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Spending the Holidays with a Child with Autism

Spending the Holidays with a Child with Autism

When you have a child with special needs, this time of year can be challenging. A mother shares her tips and ideas to make the most of the holidays with a child with autism.

Holiday Books: Create an Advent Calendar

Holiday Books: Create an Advent Calendar

Our picks for holiday-themed books for kids, plus an Advent calendar idea for kids who love to read.

7 Staycation Itineraries for the Holidays in the NY Metro Area

7 Staycation Itineraries for the Holidays in the NY Metro Area

Seven ideas for a week's worth of staycations in the New York metro area during the holidays

Where to Celebrate Purim in the New York City Area

Where to Celebrate Purim in the New York City Area

UPDATED March 2017: Where to celebrate Purim in the New York metro area.

10 Best Family Activities for March

10 Best Family Activities for March

This March, look forward to St. Patrick’s Day revelry, an early Easter, and educational, fun activities for Women’s History Month. Go maple sugaring or plan any number of other exciting day trips!

10 Best Family Activities for February

10 Best Family Activities for February

From Valentines Day to Presidents Day, from local bowling alleys to regional day trips, here are the best kids' activities for February.

New Year's Eve and New Year's Day Events in Rockland, Westchester, and Fairfield

New Year's Eve and New Year's Day Events in Rockland, Westchester, and Fairfield

UPDATED December 2016: A roundup of family-friendly New Year's Eve and New Year's Day events for everyone to enjoy to ring in 2017.

Where to See 2016 Holiday Train Shows in NYC

Where to See 2016 Holiday Train Shows in NYC

UPDATED November 2016: Visit New York Botanical Garden, Grand Central Terminal, and New-York Historical Society for their holiday train shows and plenty of other family-friendly activities for the 2016 winter season.

New York Theatre Ballet is Showing Free Productions of 'The Nutcracker'

New York Theatre Ballet is Showing Free Productions of 'The Nutcracker'

New York Theatre Ballet is premiering their production of The Nutcracker at Brookfield Place this winter and is one of the only performances with free admission.

How To Celebrate Diwali In NYC

How To Celebrate Diwali In NYC

Check out these places to celebrate Diwali in New York City.

Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center 2015 Season Info

Ice Skating at Rockefeller Center 2015 Season Info

The Rink at Rockefeller Center opens its ice to the public on Tuesday, October 13. Read on to find out about opening day activities, the 2015 season schedule, and fun extras that Rockefeller Center has in store for visitors this winter.

Where to Celebrate New Year's Eve 2014 with Kids in Times Square

Where to Celebrate New Year's Eve 2014 with Kids in Times Square

Ring in the New Year with kids at these family-friendly New Year's Eve parties in NYC's Times Square. You can enjoy all the excitement of a Times Square New Year's party without having to leave any family members at home.

Life-Size Gingerbread House at Great Wolf Lodge Poconos Benefits Charity

Life-Size Gingerbread House at Great Wolf Lodge Poconos Benefits Charity

What's made of 650 pounds of gingerbread dough, 1,320 pounds of sugar, and 5,000 candies? No, it's not the witch's house from Hansel & Gretel. It's the life-size, dine-in gingerbread houses you'll find at Great Wolf Lodge during the holidays.

Local Easter Egg Hunts and Springtime Family Fun

Local Easter Egg Hunts and Springtime Family Fun

The New York metro area has many places for families to enjoy fun Easter events for kids. Whether you're looking for a traditional local Easter egg hunt or an Easter Bunny meet and greet, we've got you covered.

Stop Bickering and Stay Connected Through the Holidays

Stop Bickering and Stay Connected Through the Holidays

The holidays can be tough for couples. The intense dose of all the stuff that’s already stressful — family, finances,“fun” (i.e., obligatory) activities — can bring familiar patterns of conflict to the surface. Here, Dr. Brent Bradley and Dr. James Furrow offer tips on sidestepping seasonal landmines and forging a stronger relationship.

Choosing The Right Holiday Toy

Choosing The Right Holiday Toy

Pediatric occupational therapists say items that focus on motor skill development, cognitive learning provide best value when it comes to kids. Ask yourself these 8 questions when buying holiday toys for your children.

