Philly Cooking Parties, Baking Parties, & Cake Decorating Birthday Parties

Planning another birthday party? Looking for something different? For those kids whose interests lean to the culinary or who love to decorate with sugary goodness, here's a great idea: a cooking party! There are a bunch of places in and around Philadelphia that host cooking, baking, and decorating parties, and even some who will drive to the birthday kid's home. So, if you've got an aspiring chef, check out some of these great nearby birthday parties.

February GoList: Best Things to do with Houston Kids This Month

It seems Houston's few days of winter have passed, and that's the way we like it, but in case you need ideas for indoor activities on the random chilly days we will likely face - trampoline parks, rock climbing gyms, or a fun indoor playground are always good options. We've also come up with a list of eight museums you've probably never heard of to take the kids to. 

And if you're the planning type, you may have started thinking about summer plans, like what in the world you're going to do to keep your kids busy all day. Check out our summer and vacation camp guide for ideas on things they can do out of the house. Read on for the best things to do with the kids this month.

Weekday Picks: Groundhog Day, Very Eric Carle, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Jan. 30-Feb. 3

Will he see his shadow? Punxsutawney Phil makes his annual prediction Thursday as to whether winter continues or there's an early spring. Groundhog Day is a great opportunity to teach kids about seasons, weather, and renewal; Pretend City in Irvine joins in the Groundhog Day fun, helping kids make their very own Phil, learn about weather forecasting, and hear a story about a groundhog who is struggling to draw a distinction between himself and his shadow.

Also this week, the Discovery Cubes in LA and OC begin new featured exhibits. At Discovery Cube LA, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Secrets of the Sewer exhibit features puzzles, mazes, and obstacles as kids learn problem-solving skills in the famous turtles' sewer-like lair. And at Discovery Cube OC's Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit, the author's love of nature and respect for the emotional lives of children are at the center of activities that include kids' role-playing as five special insects on journeys of discovery.    

More activities for the week can be found on the Mommy Poppins Event Calendar and in our monthly GoList. Here are some favorites.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Wacky Stories, Groundhog Day, Lightsaber Lessons; Jan 30-Feb 3

We New Englanders do what we can to survive the bleakest month of the year, so it's apt that we kick off February with lots of laughs (at a silly storytime) and some fantastical fun (at lightsaber lessons). Hopefully, Punxsutawney Phil will steer clear of his shadow this Groundhog's Day, giving us hope for an early spring; get the scoop at the Children's Museum of Easton on Wednesday. Plus, our Event Calendar is packed with more cozy storytimes and interesting exhibits this week, so take a look for more ideas each day.

Weekday Fun in NJ: Chocolate Making, Animal Storytime, Pajama Jam

If you’re looking for fun indoor activities that won’t cost a dime, this is the week for you! Preschoolers can enjoy such free activities as More Fun for Munchkins, Pottery Barn Kids storytime, Uptown storytime, and First Friday storytime. And kids who are a little older are welcome to the no-cost School Age Story and Art and Pajama Jam.

Read on for our best children's events the week of January 30 – February 3, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and February GoList for even more winter happenings.

Weekday Picks for Connecticut Kids: Groundhogs, Zumba, and Science, January 30-February 3

When it's cold and grey but not very snowy, this time of year can be a bit of a slog. We've been working hard to beat back those winter doldrums by chasing down the best family activities to be enjoyed across the state this week. Whether you're interested in exploring the great outdoors at the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, enjoying a bit of Zumba at Stepping Stones, or hearing what Chuckles the Groundhog has to say about the arrival of spring at the Lutz Children's Museum, there's lots of options.  For more ideas, be sure to check our frequently updated Event Calendar and our Winter Guide. Follow Mommy Poppins CT on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, and don't forget to cast your vote for your favorite Connecticut businesses in our Bestie Awards Contest!

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Animal Superheroes, Into the Woods

Indoor fun abounds all week for Westchester families, as evidenced by our top picks (below) and other events found on our Event Calendar.

Wildlife Superheroes tells of the “super” qualities of animals that explain why some well-known superheroes are inspired by such creatures. Best suited for older kids, the stage production of Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods - The Musical is a cautionary tale about the dangers of wishes in using fairy-tale characters as messengers. With Cupid on his way, Valentine Candy Making kicks off the season of special events geared towards honoring your special someone.

Beyond all this, we've just launched our February GoList to help you plan the entire month. So grab your calendars and plan away!

Indoor Play Spots for NYC Toddlers with Weekend Hours

Indoor play spots are essential for NYC families with young children (and limited square feet) as temperatures begin a steady decline into winter.

Unfortunately, so many of the city's indoor play spots are limited to weekday hours. That's great for caregivers Monday through Friday, but mom and dad are left out in the cold, scrambling to fill up those chilly fall, rainy spring or snowy winter weekends with their preschoolers in other ways. Luckily, we've uncovered nearly two dozen fantastic play spaces that get it, and are keeping weekend, drop-in play hours for kids, no membership required. All include playthings sized just right for the little ones, including for babies in many instances. They are stroller-friendly and equipped with changing stations, making them no-fuss options for the toddler squad.

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