Indoor Activities

Our Trip to My Back Yard Playspace

When the shorter days and longer nights of Winter have my family bouncing off the walls we frequently turn to the Mommy Poppins guide of Indoor Play Spaces.   Lucky for us in Fairfield County, there are quite a few to choose from. Having a fun, safe, clean, dependable indoor play area is crucial to surviving winter in Connecticut.  For my family, that magical place is called “Our Back Yard”.  You may not notice this expansive play space driving down the road in Fairfield. It’s tucked into a strip mall, above the Nutmeg Bowl Bowling Alley.  Our Back Yard is in the same building as the bowling alley, but if you follow the driveway along the side of the building, you will reach the separate parking lot and entrance for the play space.  Our Back Yard offers a “weather resistant” playscape. Even though we have been “bounced out” after about 60 minutes, I still feel like this is a tremendous bang for your buck.  

Winter Fun: 13 NJ Family Memberships Worth Buying

It looks like Old Man Winter has finally decided to rear his ugly head! We know that parents across the state are looking for some indoor fun that will keep the kids both happy and warm. While many parents love to try something new each week, some of us like the comfort of returning to a familiar spot where we know our kids will have a blast. Turns out, many places offer family memberships that will keep your entertainment costs down this winter. We've rounded up the best deals at 13 indoor destinations that are sure to please the entire family. We've even done the math so you know exactly how many visits it will take for your investment to pay off!

20 Indoor Places Where NYC Kids Play for Free

Entertaining the kids during a long Northeast winter isn't easy—or cheap. Throw in an already cramped New York City apartment and a shortage of vitamin D and of course, everyone is eyeing the exit. Luckily, in NYC some of the best things in life are FREE (really).

If your kids are bouncing off the walls and your wallet is screaming for a break from shelling out for another movie, theater outing, museum or drop-in play space, we've got you covered. Check out our list of more than 20 FREE indoor destinations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and elsewhere in NYC for fun, games or just a much-needed change of scenery.

Fly High at Staten Island's New Trampoline Park

Ready, set, bounce! New York has finally scored a kid-friendly trampoline park of its own. Fly High opened on Staten Island earlier this year with an indoor sports gym that offers wall-to-wall trampolines in a center area about the size of an official basketball court. Extra activities like a bungee slingshot and flying foam pit up the thrill for everyone.

We've reviewed a number of trampoline parks in New Jersey, WestchesterLong Island and Connecticut, but this suburban staple had yet to arrive in NYC, so we're excited to welcome Fly High as a dedicated family fun and fitness venue with birthday party packages and even court-side massage chairs for parents in need of a break.

Read on for our parent review of Fly High, including what to expect, what to wear, safety tips and more. Looking for more indoor gyms and play spaces for kids? Check our NYC Indoor Play Guide.

8 Ways to Meet Other Long Island Moms

New to motherhood or your neighborhood? Seeking to meet other moms like you? The winter months can make it tough to get out of the house and socialize. But don't worry--you don't need to take out a personal ad. Get up and out to meet new folks (and kiddos) with these local ideas. And for more indoor ideas, check our our Inside Activity Guide.

Dive Into KidZone at New Jersey's Adventure Aquarium

As far as aquariums go, my family is a pretty tough audience to impress. We’ve been there, done that, from the huge Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta to the Miami Seaquarium in our hometown. But since moving to NJ last summer, we’d heard some great things about  Adventure Aquarium, so with (happily!) no big plans for the holiday weekend, we piled into the SUV and made the hour and a half drive from our Jersey City apartment to Camden along the Philadelphia waterfront. Having a 2 1/2 year old, we were mostly excited about the new interactive hands-on exhibit called KidZone, geared towards kids 6 and under.

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