Curtain Call: Theater Classes for Kids in Philadelphia

Does your kid love to entertain? Whether you want to tap into your child's creativity, channel new energies or emotions, encourage confidence in public speaking, or just love the idea of seeing your little one up on stage, theater classes are a great option! And with such a strong influence on the arts in our city of brotherly love, you can be sure to find high-quality programming and training for your young thespian. If acting isn't really up your kid's alley, but they still like the idea of being up on stage, check out these local dance classes as well!

Governors Island Will Open a Month Early in 2017

Governors Island, long one of our favorite summer spots, will open to the public on Monday, May 1 this year, nearly a full month ahead of its usual schedule. Typically it opens for the season on Memorial Day weekend.

The earlier opening isn't just for weekends, either. Ferries will shuttle New Yorkers to the massive park seven days a week, from May 1 through October 1, offering access to the brand-new playgrounds it debuted last year, art, and cool festivals like Figment. Suddenly we know what we're doing for Mother's Day 2017! 

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Three Little Pigs, Madagascar, Deer Detectives

Hark! Who goes there? On January 21-22, the theater is calling. 

Catch The Three Little Pigs, Madagascar or Shrek, Jr. this weekend. Or decorate a kitty cat cake with your little chef at Bake Me A Cake in Lindenhurst. Meow — that sounds like delicious fun.

If you'd rather be outdoors, head to Connetquot River State Park Preserve for clues on how to become a deer detective, or search for seashells on the seashore on Fire Island. Say that three times fast.

For more activities to fill the weekend, pop over to our January GoList or Winter Fun Guide. And if you're keeping an eye on your wallet after the holidays, check out our list of 20 FREE Things to Do With Long Island Kids This Winter.

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

Choosing a Preschool: 5 Things That Matter & 5 That (Probably) Don't

As parents we face the pressure to find the best of everything, and finding the best preschool for your little heir is no exception. Some parents jump on this task intimidatingly early, doing research and attending open houses even while Junior is still in utero. And there are so many choices: Play-based or academically focused? Montessori, Waldorf, full-time, part-time, cooperative, parochial, or secular? Media-free or media-intensive? A philosophy of "let children be children" or "teach them everything as soon as possible"? Perhaps we want our kids to learn to use their words in more than one language, to preserve their midday nap, or to spend most of their day playing outdoors in nature.

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Winter Fest, Komodo Dragon, Dr. Kaboom

Banish the January blues with some wintry family fun this weekend. We've got plenty of cold-weather options to help you embrace the frost, from a guided winter walk for preschoolers at Reeves-Reed Arboretum to maple sugaring demonstrations at the Great Swamp Education Center. If you prefer to stay warm, check out a family-friendly show like Doktor Kaboom's Live Wire! at the State Theater or the beloved classic The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at SOPAC. You can also flex your creative muscles with a visit to Montclair Art Museum's Family Art Adventure or Frelinghuysen Arboretum's Family Photo Scavenger Hunt. And if that's not enough excitement, start your day by having breakfast with the Komodo Dragon at Turtle Back Zoo. For even more weekend happenings, check out our Calendar of Events and January GoList

50 Things to Do in Brooklyn with Kids This Winter

When the frigid cold sweeps in and the black snow and slush puddles begin to pile up, it can be hard to motivate for a trip into Manhattan with the kids, especially with all that winter outwear. Luckily, Brooklyn is loaded with fun children's events, museums, theater, and indoor play spaces, so you can stay local.

We've rounded up more than 50 events and activities happening in Brooklyn from January through March 2017. You'll be so busy, spring will likely be here before you know it.

Find more seasonal fun in our Guide to Winter Events and Activities in NYC, and if you have little ones, check out these Top Winter Events for Preschool-Age Kids. Remember, you can always find more daily events in our Event Calendar. Just search via "Brooklyn" if you want to stay in the borough.

The Best Family Sledding Spots on Long Island

Say it ain't snow. But it is. 

Parents with kids eager to brave the outdoors don't have to leave Long Island to find ideal sledding spots. We've rounded up a few places where you can hit the local powder for FREE. Safety first though, so be sure to check surroundings for sticks, rocks and more, and wear a helmet and proper snow gear to keep warm. Bring your own equipment to these snow-covered destinations and be ready for some fun.

Don't forget to check our January GoList and Event Calendar for more ideas on winter entertainment for your family, whether the weather outside is frightful, or delightful.

There's also plenty of seasonal fun in our Long Island Winter Fun Guide, from skiing to hot chocolate spots to FREE events all winter.


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