14 Brooklyn Gym Party Spots for Kids

For preschoolers and young school-age kids, gym parties are an easy solution to the space limitations of the typical Brooklyn apartment. Young guests get to run, tumble, bounce and jump around without having to worry about breaking anything or using their indoor voices, while you sit back, relax and just watch. By the end, they're so tuckered out, even the sugar rush from the cake won't get them going again.

Here are 14 Brooklyn gyms that will make your kid's party extra special and allow guests to celebrate by burning off all their excess energy. Find even more birthday ideas in our Party Guide.

Weekday Picks: Underwater Parks and Something Free Every Day this Week, January 11-15

Christmas may be over, but in my house paying for it is not. My family is going to focus on free things to do this week, like drawing in El Segundo or playing at the mall in Century City. The second Tuesday of the month is always free admission at The Autry in Griffith Park. I love this museum because it covers both the myth and reality of Western expansion and never forgets the important role of movies. Currently, costumes from The Hateful Eight are on display.

The Fairfax Branch Library has storytime on Wednesday; why not spend the day at Third and Fairfax? If it doesn’t rain, let the kids run at Pan Pacific Park, followed by something I loved to do as a child and still enjoy with my own kids: perusing the Original Farmer’s Market. While you're there, a free ride on the trolley at the Grove is a treat, too.

One thing worth paying for is the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium’s drop-off class, Microbiologists: Underwater Parks. Two hours for mom to get some exercise on the beach or run to the grocery store, while the kids become educated about our environment and marine science—what's not to love? If this one is already filled, sign up now for the next one on January 25.

Weekday Event Picks for NJ Kids: Frigid Flyers, Build a Snowman January 11-15

Since Mother Nature has been kind to us so far this winter, both outdoor and indoor adventures await this week. Bundle up and explore nature at Awesome Animal Artists and Toddler Trek: Frigid Flyers. Or play it safe with great indoor museum events, including MAM Park Bench and Uptown Story Time. And don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more options!

Weekday Picks for LI Kids: Arcade Age, Pirates, Animal Show, January 11-15

This week, kids can play old school video games at The Arcade Age, check out a pirate-themed show or learn about a variety of animals--and that's just a few of the fun things happening this week. For more, check out our Long Island events calendar. You can also get the best events of the week sent directly to your inbox each week if you sign up for our newsletter.

Weekday Fun: A Free Kid Event Every Day This Week

For those parents whose wallets are screaming for mercy after last month's holiday spending, our highlights for this week are all FREE to attend! A few top picks below include a live concert with PBS stars and preschooler favorites Monkey Monkey Music, more music from kindie mainstays Presley and Melody and a comedy writing class with the Story Pirates for the older kids. More free fun can be found during various free or pay-what-you-wish hours at NYC museums, zoos and gardens and these 20 indoor spots.

Pre-planners take notice: School is closed, Monday, January 18 for Martin Luther King, Jr., Day (and Lunar New Year isn't far behind). Our post on NYC mini-camps can help you find an enriching experience. Plus, mark your calendars now, preschool fave from across the pond, Peppa Pig, will be in NYC this spring!

As always, more family activities can be found in our Event Calendar.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Electric Playdough, Silly Science, Monty Python, Jan. 11-15

An eclectic assortment of fun awaits Westchester families this week, with offerings for all tastes!

Get Silly with Science or give your kids a rigorous Math Workout. Think you’ve outgrown playing with clay? Think again at Electric Playdough.

These are just a flavor of what’s in store, so read on for more and continue to our Event Calendar for riveting programs every day of the week. Planning ahead? Our January GoList offers highlights for the remainder of the month!

Little League Baseball, Softball and T-Ball for New York City Kids

The Yankees and the Mets aren’t the only ones stepping up to the plate this spring. Thousands of kids across the city are eagerly dusting off their cleats in anticipation of Little League season.

Joining a Little League team (or any other youth baseball organization) is great fun for the entire family. Moms and dads volunteer to help manage the leagues, coach the teams, run the concession stands and maintain the grounds. Since most leagues are non-profits, registration fees are relatively affordable. Most cost less than $200 for the entire season, and that includes nifty uniforms. If that's still out of your range, some leagues offer financial assistance.

Many leagues have strict geographic boundaries. Normally kids need to register based on their home address and proof is required, but some leagues open play to children who attend schools in their designated zone. The spring season generally runs from April through June, but registration is happening now.

Find out how to join a T-Ball, baseball or softball team in New York City this spring. If your kids would prefer to cheer from the sidelines rather than get in the game, we've got the scoop on some great Little League opening day bashes, too.

Weekday Picks: Ice Fishing, Disney on Ice, and South America, January 11 - 15

If you are looking for some fun events to take the kids to this week we've got you covered.  Spend hours checking out the 500 Star Wars mini-figs at the Lego Exhibit. Disney On Ice and Cinderella are both in town and you can even take the kids to learn how to ice fish! For more fun things to do, check out our frequently updated Event Calendar for all sorts of fun. 

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