A New Indoor Water Park Is Coming to the Catskills

Families who'd rather swap their snowsuits for bathing suits will soon have one more option: the Kartrite Hotel & Indoor Waterpark, which will open in Monticello, New York, in early 2019.

The best part? It's located in Sullivan County, an easy family-friendly destination for both daytrippers and those in need of a weekend getaway.

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Museum Passes and More From Your LI Library Card

Unlike the other cards in your wallet, a library card doesn’t come with any fees or payment due dates. It does, however, come with a list of very cool, very FREE perks for the whole family, and we’re not just talking books.

Access to free museum passes from your local library is a huge perk for families, and one that not everyone knows about. We are here to spread the word. In addition, your library card gets you access to a variety of other freebies that will entertain the whole family, from toddlers to tweens and teens.

Take a look at our list of museums from which you can score free passes and our roundup of other cool perks available at libraries in Nassau and Suffolk counties. For more details, check individual library websites. And see our Winter Fun Guide and events calendar for more ways to keep your family busy this winter.

Day Trip to Adventure Aquarium: What's New and Best to See

With the grip of cabin fever feeling stronger every day—the struggle is real—the search for ways to get the kids out of the house in winter becomes a bit more desperate. Indoor play spaces are great for whiling away a frigid day, but what if we tempted you with a more exotic destination, somewhere warm and humid, but still within a short drive?

That place is Brazil, by way of Camden, New Jersey. (Stay with us.) Piranha Falls, the centerpiece exhibit at Adventure Aquarium, is a full-on immersion into the vibrant ecosystem along the Amazon. We're talking two waterfalls, hundreds of native plants, abrupt thunderstorms, and a school of spectacular-looking piranhas. The kids will be awed. You'll be transported. Everyone leaves a little refreshed—at least until you step back out into the bitter cold. 

Read on to learn more about some of Adventure Aquarium's most impressive attractions, which include the East Coast's largest collection of sharks, a couple of charming hippos, and several ways to get up close and personal with sea creatures. And, if your visit to Adventure Aquarium happens to spark a new interest in life under the sea, check out our rundown of the Best Aquariums for Your Next Family Vacation.

MoMath: The NYC Museum That'll Make Kids Fall in Love with Math

Housed in a 19,000-square-foot space across from Madison Square Park in the Flatiron neighborhood of Manhattan, the Museum of Mathematics is the only cultural institution devoted to math in all of North America. At the museum's creative hands-on attractions, kids (and parents!) can see how math factors into our daily lives.

While Jersey City has the Liberty Science Center and Queens has the New York Hall of Science, there really is nothing else like MoMath in Manhattan. It gets kids genuinely excited about math—not always an easy thing to do—through hands-on, nerdy fun.

Read on for what you need to know about checking out this interactive museum, including what age is the sweet spot for a visit. Looking for more STEM fun? Check out our STEM Guide for NYC Kids, with maker spaces and coding classes.

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Rockstars, Railway, and Underwater Parks

Last weekend, we marched and gathered and volunteered in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Once again, this weekend we are called upon to make our voices heard. Whether by rockin' or walking or kicking up some sand, you have something to contribute and we want to hear about it!

Sure, it may seem like no matter how hard you try, life keeps pulling that football out from under you. But if one person can make a difference, think of what 750,000 can doYou can make 'em laughyou can ride the railsyou can reach for the stars

So go ahead and touch. You are zany to the max, and with your help, pigs can fly. Now go out there and make the magic happen.

Keep reading for a few ideas of where to begin...

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Arbor Day, Children's Texas Art Festival, Jan 20-21

How is it even possible that January is already over halfway done? 2018 is off to a running start, and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon! To ring in the new year, we revamped our list of 100 Things To Do With Houston Kids Before They Grow Up so you can stay on top of all the must-do and must-see things around our great city. Make this year the year that you start crossing off all the best destinations and activities to take the kids! 

These colder months have meant we've focused a lot on keeping the toddlers and kids busy while indoors; now it's time to give a nod to all the babies out there, because we know they can get bored being stuck inside, too. Sensory activities are a great way to entertain, educate, and stimulate your baby's ever-expanding mind and senses, and most can easily be assembled with items you already have at home. 

Whenever you find yourself in an activity slump, you can count on our event calendar to have all the best events and activities across Houston and the surrounding areas, making it easy to find and plan a family-friendly outing. Want something more concise? Then you'll want to check out our exceedingly popular January GoList for the month's best family-friendly events. You can also have posts like this delivered straight to your inbox by signing up for our free weekly newsletter, which makes it easy to stay on top of everything that's happening. 

We also know there are a ton of great events happening out there that we would love to give more visibility to, which we can easily do when you submit your event to our calendar. Just fill out the form, hit submit, and we'll take care of the rest! 

On that note, it's time to start planning the weekend!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Outdoors, Museums, Performances January 20-21

Yes, the Eagles are only one game away from the Superbowl! But, before Philly families settle down to watch the game and cheer on the birds, be sure to participate in some of the exciting activities found in our events calendar.

Speaking of birds, nature lovers can count feathery friends at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education. Hikers can lace up their boots for a winter walk at Green Lane Park or Lower Merion Conservancy while animals lovers can investigate how animals survive the winter elements at Hibernia Park and Bucktoe Creek Preserve. For those seeking indoor fun, visit a local museum for special programming or exhibits like Please Touch Museum's Immigrant Alphabet or Franklin Institute's Terracotta Warriors. Or, retreat to the theater and see Delaware Children's Theater's production of Madagascar, Wolf Performing Arts Center's The Phantom Tollbooth, or Arden Theater's Peter Pan.

Read on to see the rest of our top picks for the weekend. And, FLY EAGLES FLY!

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Theater, Owls, and Dinosaurs, January 20-21

The poet tells us that April is the cruelest month, but I have to tell you, from where I sit, that honor belongs to January: the damp and chilly days, the sniffling children, the arguments over the necessity of boots AND gloves AND hats. So we're focusing on the happy things, including the Northeast RV and Camping Show where we can try out the latest gear and plan our summer adventures, the annual Winterfest celebration at Earthplace, where we can toast the season with s'mores, and Sunday Explorers, where we can finish off the weekend by meeting some animals and enjoying some crafts at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center.

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Skyscraper Building, Owls, and Jodeling; Jan 20-21

For those of us who can't escape to warmer climates during the winter months, January is such a perfect time to stay inside and explore our creative sides. This weekend kids can build a skyscraper, create a masterpiece, and learn all about 3D printing. Music lovers can travel the world without leaving the city at this "jodeling" event and this annual Celtic festival.

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Art, Nature, and Theater

Expose your kids to culture this weekend with live performances of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood or the Happy as Clams Musical. Interact at the Heckscher Museum of Art during its family hour. Or learn about and create still-life art at the Long Island Children's Museum as part of its Abstract Art Series.

And remember, you can always pop over to our January GoList or Winter Fun Guide to find more seasonal fun. Mark your calendars this winter and complete some of our 50 great things to do indoors with Long Island kids.

Of course, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun daily events for Long Island kids. Don't see a great event listed here? Add it to our Event Calendar yourself

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