Weekday Picks for CT Kids: MLK Day, Pound Fitness, and Science Lab, January 16-20, 2017

This week begins with a bonus day off in honor of the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.. We have a whole range of suggestions to celebrate the day, and it's also a wonderful time to spend the day outside together at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center, where there will be activities celebrating heroes in nature. You can continue talking about the history of civil rights in the U.S. with a movie screening at the New London Public Library on Tuesday. The rest of the week has opportunities for a new kind of family fitness class, a winter-themed science lab, and even an indoor camp out

Check out our January Go List for our recommendations for don't miss events across the state. 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!

GoList 2017: The Best Family Events this Year in NYC

There's so much fun new stuff going on in New York City every day that it can be hard to keep up—and it looks like 2017 will be no exception. Luckily for you, it's our job to stay on top of this when it comes to kid and family events. We've rounded up all the top annual family festivals, plus the really cool new things coming to NYC this year, including a miniature model city, mummies, big shows, new art, and a virtual aquarium coming to Times Square.

We just took a look at the best openings of 2016 for NYC kids, including dozens of new indoor play spaces, plus cool playgrounds and cultural spots. But I have a feeling that this year might just top last!

Read on for all our best picks for NYC kids in 2017, and let us know via our Facebook page if you have more suggestions. And don't forget, you can always check our Event Calendar for upcoming events and activities and our monthly GoLists.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Fake News, Popcorn Party

If you’re under the (wrong) impression that all the great family programs in Westchester happen on the weekends, think again! Creative programming abounds Monday through Friday.

In addition to celebrating the holiday weekend, our top picks include Truth, “Truthiness” & “Post-Truth": How to Read the News in the Information Age to help teens become savvy skeptics. Have fun (and eat well) while learning a life skill at One-Pot Cooking. And celebrate National Popcorn Day with one of America’s most pop-ular snacks and related activities at Popcorn Party.

These are just a few of our highlights, so keep reading on. Our Event Calendar has many more activities to choose from for all ages, and our January GoList can help you plan the rest of the month!

Weekday Fun in NJ: MLK Day, Story Times, Nature Hikes

This week kicks off with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day—a day off from school and an opportunity for kids to volunteer their time. You can take part in various community projects as part of the Martin Luther King Day of Service, or skate your way through the day at MLK Day Skate & Play. Plus, it’s a great week for storytime freebies. Bring the little ones for story events, such as Uptown Storytime, Meet the Author: Fred Freda and Spot is Here. Read on for our best children's events the week of January 16–20, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and January GoList for even more wintry events and MLK Day activities.

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.

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