This Girl Laughs, Cries – and Grows Up: A Tale of 3 Sisters

Like all worthwhile adventures, This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing at Atlantic for Kids starts down a familiar path, hits a fork in the road, and then goes off in unanticipated and delightful directions. Although at the outset this seriocomic play interweaves a number of fairy tale tropes—a sudden death, an evil stepmother, an ineffectual father, and three disparate triplets—it ends up being as kooky and unpredictable as an overtired toddler.

It's also long and explores some complicated themes such as abandonment, longing, and how our childhood dreams evolve as we grow. So is This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing right for your child? Read our review for a sense of what to expect from this unpredictable fable, or check out our complete Theater Guide for NYC Kids for many more options.

10 Winter Staycation Ideas for Philadelphia Families

The winter weather may have you counting down the days until you and your family can hit the road for a fun-filled adventure. While you’re waiting for the temps to rise, cabin fever may also be increasing.

Thankfully, the Philadelphia area is home to countless kid-friendly activities to stimulate little minds and make the countdown to summer fly by. Stay home this winter and take advantage of all that Philly has to offer with these great staycation ideas.

New Kids' Gym in Paramus Lets NJ Parents Drop and Shop

Shopping with kids can be a chore. When they’re not running around the sales floor or playing hide-and-seek in the clothing racks, they’re complaining or asking you to buy them something. Instead of dropping $20 on snacks and small toys to keep them happy, why not put that “treat” money toward something both of you can enjoy—a drop-off gym class at the mall. PopFit Kids, which recently opened in the South Court at Paramus Park Mall, offers this and more—including drop-in and weekly classes that offer kids plenty of active, indoor fun. It just might help both kids and parents enjoy a trip to the mall once again. 

A Museum of Candy with Edible Walls Is Coming Your Way

Edible candy murals, a candy-adorned unicorn, and a gigantic gummy bear. Sounds like your kid's best Willy Wonka fantasy? It's actually a new museum headed to New York City's Flatiron neighborhood this summer.

Sugar Factory, known for its over-the-top desserts, smoking drinks, and celebrity guests, will open the Museum of Candy in the former Limelight Club location (the corner of 20th Street and 6th Avenue). The 30,000-square-foot space, complete with a winding staircase, will showcase candy's pivotal moments from the early 1900s to today, along with 15 candy-themed experiential rooms that might just cause cavities upon viewing.

I'm no stranger to candy. I even incorporate it into my career, taking my kids along to check out the new Hershey's Chocolate World, and dutifully "fact-checking" articles like 15 Insane NYC Desserts To Try. (Tough job.) And now, I'm happy to bring you more details on this sweet new NYC museum

Night at the Museum: 7 NYC Museum and Zoo Sleepovers for Kids

Sleepovers are all the rage—even Governors Island is getting into the overnight game—but while a night of glamping might be on your to-do list, kids will get a big kick out of sleeping over at one of their favorite cultural institutions. From the Bronx Zoo, to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum, there's a sleepover to fit any interest and you'll earn some serious cool parent cred with one of these overnight adventures so extravagant, they landed on our splurge GoList.

As you might have guessed, these NYC-style pajama parties aren't just cool, they can also be expensive, and sometimes tough to get into. So if you want to splurge on an amazing overnight experience for your child this year, book early as spaces fill up fast. Each of our picks includes meals or snacks and requires adult chaperones to take part. Note that some are exclusively for scout groups.

Best Things To Do Presidents Day Weekend: Scots, Lunar New Year & Founding Fathers

This weekend is about more than just the long weekend (though it is a long weekend). This weekend asks us to examine the power of the individual, to do goodto excelto achieve greatness.

Whether your skill is slam dunkingtrick shotting, or sheep herding, whether your area of expertise is geekdom or slime or onomatopoeia, this weekend reminds us that we can all rise up and achieve great things.

On Monday in particular, we look at the American presidency and the power of one individual to impact the lives of so many. LA is lucky to have two presidential libraries in the region, both of which offer up free observances of the holiday. Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you are going to do with your kids on this long weekend. 

Read on for our most statesmanlike picks for this weekend …

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Lunar New Year, Wiener Dog Races, Feb 17-18

Do you ever have moments when you stop and think about how awesome our city is? Looking ahead to this weekend was definitely one of those times for me. Here we are in the middle of February - a month that practically begs to be spent indoors - and there is still so many diverse, exciting events happening this weekend in Houston. And that is awesome. 

This weekend marks the Lunar New Year, and in true Houston fashion, there are no shortage of family-friendly events happening to kick-off the Year of the Dog

We also are gearing up for Rodeo season (only a few weeks now!), and to help get your little ones outfitted in their Western best, we found the best spots to purchase pint-sized rodeo gear.

Lastly, just in case another rainy day is looming ahead, now is a good time to queue up some indoor activities for the kiddos; as an added bonus, these are all free!

Don't forget, our event calendar always features events and activities happening all around town, our February GoList highlights the events happening throughout the month you don't want to miss, and our Top 100 Things to Do With Houston Kids list is always full of extra inspiration. To make it even easier, we also can send everything straight to your inbox when you sign up for our FREE weekly newsletter

For all of our business owners and event planners: we would love to highlight your upcoming event! All you have to do is submit your event to our calendar, and we'll make sure to share it with all of our readers. 

Now let's wrap things up and take a peek at what's in store for this weekend!

President's Day Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: History, Superheroes, Culture February 17-19

What could be better than a three day weekend? A three day weekend filled with history, culture, superheroes, and free fun throughout the Delaware Valley!

To start, families can recognize the contributions of our presidents by participating in a Hail to the Chief quiz game, viewing portraits of our earliest presidents, or eating birthday cake with General Washington. Embrace Chinese culture and the Year of the Dog by learning Chinese calligraphy, building a Chinese lantern, watching a festive parade, and seeing live animal demonstrations. Meanwhile, superhero fans can see Spider-Man and the gang while Disney princess fans can visit with Princesses Ana and Elsa.

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 the extra-long weekend.

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Film Fests, Eagles, and a Birthday; Feb 17-19

Who's ready for a break? For those of us sticking around town this week for a staycation, there are not one but two film festivals geared towards young cinema goers, not to mention a festival celebrating some of the coolest birds found in New England. Learn bread baking techniques, sing along to this popular Disney flick, and catch the mother of all demo derbies.

President's Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Eagles, Art, and Lunarfest, February 18-20

Most of us in Connecticut have at least a three-day weekend ahead and with the vagaries of school break schedules, many of us have quite a few more. Happily, Connecticut is a fabulous place to staycation, plenty of fun awaits around the state. We've got all kinds of ideas to get outside from eagle spotting train rides to a guided nature hike to a festive parade celebrating the lunar new year. If you're feeling more of an indoor vibe, check out the Harlem Globetrotters, a puppetry festival, or museum adventures in BristolRidgefield, and Bridgeport.  And if all this togetherness is too much, there's even a fun drop off workshop at the Noah Webster House, for just a few hours or the whole day.

We update our Events Calendar frequently so be sure to check back for even more great suggestions. To keep up with the latest family-friendly events and activities, sign up for our newsletters, and follow us on FacebookTwitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Have a fantastic weekend!

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