New York City

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 popular kid-centric destinations. These places 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. If the math doesn't work out for you, consider buying one of the play spaces' bulk passes instead, which usually knocks a few bucks off the daily drop-in price.

Need more ideas? Check out our Indoor Play Spaces Guide for more romper rooms by borough, bounce houses, and year-round family entertainment.

Winter Fun for NYC Toddlers That Beats Another Barnes & Noble Visit

Once the holiday season starts to fade and winter sets in, it's hard not to find yourself in a rut with your little one. We've constructed this list of 25 things to do with your toddler around New York City that will keep those blizzard blues away, from warm and toasty indoor activities to get-up-and-moving outdoor frolics. Eight of the suggestions are FREE activities.

Everything included below is just the speed and time commitment for the toddler set—and won't have you dreading another trip wandering around the children's section of B&N, restocking the books as your little one pulls them down one after another!

15 Times Square Restaurants for Kid-Friendly Eats

Finding a family-friendly Times Square restaurant that doesn't belong in a mall might be more difficult than navigating the costumed-character-crammed sidewalks of the area with a stroller. The Applebee's, Chevys, Olive Garden, and TGI Friday's might leave you feeling as if you're in the 'burbs, not the crossroads of the world.

But just as there are things to do with kids in Times Square beyond the tourist attractions, there are also a variety of off-the-beaten-track, family-friendly eateries that serve tasty cuisine reflecting our melting pot of a city.

Next time you're in the Theater District, whether seeing a Broadway show, entertaining guests, or just passing through, skip the chains and try one of these 15 kid-friendly Times Square restaurants.

30 Free Things to Do in NYC with Kids This January

The holiday festivities have fizzled, the bank account has been maxed out, and the winter weather has set in. But worry not: We have the low down on 30 awesome FREE events for New York City families happening throughout this January.

Though most of the holiday attractions are finishing up this month, January festivities celebrating the Three Kings and Martin Luther King, Jr. are just getting started. Several museums are offering free access, like Tours for Fours at MoMA, and there are great events for older kids like the Seventh Annual Black Comic Book Festival. Meanwhile, outdoor fun abounds at the annual Winter Jam

Looking for more FREE fun? Escape the cold with our guide to 20 indoor places where kids play for FREE. Know what else doesn't cost a thing? Signing up for our newsletters to get more posts like this delivered to your inbox!

Read on for 30 FREE activities for NYC kids and consult our NYC Event Calendar for a slew of alternative options. Find plenty more winter to-dos in our NYC Winter Guide for Families.

50 Things to Do in Washington, DC with Kids Before They Grow Up

Note: During the current government shutdown, the Smithsonian museum and the National Zoo are closed. But there's plenty of other great, kid-friendly things to do on the list below and don't forget to check out our event calendar to find fun things to do in DC!

The days are long but the years are short when it comes to raising kids, and for parents in and around the bustling hub of our nation's capital, the time can really speed by. Finding the best events and activities that will make the most of the precious time we have with our little ones is a top priority here at Mommy Poppins Washington, DC.

To help you sort through this ever-changing, ever-growing city that we love, we've compiled a list of the top 50 things to do with kids in the Washington, DC area before they grow up. With a city steeped in the sciences, from natural to political, culture, arts, and history, there's no better time to make the most of your time with your little ones. Get out, explore, and see just how many activities on our bucket list you can cross off before childhood whizzes by.

Best Things to Do with NYC Kids: January GoList

Get your calendars ready. Here are the top 12 things to do with kids in New York City this January, four of which are FREE.

While January traditionally is a mellow time—especially when compared with the nonstop action of the holidays—there's no way you can hibernate all month, not with kids around. Luckily, you don't have to. Our January GoList is packed with annual favorites such as the Three Kings Day Parade in East Harlem, Central Park's Winter Jam sports fest, plus some new shows, concerts, and other special experiences for kids. Don't forget that Martin Luther King Jr. Day is coming up, too, and the Brooklyn Children's Museum and others will host events just for families.

Find more seasonal fun in our NYC Winter Guide for Families.

New Outdoor Ice Skating Rink Opens at South Street Seaport

For New York City kids looking to cut a frozen rug, there’s no shortage of ice skating rinks. Year-round, families can take advantage of loads of indoor NYC ice skating rinks, like the ever-popular Chelsea Piers rink, and in winter, head to seasonal outdoor NYC skating rinks like Bryant Park's outdoor rink, or the do-it-at-least-once Rockefeller Park ice skating rink

This winter at the South Street Seaport, the Winterland Rink adds to the list of seasonal outdoor ice skating options in the the city. Situated on the roof of Pier 17, just a short walk away from the Seaport Museum, the Winterland Rink bills itself as the only rooftop rink in the city. Read on for details about how to visit NYC's newest outdoor ice skating rink with kids.

18 Best New NYC Family Destinations That Opened in 2018

City kids are a lucky bunch. The past year saw a huge crop of new kid-friendly destinations popping up throughout the five boroughs. From a major new exhibit at the New York Aquarium to overhauled and brand new playgrounds and even a whole park, plus indoor places to shop, romp, and create, cool new exhibits, exhibitions, and a brand new museum, our kids have got it made. We're just lucky they let us come along for the ride!

Read on on for our top 18 new kid-friendly destinations in New York City that opened in 2018. If you've already conquered these, see what other adventures await on our list of 100 kid-friendly things to do in NYC before your kids grow up.

Launch Opens in Queens with Trampolines, Ninja Obstacle Course, Games

With the cold weather officially here, most NYC parents are looking for a few good indoor play options. With the opening of Launch in Queens, another fun indoor attraction can be added to the list. Brand new as of November 2018, this trampoline park (and much more) boasts sparking clean attractions, super friendly staff, and lots of ways for kids of all ages to jump out their winter wiggles. Read on for the low down on everything this awesome space has to offer.

New Year's Eve Weekend for NYC Kids: Kwanzaa, Thomas, Fireworks

January is just around the corner, and the four-day New Year’s weekend offers the perfect mix of fun and adventure to bring in 2019.

Museum fans can choose between the all-weekend New Year's throwdown at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, the all-weekend A Muppet Family Christmas screening and workshops at the Museum of the Moving Image, Kwanzaa weekend at the Brooklyn Children's Museum, or the huge Kwanzaa Celebration at the American Museum of Natural History. Also, chugging into town as he does every year, Thomas the Tank Engine is ready for his close up at the New York Botanical Garden.

On New Year's Eve, stay up late for fireworks at Prospect Park, Coney Island, or in Central Park. On New Year's Day, take a hike with the Urban Park Rangers in the Bronx, Staten Island, Fort Tryon Park, or a park near you (or take the family on an unguided walk though your neighborhood and check out everything that's open on January 1). If you're in Brooklyn, bundle up and watch ambitious (slightly crazy) people dunk themselves in the freezing Atlantic. The Polar Bear Club convenes at noon on the Coney Island beach!

Our guide to New Year's Eve Fireworks and Celebrations and everything you can do on New Year's Day in New York City should keep your family's festive spirit going strong all weekend, but if cabin-feverish kids need to release some energy, don’t miss our 25 Free Things for Kids to Do in NYC on Winter Holiday Break and 35 Top Things to Do in NYC This School Vacation.

2019? We've got this. More family fun can be found in our Event Calendar and Holiday Fun Guide.

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