Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Winterfest, Seals, and Art Adventure, January 21-22

This weekend includes not one but two Winterfest celebrations: the last weekend for free skating in Bushnell Park and the annual celebration at Earthplace in Westport. If, on the other hand, you're having a case of the winter blahs and looking to stay warm and toasty inside, there are some fantastic children's theater opportunities, including adaptations of Fancy Nancy and Biscuit, some sweet and messy cooking, and an art adventure at the Bruce Museum, just to name a few.

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Weekend Fun: Snowkus Pocus, Lunar New Year, Women's March

January brings a wave of new shows and new exhibits for NYC kids. This weekend, the Children's Museum of Manhattan returns its Hello From Japan! exhibit, an interactive investigation of two Tokyo districts. The Brooklyn Children's Museum takes kids outdoors while still indoors with its Wilderness Camp exhibit.

For shows, the Broadway Playhouse invites lucky kids to sing Gershwin onstage, and the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company spins, flips, and whirls itself into Brooklyn for an early Lunar New Year celebration. For an overall theater lowdown, use our guide to the best winter shows for kids. For more art exhibits, check out our must-see museum and art picks for NYC kids this winter.

There's no lack of one-of-a-kind experiences this weekend, either, with science and building activities at the Inventgenuity Fest, the Queens Museum's exploration of a mysterious watershed model, and a Baby and Me Comedy show in Astoria—and yes, that's exactly what it sounds like.

It's also inauguration weekend for one NYC native, and with that also comes the Women's March on Washington, D.C., and the local Women's March on NYC in Midtown Saturday. By the way, some of NYC's cultural institutions are getting into the inauguration action, such as the Whitney, which extended its "pay what you wish" admission hours to all day Friday, January 20, and is hosting a series of FREE events on the day. The New Museum will also offer pay-what-you-wish admission on Inauguration Day.

Interested in planning out your entire year? See our brand-new 2017 GoList for all the best things opening in NYC this year! If the current month is all you can handle for now, stick with our January GoList, as well as our Winter Fun Guide.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: STEAM, Concerts, Camp Fair

It’s all about STEAM this January weekend in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, with an emphasis on science and arts programs for families. The arts come in two forms—both ticketed performances and hands-on experiences.

The Maccabeats combine Jewish humor with a cappella singing, while the exhilarating compositions of John Philip Sousa and others is sure to provide a mid-winter punch in the arm at West Point on the March. For more hands-on pursuits, take a spin at the African Dance Class or pull up a Petri dish for a germ of an idea at High Touch - High Tech. Learn about the technology of freezing foods in the era of your great-great grandmother at The Importance of Ice.

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Curtain Call: Theater Classes for Kids in Philadelphia

Does your kid love to entertain? Whether you want to tap into your child's creativity, channel new energies or emotions, encourage confidence in public speaking, or just love the idea of seeing your little one up on stage, theater classes are a great option! And with such a strong influence on the arts in our city of brotherly love, you can be sure to find high-quality programming and training for your young thespian. If acting isn't really up your kid's alley, but they still like the idea of being up on stage, check out these local dance classes as well!

Governors Island Will Open a Month Early in 2017

Governors Island, long one of our favorite summer spots, will open to the public on Monday, May 1 this year, nearly a full month ahead of its usual schedule. Typically it opens for the season on Memorial Day weekend.

The earlier opening isn't just for weekends, either. Ferries will shuttle New Yorkers to the massive park seven days a week, from May 1 through October 1, offering access to the brand-new playgrounds it debuted last year, art, and cool festivals like Figment. Suddenly we know what we're doing for Mother's Day 2017! 

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Three Little Pigs, Madagascar, Deer Detectives

Hark! Who goes there? On January 21-22, the theater is calling. 

Catch The Three Little Pigs, Madagascar or Shrek, Jr. this weekend. Or decorate a kitty cat cake with your little chef at Bake Me A Cake in Lindenhurst. Meow — that sounds like delicious fun.

If you'd rather be outdoors, head to Connetquot River State Park Preserve for clues on how to become a deer detective, or search for seashells on the seashore on Fire Island. Say that three times fast.

For more activities to fill the weekend, pop over to our January GoList or Winter Fun Guide. And if you're keeping an eye on your wallet after the holidays, check out our list of 20 FREE Things to Do With Long Island Kids This Winter.

Of course, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun daily events for Long Island kids. Don't see a great event listed here? Add it to our Event Calendar yourself

Choosing a Preschool: 5 Things That Matter & 5 That (Probably) Don't

As parents we face the pressure to find the best of everything, and finding the best preschool for your little heir is no exception. Some parents jump on this task intimidatingly early, doing research and attending open houses even while Junior is still in utero. And there are so many choices: Play-based or academically focused? Montessori, Waldorf, full-time, part-time, cooperative, parochial, or secular? Media-free or media-intensive? A philosophy of "let children be children" or "teach them everything as soon as possible"? Perhaps we want our kids to learn to use their words in more than one language, to preserve their midday nap, or to spend most of their day playing outdoors in nature.

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