8 New Summer Camps for NYC Kids in 2017

Does the summer camp search already have you stressed? While there’s no need to panic just yet, it’s definitely the right time to start your search, as New York City’s most popular picks start to fill up with repeat customers and parents eager to catch those early-bird specials.

If you’re looking to narrow down your search a bit, take a peek at these eight summer camps that are featuring new programming or locations—or that are just plain new in 2017. You can’t go wrong with one of these fresh and exciting offerings.

Looking for even more ideas? Take a look at our Summer Camp Guide or browse our directory, and don't forget about those ongoing camp open houses.

Just Escape LI Will Thrill Kids and Adults

Think you can escape? From the Queens border east, escape rooms are taking Long Island by storm. But what exactly is an escape room and why should you check one out?

Read on for our review of Long Island's latest escape room, Just Escape LI in Massapequa, and find more indoor family fun zones in our Sports Center Guide.

Presidents' Day Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Museums, History, Shows Feb 18-20

It's Presidents' Day weekend! Parents throughout the Philadelphia area can turn to our events calendar for ways to keep their children learning and engaged over the long weekend ahead. From historical experiences to music to performances, there is something to satisfy everyone in the family.

This weekend features many museums offering free admission for guests on Monday such as the National Constitution Center, the Benjamin Franklin Museum, and the National Museum of American Jewish History. Kids interested in history may enjoy learning about colonial times at the Independence Visitors Center or the Betsy Ross House. Or, celebrate George Washington's birthday with the General himself at Valley Forge Historical National Park! Families looking to see a show can get tickets for Walnut Street Theatre's Garfield: The Musical With Cattitude or The Media Theatre's Disney's Cinderella Kids as both shows conclude this weekend.

Activities are constantly being added to our events calendar so be sure to check it regularly. In addition, follow us on Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, and like us on Facebook to keep up with the latest fun. And, don't forget- vote to win! Share your BESTIES for a chance to win great family prizes. Have a wonderful long weekend!

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Cookie Con, Scotsfest, American Girl , Feb 18 - 19

There is a sweet, sweet weekend ahead. That may or may not have something to do with the tantalizing intermingled aromas of cinnamon, vanilla, and... oh, is that ginger... coming from the LA Convention Center, where for two days it's all cookie, all the time. (And maybe a donut or two.)

You know what else is sweet? Two mutts sharing pasta at El Capitan (still on a Valentine's high). Sweet Georgia Brown. Hitting that sweet spot. A day off from school? Sweet! Plus, you're in for a sweet surprise at the LA Zoo, where two of the nicest characters in TVdom, ever curious George and Daniel Tiger, pay visits this weekend.

And, as always, nothing is sweeter than spending time with your nearest and dearest. Aww! Someone give me a hug! cookie! Better make it a double.

Keep reading for our sweetest picks for this weekend...

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Lego Building, Ziplining, and a Goat Party; Feb 18-19

After so many snow days (thank you, Mother Nature!), it's hard to believe that February school vacation week is now upon us. It's so easy to go stir crazy inside, so why not start the weekend off by getting everyone OUT? Lego lovers can check out the new exhibit at LEGOLAND opening on Saturday, or head to Wenham for a Lego builder breakfast. Families have two (free!) chances to spend time together creating art at the Bakaler and Paine Galleries as well at the Mosesian Center for the Arts. Meanwhile, at Kids Paint! at the Fuller Craft Museum, children will be focused on making "Cute Owls." If you've ever wanted to party with a goat, Franklin Park is celebrating little Chewbacca's first birthday with festivities all day. For thrill seekers, the Airborne Comedians will be juggling all kinds of things while on unicycles, and in Dewey Square, there's a free event featuring a 200-foot zipline and live (!) alligators straight from Florida.

Also on Mommy Poppins this week:

Need more family fun ideas? Check out our full events calendar.

President's Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Mardi Gras, Monster Jam, Camp Fairs, Feb 18-20

If you've been in Houston for at least one day this month, you know Mardi Gras is upon us! This weekend kicks off with the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the nation in our very own Galveston beach. Head down to the island and enjoy tons of parades, concerts, shows and more over the next two weekends. February is also an important month to celebrate Black History Month, and we have some great ideas on how to celebrate and teach your kids.

If you are already looking at camps for the summer, (or you need a last-minute day option for President's Day), be sure to check out our Camp Guide, where you will find information about Holiday Break Camps, Music and Theater Camps, Science Camps, Art Camps, and more. 

Also, our event calendar is loaded with fun, daily events for the whole family. You can also submit your own events. For more activities and events to fill the each weekend of the month, pop over to our February GoList. And don't forget to subscribe to our weekly newsletter to receive articles such as this in your inbox every week. 

Now, let's check out what's happening all over Houston this weekend: 

Cooking Classes for Kids in Houston

One of my first forays into the kitchen as a kid ended in disaster. Despite having Italian grandmothers who never left the kitchen, my best friend and I managed to confuse Coca-Cola for baking soda (in her defense, she called soft drinks "soda pop") and overload my mother's stand mixer to the point that it started smoking...and had to be replaced. But it's a priceless memory evoked every time I bite into a buttery sugar cookie (the end result of our baking escapades once my mother intervened and pulled out the hand mixer). So if you are looking to create one-of-a-kind culinary experiences for your kids while preserving your precious Kitchenaid Artisan stand mixer, look no further.


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