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Best Family Resorts in the Pocono Mountains

The Pocono Mountains draw families to this scenic corner of Pennsylvania from the New York City area, Philadelphia, and across the country. For families craving adventure, there is a smorgasbord of activities on tap all year. In winter, ski, snowboard, or snow tube. Options are just as plentiful in summer: hiking, swimming, boating, zip lines and adventure ropes courses, plus plenty of nature walks and even famed waterfall hikes

In case the weather isn’t cooperating, many of the resorts have indoor water parks offering hours of splashy, weatherproof fun, and spas for the grown-ups and kids(!) to unwind and indulge. We've rounded up some of top resorts in the area, so you can see which one best fits your next family vacation.

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Valentines, Disco and Monster Trucks, February 11-12

With the Super Bowl over, Sundays can once again revolve around non-Patriots activities. If you've got little ones, you know how much they're looking forward to this weekend's forecasted snow, so how about making and testing an art sled? It's also Black History Month, and educational and cultural opportunities abound, including a chance to hear stories of Colonial Connecticut in the words of those who lived it. Spend some time at one of these Valentine's Day events making chocolates, cards, and decorations. Finally, you've endured your children's music long enough, expose them to the sounds of the 1970's at a family Disco party.

We update our Events Calendar daily so be sure to check for even more great activities. To keep up with the latest family-friendly events and activities, sign up for our newsletters, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. If you haven't had a chance, be sure to vote for your favorite Connecticut businesses with our BESTIE awards—we're offering some terrific prizes for sharing your input.

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Libraries, Eagles, and Lunar New Year, February 4-5

Connecticut is located firmly in Patriots country, so for many of us this weekend is all about the Super Bowl. If you've got little ones, you know they can only sit still for so much non-animated TV so we've lined up all sorts of activities to wear them out before kickoff, whether they're interested in eagles, LEGOs, or anything in between. It's also a fantastic weekend to do some cultural exploration, with Lunar New Year celebrations in New Haven and New Canaan as well as a wonderful storytelling workshop in honor of Black History Month.

But wait—there's more! This weekend is also Take Your Child to the Library day, and libraries across the state are hosting all kinds of fabulous activities from live animal demonstrations to robots to magic shows (all events are free, but check to see which require advanced registration). At most events there will be staff on hand to sign kids up for their own library cards if they don't already have them.

We update our Events Calendar daily so be sure to check for even more great activities. To keep up with the latest family-friendly events and activities, be sure to also sign up for our newsletters, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. If you haven't had a chance, be sure to vote for your favorite Connecticut businesses with our BESTIE awards—we're offering some terrific prizes for sharing your input.

8 Family-Friendly Restaurants Near Disneyland, Not in It

It's no wonder Disneyland is nicknamed the Happiest Place on Earth; Main Street USA is crowded with costumed characters, light-up parades, and thrill-seeking rides, making this California landmark a must-see destination for tourists from all over the world. But while people flock to the Mouse House for its incomparable entertainment, many prefer to look outside the park for budget-friendly restaurants and variety in cuisine. Not that we have anything against character-shaped grilled cheese, pizza, and corn dogs for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; it's just that dining outside the park before or after your adventure may be a calmer, cheaper, tastier way to go. Anaheim does have a lot more to it than just Disney, and these 8 kid-friendly eateries are just the beginning.

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