Chinese Lunar New Year Parades and Free Celebrations in NYC

The Lunar New Year is one of our favorite winter celebrations in New York City, and we're particularly excited for 2016's family activities.

Often referred to as the Chinese New Year, although many Asian nations celebrate it, the holiday is taking place two weeks earlier than last year, on Monday, February 8, 2016, and NYC public schools are closed for the holiday for the very first time. It's also the Year of the Monkey, the ultimate kid animal! We can't think of a better reason to mark this school and cultural holiday with a full family celebration.

So read on for the best Lunar New Year parades, family dance parties, museum events, crafts and more for NYC kids. 

Commemorating the Lunar New Year is also great time to enjoy Asian food and learn about Asian culture. And with celebrations and parades in almost every borough, it's also an opportunity to go out and explore a new-to-you neighborhood like Flushing in Queens or Sunset Park in Brooklyn.

February GoList: The Best Things to Do in Westchester with Kids

Though February is prone to unsavory weather, the bright side is the many exciting family events happening in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. With celebrations of Valentine’s Day, Presidents’ Day, Black History Month, Mardi Gras, Chinese New Year and even Leap Day, the fun just keeps on coming!

Not all the events we’re highlighting this month fall under those themes. There’s also the return of the Royal Hanneford Circus and Hudson River EagleFest, and the start of Maple Sugar Tours. February is also chock-full of promising performances, like the exotic Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, as well as seasonal fun such as Old-Fashioned Winter’s Afternoon.

This is just the tip of the iceberg! Read on for the full list of our top picks for February, but remember: these are only some of the many great events we’ve compiled on our Event Calendar, and more keep on coming, so check back often. You can rely on this resource when planning the week off from school—and all throughout February. Sign up for our FREE newsletters to stay tuned!

February GoList: The Best Things to do with Long Island Kids this Month

It might be the shortest month of the year, but there's certainly no shortage of things to do on Long Island with the kids in February. From learning about animals and celebrating the history of video games to enjoying a Valentine's tea and maple sugaring, mom and dad can find plenty of events and activities to keep the kids occupied during the cold weather. So bundle up and enjoy!

And as always, be sure to check out our Long Island Events Calendar, which is constantly being updated with new and exciting activities throughout the month.

Best Things to Do with NYC Kids: February GoList

Get your calendars ready! Here are the top 15 things to do with kids in New York City this February, five of which are FREE.

Even though it's the shortest month, there are still plenty of awesome family activities in NYC. Our February GoList includes annual favorites such as Chinatown's Lunar New Year Parade; the Intrepid's activity-filled Kids Week during public school midwinter break; and two huge movie fests for families: BAMkids Film Festival and the New York International Children's Film Festival. And, of course, there are some brand-new, exceptional-sounding shows, concerts and other special experiences for kids.

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.

Be sure to sign up to receive our Weekend Round up every Thursday and our Weekday Picks every Monday so they can be delivered directly to your inbox. Mommy Poppins Philly hopes you have a great weekend!

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