Kids

Slurping Encouraged: Where to find Ramen in Connecticut

It's a well-known fact around here that Ramen fixes everything. Not feeling well? Ramen. Had a rough week? Ramen. Tired of the cold, gray skies of winter? Ramen. Trying to solve the Reimann Hypothesis? Ramen. OK. You get the point. Any excuse for Ramen is a good excuse. And luckily, because this delicious noodle bowl has seen a sharp spike in well-deserved popularity, a serving is never too far off no matter where you are in Connecticut. So whether you're new to Ramen or a tried and true noodle aficionado, read on for some of Connecticut's best noodle houses. And remember, slurping is encouraged.

Low-Cost Summer Camp Lottery from NYC Parks Opens March 1

Summer is on the horizon and that means parents are scurrying to finalize summer camp placements. While we've got plenty of options in our Summer Camp Guide and Directory, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better full-summer deal than that offered by the New York City Parks Department, which is set to open it's low-cost camp lottery on March 1.

Read on for more details on this option that's budget friendly for mom and dad, yet full of over-the-top-fun for kids.

Family Travel Bucket List : Kayaking California's Channel Islands on a Trip from Ventura

Despite its location so close to Los Angeles, Channel Islands National Park is one of the least visited parks in the country. Only accessible by boat, the Channel Islands’ isolation reliably staves off the hordes, offering an opportunity to enjoy a unique ecosystem in an untrammeled setting. Make the trip at the right time of year, and you could even spot some whales along the way. Visiting the Channel Islands offers a true getaway, just off the coast of Ventura.

21 Wacky Ways to Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday with Kids

“If we didn’t have birthdays, you wouldn’t be you. If you’d never been born, well then what would you do?” Thank goodness Dr. Seuss’ birthday comes once a year—and it always gives us great reason to cheer!

On March 2, we’ll celebrate literacy and Seuss with fun crafts, treats, and other activities in honor of the literary rhyming master. Dr. Seuss’ birthday kicks off a nationwide reading celebration known as Read Across America Day. Schools, libraries, and community centers across the country observe the day with read-alouds, crafts, and Seuss-a-rific treats!

Use this list of 21 zany activities to commemorate the day at home with the kids. Whether you want to start it off with some green eggs and ham or plan your next family vacation to the birthplace of Dr. Seuss himself, there is something for everyone on this list—no matter how small. 

Nassau County Summer Day Camps

It's never too early to think about summer plans. There are family vacations to organize, and then there's the issue of what to do with kids the rest of the time. Summer camp is an excellent option for many families, and day camps can be affordable and fun. 

Camps across Long Island are beginning to hold open houses, so it might be time to figure out where to send your little ones once school lets out. Looking for a general camp? How about one just for preschoolers? Or how about a camp for older children? Here we check out the best camps Nassau County has to offer.

From special events, programs that focus on art, sports or science, to field trips, these camps are sure to create fun experiences and great memories. Each camp below has its American Camp Association accreditation; for a comprehensive list, check out our Long Island Summer Camp Guide. A guide to Suffolk County camps can be found here

Court 16 Opens Kid-Friendly Tennis Spot in Long Island City

When it comes to family-friendly amenities, Long Island City is experiencing a boom. From inventive play spaces to sprawling parks and cool tot spots, there's plenty to see and do, including a brand-new tennis facility, Court 16.

Four years after opening its flagship location in Gowanus, Brooklyn, Court 16 has opened a new indoor tennis complex geared toward the kids who are rapidly taking over this neighborhood's sidewalks. With nine tennis courts of varying kid-friendly sizes, there's something for tennis players of all ages at this new spot.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Sloth Weekend, Rodeo Run, Feb 24-25

Everyone, giddy-up! Rodeo season (it is a season, right?) is upon us. This weekend kicks everything off with the some finger-licking good food at the World's Championship Bar-B-Que Contest, informally known as cook-off. Before you head out, make sure you check out our guide to tackling the rodeo; coming up with a game plan ahead of time will make the whole experience much less overwhelming! And don't forget to check out the best places to purchase rodeo gear for your kids so they can show up in style. 

On a more serious note, it would be remiss not to acknowledge the most recent school shooting. Our hearts go out to the families who are suffering right now. The current culture of fear is both sickening and heartbreaking, and we know firsthand how difficult it is to know the right course of action when addressing this. There are ways both parents and children alike can feel empowered in the wake of this event, however, and we hope these tips provides some small measure of hope and confidence moving forward. 

As you plan out your upcoming week and weekend, keep in mind that our event calendar always features events and activities in Houston and the surrounding cities. We also highlight the best events happening throughout the month in our February GoList, and our Top 100 Things to Do With Houston Kids list is the perfect place to find something unique to do with the family. We know it can be hard to stay on top of everything that's happening, so we also have a FREE weekly newsletter that will deliver the best of the best straight to your inbox.

Have an upcoming event you want to share with the city? Let us help! Simply submit your event to our calendar, and we'll take care of the rest. 

Without further delay, let's check out what the weekend has in store! 

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Magic, Maple Syrup, and The Cat in the Hat

From Winter Storm Warnings to 70-degree days in 72 hours, Connecticut's winter took a fluky turn this week. That trend looks set to continue this weekend, with high temperatures expected to be comfortably into the 50s for much of the state.

But daytime temperatures in the 50s and evening lows in the 30s means the weather is perfect for maple sugaring, with demonstrations (and tasting) going on all over the state. For a combined nature walk with a downtown feel, take a Branches and Bark hike through New Haven, or try a more traditional winter nature walk in Fairfield. Whatever you do, make sure to call ahead for all outdoor activities before leaving the house, and have a great weekend.

What's Purim and Why All these Carnivals and Festivals?

Not too sure what Purim is? Imagine something between Hebrew Halloween and Middle Eastern Mardi Gras, and you'll more or less have it. Jewish families know Purim as a time of uncharacteristically raucous rabbinical revelry, marked by costumes, noisemakers, interactive storytelling, triangular pastries, and enough drink (for the grown-ups) to muddy the lines between good and evil. Gentile families generally don't know it at all. But Purim is worth knowing. Its story has all the best elements: a party-hearty king, a beautiful and courageous queen, a resourceful good guy, and a bad guy so hateful that everyone drowns out his name with noisemakers at carnivals all over town. Check out one of the events below for classic Purim carnival activities, costume parades, and boisterous retellings of the Purim story.

And if you know of a celebration we've missed, please let us know!

Robots, Rockets, and Explosions Wow Kids at NORY STEM Camps

Summer is a time when kids should be trying new things, asking crazy questions, and exploring wild possibilities, even if it sometimes means failing along the way. At least that’s what the two dads who founded NORY believe.

NORY is a summer camp for New York City’s youngest innovators. Kids ages 3-12 can sign up for STEM-focused programs with weekly themes that are totally worth geeking out over, like wood working, kitchen science, and chemical engineering and explosions. The 5 to 1 ratio of curious campers to inspiring instructors helps to keep kids totally engrossed in the hands-on curriculum. And it’s clearly doing the trick, because the popular camp is expanding to three main campuses in FiDi, Midtown East, and the Upper West Side this year.

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