February GoList: Best Things To Do with Kids in Boston

After a month of mostly cloudy skies and political tumult, we're ready to celebrate L-O-V-E with our kids here in Boston. It's the perfect opportunity to honor those close to us with Valentine's Day crafts and treats, embrace our passions (from science to boats), and get our hearts pumping with fun nature outings. Check out our picks for February, and then explore our Winter Guide for plenty more indoor and outdoor activities to keep your family busy all month long.

Outdoor Ice Rinks on Long Island for Family Skating

Moms and dads, button your overcoats and grab your hats, because it’s time for outdoor ice skating. Enjoy the crisp winter air and a delicious cup of hot chocolate as you take part in a fantastic activity with the entire family. 

From Roslyn all the way to the East End, we've compiled a list of the best outdoor skating rinks on Long Island. Most are inexpensive, offer simple amenities, including skate rentals and snacks, and lessons for toddlers through adults. Weather permitting, most of these rinks open in late November and remain operational until mid-March. They are all open to the public without residency restrictions, but admission can be higher for nonresidents.

There are also quite a few indoor rinks across Long Island, so if the weather is too cold or wet or if it's the offseason, families still can strap on skates and have fun.

A NASA-Themed Family Vacation at Florida's Kennedy Space Center

More and more kids are looking up to scientists as the heroes they really want to emulate. There’s no better place to revel in the science of space than at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex in Cape Canaveral, Florida. Something between a museum and a theme park all about space exploration, there’s a lot to see and do at this family destination, including the brand-new Heroes and Legends attraction.

The Kennedy Space Center is a must-do for any family interested in science, space and American history.

Philly Cooking Parties, Baking Parties, & Cake Decorating Birthday Parties

Planning another birthday party? Looking for something different? For those kids whose interests lean to the culinary or who love to decorate with sugary goodness, here's a great idea: a cooking party! There are a bunch of places in and around Philadelphia that host cooking, baking, and decorating parties, and even some who will drive to the birthday kid's home. So, if you've got an aspiring chef, check out some of these great nearby birthday parties.

February GoList: Best Things to do with Houston Kids This Month

It seems Houston's few days of winter have passed, and that's the way we like it, but in case you need ideas for indoor activities on the random chilly days we will likely face - trampoline parks, rock climbing gyms, or a fun indoor playground are always good options. We've also come up with a list of eight museums you've probably never heard of to take the kids to. 

And if you're the planning type, you may have started thinking about summer plans, like what in the world you're going to do to keep your kids busy all day. Check out our summer and vacation camp guide for ideas on things they can do out of the house. Read on for the best things to do with the kids this month.

Weekday Picks: Groundhog Day, Very Eric Carle, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Jan. 30-Feb. 3

Will he see his shadow? Punxsutawney Phil makes his annual prediction Thursday as to whether winter continues or there's an early spring. Groundhog Day is a great opportunity to teach kids about seasons, weather, and renewal; Pretend City in Irvine joins in the Groundhog Day fun, helping kids make their very own Phil, learn about weather forecasting, and hear a story about a groundhog who is struggling to draw a distinction between himself and his shadow.

Also this week, the Discovery Cubes in LA and OC begin new featured exhibits. At Discovery Cube LA, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer exhibit features puzzles, mazes, and obstacles as kids learn problem-solving skills in the famous turtles' sewer-like lair. And at Discovery Cube OC's Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit, the author's love of nature and respect for the emotional lives of children are at the center of activities that include kids' role-playing as five special insects on journeys of discovery.    

More activities for the week can be found on the Mommy Poppins Event Calendar and in our monthly GoList. Here are some favorites.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Wacky Stories, Groundhog Day, Lightsaber Lessons; Jan 30-Feb 3

We New Englanders do what we can to survive the bleakest month of the year, so it's apt that we kick off February with lots of laughs (at a silly storytime) and some fantastical fun (at lightsaber lessons). Hopefully, Punxsutawney Phil will steer clear of his shadow this Groundhog's Day, giving us hope for an early spring; get the scoop at the Children's Museum of Easton on Wednesday. Plus, our Event Calendar is packed with more cozy storytimes and interesting exhibits this week, so take a look for more ideas each day.

Weekday Fun in NJ: Chocolate Making, Animal Storytime, Pajama Jam

If you’re looking for fun indoor activities that won’t cost a dime, this is the week for you! Preschoolers can enjoy such free activities as More Fun for Munchkins, Pottery Barn Kids storytime, Uptown storytime, and First Friday storytime. And kids who are a little older are welcome to the no-cost School Age Story and Art and Pajama Jam.

Read on for our best children's events the week of January 30 – February 3, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and February GoList for even more winter happenings.

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