25 Things To Do with Your Preschooler in Downtown Los Angeles

It's the New Year; time to get creative! There's only so much a parent can dream up for the kids to do in a 12 hour span of time, especially after a busy holiday season when there might have been too much on the things to do list.

Even if you live in a bustling city like Los Angeles, sometimes options for preschool activities seem limited—even more so the farther you get from the suburbs. As concrete and dry as Downtown LA might seem at times, I promise you there's a ton of stuff for families to do, particularly for you and your preschooler. Have fun exploring!

Weekday Picks for LI Kids: Arcade Age, Pirates, Animal Show, January 11-15

This week, kids can play old school video games at The Arcade Age, check out a pirate-themed show or learn about a variety of animals--and that's just a few of the fun things happening this week. 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.

Peppa Pig Arrives on a NYC Stage This Spring

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 New York City in April.

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.

We headed to New Jersey to see the show last month before it arrives here in NYC. Read on for our review, what to expect and how to manage a squirmy tot's first theater experience. Have an older sibling? Try one of our 10 Best Broadway Shows for kids.

8 Ways to Meet Other Long Island Moms

New to motherhood or your neighborhood? Seeking to meet other moms like you? The winter months can make it tough to get out of the house and socialize. But don't worry--you don't need to take out a personal ad. Get up and out to meet new folks (and kiddos) with these local ideas. And for more indoor ideas, check our our Inside Activity Guide.

Weekday Picks for LI Kids: Holiday Train Display, Creation Station, January 4-8

The holidays might be over and school is back in session, but there is still one last bit of seasonal fun to soak in this week. Check out the holiday train display at the Cradle of Aviation and the holiday lights in Long Beach. There's also fun for toddlers, with bouncing in Syosset and arts and crafts in Center Moriches.

For even more activities, check out our Long Island Events Calendar, which is updated daily. You can also get the best events of the week sent directly to your inbox each week if you sign up for our newsletter.

Baby Gym: Activities You Can Do With Infants at Home

Susan Izatt is an Early Childhood, Infant and Toddler Development expert and the Director and Co-founder of now-closed MoonSoup Early Childhood Studio. With years of experience playing with and teaching babies, Susan certainly knows how to get babies moving and make it fun. She agreed to share some activity ideas that parents can easily do at home with their babies excerpted from her upcoming book New Moms & First Time Dads. Thanks, Susan!

Mommy and Me Classes (and Daddy too) in New Jersey

When I had my first child in the middle of winter, I was dying to get out of the house and meet other moms with babies the same age. Solution? A Mommy and Me class. Suddenly I was meeting moms who provided me with some adult conversation after weeks of being home alone with a screaming infant. Back then there weren't too many options, but now the choices are endless: music, art, yoga, foreign languages, nature, swimming... You are sure to find something that will interest both you and your baby! And check out our Enrichment Programs, Classes and Activities Guide for NJ Kids.


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