Take a Day Trip to Japan with New Children's Museum Exhibit

If a trip to Japan is just slightly over your budget, but you're still crazy—or curious—about Japanese culture, the newly reopened Hello from Japan! exhibit at the Children's Museum of Manhattan is a perfect, albeit petite, alternative. This exhibit—the third in the Upper West Side museum's Global Cultural Exhibition Series, following exhibitions on Ancient Greece and China, and preceding the ongoing Muslim culture exhibit—originally graced the museum in 2015 and has returned for another run, offering an immersive experience for NYC's youngest art and museum fans.

Presidents Day Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Acrobats, Bubbles, Block Party

This weekend kicks off the mid-winter break for New Jersey schoolchildren. There's plenty to keep the kiddos entertained, from a Frozen-inspired ice carnival to a Block Party at Liberty Science Center. You can see The Little Mermaid swim or watch the Peking Acrobats soar, and you can even celebrate George Washington's birthday with General Washington himself. To find fun for this weekend and beyond, check out our list of 30 things to do during the February break. And look to our February GoList  and  Winter Activity Guide for even more ideas. 

10 Houston Blogs To Follow Right Now

Here at Mommy Poppins, we are always striving to give Houston parents the best resources for living it up in the Bayou City. And what better way to do that than recommend some local blogs that highlight Houston hotspots, fun and easy DIY projects, and fashion tips (lord do I need those fashion tips). And we want to hear your favorites! Send us an email to houston@mommypoppins.com to let us know where you get your daily dose of parenting blogging goodness. And without further ado, and in no particular order, here are 10 local bloggers to start following right now:

Best Family Resorts in the Pocono Mountains

The Pocono Mountains draw families to this scenic corner of Pennsylvania from the New York City area, Philadelphia, and across the country. For families craving adventure, there is a smorgasbord of activities on tap all year. In winter, ski, snowboard, or snow tube. Options are just as plentiful in summer: hiking, swimming, boating, zip lines and adventure ropes courses, plus plenty of nature walks and even famed waterfall hikes

In case the weather isn’t cooperating, many of the resorts have indoor water parks offering hours of splashy, weatherproof fun, and spas for the grown-ups and kids(!) to unwind and indulge. We've rounded up some of top resorts in the area, so you can see which one best fits your next family vacation.

February Vacation Week with Kids in Boston: Worth-the-Money Activities

It's probably obvious from my posts that I'm all about free activities for my family, especially when trying to keep kids entertained all week. While I'm planning to fill up most of our schedule with some of those free picks, there are also tons of cool activities that are worth the money this February break. We certainly won't be able to hit all of these, but I'm going to do my best to narrow it down to a favorite or two and make our plans now (some activities require advance registration or tickets). Good luck choosing, and have a great school vacation week!

The Great Escape: Fun with Kids at an LA Escape Room

A new trend in group entertainment has hit LA, and it may be one you haven't wrapped your mind around yet: escape rooms. Certain assumptions would seem obvious from the moniker (you need to escape, right? From a room?), but in fact most of my friends seem to know very little about them. Personally, I was curious. And beyond my personal curiosity, I was even more interested to know whether an escape room might be an adventure to be shared with bigger kids who enjoy a little challenge and mystery. Well, it turns out that yes, yes it is a totally and utterly cool thing to do with kids. So get ready for the thrill of locking your kids in a room, and then watching them try to get out. For an hour.

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