20 Things to Do with Baby This Winter in and around Philly

Winter with a baby can be difficult, especially because it's so easy to stay inside and hibernate. But getting out and about is healthy for moms and babies, whether it's to get a little exercise, take a class, enjoy an activity, or meet up with some other new moms. That's why we've compiled a great list of things you can do with a new baby in these cold winter months. 

25 Holiday Activities for Preschoolers in Westchester

The holidays are a special time for all children, but preschoolers carry an extra bit of magic with them this time of year. They’re young enough to believe the Santa in the mall is real (or that the creepy Elf is truly monitoring their every move). No matter what holiday you may celebrate, it’s a wonderful age to share family traditions—or begin new ones.  

We’ve rounded up 25 things you can do with your preschooler this holiday season, and the majority of them are FREE! Looking for more ideas? Consult our Event Calendar and follow us on Facebook

Best Holiday Shows for NYC Kids: Rudolph, Dickens, Charlie Brown

'Tis the season to get the gang all dressed up to see some holiday shows. While there are plenty of spectacles to splurge on beyond the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and all those Nutcrackers, if you've got young children you may not want to blow all of your bucks on theater tickets. 

That's why our roundup includes a range of productions, from inexpensive, low-key offerings perfect for fidgety preschoolers, to extravaganzas that are worth the investment. Bonus: We've got the scoop on how to save money to a few of the higher-priced offerings.

From live stage adaptations of holiday classics such as A Charlie Brown Christmas and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer to tot-friendly puppet shows and jaw-dropping circus skills, here are our top 14 holiday shows for NYC families.

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Acrobats, Holiday Lights, Supermoon

Before we turn our attention to turkeys and tree lightings, we still have time this weekend to enjoy some fabulous fall activities. Gaze at the impressive autumn supermoon over Sandy Hook, or stomp through drifts of colorful leaves at Liberty State Park before they're gone. For indoor fun, rock out with a family concert in Asbury Park, or pick up a paintbrush at Montclair Art Museum's new hands-on studio. Travel back in time for an early 19th century Thanksgiving at Allaire State Park, or—if you are ready for Christmas fun—check out the first twinkling holiday lights at Turtle Back Zoo or Skylands Stadium. For more November activities, visit our Events Calendar or check out our November GoList, and for last-minute Thanksgiving planning, check out these New Jersey catering options. 

New Children's Play and Art Space Arrives in Dumbo with Spark

The ever-changing Dumbo waterfront just gained a new kid-friendly tenant. Spark, the brand-new annex of the Brooklyn Children's Museum, opened in mid-October with drop-in play hours and educational programming for kids ages six months to 6 years. It's modest in size, with 1,850-square-feet spread out across one floor, but that intimate setting is particularly manageable for those with babies, toddlers, and preschoolers.

I visited the space on opening weekend with my 3-year-old. Read on for our full review of this new drop-in play spot in Brooklyn.

Breakfasts with Santa for Boston Kids

One of the quintessential holiday activities for kids is meeting Santa and telling him their Christmas wishes. Make this tradition even better this year when you and your family attend a breakfast or brunch with Santa. At these events, you’ll get to enjoy a delicious holiday meal, spend some extra time with Old Saint Nick, and participate in other seasonal activities. Bring your camera to capture all of the festive fun and make your reservation early, spots at these events go quick!

Houston Escape Rooms: A New Type of Family Fun

Escape rooms are the perfect way to mix up family nights out. A fairly new but popular entertainment concept, escape rooms bring out a person's inner Sherlock Holmes. Guests are locked in a room full of clues and codes and have one hour to solve the room's mystery and find a way out. Or else. Well, the door still opens after an hour (some rooms have a 90-minute time limit), but you may leave some pride behind.

Most rooms require guests to be at least 10-years-old, but double check with the facility before your visit. Most list age requirements online. Aside from protecting younger visitors from any "mature" or potentially scary content inside the rooms, it's more fun to play when your kids are at an age when can focus and fully participate in the escape. So, does your family have what it takes to make a great escape? Find out at one of the locales below...

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