February GoList - Best Things to Do with Kids in Boston

Call us crazy, but we love February in Boston. Valentine's Day brings fun crafts and lots of sweet treats, and the Lunar New Year festivities brighten even the dreariest of days. February vacation week means time for snow sports and awesome winter staycation days filled with special eventsmuseum programs, and fun STEM activities. 

At the end of the month, maple sugar enthusiasts finally get a sweet taste of local bliss. And, each year we get to relive our youth and show our kids the finer things in life during the annual Bugs Bunny Film Festival

Read on for our top event picks for kids and families in and around Boston in February. 

Chinese Lunar New Year Parades and Free Celebrations in NYC

The Lunar New Year is one of our favorite winter celebrations in New York City, and we're particularly excited for 2016's family activities.

Often referred to as the Chinese New Year, although many Asian nations celebrate it, the holiday is taking place two weeks earlier than last year, on Monday, February 8, 2016, and NYC public schools are closed for the holiday for the very first time. It's also the Year of the Monkey, the ultimate kid animal! We can't think of a better reason to mark this school and cultural holiday with a full family celebration.

So read on for the best Lunar New Year parades, family dance parties, museum events, crafts and more for NYC kids. 

Commemorating the Lunar New Year is also great time to enjoy Asian food and learn about Asian culture. And with celebrations and parades in almost every borough, it's also an opportunity to go out and explore a new-to-you neighborhood like Flushing in Queens or Sunset Park in Brooklyn.

Five Fun Party Places for Car-Obsessed NYC Kids

Long before my sons saw the Pixar movies, they were obsessed with cars. Big ones, little ones, toy ones—as long as they're fast and sleek, my guys want to play with them or, better yet, ride in them. So there's no bigger birthday treat for my boys than a car-themed party.

We've rounded up five party places in or near NYC where kids of all ages can enjoy a wide range of car-centric activities, from driving go-karts to slot-car racing, there's no driver's license required.

February GoList: The Best Things to Do in Westchester with Kids

Though February is prone to unsavory weather, the bright side is the many exciting family events happening in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. With celebrations of Valentine’s Day, Presidents’ Day, Black History Month, Mardi Gras, Chinese New Year and even Leap Day, the fun just keeps on coming!

Not all the events we’re highlighting this month fall under those themes. There’s also the return of the Royal Hanneford Circus and Hudson River EagleFest, and the start of Maple Sugar Tours. February is also chock-full of promising performances, like the exotic Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, as well as seasonal fun such as Old-Fashioned Winter’s Afternoon.

This is just the tip of the iceberg! Read on for the full list of our top picks for February, but remember: these are only some of the many great events we’ve compiled on our Event Calendar, and more keep on coming, so check back often. You can rely on this resource when planning the week off from school—and all throughout February. Sign up for our FREE newsletters to stay tuned!

February GoList: The Best Things to do with Long Island Kids this Month

It might be the shortest month of the year, but there's certainly no shortage of things to do on Long Island with the kids in February. From learning about animals and celebrating the history of video games to enjoying a Valentine's tea and maple sugaring, mom and dad can find plenty of events and activities to keep the kids occupied during the cold weather. So bundle up and enjoy!

And as always, be sure to check out our Long Island Events Calendar, which is constantly being updated with new and exciting activities throughout the month.

Kids' Mystery Party: Games and Ideas for a Kid-Friendly Murder Mystery Party

When my son declared he wanted a mystery party for his 10th birthday, I turned to the Internet to research party games and ideas. Happy surprise, the No. 1 Google result for “kids mystery party” is my friend Liz’s hilarious post comparing the type-A Pinterest-perfect mystery ideas she found online vs her own totally type-B mystery party. 

While anyone who has been to my always-messy apartment will attest I am definitely not a type-A mom, when it comes to birthday parties, I love to go all out with really creative activities that always leave the kids saying, “That was the best party ever.” Let’s face it, kids don’t care if your paper goods are fancy; they just want to have fun. 

So, in response to Mom-101's post, I took up the challenge to create an A-is-for-Awesome kids' mystery party that anyone could throw without a MFP (Masters in Fine Pinterest).

First Birthday Party Ideas and Tips

First birthday parties are tricky. Since they're as much for the adults as for the baby, parents want to throw a memorable celebration that the birthday child can enjoy while marking the occasion with friends and family.

I've been thinking about first birthday party ideas, so I decided to ask the experts: the moms who work on Mommy Poppins. Sure enough, I got lots of great tips, advice and concepts.

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