Indoor Play Spaces for Kids in South Jersey

With beaches, boardwalks, camping, hiking trails, and canoeing in easy reach, South Jersey often brings family fun to a whole new level. But during the chilly winter months—or when rain threatens your warm-weather plans—you can find plenty of fun inside at one of South Jersey's many indoor playgrounds.

For indoor fun in other parts of the state, check out our guide to indoor play spaces in Central and Northern NJ.

Weekend Fun: Circus, BAM Art, Kid Concerts, Film Fest

For the shortest month, February offers no shortage of kid-friendly events in NYC. This weekend, STEM-like events abound, with the National Museum of Mathematics hosting a polyhedral box-making workshop, the New York Transit Museum offering a chance to build a model subway, and BAM opening the inaugural Teknopolis, an interactive digital art exhibit. Black History Month finishes strong with a free musical at the Brooklyn Public Library.

Outdoor events begin to anticipate spring, like the Brooklyn Bike Meetup, or the She's on Point celebration of girls in sports.

It's also a weekend of unique musical events, though it might be tough to top STEVENSTEVEN at Brooklyn Bowl, where musician and original Blues Clues host Steve Burns joins forces with Flaming Lips drummer Steven Drozd for songs off Foreverywhere, their new kids' album. You can also catch The Gustafer Yellowgold Show at Symphony Space and Elena Moon Park, one of our favorite NYC-kindie artists, on the Lower East Side.

It's also kickoff weekend for the New York International Children's Film Festival and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, and the final weekend for the pop-up Pop Tarts shop!

Our February GoList has more options to help round out the month, and please continue to avail yourself of our roundup of 35 fun things for kids over school break, as this weekend technically qualifies. More fun can be found in our Winter Fun Guide and, as always, see our Event Calendar.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: American Girl History, Superhero Night

Winter break may be winding down, but February fun is far from over for Westchester and Hudson Valley families! The weekend before the return to school features plenty of entertaining and enriching activities from which to choose.

A highlight this weekend is the inaugural three-day Aye West African Art Festival, a multicultural extravaganza featuring performances, food, film and more. The pinnacle of the Chinese New Year celebrations we told you about takes place this weekend at Chinese New Year Festival, with acrobats, dance, martial-arts demos and more. Sports fans can enjoy not only spectating but getting in the action at Superhero Night & Kids' Sunday Funday, and entertainment can also be found at the pop-ular show Bubble Trouble, while fans of Downton Abbey can get the early-20th-century dirt at the Historic Mansion Gossip Tour.

Read on for more options to choose from, including where to go maple sugaring, and find even more options on our Event Calendar! If you haven't done so already, sign up for our newsletters to stay in the know.

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Dinos, Engineers, Harborfrost, Maple Sugar

Close out the February school break with a bang! Celebrate winter in Sag Harbor at HarborfrostLearn how to tap a tree for sap at Benner's Farm's maple sugaring demonstration. Get up close with some Fearsome Jaws of Dinosaurs at Caleb Smith park. Hunt for shark teeth and have a toothy good time at the Whaling Museum's Toothpalooza celebration.

For more activities to fill the weekend, pop over to our February GoList or Winter Fun Guide. And if you're keeping an eye on your wallet after the holidays, check out our list of 20 FREE Things to Do With Long Island Kids This Winter.

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

Rock n Roll Classes: Where Westchester Kids can Unleash Inner Jaggers & Joplins

So your child wants to a be a rock n roll star? Then listen now to what we say ...

In response to a growing demand, several music schools here in Westchester have either added rock to their repertoire or opened to exclusively teach the sound to a new generation of aspiring artists. The schools differ in their approaches but all offer both group and individual instruction. Some also encourage public performing or offer opportunities for recording.

Read on to learn about places in our area that offer rock lessons for budding musicians with either amateur or serious aspirations. Looking for more classes in Westchester? Consult our Classes Guide and sign up for our newsletters

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Dinosaurs, Dr. Seuss, and Puppetry

Unseasonably mild weather is expected across the state, creating a perfect chance to get back outside for some family fun, like a maple sugaring workshop. For those who prefer their activities indoors, how about a puppet-making workshop or a new interactive dinosaur exhibit? Either way, there's plenty to do with the family in Connecticut this weekend.

We update our Events Calendar frequently so be sure to check back for even more great suggestions. To keep up with the latest family-friendly events and activities, sign up for our newsletters, and follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest. If you haven't had a chance, be sure to vote for your favorite Connecticut businesses with our BESTIE awards—there are some terrific prizes for sharing your input.

Love That Dog: A Poignant Comedy About Finding Your Voice

New York City Children's Theater's latest production for school-age kids, Love That Dog, is a one-actor play that manages to be both entertaining and poignant. Jack is a 10-year-old boy whose class is learning about poetry in school. He's not thrilled, to say the least, but as he listens to and writes poems he becomes caught up in the magic of words, eventually sharing his story with the audience.

It's one of our top picks for children's theater this winter in NYC. Find out why.

Where to get Fasnachts, King Cakes, Paczki, and Donuts for Mardi Gras in Philadelphia

Whether you call it Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Tuesday, one thing is clear- the best way to celebrate is with some delicious sweet treats! The King Cake is a Mardi Gras tradition where a plastic baby is baked right inside the cake! Whomever receives the lucky slice, gets to host the next party (or at least get next year's King Cake). The Pennsylvania Dutch celebrate Fasnacht Day by getting rid of all the fat in the house before Lent, which means yummy donuts (and the tradition states that if you don't eat one, you won't have a very good year). Paczkis are the Polish version of the pre-Lent donut. No matter what you call it, we've found all the best places around town to grab your special treat.

What's for Dinner? Meal Delivery Plans that Work for SoCal Families

Dinner happens every day, and family members are quick to remind you of its existence. “What’s for dinner?” “When’s dinner?” “Have you started on dinner?” Notice a theme?

Thoughts of it echo in your head as a busy mom, and the pressure can be especially unnerving if you aren’t a foodie. You want a meal to be quick, easy, and healthy, but the grocery store is a hassle with tired kids in tow; the fast-food window brings inevitable guilt, and you can't do Happy Hour every night.

This is why fresh meal delivery services are flourishing in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas, with more are popping up all the time. Led by Blue Apron and other innovators, these services deliver either complete meal kits with the recipes and perfectly proportioned fresh ingredients, or ready-made meals to your front door. And what kid doesn't like getting and opening boxes?

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Elsa and Olaf, Lego Art, Choo-Choo Soul

Whether your kids are winding down the winter school break or you're simply searching for family boredom-busters, we've got your weekend covered. You can wow your preschoolers with a live show featuring Genevieve from Disney Channel's Choo-Choo Soul, or celebrate Mardi Gras by decorating a colorful mask. Chilly days are perfect for exploring a Frozen-themed ice carnival or going ice skating with Elsa and Olaf. For even more family fun, check out our list of 30 things to do over winter break and our Event Calendar.

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