Tarantulas! Alive and Up Close at The Academy of Natural Sciences

Let's face it; I've never been that into creepy crawlies. And I am quite terrified of most insects and spiders. But as a mother, I happily take on the challenge of facing my fears in an effort to expose my little one to new and exciting experiences. The Tarantulas: Alive and Up Close exhibit, which just opened at the Academy of Natural Sciences is one of these experiences. And like many others, it turned out to be way more awesome than I expected! 

Family Presidential Activities for Presidents Day in LA

Unlike other holidays, Presidents Day is not a day replete with family rituals; if your family does have a tradition, it's more likely to be hunting for the snow chains before heading off skiing than anything presidential. If you are staying in town for the three-day weekend, though, why not find an activity that makes sense out of Presidents Day? After all, you're more likely to raise a president yourself if you keep your eye on the ball! Check out these five special Presidents Day activities for LA's little POTUS-in-training; and maybe someday your kiddo will add a third presidential museum to the LA landscape.

Valentine's Day Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Art from the Heart, Valentine Sleigh Ride, Feb 13-14

Love is in the air this weekend, New Jersey! Whether you choose to celebrate as a couple, a family or with a group of friends, there's plenty to do in our great state! Get in the Valentine's Day spirit with a special Art from the Heart family art program at the Princeton Museum, take a cozy Valentine Sleigh Ride at Howell Farm or sign up for a Mother-Daughter Valentine craft session at Just Bead Yourself. And if you're looking for even more February fun, check out the awesome Ice Sculpture Extravaganza at Skylands Stadium or dance along to Latin beats during the Cuban Rhythms festival at MarketFair Mall. Whatever you decide to do this Valentine's Day weekend, we hope you enjoy it with family and friends. For additional activity options, check out our Event Calendar.

New Vikings Exhibit in Times Square Puts Focus on Family Life

Most of us, when we think of the Vikings, imagine a horned skullcap and stormy shores. We imagine swashbucklers with swords plundering nearby nations. After all, isn't that what TV and the movies want us what to think?

But while the signature skullcap can be found on fun goodies in the gift shop, Discovery Times Square’s new Vikings exhibit—organized with the Swedish History Museum and MuseumPartners Austria—goes out of its way to debunk stereotypes, introducing the ancient culture as one of farming and family, where art and textiles were explored and trade was the major reason for travel, not a bloodthirsty need for empire expansion.

Our Trip Along the Chocolate Trail

What better way to spend a winter weekend than a trip along the Connecticut Chocolate Trail with my little sweetheart. Connecticut has many trails and tours that explore numerous hand crafted artisanal goodies, but the Chocolate Trail seems like a perfect fit for the Valentine's season. While there are many businesses on the trail, we decided to keep it more local and explore some of the spots just in Fairfield County.

The Best Philadelphia Area Sledding Spots for Kids

Snow in Philadelphia can be hit or miss, but when it does hit, you want to be prepared! Not just with the milk and bread and indoor activities, but with the best spots for you and your kiddos to go celebrate the awesome, snowy days. Whether you are going sledding in the city or out in the suburbs, we have you covered! Here we break down the best spots (not just by their cool factor, but also by age group), so you know exactly where you should head the next time Old Man Winter shows his face.

If snow fails to show its head again this year—never fear, there is always ice skating and snow tubing to help us keep up the winter spirit!

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.  

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