Parent's Night Out Childcare Options in Houston

As parents, we all need a break from being "on" from time to time even if it's just for a few hours. Whether it's dinner with your spouse, a night out with friends, or a few hours where you just shed the role of "parent" and enjoy some alone time, we need those nights off duty. But what happens when you can't find a sitter? You take the kids to a local Parent's Night Out! Many churches, gyms, and other businesses have dedicated evenings - usually on Friday or Saturday - for parents to come drop their kids off for a few hours in a safe, supervised setting. The kids get to play games and do crafts with other kids, and you get a few hours off; it's a win-win situation for everyone. To make scheduling your next "adults only" night easy, we've rounded up Parent's Night Out offerings across the Houston area - and even a Parent's Day Out so you can enjoy the random day date, too. 

NYC Museums Open Doors for Free on Inauguration Day

As the country swears in a new president Friday, January 20, a number of New York City museums are opening up their doors for FREE. Many others will host American- or historical-themed events, or even protest sign making at one.

Perhaps it should come as no surprise that in a city where residents overwhelmingly voted against President-elect Donald Trump, that NYC is in less of a celebratory mood than a reflective or even defiant one. Protests continue, including the Women's March on NYC, this Saturday. But the museums' outreach, a sort of taking in of those looking for camaraderie on Inauguration Day, is a welcome touch.

And in the spirit of making lemonade out of lemons, we've rounded up 11 ways to commiserate your Inauguration Day away. Whether you spend it taking in one of the city's cultural institutions FREE of charge, or in the company of like-minded friends we wish you the best on what still strikes us as a truly surreal day.

Liddle Bites Play Cafe: A Welcome Addition to Long Beach

Sometimes a change of destination and access to new toys—ones you don't have to actually buy—is all small children and their parents need to survive the harshest months of winter.

Liddle Bites Play Cafe in Long Beach is one of the newest and sweetest indoor play spaces to open in Nassau County. With plenty of toys, costumes, and structures set up to encourage play, seating, and even snacks, it's an intimate and complete play space that helps kids stay engaged and unleash imaginations — no matter what the weather is like outside.

Kid Film Festivals and Indie Movie Theaters in NYC

A visit to the movies is tempting in the cold of winter, but big-budget family film options can be lackluster. Why not rediscover the magic of the movies at a children's film festival?

City kids can sit back and enjoy the carefully curated lineup at the BAMkids Film Festival and New York International Children's Film Festival. These showcase international and offbeat shorts and features. You'll also find cool classics every Sunday at Film Forum Jr., as well as a mix of indie and classics at BAM this winter and spring with its BAMkids movie matinee series. Each offers dozens of picks for preschoolers up to tweens. Plus, ticket prices can be less costly—most are less than $15 per person.

Here are details on these festivals, as well as theaters such as the Film Forum known to offer regular indie kid flicks. 

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Women's March, Moana Sing-along, Year of the Rooster, Jan 21 - 22

This is a weekend to express yourself. Whether you're walking the walk or talking the talk, yours is a voice that needs to be heard.

It's also a weekend of celebrated figures: you can rub shoulders with Daniel Tiger, Splash and Bubbles, and LEGO Batman. You can rock out with kid rock stars (as well as Justin Roberts, the Hollow Trees, and Emily Arrow). Whether your taste is fine theater or grand spectacle, there's plenty to be had, with prime options in Beverly Hills, Costa Mesa, and Long Beach (to name a few).

Or perhaps you choose this as a time to reflect on the world around us: to commune with that other Mother (Nature) and do your part to keep our shared world clean.

However you choose to make your statement this weekend, we have suggestions to get you started.....

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Kemah, Arbor Day, Jan 21-22

This weekend is a typical warm winter weekend in Houston, so take advantage of it and head down to Kemah for their discounted all-day passes or to Galveston for Restaurant Week. You and your family can also experience all kinds of celebrations for the Year of the Rooster, the Chinese New Year, all over town. If you are still working on your New Year's resolution to get back into shape after the holidays, we have a motivating list of gyms and yoga classes with childcare

For a complete list of fun outings, check out our event calendar for citywide happenings every day. Plus, our January GoList will help you plan a full month of fun with the best events around Houston. Did you know you can also submit your own events? And finally, don't forget to sign up for our weekly newsletter to read about fun things to do each weekend in Houston. Here's the event lineup for this weekend:

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Performances, Chinese New Year January 21-22

The month of January provides a variety of entertainment for Philly families. If your family is into the theater, this weekend won't disappoint as there are many shows on stage such as The Media Theatre's Disney's Cinderella Kids and The Delaware Children's Theatre's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Music lovers can hear the sweet sounds of the Ambler Symphony Orchestra with a special children's concert held at The Ambler Theater. Learn more about the Chinese culture and the Year of the Rooster at Penn Museum or the Garden State Discovery Museum. Camp indoors at Tyler Arboretum, or venture outdoors for a cross-country ski lesson at Norristown Farm Park. Did someone say family ski trip? Vote for Philly Besties for a chance to WIN a getaway weekend to Camelback Resort

Be sure to browse through our events calendar to view all the options. Narrow your search by location, age, and tags. Plan the year ahead with a look at our first annual 2017 Philly GoList. Now, get out there and enjoy the fun that awaits.

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Jedi Training, Wingmasters, and Bubbleman; Jan 21-22

January is all about finding new ways for kids to challenge themselves throughout the year. This weekend has several opportunities for kids to be inspired to try something new. The Boston Fencing School is offering Jedi training complete with light sabers (costumes are encouraged!). There's also a workshop introducing kids to 3D modeling (which also happens to be free). Hunting bird enthusiasts have two chances to get up-close to a few birds of prey at Critter Day: Wingmasters on Saturday and Wingmasters: North American Birds of Prey on Sunday. Parents and children can be challenged together at this clay bank workshop at Mudflat Pottery School.

Need to sit back and watch a show? Mike the Bubbleman is bringing his hilarious show of bubbles and music to Coolidge Corner, I Spy Butterfly is debuting at the Puppet Showplace, and dog lovers can't miss Johnny Peers & the Muttville Comix.

Also on Mommy Poppins this week:

Need more family fun ideas? Check out our full events calendar.

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Winterfest, Seals, and Art Adventure, January 21-22

This weekend includes not one but two Winterfest celebrations: the last weekend for free skating in Bushnell Park and the annual celebration at Earthplace in Westport. If, on the other hand, you're having a case of the winter blahs and looking to stay warm and toasty inside, there are some fantastic children's theater opportunities, including adaptations of Fancy Nancy and Biscuit, some sweet and messy cooking, and an art adventure at the Bruce Museum, just to name a few.

If you haven't had a chance yet, help us pick Connecticut's BESTIES—that's all the places in Connecticut that we can't live without. Our favorite play spaces, family restaurants, museums, camps, and more. Make sure to cast your vote.

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