Weekday Fun: Comic Book Fest, Free Sports, Tot Party

This week, keep kids active and outdoors with organized—and gratiswinter games in Battery Park or get creative with a music engineering workshop at the Microsoft Store. Comic book fans, listen up! Friday kicks off the Fifth Annual Black Comic Book Festival at the Schomburg Center in Harlem; and for more Harlem storytelling fun, take little ones to Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling for Topsy Turvy Thursdays, a fun interactive storytelling presentation.

If this weekend's snowfall has you wanting more, be sure to check out our Skiing, Snowboarding, and Snow Sports Guide for great kid-friendly spots to enjoy winter sports. Or for a more low-key outing, head to one of NYC's outdoor ice skating rinks, then warm up with a comforting cup of delicious hot cocoa.

Our best weekday bets are below. As always, be sure to peruse our daily Event Calendar and out January GoList, featuring the top family-friendly events happening all month long!

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Arts, Animals, Cirque Eloize January 9-13

Now that the holidays and winter break are a distant memory, Philly families can refocus on getting children back to a predictable routine. Thankfully, our events calendar has many opportunities to help keep your children on schedule and engaged with a variety of artistic, educational, and unusual activities this week.

Children can tap into their creative side with a visit to Monkey Fish Toys in Exton or West Chester, Delaware Art Museum's Sketch It! program, or the Barnes Foundation's Artime Storytime. Learn about animals on the farm at Springton House Manor. Finish the week with a special splurge to Cirque Eloize at the Merriam Theater.

Prepare for wintertime fun by reading our recent skiing, sledding, and snowtubing posts in case we get a little white stuff on the ground sometime this season. Until then, keep reading for the excitement that awaits this week!

Carlsbad: 25 Things To Do with Kids (other than Legoland)

Legoland? Who said anything about Legoland? Carlsbad may appear at first glance to be a one-trick town, but there are at least 25 reasons for this Southern California excursion, without ever using the word LEGO. The beach community's mild year-round temps, pristine beaches, and slow, laid-back approach to living offer families much more than just a famous amusement park.

Worth It? Family Memberships in NYC to Consider for Winter

After visiting NYC's top play spaces, museums, and other fun zones, we've rounded up the various membership deals at 18 kid-centric destinations. These places will keep your kids entertained, active, and out of the cold. Some even offer short-term memberships, so you only have to pay until spring arrives.

In the dead of winter, it can be daunting to schlep somewhere new every weekend, so a membership to one (or two) of your favorite kid play spots makes sense. We've already done the math so you'll know exactly how many visits it takes until these investments pay off—and whether or not the "deal" works for your family.

Need more ideas? Check out our ultimate Winter Fun List, featuring 50 cool (make that warm!) things to do indoors with kids throughout the freezin' season.

Our First Annual 2017 Philly GoList: What To Do in 2017 with Philly Kids

This list serves as your must-do activities for the whole year. Find out where to take Philly kids for adventures, shows, learning activities, and more. We've picked out the best activities for you and your family. Whether you prefer low-key family fun, indoors or outdoors activities, or seeing the latest exhibits, we've got you covered. We'll update this list throughout the year with all the latest reviews and updated info. You might want to bookmark this one; you know you're going to want it later!

10 Fun Free Family Activities in Fairfield County

What is your favorite admission price to pay? FREE, of course! During the colder months, indoor activities with the kids are a necessity.  But it's not just cabin fever we need a break from! It's those hefty admission fees! So when you are hankering for something to do with the kiddos on the cheap, pack a snack and enjoy one of these great, free activities in Fairfield County. Or check out our Fairfield Guide for more suggestions to get out and enjoy your neighborhood.

19 Summer Internships for New York City Teens

Having just gone through the college application process with my oldest son, I am more aware than ever that schools aren't just looking for good grades, great SAT scores, an outstanding essay, and a list of after-school activities, they also want to see some hands-on, real-world experience, preferably with a leadership component. That's where a summer internship can make your average, high-achieving, New York City teen really stand out from the rest of the equally high-achieving pack. 

Fortunately, because not all kids have the same interests, NYC summer internships come in a variety of flavors, paid and unpaid, regular and intermittent, educational and creative, with some also offering school and volunteer credit. The main thing summer internships in NYC tend to have in common is that the due dates to apply are usually before most teens have started thinking about their summer—or their college—plans.

To make sure your teens don’t miss out on any opportunities (and you don’t end up with an angsty child-shaped sloth on your couch for three months), check out our roundup on great internships and summer programs for teens in NYC—ranked in order of application deadlines.

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