let's get on to this weekend's events!

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Archeology, Concerts, and Rubber Ducks, Oct 14-15

Calling all budding archaeologists! This weekend there is not one but two family-friendly digs for anyone interested in discovering what secrets lie underground beneath our feet. Speaking of making new discoveries, there's also a nature and art lab featuring Lego critter creations; the Constitution sails once again; and 3,000 rubber ducks are invading Boston Harbor. Kids can makes some Halloween creations (parents too!), Scott Jameson is hosting a magic show, and KERPLUNK!

Step Back in Time at NJ's Living History Farms

The Garden State's many wonderful farms are perfect spots for a family-friendly outing any time of year. But a few special farmsteads offer visitors the unique opportunity to experience farm life just as it existed many years ago. These living history farms give visitors the chance to try their hand at chores like bottle-feeding lambs, gathering honey, and harvesting ice. If you're looking for a fun, educational experience for the entire family, hands-on historical farms are a great choice.

For even more outdoor family fun, check out these New Jersey farms and historic villages

Little Ninja Warriors: Indoor Obstacle Courses in Houston

Does your kid constantly attempt to do backflips off the couch and use your body as their personal climbing rope? Then you may be raising a little American Ninja Warrior. The show of the same name pits competitors against each other as they attempt to complete an obstacle course in the fastest time - from leaping on small platforms to climbing incredibly steep and daunting rock walls. 

It has sparked a movement in that it encourages kids to spend their free time perfecting their parkour moves and gaining grip strength. Coming off the heels of an era of sedentary video games, this active hobby is a welcome change. Here are four gyms around the greater Houston area that offer Ninja Warrior classes for kids. Not quite ready for these classes? Be sure to check out our round-up of gymnastics classes for preschoolers

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