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Honor and Remember: Visiting the National September 11 Memorial & Museum
The National September 11 Memorial & Museum allows visitors to learn about the 9/11 tragedy and pay tribute to its victims and survivors. If you're thinking of visiting the site with your kids, here's what to expect and some tips on how to prepare for the experience. (read the story...)

Top 100 Fall Activities in the New York City Area
Have the most fun this fall at these family events in and near NYC, including Long Island, Southeast New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Find apple picking, fall festivals, autumn harvest fairs, Halloween activities, corn mazes, Thanksgiving parades, and much more in our guide to fall fun. (read the story...)

Billy Beez Offers Date Night Drop-Off Program
Billy Beez, a Rockland County indoor play space, is now offering its Date Night drop-off program on Friday and Saturday nights. The facility will also offer an after-school program this fall and a soccer program for kids ages 3-6. (read the story...)

Family Outing: Stepping Stones Museum for Children
The Stepping Stones Museum for Children in Norwalk, CT, provides young visitors with learning opportunities through its interactive and accessible exhibits and programs. (read the story...)

The Sunshine Gallery Retail and Consignment Store Opens in Nanuet
A retail and consignment store, The Sunshine Gallery opened in Nanuet in May. The store offers kids clothing, furniture, toys, shoes, and strollers, as well as maternity clothing. Owner Colleen Vanderhoef, a teacher at the Rockland Center for the Arts, also offers kids’ art classes at the store. (read the story...)

Ninjago Laser Training Camp Opens at Legoland Discovery Center
Legoland Discovery Center Westchester recently debuted its newest attraction, Ninjago Laser Training Camp, which was inspired by Lego's Ninjago line. (read the story...)

Madeline’s 75th Anniversary Celebrated with New-York Historical Society Exhibit
To celebrate Madeline's 75th anniversary, the New-York Historical Society is hosting the exhibit Madeline in New York: The Art of Ludwig Bemelmans. The exhibit includes works of art, the original manuscript, and special artifacts. (read the story...)

6 Tips to Prevent Burns During Fourth of July Celebrations
The FDNY and Roger Yurt, M.D., director of Hearst Burn Center, share tips, including safe grilling tips, to prevent burns and other fire injuries this summer. (read the story...)

Safety Tips for Using Fireworks on July 4th
Many people celebrate the Fourth of July with fireworks, and not just by viewing professional displays. If you choose to light your own, follow these safety tips for using fireworks. (read the story...)

Your Season-by-Season Guide to Fun in the New York City Area
There are so many fun things to do in the NYC area, all year 'round! We've picked the top 20 best events for families in each season in the following areas: New York City, Long Island, Westchester County, Rockland County, and Fairfield County, CT. (read the story...)

Ariel Forest Ropes Park Opens on Long Island
The Adventure Park at Long Island, an aerial zip lining and ropes course in the trees, recently opened in Wheatley Heights. The course has options for children and adults, from beginner to expert climber. (read the story...)

Sky Zone Offers Programs for Toddlers, Those with Special Needs
Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Center in Deer Park now offers two special jump times: a sensory jump time for children with special needs and a toddler jump time. During both times, the facility is closed to others to provide a safe jumping environment. (read the story...)

Small Amusement Park to Open on Staten Island
New York Carousel, which operates Fantasy Forest at Flushing Meadows Carousel and the Forest Park Carousel, is finishing construction on Fantasy Shore, a small amusement park on Staten Island. New York Carousel has also added new features to its two carousels in Queens. (read the story...)

Top 20 Things to Do in Winter in Westchester County
Don't let the cold keep you and the kids cooped up at home in the winter. Keep this list of the top 20 winter activities in Westchester County handy for ideas to keep cabin fever at bay, including learning how to make maple syrup, cutting your own Christmas tree, and going ice-skating, snowshoeing, sledding, and skiing. (read the story...)

