Preschoolers

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Free Museums, Free Dodgerfest, and More Free Stuff, January 30 - 31

Free, free, free. A whole passel of museums and even gardens are freebie free free this Saturday, and  all you have to do is show up and get culturized. Or in some cases get a timed ticket. Or wait til Sunday. (Speaking of free cultures...  if you can wait til Monday there's some free yogurt in it for you.)

Hey, you know what else is free? A free evening of entertainment on the historic Broadway Corridor in Downtown LA. You can dance it up in a silent disco, take a VR ride down the LA river, hear music from Ozomatli, the Spazamatics, and Aloe Blacc, and go S.T.E.A.M. crazy with a giant peg light board, robot games, and exotic rescue wildlife. But you have to pay to ride the Ferris Wheel.

Hey,  you know what else is free? Lunar New Year celebrations in Monterey Park, Beverly Hills, and GlendaleDodger FanFest in Echo Park. Some cool concerts for kids. Mardi Gras at the Farmers Market. Whale Fiesta at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium. The best things in life are free, and baby, we've got 'em all!

Keep reading to plan ahead for this full-of-things-you-don't-have-to-pay-for (and some you'll really want to) weekend…

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Chinese New Year, Nature, Theater Jan 30-31

As January ends this weekend and we welcome February next week, Philly families can enjoy this time of year with a variety of activities. This weekend, Penn Museum celebrates The Year of the Monkey at its Chinese New Year event. Lambertville-New Hope Winter Festival is set to entertain with puppet shows, the rescheduled parade, and a theatrical performance. And, tarantulas invade the Academy of Natural Science of Drexel University as it opens this featured exhibit.

However, if you are tired of the cold and snow and are hoping to hear good news from Punxsatawney Phil, the famous groundhog in Pennsylvania on February 2, head over to John Heinz Natural Wildlife Refuge to learn about groundhogs at its Groundhog Day Family Festival.

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Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Seal Walk or Cruise, Animal Tracks, Jan. 30-31

There's plenty of nature to be discovered during the winter months on Long Island. Sail away on a Seal Cruise out of Freeport, discover animal Tracks & Traces at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum State Park in Great River or become a Deer Detective at Caleb Smith Park in Smithtown.

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CT Weekend Fun: Art, Chocolate, and a Groundhog Parade, January 30-31

The end of January is already upon us, and if you relish the colder weather and recent dusting of snow (I consider the couple of inches coating the Hartford area to be just a dusting), a Groundhog Day Hike would be a great way to enjoy the outdoors. If, however, you're already dreaming of warm days and sunny skies, spend a Family Day at The Hartford Boat Show. My family might be heading to the shoreline this weekend, just so we can get our snow fix. If you're in that area, consider an Owl Moon Night Hike (pre-registration required) and learn how these nocturnal creatures hunt in the dark. 

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President's Week Camps & Activities for Kids on Long Island 2016

President's Week is fast approaching, leaving many parents wondering how to keep their kids occupied while school is out - especially with wintry, wet weather. Chase away the winter blues and boredom cries with these classes, activities and camps taking place during the break.

And for more events and activities, be sure to check out our Inside Activity Guide and Long Island Events Calendar.

Indoor Rock Climbing for Philly Area Families

Looking for a family activity that can be both challenging and fun for the entire family? There are tons of indoor activities to do with kids, but rock gyms offer a way for the grown-ups to get moving alongside their children. Sure, everyone enjoys a trip to the museum or bounce gym, but it's also good to change it up from time to time.

Check out our list of rock-climbing facilities—a few of them are road trip material, but who doesn't like exploring a new town once in a while? 

Cooking Classes Across NYC for Aspiring Kid Chefs

If your kitchen can’t contain that budding Food Network star, there are plenty of stellar cooking classes throughout New York City for the littlest chefs, from toddlers to teens. 

We’ve rounded up the best food prep courses in the area. And who knows? Maybe you’ll get a delicious kid-made dinner out of the deal—or maybe even expand a picky someone's palate! 

Where Westchester Kids Can Learn and Have Fun in Chappaqua

We've highlighted our favorite things to do in the quaint village of Chappaqua, and we've let you know about the best places to eat with a family. We're now focusing on the best places to play in the area.

With parks, gymnastics, music academies, a yoga studio and more, families needn’t worry about finding something fun and educational to do all year round. Read on for our top picks on where to play and learn in this great town, and sign up for our FREE newsletters to stay in the loop. 

Summer Camp Open Houses Begin in NYC

We may be buried in snow in New York City, but it's already time to start thinking about summer camp for the kids. A number of the city's top camps will host open houses over the next few weeks, and it's a great way to get a feel of what's for offer this summer and test out a new one.

We've compiled more than a dozen of upcoming open houses from some of our sponsors—day camps, commuter camps and even one sleepaway camp—so you can stay warm while you peruse through the listings from your couch. 

There are hundreds of summer camps in Manhattan alone, but this list should help you get started. Remember to check out our Mommy Poppins Summer Camp Guide for 2016 for more camp ideas whether you're looking for a preschooler-age camp, math camp or even an upcoming school vacation camp.

Read on—and let the research begin.

8 Favorite Family Skiing Spots Near NYC

Now that winter has finally arrived, it's time to embrace the chill. We've rounded up some of the best skiing and snowboarding spots within a few hours drive of the city.

A winter sport like skiing is great way to get outdoors as a family, rather than wallowing indoors all season long. It'll make the warm weather come that much sooner! Read on for our rundown on these local slopes, so you can pick one that matches your kids' skill levels and interests. Want info on more family skiing and other snow sports? Check out our Ski Guide, covering the tristate area, New England and even California. 

Happy skiing!

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