Weekday Picks for LI Kids: Arcade Age, Pirates, Animal Show, January 11-15

This week, kids can play old school video games at The Arcade Age, check out a pirate-themed show or learn about a variety of animals--and that's just a few of the fun things happening this week. For more, check out our Long Island events calendar. You can also get the best events of the week sent directly to your inbox each week if you sign up for our newsletter.

Weekday Fun: A Free Kid Event Every Day This Week

For those parents whose wallets are screaming for mercy after last month's holiday spending, our highlights for this week are all FREE to attend! A few top picks below include a live concert with PBS stars and preschooler favorites Monkey Monkey Music, more music from kindie mainstays Presley and Melody and a comedy writing class with the Story Pirates for the older kids. More free fun can be found during various free or pay-what-you-wish hours at NYC museums, zoos and gardens and these 20 indoor spots.

Pre-planners take notice: School is closed, Monday, January 18 for Martin Luther King, Jr., Day (and Lunar New Year isn't far behind). Our post on NYC mini-camps can help you find an enriching experience. Plus, mark your calendars now, preschool fave from across the pond, Peppa Pig, will be in NYC this spring!

As always, more family activities can be found in our Event Calendar.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Electric Playdough, Silly Science, Monty Python, Jan. 11-15

An eclectic assortment of fun awaits Westchester families this week, with offerings for all tastes!

Get Silly with Science or give your kids a rigorous Math Workout. Think you’ve outgrown playing with clay? Think again at Electric Playdough.

These are just a flavor of what’s in store, so read on for more and continue to our Event Calendar for riveting programs every day of the week. Planning ahead? Our January GoList offers highlights for the remainder of the month!

Little League Baseball, Softball and T-Ball for New York City Kids

The Yankees and the Mets aren’t the only ones stepping up to the plate this spring. Thousands of kids across the city are eagerly dusting off their cleats in anticipation of Little League season.

Joining a Little League team (or any other youth baseball organization) is great fun for the entire family. Moms and dads volunteer to help manage the leagues, coach the teams, run the concession stands and maintain the grounds. Since most leagues are non-profits, registration fees are relatively affordable. Most cost less than $200 for the entire season, and that includes nifty uniforms. If that's still out of your range, some leagues offer financial assistance.

Many leagues have strict geographic boundaries. Normally kids need to register based on their home address and proof is required, but some leagues open play to children who attend schools in their designated zone. The spring season generally runs from April through June, but registration is happening now.

Find out how to join a T-Ball, baseball or softball team in New York City this spring. If your kids would prefer to cheer from the sidelines rather than get in the game, we've got the scoop on some great Little League opening day bashes, too.

Weekday Picks: Ice Fishing, Disney on Ice, and South America, January 11 - 15

If you are looking for some fun events to take the kids to this week we've got you covered.  Spend hours checking out the 500 Star Wars mini-figs at the Lego Exhibit. Disney On Ice and Cinderella are both in town and you can even take the kids to learn how to ice fish! For more fun things to do, check out our frequently updated Event Calendar for all sorts of fun. 

Ways to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. With Boston Kids

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a day off from school, when families can explore the life, legacy and lessons of the iconic civil rights leader. Monday is also a day on, a day of service when kids and adults are encouraged to help out in their communities and find ways to show kindness to others.

Boston offers families numerous ways to commemorate Dr. King’s legacy throughout the holiday weekend:

Indoor Ice Skating Rinks in New York City for Every Season

As much as we love ice skating outside, sometimes it's just too cold, hot or rainy for New York City's seasonal outdoor rinks. Indoor alternatives let NYC kids skate year-round. Some in-the-know parents with young skate enthusiasts tell me they prefer indoor rinks because the quality of the ice is better, making for a smoother glide, which is especially helpful for newbies.

Here are six NYC indoor ice skating rinks to check out whether your kid is just starting out or even practicing their hockey or figure skating moves. Many offer birthday party options, skating lessons and rentals and most are open in summer if you ever need to cool down.

Horseback Riding Lessons and Camps in Hartford County

Before we know it, another school year will end, and children and parents alike will seek activities to fill their summer days. The Hartford area is home to many attractions, playgrounds, and museums, but sometimes, none of those will quench a child’s thirst like a gallop on a horse. Yes, a horse! Fortunately, just like in Fairfield County, there are plenty of Hartford County farms and stables that cater specifically to young riders, offering lessons for all skill levels and also summer riding camps.

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