Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Skiing, OrKIDS, Yoga February 20-24

Despite the unseasonably warm February weather, Philly families should review their winter bucket list to ensure there is time during the season to participate in all the fun to be had.

Spend a day off from school with a local ski trip or snow tubing excursion. Lace up your skates and take a spin at an outdoor ice skating rink. Those interested in a unique experience can take a ride to Longwood Gardens for its OrKID Days, or see Riverdance on stage at The Playhouse in Wilmington. To unwind, try a pre/post natal yoga class at NEST Philadelphia or a Mommy and Me version at Linvilla Orchards. Complete the week by viewing the stars inside the West Chester University Planetarium.

Be sure to vote in our BESTIES contest to win great family prizes! Keep reading for our top picks of the week and get ready to cross a few more things off your winter bucket list.

Very Eric Carle at Discovery Cube OC: A Very Imaginative Exhibit

Get lost in some toddler-sized blades of grass? Check. Make a dance floor change its image with every step? Check. Spin webs, create beautiful butterfly wings, get followed by a firefly? Check, check, check. We checked out the Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit at the Discovery Cube Orange County in Santa Ana, and all the romping, climbing, creating, and dancing kids let us know it's a great place to let your little ones' imaginations roam.

A Visit to the New England Air Museum with Kids

Whether they're excited about Amelia Earhart, the Wright brothers, or Buzz Lightyear, if your children have an interest in flying - or you want to spark their love of science and exploration - get ready to board on a family adventure to the New England Air Museum where real-life aircrafts and interactive exhibits make for an educational and thrilling outing in the Hartford area.

What You Need to Know Before Heading to the Houston Rodeo

It's finally here! The 2017 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo runs March 7-26 and opens at 8 a.m. every day. Even if you're a rodeo regular, donning those cowboy boots and braving the crowds and traffic are still daunting tasks. And when you get there - it's just so....big. We've broken down some essential information to know before planning your visit, and we also recommend downloading the RODEOHOUSTON app for maps, schedules, and more (available for both Apple and Android products).

New Jersey Roller Skating Rinks: Roll With It, Baby!

Ever wish you could travel back in time to the 1980s a la Marty McFly in Back to the Future? Maybe play Super Mario Brothers on a newfangled 8-bit Nintendo system while sporting big hair and neon clothes? Well, you don't need a time-traveling DeLorean to experience one tubular '80s trend that's back in vogue: roller skating rinks! They're the perfect place to throw a radical birthday party or spend a mega-fun afternoon indoors with the kids. Here are some rolling skating hot spots for your family to enjoy (spandex pants optional).

Enjoy These Long Island Cafes With Kids' Play Spaces

There are days when all you want to do is kick back and relax with a cup of coffee or tea and maybe even a sweet treat.

But enjoying quality Me Time gets tricky when your duties include making sure little ones are happy, engaged, and safe. Whether you're looking for a great place to spend your next play date — a venue that actually allows you to talk with other parents — or just wouldn't mind checking your email while your child is busy with imaginative play, these Long Island play cafes offer something for everyone.

Check out our Long Island play space guide and Winter Fun List for other great ideas on how to keep your kids occupied. 

12 Great Birthday Party Places for Preschoolers in Manhattan

You won't be long into your parenting journey before you realize your toddler has a more robust social life than do you. Once your kid hits preschool, weekends are no longer your own. Instead, you'll be toting your kid from one party place to another—and maybe classes, too.

I've been at the game for more than a decade and have ushered three kids to countless soirees around New York City. I've seen my fair share of the city's kid-party venues, so I'm rounding up a sampling of the best-of-the-best to recommend for your next party.

Whether your style is exorbitantly fancy or simple and classic, here are a dozen spots in Manhattan perfect for hosting your preschooler's next party.

Pro Sports Are for Amateurs: Smart Parents Take Kids to College Games

Much like air travel, going to a Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox, or Patriots game is expensive enough for just one person, much less an entire family. Fenway Park, of course, is consistently ranked the priciest ballpark in America when it comes to tickets, concessions, and parking. Tickets to see the Patriots at Gillette Stadium—if you can even get them—average $90 apiece, making it the 6th most expensive place to see an NFL game. And the median price of a single Bruins ticket on the resale market is currently $170, according to VividSeats.com.

The good news: We’ve got dozens of colleges in and around Boston, many of which host competitive, exciting, top-tier games in all of those sports and more—for a fraction of the price.

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