25 Things to Do with New Jersey Kids Over Holiday Break

The lazy days of December break may be the best time to take part in New Jersey's family-friendly holiday activities—especially if you have visiting relatives to entertain. From spectacular light displays to cold-weather fun, we've rounded up 25 of the best holiday season activities. Most New Jersey schools are closed from Friday, December 23 through Monday, January 2, allowing plenty of time to experience some of the holiday highlights you may have missed in the hectic run-up to Christmas. And with Hanukkah beginning on December 24 this year, menorah lightings are an added attraction. In my family, ice skating and hot chocolate always tops the December vacation must-do list. Be sure to check out our December GoList and Holiday Fun Guide for more great ideas. 

35 Fun Things to Do with NYC Kids Over the Holiday Break

Few places rival New York City for winter holiday activities, and the school break offers families plenty of free time to sample them all.

There's no need to leave town: we’ve rounded up 35 of our favorite seasonal activities, most of which can be accessed with the swipe of a MetroCard. Fill your vacation schedule with awesome museum outings, live stage shows, fancy meals, and magical holiday experiences. Our family even braves the crowds at popular tourist attractions such as the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, the Rockefeller Center tree and rink, and department store holiday windows. Be sure to click through the links for details, including locations, dates, and prices.

Don't forget to sign up for our FREE newsletters to get posts like this delivered to your inbox. Remember, the kids don't go back to school until Tuesday, January 3, so if you need more fun things to do over break, check out our December GoList and our daily Event Calendar.

What's Open on Christmas Day in LA: 17 Fun Things To Do

Not everyone spends Christmas Day opening presents and singing Christmas carols. If Christmas at your house feels much like any other day but without as much to do—or if your family are just really fast unwrappers—Mommy Poppins has you covered with everything from whales to festivals, and someplace to eat at the end of the day. Ready for 17 suggestions of things to do and places to go on Christmas Day that have (mostly) nothing to do with chestnuts or open fire?

10 Things to Do on Christmas Eve in CT

Christmas Eve is almost here, which means all the holiday festivities will be wrapping up soon. Hopefully all your Christmas shopping and wrapping is finished and you've got a few moments to spare to celebrate with your family. If you're looking to squeeze in some last minute holiday fun, look no further. Make this Christmas Eve one to remember with one of these great activities in the area. Maybe you'll even start a new family tradition!

For more Christmas fun, check out our holiday guide and our event calendar.

New Party Spots on Long Island for Kids' Birthdays

Oh, birthday parties! Kids adore them; parents usually dread them—whether it's for your own child or someone else's. If you're tired of the usual circuit of cold pizza, warm soda, and fill-in-the-blank main activity—or if you don't have the space or time to organize a party in your own home—we've rounded up half a dozen new Long Island kids' hot spots that offer something a little different.

Most new(ish), in a new location, or have recently added birthday parties to their repertoire, and all offer solid basics like a private party space, food and drink, staff hosts, and favors and invitations (sometimes for an additional fee). From science to sewing, yoga to trampolines, laser tag to frolicking with dogs (and, yes, there are some bouncy castles and pottery painting, too), we're pretty sure there's something here to delight everyone on your child's guest list—and to help keep parents and adults guests relaxed and happy, too.

Find even more birthday party inspiration in our Long Island Party Guide for Kids.

5 Awesome Experience Gift Splurges for Boston Kids

Want to cut down on the amount of “stuff” your kids receive for Christmas, a birthday, or another special day, but make sure the occasion is no less memorable? We’ve rounded up some of the coolest experiences the Boston area has to offer kids—and we think the smiles you’ll get are worth the splurge. Plus, less time spent shopping means more time for you and your family to enjoy fun activities together.

Maker Spaces for Drop-In Creator Fun with NYC Kids

The maker movement has been alive and well in NYC for several years, annually bringing one of our favorite festivals, Maker Faire, to the New York Hall of Science. Holiday pop-ups are common, too with the Lego Holiday Experience this year, and Little Bits last year.

But what to do with your inventive child the other 51 weekends of the year? Of course there are after-school classesbirthday parties, and summer camp options, but for drop-in, one-off workshops and tinkering sessions? Not as many. Still, we've dug in and rounded up eight NYC maker spaces offering chances for year-round STEM-inspired making, building, and creating, from robots to 3D printing and creative coding.

If you're looking for a longer-term commitment, check out our STEM Guide to read up on all the options for maker-inspired camps, classes, and DIY fun.

What's Open on Christmas Day in Philly: 11 Things To Do with Kids

On Christmas Day after the presents are all unwrapped and only crumbs are left in the cookie tin, you may be thinking it's time to get out of the house. Whether the sugar rush is kicking in or you just don't want to deal with the mess, there are quite a few places open on December 25 to take the kids.

We found options for families that don't celebrate the holiday as well as ideas for enjoying the Christmas spirit. Either way, we have a list of ideas to get out and about and spend a day with the kids in the Philadelphia area. Continue reading for our selections.

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