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).

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.

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