Weekend Fun: Lunar New Year, Chocolate Festival, Valentine's Events

A super-sweet weekend is on the agenda, chock-full of Valentine's Day festivities and maple sugaring galore. Get in the Valentine's Day spirit with free crafts at New Jersey State Museum’s Valentine’s Craft Event, fun and games at Jenkinson’s Family Date Night, Valentine stories at Click, Clack, Moo I Love You Storytime, and sugar overload at Morris Museum’s Chocolate Family Festival.

Plus, it’s that maple-tapping time of year. Learn about maple sugaring at Great Swamp Outdoor Education Center and Tenafly Nature Center demonstrations. 

Check out our Guide to Indoor Play Spaces for more options for weekend family fun, or take a mini vacation at an indoor water park. And look to our event calendar and February GoList for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

10 Drop-In Art Locations for Long Island Kids

Lucky enough to have a potential Picasso on your hands? Perhaps a little Salvador Dali´ in the making?

There are few things quite as inspiring as discovering your child’s artistic soul. And you can cultivate that on Long Island at one of these 10 art spots that offer drop-in classes, painting parties, and more. Long-term commitments are often not necessary, so kids can pop in for arts and crafts fun and get those creative juices flowing.

While you’re at it, check out our guide to classes and enrichment opportunities for Long Island kids. Our Winter Fun Guide has a host of seasonal activities to consider, and our museums guide offers the best venues to cultivate your child's intellect.

Step into Science at Please Touch Museums' Sid the Science Kid Exhibit

Sid the Science Kid: The Super-Duper Exhibit is now open at the Please Touch Museum. This awesome exhibit features a complete reproduction of the sets from the fantastic PBS Kid’s show, making it the largest-ever temporary exhibit to come to the beloved children’s museum. The exhibit includes five hands-on areas that have interesting ways for kids to engage in STEM-learning (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). Throughout the exhibit your little scientists will be encouraged to ask questions, explore, test theories, and play while taking part in interactive lessons that tackle basic science questions. Designed for ages 2-8, the exhibit is also full of good old-fashioned fun, with climbing structures and slides. 

YMCA Offers Affordable Day Camps, Sleepaway Camps, and Specialty Summer Programs for All Ages

With more than twenty locations that proudly served a combined total of over 12,000 young New Yorkers last year alone, you're unlikely to make it through all those parenting listserv threads about summer coverage without coming across YMCA's much-loved camps. Offering fun-filled early childhood options for tots, traditional sleepaway options for tweens and teens, and specialty programs focusing on everything from STEAM to soccer, it's no surprise the popular programming has been a hit with parents and kids across the city since 1885.

Glen Ivy Hot Springs: Where Playing in the Mud Is a Treat for Mama

Kids love getting into mud about as much as moms usually dread the sight of it. But don't make the mistake of reducing mud to a simple laundry nightmare. LA mamas have long found the mud baths at Glen Ivy Hot Springs to be rejuvenating, good for their skin and, yes, even fun to play in. You could invite your so-grown-up teen to take a spa day with you (no one under 16 allowed!), or you could just leave the posse with Papa and run for the hills on your own. Either way, a day escape to Glen Ivy Spa is an Angeleno secret worth knowing.

Sweet Surprise: All New "Tunnel of Love" to Light Up Boston this Winter

One of Boston's most iconic winter landmarks is set to get a sweet makeover this weekend—just in time for Valentine's Day! As if we weren't already smitten with the blue-lit trellis that adds a magical glow to the North End waterfront, the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park (FOCCP), led by curator Robyn Reed, have been busy transforming it into a "Tunnel of Love" that will be open to the public starting Feburary 10 and through the rest of the month. Families with kids of all ages are invited to come to the park for the tunnel's official unveiling between 4pm to 9pm this Saturday to stroll through the revamped trellis, post for selfies with specially designed "cupid wings," and enjoy a few sweet surprises.

25 Exercise Games and Indoor Activities to Get Kids Moving

Whether it's rainy, snowy, or even too hot to hit the park or backyard, exercise games are a great way to get everyone in the family giggling and away from the screens for a bit.  

We've put together a list of 25 easy indoor exercise ideas to do with kids at home. It's a really simple way for a family to integrate movement and exercise into any day. Most of these can be done right in your living room, and will even work in tight city apartments (or hallways). We promise everyone will be tired and laughing after attempting just a handful.

Looking for more indoor boredom busters for kids? We have lots of ideas, including science experiments and sensory activities for all ages.

Ways for Philly Kids to Experience the Olympics Close to Home

Every four years, Philly families turn their attention to the excitement of the Winter Olympics. From watching the grace and beauty of the figure skaters to the exhilarating rush of the bobsledders, Philly kids and parent alike enjoy rooting for the good, ole, U.S.A. as they watch the games on television. This year's events are happening half-way around the world in PyeongChang in South Korea. Feel more connected to the spirit of the games by participating in some of these Olympic-themed activities happening locally throughout the Delaware Valley. Let's cheer on our amazing U.S.A. athletes as they compete to bring home the gold!

Free in February: 23 Things To Do that Don't Cost a Thing

Yes, it's the month with Valentine's Day smack in the middle, but that doesn't mean every day has to be strictly focused on hearts and flowers (unless you and your little ones want it to be). In a month full of eclectic holidays, it isn't hard to find some free fun for the whole family. From Chinese New Year to Black History Month, President’s Day to Mardi Gras, LA. is hopping in February, and it won’t break the bank to join in. So put down the box of chocolates (momentarily) and enjoy all that the city has to offer.

7 Spots Westchester Kids Can Take Figure Skating Classes

As the Olympic competition heats up and outdoor temperatures struggle to creep above frigid, the cold-yet-controlled climates of Westchester County's indoor skating rinks beckon to families who've been cooped up all winter. If you're looking for ways to get your own little Nathan Chen or Bradie Tennell out there on the ice, check out these local skating classes.

Want even more winter fun? Take a look at our Winter Fun Guide.

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