Six Drop-In Art Classes for Toddlers in Brooklyn

Looking for a creative art class for your toddler or preschooler without a long-term commitment? Drop-in classes are often the perfect solution for little kid entertainment. We pulled together six great drop-in art options in Brooklyn for budding Picassos eager to go beyond finger paints and crayons at home. These artsy spots provide all kinds of materials and guide tots as they explore art and have fun creating their own masterpieces.

Looking for more options? Check out our Classes Guide and Directory. Our Indoor Activity Guide has even more craft options.

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 Boston Kids: ICA, Winterpalooza, and Free Skating, January 30-31

Now that we've had our first real snow, one of the best ways to make it through the rest of the winter is to get out there and enjoy it. My kids love skating in the fresh air at local outdoor rinks, but this free celebration with the Boston Skating Club is a good reason to check out an indoor rink. Another great way to celebrate the chill in the air takes place both indoors and out at a special winter party at the Boston Children's Museum.

Of course, if you'd rather think summer, plenty of camp fairs happening this weekend can give the family a taste of warmer weather. Other fantastic indoor events offer families the chance to play with art at the ICA (pictured), get a taste of the lunar new year or take in a supercalifragilistic show. Finally, it's not too early to begin Valentine's Day preparations! Crafty options this weekend include workshops to make cards and heart-shaped hangers.

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to check out the full Event Calendar!

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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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.

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