Weekend Fun for Long Island Kids: Harborfrost, Maple Sugaring

Close out the February school break with a bang! Celebrate winter in Sag Harbor at HarborfrostLearn how to tap a tree for sap at Benner's Farm's maple sugaring demonstration. Get up close with some Fearsome Jaws of Dinosaurs at Caleb Smith park. Hunt for shark teeth and have a toothy good time at the Whaling Museum's Toothpalooza celebration.

For more activities to fill the weekend, pop over to our February GoList or Winter Fun Guide. And if you're keeping an eye on your wallet after the holidays, check out our list of 20 FREE Things to Do With Long Island Kids This Winter.

Of course, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily events for Long Island kids. Don't see a great event here? Add it to our calendar yourself

Love That Dog: A Poignant Comedy About Finding Your Voice

New York City Children's Theater's latest production for school-age kids, Love That Dog, is a one-actor play that manages to be both entertaining and poignant. Jack is a 10-year-old boy whose class is learning about poetry in school. He's not thrilled, to say the least, but as he listens to and writes poems he becomes caught up in the magic of words, eventually sharing his story with the audience.

It's one of our top picks for children's theater this winter in NYC. Find out why.

Indoor Play Spaces for Kids in South Jersey

With beaches, boardwalks, camping, hiking trails, and canoeing in easy reach, South Jersey often brings family fun to a whole new level. But during the chilly winter months—or when rain threatens your warm-weather plans—you can find plenty of fun inside at one of South Jersey's many indoor playgrounds.

For indoor fun in other parts of the state, check out our guide to indoor play spaces in Central and Northern NJ.

Where to get Fasnachts, King Cakes, Paczki, and Donuts for Mardi Gras in Philadelphia

Whether you call it Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Tuesday, one thing is clear- the best way to celebrate is with some delicious sweet treats! The King Cake is a Mardi Gras tradition where a plastic baby is baked right inside the cake! Whomever receives the lucky slice, gets to host the next party (or at least get next year's King Cake). The Pennsylvania Dutch celebrate Fasnacht Day by getting rid of all the fat in the house before Lent, which means yummy donuts (and the tradition states that if you don't eat one, you won't have a very good year). Paczkis are the Polish version of the pre-Lent donut. No matter what you call it, we've found all the best places around town to grab your special treat.

What's for Dinner? Meal Delivery Plans that Work for SoCal Families

Dinner happens every day, and family members are quick to remind you of its existence. “What’s for dinner?” “When’s dinner?” “Have you started on dinner?” Notice a theme?

Thoughts of it echo in your head as a busy mom, and the pressure can be especially unnerving if you aren’t a foodie. You want a meal to be quick, easy, and healthy, but the grocery store is a hassle with tired kids in tow; the fast-food window brings inevitable guilt, and you can't do Happy Hour every night.

This is why fresh meal delivery services are flourishing in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas, with more are popping up all the time. Led by Blue Apron and other innovators, these services deliver either complete meal kits with the recipes and perfectly proportioned fresh ingredients, or ready-made meals to your front door. And what kid doesn't like getting and opening boxes?

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Elsa and Olaf, Lego Art, Choo-Choo Soul

Whether your kids are winding down the winter school break or you're simply searching for family boredom-busters, we've got your weekend covered. You can wow your preschoolers with a live show featuring Genevieve from Disney Channel's Choo-Choo Soul, or celebrate Mardi Gras by decorating a colorful mask. Chilly days are perfect for exploring a Frozen-themed ice carnival or going ice skating with Elsa and Olaf. For even more family fun, check out our list of 30 things to do over winter break and our Event Calendar.

A Trip to Connecticut Children's Museum in West Hartford

It's great to live in a state with plenty of museums aimed at kids of all ages. One such museum is Connecticut Children's Museum in West Hartford. This place has a little bit of everything, from wildlife to engineering, and can entertain a wide range of ages on a lot of different levels. The museum also boasts one of Connecticut's  many Planetariums offering multiple shows daily for a small additional fee.

St. Patrick's Day Events for Long Island Kids and Families

Few regions embrace St. Patrick’s Day more than Long Island.

From Manhasset to Montauk, from the first weekend of March till the last, Main Streets across the Island come alive with pipers, parade marchers, traditional food, music, dance and more. Huntington Village itself swells to more three times its natural size when visitors celebrate its annual parade each year on the second Sunday of March. It’s the second-largest St. Patrick’s Day gathering in New York State dwarfed only by New York’s City’s celebration on the feast day itself, March 17.

We here at Mommy Poppins have all you need to get into the spirit of the season, beginning with the Kings Park parade on March 4 and climaxing with Montauk’s on March 26. Most of these events are low cost or FREE, ideal for families, and appropriate for first-generation Irish-Americans or those who are just Irish for a day.

Read on for our favorites from among the 20-plus parades that will take place in Patrick’s honor this month on the Island. Click through for details, including parade routes, dates, times and more. As always see our Long Island Events Calendar for the best in family entertainment all month long.

8 Rock Climbing Walls for Kids in New York City

Indoor rock climbing is a great way for kids to get some needed activity in the dead of winter or year-round. Why not let them bounce off someone else’s walls for a change, right? Plus, it takes concentration, discipline, and strength, all qualities we're happy to expose them to.

New York City boasts more than half a dozen indoor boulders, at least one in almost every borough, plus a brand-new outdoor, seasonal spot. The best part? Kids tend to love the activity and it isn't too pricey. Try it out in a drop-in program, or sign up for one of the many after-school classes or break camps offered at the eight rock climbing facilities profiled below.

Find more active fun in our Kids' Sports Centers Guide.

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