Top Mommy & Me Classes in the DC Area

DC families know just how precious the time is when their kids are still little, and they want to make the most of it. It can be fun, then, to find age- and lifestage-appropriate activities that moms, dads, and caregivers can do with their babies, toddlers, and preschoolers that make these short years even more memorable. A bonus: Many of these "mommy & me" class offerings do more for families than meet the eye - from getting postpartum moms feeling strong and fit again to getting a headstart on foreign language learning and motor skill development to finding friends who are in the thick of parenting right alongside you.

No matter which class sounds interesting to you, your little ones will be thrilled just to be with you. Enjoy this time together because as the saying goes: The days are long, but the years are short!

Check out our list of great Mommy & Me classes in the DC area that will create lasting memories for you and your kiddos during these formative years.

Please Touch Museum Creative Arts Studio takes Creative Exploration to the Next Level

In late 2018, the Please Touch Museum opened its Creative Arts Studio, a new, permanent creative space dedicated to art making and exploration. The space provides a new avenue for children to gain access to quality art education, and promises to be a delightful new addition to your visiting experience at the museum, making this yet another wonderful space for your Philly kid to enjoy arts exploration. 

While the hours of the studio space are limited, we had a chance to check it out and give some of their art materials a test run.

21 Brooklyn Drop-In Play Spaces and Kiddie Gyms

Brooklyn can't be beat for indoor play spaces. While Manhattan and Queens have about a dozen drop-in indoor playgrounds apiece, Brooklyn boasts nearly twice that number, from the Brooklyn Children's Museum's Spark, to Busy Bodies in Clinton Hill and Fairytale Island in Bay Ridge.

While we've included a couple of the more mellow tot spots with crafts or storytelling, this best-of-Brooklyn list is focused on active play spaces, where toddlers, preschoolers, and even bigger kids can conquer multilevel mazes, swoosh down slides, climb up rock walls, or just turn around in circles until they fall down exhausted, ready for a nap.

Read on for the best drop-in indoor romper rooms for kids in Brooklyn. Find more play spots in our Indoor Family Fun Guide to Play Spaces.

Weekend Fun for Chicago Kids: Sled Dogs, Kids' Shows, Free Performances

This weekend's family fun in Chicago is worth braving the snow and chill for. Cold-conquering canines show how it's done with dogsled demos at Husky Heroes at Morton Arboretum (you can also shout Go, Dog, Go! at the show inspired by the classic kids' book). Meanwhile, heroes from the big screen—and the toy box—take the spotlight in Disney on Ice Presents Mickey's Search Party and Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live.

25 Boston-Area Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free

Letting a restaurant take care of family dinner is the dream—until the kids find "nothing good" on the menu, everyone is antsy before drinks are even served, and a fat check arrives anyway. Luckily, Boston and the surrounding 'burbs are home to some fantastic, family-oriented restaurants. Some feature play areas where children can get their energy out while you linger over your meal. Others, listed here, allow kids to eat for free. At these local eateries, children dine gratis on certain days or times, allowing you to enjoy family time without stressing about the bill. We know what you'll be making for dinner tonight: reservations.

Free and Cheap Summer Camps for NYC Kids

Summer camp can be especially stressful for your family's finances—while we want our children to have a fun, rewarding, and safe experience, we don't want to dig into our retirement fund to pay for it. Even if your family's swimming in money (and if you are, congrats), we all appreciate a good bargain.

Although there seem to be fewer FREE New York City summer camps than in years past, our list of inexpensive or cheaper camps for local kids is still substantial. Some wonderful New York City programs are subsidized by arts and education funding so that all children can experience the amazing resources of this city.

Read on for all the info on our picks for FREE and bargain summer camps for NYC kids. You can find even more summer options in our jam-packed Summer Camp Guide and search for programs by interest, age range, and location in our Camp Directory.

Sayville With Kids: Explore This Four-Seasons Destination in Suffolk

Nestled comfortably on the South Shore between Nassau and the East End, Sayville makes a great day trip any time of the year. Whether you're searching for something to do with littles younger than 5 or looking to entertain your teens, Sayville would seem to do it all. 

About 5 miles west of Patchogue, Sayville might be overlooked for the more popular central Suffolk destination. However, Sayville also has a booming downtown area full of restaurants and shops, as well as ferry service to central Fire Island. With delicious eateries, seasonal festivals, and play areas for kids, you can find something for every member of the family. 

Once you're done exploring all Sayville has to offer, check out one of Long Island's other great family-friendly communities, such as Port Washington, Glen Cove or Port Jefferson

Kid Film Festivals and Indie Movie Theaters in NYC

A visit to the movies is tempting in the cold of winter, but big-budget family film options can be lackluster. Why not rediscover the magic of the movies at a children's film festival?

City kids can sit back and enjoy the carefully curated lineup at the 2019 BAMkids Film Festival and New York International Children's Film Festival. These showcase international and offbeat shorts and features. You'll also find cool classics every Sunday at Film Forum Jr., as well as a mix of indie and classics at BAM with its BAMkids movie matinee series. Each offers dozens of picks for preschoolers up to tweens. Plus, ticket prices can be less costly—most are less than $15 per person.

Read on for details on these festivals, plus a special discount just for Mommy Poppins readers on this year's New York International Children's Film Festival. 

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