Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Truffles, Love Stamps, and a Science Fest; Feb 10-11

Valentine's Day is right around the corner and Boston has many unique opportunities to celebrate and share the love this weekend. From truffle making to a sweet and savory cooking class to love stamps to a candlelit crypt tour, there something for tastes of all kinds. Other festivities include a Lunar New Year celebration, annual science love fest, and an art and murals tour for parents at the BPL.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Valentine Fun, Winter Events, Nature February 10-11

Philly families can tell that love is in the air just by looking at our Mommy Poppins event calendar. Venues throughout the Delaware Valley offer opportunities to make Valentines, rock out a family concert, and even sample chocolate!

In addition to Valentine's Day fun, families can enjoy winter-themed events such as Wagner's Winter Wonderland, Peter Wentz Farmstead's Winter Chores & Treats, and Penn Museum's Second Saturdays which features a Winter Olympics theme. Animal lovers can learn about owls at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education or build a bluebird house at Springton Manor Farm, while budding artists can sketch at the Philadelphia Museum of Art or make art at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Arts.

For more ways to spend your weekend, be sure to read our top picks below.

Garden State Discovery Museum: A South Jersey Gem for Kids

Little explorers, artists, chefs, and sports fanatics will all find adventure at the Garden State Discovery Museum, a South Jersey gem filled with imaginary-play zones that attracts Philly and Jersey families. Where else can kids serve up diner meals, care for sick animals, and dig for dinosaur bones—all under one roof? Throw in original live performances, hands-on arts and crafts, and cultural celebrations from around the world, and this Cherry Hill museum is worth a day trip for families with curious kids to entertain. 

For more NJ museums, check out our list of kid-friendly museums in North Jersey—or for more action, let your crew burn off some serious energy at a mega indoor play space in New Jersey. 

Weekend Fun: Lunar New Year, V-Day Activities, and Sesame Street

It's a busy weekend in New York City heading into a week of two festive February holidays: Valentine's Day and the Chinese Lunar New Year. Kick off the celebrations early with Lunar Year of the Dog at the Prospect Park Zoo, the Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar, Valentine's Weekend at Wave Hill, and the​ Valentine's Instax Photo workshop. If you'd rather see a show, check out the New York Theatre Ballet's Mother Goose, Bromance from the New Vic, or the big Sesame Street show, Let's Party.

If you'll be in Brooklyn on Saturday, don't miss a drum and dance ensemble and a screening of Wonder with author RJ Palacio. In Manhattan, join the celebration at Lunar New Year Madison Street To Madison Avenue or at the CirKiz Valentine's Dance Party. Or head over to watch the fur fly at the 5th Annual Masters Agility Championship at Westminster and AKC Meet the Breeds.

On Sunday, the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company performs its Fifth Annual Lunar New Year Celebration in Brooklyn. There's still time to make a craft for your sweetheart at the Valentine Making Workshop and the Valentine's Love Shack Workshop. Mix things up a bit at BAM's Black Comix Expo, or just party down with the whole family at the Once Upon a Drag costume and performance party.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: EagleFest, Fairies, Chinese New Year

So much fun, both indoors and outdoors, awaits Westchester and Hudson Valley families this weekend! Our February Go List included several of our faves, and below are some more to choose from.

One of the headliners is the annual Hudson River Eaglefest, a multi-site event that celebrates the eagle’s return to Westchester, with viewing points up and down the river plus various attractions. It’s also time to celebrate the Year of the Dog, and we’ve identified several ways to do so, including the grand poobah Chinese New Year Festival. If that isn’t enough international flair for you, snag your seats for the Russian Folk Dance performance. For mommy-and-me fun, make Flower Faeries and Forest Friends with your little one. With the maple-sugaring season allowing a brief window of opportunity, carpe diem at Tappin’ the Maple Trees. Plus, don’t forget about the panoply of free workshops for all ages at the new art school this weekend!

Be sure to consult our Event Calendar for tons of activities every single day. If you haven't done so already, sign up for our newsletters to stay in the know! 

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Valentine's Day Crafting, Lunar New Year

Get a jump start on that lovey dovey state of mind before Valentine's Day at the Be Mine Ball at the Long Island Children's Museum or the Wild Valentine's Day program hosted by the Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society.

Bounce on over this weekend to the New York Tennis Expo at Nassau Coliseum, where kids get in for FREE! Get up close and personal with some furry (and scaly) residents at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge or the  Center for Science Teaching & Learning.

Remember, you can always pop over to our February GoList or Winter Fun Guide to find more seasonal entertainment. Mark your calendars this winter and complete some of our 50 great things to do indoors with Long Island kids. Or pad your wallet with a list of FREE family activities this month.

Of course, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun daily events for Long Island kids. Don't see a great event listed here? Add it to our Event Calendar yourself. 

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Get Ready for Glamping on Governors Island This Summer!

The seasonal perks on Governors Island, long one of our favorite favorite summertime playgrounds, just keep getting better. New in store for summer 2018: Luxury tent camping, or glamping, and an expanded Adventures at Governors Island are two big developments announced by the Trust for Governors Island on Wednesday.

Read on to learn all about the additions coming this summer.

Is LA's Weirdest Restaurant Worth a Trip Downtown with Kids?

Whether you're old enough to remember Clifton's Cafeteria before the major remodel, or just a touch leery of dragging little kids through the bustle of Downtown, there's no quirkier spot to indulge in comfort food than Clifton's. An outing to DTLA with kids takes some planning, and it wouldn't be complete without a stop at Clifton's, which is something of a little kid playground—but one rich in history and enough taxidermied animals to compete with the Natural History Museum. Visiting Clifton's and its Cabinet of Curiosities can be a family adventure kids will remember—and beg to repeat.

9 NYSCI Exhibits Every NYC Kid Needs To See At Least Once

Queens natives know where to find the best pizza and the best dim sum. They know the best outdoor playgrounds and the best indoor play spaces. Knowing that the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) is one of Queens’ best places to visit with kids comes as no surprise to us. So it’s shocking to learn how many people outside of the borough haven’t ever stepped foot into NYSCI!

Serving families since 1986, NYSCI is an outstanding, educational, hands-on learning center with over 450 interactive exhibits. Some children's museums might go light on education, but NYSCI is 100% dedicated to learning and the love of science and STEM.

My family and I recently had the pleasure of returning to the museum for a guided tour of its top exhibits, so we could share with you what's new, plus all our old favorites and upcoming events. Check out permanent exhibits you can rely on one year after the next, top outdoor activities for when the weather gets a little more agreeable, and temporary events arriving for a limited time only.

Find more of NYC's latest exhibits and top art spots in our Museum Guide for Families.


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