A Playground in a Movie Theater? For Real? For SoCal!

Cinépolis, the Latin American movie theater chain, debuts one of its most family-friendly features in Southern California this weekend—but when we say feature, we're not talking movies. The cinema giant has had big success with its innovative movie theater playgrounds for antsy kids south of the border, and two of its US locations are poised to let local kids give it a try. Thinking of seeing Beauty and the Beast this weekend? Why not see it where little ones can romp if the action feels slow, scary, or otherwise less appealing than a giant slide?

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: WHUD Kids' Fair, Parades, Family Shows

With the snowstorm behind us, this weekend is a great time to combat cabin fever and enjoy any of the many activities this weekend for Westchester and Hudson Valley families.

Though St. Patty’s Day is officially March 17, it isn’t time to pack up your “Kiss Me I’m Irish” garb yet! The fun continues at one several St. Patrick’s Day parades on tap this weekend, including the Annual Yonkers St. Patrick's Day Parade, for which Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, will serve as grand marshal. (Can’t wait till Saturday? There’s assorted other Gaelic fun all week long at the St. Patrick’s Day fun we’ve rounded up for you.)

The Irish aren’t the only ones hosting events this weekend; Francophiles are offering the Festinema Junior: A French Film Festival for Children, which is FREE to attend. Live entertainment is also on tap with Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat and a contemporary production of Romeo and Juliet. The Annual WHUD Kids Fair returns for more assorted kid fun. 

Believe it or not, there’s more in store! Read on for even more fun events this weekend, then click through to our Event Calendar for even more to choose from, both this weekend and beyond.

Weekend Fun: Peter Pan, St. Patrick's, Nowruz, Kid Concerts

NYC kids won't be bored this weekend; not with Brooklyn Comic Con, St. Patrick's parades and fun, and rainstick-making workshops—all FREE. This weekend also includes festivities related to Nowruz, the Persian New Year (see our full roundup of Persian New Year events).

One of our March GoList picks, the Tilt Kids Festival, remains in full swing with FREE philosophical discussions for kids and a wild version of Snow White set in 1989 Berlin. It's also a weekend for dancing: Brookfield gets the under-five set moving with Mikey and Marc, and the Rock and Roll Playhouse introduces kids to Prince with a live band.

Women's History Month events continue with the New-York Historical Society's tribute to women who fought in the Civil War, complete with reenactors. If you haven't, make sure to catch the new Wall Street statue, Fearless Girl, before it's removed in early April (rumors swirl it could remain longer, or for less time). Kids mimicking the statue's pose during photos might get a full cheer from gathered crowds.

In the meantime, our March GoList remains at your service, as do our Event Calendar and our Winter Guide (it's not over yet!). Stay warm at these FREE indoor play spots, or even an NYC atrium or garden.

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Easter Physics, Puppets, Magic Show

Wind down winter with some nature explorations. Create a suncatcher at Caleb Smith State Park Preserve or learn how to chase a leprechaun's rainbow at Jones Beach. See what feathered friends begin their migration at a family-friendly Fire Island bird walk.

March to the beat of the pipes and drums at the Glen Cove St. Patrick's Day Parade Or hop on over to the Children's Museum of the East End for a physics-related Easter activity—the annual Egg Drop Challenge.

For more activities to fill the weekend, pop over to our March GoList or Winter Fun Guide. And if you're keeping an eye on your wallet, check out our list of 20 FREE Things to Do 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 here? Add it to our calendar yourself

Glitter & Glam Opens a Spa Just for Kids in Paramus, New Jersey

Got a little prince or princess in need of some pampering? Glitter & Glam, a kids' salon that opened in the Paramus Park mall late last year, serves up a posh but affordable splurge for New Jersey families.

The new kids’ spa offers manicures and pedicures, hair styling, makeup (or face painting), facials for tweens, and of course, birthday party packages. The interior is all glammed up in princess pink, with touches of tulle and glitter everywhere.

10 Birthday Cake Bakeries in NYC with Stunning Designs for Kids

Looking for a kids’ birthday cake takes the cake, doesn't it? Call off the search, because we’ve scoured the five boroughs to find the most mind-blowing confections that pair perfectly with that awesome party spot you found.

Whether you want a twist on a classic treat, gluten-free goodies, or a sculpted replica of your child's favorite character, there's something for everyone in this delicious roundup of New York City bakeries and studios.

Book-Lover Crawl: 10 Ways Westchester Families can Celebrate Reading

New York City might get all the credit for the best and biggest bookstores, libraries, literary events, and authors, but Westchester is also full of great places to visit and things to do for those who love all things literary. So put your book down for just a minute and check out these 10 family-friendly ideas for book lovers.

Have a budding writer in the family? Check out our list of creative writing classes for Westchester kids.Or sign up for our newsletters to receive more suggestions right in your inbox.

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