President's Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Mardi Gras, Monster Jam, Camp Fairs, Feb 18-20

If you've been in Houston for at least one day this month, you know Mardi Gras is upon us! This weekend kicks off with the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the nation in our very own Galveston beach. Head down to the island and enjoy tons of parades, concerts, shows and more over the next two weekends. February is also an important month to celebrate Black History Month, and we have some great ideas on how to celebrate and teach your kids.

If you are already looking at camps for the summer, (or you need a last-minute day option for President's Day), be sure to check out our Camp Guide, where you will find information about Holiday Break Camps, Music and Theater Camps, Science Camps, Art Camps, and more. 

Also, our event calendar is loaded with fun, daily events for the whole family. You can also submit your own events. For more activities and events to fill the each weekend of the month, pop over to our February GoList. And don't forget to subscribe to our weekly newsletter to receive articles such as this in your inbox every week. 

Now, let's check out what's happening all over Houston this weekend: 

Cooking Classes for Kids in Houston

One of my first forays into the kitchen as a kid ended in disaster. Despite having Italian grandmothers who never left the kitchen, my best friend and I managed to confuse Coca-Cola for baking soda (in her defense, she called soft drinks "soda pop") and overload my mother's stand mixer to the point that it started smoking...and had to be replaced. But it's a priceless memory evoked every time I bite into a buttery sugar cookie (the end result of our baking escapades once my mother intervened and pulled out the hand mixer). So if you are looking to create one-of-a-kind culinary experiences for your kids while preserving your precious Kitchenaid Artisan stand mixer, look no further.

President's Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Aircraft, Nature Cruises, and Art Adventures February 18-20

A three-day weekend is ahead and plenty of fun awaits around the state. We've got all kinds of ideas to get outside from seal spotting cruises to a guided nature hike to a farm tour. If you're feeling more of an indoor vibe, check out the Harlem Globetrotters, a puppetry festival or museum adventures in Ridgefield and Newtown

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Presidents Day Weekend for NYC Kids: Dancing, Engineers, Copters

Presidents Day weekend in NYC offers a crazy collision of holidays and family activities. There's a celebration of Losar, the Himalayan New Year, at the Rubin Museum. The Brooklyn Children's Museum launches a full week of special events celebrating Black History Month. Then there's Presidents Day, dominated by the New-York Historical Society, but that's not the only presidential show in town: the Mount Vernon Hotel and Garden throws a reenactor-rich Washington birthday bash on Sunday.

As if that's not enough, non-holiday events abound, with separate Elizabeth Mitchell and Antibalas concerts fighting for space with a sword dancing festival on Saturday. There's also a Culinary Kids Weekend celebration, and new children's theater: Love that Dog. 

Of course, Monday officially ushers in the midwinter break for most kids, so we've culled together 35 Fun Things to Do in NYC this coming week, including Kids Week at the Intrepid and Engineering Week at NYSCI.

Don't forget our roundup of the best winter events for NYC preschoolers and tots or our guide to the best winter shows for NYC kids. As always, our Event Calendar and February GoList have even more ideas for family-friendly fun in the Big Apple.

5 Family Presidential Activities for Presidents Day in LA

Unlike other holidays, Presidents Day is not a day replete with family rituals; if your family does have a tradition, it's more likely to be hunting for the snow chains before heading off skiing than anything presidential. If you are staying in town for the three-day weekend, though, why not find an activity that makes sense out of Presidents Day? After all, you're more likely to raise a president yourself if you keep your eye on the ball! Check out these five special Presidents Day activities for LA's little POTUS-in-training; and maybe someday your kiddo will add a third presidential museum to the LA landscape.

Drop-In Arts and Crafts for Kids at New Jersey Art Studios

Like the idea of crafting with your kid but cringe at the thought of paint and glitter all over your house? Lucky for us, New Jersey is home to a variety of drop-in art studios that offer your spontaneous painter, potter, glassmaker, and jeweler the chance to get their craft on. The perfect destinations for a cold winter day, these craft-tastic spaces let you skip the mess at home while catering to your budding artist's creative impulses.  

Presidents Day Weekend Events for Long Island Kids

Head into Presidents Day weekend and start the school break off right. Let it go at the Engeman Theater to watch The Snow Queenbased on Disney's Frozen. Party at Planting Fields Arboretum and help it celebrate the 100th birthday of the Camellia House. Soak in nature on Presidents Day at workshops in Stony Brook, Smithtown, and Oyster Bay.

Planning ahead for the February school vacation week? Check out our guide to camps and workshops, or try these 30 Fun Things Happening on February Break.

For more activities to fill the weekend, pop over to our February 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 here? Add it to our calendar yourself

Wilderness Camp Exhibit Offers Woodsy Play in Brooklyn

Dreaming of summer camping with the family? While a winter campout strikes us as bit chilly, kids with the nature bug can check out an indoor camping-inspired art experience that just opened this winter at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum.

Wilderness Camp, the latest installation by Staten Island artist Tattfoo Tan, celebrates the natural world and sets kids on a discovery voyage, complete with camping gear like a flashlight and tents. Mini skills workshops like knot tying are also taking place with the exhibit.

Read on for our full review, and find more winter art in our NYC Museum Guide, including the just opened Hello from Japan!


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