New Indoor Playground Offers Eco-Friendly Fun for Little Ones

Just in time for those cooped-up, cold winter months, a new imaginative, eco-friendly play space has arrived in NJ: Woodland Indoor Playground in Cedar Grove, a Scandinavian-inspired play space created by Montclair mom-preneurs Julija Stoliarova and Marina Miller. Woodland will offer fun for kids and families while giving back to the community via a partnership with the Community Food Bank of NJ.   

The play space is open for business as of today, Wednesday, December 12.

Circus Abyssinia Is a Jaw-Dropping Holiday Show Kids Will Love

I love that the New Victory Theater usually presents a circus show as its holiday production—after all, if there's anything as magical and sparkly as the holiday season itself, it's the circus. Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams may have a different vibe than the Big Apple Circus, but it's just as charming and jaw-dropping. Especially when you realize the troupe was formed just last year!

At just 100 minutes including intermission, with inventive twists on familiar acts, Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams is an exhilarating holiday show for the whole family. Read on to find out about the fabulous feats you'll see—and how you can meet and take pics with the performers.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Trains, Santa, Museums December 15-16

During this December weekend, Philly families can fill the most wonderful time of the year with some holiday fun perfect for both the young and young at heart. Our event calendar is bursting at the seams with activities to enchant, delight, and mesmerize kids of all ages.

Train lovers can watch model trains barrel down the track at Morris Arboretum, Longwood Gardens, Brandywine River Museum, or The Museum of American History. Or, experience an actual train ride at Colebrookdale Railroad, New Hope & Ivyland Railroad, Strasburg Railroad, or West Chester Railroad. Those interested in catching up with Santa to find out if they made the nice list this year can find him at The Please Touch Museum, at The Hard Rock Cafe, or at Adventure Aquarium.

Families looking for a reprieve from holiday activities can explore nature at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, go on a scavenger hunt at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, learn about Lila Liberty at the National Liberty Museum, discover how the Lenape used clay in daily life at Churchville Nature Center, or see Romeo and Juliette on stage at Wolf Performing Arts Center.

Be sure to filter our event calendar using the tags and locations to find the best activities for your crew. Enjoy your weekend!

6 Places Where Kids Can Learn to Ski or Snowboard Near Boston

Teaching a child to ski is no easy feat. Between the gear, ticketing costs, and power struggles, it can often be a better bet to sign a child up for ski lessons. Luckily, within an 80-minute drive of Boston, there are a half-dozen simple ski facilities—five downhill mountains, and one cross country course—with gentle, wide-open slopes that are perfect for learning this great winter activity. All offer rentals and lessons, courtesy of experienced instructors who are accustomed to working with new (and sometimes overwhelmed) skiers, and a family-friendly atmosphere where a slopes-confident parent can, alternatively, have plenty of space to teach a child on their own. While a good snowstorm can happen at any time, the mountains are making as much snow as they possibly can. Call or register online ahead as far in advance as possible, and take heart—just like a potty training and two-wheeling, they will get the hang of it eventually! After a few lessons, your family may even feel a bit more ambitious and ready for a classic New England ski weekend getaway!

Where to Donate Kids' Clothes, Toys, and Gear Across NYC

With two adults and three kids in my family's typically small NYC apartment, the holiday season stresses me out. Not because of all the things I need to do, but because of all the extra "stuff" that I know is about to flood our home. That's why this is my favorite time of year to donate my kids' gently (or sometimes never!) used clothes, toys, books, and other items so we can free up some space, support worthy charities, and get the whole family in a giving mindset.

We've gathered details on several organizations where you can donate quality used items during the holidays and beyond. Be sure to contact the charities directly to confirm what they accept and how best to drop off. 

7 Places to Have Afternoon Tea with Long Island Kids

When the weather is cold, enjoying a warm cup of tea with your favorite little person is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.

From sampling a variety of tea flavors to tasting yummy miniature sandwiches and scones, these Long Island tea rooms offer a warm welcome in an elegant setting just in time for Hot Tea Month in January.

For more delicious fun with your little ones, check out our list of the best Long Island brunch destinations for families, or treat yourself to our roundup of the Island's most decadent dessert spots

Weekend Fun: Shopkins Live, Cookie Crawl, Kwanzaa Festival

Christmas is less than two weeks away! Take a break from the mad rush of holiday preparation, and take in some light and sweet holiday fun. Brilliant holiday displays continue to shine throughout New Jersey, including Jenkinson's Sea of Lights, Turtle Back Zoo Holiday Lights, and Skylands Stadium Christmas Light Show.

Bring the family, and a sweet tooth, to tasty festivities like the Fourth Annual Hot Chocolate Hike Weekend, Holiday Cookie Crawl, and Grain House Cookie and Kindness Brunch. Still hungry? Load up on breakfast fare with St. Nick over the weekend at Santa brunches

Relax at warm, indoor events including Winter Traditions: Storytime and Craft, Storytime with Mrs. Claus, Shopkins Live at UCPAC, and Kwanzaa Family Festival. There are plenty of holiday shows and Nutcracker performances taking place over the weekend, too.

Find even more weekend options in our Holiday Guide, including 50+ Awesome Santa Activities in New Jersey and 30 Christmas and Holiday Events for NJ Babies and Toddlers. And look to our December GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

Don't Miss PA Ballet's The Nutcracker this Holiday Season

This classic Christmas ballet returns to Philadelphia for another season of holiday pageantry. Since 1968 the Pennsylvania Ballet has been performing The Nutcracker, drawing countless families and performing arts fans. If you have the chance to see this year's show, you won't be disappointed. The sights and sounds of the dazzling dancers, eye-catching costumes, vivid sets, and phenomenal orchestral performance will make you eager to take your seat again after intermission. Having been there, we're here to tell you all about it. Keep reading for more a sneak peek of this ballet performance.

Best Toy Stores in NYC: 13 Family Favorites and Destination Toy Shops

Whether your toy shopping trip is a winter day activity, a pre-birthday party stop, a bit of Santa research, or a special family outing, NYC's toy store options do not disappoint. From painstakingly curated indie experiences to unforgettable big-brand toy extravaganzas, we’ve rounded up over a dozen of our favorite go-to toy stores across New York City, where you’re sure to find the perfect item for your little one or the winning gift for a birthday party

10 Family Ski Resorts In and Near Connecticut: The Lowdown

If your winter does not allow for snowy escapes to Vermont or New Hampshire, fear not. Connecticut ski resorts - though obviously not as vertically exhilarating - offer plenty of thrills for easier-to-manage day trips, and let's face it: the coldest season is much more fun if you stay active and enjoy the outdoors. The Mommy Poppins Winter Fun Guide highlights plenty of ways to help you do just that! Below is an overview of some of the area's best family-friendly ski resorts, whether you love zooming down slopes on skis or in the comfort of a snow tube. Tip: if you want to avoid lines, head to any of these mountains early in the morning and be pleasantly surprised. Going on a weekday always helps, too. If cross-country skiing is more your thing, check out these recommendations in Hartford and Fairfield counties. For even more skiing and snow sports ideas, browse our Ski and Snow Sports Guide.

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