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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.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Stories, Art, Animals Jan 25-29

As we shovel the snow from the Blizzard of 2016, it is time to focus on the week ahead. Since many Philly families were cooped up inside over the weekend, both parent and child are ready to get out. Thankfully, our Events Calendar can provide many options for the week.

Explore Morris Arboretum's Tu B'Shevat program, make a craft with Chester County Arts Association at Exton Mall's Mommy and Me, enjoy a winter walk at Briar Bush Nature Center's Magic Mornings, or listen to a Book in the Nook at Delaware Museum of Natural History. Be sure to check out indoor play spaces in Philly, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties, as they can provide a much-needed escape from home this time of year.

Stay connect to Mommy Poppins Philly on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram. Enjoy the week ahead!

Not Just Skiing: Smugglers' Notch Is Year Round Vermont Resort for Families

Smugglers' Notch Resort is one of my family's favorite places to ski in Vermont, and like many other families in the Northeast, we find ourselves returning year after year to hit the slopes. However, we vacationed here last summer and discovered it's also a great year-round destination. We will be visiting again this February during our extended family ski trip, but another summer trip to Smugglers' Notch Resort is awfully tempting, too.

With outdoor adventures and special activities, each season at Smugglers' Notch has its own individual charm. The resort reinvents itself throughout the year, offering families distinct and unique recreation options to make the most of a mountain vacation. 

Free Skiing for Kids in New York, New Jersey, Vermont

Let's face facts: No matter how exhilarating skiing and snowboarding are, they are also among the most expensive activities in which a family can participate—especially if your kids take a single run and spend the rest of the day sipping cocoa.

Thankfully, many nearby state ski associations, and even a local resort, offer free lift tickets to grade-schoolers, including those in New York City. Of course, there are hurdles to clear to get those benefits—kids need to be the appropriate age, apply online and, in some cases, maintain a desired GPA. But for avid skiers and riders or those who merely want to try out the sports, these programs can save you plenty of cash when skiing with the kids.

These programs do not require residency so children from NYC are eligible for all of them. Read on for more information on how to ski for free in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Check our Ski and Snow Sports Guide for more fun on local hills and mountains.

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Winterfest, Movies, and Whales, January 23-24

There's finally snow in the forecast this weekend! If you can't wait to get out there and celebrate the white stuff, then you have not one but two Winterfest celebrations to take advantage of: the last weekend for free skating in Bushnell Park and the annual celebration at Earthplace in Westport. If, on the other hand, a snowstorm sounds like a good excuse to stay bundled up inside, the good news is there there is a huge range of family friendly movies screening all over the state this weekend, many of them free, including Horton Hears a Who, Mulan, Happy Feet, Shaun the Sheep, The Martian, Frozen, and more.

We update our Events Calendar daily so be sure to check back often and if the weather's at all questionable, make sure to check with venues directly for news of closings, cancelations, and schedule changes before you head out. 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.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: MLK Jr., Museums, Nature Jan 18-22

Whether you have off on Monday, or it is just another typical week in January, our Events Calendar is ready to provide many ideas on what to do with the kids. This week, Longwood Gardens hosts its annual OrKid Day, which is filled with discovery stations and children's activities. Many local museums offer free or discounted admission in honor of Martin Luther King Day, such as National Liberty Museum, National Museum of American Jewish History, and African American Museum in Philadelphia. And, outdoorsy types can find nature hikes and animal experiences this week as well.

Be sure to plan out all your winter fun with the help of our recently published 25 Things We Want to Do with Philly Kids This Winter post and our Ski & Snow Sport Guide. Stay connected to Mommy Poppins Philly on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram. Enjoy the week ahead!

A Hudson Valley Family Getaway: Rocking Horse Ranch

For families looking for a fun weekend getaway near NYC, Rocking Horse Ranch in New York's Hudson Valley is a definite crowd-pleaser in winter or summer. This year-round, all-inclusive resort provides non-stop activities for all ages, including an indoor water park, horseback riding, snow tubing, skiing and even spa services and babysitting, all of which add up to a memorable family getaway less than two hours from NYC.

Read on for our parent review of the resort and useful tips to know before you go.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Theater, Nature, Stories Jan 11-15

The month of January can be grey and dull. But, it certainly doesn't have to be. Make it lively and exciting by filling your week with activities found in our Events Calendar.

This week, children can stay busy by learning about movement, taking in a theater production, or discovering interesting facts about owls. Or, take baby to a movie at Bryn Mawr Film Institute or bring the older kids to Bartram's Gardens for its Homeschooler Day.

To keep up with new events that are constantly added to our listing, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram. Make it a great week!

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