February GoList: The Best Things To Do With NJ Kids This Month

Somehow we lived through the blizzard and made it to February, so yay for polar vortex-surviving us! Luckily, we live in a state where there are incredibly fun activities in every season, and this month is no exception. Whoop it up indoors munching out at a Chocolate Festival, see a Mega Bubble being created, celebrate our beloved Dr. Seuss' birthday, or brave the outdoors with a sweet day of maple sugaring. Happy February, NJ!

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Itzhak Perlman, Live Art, Winter Festival, Jan. 30-31

If your family has cabin fever from the recent blizzard, don’t despair—we’ve assembled our top picks for the coming weekend to help get Westchester families out of the house and back in action.

A few programs take advantage of the winter weather, such as Winter Family Festival. But it’s no problem if you had enough of the white stuff, because this weekend is rife with multicultural entertainment. Options include the chance to view a world-renowned artist without leaving Westchester, as Itzhak Perlman takes the local stage; the annual Chinese New Year Festival offers acrobats and more (see our roundup for more Chinese New Year celebrations); and Rita's African Show both demonstrates and teaches African dance. For additional interactive entertainment, there’s Danceworks for Children.

Check out our Event Calendar for even more great activities, as well as our roundup of the best places to go sledding in Westchester. Our February GoList is now live, allowing you to view our top picks for the entire month. Read on for details about this weekend's top picks!

Weekend Fun: Winter Spooktacular, MoMath News, Family Theater, Kid Concerts

This winter weekend is perfect for taking in some quality family theater. Two puppet-filled productions open for extended runs: The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show and The Woodsman, which details the Tin Man of Oz's gloomy back story. Another great option is Theatreworks USA's The Lightning Thief, showing for one day only. My son and I loved this one when we saw it a few summers back. And if you missed TADA!'s The Gumball Gang: Crime Solving Kids while digging out from Jonas last weekend, there's still time to catch it.

Other fun things to do with the kids this weekend include early Lunar New Year celebrations, concerts by Aaron Nigel Smith and Mister G, a new installation at the Museum of Math and the circus-ghoul-studded Spooktacular in Queens.

Finally, we are so excited for this weekend's Mommy Poppins Readers Night during the 7pm production of The Velveteen Rabbit. Our lucky readers can score exclusive discounts on tickets for this unique adaptation of a beloved classic, and then join the Mommy Poppins gang after the show for crafts and games provided by our friends at Gate Hill Day Camp. We hope you can make it, but please note that tickets are dwindling. 

These are just a few of many great happenings this weekend. You can also find lots more activities in our jam-packed daily Event Calendar and Winter Fun Guide.

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. 

Check our Events Calendar for other happenings around the state, and to keep up with the latest family-friendly events and activities, be sure to sign up for our newsletters, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest

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.

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Groundhog Day Celebration, WinterFest, January 30-31

Hopefully we’ve all dug out from the first winter wallop of the season! If you’ve got cabin fever, we’ve got the cure with dozens of great events happening around New Jersey. Stay warm and cozy inside with Saturday Afternoon at the Movies at Johnson Public Library or a Muppet Sing-Along at the Count Basie Theatre. You can also bundle up and get outdoors with a Tap that Tree maple sugaring demo at the beautiful Reed-Reeves Arboretum or try your hand at ice skating and snow shoeing during WinterFest at Thompson Park. And don’t forget about Groundhog Day – learn more about the famous rodent and this winter tradition at the Groundhog Day Celebration at the Watershed Reserve or during Groundhog Day Storytime at Barnes & Noble. Whatever you decide to do this weekend, we hope you enjoy it with family and friends. For additional activity options, check out our Event 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! 

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