Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: New Year's Festivities & Fun!

It's time for fireworks, balloon drops, noisemakers, and more! You can ring in the New Year all over the city with some good, clean, kid-friendly fun. Some of our favorites include The Woodlands Children's Museum High Noon Countdown, the Nooners Eve Kids Cooking Class at Maggiano's, and Kemah Boardwalk's New Year's Eve Family Celebration

The long holiday weekend is also the perfect time to explore our 100 Things To Do With Houston Kids list, and maybe find some hidden gems you didn't know existed or haven't had time to check out yet. 

Kids suffering from winter break boredom? We have a plethora of solutions lined up for you:

Our event calendar, January GoList, and Guide to Holiday and Christmas Events for Houston Families are also chock full of ideas. We have had the best time sharing what's hot and happening in Houston throughout 2018 with you, and we can't wait to continue the fun in 2019.

New Year's Eve Weekend for Philly Kids: Fireworks, Parade, Shows

It is hard to believe that 2018 is almost over. And, what a year it has been! Philly families made memories locally at some of the area's top 100 Things Before They Grow Up, escaped for getaway vacations, experienced weekend trips, and celebrated annual traditions. Make the last moments of the year count with fun found in our events calendar.

If your family is still looking to capitalize on holiday fun, take a winter train ride on Colebrookdale Railroad's Snowflake Special. View holiday lights before they are turned off for the season at displays held at Rose Tree Park, Franklin Square, Shady Brook Farms, or even a neighborhood near you. Theatergoers can catch a holiday show before it closes for the season while museum lovers can take some time to explore one of the many local venues offering special programming such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and Delaware Museum of Natural History.

Be sure to ring in the new year with a musical performance, animal fun, birthday cake, balloon drop, or fireworks. Get out the noisemakers and party hats to make it a great weekend!

New Year's Weekend Fun for New Jersey Kids

It's the final countdown to 2019! Make the last weekend of 2018 a memorable one, with holiday lights, amusements, and family-friendly New Year's eve celebrations. If you haven't experienced New Jersey's most dazzling light displays, catch the grand finales at Turtle Back Zoo, Smithville, and Skylands Stadium. Plus, bundle up for last-chance holiday festivities at Six Flags and Storybook Land.

Party like it's 2019 at New Year's Eve events the whole family will enjoy. Celebrate with aquatic friends at Adventure Aquarium's New Year's Eve Splash, count down with farm friends at PAWS Discovery Farm's "Ewe" Years Celebration, and ring in the new year a few hours early at Kids Daytime NYE Party, New Year's at Noon, and Kidville New Year's Eve Ball Drop

Find even more weekend and New Year's week options in our Winter Guide, including Winter Day Trips and Ice Rink Bumper Cars. And look to our event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and into the new year.

New Year's Day 2019 with NYC Kids: Things to Do as a Family

One reason we live in New York City (and pay crazy rents, take packed subways, and research early education options as if we're going for a Ph.D.) is to take advantage of all the cultural experiences it offers year-round. If one of your New Year's resolutions is to do more fun things with your kids, why not kick off 2019 by taking advantage of all the great places open on New Year's Day in the Big Apple?

We came up with seven resolutions for families and then found activities to fulfill each one—all at places open on January 1, 2019, in NYC. You can find more seasonal fun, including little kid and big kid ways to celebrate New Year's Eve, in our Holiday Guide, or in our 25 Free Things to Do in NYC with Kids on Winter Break

All of us at Mommy Poppins wish you and your families a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year.

Things to Do on New Year's Day in Connecticut

Sure, you have amazing plans watching the clock strike midnight, but if your kids are anything like mine -- they will still be up at the crack of dawn on New Year's Day looking for something to do. Whether you choose to bundle up and head outdoors, or leave the coats at home and check out an indoor activity, there is plenty of excitement awaiting in every corner of the state. Spend a nice day with your family skating by the Sound, or take in the IMAX at the Maritime Aquarium. From First Day Hikes to the Connecticut cience Center, something on this list will ensure that everyone starts 2019 off right. 

