Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Cyber School, Science, Nature January 23-27

Despite chilly temperatures, it is important to keep children engaged and active so they can learn new things and achieve milestones. The week ahead offers a multitude of opportunities as can be seen in our events calendar.

Little ones and their parents can see what the Schuykill Center for Environmental Education's Nature Preschool has to offer at its Open House. Children who are homeschooled or cyber schooled can participate in an educational experience at the Academy of Natural Sciences's first ever Super Science Cyber School. Foster a love for learning about nature at Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy or learning about the stars at West Chester University. Be sure to carve out some time for exercise by visiting the roller rink, bowling alley, or trampoline park.

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Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Snowflakes, Sheep, and Scrabble; Jan 23-27

If our weekday picks are any indication, it's an embrace winter and enjoy nature kind of week. There's snowflake making at the library, furry fun on Drumlin Farm, and nature story time in the Blue Hills. This could also be the week to try the skating path at City Hall Plaza (if the weather cooperates).

Not so keen on nature? Got the winter blues? The opportunity to school your kids in board game strategy and a musical about a boy who finds his passion in the dance studio might cheer you up. Plus, our Event Calendar is chock full of story times, theatergoing, and STEM activities this week, so take a look for more ideas each day.

Kids' Shows Coming to the Boston Area This Winter and Spring

From musicals and live character shows to sports showcases, Boston is a hub of special performances suitable for all ages. Live shows are a fun way to get out of the house, learn something new, and experience the arts. Whether you've got a preschooler or a preteen, there are some great shows happening in the area. To help you plan ahead, we’ve rounded up this list of shows coming to the area this winter and spring.

Indoor Birthday Party Venues in the New Haven Area

My oldest was born in January. That means that any dreams of a poolside party under the sun are, unfortunately, just dreams. Over the years we have become quite expert in the fine art of the indoor birthday party. Just because the weather may not be cooperative doesn't mean you can't have a ton of fun! There are gym parties, laser tag parties, and arts and crafts parties to name just a few. Here are some other options for indoor birthday super-fun. Be sure to check out our birthday party guide too, for just about every ounce of birthday fun imaginable. 

10 Chinese Lunar New Year Festivals for Families around Los Angeles

Time to say Gung Ha Fat Choy to our kids, wish them a happy Year of the Rooster, and bring them to a Chinese New Year festival! LA families have several opportunities to greet the Lunar New Year, from low-key neighborhood events to Chinatown's century old grand scale festival. One thing they all have in common is beautiful imagery, so bring a camera and get ready for the Year of the Rooster at one of the family-friendly events below.

Planetariums and Observatories in Connecticut

Once upon a time, the night sky told us everything we needed to know. The season of the year, the time, which direction we were facing. These days it's easy to go weeks or even months on end without really giving the night sky any notice. Our cities and towns are so brightly lit that it can be hard to see the stars even on a clear night.

30 Free Indoor Activities for NJ Kids This Winter

Baby, it’s cold outside! And the kiddos are probably going stir-crazy, because there are only so many craft projects they can do. We're here to help with 30 activities to help keep the family busy all winter long. With everything from story times and music events to fun with animals, kids will have a blast while getting a much-needed break from the house. For even more ideas, check out our list of Indoor Activities: 25 Ways to Spend a Rainy Day in NJ. And visit our Event Calendar for a full list of happenings throughout the state.

Winter Gardens: Get Out of the Cold at NYC's Indoor Plazas

If you feel like you've already exhausted your favorite NYC museum or indoor play space, why not try a nearby public atrium or garden? New York City is full of semi-secret indoor public spaces, as well as not-so-secret gardens perfect for staving off cabin fever this winter with an antsy child.

Bonus: The atriums are FREE to wander into and many offer seating, snacks, Wi-Fi, and art. The gardens are so steamy you'll feel as if you booked a tropical getaway. This is why we love New York, right?

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