MLK Jr. Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Museums, Invention Convention, Service

For most Philly kids, the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday provides a long, three-day weekend. Thankfully, Philly families can turn to our jam-packed events calendar to find creative and educational ways to spend the time together.

Recognize Dr. King by serving the community through artwork and inspiring letters, or by cleaning up a nature preserve, neighborhood street, or park.  Explore one of the many museums hosting MLK Day programming such as the National Museum for American Jewish History, National Liberty Museum, or National Constitution Center. Philly parents who don't have the day off from school can check out one of the day camp opportunities for their kids at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, The Center on Central, Briar Bush Nature Center, and Arden Theatre.

Other weekend activities include outdoor fun at Tyler's Hot Chocolate and Hike especially for dads and daughters, artistic sessions at Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve, and scientific experimentation at Hagley Museum's Invention Convention. However you chose to spend the weekend, make it a great one!

MLK Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: MLK Parade, Galveston Restaurant Week, Jan 13-15

Just as quickly as the 2017 holiday season ended, the holidays are officially beginning in 2018! Our first long weekend of the year recognizes Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and we have a host of celebratory events to commemorate the occasion.

If you're looking to do something fun with the kids on their Monday off school (or at any time, really!) we highly recommend checking out the newly redone Weiss Energy Hall at the Houston Museum of Natural Science; it's an exhibit that is sure to keep everyone in the family engaged and entertained. 

Itching to try out some new restaurants? Galveston Restaurant Week is happening in full force, and we narrowed down the best places to try when you have the kiddos in tow. And if you're making your way down to the Island anyway, you might want to check out Moody Gardens or the Galveston Railroad Museum while you're there. Both are guaranteed to offer a day full of fun for the family.

For a complete list everything fun happening in and around the city this weekend (and every day!), check out our event calendar and our ever popular January GoList. And don't forget to sign up for our weekly newsletter to read about fun things to do each weekend in Houston. 

Have an event you want to share? We would love to add it to our calendar! You can submit your own events and we'll get them posted! 

And now it's time to check out all the Houston happenings this weekend:

MLK Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Dream Big, Princess Brunch, Nature, and More

There are many places on Long Island to give your kids an introduction to the mission of Martin Luther King Jr., including crafts-centered destinations, painting, and more

If there's still snow on the ground this weekend, check out these sledding hot spots. Keep the kids from climbing the walls and have them explore these indoor play gyms/sports centers instead. Or hit the ice at these indoor skating rinks. If you're keeping an eye on your wallet after the holidays, check out these FREE indoor play spaces across Long Island.

For more activities to fill the three-day weekend, pop over to our January GoList or Winter Fun Guide to find more seasonal fun. Mark your calendars with our list of 50 things to do indoors 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

Martin Luther King Day Weekend Fun — Social Justice, Winter Survival, and Pancakes With Penguins

With the snow and cold weather having left us, at least for the time being, this weekend presents a chance to get out and enjoy some winter activities. How about exploring the artistic "isms" at the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, having pancakes with penguins in Mystic, or taking in New England's largest youth volleyball tournament in Hartford. For those that are more outdoor inclined, tell Stories in the Snow or learn about how animals survive in winter.

NJ's Imagine That!!! Museum and Play Space Reopens After Renovation

The popular children’s museum we know and love has just gotten a major overhaul. Following a five-month gut renovation, Imagine That!!! in Florham Park, New Jersey, has been transformed into a beautiful and bright 16,000-square-foot indoor play space that feels fun and inviting. The updated fun spot boasts brand-new play structures like an electronic sand table and an interactive, LED light board, plus new-and-improved versions of original attractions like the grocery store, dance studio, play maze, and more.

Imagine That!!!, which quietly reopened in December, will celebrate its grand reopening the weekend of January 13-14. Here's a sneak peak inside the new space and its awesome attractions.

MLK Day Weekend with Westchester Kids: Meet Mike Piazza, Free Arts

If recent weather has kept your family holed up, recoup from cabin fever with any of the great programs we’ve identified for Westchester and Hudson Valley families this weekend.

Reinforce the meaning of MLK Day by investing time in the Martin Luther King Day of Service. Meet Mike Piazza and other famous athletes at The East Coast National Baseball Card Show or take advantage of the free offerings of assorted workshops in STEAM, improvisational acting, drumming and more at Free Arts Day. More indoor fun can be had with marionettes at the Annual Puppet Festival or embrace the season with fun activities that at Hudson Valley Rail Trail WinterFest.

There's more! Be sure to check our January GoList and our Event Calendar to plan your entire weekend—and beyond!

Free and Cheap After-school Programs in Houston

Whether it's because you're working out of necessity or choice, or a busy schedule means the kids need care in the awkward hour(s) before and after school, finding a safe, reliable, and AFFORDABLE option can be difficult. The Harris County Department of Education has resources in its Center for Afterschool (CASE) including suggested providers for schools and organizations, and your local schools should have resources available to you as well. Read on for five options that are either free or inexpensive enough to not break the bank.

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