February GoList: The Best Things to Do in Westchester with Kids

Though February is prone to unsavory weather, the bright side is the many exciting family events happening in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. With celebrations of Valentine’s Day, Presidents’ Day, Black History Month, Mardi Gras and Chinese New Year, the fun is sure to chase away the chill!

Not all the events we’re highlighting this month fall under those themes. With the recent closing of The Big Apple Circus and Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus, the upcoming performance by the Royal Hanneford Circus takes on added significance. Two iconic events are Hudson River EagleFest, where visitors flock to glimpse the arrival of these majestic birds of prey, and Winter Hoot, a three-day feel-good extravaganza of live music, blacksmithing, square dancing, community jams and more. Several stage performances are specifically geared for kids, like Disney’s Choo-Choo Soul with Genevieve. Though the dead of winter, February comes to life with seasonal fun at Old-Fashioned Winter’s Afternoon.

This is just the tip of the iceberg! Read on for the full list of our top picks for February, and remember you'll find many more on our Event Calendar, and lots more on the way. You can rely on this resource when planning the week off from school—and all throughout February. Sign up for our newsletters to stay tuned!

February GoList: The Best Things to do with Long Island Kids this Month

It’s easy to overlook poor, little February. Blink and you might miss all 28 days.

On Long Island, however, we can pack plenty of fun into those four weeks. All we need is equal parts imagination and preparation.

With that in mind, we offer you our top picks for family entertainment during the month. We start with a Lunar New Year jubilee and a Super Bowl party and continue with Valentine’s Day and even some winter break suggestions. In between, you might want to catch a train show, or even go on a nature hike (yes, we have some outdoor fun planned).

Either way, celebrate the last full month of winter with our help. And don’t forget to check out our Long Island Events Calendar for even more exciting family options as they develop throughout the month.

NYC DJs and Venues for Rocking Kid Karaoke Birthday Parties

Karaoke parties are wildly popular for kids of all ages, so we’ve rounded up some of the best local DJs who host them, plus New York City venues where kids can belt the day away.

From tot sing-alongs to tween and teen rock-out sessions, it's a thrill to grab that mic and belt out the lyrics to favorite songs. Taking a family jam session to a full-blown karaoke bash can make for an extra special birthday party for your kid. Many DJs will bring the whole party to you, complete with microphones, song libraries, and even music games for the kids.

Read on for more details on the best karaoke DJs and party spots in NYC, and check out our Party Guide and Party Directory for more party-planning ideas.

Summer Camp Open Houses Begin in NYC

We may be mired in winter in New York City, but it's already time to think about summer camp for the kids. A number of the city's top camps host open houses over the next few weeks, and attending lets you preview summer offerings and familiarize yourself with new-to-you programs.

We've compiled more than two dozen upcoming open houses from our sponsors, including options for day and commuter camps, so you can stay warm while perusing the listings from your couch. There are hundreds of summer camps in Manhattan alone, but this list should get you started.

And whether you're looking for a preschooler-age camp, music camp, sleepaway camp, or even a FREE camp, remember to check out the Mommy Poppins Summer Camp Guide for more ideas in 2017.

Read on—and let the research begin.

February GoList: The Best Things To Do With Philly Kids

February brings the coldest part of winter, but the good news is, spring is right around the corner! This month we'll find out whether we're getting a few extra weeks of the cold, or if spring will be arriving sooner than expected on Groundhog Day. Whatever the weather, we've got plenty of great events happening this month. Whether you're looking for a way to educate your kids about Black History Month, celebrating Valentine's Day, Maple Sugaring, or just enjoying some quality time with your family, February has a lot of great events that Philly kids will love.

Don't forget, there are tons more great events listed in our event calendar every day. 

The Best Places for a Family-Friendly Breakfast or Brunch in Boston

Dining out with kids isn’t always a fun proposition, but breakfast or brunch can be a great time to go to a restaurant with the whole family. Kids tend to be less cranky earlier in the day, and morning menu offerings suit even picky palates. That’s fine with us, because we love breakfast—french toast! omelets! coffee!—best of all. 

13 Brooklyn Gym Party Spots for Kids

For preschoolers and young school-age kids, gym parties are an easy solution to the space limitations of the typical Brooklyn apartment. Young guests get to run, tumble, bounce, and jump around without having to worry about breaking anything or using their indoor voices, while you sit back, relax, and just watch. By the end, they're so tuckered out, even the sugar rush from the cake won't get them going again.

Here are 14 Brooklyn gyms that will make your kid's party extra special and allow guests to celebrate by burning off all their excess energy. Find even more birthday ideas in our Party Guide.

Indoor Play Spaces for Babies & Toddlers Around Houston

All moms of toddlers can probably agree that their mini humans are full of an overwhelming amount of extra energy. It's incredible to me (and, quite frankly, exhausting) to see just how fast my own toddler can run circles around the house no matter what time of a day it is. For this reason, we have a running list of favorite outdoor parks, playgrounds and splash pads to head to when his energy levels are at an all-time high and we need to get out of the house. But on those days when the weather isn't cooperating or we just need a change of scenery, we've started compiling a list of indoor play spaces that serve the same purpose. As an added bonus, many of these places also have areas for babies to "play" and learn, which is the perfect combination for my almost 3-year-old and almost 3-month-old.


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