LIC Welcomes Playday, an Art Center for Kid Creators

Once just a neighborhood of sprawling factories and warehouses, Long Island City, Queens, has transformed into a hot spot for young professionals and families. New things seem to open every day. We love the outdoor thrills at Gantry Plaza State Park and the rest of the waterfront to indoor romps at the Noguchi Museum and play spaces like City Owlets.  

But now there's a brand-new, distinctly unique creative environment in LIC: Playday. Is it an education center? Is it an art school? Is it a kids' crafting club? It’s all those things and more.

Fun for LA Kids this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Weekend

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is 'What are you doing for others?'" This weekend, families can join together to answer that question, by participating in the MLK Day of Service. A day spent giving back is just one way to honor Dr. King's memory. There are parades, celebrations, and concerts throughout the weekend to bring our families and communities together in honor of his legacy.

Little ones can learn from Dr. King's example as well, with a number of events this weekend particularly geared toward young children. Kids can listen to inspiring stories about African American women, celebrate the diversity our world has to offer, and share their dreams for a better world.

Inspiration can be found on other fronts with founding fathers, pacifist bulls, lone Jedi, neighborly cats, Arabian urchins, and medico moppets all serving as examples of what one can achieve. Now is a good time to ask our children: how do you try to make a difference? And where do you find your inspiration?

Keep reading for some of our most inspired picks for this weekend.

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Happy Martin Luther King Jr Day; Jan 14-16

It's wonderful how the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has inspired people around the world to help others. What better way to honor his legacy then with community service on MLK Day? Families have their pick of celebrations and volunteer opportunities in Cambridge and even at the Gardner Museum. The MFA is offering free admission as well as films, performances, and art-making, and there are tribute concerts at Faneuil Hall, the JFK Library, and in Somerville.

Cauldron Ice Cream Hits Glendale - Ready for Nitrogen Rose Puffle Cones, Kids?

Trends in frozen desserts come and go in the balmy Southland (three words: charcoal ice cream), but new arrival on the scene Cauldron Ice Cream covers enough icy sweet trends under one roof to cater to anyone's passing fancy. After building a rabid fan base in Artesia and Santa Ana, Cauldron has set up its tanks of nitrogen and its puffle cone maker in Glendale, within walking distance of The Americana at Brand (already a pretty cool place to spend an afternoon with kids). Grown-ups with a taste for artisan ice cream may even want to do the responsible thing and try this place out alone first. Just to be fully informed, of course.

MLK Jr. Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Museums, Invention Convention, Service

For most Philly kids, the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday provides a long, three-day weekend. Thankfully, Philly families can turn to our jam-packed events calendar to find creative and educational ways to spend the time together.

Recognize Dr. King by serving the community through artwork and inspiring letters, or by cleaning up a nature preserve, neighborhood street, or park.  Explore one of the many museums hosting MLK Day programming such as the National Museum for American Jewish History, National Liberty Museum, or National Constitution Center. Philly parents who don't have the day off from school can check out one of the day camp opportunities for their kids at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, The Center on Central, Briar Bush Nature Center, and Arden Theatre.

Other weekend activities include outdoor fun at Tyler's Hot Chocolate and Hike especially for dads and daughters, artistic sessions at Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, and scientific experimentation at Hagley Museum's Invention Convention. However you chose to spend the weekend, make it a great one!

MLK Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: MLK Parade, Galveston Restaurant Week, Jan 13-15

Just as quickly as the 2017 holiday season ended, the holidays are officially beginning in 2018! Our first long weekend of the year recognizes Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and we have a host of celebratory events to commemorate the occasion.

If you're looking to do something fun with the kids on their Monday off school (or at any time, really!) we highly recommend checking out the newly redone Weiss Energy Hall at the Houston Museum of Natural Science; it's an exhibit that is sure to keep everyone in the family engaged and entertained. 

Itching to try out some new restaurants? Galveston Restaurant Week is happening in full force, and we narrowed down the best places to try when you have the kiddos in tow. And if you're making your way down to the Island anyway, you might want to check out Moody Gardens or the Galveston Railroad Museum while you're there. Both are guaranteed to offer a day full of fun for the family.

For a complete list everything fun happening in and around the city this weekend (and every day!), check out our event calendar and our ever popular January GoList. And don't forget to sign up for our weekly newsletter to read about fun things to do each weekend in Houston. 

Have an event you want to share? We would love to add it to our calendar! You can submit your own events and we'll get them posted! 

And now it's time to check out all the Houston happenings this weekend:

MLK Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Dream Big, Princess Brunch, Nature, and More

There are many places on Long Island to give your kids an introduction to the mission of Martin Luther King Jr., including crafts-centered destinations, painting, and more

If there's still snow on the ground this weekend, check out these sledding hot spots. Keep the kids from climbing the walls and have them explore these indoor play gyms/sports centers instead. Or hit the ice at these indoor skating rinks. If you're keeping an eye on your wallet after the holidays, check out these FREE indoor play spaces across Long Island.

For more activities to fill the three-day weekend, pop over to our January GoList or Winter Fun Guide to find more seasonal fun. Mark your calendars with our list of 50 things to do indoors 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 listed here? Add it to our Event Calendar yourself

Martin Luther King Day Weekend Fun — Social Justice, Winter Survival, and Pancakes With Penguins

With the snow and cold weather having left us, at least for the time being, this weekend presents a chance to get out and enjoy some winter activities. How about exploring the artistic "isms" at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, having pancakes with penguins in Mystic, or taking in New England's largest youth volleyball tournament in Hartford. For those that are more outdoor inclined, tell Stories in the Snow or learn about how animals survive in winter.

NJ's Imagine That!!! Museum and Play Space Reopens After Renovation

The popular children’s museum we know and love has just gotten a major overhaul. Following a five-month gut renovation, Imagine That!!! in Florham Park, New Jersey, has been transformed into a beautiful and bright 16,000-square-foot indoor play space that feels fun and inviting. The updated fun spot boasts brand-new play structures like an electronic sand table and an interactive, LED light board, plus new-and-improved versions of original attractions like the grocery store, dance studio, play maze, and more.

Imagine That!!!, which quietly reopened in December, will celebrate its grand reopening the weekend of January 13-14. Here's a sneak peak inside the new space and its awesome attractions.

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