Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Treasure Hunt, Electronic Board Game Tournament, January 9-10

After the wonderful but hectic rush of the holiday season, January can feel like a breath of fresh air. As we ease back into school and work schedules, it’s also a great time to enjoy some laid-back weekend activities together as a family. The cold air has finally arrived in New Jersey, so bundle up for the Family Photo Scavenger Hunt at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum, explore the outdoors during a Trail Treasure Hunt at Great Swamp or bring your binoculars for a Winter Waterfowl Walk at Liberty State Park. And for more January fun, check out the exciting Electronic Board Game Tournament, expose your little ones to art during Tots on Tour at Grounds for Sculpture or book tickets to see The Berenstain Bears Live: Family Matters. Whatever you decide to do this weekend, we hope you enjoy it with family and friends. For additional activity options, check out our Event Calendar.

Best of 2015: Philadelphia Area Parent Blogs We Love

We love that you love Mommy Poppins, with our constantly updating events calendar, Wee Work ideas, and mommy-approved outings and places to see. But let's face it, most people these days follow at least 10 blogs on the same topic. So we want to make sure you are getting the full inside scoop of parenting life in the Philadelphia Region by listing some great parenting blogs in the area!
 

20 Indoor Places Where NYC Kids Play for Free

Entertaining the kids during a long Northeast winter isn't easy—or cheap. Throw in an already cramped New York City apartment and a shortage of vitamin D and of course, everyone is eyeing the exit. Luckily, in NYC some of the best things in life are FREE (really).

If your kids are bouncing off the walls and your wallet is screaming for a break from shelling out for another movie, theater outing, museum or drop-in play space, we've got you covered. Check out our list of more than 20 FREE indoor destinations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and elsewhere in NYC for fun, games or just a much-needed change of scenery.

Where to Take Wonderful Wintertime Walks with Boston Kids

Boston winters can feel really long, especially when you and the kids have been cooped up inside too much. One of my favorite ways to shake off a case of cabin fever is to bundle up and head outside for a winter walk (another favorite is ice skating). Taking a stroll on the first snowy day is an annual tradition in my house—followed by a cup of hot cocoa, of course. We extend the winter walking season as long as we can, sometimes with the help of snow shoes, at these favorite winter walking destinations in the Boston area.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Events in NJ

 Martin Luther King, Jr., the chief spokesperson for the civil rights movement, is memorialized annually on the third Monday of January. This floating holiday has evolved into just more than a day off from school. Now deemed as a National Day of Service, MLK Day encourages volunteers across the country to donate their time to make a difference. This day reminds us of hope, compassion and the ongoing potential of social change.

School's Out Day Camps for Martin Luther King Jr Day in the Philly Area

While Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a National holiday, not all parents have the day off work. Fortunately, there are a number of one-day camps where kids can play, learn, create or explore the outdoors.

See our list of school's out camps below if you are looking for something fun for your children during the workday. Or, if you have the day off as well, check the Mommy Poppins calendar. We have listed many events for families throughout the Philadelphia area celebrating the contributions of Dr. King.

Best Broadway Shows for Kids and Families

Whether you're visiting NYC or live here year-round, seeing a Broadway show is a special family experience. Kids are sure to remember it vividly, and chances are parents won't forget the credit card bill. That's why it's so important to pick a Broadway production wisely, especially when bringing young children to their first performance.

While Disney juggernauts The Lion King and Aladdin are popular options, there are other kid-friendly choices that aren't as obvious. We've rounded up our 10 best Broadway musicals for families and organized them by age appropriateness. As a bonus, we've also got the scoop on how to save big bucks, including two-for-one tickets during the Broadway Week sale, which kicks off January 7.

Fly High at Staten Island's New Trampoline Park

Ready, set, bounce! New York has finally scored a kid-friendly trampoline park of its own. Fly High opened on Staten Island earlier this year with an indoor sports gym that offers wall-to-wall trampolines in a center area about the size of an official basketball court. Extra activities like a bungee slingshot and flying foam pit up the thrill for everyone.

We've reviewed a number of trampoline parks in New Jersey, WestchesterLong Island and Connecticut, but this suburban staple had yet to arrive in NYC, so we're excited to welcome Fly High as a dedicated family fun and fitness venue with birthday party packages and even court-side massage chairs for parents in need of a break.

Read on for our parent review of Fly High, including what to expect, what to wear, safety tips and more. Looking for more indoor gyms and play spaces for kids? Check our NYC Indoor Play Guide.

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