Not Your Run-of-the-Mill Mommy and Me Classes

Sometimes the hardest thing about parenting can be getting out of the house. Especially in the early years, that Mommy or Daddy and Me class might be the only outing you manage all day—even all week. It had better be good. If you're in search of a better reward for your packing and planning than another verse of The Wheels on the Bus, try bringing your SoCal babe to one of these oh-so-LA activities! From sensory conditioning to social justice, cellular rejuvenation to baby drum circle, you might just find your funky tribe amongst these diverse offerings.

Indoor Water Parks and Pools for New Jersey Families

Winter certainly has its charms: building snowmen, sledding, skating, and hot cocoa are wonderful, but by mid-January you and your family might be looking to warm up in a more tropical environment. While it might be nice to board a plane to a sunny island destination, it’s not always possible or cost-effective. Luckily, you can enjoy some summertime fun even in the coldest months at a multitude of indoor water parks and pools in and around New Jersey. All of these destinations can be reached in about three hours or less by car, give or take your starting address and traffic, of course. Go dig out your bathing suit from behind your coats and mittens, and get ready to take the plunge at one of these exciting parks!

Where to Donate Used Toys and Clothes in Philadelphia

The holidays are over, and now your house is overrun with new toys, old toys, and everything in between. If you are like me and you live in a Philadelphia row home, space is limited! So what do you do with all of this stuff? Donating used clothes, toys, and other goods can not only help clear the clutter, but can also do some real good for Philadelphia-area families. Donating can also be a great thing to do with your kids to help teach them some very valuable lessons about giving. If your kids are older, they can help you pick from this list of places that take gently used donations to serve a mission you care about.

See National Parks for Free in 2017 on These Free Entrance Days

A trip to one of our nation's incredible national parks may already be on your family travel to-do list for 2017. Whether it is or not, you may want to check out the just released FREE admission days at some of the country's largest parks. Courtesy of the National Park Service, the 10 FREE days all take place on easy-for-planning weekends, school breaks, and national holidays at select parks.

While many parks have free admission every day of the year, more than 100 of them, including some of the most popular destinations, charge $15 per person or more. Those waiving admission for these 10 holidays include some of those iconic, bucket list spots like the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, Yosemite, Acadia, Zion, Shenandoah, Glacier National Park, Olympic National Park, Harpers Ferry, Everglades National Park, and the Cape Cod Seashore. The freebies also extend to a few historical sites under the National Park Service's purview, like the New York home of celebrated American president Franklin D. Roosevelt and national historic parks like Morristown National Historic Park, the scene of an American Revolutionary War battle.

Mark your calendars as the first FREE admission day is coming up this month, Monday, January 19, Martin Luther King Day; and now, read on to find out the rest of the FREE days, and get a peek at some of the kid-friendly parks that are waiving admission. 

Drop-Off Camps for Westchester Kids on MLK Day

We’re hardly off the heels of our last school break when it’s time to plan for the next one. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is on Monday, January 16, 2017, and most schools will be closed. If you’re in need of childcare—or your kids are just flat-out sick of hanging around the house—there are a few options for mini-camps that day. Most of these camps require advance registration, so be sure to click through for the full details. 

Looking for more activities for MLK Day or the entire three-day weekend? Consult our Event Calendar or follow us on Facebook

Weekday Picks: Last Chance for Nutcracker and Cirque Returns, Jan. 9-13

OK, we all made it to the other side of the holidays; it's time to settle back into routines.

Luckily, "routine" here means there's still plenty of opportunities to go out to see and do things with the kids. Your less crowded calendar lets you get around to ongoing activities that include classic movie screeningsweekly storytimes, and myriad free museum days. There's still time to catch Rogue One at El Capitan and the Science Behind Pixar exhibit at the Science Center. And there are some last-chance events as well this week: Bob Baker's Nutcracker and Universal's From Coraline to Kubo: A Magical LAIKA Experience are both in their final days. There are even two kinds of circus in one day later in the week.

Read on for some of our favorites for the week, and you can always find more ideas through the Mommy Poppins Event Calendar, as well as our monthly picks in our GoList

Free Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: A Wintry Mix; Jan 9-13

Whether the weather outside is frightful or delightful, we've found a reason for each day of the week to get out of the house with the children. This week's top picks, which are all free and all indoors, include trying a new class, enjoying the oasis of the library, joining in a meaningful celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and solving winter-themed math puzzles.

It looks like the latter part of the week may bring warmer temperatures and some sunshine: perfect for a winter walk, ice skating, or even a trip to the park.

Have an enriching week, and remember to check our Event Calendar for more ideas each day.

Weekday Fun in NJ: Toddler Trek, Tot Tour, LEGO Challenge

Just because it’s January doesn’t mean the little ones need to be cooped up indoors. Winter nature programs are in the spotlight this week. Bundle up, and check out Toddler Trek: Tricky Tracks and Little Explorers Winter Nature Program. It’s also a great week for young LEGO fans. Morris Museum hosts a Winter Fun Tot Tour that includes its LEGO exhibit, while pre-teens and teens can try the LEGO League Challenge at Old Bridge Library.

Read on for our best children's events the week of January 9–13, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and January GoList for even more wintry events.

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