Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Underwater Parks, Mobile Museums, and Kamala Harris

Enjoy yourself this weekend. Enjoy yourself while you can. Eat, drink, and be merry, for next week, things change. Be prepared for the unusual, the unexpected, and, there's no way to sugarcoat this: be prepared for the wet. There's rain in the forecast, and we may temporarily lose visual contact with our favored hot ball o'gas. (Alternative orbs may be available.)

Of course we won't be totally underwater. At least I don't think we will. If you are concerned you can practice for such an eventuality at one of the several Underwater Parks events going on this weekend. Get your feet wet, so to speak. Regardless, get out before the precipitation starts, because as those of you who paid attention in storytime know, it's 100% possible to melt when exposed to water.

On a more serious note, next week also presents a challenge of a different kind for some of our families. As of this writing, a strike by LAUSD teachers is likely. Many parents will opt to keep their children home during this time, either in support of the teachers or out of concern for the uncertain conditions in the schools; we've written about some options available for kids out of school during the strike, and our calendar always lists weekday activities for all ages.

Keep reading for our best picks for the weekend, whatever challenges you may be facing...

Weekend Fun: Science and Sorcery, Winter Tracking, and Owl Moons, Jan. 12-13

The preliminary weather reports are calling for temperatures in the 20s this weekend, so bundle up the kids and get outside for some seasonal activities! For starters, there is the annual party to open the night ski season at Mohawk Ski Area. Or learn to identify animals by their tracks during a wintertime walk in the woods (no snow required). Do you know what an Owl Moon is? You can find that out too. If you'd prefer to stay warm indoors, check out the Magic of Harry Potter in Hartford, or create a piece of experimental art in New Canaan.

Weekend Fun: Cooking, Tracking, and Sea Creatures; Jan 12-13

While I always find myself dreading cold, dark January during the fun, busy fall months, by the time it rolls around I am filled with excitement for the new year. January seems like the perfect time to try new things, and luckily Boston is full of unique experiences for kids and families. Budding chefs can try a hand at a popular Italian dish, or how about some biscuits, butter, and jam? Parents and children can slow down with yoga or learn all about animal tracking in the wilderness. No need to go to the waterfront when the aquarium can bring sea life to you. Animal lovers can also get up close and personal with backyard birds

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Houston Boat Show, Winterfest, Jan. 12-13

The kids are finally back in school and the holidays have officially come to a close, which means it's time to start counting down to summer, right? I kid, I kid... it's actually around this time that we start trying to implement some sort of routine again and seeking out free activities for the kids so we can take a break from all that holiday spending. And what better place to come for lots of free fun inspiration than here? We've got you covered:

This weekend is also packed with lots of unique events that are sure to spice up your Saturday, like Winterfest at the Rosenberg Railroad Museum, the annual Houston Boat Show, and the "Royals" Doggie Day for your favorite four-legged friends. 

Also worth checking out: our event calendar and January GoList are the places to find the coolest stuff happening in Houston right now, no matter what day of the week it is. You can also sign up for our weekly newsletter to have everything we publish emailed to your inbox.

Now let's check out what this weekend has in store. 

Weekend Fun: Wild Things, Alexander Hamilton, and... Zombies!

If you want to take a walk on the wild side, NYC this weekend is the place to do it. From Peter and the Wolf in Crown Heights to a primer on Living with Urban Coyotes, to the NY Philharmonic's The Cunning Little Vixon concert, to a Meet the Music performance based on The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, baby, it's a wild world. Not to be left out, Staten Island's Children's Museum hosts a Happy Hibernations program, APEC is holding an Adventure Time workshop for toddlers about animal movements, and Wave Hill shares tips on Keeping Wildlife Wild. After all, wild things do make our hearts sing.

Not in the mood for critters? How about a little history? Alexander Hamilton's birthday is actually January 11, but Morris-Jumel is throwing a Hamilton party on Saturday that includes Hamilton sing-alongs and cupcakes. Is travel your thing? Discover Portugal in Battery Park, or catch a Cuban dance performance on Saturday. If your offspring enjoy a good (gentle) scare, head to Queens to help manage a zombie outbreak (very scientific).

Don't forget to scroll through our curated Winter Events Guide and our helpful January Go List. And remember, our team of highly trained Kid Fun Experts are tirelessly scouring the city, finding great events for the MommyPoppins calendar

Weekend Fun: Free Family Swim, Winterfest, Paper Bag Players

Keep the fun going throughout January with any of the great programs we’ve identified for Westchester and Hudson Valley families this weekend. Whether you're looking for a performance, film, sports event, craft, winter festival, or a good deed, you've come to the right place.

Browse the collectibles at the Baseball Card Show or catch a screening that gets behind the scenes at an international, big-league Science Fair (way beyond the baking-soda volcano kit). More indoor fun can be had creating fashion for an American Girl doll, and you can embrace the season with fun activities that don’t break the bank at Hudson Valley Rail Trail WinterFest. Have you heard about the new swim school? There’ll be an open house with FREE family swimming.

There's more! Check out our hot-off-the-press roundup of 50 winter activities for kids and our Event Calendar to plan your entire weekend—and beyond!

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.

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