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Hannah Doolin

Hannah Doolin

Hannah Doolin is Time Out's former New York Associate Kids Editor.

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The best kids TV shows

The best kids TV shows

The best kids TV shows are never just for kids. As anyone raising a wee one knows, adults have to watch these things, too – or at least half-watch them while taking the opportunity to get some work done. That means that, at least in part, shows meant for children have to meet certain parental criteria, and not just rely on fart noises for entertainment. They need to relay important messages to kids, or inspire creativity — or at least have good jokes. Each entry on this list of the best children’s shows currently streaming hits those marks. You’ll find cartoon classics and new-school gems, educational programs and totally bugged-out, wildly entertaining shows bound to make everyone in the room’s eyes pop. Check them out, then read our lists of the greatest animated movies and best Disney movies of all-time when you need something to keep the young’uns’ attention for a longer stretch.

101 things to do in New York with kids

101 things to do in New York with kids

NYC is not just for grownups! There are so many things to do in New York with kids that are fun for the whole family. Locals know that kids in NYC have access to a dizzying array of playgrounds and visitors will find that the city has tons of kid-friendly attractions and museums. Kids can play to their heart's content while getting fresh air with a range of outdoor activities, or keep it indoors when the weather isn’t cooperating. Kids can have a grand old time at real-deal NYC pizza joints and fun, kid-friendly restaurants. Baseball games, ice cream shops, kid-friendly Broadway shows, Coney Island, story time
 the list is endless. While you probably won’t exhaust this list any time soon, there are tons of options for kids in the greater NY region too, like family-friendly hiking trails and biking trails, and kid-approved day trips and weekend getaways. With all the things to do with kids in NYC across the five boroughs, they’ll be worn out and so will you — and you definitely deserve a stop at one of NYC’s kid-friendly bars.

The best summer family weekend getaways from NYC

The best summer family weekend getaways from NYC

Summer is nearly here so it’s time to start planning the epic vacation that your family deserves. You don’t need to hop on a plane or plan a week-long excursion, however. These summer family weekend getaways from NYC are just the thing for a fun family escape without much planning. These getaways include amusement parks, water parks and family resorts all geared towards hassle-free fun. The best part? They’re all within five hours by car from NYC. A summer weekend getaway with the family is a great way to shake things up with a change of scenery. If you’re looking for something even easier, check out our roundup of day trips from NYC that offer fun for all ages. After a weekend of fun and memory-making, you’ll be refreshed and ready to enjoy more summer fun in the city exploring family-friendly attractions, kid-approved museums and outdoor restaurants the whole family will love. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best family vacations from NYC

The most fun-filled family resorts in NY

The most fun-filled family resorts in NY

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to start planning all the fun things to do with the kids while they’re out of school. Sure, there are plenty of things to do with kids in NYC to keep them occupied, and there are amazing kid-friendly day trips from NYC that the whole family will love. But there’s nothing like a stay at a family resort, where everything is taken care of and all you have to think about is fun. These family resorts in NY and the Tri-State area are perfect for a family getaway. From water parks to ranches and back-to-nature cabins, these family resorts have all the amenities you’ll need — plenty of activities for the kids, lots of fresh air, adventure and entertainment. Parents are well-taken care of too, so the whole family can enjoy fun times and relaxation. Best of all? These resorts are no more than 3 hours from NYC. So pack your bags and brush up on your car singalongs, because an unforgettable family vacation awaits at these family resorts in NY. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best family vacations

The best all-inclusive resorts in the USA

The best all-inclusive resorts in the USA

What's the best holiday you could possibly go on? Exploring mystical China with a Shaolin monk as a guide? Spending a month 254 miles above the surface of the Earth onbaord the International Space Station? Or maybe just renting an entire Caribbean island for a couple of weeks..? It might be one of these... but what it definitely is, is a holiday that you don't have to worry about.  Whether it’s a honeymoon or a family vacation, planning any kind of holiday involves quite a bit of stress. Where will we stay? What will we eat? What will we do? Piecing together the moving parts of a trip can be exhausting. Take the hassle out of vacation planning and choose an all inclusive resort, where your accommodations, activities and meals are all taken care of.  Maybe you’re dreaming of fly fishing in the Montana wilderness, seeking out a fabulous foodie destination that also happens to be in the mountains, or looking for somewhere on the beach that offers plenty of activities for the kids. Perhaps a western adventure is more your style, or a coastal retreat with boating and kayaking, or even a health-focused vacation that pairs relaxation with personal fitness. Who has the time to figure out the best places to go for all these activities? These all inclusive resorts have done the planning for you. Just pick a spot and let them take care of everything while you sit back, relax and have a real vacation. RECOMMENDED: The best solo trips in the USA

