Weekend Fun: Three Kings Day, Winter Trails, and Nighttime Sledding; Jan 5-6

Welcome to 2019! And what an eventful weekend it is here in Boston. Families can bundle up and get outdoors to try to nighttime sledding, search for reindeer, explore winter trails, and meet some backyard birds. Learn about the traditions of Three Kings Daymake sushi, and incorporate acts of kindness. On a budget? Here's a chance to skate for free. Any chance that word "free" is sounding better than ever? We have loads of picks for no-cost family fun, all January long.

Weekend Fun: Disney on Ice, "Pool" Parties, and Family Game Day; Jan 5-6

Out with the old and in with the new! The first weekend of 2019 kicks off with the final weekend of some holiday favorites, and ushers in some fantastic new family events. While this weekend is your last chance to enjoy Winterfest at Bushnell Park and Gingerbread Lane, Mystic Aquarium and Earthplace are introducing some new winter programs. If the holidays have left your wallet a little short on funds, we have some weekend happenings that are totally free for the whole family, like Bald Eagle viewing at Shepaug Dam. You can find even more no-cost family fun in our Free Things To Do In January post.

Weekend Fun: Three Kings Day, Kids' Concerts and Shows, Mulchfest

Ponder the current value of gold, frankincense, and myrrh this weekend with Three Kings Day celebrations all over town. TeatroSEA on the Lower East Side invites kids to meet the Three Kings and receive a free gift (if you're one of the first 1,000 to arrive!), or you can make puppets, bop to a Flor Bromley concert, and learn all about camels at the Children's Museum of Manhattan. The Paley Center hosts its own celebration of the distinguished guests with a Three Kings Day party on Sunday.

This weekend also features some very cool performances for kids. Top of the list is Sunday's music showcase, featuring four hours of great tunes from the likes of The Pop Ups, Gustafer Yellowgold, and Lucy Kalanrari. Head to Symphony Space to sing along with the Okee Dokee Brothers, or Brooklyn's Rock and Roll Playhouse to groove to the music of Bob Marley. More kid-friendly shows include a new take on The Little Mermaid at Harlem School of the Arts and the World Famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theatre in Tribeca.

Meanwhile, if you've got a Christmas tree or holiday vegetation that needs to make a quick exit, you're in luck. Mulchfest is back! In Brooklyn, you can drop off your tree at Brooklyn Bridge Plaza.

And don't forget to check out our just-released January GoList and Winter Fun Guide, both filled with must-do winter events. Meanwhile, our Event Calendar is always at your service.

Weekend Fun: Family Art Class, Three Kings Day, Beauty and the Beast

If you feel the need to chill out after the rush of the holiday hullaballoo, January is a great time for turning down the excitement a notch—but there’s still no shortage of fun for Westchester and Hudson Valley families.

This time of year, we’re especially fond of FREE and low-cost programs, as an antidote December’s typical expenses. Rounding out the holiday season is the celebration of Three Kings Day Celebration featuring multicultural performance and cuisine, while the historic Candlelight Tour takes us back to a simpler time, when holiday traditions were less hectic. Another throwback is the presentation of a still-funny Buster Keaton silent comedy, presented on the big screen with the live piano accompaniment that was the norm back in its day. If those creative juices need some stimulating, try Exhibit Songwriting, which uses works on view at the museum as inspiration for a subsequent workshop that explores elements of music composition.

Read on for all this and more, then head to our Event Calendar and our newly published January GoList to plan ahead!

Weekend Events: Trout Birthday Party, Theater, Museum Fun

Sail into 2019 this weekend with new adventures and activities. Lace up and balance your way into fun at these outdoor ice skating rinks. Or hit up these new entertainment hot spots across Long Island.

Children's theater continues after the holidays. Or take in a nature program or two. Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery even hosts a birthday party and learning session for its newborn trout.  

If playing Santa has your pockets emptied, seek out some frugal family fun via our list of free things to do this month. Don’t forget to check out our January GoList and events calendar.

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Weekend Fun for Chicago Kids: Free Fun, Theater Storytime, Reggae Party

Happy new year! The first weekend of 2019 is full of indoor and outdoor fun for Chicago kids. On Saturday, see kid-lit favorites brought to life at Story Time at Theater Y, or help create an ad-libbed masterpiece at the weekly Storytown Improv in Lakeview. Harry Potter fans will love being "sorted" and sent on adventures for Wizards, Wands, and Wildlife in Oak Brook. On Sunday, kids can work out all their winter crazies at the Rock and Roll Playhouse Bob Marley dance party, or at the FREE Winter Gym Jam in Glen Ellyn.

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!

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