Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Reptiles, Art, Science Jan 9-10

As January finally brings cold winter air into Philadelphia, many families retreat indoors, while others brave the plummeting temperatures. Whatever best suits your family, there are many ways to spend these cold winter days throughout the Delaware Valley.

If you are ready to experience brisk wintertime weather, participate in the Conservancy Cottage Winter Bird Count or learn about unique animal critters at Warwick County Park's Weird Wildlife workshop. However, if your family prefers to retreat indoors when the mercury drops, this weekend does not disappoint. Enjoy the Academy of Natural Sciences' Reptile exhibit, the Delaware Children's Museum's Try Science workshop, or The Michener Museum's Family Drawing Days.

Whether indoors or out, much fun awaits this weekend. To stay on top of the latest activities, be sure to sign up for our newsletter which is delivered to your inbox on Sundays and Thursdays.

Weekend Fun for Long Island Kids: Arcade Age, Craft Workshop, Family Sundays, January 9-10

The holidays might be over, but the family fun hasn't ended. Take your kids on a trip down memory lane with the Arcade Age interactive exhibit at The Cradle of Aviation. Step right up - no coins needed - and blast off to the past by playing childhood faves such as Space Invaders, Donkey Kong and more! And Family Sundays are back at the Nassau County Museum of Art, while Lego Clubs in Amityville and Bridgehampton are also being held this weekend for the little brick fan in your life.

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Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Celtic Music Fest and Cardboard Explosion, January 9-10

With the kids back in school and the first snow on the ground, it's finally beginning to feel like a typical ice-cold January in Boston. But that doesn't mean it's time to hibernate! With indoor events celebrating Celtic music (pictured), energy sabers, and cardboard, as well as tons of outdoor winter fun on the trails and walkways, there's no reason to stay home.

Free activities this weekend guaranteed to please the whole family include the annual Snowflake Festival and JCC's Winter Wonderland Family Fun Day.

Finally, if you're in the market for a summer camp or school for this fall, keep an eye out for open houses as they start to fill up the Event Calendar.

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Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to check out the full Event Calendar!

Orange County Fun: 30 Things To Do in Irvine with Kids

Sitting at the heart of Orange County, Irvine is all grown up from the sleepy suburb founded in the early 1970s. With 250,000 residents, UC Irvine, and the headquarters of many well-known companies—even In-n-Out is headquartered here!—it is consistently rated as one of the safest and best cities to live in by national publications. With all this going on, there must be something to do, right? And is there ever!

If you're looking for an outing in your own backyard, are making a weekend around a sports tournament (Irvine’s parks play host often), or just fancy a drive somewhere new, there are lots of places to explore around Irvine.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Maker Day, Berenstain Bears, Star Wars, Jan. 9-10

As the temperature drops in Westchester, the fun doesn’t stop—it just moves mostly indoors. We know the holidays can cost a pretty penny, so we’ve made a point of identifying fun family events that won’t break the bank. In fact, of the eight top picks we’ve listed below, seven are entirely FREE!

Our recommendations include getting your creative juices flowing at Maker Day or Dia:Beacon Community Free Day; competing for the crown at the Annual Chess Tournament; meeting African creatures at Animal Embassy; and channeling The Force at Celebrate Star Wars.

Read on for more details and more options, and then continue on to our Event Calendar and January GoList for even more fun and enriching programs! 

Weekend Fun: Superhero Boot Camp, Goldilocks, MulchFest and Junie B Jones

Cold winter temperatures make this weekend a great time to visit one of NYC's many, fun indoor play spots for families. Other activities include the final weekend of the Big Apple Circus, a concert by local musical duo The Pop Ups and the musicalized antics of Junie B. Jones. You can even snag one of GingerBread Lane's cookie buildings as the New York Hall of Science dismantles the display for the season.

Try one of these FREE indoor destinations or the FREE hours at any one of these NYC zoos and museums to save your wallet in the post-holiday weeks. Families can also bundle up and head outside to search for bald eagles, recycle Christmas trees at MulchFest or enjoy an afternoon of snow tubing, skiing or snowboarding at a nearby resort. 

These are just a few of the great things going on this weekend. All of our best bets are below. You can find more options in our Event Calendar and Winter Fun Guide.

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Winter Hikes, Aquarium Games, and Ice Skating, January 9-10

The arctic blast that arrived this week reminded us that it is, indeed, winter. If you have very young and/or very active children, then you know what a struggle it can be to keep the kids warm and entertained. We've gathered some of our favorite activities and indoor play across the state that we promise are worth the hassle of putting on the coat, the gloves, and the scarves and venturing out for.

It is a wonderful weekend to explore the Stamford Museum and Nature Center. LEGO and Star Wars fans alike will be thrilled to see the Billion Bricks: Galactic Travels exhibit, as well as participate in the interactive family workshops on Saturday and Sunday (update: the Sunday workshops are filled, but some spots remain in the Saturday morning workshop). Complete the visit with a planetarium show on Sunday and, weather permitting, a stop at the fantastic playground.

To keep up with the latest family-friendly fun, check our January Go List, our round up of our favorite activities for the month, and be sure to sign up for our newsletters, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Free Times at NYC Museums: When to Visit at No Cost

Many of New York City's top museums, zoos, gardens and cultural institutions offer FREE or reduced admission on certain nights, days or hours at least once a month—a city perk that no busy parent should miss out on! Plus, many of the "grown-up" museums let kids in for free year-round.

It can be hard to keep track of when and where these freebies are available, so we've compiled an exhaustive list of 2016 reduced or FREE admission days at all of your favorite NYC cultural spots from The Bronx Zoo to the Brooklyn Children's Museum. 

As always, you can check our Event Calendar for more budget-friendly kid activities every day or peruse our Free in NYC Guide. Try our Museum Guide for more on the latest kid-friendly art in NYC.


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