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).

31 Top Winter Events for Toddlers and Preschoolers in New York City

The kids are tired of playing with their holiday gifts and you're trying to not to mark the winter months of 2019 with a ton of screen time. If this sounds familiar, we've got you covered. Read on for our roundup of dozens of events, shows, festivals, and fun things to do this winter for the toddler to preschooler set.

Bookmark this list for loads of ways to keep your toddler or preschooler engaged during the cold temps ahead. There's a gingerbread giveaway, Sesame Street Live, terrific indie theater, and new museum exhibits coming to some of our favorite local children's museums.

Looking for more? Our 50 Things to Do Indoors winter fun list might do the trick, and of course you can always find more daily activities in our NYC Event Calendar.

The Best Family Sledding Spots on Long Island

Say it ain't snow. But it is.

Parents with kids eager to brave the outdoors don't have to leave Long Island to find ideal sledding spots. We've rounded up a host of places where you can challenge the local powder for FREE. Safety first though, so be sure to check surroundings for sticks, rocks, and more; wear a helmet and proper snow gear to keep warm; and be extra careful after dark. Bring your own equipment to these snow-covered destinations and be ready for some fun.

Don't forget to check our Long Island winter fun guide for more seasonal entertainment ideas for your family, whether the weather outside is frightful, or delightful. There, you'll find information on skiing destinations, ice rinkshot chocolate spots, indoor play centers, and more.

Weekend Fun: Teddy Bear Tea, Pinkalicious, Winter Festival

It's play time this mid-January weekend! Load up your calendars with playful events that spotlight teddy bears, trains, and storytimes. Little ones can treat their favorite plush friends to a tea party at Morris Museum. Young train enthusiasts will be on board with The Museum of American History's Annual Antique Toy Train Show. And kids can grab free fun at Barnes & Noble and Hoboken Fire Department Museum storytimes.

Keep warm at indoor performances this weekend, including productions of The Phantom TollboothPinkalicious: The Musical, and a free, interactive show with Big Jeff Music. If you choose to brave the outdoors, enjoy rides and activities at Winter Festival Bonfire & Fireworks or search for hidden clues at the Family Arboretum Challenge. Learn more about outdoor fun at Garden State Outdoor Sports Show.

Find even more weekend options in our Winter Fun Guide, including a day trip to Yogi Berra Museum's new Basketball Exhibit. And look to our event calendar and January GoList for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

2019 American Girl Doll Hails from the Hudson Valley

The Hudson Valley's newest celebrity resident is a redheaded blogger/farm girl who's 18 inches tall. Meet Blaire Wilson, American Girl's 2019 "Girl of the Year."

Blaire, American Girl's first-ever doll set in the Hudson Valley, lives with her family on a sustainable farm and bed and breakfast in Bluefield, a fictional town set in the real Ulster County, NY. She made her debut on January 1.

Ways to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. With Boston Kids

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a day off from school, when families can explore the life, legacy, and lessons of the iconic civil rights leader (and take a break from schedules a bit). But Monday is also a day on: when kids and adults are encouraged to help out in their communities and find ways to show kindness to others in gestures of service. Boston offers families plenty of ways to commemorate and learn more about Dr. King’s legacy throughout the holiday weekend.

Visiting Dallas, TX With Kids: Top 20 Things to Do

Visiting one of Texas' largest cities is just as daunting as visiting the state itself - it's so huge! We've narrowed down our favorite things to do and places to go in Dallas with our kids. Our biggest takeaway each time we visit friends in the area is how there is always something new to discover. The museums and gardens are top-notch, and because it's Texas you'll find delicious barbecue and Tex-Mex at virtually every corner. There's no shortage of reasons to love this city.

For more Texas-sized fun, check out our kid-friendly guide to San Antonio, Austin, and a plethora of things to do in Houston.

Winter Gardens: Where to Get Out of the Cold at NYC's Indoor Plazas

If you feel like you've already exhausted your favorite NYC museum or indoor play space, why not try a nearby public atrium or garden? New York City is full of semi-secret indoor public spaces, as well as not-so-secret gardens perfect for staving off cabin fever this winter with an antsy child.

Finding an indoor, tropical hideaway right in your neighborhood can be a real winter lifesaver. My son was a winter baby, and when he was a newborn, it was freezing everywhere. We found our own indoor oasis just a few blocks from our Midtown apartment, in the lush, green garden that occupies the atrium of the Ford Foundation building. There are a number of similar indoor public spaces dotted around the commercial areas of Manhattan thanks to a zoning initiative in which the city granted buildings the rights to additional air space (i.e., taller buildings) in exchange for indoor and outdoor public areas. 

Bonus: Public atriums are FREE to wander into, and many offer seating, snacks, Wi-Fi, and public art. Some gardens are so steamy and warm you'll feel as if you booked a tropical getaway. (This is why we love New York, right?) Here are 12 of our favorite kid-friendly indoor urban oases for NYC families. 

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