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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8 Bakeries Making Outrageous Birthday Cakes for Westchester Kids

Kids’ birthday parties have become way more elaborate than when we were kids, with large guest lists and elaborate entertainment. Birthday cakes have stepped up their game, too. While some parents opt for simplicity, like buying a sheet cake from the supermarket or Carvel, there’s a definite market for sensational cakes with a heftier price tag.

Below we’ve rounded up Westchester bakeries that have the chops to create cakes worthy of The Food Network. Whether you seek a simple layer cake frosted in buttercream or a three-tiered tower adorned with elaborate fondant figurines, these shops—pardon the expression—really take the cake!

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Two Big Chances for Kids To Get a Mickey and Minnie Fix this Month

Want to squeeze a little Disney excitement into your weekend without taking the little ones to Anaheim? It's easier than you might think this week, because Live! Mickey and Minnie’s Doorway to Magic is visiting Long Beach Terrace Theatre & Citizens Business Bank Arena, Ontario. Comparing these tickets to the hefty price of a day pass to Disney is a bargain, and your kids will thank you: win-win!

Weekend Fun: Three Kings, Thriller, and The Perfect Monster

It's a packed weekend for New York City kids! On Saturday in Manhattan, the TADA! Youth Theater launches its new production, The Perfect Monster. Also on Saturday, Vered and the Babes play a free show at the Brooklyn Library

In Manhattan on Sunday, catch O Baby Mine: Sing a Song of Shakespeare at Joe's Pub. Also on Sunday, in Williamsburg, the Brooklyn Three Kings Parade kicks off, and Rolie Polie Guacamole plays a show in Carroll Gardens. In Sunset Park, the Rock and Roll Playhouse throws a family friendly tribute to the music of Michael Jackson. If you go, check out our brand-spanking-new guide to the best 25 things to do with kids in the neighborhood, including indoor play spaces, playgrounds, and family-friendly eats.

We also want to introduce you to our guide to the best winter events for preschoolers in New York City. If that's not your thing, see the best indoor gardens and atriums in New York, as well as the best winter shows for New York kids in 2018. 

Of course, for more fun, see our January GoListWinter Fun Guide, and Event Calendar

7 NYC Puppet Theaters Every Kid Should Experience at Least Once

Even if your kids can't sit still for more than five minutes, chances are they'll make it through a puppet show. It's the perfect first-time theater experience: The colorful characters are captivating, the stories are usually adaptations of familiar fairy tales, the tickets are cheap (or FREE), the shows are short, and if your kids make silly faces at the stage, the puppets won't get offended.

While the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre in Central Park is the best known children's puppet troupe in New York City, there are many other companies regularly mounting puppet shows for families. We've got the scoop on seven places where you can see puppets in action, including marionettes, shadow puppets, and hand puppets.

Many NYC children's theater venues, such as the New Victory Theater and Symphony Space, also offer puppet shows, so don't forget to check our Event Calendar for new shows, including the magical The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show.

Weekend Fun: Disney on Ice, Drop-In Crafts, Winter Festival

While it’s tempting to hide out at home this chilly January weekend, our full roster of activities will give you plenty of motivation to leave the house.

Winter weekends are the perfect time to get crafty: Stop by hands-on art events such as Montclair Art Museum’s Drop-In Art Studio and Third Saturday Family Art Adventure, Drop-In Winnie the Pooh Crafts at Jackson Library, and Frelinghuysen Arboretum Suds and Bubbles: Soap Making for Kids.

In the mood for a show? Stay warm at cool theatrical performances like Milk and Cookies: Keep the Beat, Marvel Superheroes United, Disney on Ice, and Recycled Percussion.

Check out our Indoor Play Activity Guide for more ways to have family fun without freezing. And if you're brave enough for an outdoor adventure, bundle up and try out some kid-friendly ski slopes or ice skating. Plus, look to our event calendar and January GoList for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

50 Easy Science Experiments for Kids Using Household Stuff

Children are born scientists. They're always experimenting with something, whether they're throwing a plate of spaghetti on the wall, blowing bubbles in the bath water or stacking blocks into an intricate tower only to destroy it in one big swipe. As they get older, you may decide to enroll them in a FREE online coding class to get a leg up in today's digital world. But you can actually do some pretty mind-blowing, hands-on science experiments at home using stuff you probably have lying around the house.

Don't worry if you never made it past biology: These 50 science activities are super-easy and a lot of fun to boot, as kids are exposed to a wide variety of scientific concepts. It's a great way to spend quality time together as a family and who knows, mom and dad may end up learning a new thing or two, too.

Find more at-home fun in our Boredom Busters guide for families.

CMOM Gets Ready to Move After Purchase of New UWS Building

The Children's Museum of Manhattan has long made up for its small footprint the way hearty city parents do: by creatively maximizing every available square foot of space, and keeping things fresh with an ever-changing variety of exhibits that engage the public in its mission to help "children and families thrive at home, at school, and in the community."

But, as any parent pining for an extra bedroom can attest, a bit more space is always welcome in this jam-packed city, and the little kid museum will soon have a great big new home of its own. CMOM completed the $45 million purchase of the former Church of Christ, Scientist, on West 96th Street and Central Park West on December 22.

Indoor Fun Bucket List for Boston Families

When you have active little ones, and live in a region that requires a winter jacket almost half the year, you've gotta have some ideas up your puffer coat sleeve for indoor fun. Good news is, Boston and its 'burbs meet the needs of stir-crazy kids (and their parents) with plenty of options for things to do inside on cold or rainy days. From play zones to award-winning libraries to some of the best museums in the area, we'ved assembled a bucket list of can't-miss inside activities that are unique to our chilly city.

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