Top 10 Holiday Shows in NYC for Families

Top 10 Holiday Shows in NYC for Families

UPDATED NOVEMBER 2014: Our roundup of kid-friendly NYC holiday shows for the 2014 season includes Broadway and Off-Broadway must-sees, from classic performances such as the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and The Nutcracker to new musicals like Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Get all the details on these family-friendly theater performances here.

Holiday Markets in NYC

Holiday Markets in NYC

A favorite tradition among many New York City-area families is strolling the city's pop-up holiday shops and markets. These seasonal gift fairs offer a less-stress alternative to prowling the malls or chain stores during the holiday shopping season, and they feature many unique items, including everything from locally made crafts to custom-designed jewelry to handmade housewares, so you're likely to find something special for just about everyone on your gift list.

Merry Little Family Shows in the Big City

Merry Little Family Shows in the Big City

In classic New York style, there are plenty of festive shows to choose from this holiday season, from classics like the "Radio City Christmas Spectacular" and "George Balanchine's The Nutcracker" to new treats like "Peter Pan" and "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." Get all the details on these fun family shows here, including age ranges, running dates, and ticket prices.

The Toy Insider Announces HOT 20 TOYS for 2011 Holiday Season

The Toy Insider Announces HOT 20 TOYS for 2011 Holiday Season

With the holiday season always seemingly just around the corner, it's never too early to start holiday shopping for your kids this year. Not sure what to get your child for Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanza? Check out the top "hot" toys for 2011 according to Toy Insider.

How To Honor America This Fourth Of July

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.

Tips to Make Memorial Day Trips Memorable

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.

Money-Related Gift Ideas for Kids

Money-Related Gift Ideas for Kids

This year, give the gift of financial finesse - these fun games help children learn the value of money.

Educational Gift Ideas for Kids

Educational Gift Ideas for Kids

If you've got a brainy little boy or girl on your holiday shopping list, take a look at our educational gift ideas!

Sports-Related Gift Ideas for Kids

Sports-Related Gift Ideas for Kids

We've rounded up some great gift ideas for the sports-loving kid on your list this year.

Stuff We Like: Stocking Stuffers!

Stuff We Like: Stocking Stuffers!

Fill your children's stockings with these fun and affordable goodies that are sure to bring a smile.

Gift Ideas Just for Moms

Gift Ideas Just for Moms

Whether you've been naughty or nice, we're sure you've been too busy worrying about your kids' holiday wish list to create your own — so here's some help!

Relaxation-Inspired Gift Ideas

Relaxation-Inspired Gift Ideas

The holiday season can be stressful, but we've rounded up a list of gifts that are sure to take the edge off. Consult our relaxation-inspired gift gallery for some zen ideas.

Ask the Experts: How Can Moms Avoid Stress During the Holiday Season?

Ask the Experts: How Can Moms Avoid Stress During the Holiday Season?

To help parents find more joy in the most wonderful time of the year (and all year-round) we asked experts in the New York metro area what their best advice is for stressed-out moms.

Charity-Minded Gift Ideas for Kids

Charity-Minded Gift Ideas for Kids

Encourage your kids to think of others this holiday season with these charity-minded gifts for young people.

Holiday Charity Drives in Suffolk County, Long Island

Holiday Charity Drives in Suffolk County, Long Island

The following charitable organizations are accepting donations throughout the holiday season for needy families in Suffolk County, Long Island.

How to Raise a Generous and Appreciative Child

How to Raise a Generous and Appreciative Child

Advice from a child psychologist on teaching your child to be appreciative and generous, especially during the holiday season.

Food- and Cooking-Related Gift Ideas for Kids

Food- and Cooking-Related Gift Ideas for Kids

We've compiled a list of the best gifts for kids that relate to food, nutrition, and cooking. If you've got a budding Top Chef to buy for this year, we've got the information you need!

Holiday Recipe: Peppermint Creams

Holiday Recipe: Peppermint Creams

This traditional holiday recipe, from "Christmas Cooking with Kids" by Annie Rigg, makes a sweet and festive treat. Plus, it's easy for kids and perfect for families to make together.

