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.

MLK Jr. Weekend in NYC: Community, Lightsabers, and Puppets

The Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend in New York City is when museums shine: the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and the Children’s Museum of Manhattan offer weekend-long celebrations just for kids, and even outdoor-centered spots like Prospect Park join in on the MLK-dedicated events. Also in Brooklyn, check out the free BAM-hosted tribute to MLK, Jr in Fort Greene.

In Harlem, the Fifth Annual Black Comic Book Festival is sure to include some fun costume sightings. There's also a couple cool live shows returing or premiering this weekend, like A Sick Day for Morris McGee at the New Victory Theater, The Snowy Day Play (and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats) at St. Luke's Theatre, Stam-pede at Symphony Space, and The Prince and the Magic Flute at Puppetworks in Park Slope. Or, if you just want to make a lightsaber, head to the New York Hall of Science in Queens. 

It's been a good winter for snow-making machines! Day trip it to a nearby mountain with our Ski and Snow Sports Guide, or stay local with outdoor ice skating. Prefer cozy and warm? Check out these 50 things to do indoors in NYC all winter. 

Our top picks for the long weekend are below. Looking for more ideas? Our NYC Children’s Museum and Art Guide offers lots of hidden treasures and you can find even more seasonal fun in our NYC Winter Activities Guide for Families, as well as in our January GoList.​

MLK Day Weekend with Westchester Kids: Meet Mike Piazza, Free Arts

If recent weather has kept your family holed up, recoup from cabin fever with any of the great programs we’ve identified for Westchester and Hudson Valley families this weekend.

Reinforce the meaning of MLK Day by investing time in the Martin Luther King Day of Service. Meet Mike Piazza and other famous athletes at The East Coast National Baseball Card Show or take advantage of the free offerings of assorted workshops in STEAM, improvisational acting, drumming and more at Free Arts Day. More indoor fun can be had with marionettes at the Annual Puppet Festival or embrace the season with fun activities that at Hudson Valley Rail Trail WinterFest.

There's more! Be sure to check our January GoList and our Event Calendar to plan your entire weekend—and beyond!

Free and Cheap After-school Programs in Houston

Whether it's because you're working out of necessity or choice, or a busy schedule means the kids need care in the awkward hour(s) before and after school, finding a safe, reliable, and AFFORDABLE option can be difficult. The Harris County Department of Education has resources in its Center for Afterschool (CASE) including suggested providers for schools and organizations, and your local schools should have resources available to you as well. Read on for five options that are either free or inexpensive enough to not break the bank.

Favorite Ski Spots Near NYC for Families and Kids

Now that winter has arrived, it's time to embrace the chill. We've rounded up some of the best skiing and snowboarding spots within a few hours of New York City.

A winter sport like skiing is great way to get outdoors as a family, and it will make the warm weather seem to come much sooner. Read on for our rundown of these nine nearby slopes, so you can pick one or two that match your kids' skill levels and interests. Want info on more family skiing and other snow sports? Check out our Ski Guide, covering the tristate area, New England, and even California for more options, including snowboarding parks or snow tubing.

Happy skiing!

MLK Weekend Fun: Day of Service, Dinosaurs, Underwater Bubble Show

We honor Martin Luther King, Jr. with a federal holiday on Monday, and that means school will be closed. If you're trying to figure out how to spend the long weekend, you've got plenty of options, whether you want to visit the colorful, underwater world of Bubblelandia, take part in a celebration of Dr. King, or pretty much anything in between.

You can spend the morning as a Junior Keeper at Jenkinson's Aquarium and the afternoon crafting your very own masterpiece at the Drop-In Studio at the Montclair Art Museum; cure cabin fever with outdoor options that include a Day Off With Nature at the Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center and an MLK Day of Service opportunity for ages 4 and up at Reeves-Reed Arboretum.

If you'd rather stay warm and toasty, check out one of NJ's many indoor play spaces and fun zones. Still looking? Find more fun things to do in our Calendar of Events and January GoList.

Sunset Park with Kids: Best 25 Things to Do in This Brooklyn Nabe

As real estate in Park Slope skyrockets out of reach, many families have been turning their sights on its southern neighbor, Sunset Park. Its crown jewel, the 25-acre namesake green space, boasts an outdoor Olympic-size pool, sports fields, a recently renovated playground and one of the highest points in Brooklyn, from which you can see the Statue of Liberty and New York Bay. The historic 478-acre Green-Wood Cemetery is also a highlight, and even hosts annual family events like its Memorial Day Concert and Battle of Brooklyn reenactment.

Dive into the culturally rich neighborhood with our top 25 activities, play spaces, restaurants, and nature spots.

7 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. 

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