Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Houston Boat Show, Winterfest, Jan. 12-13

The kids are finally back in school and the holidays have officially come to a close, which means it's time to start counting down to summer, right? I kid, I kid... it's actually around this time that we start trying to implement some sort of routine again and seeking out free activities for the kids so we can take a break from all that holiday spending. And what better place to come for lots of free fun inspiration than here? We've got you covered:

This weekend is also packed with lots of unique events that are sure to spice up your Saturday, like Winterfest at the Rosenberg Railroad Museum, the annual Houston Boat Show, and the "Royals" Doggie Day for your favorite four-legged friends. 

Also worth checking out: our event calendar and January GoList are the places to find the coolest stuff happening in Houston right now, no matter what day of the week it is. You can also sign up for our weekly newsletter to have everything we publish emailed to your inbox.

Now let's check out what this weekend has in store. 

Weekend Fun: Wild Things, Alexander Hamilton, and... Zombies!

If you want to take a walk on the wild side, NYC this weekend is the place to do it. From Peter and the Wolf in Crown Heights to a primer on Living with Urban Coyotes, to the NY Philharmonic's The Cunning Little Vixon concert, to a Meet the Music performance based on The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, baby, it's a wild world. Not to be left out, Staten Island's Children's Museum hosts a Happy Hibernations program, APEC is holding an Adventure Time workshop for toddlers about animal movements, and Wave Hill shares tips on Keeping Wildlife Wild. After all, wild things do make our hearts sing.

Not in the mood for critters? How about a little history? Alexander Hamilton's birthday is actually January 11, but Morris-Jumel is throwing a Hamilton party on Saturday that includes Hamilton sing-alongs and cupcakes. Is travel your thing? Discover Portugal in Battery Park, or catch a Cuban dance performance on Saturday. If your offspring enjoy a good (gentle) scare, head to Queens to help manage a zombie outbreak (very scientific).

Don't forget to scroll through our curated Winter Events Guide and our helpful January Go List. And remember, our team of highly trained Kid Fun Experts are tirelessly scouring the city, finding great events for the MommyPoppins calendar

Weekend Fun: Free Family Swim, Winterfest, Paper Bag Players

Keep the fun going throughout January with any of the great programs we’ve identified for Westchester and Hudson Valley families this weekend. Whether you're looking for a performance, film, sports event, craft, winter festival, or a good deed, you've come to the right place.

Browse the collectibles at the Baseball Card Show or catch a screening that gets behind the scenes at an international, big-league Science Fair (way beyond the baking-soda volcano kit). More indoor fun can be had creating fashion for an American Girl doll, and you can embrace the season with fun activities that don’t break the bank at Hudson Valley Rail Trail WinterFest. Have you heard about the new swim school? There’ll be an open house with FREE family swimming.

There's more! Check out our hot-off-the-press roundup of 50 winter activities for kids and our Event Calendar to plan your entire weekend—and beyond!

Weekend Events: Rubber Ducky Day, Disney on Ice, Theater

Join Anna this weekend as Olaf, Kristoff, and Sven help her find sister Elsa and bring back summer at Disney on Ice: Frozen. Or poke around the Long Island Explorium and get your hands on some coding robots.

Check out inexpensive family fun with our list of free things to do this month. Don’t forget to check our January GoList and events calendar for more inspiration.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Volunteer and Celebrate with Kids in NJ

Martin Luther King, Jr., the chief spokesperson for the Civil Rights Movement, is memorialized annually on the third Monday of January. This floating holiday has evolved into more than just a day off from school. Now deemed a National Day of Service, MLK Day encourages volunteers across the country to donate their time in order to make a difference. This day reminds us of hope, compassion, and the ongoing potential for social change. Many New Jersey towns are hosting local activities, and we've put together a list that includes both celebrations and service activities.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Museums, Performances, Nature January 12-13

Chilling temperatures can not deter Philly parents from offering opportunities for Philly kids to discover new activitieslearn facts about previously unknown topics, and have indoor fun. This weekend allows plenty of options that can be found in our events calendar.

