Kid-Friendly Restaurants Close to the Franklin Institute

Visiting the Franklin Institute is a fun couple of hours and a great way to introduce the kids to the systems working in their bodies or cool science concepts. But at some point, everyone is going to get hungry. Instead of succombing to the cafeteria and the kid-staples of pizza and chicken nuggets, venture a few blocks outside of the museum to one of these kid-friendly restaurants. If you're planning on making a day of it, check out our post on places to try Thai rolled ice cream while you're in the city!

Presidents' Day Weekend Fun with Westchester Kids: Circus, Disney’s Choo-Choo Soul

If you’re staying in town for the three-day weekend, get ready for lots of local fun for families in Westchester!

First off, as we reported in our February GoList, the circus is in town! With the recent closing of both The Big Apple Circus and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the performance by The Royal Hanneford Circus is that much more special. Another hot-ticket item is Disney’s Choo Choo Soul with Genevieve.

Presidents’ Day isn’t just a day off from school—it’s also a fun learning opportunity! Ways to celebrate in true form are Presidents Day Workshop, honoring Abe and George, or take advantage of the National Park Fee-Free Day with a visit to one of the Hyde Park-area attractions that honor FDR.

All month we’re recognizing Black History Month, and one way to celebrate is the Family Studio Art Projects, offering an informative hands-on program in the study of quilting.

Read on for our top weekend picks and check out our Event Calendar for even more great activities coming up. Sign up for our weekly newsletters so you're sure to receive our upcoming roundup of awesome things to do during the winter break! 

Take a Day Trip to Japan with New Children's Museum Exhibit

If a trip to Japan is just slightly over your budget, but you're still crazy—or curious—about Japanese culture, the newly reopened Hello from Japan! exhibit at the Children's Museum of Manhattan is a perfect, albeit petite, alternative. This exhibit—the third in the Upper West Side museum's Global Cultural Exhibition Series, following exhibitions on Ancient Greece and China, and preceding the ongoing Muslim culture exhibit—originally graced the museum in 2015 and has returned for another run, offering an immersive experience for NYC's youngest art and museum fans.

Presidents Day Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Acrobats, Bubbles, Block Party

This weekend kicks off the mid-winter break for New Jersey schoolchildren. There's plenty to keep the kiddos entertained, from a Frozen-inspired ice carnival to a Block Party at Liberty Science Center. You can see The Little Mermaid swim or watch the Peking Acrobats soar, and you can even celebrate George Washington's birthday with General Washington himself. To find fun for this weekend and beyond, check out our list of 30 things to do during the February break. And look to our February GoList  and  Winter Activity Guide for even more ideas. 

10 Houston Blogs To Follow Right Now

Here at Mommy Poppins, we are always striving to give Houston parents the best resources for living it up in the Bayou City. And what better way to do that than recommend some local blogs that highlight Houston hotspots, fun and easy DIY projects, and fashion tips (lord do I need those fashion tips). And we want to hear your favorites! Send us an email to houston@mommypoppins.com to let us know where you get your daily dose of parenting blogging goodness. And without further ado, and in no particular order, here are 10 local bloggers to start following right now:

Best Family Resorts in the Pocono Mountains

The Pocono Mountains draw families to this scenic corner of Pennsylvania from the New York City area, Philadelphia, and across the country. For families craving adventure, there is a smorgasbord of activities on tap all year. In winter, ski, snowboard, or snow tube. Options are just as plentiful in summer: hiking, swimming, boating, zip lines and adventure ropes courses, plus plenty of nature walks and even famed waterfall hikes

In case the weather isn’t cooperating, many of the resorts have indoor water parks offering hours of splashy, weatherproof fun, and spas for the grown-ups and kids(!) to unwind and indulge. We've rounded up some of top resorts in the area, so you can see which one best fits your next family vacation.

February Vacation Week with Kids in Boston: Worth-the-Money Activities

It's probably obvious from my posts that I'm all about free activities for my family, especially when trying to keep kids entertained all week. While I'm planning to fill up most of our schedule with some of those free picks, there are also tons of cool activities that are worth the money this February break. We certainly won't be able to hit all of these, but I'm going to do my best to narrow it down to a favorite or two and make our plans now (some activities require advance registration or tickets). Good luck choosing, and have a great school vacation week!

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