Indoor Ice Skating Rinks in New York City for Every Season

As much as we love ice skating outside, sometimes it's just too cold, hot, or rainy for New York City's seasonal outdoor rinks. Indoor alternatives let NYC kids skate year-round. Some in-the-know parents with young skate enthusiasts tell me they prefer indoor rinks because the quality of the ice is better, making for a smoother glide, which is especially helpful for newbies.

Here are six NYC indoor ice skating rinks to check out, whether your kid is just starting out on the ice or is practicing their hockey or figure skating moves. Many offer birthday party options, skating lessons, and rentals—plus, most are open in summer if you ever need to cool down.

Free Admission for Kids at 50 of NJ's Biggest Family Attractions

NJ is home to many wonderful places for kids—the state’s museums, zoos, farms, and lighthouses are all great venues for family outings. The only downside? Visiting all these attractions can get pricey, especially if there are multiple kids in your family. The good news is that many of these destinations offer free admission for kids under certain ages, and we've rounded up 50 of them here.

Keep this post handy, and make sure to strategically plan your visit before your child's next birthday!

Chicago Winter Fun List: 50 Things to Do Indoors with Kids

A little bit of winter weather never stopped a true Chicagoan from getting out there and enjoying the city…Except when the city is in the grip of a polar vortex, of course. Or when just getting outside also involves putting boots and five layers of winter gear on a troop of small people.

So yeah, sometimes it can be hard to get motivated to head out into the cold for all the kid-friendly events happening in Chicago. But to help, we've compiled a list of 50 awesome places for kids to run, jump, bounce, learn, create, and get cultured indoors this winter. And some are even FREE.

Free STEM Summer Camp from Girls Who Code Opens Registration

Looking for more than mindless hanging out and screentime for your teenage daughter this summer? Girls Who Code, a nonprofit that aims to increase the number of women in computer science fields, is once again offering its FREE summer immersion program for girls entering their junior or senior year of high school. The 7-week STEM summer camp offering FREE coding lessons and more crucial skills will take place in select cities across the country, including the NYC metro area, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia, Houston, and Chicago.

Keep reading to find out who is eligible, how to apply, and when and where the program is happening in summer 2019. Hurry, because the early application period for this FREE summer program is already open!

Where to Eat With Kids in East Harlem Now

You can easily spot Upper East Siders and locals headed to East River Plaza on the bus and train. They have cumbersome foldable shopping trolleys, oversized backpacks, a child or two in tow, and a look of determination. However, experience has taught me that shopping can work up an appetite. When you are out and about in East Harlem with kids and hunger strikes, here are a few newer restaurant options to have in your back pocket. 

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Lunar New Year, Cookie Con, Museums Free-for-All

Are you ready? It feels like all of LA is pumped for the big event, and no wonder, since a local favorite is in the center of the action. Everybody,  let's say it together:  "Let's go.....

"...COOKIES!"  Just thinking about it makes me very hungry.

But we're no one trick hedgehog. LA being LA, we have tons for you to do, and this being your lucky weekend, tons of it is free. We're talking venerable spacesOpen spacesLEGO spaces.

Word to the wise: rain is in the forecast this weekend, so some events may be postponed or modified. We have noted a few on our calendar, but double checking is always a good idea, particularly for outdoor events.

Another word to the wise: The Zimmer is in countdown mode for the goodbye to its Mid-Wilshire location. But if you're hoping to get in a last visit before the Santa Monica move,  your timing couldn't be better, because this weekend it's free!

Keep reading for our wisest and freest picks for this weekend.

Weekend Fun: Groundhogs, Valentines, and Patriots; Feb 2-3

Valentine's Day is just around the corner and kids can start sharing the love by making a heart-shaped candy box and a woolly valentine. It's also Groundhog's Day, and this event celebrates our favorite fuzzy weatherman. Outdoor adventurers can check out this wilderness fest and indoor enthusiasts can head to the (family-friendly) opera. Don't forget to cheer on the Patriots—with some gorillas or at a family-friendly restaurant

Weekend Fun: Groundhogs, Ice Cream Breakfast, and Valentines; Feb 2-3

For a such short month, February is loaded with celebrations for just about everyone, and the first weekend kicks everything off! From learning about our groundhogs to Valentine's Day celebrations, Connecticut kids have plenty of activities to pick from on Saturday and Sunday. Also check out the full calendar and take advantage of all the fantastic "Take Your Child To the Library" festivities happening all around the state. 

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Lunar New Year Celebrations, P.A.W.S. Reading Program, Feb. 2-3

This time of year can be a little tricky. We're in the long stretch of school, the days are still short on light, and it's a constant toss up what the weather is going to be like; will it be a balmy 70-degree day today or somewhere below freezing? No one knows!

Which is why we like to have a handy little arsenal of indoor activities packed away, ready to bust out at a moment's notice. Some of our very favorites include:

And did you see that Texas' largest indoor playground opened up in Houston? Now that is definitely worth making a little day trip down to Webster to visit. 

We also highly recommend printing out a copy of our 100 Things To Do With Houston Kids Before They Grow Up so you can start checking these Houston favorites off your bucket list. Don't forget: our event calendar is always serving up daily inspiration, and our February GoList is your go-to place for the hottest happenings throughout the month. Staying in the loop with all the events and activities in our city has never been easier (especially when you sign up for our weekly newsletter!).

With so many fun places to go and see, the hardest part is picking what's going to make the cut this weekend! 

Weekend Fun: Lunar New Year, Film Fest, Black History, Groundhog Day

The first weekend in February is action-packed. Saturday is Groundhog Day, and while Punxsutawney Phil (accuracy rate 38%) is poised to prognosticate once again, NYC's local groundhog Chuck (accuracy rate 80%!) is the one to watch. Early risers at the Staten Island Zoo get a Spring proximity forecast, plus musical performances and animal encounters. In the Bronx, Wave Hill hosts a Groundhog Day Pancake Breakfast as part of the Hibernator's Weekend festivities.

Lunar New Year celebrations for the Year of the Pig get started at the Prospect Park Zoo, Beyond at Liberty View, and the Conservatory of Music in Brooklyn and at the Queens Botanical Garden and the Queens Museum. February is also Black History Month, and our calendar is packed with kid-friendly tributes to the African American experience. Get in the swing with a special tour at Fraunces Tavern, or learn about Harlem's storied history at the New-York Historical Society

Meanwhile, the BAMkids film festival in Brooklyn is back for its 21st year, with cool Dancewave Workshops on the side. Gustafer Yellowgold returns to Symphony Space, The Stinky Cheese Man offends noses young and old in Tribeca, and at Bryant Park, you can catch The Little Red HenThis weekend's FrostFest in Bryant Park is also your last chance to try out the ice rink bumper cars. Oh, and Henry Winkler is talking about his new kids' book on Sunday: Stop by and say "Heeeeeyyyyy."

Don't sleep on our February GoList, our Winter Fun Guide, or our list of 40 FREE things to do in February with NYC kids. Our Event Calendar is on point through the coming Spring (or endless Winter, depending on Phil and Chuck).

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