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As you gear up for a full summer with your family, we want to make sure you get the most out of it. Check out our guide for parents in the New York City area, complete with great family activities and destinations, summer safety tips and advice, seasonal recipes, and more! We'll arm you with all the information you need to keep your kids active, entertained, and healthy, all summer long.

Family Activities: Keep 'Em Active!

A Family's Guide to Fishing in the NYC Area: Where to Go and What to Know
Make fishing a family affair this summer: Check out the best spots to fish throughout the NYC area...

Urban Fishing in NYC
Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and...fishing? When people think about the Big Apple...

Kids on the Beach

Family Fishing in
Fairfield County, CT
Simply pick a spot using one of the maps, cast a line, and get ready to reel in the trout. 

Best Hiking Trails in NYC for Families
More than 30 miles of diverse, scenic hiking trails exist in NYC. Do you know where?

Family-Friendly Beaches on Long Island and in the NYC Area
Pack up your suits, towels, and sunscreen and head to one of these family-friendly sandy spots for a day full of sun, swimming, and sandcastle construction.

Best Playgrounds in the NYC Area

A guide to the most family-friendly playgrounds throughout the New York City area, including in the city, on Long Island, and in the suburbs...

Fun in the Shade: Indoor Summer Ideas for Your Kids
whether it’s a rainy day or you’re trying to take a break from the sun, there are plenty of fun indoor activities to keep your child active, healthy, and anything but bore

Keep Kids Safe in the Sun and On the Run

Outdoor Summer Safety for Kids
Warmer weather and more active days require some added safety precautions. By following these simple tips, you can help your family enjoy the summer—injury free!

Kids Sun Safety

The Sun Safety App: A Must-Have for Parents
Locate nearby sunscreen retailers, check the weather and UV radiation levels of various destinations, and set...

5 Tips to Keep Kids Safe on the Playground
More than 200,000 injuries happen on playgrounds each year. Here are five quick tips to ensure that kids enjoy safe play...

14 Pool Safety Tips for Your Children
Accidental drowning causes more than 750 child deaths a year—more than 60 percent of them are children younger than 5.

Ask the Experts: Can My Child Catch Ringworm from the Sandbox?
Could ringworm be lurking in your child's play area? We speak to an expert on germs.

Ask the Experts: What Do the New FDA Guidelines for Sunscreen Mean?
The FDA rolls out new sunscreen guidelines. Here's how it affects you.

Keep Kids Learning and Growing

Keep the Peace Between Siblings

happy siblings

The summer brings lots more family togetherness than during the school year, which is a very good thing—that is, until the kids start bickering.

The Best Summer Reads for Kids
Need suggestions for beach reading or books to bring to camp? See 51 titles for children of varying ages and abilities.

When Teens 'Graduate' Camp: The Benefits of Becoming a Counselor in Training
Your young teen can learn responsibility and professionalism, while having fun by becoming a Counselor in Training.

Tips for Teens on Landing a Summer Job
The job market this summer will be tough for all Americans, regardless of age. It is very possible that teens will be competing with adults who...

Refreshment: Sweet Summer Treats!

How to Find and Store the Perfect Watermelon
Tips to ensure your watermelon is a prime pick.

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Family-Approved Watermelon Recipes
Tasty recipes featuring this surprisingly versatile summer fruit.

Featured Products

Slip 'N Slide Celebrates 50 Years with New Water Slide
The Wham-O Slip 'N Slide made its debut in 1961 and continues to...

Fun Fill-in-the-Blank Postcards for Campers
Send your kids off to camp this summer with these tell-it-like-it-is, fill-in-the-blank "happy campers" cards

Stuff We Like: The Eyes Have It
Trendy sunglasses, sports glasses, and eyeglasses for you and your little one.


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