Weekday Picks: Rose Parade, Post Parade, and Tres Reyes Magos, Jan. 2-6

Happy New Year! The first week of the year brings some classic annual family traditions. One local favorite, of course, is seeing the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena in person—a bucket list item if ever there was one. Families spend the night staking out prime viewing spots along the 5.5-mile parade route. This year the parade is on Monday, a day later than usual, because New Year's Day fell on a Sunday. Following Monday's parade, and continuing through Tuesday, post-parade viewing of the floral-covered floats parked at the end of the route is another only-in-LA, only-this-week family outing. 

The week ends with Los Tres Reyes Magos, Olvera Street's annual celebration of the traditional Christian holiday of the Epiphany of the Magi (visit of the Three Kings), with music and a procession followed by a colorful theatrical production and piñata in the Plaza. In Mexico and other Latin countries, many children receive their Christmas gifts on this day; around here it's more common to celebrate by recycling Christmas trees.

This last week of winter break also brings the last few days to catch the Discovery Cube's Winter Wonder Fest, Descanso Gardens' Enchanted Forest of Light, and The Queen Mary's CHILL.

For more ideas of activities and things to do, check out the Mommy Poppins Event Calendar, as well as our picks for the month in our January GoList. Read on for some favorites for the week.

Weekday Fun in NJ: Storytimes, Winter Nature Class

Happy New Year, everyone! Now that the hustle and bustle of the holiday season is over, it’s time to settle into January with cozy indoor activities and plenty of boredom-busters. Storytimes are a perfect winter freebie for little ones. Check out some this week at Marlboro Library’s Family Winter Storytime and Craft and Tulpehaking Nature Center’s First Friday Storytime. If you’re looking for something more active, try Winter Camp at Kidville, Tyke’s Tuesday at ISC, or Parent’s Night Out at Pump It Up.

Read on for our best children's events the week of January 2–6, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and January GoList for even more beginning-of-the-year events.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Treasure Hunt, Superheroes, and Three Kings; Jan 2-6

Thanks to New Year's Day falling on a Sunday, vacation continues through the beginning of the week for most Boston area kids. That means there's still plenty to do – sort of a December Vacation Week extension. Our picks this week will help you jump start your family's resolutions and goals for the new year, whether you want to be more outdoorsy, artsy, active, or social.

Enjoy the first week of January and the clean slate of a new year. Remember to check our Event Calendar for more ideas each day.

Ice Skating at Veterans Memorial

There's something nostalgic about skating outdoors, and for many of us it bring back childhood memories of impromptu skates on local ponds frozen solid in the dead of winter. If you're seeking such an adventure, check out the outdoor rink (frozen pond) at Winding Trails, a peaceful setting in the Hartford area.There are times, however, when a climate-controlled environment is preferred. At Veterans Memorial Ice Skating Rink in West Hartford, you can skate during rain, shine, or snow. Regular resurfacing with a zamboni keeps the ice in tip-top condition. And Veterans is open year-round, so if you’ve been too busy with other winter activities -- hitting the Hartford area’s best sledding hills, cross-country skiing, downhill skiing -- to lace up your skates before everything thaws, the ice at Veterans will be as pristine in June as it is in January. Be sure to check out our Skiing, Snowboarding, and Snow Sport Guide for additional winter activity suggestions in New England. 

Great Art Camps for NYC Kids: Paint, Sculpt, Sing, Perform

There's really no place like New York City for kids to learn about art. There are many professional artists who moonlight as a talented pool of teachers. The demand for art programs has created an amazing wealth of exceptional art classes and camps. After evaluating a myriad of creative arts camps, we have selected 13 exceptional camps which excel for different reasons.

We found visual arts camps, dance and theater camps, music camps and even creative writing camps. There are also camps that have programs in cool stuff like circus arts and art camps that allow kids to sample a little of everything. We found programs that run all summer as well as week-long intensives. No matter their age, if your child is ready to dive into a summer of artistic expression, read on to find the perfect camp.

If you need more ideas, check out our Camp Guide for dozens more great camps.

Roller Skating Rinks in Connecticut

The thought of a roller rink transports me back to Jordache jeans, feathered hair and and KC and the Sunshine Band blaring on the turntable. Luckily, we've evolved from the 70's and 80's in many areas, but there are still working roller rinks in our fine state. Many have closed due to the popularity of ice rinks, but we did some research so you can introduce your children to the fun of roller skating if you haven't already! 

Weekday Picks for CT Kids: Birds, Art, and a Night Out January 2-6, 2017

Happy New Year! I'm not much for resolutions, but every year I promise myself to spend more time being present and engaged with my children. This year, as my oldest works through his first year of middle school, time seems especially short, and I'm on the hunt for activities that we can enjoy together that don't involve Minecraft, YouTube, or bottle flipping. Happily, there's a lot going on across the state this week, including a birds of prey demo, an open art studio, and even a great drop off activity that will give you a night off

Check out our January Go List for our recommendations for don't miss events across the state this month (act soon if you want to score tickets for Disney on Ice in Bridgeport or Hartford). 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!

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Teen Take-Over, Toy Making

Happy new year! As we return from the holidays to our usual routines, so do the types of events on tap for Westchester families.

A couple highlights this week offer an added perk of altruistic benefit along with entertainment, such as Make Toys for Homeless Cats. Another animal-related activity is the presentation of the conscience-raising documentary SeasonsFor sheer fun, teens get a special opportunity to rule the roost at Teen Lock-In After-Hours Party.

Regardless, we understand the need to keep the kids occupied and have compiled our top picks below. If one of your new year’s resolutions is to plan ahead and identify more enriching opportunities for your kids, look no further than our January GoList and our Event Calendar!


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