Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Groundhog Day Celebration, WinterFest, January 30-31

Hopefully we’ve all dug out from the first winter wallop of the season! If you’ve got cabin fever, we’ve got the cure with dozens of great events happening around New Jersey. Stay warm and cozy inside with Saturday Afternoon at the Movies at Johnson Public Library or a Muppet Sing-Along at the Count Basie Theatre. You can also bundle up and get outdoors with a Tap that Tree maple sugaring demo at the beautiful Reed-Reeves Arboretum or try your hand at ice skating and snow shoeing during WinterFest at Thompson Park. And don’t forget about Groundhog Day – learn more about the famous rodent and this winter tradition at the Groundhog Day Celebration at the Watershed Reserve or during Groundhog Day Storytime at Barnes & Noble. Whatever you decide to do this weekend, we hope you enjoy it with family and friends. For additional activity options, check out our Event Calendar.

Indoor Rock Climbing for Philly Area Families

Looking for a family activity that can be both challenging and fun for the entire family? There are tons of indoor activities to do with kids, but rock gyms offer a way for the grown-ups to get moving alongside their children. Sure, everyone enjoys a trip to the museum or bounce gym, but it's also good to change it up from time to time.

Check out our list of rock-climbing facilities—a few of them are road trip material, but who doesn't like exploring a new town once in a while? 

Cooking Classes Across NYC for Aspiring Kid Chefs

If your kitchen can’t contain that budding Food Network star, there are plenty of stellar cooking classes throughout New York City for the littlest chefs, from toddlers to teens. 

We’ve rounded up the best food prep courses in the area. And who knows? Maybe you’ll get a delicious kid-made dinner out of the deal—or maybe even expand a picky someone's palate! 

10 Ways to Celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year With Kids in Boston

Whether you’re looking for traditional music and dance, a parade, a big Chinese New Year festival complete with a Lion Dance, or simply a fun craft to celebrate the the Lunar New Year, Boston has it all. Check out these great picks for families to celebrate the Year of the Monkey.

You’ll also find links for cooking traditional recipes for kids, children's books about the New Year, and visiting Boston’s Chinatown.

Groundhog Day: Where To Find Groundhogs (and Their Shadows) with LA Kids

The simple truth is that we Southern Californians are less inclined to seek out rodents to predict the weather than are our Eastern counterparts. The weather doesn't hold the same mystery for us as it does for, say, New Englanders. But that doesn't mean we have to be left out in the cold on Groundhog Day. After all, who can resist the fun of an entire holiday dedicated to ambushing a small, furry animal first thing in the morning and scrutinizing its shadow (or lack thereof)? So while the people of Punxsutawney put on their top hats to attend their highly scientific meteorological gathering, how about we find some ways to show that we care about their weather, too? After all, if the little guy is calling a premature end to ski season, we might want to know.

Where Westchester Kids Can Learn and Have Fun in Chappaqua

We've highlighted our favorite things to do in the quaint village of Chappaqua, and we've let you know about the best places to eat with a family. We're now focusing on the best places to play in the area.

With parks, gymnastics, music academies, a yoga studio and more, families needn’t worry about finding something fun and educational to do all year round. Read on for our top picks on where to play and learn in this great town, and sign up for our FREE newsletters to stay in the loop. 

Makerspaces for New Jersey Kids

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) is not only a huge buzzword in education, but also with parents hoping to raise the next Steve Jobs. The term STEM has been around since 2003, but lately there's been a greater focus on education integration at an early age. Makerspaces are locations that foster the notions of STEM, where children and adults can build things, take risks, celebrate successes and failures, collaborate and most of all, have fun! Check out these great Makerspace locations. From 3D printers to sewing machines and software, each of these destinations is stocked with high-tech equipment that will help you and your kids turn ideas into reality. 

Birthday Party Venues for Philly Tweens

You've made it! You have a decade or more of parenthood under your belt, and new and exciting challenges and learning experiences are on the horizon. Your little baby is a baby no more, but a tween! And that in-between age calls for something unique and fun that really celebrates the individual your child is and has become. Here are some of our top picks.

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