Best Things To Do Presidents Day Weekend: Scots, Lunar New Year, Founding Fathers

This weekend is about more than just the long weekend (though it is a long weekend). This weekend asks us to examine the power of the individual: to do good, to achieve, to entertain and inform.

Whether your skill is trick shotting, krill eating, or sheep herding, whether your area of expertise is geekdom or brick-building or onomatopoeia, this weekend reminds us that we can all rise up and achieve great things.

On Monday in particular, we look at the American presidency and the power of one individual to impact the lives of so many. LA is lucky to have two presidential libraries in the region, both of which offer up observances of the holiday. Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you are going to do with your kids on this long weekend. 

Read on for our most statesmanlike picks for this weekend …

Presidents Day Weekend Fun for Connecticut Kids, Feb 16-18

February weather can make any outing seem like a horrible idea, but there's too much family fun happening across Nutmeg State to hang around the house this weekend. In fact, there's so much to do, we're thankful for the extra day to pack it all in!

This Presidents Day weekend has a little bit of everything. In Mystic, you can warm up at the Tropical Sensation or cool of at the first-ever Ice Festival. New Haven celebrates the Year of the Pig at Lunarfest, while it's all about chocolate and Valentines in Fairfield County. On Monday, you can learn about and honor our great presidents in Bridgeport and Bristol.

Check out our February GoList and Winter Fun Guide if you're looking for more Presidents Day Weekend fun, or February school break inspiration.

Presidents Day Weekend Fun for Boston Kids, Feb 16-18

Who's ready for a week of no school and lots of family fun? This Presidents Day weekend kicks off a week full of February vacation activities that will get kids even more psyched to be on break, including a LEGO fest with a maritime twist,  Mickey and his gang on ice, and a Globetrotters show. Wrap up the Lunar New Year celebrations this holiday weekend with dancing and crafts at the McMullen, plus a festival and parade in Chinatown. National Engineers Week starts at the Boston Children's Museum this Presidents Day weekend with daily activities and exhibits centered around all things STEAM. Having fun AND learning? Sign us up!

Presidents Day Weekend: Lunar New Year Parade, Sesame Street, Kids Week

The holiday weekend leads right into midwinter break, so it's game on! From the Half Moon Sword Dance Fest, with performances in both Manhattan and Brooklyn, to the Great Backyard Bird Count at Wave Hill, to Sesame Street Live at the Garden, NYC is braced to entertain, educate, and dazzle kids of all ages.

Lunar New Year festivities continue with the big event on Sunday, the Parade through Chinatown. More celebrations rage at The Rubin Museum, Flushing's Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar, the New-York Historical Society and the Museum of Chinese in America.  

Presidents get their due at Fraunces Tavern's Open House, where you can get a glimpse of George Washington's hair and tooth, and at Mount Vernon's Washington's Birthday Ball. Meanwhile, Kids Week at the Intrepid, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's February Break Discovery Days, the new Bionic Me exhibit at the NY Hall of Science, Kids Week at Bryant Park, and Midwinter Recess fun at the Children's Museum of Manhattan all serve as excellent kickoffs for the February recess week ahead.

Remember, our Winter Fun Guide and February GoList are priceless heading into this week off, to say nothing of our list of FREE Things to Do Over Feburary Break. And our event calendar grows by the day...kind of like your kids.

Presidents Day Weekend Events for Westchester Kids

If you’re staying in town for the three-day weekend, get ready for lots of local fun for families right here in Westchester and the Hudson Valley.

As we reported in our February GoList, the circus is coming to town! The Royal Hanneford Circus will perform daring feats and other dazzlers over three days. For a different take on the circus, check out Cirque Zuma Zuma, a performance that includes acrobatic feats and prowess but with a taste of African culture.

For outdoor activities, savor the season with chilly-time fun at the Greenwood Lake Winter Carnival or take advantage of the start of maple-sugaring season. In anticipation of the release of the sequel, Legoland Discovery Center is kicking off a six-week Lego Movie 2 spectacle this weekend, with loads of interactivity and building.

And lest we should forget that Monday’s holiday is intended to honor Washington and Lincoln, celebrate accordingly with a fun historical event, such as the local Presidents’ Day celebration.

Read on for more of our top weekend picks and check out our Event Calendar for an even bigger selection of activities this weekend and beyond. Kids off from school next week? Check out 40 Things To Do on February School Break with Westchester Kids to avoid cabin fever and keep the fun rolling all week long!