Toy stores in NYC for shopping and fun

Toy stores in NYC for shopping and fun

Kids can be finicky when it comes to toys, and there are so many choices these days. Whether you’re looking for the latest hot must-have toys, educational toys that will put their STEM skills to use or the perfect birthday gift for kids of a specific age, the best toy stores in NYC have you covered. These toy stores are so chock full of goodies and entertainment that you might consider them more than just toy stores — they’re actually among some of the best things to do with kids in NYC. You’ll find interactive activities, events and even story times here amidst the visual stimulation, so the kids will enjoy more than just a new toy and may even discover a new interest or hobby. NYC offers a world of discovery for kids, with so many kid-friendly activities and attractions. Of course it’s great to be outdoors, but when the weather isn’t cooperating, having a list of fun indoor activities for kids on hand is essential. NYC toy stores have made their way onto that list, since they offer way more than just mind-numbing thingamajigs to buy and toss. No, these toys are stimulating and educational, and with all the additional activities on offer, you’ll definitely want to put a visit to the toy store on your rotation of outings with the family. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best things to do with kids in NYC

The best best Thanksgiving movies for families with kids

The best best Thanksgiving movies for families with kids

Thanksgiving is a day for binges, both culinary and cinematic. For many, the holiday means pounding through every Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings movie while the house fills with the smell of roasting turkey and baked pies. But curiously, there aren't an awful lot of movies actually set during Thanksgiving. Christmas movies are a dime a dozen, but a good Turkey Day film is as rare as a holiday meal where Uncle Rick doesn't start talking politics. Rarer still is a family-friendly Thanksgiving movie (Planes, Trains & Automobiles is way more R-rated than you remember). But fret not: We’ve plated them all up right here. Polish off your third helping and find a comfy spot to enjoy classics like A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and newfound holiday flicks like Free Birds, any of which should be entertaining enough to get the kids settled and Uncle Rick to stop spitting conspiracy theories.  RECOMMENDED: The best Thanksgiving books for kids. 

The best school supply stores in NYC

The best school supply stores in NYC

The 2021–2022 school year is on its way, and these fantastic school supply stores can help! You're going to need pencils, notebooks, binders and cool gadgets to send your kids back to school in style, so head to these school supply stores to get everything you need without making a million trips.  RECOMMENDED: Full guide to getting kids back to school in NYC

Bryant Park Winter Village guide for families

Bryant Park Winter Village guide for families

RECOMMENDED: Christmas for kids in New York Every winter, families look foward to the opening of the Bryant Park Winter Village—an NYC winter staple. The ongoing festival brings tons of family-friendly activities to the space, including a holiday market with prime shopping and an awesome rink for some of the best ice-skating in NYC. One of our favorite ways to celebrate the season is grabbing a cup of the best hot chocolate from a local vendor, gazing up at the gorgeous tree and paying a visit to Santa in the village. What is the Bryant Park Winter Village? Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park is an annual series of events combining holiday shopping, ice-skating and visits with Santa during the winter and holiday season. Much of the park is transformed into a pop-up market, filled with local vendors selling gift items alongside the iconic ice-skating rink. A decorated holiday tree stands in the village, just near the seasonal restaurant, Celcius, and Santa stops by once in a while to visit with the children.   When is the Bryant Park Winter Village? The skating rink at Bryant Park Winter Village operates from October 30 through March 6, open Monday through Sunday 8am–10pm, weather permitting. The holiday shops are open Monday through Friday 11am–8pm, Saturdays 10am–9pm and Sundays 10am–6pm.   Where is the Bryant Park Winter Village? The Bryant Park Winter Village takes place behind the New York Public Library in midtown, between 40th and 42nd Streets and Fifth and S

Best New England family vacations

Best New England family vacations

City kids are bound to believe that New York is the greatest place to be on the East Coast (and who can blame them?), but further east lies tons of fun for your family to enjoy. Take in the charm of historic towns, scope out some fantastic beaches for families and enjoy tons of outdoor activities for kids on these New England family vacations. RECOMMENDED: Full guide to the best family vacations from NYC Your youngsters will have a blast exploring these out-of-town spots, and you can bet these destinations have plenty of outdoor dining options, complete with super-fresh seafood. Yum!