Top 20 Things to Do in Spring in Westchester County
After a cold winter, there is nothing better than getting out with the family in the spring without all that snow! We've gathered the top 20 activities for family fun in the spring in Westchester County, including St. Patrick's Day parades, farmers' markets, Disney Live!, and where to ride trains—even Thomas the Tank Engine! (read the story...)

Top 20 Things to Do in Fall in Westchester County
From picking apples to peeping at the changing leaves, there are plenty of family activities in Westchester County to keep you having fun all fall, including a Native American pow wow, the Honey Harvest Party at the Greenburgh Nature Center, and making apple cider. (read the story...)

Top 20 Things to Do in Summer in Westchester
Summer is the perfect time to be outside, and we've compiled a list of the top 20 things to do in Westchester County in the summer, including where to pick strawberries, outdoor music festivals and concerts, county fairs, and where to see fireworks. (read the story...)

Best Beaches in the New York City Area
UPDATED JUNE 2014: What better way to cool off this summer than at the beach? 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. There are many places to enjoy the miles of coastline in the New York City area, including Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island, New Jersey, and Westchester and Rockland Counties. (read the story...)

Where to Cut Your Own Christmas Tree in the NYC Area
UPDATED NOVEMBER 2013: Find local Christmas tree farms in the New York metro area and head out to cut your own Christmas tree this holiday season. Cutting your own Christmas tree is a great family activity at Christmastime. There are Christmas tree farms in the New York City area, including Long Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Southeast New York (Westchester, Putnam, Dutchess, Orange, and Ulster Counties). These cut-your-own farms have a selection of live Christmas trees and allow you to pick your own tree from its natural setting, cut it down, and cart it home. Most Christmas tree farms in the New York City area are slated to open on Thanksgiving weekend, but please call to confirm dates and availability before visiting. (read the story...)

Where to Find New York-Area Mini Golf Courses
Miniature golf promises a fun time for all. Here's a listing of putt-putt courses throughout the New York City area, including indoor and outdoor mini golf in NYC, Long Island, Westchester County, and Rockland County. (read the story...)

Where to Go Horseback Riding in the NYC Area
Our guide features horseback riding stables in the New York City area, including NYC, Long Island, Connecticut, and the NYC suburbs of Westchester, Rockland, and Bergen County, NJ. Find where to take a riding lesson or pony ride near you. (read the story...)

Indoor and Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in the New York City Area
UPDATED NOVEMBER 2013: Looking for a great place to ice skate with your kids? We've rounded up indoor and outdoor ice skating rinks in the New York City area, including NYC, Long Island, and the suburbs. (read the story...)

Pick Your Own Apples in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut
Find u-pick apple orchards and farms in the NYC area, including Long Island, Southeast New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, that offer pick-your-own apples in the fall. In addition to apple picking, many of these farms also offer fun fall extras like hay rides, corn mazes, animal petting zoos, and apple cider pressing. (read the story...)

Pick Your Own Pumpkin Farms in NY, NJ, and CT
With Halloween on the horizon, October is the perfect month to take an adventure to the farms and fields for a little pick-your-own family fun. Spend a day in the pumpkin patch and bring home gourds small and large for painting, carving, and cooking. Many of the locations listed here also offer corn mazes, hayrides, and tons of other fall activities. Please note: Dates and availability are subject to change due to weather and demand. We recommend calling ahead before visiting these farms. (read the story...)

Where to Ski and Snowboard in the Northeast
UPDATED DECEMBER 2013 - Skiing and snowboarding with the family this winter? Our guide includes resorts and mountains just outside of the New York metropolitan area, to the slopes of Connecticut, New Jersey, Vermont, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Pennsylvania. Beginner lessons and kid-friendly slopes for new skiiers and snowboarders are readily available at most mountains. No need to haul your gear, either—you can rent skis, snowboards, helmets, and all of your winter sporting needs right on site. Please note: Hours and programs are subject to change. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details before your visit. (read the story...)


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