Presidents Day Weekend Fun for Houston Kids, Feb. 16-17

I think we can all agree that all the recent back and forth of Houston weather has made it a little challenging to know what to do. Will it be hot or cold? Are those dark clouds actually bringing rain or just setting the scene for another gloomy day? It's been an all-out guessing game lately.

Because of this, we've been busy pulling out all of our best indoor activities: roller skating, ninja warrior courses, and laser tag when we need to get out of the house, exercise games, easy science experiments, and creative kids' crafts for those days we want to stay home.

This holiday weekend and the upcoming weeks are bringing all sorts of fun, though. Mardi Gras festivals are kicking into gear, rodeo is on its way, and there's still plenty of time to check out all the free things happening in February, like Mardi Gras on Main and the Houston Family Magazine Camp Fair. And if you find yourself scrambling for things to do on Presidents Day, rest assured, we have you covered there, too! Our event calendar is full of activities that are already planned for you and our Camp Guide will help you find the perfect solution for the holiday break if you don't have the day off with your kiddos.

We also recommend taking a look at our February GoList for some of the best free and cheap events happening around the city this month and signing up for our weekly newsletter; with so many great resources available, the hardest part isn't finding what to do, but picking the best event to attend.

Presidents Day Weekend Fun for Chicago Kids: Lunar New Year, Legos, Free Museums

Chicago families have plenty of fun options for the long February weekend. Wrap up your Lunar New Year celebrations at a FREE Chinese New Year party at Navy Pier on Saturday with crafts and live performances. Or get your vroom on at the final weekend of the Chicago Auto Show, with special kid-friendly programs for Family Day on Monday.

With the release of the second LEGO movie this weekend comes a chance for little brick fans to show off their own master builder skills at the LEGO celebration at Water Tower Place, or try recreating real-world masterpieces of architecture at the Chicago Architecture Center's Family Build on Sunday.

The animated Disney classic Beauty and the Beast returns to the big screen for $5 matinees in cinemas around town this weekend. But for live-action princess treatment with your favorite kiddo, there's also the Princess Ball at the Skokie Exploritorium, the Winter Wonderland Ball in Elmhurst, and a Daddy Daughter Dance at Soul City.

School's out on Monday, but the city's great cultural institutions are opening their doors: the Adler Planetarium, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Field Museum are all free (for Illinois residents) on Monday, and the Chicago History Museum is hosting a free, family-friendly President's Day Celebration with performances and real, live Lincolns (sorta).

For more winter fun ideas, check out our list of 50+ FREE Things to Do in Chicago This Winter, and our ultimate winter fun bucket list of 50 Things to Do Indoors With Chicago Kids. Our event calendar is fresh daily, too.

 

Presidents Day Weekend Events for Long Island Kids

Step into the wild with Jack Hanna at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury this weekend or kick it with Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could at the Long Island Children's Museum. 

School may be out of session in the coming week, but there are plenty of places to keep kids engaged and entertained. See our list of Presidents Week camps and programs for Long Island kids.

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

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Presidents Day Weekend for Philly Kids: History, Superheroes, Culture

Every year, Philly kids and parents alike look forward to Presidents Day Weekend, a three-day reprieve from the regular routine of school and work. Wondering how to spend this free time? With amazing activities found in our event calendar of course! There is something for everyone: History buffs, the unicorn and dragon obsessed, animal lovers, American Girl fans, and the musically inclined.

First, recognize this historical weekend by learning about the role of the presidency at the National Constitution Center, viewing presidential portraits of the Early Presidents at the Second Bank of the United States, and eating birthday cake with George Washington at Washington Crossing Historical Park. Then, enter the world of Mythical Creatures at the Academy of Natural Sciences or see real world flying things by participating in The Great Backyard Bird Count at Laurel Hill Gardens or West Laurel Hill Cemetery. Finally, splurge to see American Girl Live at The Kimmel Center or rock out to Grateful Dead tunes with The Rock & Roll Playhouse.

All tapped out on cash? Be sure to check out all the free fun left in February. For now, read on for our top picks for this extra-long weekend.

Presidents Day Weekend for DC Kids: History, Circus, Science

Midwinter activities abound this weekend. DC continues to its celebrations of the Chinese New Year. Family Science Days are back, and there's still time to enjoy maple sugaring and ice skating.

For families looking for something beautiful to do this weekend, the National Ballet of China is performing. Looking for a different kind of show? The Big Apple Circus is in town through most of March. And let's not forget all the great theater productions going on now as well.

Indoors or out, there's plenty to do on this chilly February weekend - enjoy!

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