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

With December's winter break a distant memory, it's time to start planning for the next one: Presidents Day (February 17-19)! Depending on the district, NJ schoolchildren will be home for three or four days—and some even longer—making it the perfect time for a family outing or day trip, or two. 

Looking for indoor fun or outdoor activities like skiing, ice skating, or snow tubing? We've got you covered. To plan a family adventure, check out our best bets for winter day trips, and don't miss our February GoList, FREE February fun, V-Day picks, and Events Calendar for even more suggestions. 

Read on for our roundup of the best February break activities for kids of all ages.

A-maze-ing! Review of the New MOS Mirror Maze Exhibit

The Museum of Science is a gift to families in Boston, offering dozens of interactive displays that take hours to investigate, with ever-changing rotating exhibits. Its newest temporary exhibit, A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature, is just as enthralling and informative as the Museum’s permanent collections, teaching visitors about how patterns are found everywhere, from a shell's spiral to the veins on a leaf. Bonus: Entrance to the exhibit is included in the general admission, so you can check it out without having to chip in any extra. Here's what we discovered in this truly cool exhibit, and our recommendations for visiting.

The South Street Seaport Museum: Tall Ships and NYC Beginnings

Looking for something unique to do with your family on the weekend in Lower Manhattan?

Stop by the gem of a historic spot, the South Street Seaport Museum—a place every New Yorker should visit at least once. Housed in New York’s southern-most seaport, this spot tells the story of how New York’s harbor gave rise to the metropolis we know and love today. After a major restoration post-Hurricane Sandy, the museum is back in action and ready to educate and entertain family members of all ages through tours, activities, workshops, and special events.

Read about other great exhibits for NYC kids in our Museum Guide.

What's New and Opening in Philly in 2018

Every year it seems like Philadelphia gets better and better with more things to see and do for local families and tourists alike. Major initiatives for the city include expanded green space, which often means new opportunities to get out and play. Outdoor events are always a big draw and each year the calendar seems to have more to offer in terms of destinations to experience art and culture. 2018 is no different, in addition to the usual festivals and events that you can look forward to year after year, there are some exciting openings and events that make it a good year to be in Philadelphia.

25 Best Things to Do in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn with Kids

Prospect Heights is a small Brooklyn neighborhood that's in the middle of all the action. Nestled between Crown Heights, Boerum Hill, and Fort Greene, it's brownstone Brooklyn at its best, with tree-lined streets, eateries galore, and a mix of longtime residents and new transplants. Much like the rest of the borough, the community has seen its fair share of gentrification; however, it remains quite diverse, and is a wonderful place for families to live or visit.

An array of kid-friendly cafes, bars, restaurants and shops line Vanderbilt Avenue, and Washington Avenue is another thriving commercial strip. The southern periphery of Prospect Heights features some of Brooklyn’s most famous landmarks: the Brooklyn Museum and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (also covered in our Crown Heights guide), along with the central branch of the Brooklyn Public Library and the northern edge of Prospect Park. Meanwhile, Barclays Center (also covered in our Fort Greene guide) is located in its northwestern corner.

Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebrations that Are Great for Kids

In New Orleans, it's Mardi Gras. In Venice, Italy, it's Carnevale. In Austria they call it Fasching, and in England Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day, or just plain old Fat Tuesday. Whatever the name, it's a party; and with its traditions of masks, music, and bling, this party deserves to be shared with kids. We've collected LA's most family-friendly Mardi Gras celebrations below, and they're mostly FREE. Let the good times roll!

20 Art Studios with Drop-In Sessions for New Jersey Kids

Like the idea of crafting with your kid but cringe at the thought of paint and glitter all over your house? Lucky for us, New Jersey is home to a variety of drop-in art studios that offer your spontaneous painter, potter, glassmaker, and jeweler the chance to get their craft on. The perfect destinations for a cold winter day, these craft-tastic spaces let you skip the mess at home while catering to your budding artist's creative impulses.  

The Snow Day: An Iconic NYC Story for Little Theatergoers

When you have a 4-year-old jumping bean like I do, the idea of taking him or her to a quiet, please-stay-in-your-seat performance is a little intimidating. But it'll never get better unless we practice, so we headed to MidtownTimes Square, to be exact—to try out a performance of the brand-new The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Jack Ezra Keats. With a runtime of 45 minutes, I was hopeful we could make it through this special series of tales from one of NYC's homegrown literary legends. 

Read on to find out all about the creative and inventive play/musical hybrid perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, and even elementary-age kids.

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Cookies, Carnival, Whales, and Valentines

​Question for you: Is this Valentine’s weekend or isn’t it? The answer, of course, is that technically, it is not. The actual Bella Notte is next Wednesday, but by next weekend we’ll be sooo over that. Plus, if you’re hoping to inspire someone to get you a super awesome gift (hint: cookies), now’s the time to do it.

Unquestionably, this is a weekend filled with love. Love for others; love for purple, gold, and green; love for cetaceans, and love expressed in iambic pentameter. Love of dance, opera, and kindie rock, love of classic flicks and bunnies and Dogs and flowers.

And whatever they get you, most likely a handmade gift from the heart, I am sure it will be the perfect thing. (Reminder: cookies)

Keep reading for our most beloved picks for this weekend.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Mardi Gras, Monster Jam, Chinese New Year Feb 10-11

We are officially in that time of the year where you never know if the day is going to bring freezing temperatures that demand staying inside or sunny days perfect for playing outside, so to cover anything and everything the week may throw at us we tackled the best of both worlds. For those days you're indoors, you definitely want to have an arsenal of exercise games and indoor activities to get kids moving. For days that beg for a little outdoor exploration, plan a guided hike with your little ones that give them a healthy dose of vitamin D and some encourage active investigation. 

Mardi Gras is also now in full swing, and there are also plenty of kid-friendly festivities that allow you to take part in some carnival fun without calling the sitter. Have a train-obsessed kid on your hands? Then our latest round-up of historic train depots and museums around Houston is for you.

For those days when you find yourself stuck on what to do, let us give you some inspiration! Our event calendar is always stocked with the best city-wide events and activities, our February GoList features the top events of the month, and our Top 100 Things to Do With Houston Kids list is packed with ideas that are begging to be checked off your Houston Bucket List. To have everything we cover delivered straight to your inbox, make sure to sign up for our FREE weekly newsletter

Event planners, we have something for you, too! We'd love to give YOUR event some extra exposure by sharing it with all of our readers. All you have to do is submit your event to our calendar, and we'll take care of the rest. 

Now, let's see what's in store for this weekend!


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