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10 Valentine's Day Activities: Cards, Crafts, and Things To Do

Valentine's Day is always on February 14, and yet somehow it seems to sneak up on our family each year in plain view, taking us by slow motion surprise. For weeks we've known that we need to come up with Valentine's Day cards for every kid in the class (and we all know what's happened to class sizes). Putting two and two together to make 27 construction paper hearts, though, always proves harder than we think. To avoid a late-night glue stick session on February 13, or a last minute defeated run to Target for a package of Dora and Diego cards, we have assembled a list of events to get help and inspiration for Valentine's Day card craft projects—before February 14. And the photo above? It speaks for itself.

Play Fair: Where Kids Can Discover Toys of the Future

This post is sponsored by Play Fair.

Imagine a place where all the world's toy makers get together to show off the brand new, not-on-the-shelves-yet toys they've invented to wow children of all ages. Sounds like heaven for kids, doesn't it? That's what Toy Fair is, but until now it's always been a strictly business, adults-only event. Well, all that's about to change with Play Fair, an awesome, two day toy fair especially for kids and families. On February 13 and 14, at the Javits Center, families can check out all the latest games and toys, plus tons of live entertainment and some special appearances. Toy Fair may just be the closest thing to a Willie Wonka world for toy-loving kids.

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 include 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 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 CT Kids: Libraries, Valentines, and Eagles, February 6-7

Even without the Patriots, for many of us this weekend is all about the Super Bowl. If you've got little ones, you know they can only sit still for so much non-animated TV so we've lined up all sorts of activities to wear them out before kickoff, whether they're interested in eagles, monster trucks, or anything in between.

This weekend is Take Your Child to the Library day, and libraries across the state are hosting all kinds of fabulous activities from concerts to llama visits to puppet shows, as well as magic shows at the libraries in Newtown and Bristol (all events are free, but check to see which require advanced registration). There will be staff on hand to sign kids up for their own library cards if they don't have them already.

We update our Events Calendar daily so be sure to check. To keep up with the latest family-friendly events and activities, be sure to also sign up for our newsletters, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Valentine's Day Activities & Crafts for Long Island Kids

With Valentine's Day fast approaching, love is definitely in the air. If your kids are anything like mine, they get a kick out of making special gifts and decorations to celebrate the holiday. And fortunately for Long Islanders, there are plenty of events to give your family a chance to get creative. From making a house plant to give to that special someone and cookie decorating to designing a heart flower pot and creating a mailbox, there is something for every child in your home. And for more fun events happening in the area--for Valentine's Day and beyond--be sure to check out our Long Island Events Calendar.

Lunar New Year Celebrations in Fairfield County

February is a busy month with President's Day, Valentine's Day, and Black History Month, but one sometimes overlooked holiday is the Lunar New Year. There are, of course, world famous events in NYC including the Chinatown Parade and Festival on February 14th (a great excuse to trek into the city), but there are many celebrations all over Connecticut continuing throughout the month as we welcome the Year of the Monkey!

Go Back to the Future of Tech with Silicon City Exhibit

While some tweens are hardwired to think in zeros and ones and are ready for advanced instruction in computer science, others are leery of the whole thing. I have one of each.

Luckily, both my enthusiastic coder and my reluctant techie found something to enjoy at the New-York Historical Society’s exhibit Silicon City: Computer History Made in New York, on view through April 17 where kids can see early computers, typewriters, phones and even try out classic video games like Space Invaders. Read on for what to expect from this uptown STEM art exhibit where drop-in coding classes are also on tap.

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