The best hair salons for kids' haircuts

The best hair salons for kids' haircuts

Visit the best hair salons for kids' haircuts! Squirmy toddlers, "No haircuts, please!" kids and moody tweens all share a similar loathing for getting a trim, but what if the experience didn't have to be excruciating? These great kids' hair salons offer the works in terms of kid-friendly amenities: think themed chairs, ipads to play with, tiny Tvs and adjoining toy stores. Some of these great salons also double as spas—and perfect birthday party places! Several offer fun services like manicures, pedicures, facials—even braiding, glitter and styled ponytails with curls. 

The best Coney Island activities for kids

The best Coney Island activities for kids

For the quintessential New York (in summertime) experience, head to Coney Island to play the day away at the New York Aquarium, cruise the boardwalk, grab a sizzling hot dog and, if you play your cards right, even catch some beachside fireworks. Needless to say, Luna Park is also by far one of the best kids' amusement parks in town—and newbies, did we mention that it's right on the beach?  See below for our very favorite things to do around Coney Island during the summer months. It tops our list of amazing summer day trips to take with the kids. And never fear: If it's rainy, you can always hit up some of our favorite local indoor amusement parks.  

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Travaasa Austin

Travaasa Austin

The eclectic, artsy vibe of downtown Austin comes through in the country-chic dĂ©cor at this upscale resort. Perched above the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve, the tricked-out hotel boasts a luxury spa, organic farm and an infinity-edge pool overlooking Texas Hill Country. Choose from a variety of fitness classes, from typical yoga and Pilates to adventurous challenges like a mechanical bull–riding workout class. Outdoor offerings include dirt biking, circuit training the Prickly Pear ropes course. Locally grown, organic food at The Preserve Kitchen + Bar onsite, plus bioenergetic toiletries lessen your footprint and let you relax even more during your stay in peaceful canyon- and nature-view rooms.

Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek

Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek

3 out of 5 stars

Rosewood Hotel’s flagship property in the heart of Dallas was home to a cotton magnate in 1925 before opening as a hotel decades later in 1981. The 16th century Italian Renaissance–style structure welcomes visitors to its 143 rooms and suites with thoughtful touches like hand-written notes and complimentary refreshments. Carefully preserved historical details and greenery throughout the scenic grounds make it easy to forget about the uptown location, which draws celebrities, artists and other socialites year-round. The Mansion Restaurant is renowned for its contemporary American cuisine, which is made with ingredients from local ranchers and purveyors and rivals the fare served at restaurants across the state. Venture out to the lantern-lit terrace to dine fireside and sample the Mansion Bar’s extensive cocktail list, including the signature gin and tonic, mixed with house-made tonic. From $330 per night

Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis

Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis

2 out of 5 stars

Midwestern hospitality reaches new heights at this impressive urban hotel along the Mississippi River. St. Louis’ iconic Gateway Arch has never looked better than from the contemporary guest rooms and suites, outfitted with spacious, marble baths and floor-to-ceiling windows. Kick back on the eighth floor Sky Terrace, where you’ll find an expansive outdoor pool, chic cabanas and sweeping city views. The 12,000-square-foot spa offers relaxing massages, facials and other treatments, while Cielo bar and restaurant provides cooking classes allowing visitors to learn about the art of authentic Italian food. The concierge can help to arrange off-site activities from tickets to a Cardinals game to an outing at the Lumiùre Place Casino. From $250 per night

The Hay - Adams

The Hay - Adams

3 out of 5 stars

Once a center for conversations surrounding literature, art, science and politics, this historic apartment-hotel remains an important landmark of the D.C. area. John Hay, Abraham Lincoln’s personal secretary, and Henry Adams, historian and Harvard professor, once resided on the grounds where the current Italian Renaissance–style structure was later built in 1928. Now 145 exquisitely detailed rooms overlooking Lafayette Square allow visitors to reside across the street from POTUS during their stay. Dine on upscale American cuisine at The Lafayette, then grab a cocktail and rub shoulders with big political players at Off The Record. If you need to work off your indulgences, hit up the fully equipped fitness facility or take to the streets of D.C. on one of the hotel’s complimentary bicycles for a self-guided tour of the area’s popular sites. From $329

