Shastye Art and Play Space for Kids Opens in Astoria

A new indoor art gallery and play space in Astoria, Queens, is offering drop-in art-making and play sessions for toddlers and preschoolers and loads of creative classes for older kids. 

Shastye Art Gallery and Play Space is an intimate indoor play venue in this family-centric Queens neighborhood founded by professional artist Shasta Molnar. While not the largest play space we've reviewed—it is easily spotted by its red awning—it has a huge personality, offering family-friendly activities from crafting to indoor fort-making.

Valentine’s Day Fun: Top 5 FREE Activities for Westchester Kids

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, and love is in the air! If you’re anything like me, you vow every year to step up your holiday crafting (remember all those great ideas you pinned and downloaded?), but in the mad dash of daily living resort to the ol’ standby of decorating pink and red construction paper with crayons and stickers. This Valentine’s Day, we propose the perfect solution: Take it on the road.

Our Event Calendar includes numerous ways to get ready for Valentine’s Day. Below, we’ve culled our top five FREE events that allow kids of all ages the opportunity to whoop it up at celebrations, enhance the home décor and make gifts for their special sweetheart—all without getting any glitter on your rug!

Happy Valentine’s Day from Mommy Poppins!

Weekday Event Picks for NJ Kids: Groundhog Party, Heart Carnival, February 1-5

So, how long is this sudden surge of winter going to last? Perhaps Punxsutawney Phil can give us a clue this week at Groundhog Prediction Party or Groundhog Day: The Real Story. Plus, enjoy some warm freebies at Pottery Barn Kids Storytime, Kidz Muzik Celebration and Valentine Family Night. And don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more options!

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. 

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