Awesome Classes to Try Now for NYC Tots to Teens

Produce an indie film, create a graphic novel, perfect your backhand, or code your own video game. NYC offers amazing options when it comes to kids classes. Even babies and preschoolers can take terrific art, music and swimming classes. Our New York City Classes Guide and Directory list so many options, the hardest part might be finding time to try them all. To get you started, we're sharing a few of our favorite partners to consider signing up for now. 

Coding for Kids: Free Websites That Teach Kids Programming

Basic programming has become an essential skill for grown-ups and children alike. And the benefits of picking up this skill, especially for kids, are huge: Learning how to build simple websites and games helps kids refine their design, logic, and problem-solving abilities. It also allows them to express ideas and creativity in unique ways.

There are a number of FREE and low-cost websites that teach children how to play around with code. We've rounded up a dozen of our favorites below.

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Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Oshogatsu, Bricks LA, & Goodbye to the Holidays

We're coming at ya brand spankin' new. Hot off the presses, fresh off the grill, just out the toaster, we hand you the two oh one nine, full of sheen and sparkle and that new year smell. On this, the first weekend of the new year, deeply infused with the spirit of rebirth, we proudly present to you the newly minted....

...closing weekends of a bunch of holiday favorites. (Is it too soon to break out the 2018 nostalgia?)  Because really, you're not emotionally available to engage with a new year until you've gotten closure with the previous one. Last year was a bit of a dog anyway (though in truth I hear this new year is a pig).

There is much to come in this new year, much to look forward to. But for now, just chill and enjoy the ride. It's gonna be a great year.

Keep reading for our most 2019ish events for this weekend...

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Holiday Lights, Drone Demo Day, Jan. 5-6

Happy New Year! We hope you had a safe, fun, festive time ringing in the new year with family and friends!

Even though the holidays are technically over, there's still time to get in some last minute holiday fun. Magical Winter Lights, Moody Gardens' Festival of Lights, Christmas Village at Bayou Bend, Project Noel Light Display, and the Holiday Train at Hermann Park are all running through this weekend, giving you one last opportunity for festive fun before reality sets in.

Ready to kiss the holidays goodbye, but still need some awesome activities to keep the kiddos busy? We feel you. Which is why we have our Winter Bucket List at the ready, as well as a round-up of some of the coolest non-library storytimes and the best indoor play spaces

Our event calendar is updated daily so you always have inspiration, and our January GoList highlights some of the best events happening throughout the month. Now is also the perfect time to sign up for our weekly newsletter so you can stay up to date with minimal work.

Let's make this year a great one for our families, starting with this weekend. 

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.

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