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Best Winter Baby Clothes and Gear for Cold Weather Survival

It’s no secret that winter babies require more gear and baby clothing than their summer siblings, especially those born in northern climates, such as Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, and Chicago.

New parents should prepare to do battle with snowdrifts, chilling wind gusts that leave faces and fingers raw, and otherwise icy and wet conditions on the way to daycare, playdates, the local library, or wherever. Stock up on some of our favorite stroller blankets, footmuffs, toddler mittens, adorable baby snowsuits, booties, and winter hats before the real storms hit.

Cold weather protection doesn’t stop at the baby phase, of course, especially for those navigating city streets outdoors. “NYC kids stay in their strollers a bit longer than suburban kids, because they have to deal with the elements a lot more,” explains Carol Adams, owner of Torly Kid, a popular kids clothing boutique in Manhattan, by email. “I know I kept my kids wrapped in their 7 A.M. Enfant footmuff and covered the stroller with a wind protector until they were almost 5!”

Read on for our top picks of baby winter clothes and gear for keeping newborns and toddlers toasty—no matter the temperature.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Volunteer and Celebrate with Kids in NJ

Martin Luther King, Jr., the chief spokesperson for the Civil Rights Movement, is memorialized annually on the third Monday of January. This floating holiday has evolved into more than just a day off from school. Now deemed a National Day of Service, MLK Day encourages volunteers across the country to donate their time in order to make a difference. This day reminds us of hope, compassion, and the ongoing potential for social change. Many New Jersey towns are hosting local activities, and we've put together a list that includes both celebrations and service activities.

Weekend Fun: Teddy Bear Tea, Pinkalicious, Winter Festival

It's play time this mid-January weekend! Load up your calendars with playful events that spotlight teddy bears, trains, and storytimes. Little ones can treat their favorite plush friends to a tea party at Morris Museum. Young train enthusiasts will be on board with The Museum of American History's Annual Antique Toy Train Show. And kids can grab free fun at Barnes & Noble and Hoboken Fire Department Museum storytimes.

Keep warm at indoor performances this weekend, including productions of The Phantom TollboothPinkalicious: The Musical, and a free, interactive show with Big Jeff Music. If you choose to brave the outdoors, enjoy rides and activities at Winter Festival Bonfire & Fireworks or search for hidden clues at the Family Arboretum Challenge. Learn more about outdoor fun at Garden State Outdoor Sports Show.

Find even more weekend options in our Winter Fun Guide, including a day trip to Yogi Berra Museum's new Basketball Exhibit. And look to our event calendar and January GoList for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

Top Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in New Jersey

Looking for an outdoor winter activity for the whole family? There are a number of outdoor ice skating rinks in NJ where you can take a skating lesson, play hockey, or just grab a hot chocolate and go for a spin during a public session. Of course, if you feel like staying indoors, you can always check out our list of the Best Indoor Ice Skating Rinks in NJ. And for more wintry sports, try our Ski & Snow Guide.

50+ Fun Things To Do with Kids Indoors in New Jersey: A Winter Survival Guide

Being stuck inside on a cold, blustery day with your kids climbing the walls is far from our idea of a good time. Lucky for us, New Jersey has no shortage of ways to keep young 'uns entertained and active this winter, from museums and indoor play spaces to bowling alleys, Ninja Warrior–inspired obstacle courses, and roller rinks.

Bundle up your little ones and hit the road to check out one of these 50+ fun ideas. Kid-friendly shows, drop-in arts & crafts, and sporty fun zones are just some of our favorite indoor activities guaranteed to cure cabin fever.

Read on for our list of the best of what New Jersey has to offer for the whole family this winter season. And be sure to check out our January GoList and Events Calendar for even more great ideas. Stay warm, NJ!

16 Stores That Offer Free and Cheap Classes for NJ Kids

Extracurricular activities create enriching experiences for kids, but they can also take a toll on your wallet. While kids are encouraged to explore their passions, the price tag on sports teams, dance classes, and art lessons can be overwhelming.

The good news is that stores throughout the state offer free—and nearly free—classes that allow you to save money while developing your family’s interests. These low- or no-cost classes, crafts, storytimes, and other activities are great ways to fill in schedule gaps without busting your budget.

Many stores have various locations, so be sure to check the websites for local schedules.

20 Fun Things to Do in Killington, Vermont Without Skis

A family trip to Vermont in the winter months is like walking through a real-life winter wonderland. The natural beauty of the mountains and country terrain appeal to outdoor enthusiasts year-round, but when blanketed with a coat of snow, the Killington region really shines.

It isn't necessary to be an avid skier to enjoy this corner of New England come snowfall. The small villages and towns of central Vermont provide the perfect setting for winter activities for the kids and adults, both outdoor snow sports and even indoor arts and crafts. My family regularly visits the area, and though I hung up my skis some time ago, we're never bored. 

Family-Friendly Skiing and Snowboarding Spots Around NJ

Inspire your kids with a lifelong love of skiing, snowboarding, and other snowy sports with a family day on the slopes. We've rounded up some nearby ski resorts where your family can enjoy time on the mountain with minimal time in the car. We've also included safety tips for skiing and snowboarding from respected professionals. 

If you're looking for winter fun that's a bit less strenuous, snow tubing might be just the thing. And for even more outdoor options, check out our Ski & Snow Guide.

Coding for Kids: Free and Cheap Websites That Teach Kids Programming

Basic programming has become an essential skill for grown-ups and children alike. And the benefits of picking up this skill, especially for kids, are huge: Learning how to build simple websites and games helps kids refine their design, logic, and problem-solving abilities. It also allows them to express ideas and creativity in unique ways.

There are a number of FREE and low-cost websites that teach children how to play around with code. We've rounded up a dozen of our favorites below.

Sign up for our FREE newsletters to get posts like this delivered to your inbox, and find even more educational tech posts for kids in our STEAM Guide.

Weekend Fun: Family Concert, Disney on Ice, Sing Along Grease

The debut weekend of 2019 will hit all the right notes with musical festivities and fun. Sing along to Grease on the big screen, or check out The Empire Strikes Back with live music by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. Watch talented siblings perform with The Green Planet Band, and enjoy Frozen tunes and special effects at Disney on Ice's Frozen.

If your post-holiday budget is in recovery mode, enjoy weekend events that are totally free. Bring the kids to free storytimes at Barnes & Noble, Word Bookstores and Hoboken Fire Department Museum. Take part in free crafts at Zimmerli Art Museum and Jake Branch County Park.

Find even more weekend options in our Winter Guide, including Top Snow Tubing Spots for New Jersey Families. And look to our January GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

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