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30 Things To Do on February Break with New Jersey School Kids

It might feel as if Christmas break just ended, but winter break is already upon us! For most New Jersey public schools, that means a long Presidents Day weekend, with schools closed on Friday, February 17 and Monday, February 20. Some districts observe the holiday on Monday only, while many schools take the whole week off, not returning until the following Monday, February 27.

Whatever combination of days your kids have, chances are they are ready for some fun, whether they want to stay warm indoors or embrace the cold in a wintry activity like skiing, ice skating, or snow tubing. We've rounded up the best winter break activities for kids of all ages. To plan a family adventure, check out our best bets for winter day trips or an indoor water park for a summer feel!

And don't miss our February GoList and Events Calendar for even more suggestions. 

10 Dual-Language and Immersion Preschools in Houston

It is a known fact that the brains of young children are primed to learn languages and the earlier they are exposed to a language, the easier it is for them to learn it. Research has shown that there are many benefits to learning a second language, including higher self-esteem, better test scores, enhanced creativity, a higher level of complex problem solving, and an appreciation of other cultures. And that's not to mention increased employability as an adult in our increasingly globalized and diverse society. The natural ability of young children to learn a second, or third, language makes a dual-language or language immersion preschool a great option for childcare and may even save you money in the long run when your kids test out of college language credits! Consider giving your child the gift of a second language and check out these 10 language immersion and dual language preschools located in and around Houston. 

School Closings: How to Know If It's a Snow Day in New York City

How do you find out if your kid's New York City school is closed, because of the snow? While NYC public schools close infrequently, private schools and nursery schools close more often and it's important to know whether your child's school will be open before you head out the door. Note: NYC often doesn't make the call until the last minute. (Calling might not work if the administrators stayed home, although texting a day care provider might work in a pinch!)

Here are the best resources for finding out if New York City schools are closing for a snow day, as well as ideas for what to do in the event of snowmageddon, like NYC's Top Sledding Hills and 40 Snow Day Boredom Busters to do indoors.

Choosing a Preschool: 5 Things That Matter & 5 That (Probably) Don't

As parents we face the pressure to find the best of everything, and finding the best preschool for your little heir is no exception. Some parents jump on this task intimidatingly early, doing research and attending open houses even while Junior is still in utero. And there are so many choices: Play-based or academically focused? Montessori, Waldorf, full-time, part-time, cooperative, parochial, or secular? Media-free or media-intensive? A philosophy of "let children be children" or "teach them everything as soon as possible"? Perhaps we want our kids to learn to use their words in more than one language, to preserve their midday nap, or to spend most of their day playing outdoors in nature.

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