Presidents Day Weekend Fun for Houston Kids, Feb. 16-17

I think we can all agree that all the recent back and forth of Houston weather has made it a little challenging to know what to do. Will it be hot or cold? Are those dark clouds actually bringing rain or just setting the scene for another gloomy day? It's been an all-out guessing game lately.

Because of this, we've been busy pulling out all of our best indoor activities: roller skating, ninja warrior courses, and laser tag when we need to get out of the house, exercise games, easy science experiments, and creative kids' crafts for those days we want to stay home.

This holiday weekend and the upcoming weeks are bringing all sorts of fun, though. Mardi Gras festivals are kicking into gear, rodeo is on its way, and there's still plenty of time to check out all the free things happening in February, like Mardi Gras on Main and the Houston Family Magazine Camp Fair. And if you find yourself scrambling for things to do on Presidents Day, rest assured, we have you covered there, too! Our event calendar is full of activities that are already planned for you and our Camp Guide will help you find the perfect solution for the holiday break if you don't have the day off with your kiddos.

We also recommend taking a look at our February GoList for some of the best free and cheap events happening around the city this month and signing up for our weekly newsletter; with so many great resources available, the hardest part isn't finding what to do, but picking the best event to attend.

Presidents Day Weekend Fun for Chicago Kids: Lunar New Year, Legos, Free Museums

Chicago families have plenty of fun options for the long February weekend. Wrap up your Lunar New Year celebrations at a FREE Chinese New Year party at Navy Pier on Saturday with crafts and live performances. Or get your vroom on at the final weekend of the Chicago Auto Show, with special kid-friendly programs for Family Day on Monday.

With the release of the second LEGO movie this weekend comes a chance for little brick fans to show off their own master builder skills at the LEGO celebration at Water Tower Place, or try recreating real-world masterpieces of architecture at the Chicago Architecture Center's Family Build on Sunday.

The animated Disney classic Beauty and the Beast returns to the big screen for $5 matinees in cinemas around town this weekend. But for live-action princess treatment with your favorite kiddo, there's also the Princess Ball at the Skokie Exploritorium, the Winter Wonderland Ball in Elmhurst, and a Daddy Daughter Dance at Soul City.

School's out on Monday, but the city's great cultural institutions are opening their doors: the Adler Planetarium, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Field Museum are all free (for Illinois residents) on Monday, and the Chicago History Museum is hosting a free, family-friendly President's Day Celebration with performances and real, live Lincolns (sorta).

For more winter fun ideas, check out our list of 50+ FREE Things to Do in Chicago This Winter, and our ultimate winter fun bucket list of 50 Things to Do Indoors With Chicago Kids. Our event calendar is fresh daily, too.

 

Presidents Day Weekend Events for Long Island Kids

Step into the wild with Jack Hanna at the NYCB Theatre at Westbury this weekend or kick it with Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could at the Long Island Children's Museum. 

School may be out of session in the coming week, but there are plenty of places to keep kids engaged and entertained. See our list of Presidents Week camps and programs for Long Island kids.

Check our February GoList and events calendar for more inspiration. Our Winter Fun Guide will keep you tuned in all season long.

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Presidents Day Weekend for Philly Kids: History, Superheroes, Culture

Every year, Philly kids and parents alike look forward to Presidents Day Weekend, a three-day reprieve from the regular routine of school and work. Wondering how to spend this free time? With amazing activities found in our event calendar of course! There is something for everyone: History buffs, the unicorn and dragon obsessed, animal lovers, American Girl fans, and the musically inclined.

First, recognize this historical weekend by learning about the role of the presidency at the National Constitution Center, viewing presidential portraits of the Early Presidents at the Second Bank of the United States, and eating birthday cake with George Washington at Washington Crossing Historical Park. Then, enter the world of Mythical Creatures at the Academy of Natural Sciences or see real world flying things by participating in The Great Backyard Bird Count at Laurel Hill Gardens or West Laurel Hill Cemetery. Finally, splurge to see American Girl Live at The Kimmel Center or rock out to Grateful Dead tunes with The Rock & Roll Playhouse.

All tapped out on cash? Be sure to check out all the free fun left in February. For now, read on for our top picks for this extra-long weekend.

Presidents Day Weekend for DC Kids: History, Circus, Science

Midwinter activities abound this weekend. DC continues to its celebrations of the Chinese New Year. Family Science Days are back, and there's still time to enjoy maple sugaring and ice skating.

For families looking for something beautiful to do this weekend, the National Ballet of China is performing. Looking for a different kind of show? The Big Apple Circus is in town through most of March. And let's not forget all the great theater productions going on now as well.

Indoors or out, there's plenty to do on this chilly February weekend - enjoy!

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Get Out and Drop In! Best Queens Play Spaces and Gyms for Kids

From Queens' formerly industrial waterfront to deep in the borough, family-friendly spots and amenities are on the upswing. There are wide-open spaces to run with abandon, playgrounds aplenty, and indoor play spaces with open play hours are strong in number: In fact, Queens has more indoor play zones than Manhattan and is gaining on Brooklyn.

We found 20+ indoor romping locations in the borough that offer drop-in sessions open to the public (no membership required). Bonus: All of these spots host birthday parties, too, and most are much more affordable than their Manhattan competitors.

15 Best Indoor Birthday Party Ideas for LA Kids

There is a special kind of stress—both emotional and financial—that planning a birthday party can cause if you have kids born between the months of November and March. Oh sure, everyone struggles with the great birthday party question, but those moms who gave birth in LA in August are pretty safe claiming a corner of a public park or throwing down some blankets on the beach. If you have a December baby, you may have tried that, but at some point probably cried "Never again!" LA might not have a proper winter, but it has a proper Indoor Birthday Party season, if only for the sanity of the parents. Allow us to share some of our favorite options for entertaining the masses without stressing about the weather.

Presidents Day Weekend Events for NJ Kids

Happy birthday, George and Abe! Not only is Monday Presidents Day, but it's also part of the February break for NJ schools. Bring on the long weekend with activities that honor our former presidents, including George Washington's Birthday Celebration at Washington Crossing, Remembering Lincoln at Macculloch Hall, and Presidents Day at Morris Museum. 

It's a big show biz weekend, too, with performances of Darci Lynne & Friends, Junie B. Jones, and Jack Hanna's Into the Wild. And you can indulge your sweet tooth with a Marshmallow Roast & Scavenger Hunt and Maple Sugaring Demonstrations

Keep the kids entertained on Monday at State Theatre's Family Day and Alstede Farms' Craft and Story Time.

Find even more weekend options in our Winter Guide, including Free Admission for Kids at 50 of NJ's Biggest Attractions. And look to our February GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

Go-Kart and Slot Car Racing Destinations for LI Kids

Want to go for a spin? Then check out one of Long Island’s go-kart or slot car tracks.   

Parents of kids who love being in the driver’s seat will love what these high-speed destinations offer. Inexpensive and thrilling, they’re ideal for kids who refuse to take a back seat to anyone. Gentlemen (and ladies), start your engines. 

For more indoor fun, see our guide to play spaces and fun zones. If your kids prefer to pedal, our guide to Long Island biking trails offers great rides in Nassau, Suffolk, and the East End.

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