Peninsula Chicago

Peninsula Chicago

This centrally located gem has prime real estate along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile. The incredible gilded ceiling in the lobby is a bustling gathering place for guests enjoying an afternoon tea. The 20-foot-high, floor-to-ceiling windows overlook an al fresco dining area attached to the Shanghai Terrace restaurant, serving dim sum and more Asian-inspired fare in a smart-casual setting.  All 339 stately rooms are decked out in simple and chic dĂ©cor and feature bedside tablets that let guests adjust the temperature, lighting and music in their cozy quarters. Stay active during your stay thanks to the state-of-the-art fitness center and glass-enclosed pool with views of Lake Michigan—after a sweat session you can indulge your sweet tooth at the decadent chocolate bar on Friday and Saturday evenings. From $374–$1,950 per night

The Jefferson Hotel

The Jefferson Hotel

3 out of 5 stars

Just blocks from the best-known address in Washington, D.C., this storied boutique hotel transports visitors back in time. Built in 1923, the gorgeous Beaux Arts building features furnishings and dĂ©cor inspired by its namesake, Thomas Jefferson, with layered influences from his Monticello plantation home throughout its 95 rooms. Guests can learn plenty about our founding fathers and the capital’s monuments during their stay via chats with in-house historians or by skimming the leather-bound volumes stocked in the beautiful Book Room. Six documents signed by Jefferson himself hang in the lobby, adding to the authenticity of the space, while seasonal dishes at Michelin-starred Plume and cocktails accompanied by live piano tunes amp up the modern elegance. From $305–$675

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Why your family should put a teal pumpkin outside this Halloween

Why your family should put a teal pumpkin outside this Halloween

Getting scared is a big part of the fun of Halloween—but parents shouldn't have to be frightened about their youngster's safety when they head out to trick-or-treat. Kids who have food allergies need to be extra cautious before they chow down on their candy haul, and a nationwide campaign called the Teal Pumpkin Project is trying to ensure a sweet and safe Halloween for kids everywhere. To provide options to those who can't enjoy certain sweets due to food allergies, families are urged to stock up on non-food items to drop in kids' treat bags. Those participating should put a teal painted pumpkin out front alongside their jack-o'-lanterns to alert little ghouls and goblins passing by. Don't have a pumpkin? Food Allergy Research & Educate (FARE), the nonprofit leading the project, has printable signs available for use. Get fun non-food treat ideas and pledge to participate online at tealpumpkinproject.org, then make sure to hit up these free Halloween events in NYC! Sign up to receive great Time Out New York Kids deals in your inbox each day.

Watch this little boy demonstrate how we all feel about going back to school

Watch this little boy demonstrate how we all feel about going back to school

Say it ain't so! Could it really be time to send the kids back to school already? Though some youngsters look forward to picking out new school supplies and getting back to the books, most kids (and parents, too!) dread the end of summer. In the video below, four-year-old Andrew is interviewed by a news station on his first day of pre-K, and he seems excited to head to class...at first. As the reporter questions him, he goes from smiley to distraught in a matter of seconds. We feel you, Andrew!  Watch the adorable video and share it if you've got the first-day jitters too! Don't worry, there are still a few more weeks packed with fairs and festivals to round out a fantastic summer.

Shop at this new Tribeca store to dress your kids like the celebs do

Shop at this new Tribeca store to dress your kids like the celebs do

We've all had clothing envy when it comes to celebrities, and now the stars are even turning their kids into little fashionistas! The good news is, you can dress your tot to the nines too—without breaking the bank. Swedish-based children's clothing line, Livly, recently set up shop in a gorgeous Tribeca storefront, displaying their cute and comfy styles. The clothes are made with organic, Peruvian Pima Cotton, and you can get everything from casual pajamas and cotton T-shirts to tailored jackets and sweet party dresses for reasonable prices under $200. Celebrities like Sarah Jessica Parker, Jessica Alba, Miranda Kerr and Neil Patrick Harris are already fans of the brand—who knows, maybe you'll even spot them when you drop by the 1,500-square-foot space!   Photograph courtesy of Livly             Stop in to browse the adorable getups at the NYC flagship store (the only one in the US so far), located at 108 Reade St—there's even a little play space in the store to entertain the little ones while you shop! While you're in the area, visit other kids clothing stores like Jacadi and Gymboree—with so much to offer, Tribeca could soon become one of the best New York City neighborhoods for families. Need some kicks to go with the new outfit? Check out the best kids' shoe stores in NYC.

