A family guide to visiting the sculpture garden Storm King Art Center in New Windsor, NY.
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SplashDown Beach, located in Fishkill, is an outdoor waterpark that is the perfect size for families.
The New York Renaissance Faire is back in Tuxedo, NY, for its 39th season, which runs Saturdays, Sundays, and Labor Day through Oct. 2.
Families are invited to enjoy the last few weekends of summer at the annual Summer Streets event. Nearly seven miles of NYC streets will be closed to traffic so that families can run and play.
UPDATED August: Search for the best summer activities for kids in Rockland County. Our guide helps you choose from kids classes, summer camps, summer programs, activities near Rockland County, NY, and family excursions. NYMetroParents has your summer activities in Orangetown, Ramapo, New Rochelle, Nyack, Pomona, Suffern, New City, Valley Cottage, and the rest of Rockland County, NY.
A roundup of activities to celebrate the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, which includes, crafts, sports, gymnastics, and more.
An in-depth look at how the dedicated and well-trained crew of lifeguards keep everyone safe at water parks.
Land of Make Believe in Hope Township, NJ, offers a water park and amusement park geared toward young children.
How to help ensure that kids' time in the swimming pool or water park is safe and fun.
The 4th of July is upon us, so be sure to plan ahead with fireworks fun and other celebratory activities in the New York Metro area.
The New York metro area offers a wide variety of cruises and sails sure to delight all ages, and we’ve collected the very best ones for you right here.
If you have to cook everything inside before you cook it outside, why bother?
A unique art project for kids using leaves and flowers collected on nature walks.
Governors Island opens May 28, and this season offers summer days filled with outdoor fun, culture, and learning.
It's strawberry season! Here's a list of strawberry festivals and pick-your-own strawberry farms in the NYC area.
Eight great family destinations for weekends away or short vacations, all within a few hours’ drive.
Come Out & Play Festival returns to New York City this year with After Dark and Family and Field day events.
Visit Historic Hyde Park via Metro North and the free Roosevelt Ride shuttle bus from May 1 through October 31 to tour Franklin D. Roosevelt’s property.
Rocking Horse Ranch is situated on 600 acres in the Hudson Valley and features skiing, a water park, snow tubing, a zip line, rock climbing, and more.
Do you and your kids prefer hikes in the woods, or exotic meals? Outings to the art museum or the Empire State Building? Take this quiz to discover your ideal NYC-area family activities.
Summer Streets is back! Don't miss this annual family fun fiesta. This year it includes a mega water slide and a zipline! The best part? It's all free!
Catch a Rockland Boulders minor league baseball game at Provident Bank Park in Pomona, NY, this summer. Plus, get details on Boulders giveaways, promotion nights, and special events throughout the season.
Keep the kids entertained during summer vacation without breaking the bank! There are 95 days of summer--make each one count with our list of 95 fun things to do with your family in the New York City area, from must-do family trips to cool craft projects and beyond.
Celebrate the 30th Anniversary season of SummerStage in NYC this summer. Presented by the City Parks Foundation, the 2015 SummerStage season includes lots of family-friendly programming, including performances by Laurie Berkner, Shine and the Moonbeams, and a tribute to Michael Jackson.
Field Station: Dinosaurs will offer a lower ticket price for its final season in Secaucus, NJ. It will also offer new attractions this summer, including a new show, new 3D movie, and a new hands-on activity where kids can dig for bones and learn about fossils.
Make the most of summer with our list of the top 100 things to do in and near New York City from June through September. Get details on fun summer festivals, outdoor concerts and movies, and much more in NYC, Long Island, Southeast New York, and Connecticut.
From museums and parks to festivals and beaches, this list has something for everyone, all within easy traveling distance from the New York City area, including Upstate New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Pennsylvania.
After the novelty of no more school! has worn off, and between camp sessions, there will be days when you wake up and wonder what the heck to do. Presenting 10 unexpected ideas to keep boredom at bay.
Want to host a traditional summer barbecue with all the classic food staples without breaking the bank? Follow these seven tips to slash costs without cutting flavor! Perfect for a patriotic 4th of July, or any time.
Dietitians at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital share summer grilling tips and tasty recipe ideas for a healthy backyard barbecue cookout with friends and family.
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.
Books-A-Million will host a Free Family Fun Camp every Saturday in July at each of its 258 locations. Books-A-Million offers such programs as a refreshing way to help parents provide their children with creative outlets for learning during the summer break.
Look up! Here are 11 ways of where and how to go outside and see the sky, plus a bonus tip for enjoying the the stars indoors.
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.
When Summer break approaches, many parents worry about potential “brain drain” during this timeline. Patti Rommel, Director of Research and Development at Lakeshore Learning Materials, shares 7 great tips for how to prevent summer slide while having fun.
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.
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.
Mel Bartholomew, who developed the Square Foot Gardening method, shares five tips for a successful and enjoyable gardening experience with your 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.
With a little elbow grease and a lot of creativity, we guarantee these options will run your kids ragged. From games to hikes, it'll be nap time before your kids know it.
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.
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.
After a rambunctious summer Saturday, it can feel great to get back to center with a mellow Sunday. Skip the urge to hibernate—just turn down the volume with the 17 best activities for a lazy day.
Indulge your kids' dinosaur obsession this summer with any of these fun outdoor activities taking place across the Tri-State 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.
It's wet and it's cool—need another reason to head to the water? Here are 8 ways to have fun getting wet!
One of the best things about summer is eating outside, whether it's at a picnic, BBQ, street festival, or even a restaurant. Here are more than a dozen creative and fun ways to eat outside this season, including tons of summer-inspired recipes.
New York City has a beautiful skyline, but the lights on all of those buildings can sometimes blind us to the real beauty–the sky itself! This guide gives great locations to stargaze in the NY metro area.
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.
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!