Beat Winter Boredom with 8 Awesome STEM Activities

Winter days can leave families in need of fun indoor activities. We worked with Sylvan Learning, a leader in STEM education for kids, to develop ideas for a “boredom buster” jar full of STEM activities. Each fun project is super simple and includes concrete STEM educational tips to bring the learning home. That’s what we love about Sylvan EDGE programs; the educators at Sylvan Learning always make sure that the kids go home understanding important STEM concepts while having fun doing it.

To make your STEM activities boredom busters jar just print out the downloadable sheets, cut out the activity cards, fold and place in a jar or bowl. Any time the kids get restless or need a screen time break, just pull an activity out for some at-home fun. Note: Some of these activities do take some preparation, so make sure to gather your materials—including freezing your colored ice sculpture shapes—in advance so you are ready to go when boredom calls...or whines, as the case may be.

Classes, Programs, and Activities for Special Needs Kids in Philly

If you have a child with special needs, sometimes the average day-to-day can be challenging, let alone finding ways to get out of the house. Finding classes, activities, and programs may seem daunting. That's why we've created a list of local favorites. This is divided into programs that focus exclusively on special needs kids and places that have created specific days and times for children who might not be comfortable visiting otherwise.

Weekday Picks: Kingdom Day Parade, More MLK Events, and Free Movies, Jan. 16-20

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." The words and actions of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. hold many lessons for kids. As we honor him at a variety of events on Monday, we can pass on that kids should treat all people the way they want to be treated—kindly and fairly. Driving the point home is this year's Kingdom Day Parade in South Los Angeles, with the 2017 theme "Now More Than Ever, We All Must Work Together."

MOCA pays tribute to that idea by closing the week with free admission on Inauguration Day. But if all of this is too much to think about, there are a few opportunities this week to escape with free movies

For more activities, check out the Mommy Poppins Event Calendar and the January GoList. Here are some of our favorites for this week.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Martin, Annie, and Winnie; Jan 16-20

We saw Hidden Figures over the weekend, and not only would I highly recommend the film to families with older kids, I think it's a fitting way to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Of course, there are many other meaningful ways to mark the holiday, and the Boston area has service opportunities aplenty along with celebrations through art, stamps, and music for all ages.

This week is also a big one for whimsical January holidays, starting with Nothing, moving on to a honey-loving golden bear, and wrapping up with a holiday double header. Keep reading to find out exactly what is being celebrated on Friday (hint: it's a little cheesy).

With these picks I hope you have an enriching and engaging week. If you're looking for more ideas for exploring the city with your kids each day, check our Event Calendar.

Weekday Fun for LI Kids: MLK Day, Art, Music and More

It may seem like your kids were just off from school, but Monday, January 16 schools are once again closed in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Don't worry, there are plenty of things to keep your little ones happy, smiling, and warm all day long. 

And if the weather has turned icy, that doesn't mean you have to put a freeze on the fun. From spa days for kids to open play all over Long Island, kids have plenty of choices 

Don't forget to check out our January GoList and our full Event Calendar for the month. Plus, check out our guide to FREE events this winter all over Long Island, and the Best Indoor Play Spaces in Suffolk and our Indoor Play Area Family Guide

Weekday Picks for CT Kids: MLK Day, Pound Fitness, and Science Lab, January 16-20, 2017

This week begins with a bonus day off in honor of the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.. We have a whole range of suggestions to celebrate the day, and it's also a wonderful time to spend the day outside together at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center, where there will be activities celebrating heroes in nature. You can continue talking about the history of civil rights in the U.S. with a movie screening at the New London Public Library on Tuesday. The rest of the week has opportunities for a new kind of family fitness class, a winter-themed science lab, and even an indoor camp out

Check out our January Go List for our recommendations for don't miss events across the state. For even more suggestions take a peek at our frequently updated Event Calendar. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest so you don't miss a thing!

GoList 2017: The Best Family Events this Year in NYC

There's so much fun new stuff going on in New York City every day that it can be hard to keep up—and it looks like 2017 will be no exception. Luckily for you, it's our job to stay on top of this when it comes to kid and family events. We've rounded up all the top annual family festivals, plus the really cool new things coming to NYC this year, including a miniature model city, mummies, big shows, new art, and a virtual aquarium coming to Times Square.

We just took a look at the best openings of 2016 for NYC kids, including dozens of new indoor play spaces, plus cool playgrounds and cultural spots. But I have a feeling that this year might just top last!

Read on for all our best picks for NYC kids in 2017, and let us know via our Facebook page if you have more suggestions. And don't forget, you can always check our Event Calendar for upcoming events and activities and our monthly GoLists.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Fake News, Popcorn Party

If you’re under the (wrong) impression that all the great family programs in Westchester happen on the weekends, think again! Creative programming abounds Monday through Friday.

In addition to celebrating the holiday weekend, our top picks include Truth, “Truthiness” & “Post-Truth": How to Read the News in the Information Age to help teens become savvy skeptics. Have fun (and eat well) while learning a life skill at One-Pot Cooking. And celebrate National Popcorn Day with one of America’s most pop-ular snacks and related activities at Popcorn Party.

These are just a few of our highlights, so keep reading on. Our Event Calendar has many more activities to choose from for all ages, and our January GoList can help you plan the rest of the month!

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