Netflix New Year's Eve Countdowns Let Families Celebrate Early

Ah, New Year's Eve. What was once a wild night out can be downright grueling for parents already running on empty after weeks of holiday planning and organizing, er, fun. Wouldn't it be nice to convince the little ones that 5pm is the perfect time to ring in the New Year? Break out the confetti and sparkling apple cider, because Netflix has your back with 14 on-demand New Year's Eve countdowns, many of them featuring your kid's (or even your) favorite stars.

It's the no-cry solution to an early bedtime for all, because the new year can now happen any time you want it to happen. It's also a simple way to get kids in on the festivities, celebrating new adventures as a family. 

Looking for more New Year's Eve fun? Venture out armed with our list of the best kid-friendly celebrations in your town: New York City, Los AngelesLong IslandNew Jersey, Boston, Connecticut, Philadelphia, and Houston.

Family Friendly New Year's Eve Fun in Houston

While typically considered a holiday largely for adults, ringing in the new year isn't solely for the 18-and-up age group. In fact, Houston has quite a few festivities lined up that allow kids to ring in the New Year with their families in a safe, fun environment, whether it's making a trip down to the Kemah Boardwalk to watch fireworks over the water or heading to the ever-popular Children's Museum of Houston for a kid-approved balloon drop and "Noon" Year countdown.

The fun doesn't end on New Year's, either. Our Guide to Holiday and Christmas Events will carry you through the holiday season this year and our Winter Bucket List is the perfect resource for those days after the holidays when being off of school may start to get a little boring... 

The Best New Entertainment Hot Spots for LI Kids, 2018

2018 has been another great year for Long Island families, with new and improved attractions and venues opening in NassauSuffolk and on the East End. From museums to indoor play spaces to spray parks, and more, the year brought exciting places to discover and more ways to have fun.

In case you missed any of this year’s hottest new spots, we’ve rounded up some of the best right here. You still have time to catch the Holiday Light Show in Calverton and Party City’s new Toy City pop-up. While it’s cold out, there are plenty of indoor places to explore such as a rebranded Long Island Explorium and a restored exhibit at Vanderbilt Museum … and you can dream about the warmer weather by making plans to visit Splish Splash and its thrilling new water slides this summer. (More exciting warm-weather news: Plans are underway for the opening of a new adventure park at Jones Beach this spring.)

20 Indoor Places Where NYC Kids Play for Free

We're staring down another long Northeast winter, and entertaining the kids during this long, chilly season isn't easy or cheap. Throw in a cramped New York City apartment and a shortage of vitamin D and of course, everyone is eyeing the exit. Luckily, in NYC some of the best things in life are FREE (really).

If your kids are bouncing off the walls and your wallet is screaming for a break after all the holidays, we've got you covered. Check out our list of 20 FREE indoor destinations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, and Staten Island for fun, games, or just a much-needed change of scenery.

For more great indoor places, check out our Indoor Family Fun Guide which is loaded with all-ages drop-in spots.

Holiday Giving: Mommy Poppins Families Give Back to Local Communities

Every year we share articles about how families can volunteer and donate during the holiday season. But, we are also parents raising our children and working to improve our communities ourselves. Even as our website has grown (Hello, DC and Chicago!), we are proud to say that the values and mission of Mommy Poppins have not changed. We are committed to helping children and families, both online and in real life.

This year, we invited team members from each of our local areas to pick a holiday drive or organization that helps children in need. We funded a shopping spree or, if the holiday season was just too crazy, made a direct donation. In order to do as much good as possible, not just for children, but for local businesses too, we targeted some of our favorite local toy stores to make our purchases. Our children were great helpers in picking out gifts and delivering them.

As the founder of Mommy Poppins, I am grateful to our amazing team for rallying during the hectic holiday season and doing so much good. In all, we donated over $8500! Thanks also to all the local businesses, large and small, who support Mommy Poppins with advertising dollars throughout the year. It makes providing this resource to families for free possible, as well as these donations and our other initiatives. We are humbled and grateful for the support of our readers and local business community.

Read on to find out where our local families shopped and donated.

 

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