Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Turkey Fish, Skating, and Celebrating Veterans, November 12-13

With the heady business of the election behind us, I look forward to spending the weekend with my family, away from the TV, newspaper, and internet, and having some adventures that only the great state of Connecticut can provide. We're excited to check out the newly opened ice rinks at Veterans Park in Norwalk, and we have some super stinky sneakers that we've been saving up for the Rotten Sneakers Contest at the Imagine Nation Museum. The restaurant scene in Mystic has been beckoning us for some time, so now that the summer crowds are gone, perhaps we can drop the kids off for Nature Night Out at Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center while we enjoy a proper meal.

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Have a great weekend!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Shows, Art, Families November 12-13

Now that the election is behind us, Philly families can focus their attention on November and all the family fun that awaits. This weekend, the events calendar offers some great ways to spend quality time together.

Get into the holiday spirit early by catching The Media Theatre's performance of A Winnie-The-Pooh Christmas Tale during opening weekend. Create art at Philadelphia's Magic Garden's PECO Family Jam, the Delaware Art Museum's free Sunday Studio, or the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Family Art Cart. Or, watch art demonstrations at the Kimmel Center's Craft NOW Create event. Rock out at a concert- World Cafe Live Philly features The Human Lard Dog & The Shy Band while World Cafe Live Wilmington hosts Lolly & YoYo. Learn about the Revolutionary War at Fort Mifflin's Siege Weekend.

Perhaps it's because Thanksgiving falls within the month, or it's because the cooler weather keeps kids indoors more often, but spending time together as a family is what November is all about. Keep reading to find our top family picks for the weekend ahead!

Weekend for LI Kids: Starry, Starry Night, Dream Catchers November 12-13

Immerse your family in culture this weekend with a live performance of James and the Giant PeachThe Jungle BookA Christmas CarolAlice in Wonderland or JigSaw Jones and the Case of the Class Clown. Head to Jones Beach for some science and nature with an Owl Pellet Dissection. Or build your own Dream Catcher at Connetquot River State Park Preserve.

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Weekend Fun: Escape Games, Circus Festival, Gingerbread Lane

Post-election, we're tuning in to our families, specifically family fun in NYC this weekend, which boasts three of our top event picks for November. Go on a whimsical, interactive journey with Pip's Island, celebrate kid lit at the Children's Book Fair, and catch the 240th Commemoration of the Battle of Fort Washington with blacksmiths and soldiers going full-out 18th century style.

Also this weekend: go for some early holiday shopping with Neighborhood Toy Store Day that includes events all over the city at participating indie toy stores or festival fun including a Fall Fun Festival in the West Village, Generation to Generation Festival on the Lower East Side, and a circus fest in Long Island City.

If you're planning for out-of-town guests this Thanksgiving, be sure to check out our Visitors Guide and Thanksgiving Guide for up-to-date details on what to see and do in NYC.

All of our top weekend picks are below. For more ideas, be sure to peruse our Event Calendar and start making holiday plans with our Guide to NYC Holiday Events for Kids.

New NJ Sports Facility Caters to the Needs of All Kids

How’s this wish list for a kids' recreational class: great instructors, top-notch facilities, supportive staff, and diverse offerings for kids of all ages and abilities. When husband-and-wife duo Jonathan and Shannon Schafer decided to create the 37,800-square-foot Schafer Sports Center, these items were among their “must-haves."

My family recently visited the Schafer Sports Center in Ewing Township to check out their offerings, and it didn’t disappoint. There's something for everyone at this immaculate facility.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Bubble Time, Special Needs Expo

The weekend ahead is a great time to take in a show, honor a veteran, celebrate the Hindu Festival of Lights and much more.

Among the family performances in store are Hatched, a highly interactive experience for the youngest of theater-goers, and Bubble Time!, which is bursting with fun. For STEAM-y fun, hit the Poughkeepsie Mini Maker Faire and mingle with creators of assorted kinds, from inventors to formers and beyond. The Special Needs Expo offers a FREE overview of resources for both kids and adults, and you can cheer on those who’ve fought for our freedom at the Veterans Day Parade.

All this and more can be found on our Event Calendar, so read on for the rest of our top picks and then head there for even more fun to choose from. Our November GoList is also a great resource for planning the whole month!

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Children's Festival, Elf The Musical, Cigna Sunday Streets, Nov 12-13

The holidays are in full swing, so it’s time to enjoy the Holiday spirit around Houston. To celebrate the season, make sure to check out our list of Winter Festivals, as well as the Holiday Markets around Houston for great shopping opportunities. Disney on Ice is back in town at NRG Stadium and so is Elf, The Musical in Galveston. Don’t forget to look into volunteering opportunities to help out this holiday season.

For even more fun things to do this month, be sure to check out our November GoList, and look to the events calendar for a more complete picture of what's happening this weekend and beyond. Check out this list of fun events happening this weekend in Houston. 

Outdoor Ice Skating in the Philadelphia Area

During the chill of the holidays in the Philadelphia area it's tough to think of a more traditional outdoor winter activity to do with the family than ice skating. Getting bundled in hats and scarves, lacing up your skates, and warming up with a steaming cup of hot chocolate after a spin on the ice is sure to please kids young and old.

There are several temporary outdoor ice rinks set up in the Philadelphia area this season, providing unique settings for this fun winter sport. We also have a list of Pennsylvania state parks that offer ice skating when the conditions are right. So whether you are a novice on the ice, or you're ready to show off your triple axel, see our list of outdoor rinks for a memorable day with the family.

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