There are 52 weekends a year, that's more than four-dozen opportunities to take a mini-vacation. Whether you want to enjoy the great outdoors with a hike or bike ride, relax at a regional resort, run around an amusement park, cool off at a water park, or hit the slopes, there are seemingly endless opportunities for fun within a few hours' drive of NYC.
Heading to the Cape, Nantucket, or Martha's Vineyard? We've rounded up our Mommy Poppins posts highlighting the best, the most fun, and often the budget-friendly things to do with kids on Cape Cod and the Islands.
If you don't see your destination here, come back and visit us soon: We will be adding posts featuring our favorite places to hang out with kids on the Cape.
Sometimes you just have a day or two to get away with the family. You don't want to have to travel too far while doing something fun and entertaining for the whole clan. We've compiled a list of great day trip ideas here in Connecticut for you and your family. Enjoy these mini stay-cation ideas and have fun making memories.
Car time has become synonymous with screen time. It’s just so easy to keep the kids occupied in the backseat with a smartphone or tablet, that the "I'm boreds!" and "Are we there yets?" of our childhoods almost seem like a thing of the past. But I also remember the fun of long car rides: talking to each other, reading stories, playing car games and just looking out the window. Recently I have wondered whether my kids will ever know the pleasure of staring out a car window as the countryside goes by.
That’s why I have come to love podcasts. They are the ideal compromise: digital entertainment that keeps kids' eyes off their screens. And because we can all listen together, we can share the experience and have discussions about what we hear.
With summer coming, it’s the perfect time to discover some new podcasts to keep everyone in the family entertained whether you’re in the car, on a plane, a train or even at home. There are science podcasts, educational podcasts and many other types appropriate for children. I’ve rounded up my seven favorite storytelling podcasts that both kids and adults will enjoy.
Portsmouth, New Hampshire is one of my favorite destinations for a quick family getaway. Although we've visited the charming New England seacoast city several times, on this occasion we went specifically to experience its history. With a kid-friendly living history museum and numerous historic destinations around town, early American life comes alive in ways that are fun for kids and the whole family. We spent a day of walking, playing and sailing through old times, with a side of foodie goodness—a perfect family day in Portsmouth.
There's no better place on the East Coast for a family to hit the slopes than Vermont. With dozens of downhill and cross country ski resorts, the state offers more options for skiers of every age and ability than anywhere else. But some are especially well suited for families, with ski and board lessons, special family activities just for kids, and child care options for parents.
Okemo, Stratton, Sugarbush, Smuggler's Notch, and Stowe are the big names in Vermont skiing, but there are some lesser known gems too. With a parent's eye to what families are looking for, we've reviewed the top ten best mountain resorts for family ski vacation in the Green Mountain State. Find all our ski reviews in our Ski and Snow Sports Guide.
Living in SoCal without ever visiting Big Bear would be like living in SoCal without ever going to Disneyland; and until this past weekend, I was guilty of that very sin. It was time for my family to take a ski trip that was more than a day trip and enjoy the beauty of the mountains around Big Bear Lake - a spot so peaceful and alpine that it's hard to imagine it's less than three hours from the Los Angeles area. But a place as popular as Disneyland needs a plan worthy of Disneyland; if you want to spend more time skiing than waiting, I urge you to read on.
San Diego is a great place to live or visit with kids. What better weekend is there than Saturday at Sea World and Sunday at the Zoo, or vice versa? Unless you are fortunate enough to live nearby, another trip will be required for LEGOLAND and the Safari Park (formerly the Wild Animal Park). In short, whether you live there or elsewhere, San Diego is a great weekend destination for families. I grew up going to the Zoo and Sea World; my kids have grown up with LEGOLAND. Yet, splendid as these attractions are, and as much as we sometimes aspire to pack big ticket items into our weekends, there are many other ways to enjoy our southern-most county.
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