Move over Prince Charming! This LGBT short Rosaline shares a new kind of fairytale

Move over Prince Charming! This LGBT short Rosaline shares a new kind of fairytale

Most of us were raised on kids’ movies depicting the love stories of handsome princes and beautiful princesses—Cinderella and Prince Charming, Sleeping Beauty and Prince Phillip—but times have changed since then. Frozen fanatics are now pleading for Queen Elsa to have a girlfriend in the sequel, and it seems that, more than ever, there’s a need for LGBT representation in animated flicks. Luckily, there’s a heartfelt fairytale with a different kind of heroine to answer the call! Rosaline, a brand-new animated short on Hulu, tells the story of a brave girl who ventures through the woods on the way to her sweetheart. But Rosaline doesn’t face a tricky witch and a hungry wolf in pursuit of a prince—another young lady has stolen her heart!   Michael Scanlon Written by best-selling children’s author, Daniel Errico (who also wrote the storybook and Hulu series The Bravest Knight Who Ever Lived), Rosaline features the familiar voice of Teri Polo (Meet the Parents, The Fosters) as narrator—an actor also known for her advocacy for equality. The film might help youngsters to better understand their identity or even spark family discussion of LGBT issues, so check out the video below (and on Hulu) for a first look at the adorable short. It’s the perfect flick to hold you over while we wait for Disney’s first lesbian princess to come along!

Check out the lineup for this year's BAMkids Film Festival, coming in February

Check out the lineup for this year's BAMkids Film Festival, coming in February

The BAMkids Film Festival is a hot-ticket event that draws young cinephiles to Brooklyn each year, and we’ve got a sneak peek of the 2016 lineup! The 18th annual fest returns over the weekend of Feb 27–28, screening 71 films from 25 different countries. Get ready to see animated and live-action feature films as well as themed collections of shorts—many even include dialogue in foreign languages to stimulate your little one’s noggin. Check out some highlights to look forward to below, and hold yourself over until then with our list of the 50 best kids movies and the best family movies on Netflix. Grab tickets early for feature flicks like The Secret Society of Souptown—a quirky story about four brave kids who use their hide-and-seek skills to help save their city. It's perfect for kids ages 8 and up and will definitely remind moms and dads of Little Rascals with a mysterious twist. Don't miss Miffy the Movie, an adorable animated movie starring the lovable rabbit from Dutch author Dick Bruna's baby books. Youngsters ages 4–7 will love the interactive aspects as they follow Miffy and her friends on a fun-filled treasure hunt through colorful landscapes. Northwest Film Forum curated several themed series of shorts with motifs such as "Magic Potion" and "Imagine That!" There's something for every age, from mini animal adventures to make-believe worlds to secrets and spells. Make sure to check out more shorts, pulled together by TIFF Kids International Film Festival! Tiny tots age

Watch the first trailer for Finding Dory and get excited for the long-awaited sequel!

Watch the first trailer for Finding Dory and get excited for the long-awaited sequel!

Finding Nemo is high up on our list of the 50 best kids' movies to watch as a family, and we've been waiting patiently for a sequel since its release. Good news—the wait is almost over! Pixar finally released a trailer for Finding Dory, a follow-up focusing on our favorite forgetful fish, voiced by Ellen Degeneres. Marlin, Nemo and more lovable sea creatures will swim back onto the big screen on June 17, 2017 to dive further into Dory's history, including the story of where she came from and who her family is. Watch the trailer below for a sneak peek and get ready for the film to hit theaters this summer. Until then, keep busy by watching the best family movies on Netflix and seeing real fish at the New York Aquarium—and don't forget to just keep swimming!

Snag free ice cream on Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day!

Snag free ice cream on Ben & Jerry's Free Cone Day!

Spring is taking a bit longer than usual to arrive this year, but in our opinion, it's never too chilly for ice cream! Ben & Jerry’s is bringing everyone a weekday pick-me-up by doling out free scoops of their wacky flavors on April 12 from noon to 8pm. We know from our ice cream taste test that kids love the stuff, but there's no reason moms and dads can't grab a free scoop, too! Head to the location nearest you to claim your treat—participating shops in NYC include Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Upper West Side (104th and Broadway), Penn Station, the Jamaica Multiplex, Concourse Plaza Multiplex in the Bronx and even JFK Airport. And if Phish Food isn't your favorite, you can always hit up the best ice cream shops in NYC to try other inventive flavors, then keep the day cheap by hitting up these 50 free things to do with kids in the city.

