Kids

Momo's Clubhouse Opens an Indoor Jungle Gym for Kids in Syosset

Kids in Long Island's Syosset gained a brand-new play space this fall. Momo's Clubhouse opened in September, offering all-day drop-in play at its indoor playground, birthday parties, classes for toddlers and preschoolers, and even snacks and coffee for the parents.

We, of course, had to hear more! The bright indoor space is designed to promote imagination and creativity for ages 2 through 9, though there is a separate section (and lower pricing) for crawling babies, too!

Read on for our review of this new Nassau play space, and find more local indoor fun in our Long Island's top Long Island Play Space guide, including those just right for toddlers.

Play Cafes: Shops in Brooklyn and Queens with Kid Play Spaces

If you're looking for a new spot to grab your morning coffee or merely want to enjoy brunch in peace, these kid-friendly restaurants can't be beat. At these Brooklyn and Queens cafes you will find a welcoming environment, great food, and a caffeine jolt, as well as dedicated and safe play areas for your kids. Several of them are actually play spaces first, and cafes second.

So turn your meal into a play date with a friend, or just sit back and take some well-deserved breathing space. Either way, both you and your kids are sure to have a good time.

Check out our NYC Restaurant Guide for more great eateries, or our Play Spaces Guide for more romper rooms.

Science, Language & Arts International School Brings New Language Immersion Programs to Brooklyn

Bienvenue to Brooklyn! Or should we say 欢迎?

Dual-language schools are all the rage as parents and educators realize the growing importance of preparing kids for our quickly globalizing world. Here in Brooklyn, Science, Language & Arts International School (SLA) continues to grow with the increasing demand for its innovative and effective immersion program. Founded by linguist and bilingual education specialist Jennifer Wilkin back in 2011, the independent school has expanded to offer a rigorous, project-based education in a bilingual French or Mandarin setting for kids ages two to fourteen. And starting this academic year, SLA is launching a brand new pre-K Mandarin immersion track to run alongside the existing French immersion track, as well as middle school tracks for 6th to 8th graders in both Mandarin and French.

Not only does SLA offer a rich science, math, and arts curriculum in a bilingual environment, but it does it at a significantly lower tuition than many other local private schools.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Handel's "Messiah," Kids & Christmas Pops Concert, Dec 16-17

Let it snow, let it snow! With our unexpected snowfall that transformed most of the city into a short-lived winter wonderland, it finally feels like the holidays here in Houston, and we are ready to barrel full speed ahead into the celebrations! 

We've compiled an ultimate Winter Bucket List of 45 different things to do with the kids during the holiday to make planning your events a snap, and found a lot of free indoor activities just in case the weather takes another turn for the worse. And remember all the Bestie voting that was happening? The conclusion of the voting means that we now have your 2017 Houston Bestie Guide, your resource parenting, family fun, and enrichment.  

As if that weren't enough, we also have an exhaustive event calendar that covers Houston and the surrounding areas, 26 FREE Christmas and holiday events that are nearby, and our December GoList with the month's best family-friendly events. To have posts like this delivered straight to your inbox, be sure to sign up for our free weekly newsletter

For any events you want shared with the community, be sure to submit your event to our calendar. We'll take care of the rest!

Now, onward to this weekend's events!

Weekend Fun: A Charlie Brown Christmas, Hanukkah Celebrations

Holiday shows are on stage across Long Island. Catch Mooseltoe in Bellport or 101 Dalmatians in Merrick. Get crafty at Old Westbury Gardens, Not Just ArtPicasso Kidz, Key to My Art or As You Wish.

On the East End, light up Hanukkah at Temple Adas Israel or follow the MenorahCade in East Hampton.

Create a Google map and zigzag your way around Long Island, checking out these Long Island homes with spectacular light displays. Or hit the rails to peep these holiday train displays.

With the ho-ho-holidays swiftly approaching, take a gander at our Long Island Holiday Guide. And don't forget, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids. Our December GoList offers more great family events through the rest of the month. Don't see a great event here? Add it to our calendar yourself.

Things to Do with Train-Loving Kids in New Jersey

If Thomas, Percy, and James are a part of your daily conversations, take advantage of the many train and railroad attractions throughout New Jersey. Each one offers a different experience that will surely put a smile on any train lover's face. From model trains to railroad museums, zoo and amusement park rides to North Pole excursions, the Garden State has it all—even the world's largest model railroad!

Read on for a list of places where you can ride the rails with your little one, check out amazing displays, and more. 

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides, Ice Carving, and Jedi Lightsaber-Making, December 16 & 17

Oh, the weather outside is ... just perfect for outdoor winter activities, which abound around Connecticut this weekend. With sunny skies and daytime highs expected to be in the upper 30s, Jack Frost may nip a bit at your nose but everything else should be just fine.

This weekend it's a celebration of all things Christmas (mostly). Snuggle up under a blanket and take a ride back to the Victorian era with a horse drawn carriage ride in downtown New Haven. Then take a short walk down Chapel Street to take in some ice carving demonstrations or warm up with milk and cookies while listening to Christmas and Chanukah stories. In the mood to laugh? Check out a family-friendly improv performance of A Christmas Carol, where the story is limited only by your imagination.

Best Hot Chocolate Spots Around Manhattan

A cup of molten chocolaty goodness is one of the best ways to thaw out and warm up—in fact, it's one of the best things about winter and the holiday season.

We took on the heinous job of running around Manhattan taste-testing hot chocolate (don't say we've never done anything for you) and narrowed it down to nearly two dozen of our favorites. These spots are definitely worth the brief trip out into the cold, so read on for our recommendations for cafes and restaurants that have turned drinking hot cocoa into an experience not to be missed.

By the way, we've also rounded up our favorite Brooklyn hot cocoa cafes and those in Queens. Find more great eats in our NYC Restaurant Guide for Families.

Yayoi Kusama: Infinite Mirrors at The Broad—Is It Worth the Wait for Kids?

When tickets for the Yayoi Kusama: Infinite Mirrors exhibit at the Broad Museum went on sale, they sold out almost immediately. It's no surprise, given how many people have lined up for hours at the popular downtown museum, to spend less than a minute inside its Infinity Mirrored Room (and then share the photos on Facebook). The famous room is part of the museum's permanent collection, but the temporary Infinite Mirrors exhibit by the same artist is only open through the end of 2017. Chances are, if you haven't already booked your tickets, you're probably not going. That said, there are daily stand-by tickets, so if you're wondering whether to succumb to the hype and queue up for a chance to pose your kids in the infinitely Instagrammed exhibit, we've got some insights to help you decide.

Hex & Co. Is a Board Game Lover's Paradise for NYC Kids

If screen time is getting to be too big of a battle at your place, head out to get back to the old-school gaming model: board games. Hex & Co. recently opened on the upper Upper West Side (Columbia area) and is serving up more than 1,000 board games, from classics to new pop-culture hits, to give your family a chance to sit down, grab a bite to eat, and, you know, talk and make eye contact with one another.

Hex & Co. joins outer borough favorites, Brooklyn Strategist, Brooklyn Game Lab, and The Geekery in Astoria, Queens for classic family fun. (More on this later.) Read our review and get all the details on the fun new spot below.

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