NYC Winter Fun List: 50 Things to Do Indoors with Kids

Cooped up in a tiny apartment with your kids hanging off the furniture, and you, is no way to spend the winter. We know it can be hard to put on all that winter gear, head out into the cold, and hit up one of the million daily kid events happening in NYC, but we're here to help. 

To inspire you, we've compiled a list of 50 awesome drop-in spots in the five boroughs, where kids can run, jump, bounce, learn, create, and get cultured. Some are even FREE.

Still not willing to open that door? Try one of these indoor craft projects at home as a family to keep those little hands busy, or one of our 40 Indoor Snow Day Boredom Busters.

Of course, you can always find more winter fun ideas in our Indoor Family Fun Guide, or even sign up for a new class.

Weekday Fun for LI Kids: Minecraft, Red Riding Hood, Cooking

After a long holiday break, school is finally back in full swing. But that doesn't mean the weekday fun has to stop. Take in a show, brush up on craft skills, and stay fit and peaceful with yoga. Feeling adventurous? Visit one of Long Island's beautiful nature preserves and engage in hands-on science activities that take full advantage of the winter season. Or stay warm but active at one of these indoor play spaces, bounce houses, and action centers. 

Don't forget to check out our January GoList and Event Calendar for more ideas on how to keep your entire family entertained, whether the weather outside is frightful—or delightful. There's also plenty of seasonal fun in our Long Island Winter Fun Guide, from skiing to hot chocolate spots to FREE events all winter!

Weekday Fun: Comic Book Fest, Free Sports, Tot Party

This week, keep kids active and outdoors with organized—and gratiswinter games in Battery Park or get creative with a music engineering workshop at the Microsoft Store. Comic book fans, listen up! Friday kicks off the Fifth Annual Black Comic Book Festival at the Schomburg Center in Harlem; and for more Harlem storytelling fun, take little ones to Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling for Topsy Turvy Thursdays, a fun interactive storytelling presentation.

If this weekend's snowfall has you wanting more, be sure to check out our Skiing, Snowboarding, and Snow Sports Guide for great kid-friendly spots to enjoy winter sports. Or for a more low-key outing, head to one of NYC's outdoor ice skating rinks, then warm up with a comforting cup of delicious hot cocoa.

Our best weekday bets are below. As always, be sure to peruse our daily Event Calendar and out January GoList, featuring the top family-friendly events happening all month long!

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Arts, Animals, Cirque Eloize January 9-13

Now that the holidays and winter break are a distant memory, Philly families can refocus on getting children back to a predictable routine. Thankfully, our events calendar has many opportunities to help keep your children on schedule and engaged with a variety of artistic, educational, and unusual activities this week.

Children can tap into their creative side with a visit to Monkey Fish Toys in Exton or West Chester, Delaware Art Museum's Sketch It! program, or the Barnes Foundation's Artime Storytime. Learn about animals on the farm at Springton House Manor. Finish the week with a special splurge to Cirque Eloize at the Merriam Theater.

Prepare for wintertime fun by reading our recent skiing, sledding, and snowtubing posts in case we get a little white stuff on the ground sometime this season. Until then, keep reading for the excitement that awaits this week!

Preparing for Passover: LA's Bakeries for Unleavened Passover Desserts

What makes this holiday different from all other holidays? The cookies! Or rather, the lack of cookies. As the people "chosen" to eat unleavened bread know, Passover is a holiday about, above all, complicated recipes. The holiday of, "Don't let them eat cake." The holiday of, "Mom! Why is there matzo in my lunch box again??" Grandma handed down her miraculous recipe for a honey cake that rises by sheer force of will, but failed to hand down the time required to pull it off. So, for the reality check mom, we offer a list of some of our favorite local bakeries that leave out the leavening in all sorts of yummy treats at this time of year. 

Carlsbad: 25 Things To Do with Kids (other than Legoland)

Legoland? Who said anything about Legoland? Carlsbad may appear at first glance to be a one-trick town, but there are at least 25 reasons for this Southern California excursion, without ever using the word LEGO. The beach community's mild year-round temps, pristine beaches, and slow, laid-back approach to living offer families much more than just a famous amusement park.

Worth It? Family Memberships in NYC to Consider for Winter

After visiting NYC's top play spaces, museums, and other fun zones, we've rounded up the various membership deals at 18 kid-centric destinations. These places will keep your kids entertained, active, and out of the cold. Some even offer short-term memberships, so you only have to pay until spring arrives.

In the dead of winter, it can be daunting to schlep somewhere new every weekend, so a membership to one (or two) of your favorite kid play spots makes sense. We've already done the math so you'll know exactly how many visits it takes until these investments pay off—and whether or not the "deal" works for your family.

Need more ideas? Check out our ultimate Winter Fun List, featuring 50 cool (make that warm!) things to do indoors with kids throughout the freezin' season.

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