Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Disney on Ice, Pinkalicious, MLK Day

We honor Martin Luther King, Jr. with a federal holiday on Monday, and that means school will be closed. If you're trying to figure out how to spend the long weekend, you've got plenty of options, whether you want to take in a performance featuring ice skating princesses, take part in a celebration of Dr. King, or pretty much anything in between. You can have breakfast with the animals at Jenkinson's Aquarium and learn all about the Fire Department Museum in Hoboken; you can cure cabin fever with outdoor options that include a maple sugaring demonstration and an MLK Day of Service opportunity for teens at Reeves-Reed Arboretum. If you'd rather stay warm and toasty, check out one of NJ's many indoor play spaces and fun zones. Still looking? Find more fun things to do in our Calendar of Events and January GoList

22 Brooklyn Drop-In Play Spaces and Kiddie Gyms

Brooklyn can't be beat for indoor play spaces. While Manhattan and Queens have about a dozen drop-in indoor playgrounds apiece, Brooklyn boasts nearly twice that number, and 2016 brought a slew of exciting newcomers to the scene, from the Brooklyn Children's Museum's outpost, Spark, to Busy Bodies in Clinton Hill, Curiosity on Court, and more.

While we've included a couple of the more mellow tot spots with crafts or storytelling, this best of Brooklyn list is focused on active play spaces, where toddlers, preschoolers, and even bigger kids can conquer multilevel mazes, swoosh down slides, climb up rock walls or just turn around in circles until they fall down exhausted, ready for a nap.

Read on for nearly two dozen drop-in indoor romper rooms for kids in Brooklyn. Find play spots in our Indoor Family Fun Guide.

25 Things To Do on an MLK Weekend Staycation in Boston

With winter break just behind us and February break coming up next month, you may be sticking close to home for the long weekend associated with Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 16. But just because you aren’t traveling doesn’t mean your long weekend can’t feel like a vacation. We've rounded up 25 family-friendly activities that are sure to make your Boston staycation extra fun. And if you’re looking for MLK Day-specific events, check out our post on what's happening around the city.

Bowling Alleys for Kids in Nassau County, Long Island

Visiting a local play space or children's museum is a surefire bet for cooped-up winter days, but if you want to get all ages in on the action (parents, too), bowling is hard to beat. The great boredom-buster is loads of fun and no experience is necessary.

Long Island is loaded with family-friendly lanes, some that offer bumper lanes, lighter balls for little hands, arcades, and family and teen nights. We've rounded up bowling alleys in Suffolk County, and now we're putting together a list of those in Nassau County. One of the best things about bowling? It's often open on holidays when other fun and sport zones are closed like Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Ballet Classes for NYC Kids Across the Five Boroughs

New York City kids are lucky to live in a city so infused with the arts and even luckier to have so many class options to help them explore their creative side. Ballet is a popular dance option for kids of all ages, and NYC is teeming with top-notch ballet schools. From tots to teens, we've rounded up top picks for ballet classes citywide—nearly two dozen of them!

Remember, though, this is just a sampling of ballet lessons in the city. Find more in our Classes Directory.

20 Things to Do with Westchester Preschoolers this Winter

Cold temperatures and snow on the ground doesn’t mean you have to spend the next few months stuck at home (and, let's face it, who would want to?). We’ve rounded up some of our favorite events and things to do with preschoolers in Westchester and the Hudson Valley this winter.  

Looking for more ideas? Check out our always-populated Event Calendar and sign up for our newsletters!

Postpartum Support Resources for New Moms in Philly

Congratulations! You're in the homestretch. Baby is almost here and you're making all the final preparations before becoming a new parent (or becoming one all over again)! The bag is packed, the car seat is loaded in the car, the nursery is all set. It feels like you've checked everything off your list, but you probably haven't. Most new moms (and dads) get so excited to welcome their new little one, they don't take much time to think about what happens after baby gets here. Life will be incredibly different when your new bundle does finally arrive- take the time now to think about yourself before lack of sleep and baby brain truly take over.

At Mommy Poppins, our goal is to make parenting easier for you. So, check out this list of postpartum services in the area. Whether you decide to opt for a postpartum doula, you end up needing breastfeeding support, or you're looking for a local parenting group, we've got it all right here for you.

Ringing in the Lunar New Year in Houston

With Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Eve solidly behind us, it may seem like the holiday season has finally come to a close, but the festivities haven't ended quite yet. In fact, it's almost time to ring in another New Year - the Lunar New Year - which is one of the biggest celebrations in Asian culture. This year is all about welcoming the Year of the Fire Rooster, and Houston is gearing up to celebrate it big. So gather up the family and check out one - or more! - of these Lunar New Year events; it's going to be a cultural celebration you don't want to miss.

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