Lunar New Year Celebrations in Fairfield County

February is a busy month with President's Day, Valentine's Day, and Black History Month, but one sometimes overlooked holiday is the Lunar New Year. There are, of course, world famous events in NYC including the Chinatown Parade and Festival on February 14th (a great excuse to trek into the city), but there are many celebrations all over Connecticut continuing throughout the month as we welcome the Year of the Monkey!

Westchester News: New Places for Kids to Play, Paint and Eat

The short, dark days of winter are over but long, sunny days are still ahead of us. February seems like a wedge between winter and spring: stores are already tempting us with swimsuits and garden gear yet the weather still beckons us to either bundle up or head indoors. Luckily, Westchester families have some new options to get them in a warm weather mindset. 

10 Summer Music Day Camps for NYC Kids

Whether your child is drawn to Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift or Mozart, is an accomplished musician or just getting started, summer camp is a great way to explore the craft while having loads of fun and making new friends. We've lined up 10 of our favorite music day camps for New York City kids with an eye toward striking a good balance between theory, practice, musical styles and ability levels. A few of our picks offer multiple programs divided by age, others split things up by experience level and one even takes campers on a daily visit to a popular indoor climbing facility—sometimes even accomplished musicians need to work out the wiggles.

Don't forget to browse our Summer Camp Guide for additional options or use our Camp Directory to search for programs by interest, age and location. It's also worth noting that many camps offer financial aid, as well as discounts if you sign up early and for multiple weeks. 

Cross-Country Skiing Spots on Long Island

There's at least one good thing about a snow-filled winter: It gives us the chance to ski. And if cross-country, rather than downhill, is your family's preferred winter sport, you're in luck. Long Island boasts a number of great trails for locals from beginner spots best for younger kids to the more adventurous perhaps better appreciated by parents or experienced teens. In fact, many state parks open bright and early after a snowfall, so that skiers can hit the fresh powder.

Just be sure to call in advance to make sure the park or nature preserve is indeed open. And for more cold weather fun, check out our Skiing, Snowboarding & Snow Sports Guide.

Go Back to the Future of Tech with Silicon City Exhibit

While some tweens are hardwired to think in zeros and ones and are ready for advanced instruction in computer science, others are leery of the whole thing. I have one of each.

Luckily, both my enthusiastic coder and my reluctant techie found something to enjoy at the New-York Historical Society’s exhibit Silicon City: Computer History Made in New York, on view through April 17 where kids can see early computers, typewriters, phones and even try out classic video games like Space Invaders. Read on for what to expect from this uptown STEM art exhibit where drop-in coding classes are also on tap.

Valentine's Day Fun for Philly Kids

Winter is in full effect, and it's time to search out the warm fuzzies wherever we can get them! Valentine's Day might not provide fun in the sun or a break from the cold weather, but it's definitely the time to warm up to the ones we love. We'll take it where we can get it!

Everyone knows that Philly is the City of Brotherly Love, so it's only natural that there are plenty of Valentine-themed events for kids and families in the area. Note that not all of our picks are taking place on Valentine's Day weekend, so be sure to keep that in mind when scheduling family fun.

Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebrations for LA Kids

In New Orleans, it's Mardi Gras. In Venice, Italy, it's Carnevale. In Austria they call it Fasching, and in England Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day, or just plain old Fat Tuesday. Whatever the name, it's a party; and with its traditions of masks, music, and bling, this party deserves to be shared with kids. We've collected LA's most family-friendly Mardi Gras celebrations below, and they're all FREE. Let the good times roll!

Winter Gardens: Get Out of the Cold at Indoor NYC Plazas

If you feel like you've already exhausted your favorite NYC museum or indoor play space, why not try a nearby public atrium or garden? New York City is full of many semi-secret indoor public spaces, as well as not-so-secret gardens that are perfect for staving off cabin fever this winter with an antsy kid.

Bonus: The atriums are FREE to wander into and many offer seating, snacks, Wi-Fi and art. The gardens are so steamy that we practically feel as if we booked that tropical getaway after all. This is why we love New York, right?

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