Weekday Picks: MLK Day, Story Lab, and Tea January 18 - 22

This week kicks off with Martin Luther King Jr Day on Monday so you'll want to check the operating hours of your usual weekday haunts before you set out. Some libraries are offering special holiday programming while others are closed. We have a guide to some of our favorite events honoring Dr. King, including the special day of programming at the Bruce Museum described below.

There are some terrific library events all over the state this week, whether you're interested in Star Wars, a little paper circuitry 411, or  a tea party. For more fun things to do, check out our Event Calendar which we continue to update throughout the week. 

Weekday Fun: Martin Luther King Parade, Giant Legos, Sony Lab Closing

Enjoy a kid-led Martin Luther King Jr. peace parade this Monday, January 18 in NYC to honor the legacy of the civil rights leader, or any other number of volunteer and civil rights themed activities still on tap this long weekend. 

Or if that extra day off from school means a day trip or weekend getaway, check out our Ski and Snow Sports Guide, which includes the just reviewed Hudson Valley ski resort, Mount Peter, the all-inclusive family resort at Rocking Horse Ranch and nearly a dozen snowboard spots near NYC

Other highlights for this week include a visit to the soon-to-close Sony Wonder Technology Lab, a FREE screening of the animated hit Shaun the Sheep and a cool display of American landmarks created from plastic Lego bricks on Staten Island.

As always, more family activities can be found in our Event Calendar and Winter Fun Guide.

Summer 2016 Camp Fairs for Boston Area Kids and Families

Ready or not, it's January, and camp registration is in full swing. (If you're not ready, you are in good company—we're still looking for our kids' snow boots.) Attending a camp fair is a great way to gather a lot of information about local day camps, sleepaway camps, and other summer enrichment opportunities in a short amount of time. We've rounded up upcoming camp fairs in and around Boston to get you started on your search for the right summer camp for your child.

We are also updating our Summer and Vacation Camps Guide regularly, so you may want to check it out as you consider the different options for your kids' summer fun.

Bronx Birthday Party Places for NYC Kids

The Boogie Down borough has a growing list of cool party spots for kids, from old favorites like the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden, to more recent additions to the scene.

As Bronx mom with three kids, I find myself in a perpetual state of party planning. And while we've had many a house party, I’ve found that once I factor in food, decorations, favors and more, it costs just as much as a destination bash, especially in the Bronx, where packages are usually less expensive than they are in Manhattan. Plus I don't have to deal with the cleanup! Here are eight Bronx birthday party places with options for kids of all ages and interests.

25 Old-School Activities for NJ Families: Drive-In Theaters, Vintage Trains & More!

Ah, the good ol' days. Remember roller-skating, ice cream sodas and drive-in theaters? These simple pleasures can still be found all over New Jersey. Relive your childhood while introducing your kids to some new-old activities this summer. We’ve rounded up 25 great ideas to get you started, everything from vintage train rides to living history farms. So put down that smartphone and step back in time. There’s plenty of old-fashioned fun to be had in NJ!

Toddler Birthday Party Venues in the Philly Area

Your little baby is turning into a big kid! Whether it's his first birthday or her fourth, you know you want to do something extra special to commemorate this milestone in both of your lives. Planning birthday parties can be tough. You have to consider who to invite, what should the "theme" be, how do you make a cake shaped like their favorite character, and more importantly...do you have enough time to pull it off?

With all the other things you're balancing as a momma, it's nice to know that birthday parties can be a cake walk if you leave it to the pros. Here is our list of the best places to celebrate your little one's special day!

Queens Party Places: Nine Spots for Kid Birthdays

We've profiled cool Queens party places in the past, but there are so many more awesome birthday spots in the borough that we decided to do a second post with 10 more options.

These Queens birthday party places cater to all kinds of kids, from active to artsy to animal lovers. As a Queens mom with two children myself, I've been to many of these spots personally. You can find additional birthday inspiration in our Party Guide.

Titanosaur Arrives at the American Museum of Natural History

There are many perks to living in New York City, and now we can add to that list getting up close and personal to one of the largest dinosaurs ever discovered on Earth.

A 122-foot-long titanosaur, an herbivore from the Cretaceous period, went on display Friday, January 15, on the dinosaur-packed fourth floor of the American Museum of Natural History—and, happily, it really does live up to the hype. It is massive! Preschoolers to teens will love walking around and underneath the life-size skeleton cast. Read on for more details on this must-see new exhibit, including a video showing its construction.

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