Valentine’s Week: Scavenger Hunt, Marionettes, Dance Labyrinth

The week of Valentine's Day for New York City kids leaves little excuse for boredom. If you or your kids don't agree, see our post on Valentine's Day Activities for NYC Kids to Share the Love.

On the day of love itself, we suggest a Sweetbeatz kids concert at the Brooklyn Central Library or a scavenger hunt at the Museum of the City of New York. Outside of Valentine's Day activities, this week travels to that world of imagination city kids find so vital when winter weather shuts them inside. Treehouse Shakers offer a labyrinth dance-play, while the Theater for the New City premieres a new work by the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theater. See our giant guide to kids theater, too.

Although we don't list it below, a bonus to keep in mind: the world-famous Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show takes over the Hell's Kitchen waterfront on Monday and Tuesday. For all cool events in February, or winter in general, see our February GoList, Winter Fun Guide, and, as always, our Event Calendar.

New Haven County Drama and Dance Camps

Do your children opt to act or dance instead of play team sports? Participating in a play or a performance of some type is a great experience and teaches kids all about teamwork and reaching personal goals. If your son or daughter loves to be on-stage or in front of the camera tap-dancing their hearts out then New Haven has a camp for them! And of course, check out our entire Summer Camp Guide for 2017.

13 Summer Camps for Preschoolers in Brooklyn and Queens

Summer camp is definitely more challenging for parents of preschoolers.

Just when the kids have got the routine down at their “regular” school or at home, they find themselves in a new environment, doing new things. As Martha would say, that’s a good thing—although it may be hard to keep that in mind while you deal with a meltdown at first-day drop-off. That's why it's important to know your little one is under the supervision of experienced counselors who know how to work with that delightful, but sometimes—ahem—difficult age group.

We've been there. To help out a fellow parent, we’ve created a list of some of the best summer camps for preschoolers around the city, and now we're zeroing in on options in the booming boroughs of Queens and Brooklyn. As you’ll see, some have specialties, like music or wildlife, while others are general camps geared for more traditional camp fun. The best news of all? This list means summer's coming! (Eventually.) And you'll be totally ahead of the game.

Remember, you can always search our NYC Camp Directory for more options. Just use the handy filters to sort by location, age, and interest. The list below is just a sampling of the many NYC summer camps available.

30 Things to Do on February Break With Long Island Kids

Didn't we just have a whole week off from school? Well, it's that time again — midwinter break, or February school vacation. Just because Christmas is the flashier of the winter vacations, doesn't mean there isn't a ton to do this week all over Long Island.

From special weeklong camps to bowling and roller skating, there's plenty to keep your kids smiling, happy, and no cooped up inside during February break. So grab your winter coat and bundle up for some indoor and outdoor fun. And remember to check out our full list of camps and classes during Presidents Week, as well as our February GoList for more ideas.

30 Things To Do on February Break with New Jersey School Kids

It might feel as if Christmas break just ended, but winter break is already upon us! For most New Jersey public schools, that means a long Presidents Day weekend, with schools closed on Friday, February 17 and Monday, February 20. Some districts observe the holiday on Monday only, while many schools take the whole week off, not returning until the following Monday, February 27.

Whatever combination of days your kids have, chances are they are ready for some fun, whether they want to stay warm indoors or embrace the cold in a wintry activity like skiing, ice skating, or snow tubing. We've rounded up the best winter break activities for kids of all ages. To plan a family adventure, check out our best bets for winter day trips or an indoor water park for a summer feel!

And don't miss our February GoList and Events Calendar for even more suggestions. 

Broadway Playhouse: Interactive Musical Theater for NYC Kids

A trip to Broadway is always a treat, and one I can't wait to enjoy with my son—when he's a little older! Still, this is NYC, so of course there's a great show for everyone. The Broadway Playhouse, an NYC institution gently introduces kids ages 4-11 to the fun of Broadway by incorporating interactive elements into each performance, including sing-alongs, games, and even discussions with the actors.

It sounded just about right for my music-loving family, enough so that we made the trek from Brooklyn to the Upper West Side with a toddler in tow for a special kid-friendly tribute to the legendary Jazz Age songwriting duo, George and Ira Gershwin.

10 Dual-Language and Immersion Preschools in Houston

It is a known fact that the brains of young children are primed to learn languages and the earlier they are exposed to a language, the easier it is for them to learn it. Research has shown that there are many benefits to learning a second language, including higher self-esteem, better test scores, enhanced creativity, a higher level of complex problem solving, and an appreciation of other cultures. And that's not to mention increased employability as an adult in our increasingly globalized and diverse society. The natural ability of young children to learn a second, or third, language makes a dual-language or language immersion preschool a great option for childcare and may even save you money in the long run when your kids test out of college language credits! Consider giving your child the gift of a second language and check out these 10 language immersion and dual language preschools located in and around Houston. 

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