Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: The Revels, a Labyrinth, and a Rabbit, Dec 17-18

Like many parents, mine loved taking us kids to special seasonal performances around the holidays. From The Christmas Revels to The Nutcracker, it was something we looked forward to doing every year as a family. This weekend has many opportunities for families start their own traditions taking in a festive performance or two. For a new take on a traditional show, there is the Urban Nutcracker, which combines ballet with several other types of dance and fuses the classical score with jazz. A Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O'Donovan (based on the popular WGBH radio program) is happening at locations in Boston, Worcester, New Bedford, Providence, and Rockport. The annual production of The Velveteen Rabbit will also be having its final performances of the season this weekend. Hanukkah Cantata - A Light Through the Ages features the Zamir Chorale of Boston and a dramatic candlelit ceremony (plus this show is free!).

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Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Nutcrackers, Ugly Sweaters, Latkepalooza December 17-18

Philly kids may be hoping to receive the latest gaming device, or the most coveted doll this holiday season. Instead, consider giving children the gift of experiences by attending one of the many festive and fun activities in our events calendar.

Burn off some anticipated holiday calories by signing up for Philadelphia's Ugly Sweater Run in Fairmount Park. See a nutcracker production at Plymouth/Whitemarsh High School, The Merriam Theater, or Mandell Theater at Drexel University. Dress up for a Children's Holiday Tea at The Radnor Hotel or sip cocoa at The Doubletree Hotel's Tea with the Sugar Plum Fairy before seeing George Balanchine's The Nutcracker at The Academy of Music. Hop aboard a special train ride to see Santa at Colebrookdale Railroad, West Chester Railroad, or New Hope & Ivyland Railroad. Conclude the weekend by driving around in the car with travel mugs filled with hot chocolate to see both neighborhood and professional holiday lights.

For now, keep reading for this weekend's top picks to make some magical memories. Creating memories is a great gift to give but a better one to receive.

Do you have a favorite go-to spot, play space, or family-friendly service that makes your job as a Philly parent easier? If so, nominate your Besties for our Philly Bestie Award! Starting in January, fans can vote for your favorites and win awesome prizes.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Frost Fest, Night Markets, Christmas Under The Big Top, Dec 16-18

Christmas and Hanukkah are almost here! That means you have about a week to complete everything on your holiday bucket list, so let us help you with that! Here is a list of places to take a photo with Santa as well as places to enjoy a meal or just hot cocoa and cookies with St. Nick. Are you still looking to donate all those clothes or toys your kids are done playing with from last year? There is still time! We have a list of holiday toy drives in Houston that are awaiting your generous donations. For something to do during winter break with the kids consider scheduling a holiday gift-making workshop.

If you are staying in town for the holidays, or maybe you have a ton of family coming to visit, here are some great things to do with everyone on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  Also, check out our list of holiday performances all over town. Maybe you don't want to cook for everyone and would rather have someone else do the heavy lifting? This list of restaurants open on Christmas Day is what you need to read.

Be sure to check out our holiday guide for the best things to do this season as well as our recommendations for the best things to do as a family in December. Remember to sign up for our weekly newsletter to read about fun things to do each weekend in Houston. Here's the event lineup for Houston this weekend:

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Colonial Nutcracker, Hanukkah Party

The holidays are closing in, and Westchester and Hudson Valley families are scrambling to soak up all the fun! This weekend, the festivities are ratcheted up, so put on your jingle bells, light those lights and don’t miss these highlights!

Adding to the various iterations this month of the Tchaikovsky classic, this weekend showcases The Westchester Ballet Company Presents The Nutcracker and The Colonial Nutcracker. Additional options for holiday entertainment include The Laurie Berkner Band's Holiday Celebration. Among the Hanukkah celebrations that are kicking off, the Family Chanukah Party stands out as worth a visit. And all ages can enjoy assorted seasonal activities at Holiday Family Crafts.

Read on for just a few of the many happenings we’ve culled from our Event Calendar, and also view the many options in our Holiday Fun Guide we’ve worked hard to identify for you. Enjoy it all!

Weekend Fun: Unsilent Night, Latkepalooza, A Christmas Carol

With Christmas and Hanukkah only one week away, NYC family fun goes into overdrive this weekend. The idea box overflows: build with Legos at a Brick Fest Live pop-up in downtown Brooklyn (read our review here), snap a FREE photo with Santa in Bryant Park (follow our guide to other Santa photo ops), or take a break from the flurry and head to the woods to help researchers count birds in Prospect Park. Catch the newly roving "Our City" exhibit from the Brooklyn Children's Museum in Sunset Park, and December GoList pick Unsilent Night, an outdoor musical throwback parade filled with holiday tunes.

The First Noel is playing in Harlem, The Nutcracker in Brooklyn, and A Christmas Carol at the Queens Theatre. Hanukkah events kick in to high gear with the Chanukah Festival at 92Y and Latkepalooza! 

Looking for a local escape from winter wonderlands? Consider these inexpensive weekend getaways for families, or these 10 quick day trips to local romping spots. If your wallet needs a break from all the holiday spending, check out these flash sales on kid destinations, including Sahara Sam's indoor water park and the Rockettes.

Find more seasonal fun in our Holiday and Christmas Guide for Families, and of course our daily Event Calendar.

Weekend Fun: Holiday Train Rides, Horse-Drawn Carriages, and Outdoor Ice Skating, Dec. 17-18

As you do your last-minute shopping this week, you can make sure everyone is still on the Good List and say hello to Santa at many locations, including in StamfordDanbury and Bristol. Our top suggestions for fun this weekend are listed below. Speaking of lists, get ready to start nominating your favorite local fun spots for the Mommy Poppins Besties. Help your favorite family-friendly businesses by nominating them for a Connecticut Bestie Award. More details to come. While you are at it, make sure you subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest so that you won't miss any of the fun! As always, our event calendar is updated daily with the latest activities. Enjoy!

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Santa Brunch, Ice Show, Hanukkah

Celebrate this December weekend with the Holiday Classic Ice Showa Winter Wonderland Party, or the Whaling Center's Yankee Whaler Holiday Party for throwback fun. Shake a tail feather with Joanie Leeds and the Nightlights at the Long Island Children's Museum, or head out for some children's theater like Mary PoppinsMadagascar, and these pretty Nutcrackers.

There are also holiday light shows and local homes lit up with holiday cheer, inflatables, and synchronized Christmas tunes. There's still time to visit a LI tree farm to cut down your own Christmas tree, and you can catch Santa at breakfasts all over Long Island or at these photo-op spots. Kids can also enjoy the kickoff of Hanukkah fetes and crafts this weekend.

Wallet feeling the pinch from all that holiday fun (and gift giving)? Check out these deals for hot kid destinations and services like the Rockettes and Sahara Sam's indoor water park. Warning: Many expire soon!

For the most fun per square inch, check the Mommy Poppins December GoList and Holiday Fun Guide. And don't forget to book those Christmas Eve and day feasts at these family-friendly Long Island restaurants!

Play Spaces with Drop-In Hours for Central New Jersey Kids

You don't need a beautiful spring day to go to the playground. Chilly and rainy days are perfect for visiting an indoor playgound. Central Jersey is home to lots of them, whether the focus is bouncy rooms, arcades, rock walls, or imaginative play. From tots to teens, cabin fever is no longer a danger with these fun play spaces.

Note that many facilities are socks-only, have height requirements, or require waivers. Check with each facility about their rules and schedules for open play.


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