February Break Activities for NJ Kids

Did the recent snow days bring on cabin fever in your home? Get ready for more time off in February. Most New Jersey schools are closed for President’s Day, some longer- even the whole week! We’ve already brought you drop-off options for February break. Now we’ve gathered even more activities to keep the little ones busy, and your own sanity in check, on these wintery days off from school.

Peppa Pig Preview: Get the Barnyard Scoop on this Popular Kids' Show

Preschool favorite Peppa Pig is making her U.S. theatrical debut in life-size puppet form as Peppa Pig’s Big Splash tours the country, hitting 90 cities, including Downtown LA this month. Our NYC Editor caught the show in New Jersey and offers us a sneak preview:

If you have a preschooler or toddler at home, you likely know all about Peppa Pig, her snorting family and their love of muddy puddles. The British-accented pink pig plays on Nick Jr., and ahem, YouTube, on a loop in many a tot’s house, entertaining kids with simple graphics and wholesome themes. You can expect the same from the musical Big Splash, including plenty of Daddy Pig antics, games involving brother George and sightings of Peppa’s friendly pals: Pedro Pony, Danny Dog and Suzy Sheep. 

9 Robotics Birthday Party Spots for NYC Kids

Given the STEM movement in education and the always popular “Make Your Own” or DIY birthday party theme, it’s no surprise that girls and boys are requesting robotics-fueled shindigs with their friends. At a robotics party, kids construct their own models—sometimes in 3D—that move and roll while also learning about the mechanics behind it all. 

Wait a second—parties that are both fun and educational? What’s not to love? We rounded up of some of the top kid spots in New York City that offer robotics birthdays, where creativity—and sometimes little robotics creatures themselves—run wild.

Check out our NYC Kids' Birthday Party Guide for more inspiration.

21 Brooklyn Drop-In Play Spaces and Kiddie Gyms

When it comes to indoor play spaces, Brooklyn can't be beat. While both Manhattan and Queens have about a dozen drop-in indoor playgrounds apiece, Brooklyn boasts nearly two dozen places where kids can run amok. While we've included a couple of the more mellow tot spots with crafts or storytelling, this best of Brooklyn list is focused on the real active play spaces where toddlers, preschoolers and even tweens can conquer multi-level mazes, swoosh down slides, climb up rock walls or, you know, turn around in circles until they fall down exhausted and ready for a nap.

Read on for 21 drop-in indoor romper rooms for kids in Brooklyn.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: WinterFest, History, Chinese New Year Feb 6-7

If winter happens to be your favorite time of year, it is your lucky weekend! There are plenty of family-fun events happening that celebrate this chilly, snowy time of year. Wagner Free Institute of Science's Winter Wonderland and Briar Bush Nature Center's WinterFest both offer seasonal crafts, games, and activities for families. Nature-loving visitors to Riverbend Environmental Education Center can explore the outdoors during cold winter months at its Winter Trek. Or, incorporate a history lesson into the mix at Valley Forge National Historic Park's Join the Continental Army experience.

On the other hand, consider sharing a cultural experience with your kids this weekend. Many museums throughout the Philadelphia area are celebrating Chinese New Year. Consider visiting Garden State Discovery Museum, Independence Seaport Museum, or Philadelphia Museum of Art for a variety of festivities welcoming the Year of the Monkey.

After spending time enjoying winter activities or museums, check out our Events Calendar as the spring consignment sales are starting to pop up.  New information is constantly being updated to our entire list so be sure to check back often. Have a great weekend!

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Cookie Con, Mardi Gras, and New Look, February 6 - 7

Hey, sweetness, have we got some cookies for you! LA Cookie Con is taking over the LA Convention Center and, what’s that? You notice something different? Wild horses couldn't drag it out of us. Must just be the mood lift we’re getting from eating all those cookies…

Some work done? What exactly are you implying? That a website can’t wake up looking good one morning? Maybe we had our hair did: it is Valentine’s Day next weekend you know. A little makeup, perhaps a new outfit…

Okay, we admit it. We’ve had a complete overhaul. Nipped and tucked, stretched and twisted from top to bottom. All your favorite content is still there, now with a few added features, plus a fresh new look and easier navigation. There may be a few hiccups along the way (really, when aren't there?); be sure to let us know if you have any thoughts on our redesign, good, bad, or really good. We’re always interested in hearing what you have to say!

Keep reading for our favorite picks for this completely redesigned weekend…

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Heart Beats, Junior Zookeepers, Feb. 6-7

Have a super time this Super Bowl weekend indoors or out on Long Island. Kids can get their fingers in the dirt with Children's Valentine's Planting at Hicks Nurseries. Get into the rhythm at a Heart Beats concert in Farmingdale. Or practice being a Junior Zookeeper at the Center for Science Teaching and Learning.

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Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Winter Carnival and Valentine-Making, February 6-7

I'm always glad when February rolls around since it means spring is inching closer, and that's even more the case this year with the great weather we've been having. But winter isn't over yet, no matter what any groundhog thinks. A couple of ways to get out and enjoy the great outdoors this weekend are at a cool winter carnival (pictured) or on a hunt for animal footprints.

This weekend also offers up some events to celebrate the Lunar New Year with a puppet show, a monkey craft, or a celebration of the arts. Valentine's Day is just around the corner as well, and some great ways to prepare this weekend include pottery painting and a volunteer craft.

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

  • Be sure to look over the February GoList for our top picks of don't-miss activities this month.
  • These wicked cheap summer camps are great options to keep in mind when making plans for the kids for this summer.
  • Celebrate sweethearts of all kinds with family-friendly Valentine's Day activities. 
  • Notice anything different on Mommy Poppins Boston? We got a makeover! 

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

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