Weekday Picks for CT Kids: Birds, Art, and a Night Out January 2-6, 2017

Happy New Year! I'm not much for resolutions, but every year I promise myself to spend more time being present and engaged with my children. This year, as my oldest works through his first year of middle school, time seems especially short, and I'm on the hunt for activities that we can enjoy together that don't involve Minecraft, YouTube, or bottle flipping. Happily, there's a lot going on across the state this week, including a birds of prey demo, an open art studio, and even a great drop off activity that will give you a night off

Check out our January Go List for our recommendations for don't miss events across the state this month (act soon if you want to score tickets for Disney on Ice in Bridgeport or Hartford). For even more suggestions take a peek at our frequently updated Event Calendar. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest so you don't miss a thing!

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Teen Take-Over, Toy Making

Happy new year! As we return from the holidays to our usual routines, so do the types of events on tap for Westchester families.

A couple highlights this week offer an added perk of altruistic benefit along with entertainment, such as Make Toys for Homeless Cats. Another animal-related activity is the presentation of the conscience-raising documentary SeasonsFor sheer fun, teens get a special opportunity to rule the roost at Teen Lock-In After-Hours Party.

Regardless, we understand the need to keep the kids occupied and have compiled our top picks below. If one of your new year’s resolutions is to plan ahead and identify more enriching opportunities for your kids, look no further than our January GoList and our Event Calendar!

10 Summer Music Day Camps for NYC Kids

Whether your child is drawn to Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, or Mozart, is an accomplished musician or just getting started, summer camp is a great way to explore the craft while having loads of fun and making new friends. We've lined up 10 of our favorite music day camps for New York City kids with an eye toward striking a good balance between theory, practice, musical styles, and ability levels. A few of our picks offer multiple programs divided by age, others split things up by experience level and one even takes campers on a daily visit to a popular indoor climbing facility—sometimes even accomplished musicians need to work out the wiggles.

Don't forget to browse our Summer Camp Guide for additional options or use our Camp Directory to search for programs by interest, age, and location. It's also worth noting that many camps offer financial aid, as well as discounts if you sign up early, or for multiple weeks. 

Best Snow Tubing Spots Near New York City

When there's no snow to be found in NYC or the city's best sledding hills are worn down to dirt, you still can find perfect hills for snow tubing with the kids just a short drive away.

Sliding down my parents' front lawn is one of my fondest childhood memories, and now our family's winter trek to a nearby snow tubing spot recreates those magical moments. It's a wonderful seasonal activity that unlike skiing requires no skill or gear. Everything you need—a tube, a hill, and snow—is provided by the parks. Just dress warmly and you're good to go.

Here are nine ski resorts in upstate New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania that offer snow tubing. Most are less than a two-hour drive from Midtown Manhattan. They typically open in late December or early January depending on the temperature, so be sure to click through to the listing to read about the day's conditions. You can find more seasonal activities in our Winter Fun Guide or Skiing, Snowboarding, and Snow Sports Guide.

January GoList: Best Things To Do with LA and OC Kids This Month

Phew. Is it over? So much planning goes into December that it's a little hard to believe when it turns up in our rear view mirror; but the calendar page has flipped, and it's all eyes on 2017. Luckily we don't have to wait too long until the next holiday weekend (complete with a few parades), and of course January is the perfect time to enjoy a day of skiing or sledding. We've got 10 don't-miss events to recommend in January; so recycle that tree and fasten your seatbelts for another year of fabulous ways to enjoy being a family in LA!

Weekday Picks for LI Kids: Trampolines, Yoga, and Trains

Happy New Year! Long Island kids head back to school this week—after one more day of holiday break activities. And the rest of the first week of 2017 promises plenty of indoor and wintertime fun for all ages, including a Bounce! Toddler Time and Preschool Nature Explorers event. There's even one last chance to see the model train exhibit in Babylon before it closes for the season.

As always, peruse our Event Calendar for even more great ways to start off the new year with your children and family, and don't forget to check out our just released January GoList.

Weekday Fun: Hobbit Village, Three Kings Parade, Broadway Week

NYC kids may be back to school this week, but that doesn't mean the fun has to end. Create your own hobbit village, check out a hot new kid-friendly destination, score 2-for-1 Broadway tickets, and celebrate Three Kings Day with a joyful parade full of oversize puppets and even camels.

Of course, with so many holiday-themed events and destinations throughout the Big Apple, it's possible you may have missed a few happenings. No worries, you've still got time to check out a holiday train show, spectacular department store holiday window displays, final school break activities, and New Year's Day fun.

Read on for our top weekday picks and don't forget to peruse our hot-off-the-presses January GoList to help you plan out the rest of the month. Also be sure to check our Event Calendar for daily happenings in all five boroughs. Happy New Year to you and yours from all of us here at Mommy Poppins!

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Museums, Sleeping Beauty, Three Kings January 2-6

Many Philly families start January by making a New Year's resolution such as eating healthier, exercising more often, or staying organized. Why not make a resolution to try some of the amazing experiences found in our events calendar?

Start the week with a visit to Franklin Institute to see its Jurassic World exhibit or the Academy of Natural Science for its Treasures From the Mineral Vault display. Take little ones to the Central Parkway Library for Baby and Toddler Story Time or drop by one of three Philly Art Center locations for Story Playgroup. Families with older kids can head to People's Light & Theatre Company for its Sleeping Beauty: A Musical Panto performance. Or, celebrate Three Kings Day at The Kimmel Center.

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