Weekend Events: HarborFrost, Maple Sugaring, Toothpalooza

Ice sculptures, live music, food and wine pairings, children's activities, fire juggling, and fireworks are all part of this weekend's Sag Habor's HarborFrost celebration.

Visit dunes, swales, and shore habitats during a winter botany walk along barrier Fire Island. Or visit with the animals at Benner's Farm, help gather sap in the woods, and see how trees are tapped during the maple sugaring demonstration.

Touch whale teeth, hunt for shark teeth, meet the Tooth Fairy, and design a box for your baby teeth at The Whaling Museum during Toothapalooza.

Check our February GoList and events calendar for even more inspiration. Our Winter Fun Guide will keep you tuned in all season long.

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Weekend Fun for Chicago Kids: Polar Days, Orchids, Ferris Wheels, Dance Parties

This weekend's best activities for Chicago families are all about appreciating nature and the great outdoors. Polar Adventure Days on Northerly Island this Saturday means plenty of FREE outdoor winter action, including snowshoeing, hot cocoa, and live animals in their winter habitats. Or duck into a lush, fragrant greenhouse for a welcome taste of the tropics at the Chicago Botanic Garden's gorgeous Orchid Show. There's also the fun new TreeHouses exhibit to explore at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, with an indoor treehouse to climb and clues that teach kids about the secret lives of trees and those who call them home.

STEM-loving kids will find exciting things to build and make at the Chicago Architecture Center's Engineering Fest. The fest's theme takes the 1893 Chicago World's Fair as its inspiration, which means Ferris wheels galore. Family fun continues into the wee(ish) hours at the Sleepunder at the Chicago Children's Museum Saturday: Wear your jammies and be ready to jam. And if that groove thing just can't be contained, there's also a FREE family dance party at the taping of CHIC-A-GO-GO @ The Promontory on Sunday.

For even more winter family fun in Chicago, don't forget our roundup of 50+ Free Things to Do With Kids This Winter and our helpful "winter bucket list" of 50 must-do winter activities in Chicago. The event calendar is full of fun ideas, too.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Maple Syrup, Swing @ the Kimmel, Mardi Gras

Much fun is on tap this February weekend!  Get ready to enjoy sweet maple syrup, nature encounters, a unique virtual reality experience, Mummers fun, and free activities found in our event calendar.

Start off with breakfast. After all, it is the most important meal of the day! And, this time of year is best suited for pancakes and syrup since many locations throughout the Delaware Valley host maple sugaring events. Venues include Wissahickon Environmental Center, Churchville Nature Center, and Norristown Farm Park. Once filled with delicious sweetness, explore the outdoors with a Bird Walk at Newlin Grist Mill, Waterfowl Watch at Green Lane Park, or Owl Prowl at Bucktoe Creek Park.

For an extraordinary thrill, head into the city for Swing @ the Kimmel, a free virtual reality experience for kids 10 and up. Be sure to note that this is the last weekend for this attraction. Looking for fun that includes the little ones in the family? Check out Mummers costumes, photo booths, and face-painting at the Mummers Mardi Gras Festival held at 2300 Arena. Additional noteworthy highlights include free weekend fun such as Songwriters Showcase at Bryn Mawr College, Sundays on Stage at Parkways Central Library, and TechGirlz programming at Indian Valley Public Library, just to name a few.

Read on for out top picks on how to spend the weekend...

Weekend Fun for DC Kids: Crafts, Skating, Singalongs February 23-24, 2019

Can you believe we're at the last weekend in February already. Spring is next month. NEXT MONTH! But there's still wintery fun to be had, including a couple weeks left to enjoy some outdoor ice skating. Go maple sugaring, enjoy the circus, or make a craft. Or maybe you need some time to catch up on emails or run an errand; in which case, an indoor play space might be just the ticket for your Saturday or Sunday. 

Need more ideas? Head to our events calendar to see what else is in store this weekend.

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Low-Cost Summer Camp Lottery from NYC Parks Opens March 1

Summer is on the horizon and that means parents are scurrying to finalize summer camp placements. While we've got plenty of options in our Summer Camp Guide and Directory, you'd be hard-pressed to find a better full-summer deal than the one offered by the New York City Parks Department, which is set to open a low-cost camp lottery on Friday, March 1.

Read on for more details on this summer camp option that's budget friendly but full of over-the-top-fun for kids.

15 Free Things to Do With Kids at the Houston Rodeo

Everything is bigger in Texas, and this motto is exemplified in Houston's massive livestock show and rodeo - from the crowds to food selection - but your resulting credit card bill doesn't have to be. After paying the price of admission, there are lots of things to do as a whole family without spending another dime. That's not to say you won't be tempted by the smells of deep-fried goodness and adorable miniature cowboy and cowgirl hats. Read on for free and fun activities, all of which are open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. every day unless otherwise noted.

10 Things to Love About the DiMenna Children's History Museum at the New-York Historical Society

Kids are naturally intrigued by history—the "who, what, and when" of how the world as they know it came to be. Curious history buffs in the making (and their parents) take note: One of our favorite children's museums in NYC is actually tucked into the basement level of the the New-York Historical Society in the heart of the family-friendly Upper West Side, just steps from Central Park. If you haven't visited yet, read on for 10 reasons we love the DiMenna Children's History Museum at the New-York Historical Society, a hidden gem with plenty for kids to explore.

Tyra Banks' New Modelland in Santa Monica: Will It Be a Place To Bring Kids?

Model Tyra Banks is opening a theme park in Santa Monica—Santa Monica Place, to be exact—based upon her 2011 YA book and decades as a top model. While details about what the 12,000 square foot attraction will include are still vague right now (the space is due to open later this year), the hype is big, and your America's Next Top Model-addicted kids may already think they want to go. The question is whether you will want to take them.

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