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Best Events for Preschoolers in NYC This Winter

We've rounded up fifteen of the city's best winter happenings for the preschooler and toddler set from hot-ticket kid spectacles like Daniel Tiger and Sesame Street Live to a low-key Greenpoint sock puppet show, an always catchy Music for Aardvarks concert and an upcoming Mo Willems exhibit that truth be told, might be more for mom and dad. 

Winter can feel mighty long when you're cooped up indoors with an antsy preschooler. So go ahead and bundle them into that winter gear to hit up these must-do January-March 2016 activities. We promise, we only picked options worth the winter gear struggle. 

Even more family winter entertainment ideas can be found in our Winter Guide or our just released 2016 GoList, covering the best events all year. 

25 Things to Do With Kids in Newton

Newton, bordering Boston to the west, has long enjoyed a reputation as a family-friendly place with its excellent school system and standing as one of the safest U.S. cities to live in. Many of Newton's attractions cater to children, whether plans involve running around the many playgrounds in the city, enjoying the services of the Newton Free Library, or learning to swim at charming Crystal Lake. Below are 25 family fun ideas for Newton residents and visitors alike.

25 Things To Do with Your Preschooler in Downtown Los Angeles

It's the New Year; time to get creative! There's only so much a parent can dream up for the kids to do in a 12 hour span of time, especially after a busy holiday season when there might have been too much on the things to do list.

Even if you live in a bustling city like Los Angeles, sometimes options for preschool activities seem limited—even more so the farther you get from the suburbs. As concrete and dry as Downtown LA might seem at times, I promise you there's a ton of stuff for families to do, particularly for you and your preschooler. Have fun exploring!

100 Things To Do in Boston with Kids Before They Grow Up

There are so many things to do in Boston with kids. The city of Boston – steeped in history, compact, easy to navigate (on foot, at least) – offers a wealth of opportunities for family fun that are hard to pass up.

With our list of top 100 family activities in Boston, Mommy Poppins Boston can help to make sure you don’t miss any of the best, most memorable things to do. We’ve included well-known favorites like the Esplanade and Boston Common, but of the 100 not-to-be-missed, family-fun things to do we’ve come up with in and around Boston, there are likely a few you haven't done.

13 Fun Things to Do in Rockefeller Center Besides the Christmas Tree

Rockefeller Center is undoubtedly the most crowded place in New York City during the holidays as everyone, whether they live in town or are just visiting, goes to see "The Tree." But then what?

There is actually quite a bit for families to do in the 22-acre complex besides gazing at the twinkling evergreen and battling tourists. Rockefeller Center is a great holiday destination with plenty of shopping, eating and culture for kids of all ages. Squeeze it in as part of a Holiday Windows Walk, check it out while you wait for the Rockettes to start kicking, or grab a bite after your show — we've got great suggestions for no-reservation, family-friendly restaurants nearby.

Read on for 13 fun things to do at Rockefeller Center this winter.

NYC Holiday Store Windows Walk 2015: Saks, Bergdorf, Barneys and More

Taking in the famously decked-out New York City department store holiday windows is one of those magical holiday experiences every kid should try at least once. Peering into the creative scenes built into these city's storefronts is a great way to take a break from the holiday rush—and it doesn't cost a dime—making for a fun family activity this winter. Some windows include interactive elements that kids can even partake in.

My family looks forward to these displays so much, we go on an annual Midtown “window walk” to visit all of them in a single stroll. You can peek at our 2013 and 2014 window walks, too. Go at dusk or nighttime to up the wow factor.

The 2015 store windows appear particularly PC this year with few displaying any reference to a specific holiday. Instead, expect to find lots of shiny, sparkly non-denominational winter themes like the millions of colorful crystals at Bergdorfs, the sweet holiday treats at Lord & Taylor and the magnificent light show at Saks.

Read on for all the details and a sneak peek of what you'll see on your NYC department store holiday windows walk. You can find lots of other seasonal activities in our Holiday Fun Guide.

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