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Pick Your Own Pumpkin Farms in NY, NJ, and CT

Pick Your Own Pumpkin Farms in NY, NJ, and CT

UPDATED FALL 2014: 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.

Where to Ski and Snowboard in the Northeast

Where to Ski and Snowboard in the Northeast

UPDATED JANUARY 2015 - 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.

Where to Volunteer with Your Kids in the New York Metro Area

Where to Volunteer with Your Kids in the New York Metro Area

Lend a little hand in your community, and make it a family affair! We've put together a guide to some places around the New York Metro Area that need your help, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Westchester County, Rockland County, Fairfield County, CT, and Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island. Volunteer opportunities are available for kids and adults alike - and remember, big or small, everyone has the power to make a difference!

Where To Catch A Minor League Baseball Game

Where To Catch A Minor League Baseball Game

UPDATED APRIL 2015: The Minor League Baseball season in the New York metro area runs through September and many of these venues have special offers for families, making one of these games a perfect family outing when the kids are off from school. Check out the minor league baseball teams that play in New York and NYC, Long Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.

A Guide to Carousels in the New York City Area

A Guide to Carousels in the New York City Area

Our guide includes carousels and merry-go-rounds in New York City, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island. You'll find details on each carousel, including its location, hours it's open, price per ride, and a description.

50 Best Ideas for Rainy Day Fun

50 Best Ideas for Rainy Day Fun

So it's raining outside and you need to somehow keep the kids entertained. Download our guide to 50 creative, TV-free indoor activities that will keep them happy, including tons of DIY projects, kid-friendly recipes, and boredom busters galore.

125 Ways to Have Fun Outside this Summer

125 Ways to Have Fun Outside this Summer

Make the most of your summer with these creative ideas for outdoor fun with kids. Our editors have compiled 125 reasons to get outside in the sunny season, from scout-inspired activities to eating outdoors, gardening with kids, dinosaur-focused fun, activities on the water, live sporting events, and much more.

Gardening Activities for the Whole Family

Gardening Activities for the Whole Family

Whether you want to start growing your own produce or your child has expressed interested in digging in the soil, we've compiled a list of 17 ways to a grow a green thumb, including gardening activities for kids, gardening tools for kids, what to plant in a kid's garden, how to create small container gardens, and how to start composting.

Tips for a Successful and Enjoyable Gardening Experience

Tips for a Successful and Enjoyable Gardening Experience

Mel Bartholomew, who developed the Square Foot Gardening method, shares five tips for a successful and enjoyable gardening experience with your kids.

DIY Grassy Garden Gnomes Craft for Kids

DIY Grassy Garden Gnomes Craft for Kids

If you're growing a garden this year, or if you want to try growing something small before committing to a garden, have your kids help make grassy garden gnomes. The DIY garden decoration—a chia-pet like project—is a great craft for kids.

Where to Watch and Play Sports This Summer

Where to Watch and Play Sports This Summer

Summer is the time for some good, clean fun with your family. From cheering on the home team to competing alongside your kids, all our ideas for getting into the game are surefire winners.

Camping & Scout Inspired Summer Activities

Camping & Scout Inspired Summer Activities

From fly fishing to orienteering, the Great American Backyard Campout to stargazing as a family, summer is the perfect time to get outdoors and get in touch with nature.

Rainy Day Dino Fun in the NYC Area

Rainy Day Dino Fun in the NYC Area

From flying dinos at the American Museum of Natural History to arena shows featuring "living" dinosaurs, you can enjoy prehistoric fun even on the rainiest days this summer.

Air Trampoline Sports Dedicates Time for Kids with Special Needs

Air Trampoline Sports Dedicates Time for Kids with Special Needs

Air Trampoline Sports, an indoor trampoline facility in Ronkonkoma, now offers sensory jump time for children with special needs.

Baby Boom at New York City Zoos

Baby Boom at New York City Zoos

NYC zoos welcomed several newborn baby animals this spring, including baby baboons in Brooklyn, a pair of gorilla babies and four lion cubs in the Bronx, a tiny pudu in Queens, and snow leopards and a white-necked crane chick in Central Park Zoo.

Family-Friendly Outdoor Movies

Family-Friendly Outdoor Movies

UPDATED: July 2015. Find outdoor movie screenings this summer in the New York City area, including Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Long Island, Rockland County, Bergen County, Westchester County, and Fairfield County, CT.

20 Plants to Grow in Your Kid's Garden

20 Plants to Grow in Your Kid's Garden

Roots, Shoots, Buckets, & Boots, by Sharon Lovejoy, shares 20 plants that are ideal for your kid's first garden. Lovejoy's suggestion include plants with vibrant colors, fast-growing plants, and plants that are useful in everyday life. Happy growing!

What Will I Do This Summer?

What Will I Do This Summer?

Terri Fedonczak, a life coach, parent counselor, and author helps you answer the question, "What should I do with my kids this summer?" from finding childcare, to summer hours, to finding activities to cure a lazy afternoon. The answer will be different for every parent, and here are a variety of solutions to beat the summer blues.

Family Outing: Planting Fields Arboretum and Coe Hall Mansion

Family Outing: Planting Fields Arboretum and Coe Hall Mansion

Stop by for a seasonal festival or just let your little ones loose on the grounds at Planting Fields Arboretum and Coe Hall Mansion in Oyster Bay, a Long Island Gold Coast estate that has more than 400 acres of gardens, trails, and historic buildings to discover.

Family Day Spa Opens in Hartsdale

Family Day Spa Opens in Hartsdale

Sweet Heaven Family Spa recently opened in Hartsdale. The Westchester County spa offers services for boys and girls of all ages, as well as spa parties.

Family Outing: Year-Round Fun at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Family Outing: Year-Round Fun at Brooklyn Botanic Garden

At the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in NYC, there's something beautiful to see and something fun for families to do year-round at events such as the Cherry Blossom Festival in spring, Ghouls and Gourds in fall, and Illuminated Festival in winter.

Go Wild for National Park Week

Go Wild for National Park Week

Go wild for national parks during National Park Week, April 19-27. Celebrate with free admission and special events across the country. The theme encourages visitors to "go wild" for history, nature, culture, wildlife, and fun in America’s national parks.

Classic Outdoor Games for a Birthday Party

Classic Outdoor Games for a Birthday Party

Looking for some birthday party entertainment for your child's outdoor party? We've compiled eight classic outdoor games for kids, including a potato sack race, three-legged race, and the limbo.

Flushing Town Hall Reopens After Renovation for Spring 2014 Season

Flushing Town Hall Reopens After Renovation for Spring 2014 Season

Flushing Town Hall reopened March 14 after a five-month renovation. With a fresh look, the theater kicked off its spring 2014 season, which will include many family-friendly performances and festivals.

Little Tykes Ropes Course Opens at Palisades Climb Adventure

Little Tykes Ropes Course Opens at Palisades Climb Adventure

Palisades Climb Adventure, a ropes course for families, recently opened its Sky Tykes Ropes Course, a ropes course for kids 48 inches tall and shorter.




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