Weekday Picks: Presidents Day, Oscar Screening, and Camellia Festival, Feb. 20-24

We start the week with a holiday, and LA families have some creative options to learn more about history through several Presidents Day activities in LA and OC. We are lucky to have two presidential libraries in the area, both of which have big plans Monday. At the Reagan library celebration, free activities for the family include crafts, musical entertainment, storytelling, and presidential and first lady look-alikes, with hot dogs, pie, and other all-American food available for purchase. At the Nixon Library celebration, family-friendly activities include meeting a Mt. Rushmore of presidents and a free slice of cherry pie for the first 300 guests.

Meanwhile at the Battleship Iowa: Presidents Day and Birthday Celebration, the "Battleship of Presidents" celebrates its 74th birthday and Presidents Day with $6 off general admission. Holiday visitors can be among the first to experience the ship's newest interactive exhibit that features the 32nd president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, returning to the ship he sailed on in 1943.

For more go-do activities, take a look at the Mommy Poppins Event Calendar, our GoList for February, and our picks for this week below.

Weekday Picks: Eagle Watching, Day Camp, Nature, February 20-24

With the unusually warm weather this week, make sure to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. You and the kids can attend one of these great family events happening all over the state, from Bald Eagle Viewing to free admission to White Memorial in Litchfield. Check out our frequently updated Event Calendar and monthly Go List for even more great fun. Be sure to check our our Winter Guide too. 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 Boston Kids: A Magic Show, a Scavenger Hunt, and Engineering Fun

Even if your kids are on school break, it happens to be a terrific week to boost their brain power. There's a physics-defying magic show by one of the area's most entertaining hocus-pocus masters, a scavenger hunt for clues to local wildlife, and some STEM-oriented events  to celebrate National Engineers Week. Even the annual Children's Winter Festival has some activities that exercise kids' minds along with their hearts and legs, like the "Snow Mazing" maze. 

If you're still looking for ideas to fill up your February vacation week, we've rounded up a slew of ideas for free events as well as worth-the-money happenings all over the city. Craving even more family-friendly options? Check our complete Event Calendar

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Circus, Yoga, Food Fun

If your family is staying in town for winter break, you’re in luck! With so many fun—and mostly FREE—activities ahead, you can enjoy a winter staycation without breaking the bank.

While we bundle up in hats and scarves this time of year, other animals have different survival tricks to compensate for their lack of textiles. Learn about their techniques at Animals in Winter. Other highlights allow you to learn to make guacamole at Fun with Food or participate in a mock TV game show at Jeopardy.

These, of course, are just the tip of the iceberg. Because we know the challenges of keeping kids occupied during cold-weather breaks from school, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, stimulating activities.

Read on for our top picks and more February fun--and have a great Winter Break!

Presidents Week for LI Kids: Cooking Class, Swim or Skate, Crafts

Happy Presidents Week! With many schools across Long Island closed, check out our 30 Things to Do on February Break With Long Island Kids, along with our Presidents Week Camp and Classes for Long Island Kids.

Besides camps and classes this week, kids can choose from storytimes, music instruction, and plenty of open-play sessions. For a full listing, check out our Calendar Guide and our February GoList.

Weekday Fun for NJ Kids: Family Day, Arts & Crafts, Chocolate Works

Presidents Day kicks off this week of winter break, with family-fun events such as President’s Day at Morris Museum and Family Day at State Theatre New Jersey. While the kids are out of school, you can help them keep their creative juices flowing at arts and crafts events that include Tree of Life Pendant Craft Workshop, Stars and Stripes Pottery Wheel Workshop, Winter Break art Workshop, and Mommy & Me Painting.

Read on for our best children's events the week of February 20–24, and check out our list of 30 things to do on February break for more ways to keep the kids entertained while school's closed. Look to our Event Calendar and February GoList for even more February fun.

Break Week Fun in NYC: Pop Tarts, Free Events, Balloons, Big Quiz

Midwinter recess for New York City kids offers a deep menu of fun, especially from parks and museums, which serve up weeklong buffets of events like the Intrepid Week for Kids and Kids Week at New York City Parks. For more, see our Presidents Day weekend roundup or our list of 35 things to do with kids over February break.

Meanwhile, solitary, singular events might be worth crowd-dodging efforts. Kids can meet a furry friend at the St. Agnes Library, see the magical brand-new Please Bring Balloons, or catch Ringling Bros.' final New York City shows. Although all Friday screenings of the New York International Children's Film Festival were nearly sold out at press time, later dates remain available. Act fast and use our exclusive code 17MOPO to save on tickets.

In an alternate universe, if we had a roundup just for parents, we'd insist on two unique events: A block workshop for parents (only) in Battery Park City on Friday and the this-week-only Pop Tarts Pop Up Shop at Kellogg's NYC. OK, that last one is for kids, too, but let's be honest with ourselves.

As always, keep our February GoList close, our guide to winter events and activities for kids closer, and our Event Calendar closer than that.

Kiddie Science Opens in Lefferts Gardens with Classes for Kids

The Brooklyn-based Kiddie Science has had a roaming presence in NYC since 2013, inspiring children wherever it set up shop. But the nonprofit tot science program finally has a permanent home.

It recently opened a STEM classes and camp spot in Prospect Lefferts Gardens in a bright and renovated space that is welcoming to all ages. The location is a work in progress with plans for outdoor gardening in the small backyard and more active experiences such as yoga in the basement.

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