Toys "R" Us Times Square will close at the end of December

Toys "R" Us Times Square will close at the end of December

Say it ain't so! After waving farewell to F.A.O. Schwarz last summer, New Yorkers now must say goodbye to another beloved NYC toy store—Toys "R" Us Times Square. A visit to the glitzy, three-story location is on our list of 101 things to do with kids in NYC, so make sure to stop by before the store closes its doors on Dec 30, 2015. Though other Toys "R" Us locations will remain in the city, this one is outfitted with a way-cool, 60-foot ferris wheel that kids adore. Make a final trip this month to take one last spin and, of course, pick up some holiday gifts for kids. Luckily, once the behemoth store is gone, you'll still have these fantastic toy stores in NYC to peruse.

Watch the evolution of toys over 100 years in this cool video

Watch the evolution of toys over 100 years in this cool video

The latest and greatest holiday gifts for kids have changed a ton over the years, which has a lot to do with the evolution of toys. This way-cool video, created by Mode, reminds us which toys were coveted during each decade, from 1910 through the present. Some old-school playthings like marbles lost their luster as time passed, but a few are still childhood favorites decades later—I mean, who doesn’t still love a Slinky? Check out the video below to revisit beloved toys like Tinkertoy, Etch A Sketch, Beanie Babies and beyond. All the nostalgia will have you running to the best toy stores in NYC—don’t forget to stop by Toys “R” Us Times Square before it closes at the end of the month!

Save on postage and have the kids text Santa their Christmas wish list this year!

Save on postage and have the kids text Santa their Christmas wish list this year!

Apparently delivering all those iPads and PlayStations each year got Santa Claus thinking about ways to become more tech-savvy! Instead of writing out and mailing their Christmas wish lists, kids can get in touch with the big guy via text this holiday season. Zipwhip, a Seattle-based text messaging provider, hooked him up with a toll-free phone number so youngsters can get their requests to the North Pole at lightning speed (with help from Mom and Dad, of course).  Are your kids ready to send their list? Shoot a text to the Wish List Texting Line at 844-YO-SANTA (844-967-2682), and even include a picture of a Rudolph drawing to help him decorate his North Pole call center! Santa can receive up to 1,000 texts per second, so kids all over the world will be able to reach him. Make sure to keep the phone on hand to see Santa's response—the kids will receive a confirmation text with a link to a video message from Kris Kringle himself. What a fun way to kick off Christmas for kids! For more ways to get in the spirit, check out our favorite Christmas books and Christmas movies for kids.

Enjoy story time with Elmo and friends at the New York Public Library

Enjoy story time with Elmo and friends at the New York Public Library

If your little ones love listening in at story time events, they'll flip for the chance to attend this extra-special gathering with Elmo and his friends from Sesame Street! In celebration of new episodes of the iconic series coming to HBO in January, the furry gang will stop by the New York Public Library to put on a super story time and live performance for families. Youngsters will also have the chance to join the new Everyday Heroes Club, which just requires small acts of kindness to become a member. To reserve a spot at story time, call 866-717-6106, then head to the Celeste Bartos Forum in NYPL's Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on December 8 to visit with the friendly characters from 1–2pm. Make sure to tune in to HBO to see exclusive 30-minute episodes starting January 16 (at 9am), and keep an eye out for changes including new themes, fresh opening and closing songs, an updated set and a brand-new castmember named Nina! To keep the tots occupied until then, check out more family-friendly programming from HBO Kids and tune into some of the best kids' shows on TV.

This new NYC service is like ClassPass for kids...and it's awesome

This new NYC service is like ClassPass for kids...and it's awesome

With so many amazing after-school programs on offer in this city, it can be difficult for your youngster to choose just one or two. Luckily, a way-cool, Brooklyn-based startup makes it so they don't have to! The Kid's Passport is virtually ClassPass for kids, allowing families to try out all types of classes (not just at the gym!) in their neighborhood when they pay a flat membership fee. For $99 per month, kids can get in on five classes, ranging from tennis and soccer lessons to theater workshops or music classes—there are even some Mommy and Me classes for parents who want to participate with their little ones. Families can sign up multiple children under one account, so siblings and friends can give it a try, too! Sign-up is easy through the online schedule, which provides information on the class time and location, appropriate age range and what activities or themes to expect. Parents can register their kids as far as two weeks in advance and if you need to cancel, just make sure to do so at least an hour before class time. Though most Kid's Passport classes are currently offered in Brooklyn (Park Slope, Dumbo, Fort Greene, and everywhere in between) you can find classes at a few Manhattan venues on the schedule. Some of our favorite local learning centers, including Baby DJ School, Carmelo the Science Fellow and Super Soccer Stars are offering classes through the system already—your kiddos will have an endless supply of indoor activities to keep them busy all winter!