Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Groundhog Day, Library Events Feb 1-5

During the cold month of February, it can be challenging to keep toddlers, preschoolers, and big kids busy. They never seem to get tired and are always looking for something to do, even after a long day at school. Channel that energy into some of the exciting activities that appear in our Events Calendar this week.

Check out a library program such as Eastwick Library's George Crum Potato Chip Tasting event, Haddington Library's African Mask-Making Workshop, or Haverford Library's Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader session. Celebrate Groundhog Day at Elmwood Park Zoo or Norristown Farm Park. Afterwards, get crafty with help from our WeeWork Projects for Kids.

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Weekday Picks: Free Fro-Yo, Groundhogs, First Friday, February 1-5

February 2016 is off to a good start this week with free fro-yo at Menchies. Who knew that there was such a thing as “National Frozen Yogurt Day"? Not this consumer of delectable frozen treats. If only the artisanal ice cream shoppes would follow suit, we would want for nothing.

Though groundhogs are few and far between in this part of the woods, they can be found if you know where to look. In any case, our kids celebrate so many holidays, why leave out this one? Pretend City leads the way with an interactive Groundhog Day celebration. You and your shadow should head to Irvine and check out this fascinating rodent, also known as the whistlepig.

The rest of the country is covered in snow, but clear skies are forecast for Los Angeles this week. Embrace the good fortune and hike over to the Madrona Marsh nature preserve in Torrance for a kid-friendly walk in the wetlands.

There are many more ways to explore our local flora and fauna on Mommy Poppins’ Daily Events Calendar and February GoList. We'll start you off with our 5 favorites below.

Weekday Picks for LI Kids: Valentine's Day, Toddler Time, Feb. 1-5

The first week in February brings the start of Valentine's Day crafts and fun. Toddlers can also get some exercise in at Bouncers and Slydos, while older kids can stretch it out at a weekly yoga class.

For more, check out our Long Island events calendar. You can also get the best events of the week sent directly to your inbox each week if you sign up for our newsletter.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Groundhog Day and Beanpot, Feb 1-5

Forget Phil. We Bostonians have a famous groundhog right in our own backyard. Before taking the kids to Drumlin Farm's Groundhog Day celebration on Tuesday, you may want to read Ms. G’s Shadowy Road to Fame, the story of how an intrepid group of local school kids helped a Drumlin Farm resident become the official state groundhog of Massachusetts.

Meanwhile, local college hockey fans are making predictions about which team will win the first round of the annual Beanpot Hockey Tournament on Monday. For our money, the Women's Beanpot on Tuesday is a better bet if you're planning to take the kids. 

The rest of the week brings a wintry mix of nature programs, summer camp dreaming, and important conversations with teens. We're hoping it will also bring some fresh snow for sledding

As always, keep your eye on the full Event Calendar for more great upcoming events.

Weekday Picks: Groundhogs, Candy, and Snowflakes February 1-5

It may not have been the most wintry winter in these parts so far, but I confess that I won't be crushed if the groundhog doesn't see his shadow on Tuesday: I'm ready for the warmer temperatures and longer days of spring. We have lots going on around town this week to help you and your kids beat back the winter doldrums, whether with a drop in playdate or a fun Valentine workshop. For more fun things to do, make sure to consult our frequently updated Event Calendar where you'll find a complete list of daily activities. 

Kid Movies: BAMkids, NY International and More Film Fests

Rediscover the magic of the movies with several upcoming children's film festivals landing in New York City this winter and continuing into spring. In the cold of winter, going to the movies is tempting, but the big-budget family film options? Not so much. They're expensive (especially 3D releases), and winter is the traditional dumping ground for duds.

Luckily, we have BAMkids Film Festival and New York International Children's Film Festival that showcase international and offbeat shorts and features, while Film Forum Jr. screens cool classics every Sunday morning. Each offers dozens of picks for preschoolers on up to tweens. Plus, ticket prices can be less costly—most are less than $15 per person. Oh, and we have a discount code to share with you!

Here are the details on these festivals, as well as theaters known to offer regular indie kid flicks like the Film Forum and even two spots—one in Brooklyn, another in Manhattan—serving up brunch, cocktails and kid movies. Don't forget to check out our post about where to see free and cheap kids' movies, too.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Square Dancing, Valentines, Origami, Feb. 1-5

February is here, and while that means cold and snow, it also means lots of reasons for celebrations, as discussed in our hot-off-the-press February GoList.

In addition to Chinese New Year celebrations, such as Lunar New Year, this week begins the preparations for Valentine’s Day, including Valentine Candy Making. There’s even a way to celebrate Groundhog Day. Unrelated to holidays, here’s a fun way to foster family bonding while getting a good workout: Friendly Squares Dance Club Free Fun Nights. What's more, all of our top picks for this week are FREE!

There are tons more events on our Event Calendar, so be sure to head there next. We don’t want you to miss any of the fun—grab your calendars and see what’s ahead!

Weekday Fun: Free Magic Show, Pollock Paint Project, Swedish Cottage Puppets

Kick off the first week of February with a free magic show, a Jackson Pollock-inspired art workshop, the debut of Little Red's Hood at the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theater and dance spectacular Untapped at the New Victory Theater.

And don't forget to check in with Staten Island Chuck on Tuesday, February 2, aka Groundhog Day, as he predicts either an early spring or more winter from his post at the Staten Island Zoo. 

If you're hoping for that early spring prediction, maybe planning the kids' summer activities will do you some good. Check out our list of NYC summer camp open houses, or teens can apply for one of these cool summer internships. A day or weekend getaway to a balmy indoor water park with the gang is another great way to stir up summer-themed fun.

Snow bunnies can hit the slopes close to home! Plan a day trip to one of these great places to ski and snowboard just a short drive from NYC. Before heading out, be sure to read our post on how kids can ski and board for FREE at area resorts.

Read on for this week's top picks. As always, more family activities can be found in our Event Calendar and Winter Fun Guide.


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