5 Family Presidential Activities for Presidents Day in LA

Unlike other holidays, Presidents Day is not a day replete with family rituals; if your family does have a tradition, it's more likely to be hunting for the snow chains before heading off skiing than anything presidential. If you are staying in town for the three-day weekend, though, why not find an activity that makes sense out of Presidents Day? After all, you're more likely to raise a president yourself if you keep your eye on the ball! Check out these five special Presidents Day activities for LA's little POTUS-in-training; and maybe someday your kiddo will add a third presidential museum to the LA landscape.

Drop-In Arts and Crafts: Great Winter Activities for New Jersey Kids

Like the idea of crafting with your kid but cringe at the thought of paint and glitter all over your house? Lucky for us, New Jersey is home to a variety of drop-in art studios that offer your spontaneous painter, potter, glassmaker, and jeweler the chance to get their craft on. The perfect destinations for a cold winter day, these craft-tastic spaces let you skip the mess at home while catering to your budding artist's creative impulses.  

Presidents Day Weekend Events for Long Island Kids

Head into Presidents Day weekend and start the school break off right. Let it go at the Engeman Theater to watch The Snow Queenbased on Disney's Frozen. Party at Planting Fields Arboretum and help it celebrate the 100th birthday of the Camellia House. Soak in nature on Presidents Day at workshops in Stony Brook, Smithtown, and Oyster Bay.

Planning ahead for the February school vacation week? Check out our guide to camps and workshops, or try these 30 Fun Things Happening on February Break.

For more activities to fill the weekend, pop over to our February GoList or Winter Fun Guide. And if you're keeping an eye on your wallet after the holidays, check out our list of 20 FREE Things to Do With Long Island Kids This Winter.

Of course, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily events for Long Island kids. Don't see a great event here? Add it to our calendar yourself

Wilderness Camp Exhibit Offers Woodsy Play in Brooklyn

Dreaming of summer camping with the family? While a winter campout strikes us as bit chilly, kids with the nature bug can check out an indoor camping-inspired art experience that just opened this winter at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum.

Wilderness Camp, the latest installation by Staten Island artist Tattfoo Tan, celebrates the natural world and sets kids on a discovery voyage, complete with camping gear like a flashlight and tents. Mini skills workshops like knot tying are also taking place with the exhibit.

Read on for our full review, and find more winter art in our NYC Museum Guide, including the just opened Hello from Japan!

Kid-Friendly Restaurants Close to the Franklin Institute

Visiting the Franklin Institute is a fun couple of hours and a great way to introduce the kids to the systems working in their bodies or cool science concepts. But at some point, everyone is going to get hungry. Instead of succombing to the cafeteria and the kid-staples of pizza and chicken nuggets, venture a few blocks outside of the museum to one of these kid-friendly restaurants. If you're planning on making a day of it, check out our post on places to try Thai rolled ice cream while you're in the city!

Presidents' Day Weekend Fun with Westchester Kids: Circus, Disney’s Choo-Choo Soul

If you’re staying in town for the three-day weekend, get ready for lots of local fun for families in Westchester!

First off, as we reported in our February GoList, the circus is in town! With the recent closing of both The Big Apple Circus and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, the performance by The Royal Hanneford Circus is that much more special. Another hot-ticket item is Disney’s Choo Choo Soul with Genevieve.

Presidents’ Day isn’t just a day off from school—it’s also a fun learning opportunity! Ways to celebrate in true form are Presidents Day Workshop, honoring Abe and George, or take advantage of the National Park Fee-Free Day with a visit to one of the Hyde Park-area attractions that honor FDR.

All month we’re recognizing Black History Month, and one way to celebrate is the Family Studio Art Projects, offering an informative hands-on program in the study of quilting.

Read on for our top weekend picks and check out our Event Calendar for even more great activities coming up. Sign up for our weekly newsletters so you're sure to receive our upcoming roundup of awesome things to do during the winter break! 

Take a Day Trip to Japan with New Children's Museum Exhibit

If a trip to Japan is just slightly over your budget, but you're still crazy—or curious—about Japanese culture, the newly reopened Hello from Japan! exhibit at the Children's Museum of Manhattan is a perfect, albeit petite, alternative. This exhibit—the third in the Upper West Side museum's Global Cultural Exhibition Series, following exhibitions on Ancient Greece and China, and preceding the ongoing Muslim culture exhibit—originally graced the museum in 2015 and has returned for another run, offering an immersive experience for NYC's youngest art and museum fans.

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