Holiday Recipe: Marshmallow Snowmen

Holiday Recipe: Marshmallow Snowmen

This recipe, from "Christmas Cooking with Kids" by Annie Rigg, is definitely for little hands! These cute chaps are such fun to make and look gorgeous on the Christmas table. Why not make one snowman for each person as a place setting?

Travel-Themed Gift Ideas for Kids

Travel-Themed Gift Ideas for Kids

Check out our top picks for fun and educational travel gifts for your children. If you're a family that's constantly on the move, consult our guide for the products that will keep your kids entertained and using their brains, no matter where they are.

Holiday Celebrations in the Northeast

Holiday Celebrations in the Northeast

A roundup of holiday festivities and destinations worth traveling for, but close enough to the New York metro area to keep planning simple.

Theater-Related Gift Ideas for Kids

Theater-Related Gift Ideas for Kids

If you've got a budding thespian to buy for this year, consult our holiday gift guide for the top presents on every artistic child's list.

Theater Review: Broadway's 'Elf: The Musical'

Theater Review: Broadway's 'Elf: The Musical'

Broadway's newest holiday musical proves that "the best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing aloud for all to hear!"

Winter Weather Gift Ideas for Kids

Winter Weather Gift Ideas for Kids

We've hand-picked these winter-themed gift items to help ease your holiday shopping this year. See what should be on your list.

Holiday Shows in Fairfield County, CT

Holiday Shows in Fairfield County, CT

December is filled with family-friendly holiday shows throughout Fairfield County, CT. Get the details here.

'The Nutcracker' Performances in Brooklyn, NY - 2010

'The Nutcracker' Performances in Brooklyn, NY - 2010

There's no lack of productions of The Nutcracker during the holiday season, and Brooklynites can rejoice in knowing that one of the best will be happening right on their home turf.

The Best Toys for Kids with Special Needs - 2010 Gift Guide

The Best Toys for Kids with Special Needs - 2010 Gift Guide

Check out our top toy picks for special kids this holiday season. Then take a look at the 2010 Toys 'R' Us Guide for Differently-Abled Kids.

The Happy Stepmother: How to Keep Your Family Harmonious, Even During the Holidays

The Happy Stepmother: How to Keep Your Family Harmonious, Even During the Holidays

Rachelle Katz, a family therapist and stepmother herself, offers advice for stepmoms on how to set boundaries and keep your blended family harmonious, even during holidays.

Bronx Zoo's 2010 Boo at the Zoo 3-D Interactive Game Code

Bronx Zoo's 2010 Boo at the Zoo 3-D Interactive Game Code

Get the secret code to unlock the Bronx Zoo's 3-D interactive Boo at the Zoo game!

A Revolutionary Gift-Giving Idea: Deposit A Gift

A Revolutionary Gift-Giving Idea: Deposit A Gift

Deposit a Gift (DAG) has revolutionized the gift registry concept by allowing anyone to build a unique and customized online registry site. DAG is perfect for wedding registries, baby showers, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, birthday parties, and other special events.

Earth Day Arts and Crafts for Kids

Earth Day Arts and Crafts for Kids

Get in touch with nature this Earth Day with these fun and environmentally friendly craft projects for children and families.

Passover Recipe: Tasty Tuna Boats

Passover Recipe: Tasty Tuna Boats

Update your Passover recipe repertoire this year with this delicious dish full of healthy ingredients and kid-pleasing decorations. Plus, see our tips for getting your kids involved in the cooking.

Passover Recipe: Pear and Apple Kugel

Passover Recipe: Pear and Apple Kugel

Update your Passover recipe repertoire this year with this delicious dessert dish full of healthy ingredients. Plus, see our tips on how to get your kids involved in the cooking.

10 Tips for Stepfamily Sanity this Holiday Season

10 Tips for Stepfamily Sanity this Holiday Season

Wednesday Martin, Ph.D., author of "Stepmonster: A New Look at Why Real Stepmothers Think, Feel, and Act the Way We Do," offers ten tips for stepfamilies to make this holiday season a smoother and more enjoyable one for everyone.

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