Weekend Fun: Phish for Kids, Comedy, Acrobats, Frosty Sundays

The holidays may be over, but kid-friendly fun is always on tap in New York City. This weekend, new theater shows are firing up, beginning with the Big Just Kidding Weekend at Symphony Space and the premiere of Oh Boy! at the New Victory Theater. Remind your kids how cool you still are by taking them to Billy Kelly's Family Comedy Show, or the kid-friendly celebration of Phish, with Uncle Ebenezer.

There’s also no lack of energy-expending outdoor activities, like the Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Frosty First Sundays and a celebration of snow at the Alley Pond Environmental Center—even if no flakes are falling! Hankering for bunny slopes? Snow tubing and skiing fun abounds close to NYC.

New year, new class? Check out our Classes Guide and NYC Directory to find a new after-school or other enrichment program near you. Feeling blue about the dipping temperatures, get the scoop on Manhattan's best kid play spaces and gyms, the hottest kid destinations of 2016, or other indoor fun zones around the city.

Our top weekend picks are below. For more fun outings, be sure to peruse our Event Calendar with citywide happenings each and every day. Plus, be sure to check out our January GoList to help you plan a full month of fun. 

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Winter Wonders Day, Musicals

If you feel the need to chill out after the rush of the holiday hullaballoo, January is a great time for turning down the excitement a notch—but there’s still no shortage of fun for Westchester and Hudson Valley families!

The coming weekend is prime time to partake in a winter nature program or to see a musical. Bring your binoculars to Family Nature Walk and observe the birds that didn’t fly south for the winter, or learn to identify animal tracks and play sleuth to learn what they reveal at Animal Tracks and Traces. Winter Wonders Day takes place along the Hudson River so participants can learn about the life that inhabits it and enjoy related activities. There’s still a trace of holiday festivities ahead, and the Candlelight Tour offers a subdued way to savor the season, or catch a live performance of the family classic You're a Good Man, Charlie Brownjust one of several you’ll find in our top picks below.

Read on for all this and more, then head to our Event Calendar and our newly published January GoList to plan ahead!

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Eagles, Whales, and LEGOs, January 7-8

I have to confess that my household is struggling a bit in the first week back to reality: We've forgotten our school and routines and are trying to find our groove. I'm looking forward to a weekend of downtime and plenty of fun, perhaps with a little ice skating or eagle watching or maybe event a little yoga (serenity now!). 

It is a wonderful weekend to explore the Stamford Museum and Nature Center. LEGO and super hero fans alike will be thrilled to see the Billion Bricks: LEGO Super Heroes in Gotham exhibit, as well as special planetarium show on Sunday and, weather permitting, a visit to the animals on Heckscher Farm. If your interests are more inclined to marine life, check out the Celebrate Whales exhibit at the Maritime Aquarium where you can walk through a 43-foot long inflatable humpback whale.

To keep up with the latest family-friendly fun, check our January Go List, our round up of our favorite activities for the month, and be sure to sign up for our newsletters, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Stay warm out there!

Basketball Classes and Lessons for NYC Kids

Baseball may be our national pastime, but drop by any of NYC's parks and it seems like basketball is our local favorite.

In New York City, there are many basketball programs that teach kids the basics in friendly, non-competitive environments. They differ from basketball leagues, which assume players are ready for full-on competition. With these intro-to-basketball classes, kids learn the rules and fundamentals, and work up to one-on-one or small-team play.

Here are 16 basketball programs for kids in NYC, along with info on where to find one-off FREE clinics. You can find more posts about kids' sports classes in our Classes Guide and Directory of Class Listings

Hockey Lessons for Kids in Fairfield County

I think a backyard ice hockey rink sounds like something straight out of a Rockwell painting (well, maybe not the hockey part, but humor me here).  Snow falling, a stand of trees in the background, the unmistakable scraping sound of metal on ice.  Whoops. How idyllic is this gonna be if my boys have no clue how to skate, much less handle a stick?!   Being that this is the Northeast, there are a good many rinks in Fairfield County where your little boys and girls can learn the game (while you hone your bleacher warming skills). For more winter fun, check out our Winter Fun Guide.

Philly Family Fun Spots that aren't Boring for Parents

As a parent, it can be tough trying to please the kids without being completely bored out of your mind. Playspaces and storytimes are great for the little ones, but for adults, they can get old fast. And, let's be honest, the kids don't exactly love going to the mall or checking out the latest trendy restaurant or bar. So, what can you do to keep everyone happy and entertained? Luckily, there are some awesome spots around Philadelphia and the surrounding area that are perfect for the kids, but also not a snooze fest for parents. 

Park Slope Summer Day Camps for Brooklyn Kids

As one of the most kid-friendly neighborhoods in New York City, Park Slope has no shortage of summer day camps. Whether your kids are into art or theater, nature or sports, crafts or music—or a little bit of everything—there's sure to be a program to keep them busy and happy all summer long.

But don't wait till spring is here to start looking. Winter is the time to start planning your kids' summer, as programs often fill up quickly. For more summer camp options outside of Park Slope, be sure to consult our Summer Camp Guide for NYC Kids and complete listings. If you're looking for affordable (and even FREE) ways to keep your kids busy, peruse our roundups of Free and Cheap Summer Camps and Free Summer Sports and Outdoor Programs.

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