Museums are a great way to escape winter weather while offering excitement and fun. Penn Museum offers its family-oriented Second Saturday event which features a "Let the Games Begin" theme while the National Liberty Museum hosts its monthly GiveBack Workshop, a chance to make and donate to Capes for Kids. Curious minds may be interested in learning about Vikings at The Franklin Institute's Vikings: Beyond the Legend exhibit or Alexander Hamilton at the Museum of the American Revolution.

Those looking to see a show can find many from which to select. Charlotte's Web is on stage at the Arden Theatre, The Wizard of Oz can be seen at The Media Theatre, Seussical can be found at Delaware Children's Theatre, and the characters from Peter and the Starcatcher come to life at Wolf Performing Arts Center. Itching to get outside? Nature lovers can brave the weather to take a winter night hike at Tyler Arboretum or try a cross-country ski clinic at Norristown Farm Park.

Keep reading for more ways to have fun this January weekend.

Weekend Fun for DC Kids: Family Concerts, Snowglobes, and Nature January 12-13 2019

The government might be shut down and with it the Smithsonian musuems and the zoo, but this weekend still offers a variety of activities for DC families. As can be expected at this time of year, indoor activities abound in our event calendar. Take your kiddos to a concert or make memories together through music with the National Symphony Orchestra. Get hands on with arts and crafts by making a snow globe or stained glass. Check out a local theatre show. For families looking for all things historial and educational, head down to College Park for its 28th annual city tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Many of these events are free, but some do require reservations, which you can do online so be sure and take a closer look at the events below and those on our calendar for all the details.

Want to get outdoors with the family? Then check out these great places to explore the natural world in the DC area - perfect any time of year!

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Weekend Fun for Chicago Kids: Paw Patrol and More Kids' Shows, Free Family Days

This weekend, Chicago parents can take a well-deserved break from entertaining the littles, with kid-friendly shows and theater cropping up all over town. We Found a Hat, based on the subtly hilarious children's book by Jon Klassen, opens this weekend in Rogers Park, the Puppet Place brings its (free!) updated fairytale The Magic Onion to Arlington Heights, and kid creativity drives the improv action with The Greatest Story Never Told, also opening this weekend in Lake View. Plus, every preschooler's favorite canine law enforcers (say it together now: "Marshall, Rubble, Chase, Rocky, Zuma, Skye, yeah!") star in this weekend's PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue at the Chicago Theatre. If woodland creatures are more your jam, this is also the final weekend for the Roald Dahl classic The Fantastic Mr. Fox at the Victory Gardens Theater in Lincoln Park.

There's also plenty of FREE outdoor and indoor fun to be had: The Brookfield Zoo is free all weekend, the Museum of Contemporary Art holds a free family day on Saturday, and the American Writers Museum hosts its weekly free storytime for lit-loving preschoolers.

Don't forget our list of indoor play zones is a great backup plan for when the kids (and you) need to get out of the house, and our event calendar is updated with fresh picks daily. Enjoy the weekend!

Summer Internship Opportunities in New York City for Teens

These days, colleges are becoming increasingly competitive and are looking for more than good grades, great SAT scores, an outstanding essay, and a list of after-school activities; they also want to see some hands-on, real-world experience, preferably with a leadership component. That's where a summer internship can make your average, high-achieving, New York City teen really stand out from the rest of the equally high-achieving pack. 

Fortunately, because not all kids have the same interests, NYC summer internships come in a variety of flavors, paid and unpaid, regular and intermittent, educational and creative, with some also offering school and volunteer credit. The main thing summer internships in NYC tend to have in common is that the due dates to apply are usually before most teens have started thinking about their summer—or their college—plans.

To make sure your teens don’t miss out on any opportunities (and you don’t end up with an angsty child-shaped sloth on your couch for three months), check out our roundup on great internships and summer programs for teens in NYC—listed in order of application deadline.

LA Kids Get Free Metro Rides & Museum Visits During LAUSD Teachers' Strike

Worried about the looming teachers' strike that may start on Thursday? Join the club. While many Los Angeles parents who send their kids to LAUSD public schools have been concerned about how to keep their kids learning and busy during the first teachers' strike in 30 years, there may be a (small) silver lining: Students will get free admission to some favorite LA museums and free Metro rides as long as the strike continues (if it happens).

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