Dumbo Boulders: Climbing Brooklyn's Giant New Wall with Kids

When we heard a 12-foot high outdoor climbing wall had landed on the waterfront in Brooklyn Bridge Park, my tree-climbing, monkey-bar-swinging son had to give it a try. As longtime Brooklynites, we’ve been taking advantage of the ever-expanding Brooklyn Bridge Park and great Dumbo eats for years. The addition of Dumbo Boulders offers yet another great reason to visit the neighborhood.

Pick Your Own Fun: Houston Farms for Berry Picking

The intoxicating smell of freshly picked berries can only mean one thing: sweet spring (and summertime) is upon us! And what better way to take advantage of the season's freshest fruit than by picking it yourself? Instead of purchasing pre-packaged strawberries, blueberries and blackberries at the grocery store, take a trip out to one of these "you-pick-it" farms and gather them yourself by the bucketful. Not only will you be getting berries straight from the source, you'll also be supporting small farmers and creating memories with your kids that will last a lifetime. Many of these farms operate on a first-come, first-served basis, so call to check on the fruit availability and confirm operating hours beforehand. 

Brand-New LEGOland Discovery Center Opens Near Philadelphia

LEGOland Discovery Center at Plymouth Meeting has been building up to be the destination for every nearby LEGO-loving kid. From 9-foot tall replicas of city landmarks, to a 4D cinema, Ninjago training camp, and more, brick lovers from all over are excited about this brand-new attraction. My almost 5-year-old daughters have asked to go back multiple times a day, every day since we visited.

Summer Fairs, Festivals, and Carnivals in the New Haven Area

Those "lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer" are just about here, and some of the most memorable moments are spent at festivals where the air is filled with laughter, the aroma of cotton candy, and the twinkling lights of carnival games.

Summer always seems to go by way too fast, so be sure to fill yours with adventure and fun before the chilly days descend upon us once more. Many towns across the New Haven area will bring your weekends to life with live music, exciting entertainment, traditional cuisine, thrilling rides, and plenty of fried dough.

Want more? We've got roundups of festivals and fairs in Eastern CT and Hartford County, too, as well as free concert series in Fairfield County.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Art Car Parade, Railfest, Disney On Ice, April 8-9

Easter is right around the corner, and you can be sure to find an Egg Hunt or a brunch opportunity with the Easter Bunny around Houston this weekend. If you prefer a more intimate egg hunt with just family and friends, let us help you plan with our 10 tips to Organize a Community Easter Egg Hunt.  

This weekend there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, like the Houston Art Car Parade, which is celebrating its 30th year, the Rosenberg Railroad Museum RailFest, or the Houston Barbecue Festival. It's also your last chance to experience performances like Disney On Ice or Annie at Jones Hall. So make the most out of this wonderful springtime in Houston! 

Don't forget to consult our summer and vacation Camp Guide where you'll find fun ideas for kids of all ages, including Dance CampsOvernight Camps,  Outdoor CampsMusic and Theater Camps, Science Camps, Art Camps, and more. 

Need more family fun ideas? Check out our complete event calendar or hop over to our April GoList to find the best things to do this month. Did you know can also submit your own events? Would you like to receive this roundup in your inbox? Then don't forget to subscribe to our weekly newsletter

Read on for more things to do this weekend. 

Weekend Fun: Egg Hunting With Dogs, Library Sleepover, and a Chicken Run, April 8-9

With forecasted temperatures closing in on 70 degrees this weekend, outdoor activities highlight the weekend events. A week before Easter, there are plenty of egg hunting activities, including egg hunts in Danbury and Bethel, as well as a chicken runWhich came first? Don't ask us. Even dogs are invited to hunt eggs in Glastonbury. Tweens are invited to a special library sleepover, and can also learn about compassion for others via an award-winning musical. Be sure to check with the venues directly for any outdoor activities in the event of weather-related schedule changes.

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Minor League Baseball Family Fun in New Jersey

Opening Day for the majors is in April, and nothing says spring like a day at the ballpark. While Yankees, Mets, or Phillies tickets are a special treat, New Jersey families can enjoy hassle-free (and affordable!) baseball any spring or summer weekend at one of NJ's five minor league stadiums. With easy parking, reasonably priced tickets, and kid-friendly activities such as fireworks, giveaways, and Star Wars or Harry Potter theme nights, a minor league game will please the whole family.

Here's what you need to know before you gather up your little sluggers and head out to a game.

Passover with Kids: 10 Slightly Irreverent Ways To Make Seders Fun

As religious holidays go, Passover is pretty user-friendly. It can even be a great holiday for inviting non-Jewish friends to join in, since the primary activities are eating, storytelling, and playing with food—all universally appealing. From a kid perspective, though, it can sometimes feel like a whole lot of sitting around waiting for something better to eat than parsley. Extra verses of Grandpa singing Dayenu may have been enough to keep the party entertaining when we were kids, but let's face it, the bar has risen a little since then. To keep the retelling of the slaves' delivery out of Egypt lively for the next generation, we've collected 10 creative ways to make a Passover seder fun for kids. This is not your mama's seder, but it should help to hold everyone's attention until the matzo balls arrive.

12 Summer Theater Camps for Boston Kids

The theater provides opportunities for kids to be creative, gain confidence, and learn the value of teamwork. And summer theater camps are a wonderful way to experience the thrill of the stage: Students and the instructors alike can immerse themselves in the creation of a production without the cares of school, other extracurricular activities, or homework. All over the Boston area, there are opportunities for kids from preschool through high school to spend their summer days making theatrical magic. Here's a roundup of some of the best summer theater programs in Boston, Cambridge, and the suburbs.

If you are looking for an overnight camp experience or a different type of day camp, take a look around in our new Summer Camp Directory and our Summer and Vacation Camps Guide


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