Weekly Wrap Up: Snow Tubing Near NYC, Black History Month, Cool Kids' Theater

MommyPoppins NYC posts January 30-February 5, 2012

Go Chuck! The Staten Island Zoo's famous weather-predicting groundhog didn't see his shadow, which allegedly means we'll have an early spring. (Not like we needed him to tell us that.) If your kids are worried they won't get a chance to play in the show this winter, we've written about a bunch of nearby resorts that make their own so families can go skiing or snow tubing.

Of course the weather doesn't need to cooperate for you to enjoy winter culture. This week we did a post on kids' stage shows we're excited about, and we also have roundups of cool kids' concerts and family film festivals like BAMkids, which takes place this weekend.

Outside the city, our Connecticut site followed in NYC's and LA's footsteps by sharing a list of 30 things to do in Hartford County with kids. If you're taking a trip up that way, it's worthy of printing out. Speaking of traveling, NYC public school midwinter break is coming up. We've got lots of great day trip ideas in our Winter Fun Guide, including indoor water parks and no-car destinations.

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New York City

We finished up our month-long focus on Park Slope with a look at one of the nabe's coolest stores/tutoring spots, the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co., and a post about winter activities in Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Urban sledding may not be an option right now, but there are many nearby resorts that offer snow tubing for families.

February is Black History Month and we shared meaningful ways to expose your kids to African-American culture in NYC.

There are a bunch of exceptional kids' shows playing various city stages this winter.

Our latest links roundup includes some really sad news: Tribeca's beloved Moomah is closing, as is Park Slope's live music venue Southpaw.

We're in the process of updating and expanding our Summer Camp Guide. This week we wrote a post about a new summer camp trend: short sleepaway camp sessions for younger kids.

We launched our best Poppins Perk yet this week: half off an annual membership to Kids Club Thirteen. In fact, we love this program so much, we wrote a post about how much fun we've had at their events.

Best bets for the weekend include the last of the big Chinese New Year celebrations, Black History Month events and the BAMkids Film Festival.