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The Best Bowling Alleys for Kids in Nassau County

Visiting a local play space or children's museum is a surefire bet for lonely winter days. But if you want to get all ages in on the action (parents, too), bowling is hard to beat. This great boredom-buster is loads of fun and no experience is necessary.

Long Island is loaded with family-friendly lanes, including some that offer bumper lanes, lighter balls for little hands, arcades, and family and teen nights. We've already updated our list of bowling alleys in Suffolk County, and now we're putting together a list of those in Nassau. One of the best things about bowling? It's often open on holidays when other fun and sport zones are closed.

NYC Kids Can Frolic with Dogs at This New Upper East Side Spot

The zoo is a great place for an animal lover, and cat cafes have popped up from Brooklyn to Manhattan... but what about dogs? Enter Frolic, a new spot brimming with dogs that is now open on the Upper East Side!

Frolic is a colorful, sunshine-filled space in Manhattan, easily accessible by the Second Avenue Subway. Owned by adjacent Biscuits & Bath (though independently run), their mission is simple: learn about dogs, and have fun while doing it!  

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Houston Auto Show, Nature Revealed, Jan. 27-28

After last week's Ice Capades, this week's milder temperatures and sunny days are a welcome change of pace! Since we do live in Houston and the weather changes on a dime, now is a good time to take advantage of the warmer winter days and head out to explore some of the best kid-friendly hiking spots or biking trails in the city. After, refuel with some sweet treats by visiting some of our favorite local candy shops

For those days spent at home, we've come up with 50 easy science experiments that utilize items you likely already have around the house, allowing the kids to partake in activities that are both educational and fun. 

Need even more great ideas? Our event calendar is packed with the best events and activities happening all week long, so planning your days is easy-peasy. And if you need to make it even easier, you'll want to take a peek at our January GoList and our list of Top 100 Things to Do With Houston Kids for the best family-friendly events around Houston. You can also let us come to you by signing up for our free weekly newsletter, which makes staying in the loop a breeze because everything is delivered straight to your inbox. 

It's no secret that there are a lot of great events happening around our city, and it would be our pleasure to give those events a little more exposure. If you notice your event hasn't made it to our calendar yet, we invite you to submit your event to our calendar. Just fill out the form, hit submit, and we'll take care of the rest! 

Now bust out your calendars, because it's time to fill up your weekend!

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Dinos, Nature, and Theater

Step back into the Jurassic Period this weekend with the Long Island Children's Museum's latest exhibit, Dinosaurs: Land of Fire & Ice. Dig a little deeper into dinos at the museum's I Dig It experiment.

While we are catching a break from freezing winter temps, head outdoors for a winter hike at the Center for Science Teaching & Learning. Or indulge in some culture as Pinocchio opens in Bellmore and Good Night Moon & the Runaway Bunny opens in Port Washington. Break out your dancing shows, because Laurie Berkner hits the Paramount stage this weekend.

Remember, you can always pop over to our January GoList or Winter Fun Guide to find more seasonal fun. Mark your calendars this winter and complete some of our 50 great things to do indoors with Long Island kids.

Of course, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun daily events for Long Island kids. Don't see a great event listed here? Add it to our Event Calendar yourself

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Bounce, Jump, and Slide into Kids Klub at the Trumbull Mall

Trumbull Mall was one of my first outings as a new mom, I remember finding the Family Lounge and feeling like Indiana Jones when he found the Lost Temple. This is one of the most family friendly malls I have ever been to - they have tons of kid-friendly dining options, family parking, and a playspace (not to mention a carousel!). So you can imagine my delight when I stumbled across the newly opened Kidz Club in Trumbull.

Top Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in New Jersey

Looking for an outdoor winter activity for the whole family? There are a number of outdoor ice skating rinks in NJ where you can take a skating lesson, play hockey, or just grab a hot chocolate and go for a spin during a public session. Of course, if you feel like staying indoors, you can always check out our list of the Best Indoor Ice Skating Rinks in NJ. And for more wintry sports, try our Ski & Snow Guide.

Toys 'R' Us to Close 182 Stores Nationwide – See the Full List

On the heels of its bankruptcy filing last year, Toys "R" Us says it will close more than 180 stores nationwide, according to court documents submitted this week by the retailer. The restructing includes the closure of the Babies "R" Us in New York City's Union Square, the Toys "R" Us in the company's hometown of Wayne, New Jersey, more locations in the NYC suburbs of Westchester and Long Island, and across the country, including Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Texas, and California.

LA's Best Math Tutors: So Kids Do their Homework and Parents Don't

You may have found the perfect school for your kids, plus an after-school program they love, and yet still find that they need a little extra help. For some of us, the toughest moment in parenting happens when the math homework comes out. Even if we were great at math 30-odd years ago, the rules seem to have changed since then. For those who feel their kids want or need a little more guidance, or a push in their math skills, it can be confusing to know where to start—not to mention the fear that you’ll need to cash out your 401K to finance it. We’ve broken down the best ways to find local math tutors, including some ideas to avoid letting the cost grow exponentially.

10 of the Best Family-Friendly Museums on Long Island

Few things are better for parents than introducing children to culture while also having some fun. Luckily for us, Long Island is home to a host of museums that cater to a younger crowd. In fact, many of these sites offer hands-on, interactive exhibits and activities that can be enjoyed by children of all ages.

From air and space to science and trains, these spots offer special exhibits and programs to keep children engaged, entertained, and educated. So why not visit? In the meantime, scope out some more fun in our Guide to Indoor Play Spaces on Long Island as well as our Event Calendar. And our museums guide offers the complete lowdown on Long Island planetariums, science centers, historic sites, and more.

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