Peppa Pig Arrives on a NYC Stage This Spring

Preschool favorite Peppa Pig is making her U.S. theatrical debut in life-size puppet form as Peppa Pig’s Big Splash tours the country, hitting 90 cities, including New York City in April.

If you have a preschooler or toddler at home, you likely know all about Peppa Pig, her snorting family and their love of muddy puddles. The British-accented pink pig plays on Nick Jr., and ahem, YouTube, on a loop in many a tot’s house, entertaining kids with simple graphics and wholesome themes. You can expect the same from the musical Big Splash, including plenty of Daddy Pig antics, games involving brother George and sightings of Peppa’s friendly pals: Pedro Pony, Danny Dog and Suzy Sheep.

We headed to New Jersey to see the show last month before it arrives here in NYC. Read on for our review, what to expect and how to manage a squirmy tot's first theater experience. Have an older sibling? Try one of our 10 Best Broadway Shows for kids.

Winter Fun: 13 NJ Family Memberships Worth Buying

It looks like Old Man Winter has finally decided to rear his ugly head! We know that parents across the state are looking for some indoor fun that will keep the kids both happy and warm. While many parents love to try something new each week, some of us like the comfort of returning to a familiar spot where we know our kids will have a blast. Turns out, many places offer family memberships that will keep your entertainment costs down this winter. We've rounded up the best deals at 13 indoor destinations that are sure to please the entire family. We've even done the math so you know exactly how many visits it will take for your investment to pay off!

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Motocross, Bye Bye Mummies, and Happy Birthday Marion, January 9 - 10

It should come as no surprise that the rains have finally come.  We've been getting warnings for like a decade now, or maybe a year,  but they've said "Hey. It's gonna rain. You should get a raincoat, and maybe an umbrella." Which I'm sure you've totally done because we parents are all about planning ahead.

Like for this weekend, for instance. You can plan ahead for this summer, or, if you didn't plan ahead, you can still catch CHILL and the Mummy exhibit before they close. You know who did some major planning ahead? Mummies. For this life and the next. You know who didn't plan ahead? Those mammoths who got caught in the tar pits.  "Hmm, I think I'll check out that black gooey stuff ..."  What happens in the tar pits, stays in the tar pits... 

As for my weekend, I am planning to 1) stay dry and 2) get wet in the process. I will accomplish this by going to indoor activities, (of which there are many, it being January), but getting wet on the way in because I may or may not have an umbrella yet. All my bases covered, and it's not even baseball season yet!

Keep reading to plan ahead for this wet-or-dry weekend…

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Reptiles, Art, Science Jan 9-10

As January finally brings cold winter air into Philadelphia, many families retreat indoors, while others brave the plummeting temperatures. Whatever best suits your family, there are many ways to spend these cold winter days throughout the Delaware Valley.

If you are ready to experience brisk wintertime weather, participate in the Conservancy Cottage Winter Bird Count or learn about unique animal critters at Warwick County Park's Weird Wildlife workshop. However, if your family prefers to retreat indoors when the mercury drops, this weekend does not disappoint. Enjoy the Academy of Natural Sciences' Reptile exhibit, the Delaware Children's Museum's Try Science workshop, or The Michener Museum's Family Drawing Days.

Whether indoors or out, much fun awaits this weekend. To stay on top of the latest activities, be sure to sign up for our newsletter which is delivered to your inbox on Sundays and Thursdays.

Weekend Fun for Long Island Kids: Arcade Age, Craft Workshop, Family Sundays, January 9-10

The holidays might be over, but the family fun hasn't ended. Take your kids on a trip down memory lane with the Arcade Age interactive exhibit at The Cradle of Aviation. Step right up - no coins needed - and blast off to the past by playing childhood faves such as Space Invaders, Donkey Kong and more! And Family Sundays are back at the Nassau County Museum of Art, while Lego Clubs in Amityville and Bridgehampton are also being held this weekend for the little brick fan in your life.

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Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Celtic Music Fest and Cardboard Explosion, January 9-10

With the kids back in school and the first snow on the ground, it's finally beginning to feel like a typical ice-cold January in Boston. But that doesn't mean it's time to hibernate! With indoor events celebrating Celtic music (pictured), energy sabers, and cardboard, as well as tons of outdoor winter fun on the trails and walkways, there's no reason to stay home.

Free activities this weekend guaranteed to please the whole family include the annual Snowflake Festival and JCC's Winter Wonderland Family Fun Day.

Finally, if you're in the market for a summer camp or school for this fall, keep an eye out for open houses as they start to fill up the Event Calendar.

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Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to check out the full Event Calendar!

Orange County Fun: 30 Things To Do in Irvine with Kids

Sitting at the heart of Orange County, Irvine is all grown up from the sleepy suburb founded in the early 1970s. With 250,000 residents, UC Irvine, and the headquarters of many well-known companies—even In-n-Out is headquartered here!—it is consistently rated as one of the safest and best cities to live in by national publications. With all this going on, there must be something to do, right? And is there ever!

If you're looking for an outing in your own backyard, are making a weekend around a sports tournament (Irvine’s parks play host often), or just fancy a drive somewhere new, there are lots of places to explore around Irvine.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Maker Day, Berenstain Bears, Star Wars, Jan. 9-10

As the temperature drops in Westchester, the fun doesn’t stop—it just moves mostly indoors. We know the holidays can cost a pretty penny, so we’ve made a point of identifying fun family events that won’t break the bank. In fact, of the eight top picks we’ve listed below, seven are entirely FREE!

Our recommendations include getting your creative juices flowing at Maker Day or Dia:Beacon Community Free Day; competing for the crown at the Annual Chess Tournament; meeting African creatures at Animal Embassy; and channeling The Force at Celebrate Star Wars.

Read on for more details and more options, and then continue on to our Event Calendar and January GoList for even more fun and enriching programs! 

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