Weekday Fun: MLK Day, Snowkus Pocus, Teen Media Lab

The week kicks off with a day off of school (and long weekend) in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Join Manhattan Country School for a commemorative march or use the day to score a gingerbread house at the New York Hall of Science. NYC kids can also catch two live productions later this week—Babel and Snowkus Pocus: Enchant the Spring—and then a Digital Media Lab for teens at the Museum of the Moving Image.

Speaking of movies, tickets go on sale soon for the New York International Children's Film Festival—and the best flicks always sell out fast. Members can purchase tickets beginning this Wednesday, January 18, and non-members the following Wednesday, January 25. Don't forget the BAMKids Film Festival kicks off in just two weeks, and those tickets are already on sale...and starting to sell out!

Looking to sign the kids up for a new class this winter-spring semester? We just profiled top basketball, gymnastics, and ballet lessons around the city, and there are plenty more options in our Classes Guide for NYC Kids, from baby and me to STEM, writing, and even summer internships for teens.

Our top event picks for this week in NYC are below. For more ideas, be sure to peruse our Event Calendar and our January GoList, full of the best family events happening all month.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: MLK Service, Shows, Stories January 16-20

With a short work week ahead, Philly families may have a bit of extra time to explore, celebrate, investigate, and enjoy activities found in this week's event calendar.

Begin the week by honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a visit to Abington Art Center's Give Back Day or Woodmere Art Museum for its Martin Luther King Jr. Day Festival. Take a break, sit back and enjoy Family Stages as they present Puss in Boots at Ambler Theater. Bundle up the baby to catch a baby-friendly film at Bryn Mawr Film Institute or PFS Roxy Theater. Finish off the week by bringing little ones to hear stories at the Neshaminy Mall Barnes & Noble, Smith Memorial Playhouse and Playground, or Delaware Art Museum.

Don't miss any of the excitement throughout the Philly area by following us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. Enjoy the week ahead!

Ways to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. With Boston Kids

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a day off from school, when families can explore the life, legacy, and lessons of the iconic civil rights leader. Monday is also a day on, a day of service when kids and adults are encouraged to help out in their communities and find ways to show kindness to others.

Boston offers families numerous ways to commemorate Dr. King’s legacy throughout the holiday weekend:

Fun and Cheap Fairfield County Rental Halls for Birthday Parties

Sometimes the best kids birthday parties (and most budget friendly) are the ones you plan yourself! It's time to step out of the party package!

In your search for a place to host 15 or so rowdy kids for your DIY birthday party, you do not have to break the bank. The creative host has many options in Fairfield County (indoors and out!) to build their own cheap and totally awesome party.

Here are our budget-friendly party venues. For more great birthday ideas, check out our Connecticut Birthday Guide.

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

In Los Angeles there is 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.

Help Us Choose Our BESTIES: Vote for Your Favorite Spots and Win!

How do we love Connecticut? Help us count the ways! We know that Connecticut is one of the best places to raise kids, but even the best has its best. So we're counting on you, our Mommy Poppins readers and the most savvy parents we know, to help us pick Connecticut's BESTIES. The best play spaces? Connecticut's got 'em. Family restaurants? We've got those, too. Swim classes, dance classes, and baby 'n' me, along with the coolest theaters, museums, camps—heck, even our dentists are the best. But only you can tell us which is the best of the best, so we're asking you to help us show our best local businesses the love and vote for your favorites in all of these categories and more.

Preschooler Fun in NYC this Winter: 25 Top Events

Winter in the Big Apple can seem daunting when you have a preschooler in tow. Luckily, the winter season is full of tot-friendly fun throughout the city, from kid-friendly MLK celebrations, to museum exhibits, live concerts designed for young ears, loads of theater, and so much more.

To help make your planning easier—and curb that urban cabin fever—we've rounded up more than two dozen top event picks for outings with kids under the age of 5. For more ideas, be sure to check out Winter Fun Guide, January GoList, and daily Event Calendar.

Winter Fun List: 50 Things to Do Indoors with Long Island Kids

With the holidays behind us and a long, cold winter ahead of us, now is the time to get creative when it comes to keeping your kids entertained. Your local playground may be frozen over, but Long Island is home to some truly amazing museums, arts and crafts classes (also here), indoor play venues (see here and here), and children's theater experiences. You might miss being outside in the fresh air, but you won't struggle to find exciting activities and interesting, winter-friendly (meaning: warm and cozy!) places to explore.

We've created a list of 50 fun things to do indoors with kids on Long Island. Be sure to check out our January GoList and Winter Fun Guide for more fun ideas.

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