Kids Play for Free at These New York City Stores

Looking for a new winter play destination? With a shiny new FAO Schwarz filled with delights and an American Girl mega-store, there's no shortage of stores in New York City where kids can play for free. You'll find options as varied as building Lego friends, exercising on the Wii Fit, or getting their train fix for the day, and the kids will be so exhausted by day's end, they might not even whine about leaving the Nintendo system behind (fingers crossed).

For more indoor play options, check out our guide to Indoor Play Spaces and Fun Zones in NYC.
 

12 Fun Things to Do Over the Holiday Break with DC Kids

Waterskiing Santas, tree lightings, and holiday markets, oh my! It's almost Christmas, which means it's almost Christmas break. What are DC area families to do when all the gifts are open and kids are chomping at the bit to get out of the house? From free fun to great winter activities, Mommy Poppins DC has you covered. Read on for our top picks on what to do during this holiday school break. 

Check in with our events calendar, too, for more ideas.

Where To Enjoy High Tea in New Jersey with Kids

If your little sweetie loves the finer things in life—and has the patience to make it through a sit-down meal—he or she may be ready to enjoy an afternoon at one of NJ's many local tea rooms. From the fine china and finger sandwiches to the tempting sweets, your little one will be enchanted during this special one-on-one mommy time. Many host sweet birthday parties, and several offer special holiday events.

New Roller Rink at Industry City Hosts Family Skate Weekends

NYC has a brand-new indoor roller skating rink, just in time to skate out those rainy winter afternoon crazies. Lola Starr, longtime host of roller skate parties for grownups at the LeFrak Center in Prospect Park, debuted a 15,000 square-foot indoor roller skating space on December 8 in Industry City, Brooklyn, which will host family skating parties every Saturday and Sunday all winter long. We recently visited for a satisfying afternoon skate, and had a chance to talk with Starr about upcoming plans for NYC's newest roller rink. For a peek inside the colorful new space, read on.

Outdoor Ice Skating in the Philadelphia Area

During the chill of the holidays in the Philadelphia area it's tough to think of a more traditional outdoor winter activity to do with the family than ice skating. Getting bundled in hats and scarves, lacing up your skates, and warming up with a steaming cup of hot chocolate after a spin on the ice is sure to please kids young and old.

There are several temporary outdoor ice rinks set up in the Philadelphia area this season, providing unique settings for this fun winter sport. We also have a list of Pennsylvania state parks that offer ice skating when the conditions are right. So whether you are a novice on the ice, or you're ready to show off your triple axel, see our list of outdoor rinks for a memorable day with the family.

Grand Park's Free Holiday Lights Display Makes a trip to DTLA Worthwhile

Let's just agree that you can never have too many holiday light displays. Enjoying things that go sparkle in the night is a great way to create a holiday outing without breaking the bank—but maybe you'd like something more interactive than the good ol' drive past the neighborhood lights? Then jump at the chance to check out Grand Park's free Winter Glow light display in Downtown LA.

20 Fun Things for Boston-Area Kids to do Over Holiday Break

Christmas is here, and with it comes school break. While it's nice to kick back and relax from busy December schedules, it can be stressful to be the social planner for your family in the midst of the holiday season. Thankfully, there is no shortage of fun and easy things to do in the Boston area, including these 20 prime picks. From artsy explorations to Fanastic Beasts scavenger hunts to DIY candy cane mazes, there's no shortage of ways to nip "I'm bored" in the bud all week long.

And don't forget to check out our events calendar and Holiday Fun Guide for even more ways to spend some time with your little ones this season!

30 Things to Do Over Holiday Break with Long Island Kids

We get it. School vacation is intimidating for some parents. The kids will be home all week and in need of entertainment. Yikes! 

Well, we're here to help. In this post, we've rounded up 30 of our top December break activities for Long Island families—some are even FREE—from drop-in play to lingering holiday-themed events. For even more inspiration, check out our roundup of great holiday shows for kids and Twelve Things to Do on Christmas Eve With Long Island Kids.

For most Long Island kids, Christmas break runs from Monday, December 24 through Tuesday, January 1. For a full list of events and happenings on Long Island, check out our daily events calendar. And our December GoList has a number of fun activities for kids through the end of the month.

20 Things to do with the Kids on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Connecticut

It's here! The "most wonderful" time of year! The decorations are up, the menu is planned and most of the gifts are wrapped. After much research, and a little bit of panic, I was able to get our "media issues" resolved so that we can watch "It's a Wonderful Life" on the big screen (all by myself)! Bring it on, I'm ready for you Christmas! And I hope you are too (or are on your way to finishing up). No matter what you celebrate, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or a combination of the above, may you have a wonderful holiday season. Here is a list of 20 events happening on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in case you are looking for something to do.

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