Fun for LA Kids this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Weekend, Jan 16 - 18

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is 'What are you doing for others?'" This weekend, families can join together to answer that question, by participating in the MLK Day of Service. (We have some great suggestions for kid-friendly volunteer opportunities to get you started!) A day spent giving back is just one way to honor Dr. King's memory. There are parades, celebrations, and concerts throughout the weekend to bring our families and communities together in honor of his legacy.

Little ones can learn from Dr. King's example as well, with a number of events this weekend particularly geared toward young children. Kids can listen to stories, celebrate the diversity our world has to offer, and share their dreams for a better world.

Inspiration can be found on other fronts as well, with Ben Franklin, Mary Poppins, and Pinocchio all serving as examples of what one can achieve. Whether you're hoping to achieve a cleaner environment, a succulent crepe, or the maddest tea party, it's all good when it means quality time spent with your kids. (Or without them. We don't judge.)

Keep reading for some of our most inspired picks for this weekend.

MLK Jr. Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Tributes, Ben Franklin's Birthday and OrKID Days

The kids have a long weekend, an extra day off from school. However, this day off means more than just 'no homework.' This day honors an important man, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Mommy Poppins Event Calendar has many ways to celebrate his legacy. Many museums are hosting family activities. There are a multitude of service opportunities, concerts and crafts that commemorate Dr. King's life. We also have a roundup of school's out day camps if you are still looking for care for your child.

After observing the holiday, check our January GoList for something to do. Visit Historic Philadelphia to celebrate Ben Franklin's birthday, or see the orchids at Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square. Whatever you do, make the most of this day off from school.

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Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend, January 16-18

It can be tough to juggle a day off from school only weeks after the holidays, but if you have the day off from work, oodles of great opportunities await. One of the best ways to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is by volunteering in the community, and the annual MLK Day of Service (pictured) could be the perfect choice to honor Dr. King's legacy for your family.

Other great ways to celebrate include free events at the MFA and Gardner Museum, as well as special programs as part of a local film festival. This weekend also features toothpick starfighters, some joyful noise, and a doll upcycling session, so there's truly something for everyone. Finally, both car and train fans can enjoy special shows   just for them.

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to check out the full Event Calendar!

Fun for LI Kids on MLK Weekend: Hands-On Art, Sweet Dreams Party, Jan. 16-18

With the three-day weekend ahead, make time to discuss Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s vision of peace while creating one of your own at the Long Island Children's Museum. The Arcade Age also continues at the Cradle of Aviation, kids can make their own bird feeders at Hick's and there's a variety of live theater around the area.

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Weekend Fun: Hello Titanosaur, Thunderbird Dance Fest, MLK Day Celebrations

Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which means a three-day weekend for many NYC families with school-age kids. Whether you choose to commemorate the civil rights leader's life with one of the city's many terrific MLK Day events, take a quick trip out of town, hit the slopes or spend quality time with your kids right here in NYC, we've got plenty of ideas on how to enjoy the long weekend.

Check out the American Museum of Natural History as it unveils a massive new dinosaur, get your geek on at the fourth annual Black Comic Book Festival, catch a family flick at MoMA, head to Flushing for a Thunderbird American Indian dance fest or Lincoln Center with your preschooler for a special sing-along.

These are just a few of the great things going on this Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. All of our picks are below. You can find additional options in our Event Calendar and our Winter Fun Guide.

Mostly Free and Fun Things To Do With Westchester Kids This MLK Weekend: Jan. 16-18

The coming three-day weekend is a great time to be in Westchester and the Hudson Valley! Our weekend picks include both indoor and outdoor activities ranging from celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr., to communing with nature or catching a show. 

Reinforce the meaning of MLK Day by investing time at conscience-raising event. The whole family can volunteer at Martin Luther King Day of Service, or bring your kids to Martin Luther King Day: A Visual Celebration with Storybook Films.

Promising performances include Seussical, and STEM programs include Magnet Makers. Before the bitter cold sets in, commune with nature at Winter Animal Tracking or think warm thoughts (and get a jumpstart on summer planning) at Westchester Family’s Camp Fair.

There's more! Be sure to check our January GoList and our Event Calendar to plan your entire weekend—and beyond! (Need a drop-off activity on MLK Day? Check out our list of drop-off mini camps.) 

MLK Weekend Fun: History, Ice Fishing, Theater, and More

It’s the middle of January and the nearly snowless winter continues, making some of us a bit unhappy. But not to worry – even without sledding or outdoor ice skating, there’s plenty to cheer us up. This weekend, your family can put on dancing shoes and enjoy Free Dance Classes, or, to keep up with the musical theme, dance in your seat during a reggae children’s musical production of Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds.

The historically-minded can enjoy a free visit to the Yale Peabody Museum for its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Legacy of Environmental and Social Justice event. A special theatrical performance, the “Struggle for Freedom: The Life of Martin Luther King, Jr.,” will take place at Silas Bronson Library in Waterbury, and a free showing of "Our Friend Martin", an animated adventure inspired by Dr. King, will entertain children at the Stanley-Whitman House in Farmington.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2016 Celebrations are taking place across the state, so be sure to check our Events Calendar. To keep up with the latest family-friendly events and activities, be sure to also sign up for our newsletters, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest
 

25 Things to Do With Kids in Newton

Newton, bordering Boston to the west, has long enjoyed a reputation as a family-friendly place with its excellent school system and standing as one of the safest U.S. cities to live in. Many of Newton's attractions cater to children, whether plans involve running around the many playgrounds in the city, enjoying the services of the Newton Free Library, or learning to swim at charming Crystal Lake. Below are 25 family fun ideas for Newton residents and visitors alike.

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