February Vacation Week with Kids in Boston: Free Things to Do

If your plans for February Vacation Week include a staycation right here in Boston, you're in luck, because there are tons of cool things to do this month. We're sharing spectacular activities that are worth the money during vacation week in a separate post, but we're happy to report that there are also oodles of free events available to help you take it a little easier on your wallet. My family is definitely taking advantage of some of the picks below. Hope they're a big hit with your kids, too!

Where Westchester Kids Can Find FREE Drop-in Storytimes

Getting into a storytime group can be nothing short of cutthroat in some places. While the registration-only programs ensure you a seat on the carpet, drop-in programs can provide some much-needed flexibility. Who hasn’t suddenly found a morning with nothing planned (or plans abruptly canceled) and a burning desire to just get out of the house? 

We’ve rounded up 14 places with drop-in storytimes—and, best of all, they’re all FREE! Looking for more things to do with your kids in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley? Take a look at our Event Calendar and sign up for our FREE newsletters.  

Date Night! Valentine’s Day Drop-Off Fun For NJ Kids

Whether you are a new parent or a seasoned professional, we all need a night off. Especially when it comes to a night dedicated to romance. A date night for V-Day doesn’t have to be a distant memory! Check out one of these fab NJ places offering drop-off services and Valentine’s Day fun on and around the big day for the kiddos and slow down for a much-needed break with your Valentine. And for other fun stuff this month, check out our February GoList.

Valentine's Day Activities for NYC Kids to Share the Love

Valentine’s Day is all about sharing the love—a theme that resonates with kids of all ages. So we’ve pulled together a list of the best Valentine’s Day events to hit up with the kids in tow. From V-Day crafts for toddlers to volunteering with teens, there are many ways to celebrate this oh-so-sweet time of year with the whole family—many of which are FREE!

Read on for the scoop on the best outings with kids in NYC this Valentine's Day. If something piques your interest, be sure to click through to the event listing for full details. For more fun happening this month, check out our February GoList, and remember, our Event Calendar is chock-full of activities and events happening everyday in New York City.

Cavalia's Odysseo: Horses, Acrobats, and a Big White Tent Go Orange

There is nothing like Cavalia. The touring production Odysseo by the Cavalia team feels like the dreams we might have after spending a year among wild horses and gypsy acrobats. And dream really is the key word: from the first moment until the last, herds of horses, flocks of aerialists, and scenic displays of epic proportions fill the stage with sequences that transport the audience to a magical dreamscape beyond most of our imaginings. You'll be rubbing your eyes to work out how they fit this world under one roof.

If these words seem overly effusive, rest assured that they don't begin to do justice to the show taking place daily in that big castle-like tent next to the 405 freeway in Irvine.

13 Queens Play Spaces and Kiddie Gyms

Queens has plenty of indoor play spaces with open play hours—more than Manhattan in fact. We found 13 indoor romping spots in the borough that offer drop-in sessions open to the public, so there's no need to buy a pricey annual membership. Bonus: Most of these spots host birthday parties, too, and are much more affordable (as in half price in some cases) than their Manhattan—and Brooklyn—competitors.

Weekday Event Picks for NJ Kids: Valentine's Day Tea, Ice Sculptures, February 8-12

Valentine’s Day is in the air, and this week’s calendar is filled with delicious celebratory events. Have a sweet time at Holiday Cookies, Mommie & Me at Chocolate Works and High SocieTea House’s Valentine’s Day Tea. Plus, feel the chill in the air at Ice Sculpture Extravaganza and The Frozen Ball: A Frosty Event. And don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more options!

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Valentines, Stories, Stars Feb 8-12

Love is in the air, as many Philly families can tell from the variety of Valentine fun that appears in our Events Calendar this week. Take a trip to Bucks County Children's Museum to make a Valentine craft. Listen to the story, Carmine: A Little More Red at Brandywine River Museum's Read Aloud workshop. Or, enjoy a Valentine Tea Party at Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy. For older kids, check out Franklin Institute's Night Skies in the Observatory.

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Weekday Picks: Mardi Gras, Dora, More Free Fro-Yo, February 8-12

Mardi Gras in LA might be better called "low fat" Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t know how to celebrate. The Farmers Market at 3rd and Fairfax and Amoeba Records both annually find ways to let the good times roll (and the beads fly) for kids.

One love story that never grows old and seems to find its way back to the El Capitan every February is Lady and the Tramp. If you want to make this a true event, spring for an accompanying spaghetti dinner at Miceli’s, which replicates the candlelit scene from the movie. Miceli’s is old school red sauce dining and was this Angeleno’s very favorite pizza parlor when she was a kid.

Walt Disney’s classy cocker spaniel isn’t the only one with good manners. At Santa Monica's Superhero and Princess Academy, our heroes and heroines’ evening of etiquette at the Academy Ball is interrupted by villains whose rude and evil antics must be thwarted with a bit of help from the audience.

We hope you're enjoying our new look at Mommy Poppins. The site may be new but one thing hasn’t changed: you can still find many more things to do this week on our Event Calendar and February GoList.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Snowy Fun and Bugs Bunny, Feb 8-12

Maybe it's because of all the snow we're getting, but we're a little obsessed with snow sports right now. New England is the place to live whether you're into snowshoeing, skiing, or snowboarding. Snowshoeing can be enjoyed just about anywhere there's good hiking in the Boston area and at our favorite spots in Rhode Island, too.  With the Blue Hills right here, you barely have to leave the city limits to take the kids skiing

If you'd rather watch someone else do crazy stunts in the snow, you're in luck: Athletes from all over the world show their stuff on a 140-foot ramp built for Polartec Big Air at Fenway this week. Of course, you can't spend all of your time outdoors, so we've chosen some of the best indoor family events as our weekday picks.

Visit our Event Calendar each day for even more inspiration!


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