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Make No Sew Blankets for Animal Shelters
The kids are on summer vacation, but it's raining outside. Making no sew blankets is a great activity to keep them occupied for a while. And when they're done, donate them to a local animal shelter. (read the story...)

Travel Back in Time to Colonial Williamsburg
See what living during the colonial times was like with a visit to Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia, a family-friendly destination. (read the story...)

What to Do with Kids in Mystic, Connecticut
Take the family to nearby Mystic, Connecticut, a coastal New England town with a big history, small-town charm, and maritime culture. Read on for exciting descriptions of such Mystic attractions as the Pequot Museum, the Mystic Aquarium, Mystic Seaport, and much more. (read the story...)

Hiking and Nature Trails Near NYC
Check out these scenic outdoor hiking options near New York City, in Southeast New York's Westchester and Rockland Counties, on Long Island, and in nearby Fairfield County, Connecticut. The mountains, parks, and other nature areas listed here are all offer easy hiking and nature trails that kids and families of all skill levels can enjoy. So pack a picnic and get outdoors! (read the story...)

Best Beaches for Families in Westchester County, NY
Enjoy the miles of coastline in Westchester County, New York, at these family-friendly beaches. (read the story...)

Fun, Creative, and Educational Summer Activities for Kids in the New York City Area
Once school lets out for the summer, kids are always looking for something fun, interesting, or creative to do. After all, there are only so many TV reruns to watch and video games to play before the "I’m bored!” cries begin. Even in the summer, parents still have time to encourage their kids to do something special (and maybe even a little educational) this year. (read the story...)

The Summer Trip Pep Talk for Kids
As parents, we save all year and make sacrifices for a summer family trip, so expectations are high come vacation time. Here are a few strategies from an experienced mom on how to make your vacation with the kids as smooth and memorable as possible. (read the story...)

2011 New Rochelle Farmers Market Opens
The New Rochelle Farmers Market opens for its third season of delicious locally grown food and vibrant locally based atmosphere on Friday, June 17, 2011, at the Library Green. (read the story...)

NYC Theater Review: 'Zarkana' is Cirque du Soleil's Latest, Outrageous Hit
The famous Cirque du Soleil launches its newest show, "Zarkana," at Radio City Music Hall in NYC with all the troupe's signature razzle dazzle -- and then some. (read the story...)

How To Honor America This Fourth Of July
With July 4th fast approaching, Americans again have the opportunity to show their community spirit. Whether it's bringing back patriotic parades, volunteering at schools and places of worship, or honoring the brave men and women who protect us, there are many easy ways to help your town. (read the story...)

Kids Bowl Free this Summer
Through the nationwide program Kids Bowl Free, bowling alleys across the country are giving kids two free games each day throughout the summer. (read the story...)

How to Throw a Great BBQ
From Memorial Day to Labor Day, nothing spells family summer party quite like a great bbq and cookout. So grab the kids, buy the burgers and dogs, light up the grill, and prepare to start the summer off right. With so many tasty bbq recipes and fun party themes, you and your family just might be grilling all summer long. (read the story...)

A Parent's Guide to Summer in the NYC Area
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. (read the story...)

Best Hiking Trails in NYC for Families
More than 30 miles of diverse, scenic hiking trails exist in NYC – do you know where? (read the story...)

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 New York City area - including in the city, on Long Island, and in the suburbs - and brush up on the local fishing rules and regulations. (read the story...)

Prevent 'Summer Brain Drain': Academic Summer Programs for Kids in NYC and Beyond
Don't let summer brain drain (the regression in math and reading skills that occurs over school vacation) happen to your children. Keep their brains active this summer at one of these great programs in the New York City area and beyond. (read the story...)

Urban Fishing in NYC
Empire State Building, Madison Square Garden, Metropolitan Museum of Art, and...fishing? When people think about the Big Apple, planning a fishing excursion is not necessarily the first thing that comes to mind. In reality, however, NYC boasts plenty of fine watering holes across the five boroughs. Not convinced? Check out the following videos from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation about catching Blue Fish in the East River and the I Fish NY program. (read the story...)

Family Fishing in Fairfield County, Connecticut
If past family fishing trips have yielded little more than stolen bait, empty hooks, and a whole lot of idle sitting on the water, consider planning your next fishing excursions in an area bursting with trout. The nine maps here detail various brooks, rivers, ponds, and other bodies of water in Fairfield County, CT, where the fish are stocked. Simply pick a spot using one of the maps, cast a line, and get ready to reel in the trout. (read the story...)

Family-Approved Watermelon Recipe: Watermelon Donuts
Kids love watermelon, and while eating it plain more than satisfies, why not put a fun twist on a summertime classic? Check out this recipe for watermelon donuts. Parents will love the healthy component, and kids will devour their favorite summer treat as a dessert. (read the story...)

Fishing and the Sun: Reduce Your Risk to Skin Cancer
If a family fishing trip is on your calendar this summer, make sure you're taking extra precautions against the sun's harmful rays. Here are some tips on how to reduce your risk to skin cancer while still enjoying this outdoor sport. (read the story...)

Tips to Make Memorial Day Trips Memorable
Start your summer right by enjoying a fun-filled Memorial Day weekend with the family. Here are nine tips for planning a stress-free vacation, stay-cation, or day-trip adventure that will delight grandma just as much as the kids. (read the story...)

Wanderlust Yoga In The City Offers a One-Day Yoga, Music, and Community Event in NYC
Have you ever dreamed of doing the warrior pose on a pier in the middle of the peaceful Hudson River in New York? This spring, Wanderlust and smartwater have partnered to make those scenarios a reality through a series of one-of-a-kind yoga events held at some of the nation’s most popular venues. Each Wanderlust Yoga In The City event will feature yoga instruction by each city's top teachers and live music, all in a beautiful outdoor setting. (read the story...)

“Roll Model” Campaign During National Bike Safety Month Helps Parents Put the Brakes on Child Bike Fatalities
May is National Bike Safety Month and as summer approaches, millions of Americans will climb onto their bikes to enjoy one of the ultimate warm-weather experiences. To help curb bike injuries and fatalities, AAA and NHTSA have partnered to remind parents to set positive examples that encourage children and teens to ride safely. (read the story...)

2011 Jones Beach Air Show Welcomes Summer on Long Island
Break out the beach towels and welcome summer with the Air Show at Jones Beach. The eight annual Air Show will help celebrate America's Centennial of Naval Aviation. (read the story...)

Family Travel: Indoor Water Parks in the Northeast
Indoor water parks are a perfect family vacation option during the cold winter months. We've rounded up six awesome indoor water parks that are within easy traveling distance of the New York metro area. (read the story...)


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