Free Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: A Wintry Mix; Jan 9-13

Whether the weather outside is frightful or delightful, we've found a reason for each day of the week to get out of the house with the children. This week's top picks, which are all free and all indoors, include trying a new class, enjoying the oasis of the library, joining in a meaningful celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and solving winter-themed math puzzles.

It looks like the latter part of the week may bring warmer temperatures and some sunshine: perfect for a winter walk, ice skating, or even a trip to the park.

Have an enriching week, and remember to check our Event Calendar for more ideas each day.

Weekday Fun in NJ: Toddler Trek, Tot Tour, LEGO Challenge

Just because it’s January doesn’t mean the little ones need to be cooped up indoors. Winter nature programs are in the spotlight this week. Bundle up, and check out Toddler Trek: Tricky Tracks and Little Explorers Winter Nature Program. It’s also a great week for young LEGO fans. Morris Museum hosts a Winter Fun Tot Tour that includes its LEGO exhibit, while pre-teens and teens can try the LEGO League Challenge at Old Bridge Library.

Read on for our best children's events the week of January 9–13, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and January GoList for even more wintry events.

Weekday Picks for Connecticut Kids: Winterfest, Nature Outing, Toddler Art, January 9-13

The weather has been unusually warm this week, but if you want to keep it indoors, we have loads of suggestions in our Indoor Family Fun Guide. This week you can enjoy outdoor ice skating at Winterfest or if indoor roller skating is more your speed, check out one of these great family roller rinks. Your teen can take a teen nutrition and cooking class, and there are some nature inspired events for toddlers and families. Follow Mommy Poppins CT on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest so you don't miss a thing! For even more things to do, check out our frequently updated Event Calendar and Winter Guide.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Gluten-Free Baking, Nail Polish Art

Take a break from the winter weather at some exciting indoor activities for Westchester families. This week’s programs are big on enrichment, as you’ll notice on our roundup of top weekday picks.

Learn to make gluten-free treats (and sample your creation) at Get Your Dessert On. Gear up for STEM fun at science and math programs that hone skills, such as Math Play. Celebrate MLK Day with an award-winning documentary featuring assorted celebrities at King: A Filmed Record… Montgomery to Memphis.

These are just a few of our highlights, so keep reading on. Our Event Calendar has many more activities to choose from of various ilks, and our January GoList can help you plan the rest of the month!

NYC Winter Fun List: 50 Things to Do Indoors with Kids

Cooped up in a tiny apartment with your kids hanging off the furniture, and you, is no way to spend the winter. We know it can be hard to put on all that winter gear, head out into the cold, and hit up one of the million daily kid events happening in NYC, but we're here to help. 

To inspire you, we've compiled a list of 50 awesome drop-in spots in the five boroughs, where kids can run, jump, bounce, learn, create, and get cultured. Some are even FREE.

Still not willing to open that door? Try one of these indoor craft projects at home as a family to keep those little hands busy, or one of our 40 Indoor Snow Day Boredom Busters.

Of course, you can always find more winter fun ideas in our Indoor Family Fun Guide, or even sign up for a new class.

Weekday Fun for LI Kids: Minecraft, Red Riding Hood, Cooking

After a long holiday break, school is finally back in full swing. But that doesn't mean the weekday fun has to stop. Take in a show, brush up on craft skills, and stay fit and peaceful with yoga. Feeling adventurous? Visit one of Long Island's beautiful nature preserves and engage in hands-on science activities that take full advantage of the winter season. Or stay warm but active at one of these indoor play spaces, bounce houses, and action centers. 

Don't forget to check out our January GoList and Event Calendar for more ideas on how to keep your entire family entertained, whether the weather outside is frightful—or delightful. There's also plenty of seasonal fun in our Long Island Winter Fun Guide, from skiing to hot chocolate spots to FREE events all winter!

Weekday Fun: Comic Book Fest, Free Sports, Tot Party

This week, keep kids active and outdoors with organized—and gratiswinter games in Battery Park or get creative with a music engineering workshop at the Microsoft Store. Comic book fans, listen up! Friday kicks off the Fifth Annual Black Comic Book Festival at the Schomburg Center in Harlem; and for more Harlem storytelling fun, take little ones to Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling for Topsy Turvy Thursdays, a fun interactive storytelling presentation.

If this weekend's snowfall has you wanting more, be sure to check out our Skiing, Snowboarding, and Snow Sports Guide for great kid-friendly spots to enjoy winter sports. Or for a more low-key outing, head to one of NYC's outdoor ice skating rinks, then warm up with a comforting cup of delicious hot cocoa.

Our best weekday bets are below. As always, be sure to peruse our daily Event Calendar and out January GoList, featuring the top family-friendly events happening all month long!

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Arts, Animals, Cirque Eloize January 9-13

Now that the holidays and winter break are a distant memory, Philly families can refocus on getting children back to a predictable routine. Thankfully, our events calendar has many opportunities to help keep your children on schedule and engaged with a variety of artistic, educational, and unusual activities this week.

Children can tap into their creative side with a visit to Monkey Fish Toys in Exton or West Chester, Delaware Art Museum's Sketch It! program, or the Barnes Foundation's Artime Storytime. Learn about animals on the farm at Springton House Manor. Finish the week with a special splurge to Cirque Eloize at the Merriam Theater.

Prepare for wintertime fun by reading our recent skiing, sledding, and snowtubing posts in case we get a little white stuff on the ground sometime this season. Until then, keep reading for the excitement that awaits this week!

Carlsbad: 25 Things To Do with Kids (other than Legoland)

Legoland? Who said anything about Legoland? Carlsbad may appear at first glance to be a one-trick town, but there are at least 25 reasons for this Southern California excursion, without ever using the word LEGO. The beach community's mild year-round temps, pristine beaches, and slow, laid-back approach to living offer families much more than just a famous amusement park.

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 18 kid-centric destinations. These places will 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.

Need more ideas? Check out our ultimate Winter Fun List, featuring 50 cool (make that warm!) things to do indoors with kids throughout the freezin' season.

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