Preschoolers

Worth It? Family Memberships in NYC to Consider for Winter

After visiting NYC's top play spaces, museums, and other fun zones, we've rounded up the various membership deals at 20 kid-centric destinations. These places will keep your kids entertained, active, and out of the cold. Some even offer short-term memberships, so you only have to pay until spring arrives.

In the dead of winter, it can be daunting to schlep somewhere new every weekend, so a membership to one (or two) of your favorite kid play spots makes sense. We've already done the math so you'll know exactly how many visits it takes until these investments pay off—and whether or not the "deal" works for your family. If the math doesn't work out for you, consider buying one of the play spaces' bulk passes instead, which usually knocks a few bucks off the daily drop-in price.

Need more ideas? Check out our Indoor Play Spaces Guide for more romper rooms by borough, bounce houses, and year-round family entertainment.

The Annenberg PetSpace: LA's New Spot To Play with Puppies and Kitties

Interested in getting a pet—or just spending time with one? The new Wallis Annenberg PetSpace in Playa Vista is all about building bonds between people and pets. While there are dogs, cats, and rabbits available for adoption, no pressure: this is also a family-friendly space to learn about pets and people, and maybe even get a little cuddle time if a pet isn't possible in your home.

Explore the Power of Our Senses at AMNH's Latest Exhibit

Today's non-stop world, especially in the city, is a full sensory experience. From sights and sounds to smells, touch, and taste, we're surrounded by everyday adventures.

It's how we understand the world around us. Now the Upper West Side's American Museum of Natural History is delving deep into the fascinating mechanics of our bodies with a new exhibit that some have called a little "trippy," Our Senses: An Immersive Experience. Eleven interactive galleries within invite visitors to touch, smell, see, listen, play, and challenge their senses as they wander through.

11 Fun Things to Do on Christmas Eve With Kids in Houston

Christmas Eve is my favorite day of the Christmas season. I know a lot of people have holiday traditions that they enjoy throughout the month of December, like seeing a favorite play or visiting the same Santa for photos each year, while others have special activities reserved for Christmas Day, like enjoying a meal out with family or driving around to see the holiday lights and displays one last time. But to me, there's always been something magical about the night before Christmas. Growing up, that was the day we opened all of our presents from family members, attended the candlelight church service, and listened to Christmas carols while sipping hot chocolate and eating holiday treats, so I guess it's no surprise that I find myself wanting to make the day just as special in our house now that I have my own family. Luckily, there is no shortage of fun things to do with the kids on Christmas Eve.

5 Connecticut Winter Day Trips With Children

The stillness of winter inspires tranquility, often accompanied by the craving for adventure or a quick break from the daily routine. Day trips can provide the ideal escape, without requiring reservations, pet-sitting arrangements, or an entire week worth of packing. Here are a few family-friendly itinerary suggestions for a wonderful local getaway, knowing that at the end of the day, you will cuddle up in your own bed. In some cases, even crossing the border into a neighboring state can still have you back home for (a late) dinner. Also check out the Mommy Poppins Day Trips section for more inspiration, along with 50 Things To Do This Winter in Connecticut

10 Indoor Party Spaces in Connecticut to Make the Winter Wonderful

My kids are older and reasonably self-sufficient when it comes to snow clothes, but after one weekend of bundling everyone into boots and snow pants and gloves, I find myself giving thanks to the plethora of indoor party spaces we have at our disposal in Connecticut. From trampolines to laser tag to cooking, we've got plenty of places to go that are toasty and warm and don't require additional wardrobe layers. In addition to award-winning birthday parties, most of these venues offer workshops or other drop in events that are just the thing to keep the kids entertained on even the coldest and grayest of days.

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Winter Bucket List: 45 Things to Do With Houston Kids This Winter

Houston has no shortage of fun activities for kids this winter. From the best holiday events to kid-friendly stage shows, we've rounded up a list of the top Houston happenings this winter. Keeping in mind that cooler temperatures have finally arrived, we've also included some of our favorite indoor activities to do with kids at home and around town. But because it's typically not too cold in Houston, taking advantage of milder days to get some fresh air allows for even more options for family fun. Read on for our list of the best of what Houston has to offer this winter season. 

Family Skiing and Ski Lessons for Kids near Los Angeles

On a clear day, as you head east in Los Angeles, you see them beckoning: those glorious snow-capped mountains. If we had bionic vision, we could watch skiers sashaying down the hills—the resorts are that close. And whether you're new to skiing or snowboarding, or you'd just prefer that someone else teaches your kids, you'll be happy to know how easy it is to arrange lessons.

So if you're ready for winter activities beyond skating and sledding, check out this list of area slopes that offer classes for kids and adults, from beginners to advanced. Plan it right, and you could be on the slope two hours after packing the car—because the mountains are even closer than they look.

18 Hanukkah Celebrations for Kids in LA and Orange County

However you spell it—Hanukkah, Hanukka, Hannukah, Chanukah, or Channuka—SoCal is a great place to be for the Festival of Lights. Home to a Jewish population larger than that of Jerusalem, Los Angeles is all about "lighting candles, wearing sandals, by the sea" (at least, that's why Tom Leher spent Hanukkah in Santa Monica). Giant menorahs light up open spaces from The OC to the Valley. Two of the season's biggest events are at the Skirball Center and the Shalom Institute, but these major festivals are just the tip of the dreidel; local events and candle lightings burn the sunset oil all week long...

7 Places to Have Afternoon Tea with Long Island Kids

Did you know that January is Hot Tea Month? We didn't either, but it makes perfect sense.

When the weather is cold, enjoying a warm cup of tea with your favorite little person is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon. From sampling a variety of tea flavors to tasting yummy miniature sandwiches and scones, these Long Island tea rooms offer a warm welcome in an elegant setting. For more delicious fun with your little one, check out our guide to the best Long Island brunch destinations for families, or treat yourself to our roundup of the Island's most decadent dessert spots

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