Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Holiday Fun Wrap Up, Nature, Museums January 5-6

The first weekend in January lends itself to savoring the remaining bits of holiday fun that Philly families can find on our event calendar. It's the last weekend to see the lights at Shady Brook Farms, the holiday decorations at Winterthur, the trains at Brandywine River Museum, and the poinsettias at Longwood Gardens.

If your crew is past holiday activities, Philly kids can get outside to look for winter birds at the Conversancy Cottage, learn about owls who reside in Pennsylvania at Norristown Farm Park, or have a unique escape adventure at Warwick Park. Once reaching your fill of outdoor fun, head indoors to build something, draw something, craft something, explore something, or watch something special.

Plan out winter fun by reviewing our top winter activities post and free fun ahead in January. For now, read about our top picks for the weekend ahead!

Weekend Fun for DC Kids: Storytime, Singalongs, and Ice Skating January 5-6, 2019

As we ring in the new year (how is it 2019 already??), there's lots to do for some family fun in the DC area this weekend. Enjoy the final showings of musicals and holiday lights before they're gone for the season. With mild weather in the forecast, this is a perfect weekend to grab some skates and hit the outdoor rink at Washington Harbour. Or head indoors for storytime, singalongs, and play.  Whatever you choose, have fun with your kids as you carve out the first memories of the year as a family.

Best Sledding Hills Across NYC

The best thing about a snow day is, of course, sledding! Hit these neighborhood hills across New York City for some wintertime fun with the kids.

In compiling this list, we asked our readers, family, and Mommy Poppins writers and editors for their top recommendations for sledding hills across the five boroughs, but we're always looking for more suggestions. Feel free to chime in if your favorite isn't here.

Not sure if school is on or off? Read our post on how to know if snow has canceled class or not.

How To Recycle Your Christmas Tree in LA

On the 12th day of Christmas my city gave to me - a chance to recycle my Christmas tree!

Whether from a lot at the corner or a cut-your-own farm in LA's outer regions, we lug those lovely-smelling, triangular chunks of evergreen wonder home on top of our cars each December amid singing, warm drinks, and family bonding. Thoughts of what will become of them a few weeks later are pushed to the outer regions of our To Do Lists. Well, the 12th day of Christmas is fast upon us, and our To Do Lists have come home to roost. Exhausting as it may sound after all the revelry, recycling a Christmas tree does not have to be difficult to arrange; all you need is a little information - which we've taken the time to assemble here!

Weekend Fun: Family Concert, Disney on Ice, Sing Along Grease

The debut weekend of 2019 will hit all the right notes with musical festivities and fun. Sing along to Grease on the big screen, or check out The Empire Strikes Back with live music by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Watch talented siblings perform with The Green Planet Band, and enjoy Frozen tunes and special effects at Disney on Ice's Frozen.

If your post-holiday budget is in recovery mode, enjoy weekend events that are totally free. Bring the kids to free storytimes at Barnes & Noble, Word Bookstores and Hoboken Fire Department Museum. Take part in free crafts at Zimmerli Art Museum and Jake Branch County Park.

Find even more weekend options in our Winter Guide, including Top Snow Tubing Spots for New Jersey Families. And look to our January GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

School Closings: How to Know If It's a Snow Day in New York City

How do you find out if your kid's New York City school is closed because of the snow? While NYC public schools close infrequently, private schools and nursery schools close more often and it's important to know whether your child's school will be open before you head out the door. Note: NYC's public schools often don't make the call until the last minute. (Calling might not work if the administrators stayed home, although texting a day care provider might work in a pinch!)

Here are the best resources for finding out if New York City schools are closing for a snow day, as well as ideas for what to do in the event of snowmageddon, like NYC's Top Sledding Hills and 40 Snow Day Boredom Busters to do indoors.

Free Times to Visit NYC Museums, Gardens, and Zoos

Many of New York City's top museums, zoos, gardens, and cultural institutions offer FREE or reduced admission on certain nights, days, or hours at least once a month—a city perk that no busy, cash-strapped parent should miss out on! Plus, many of the "grown-up" museums let kids in for free year-round.

It can be hard to keep track of when and where these freebies are available, so we've compiled an exhaustive list of reduced or FREE admission days at all of your favorite NYC cultural spots from the Bronx Zoo to the Brooklyn Children's Museum.

As always, you can check our Events Calendar for more budget-friendly kid activities every day or peruse our Free in NYC Guide. Try our Museum Guide or Zoos and Gardens Guide for more on the latest kid-friendly art and exhibitions in NYC. Also, don't forget to put your library card to work for free admission at many of these same places!

9 Spots for Snow Tubing Near Boston

What's easier than skiing, more thrilling than sledding, and a wicked big deal here in the Boston area? We're talking about tubing, in which kids (and adventurous parents) can launch down a well groomed trail in a soft-sided innertube, maximizing both comfort and pure, giggle-inducing speed at once. What we love most about tubing is how pretty much everyone, from little kids to grown-ups, enjoy it. For a low-stress, relative low-cost family day that will earn you major points with the kiddos, check out one of these tubing parks, all within (or in two cases, around) a two-hour drive of Boston. 

Worth It? Family Memberships in NYC to Consider for Winter

After visiting NYC's top play spaces, museums, and other fun zones, we've rounded up the various membership deals at popular kid-centric destinations. These places keep your kids entertained, active, and out of the cold. Some even offer short-term memberships, so you only have to pay until spring arrives.

In the dead of winter, it can be daunting to schlep somewhere new every weekend, so a membership to one (or two) of your favorite kid play spots makes sense. We've already done the math so you'll know exactly how many visits it takes until these investments pay off—and whether or not the "deal" works for your family. If the math doesn't work out for you, consider buying one of the play spaces' bulk passes instead, which usually knocks a few bucks off the daily drop-in price.

Need more ideas? Check out our Indoor Play Spaces Guide for more romper rooms by borough, bounce houses, and year-round family entertainment.

Free in January: 15 Free Things To Do with Kids In Los Angeles

The holidays are over, and we all deserve a long winter's nap. But just because the decorations are getting packed up doesn't mean the fun has to stop. There are still plenty of free things to do this January, when all those Christmas & Hanukkah gifts start to lose their luster. From moon gazing to dance parties, if you're looking to keep busy without breaking the bank, we've got you covered. So grab the winter coat, and put away the checkbook, because who says you can't have fun on a budget? 


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