Take Your Little Devils to NJ Devils Kids Day (Giveaway)

My family goes crazy for sports. We love baseball and Sundays are definitely reserved for rooting on our favorite NFL teams, but our recent  afternoon to see the New Jersey Devils was our first taste of the action-packed family-friendly entertainment of a hockey game. The fun afternoon has me confident we'll be heading back again soon. And you should too. In fact, we're giving away a family four pack to the upcoming NJ Devils Kids Day on March 19th. Read on to hear more about my family's newest sports passion and how you can enter to win. 


Please Bring Balloons: A Show Full of Magic and Imagination

Kids are transported immediately upon entering the theater for a showing of Please Bring Balloons, a toddler-friendly production by New York City Children’s Theater.

Whimsical animal cutouts hang from the ceiling: a tiger, a horse, a zebra. The floor is covered in turf, evoking the grass of the park you’re entering. Carousel music and bird noises play in the background. Kids are invited to sit on a shared blanket on the floor, essentially putting them onstage and making them part of the play. An affable carousel operator, played by Brandon Schraml, comes around, crouching in front of kids to take their "tickets" to the merry-go-round, asking them questions and generally getting them relaxed.

Aimed at kids ages 2-5, Please Bring Balloons is one of our top picks for children's theater in NYC this winter, and among the best events for preschoolers this season.

Library Storytimes for Babies & Toddlers Inside the Loop

Houston's local libraries are an amazing resource for parents not only because of the huge variety of books (including audio books and e-books for both kids and adults) but also because the libraries offer free classes, events, programs, and clubs for members of all ages. From homework help to book clubs to computer classes to toddler and baby yoga, there are so many opportunities to utilize local libraries.

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Mardi Gras, Bob Baker, and Oscars , Feb 25 - 26

The eyes of the world are on us this weekend. They're handing out gold statuettes in Hollywood, and everyone who's anyone will be there. Except for me, as my nomination apparently got lost in the mail. No worries, there's tons of other things to do in the Southland (and they come with significantly less gridlock).

For starters, this is a big weekend for cats, hats, green eggs, and Whos, as the one-and-only Dr. Seuss is celebrated in a number of storied eventsBob Baker, the legendary puppeteer, has a weekend of activities in his name, no strings attached! (Scratch that, there are many, many strings.) And to go with all those strings: beads, as the Mardi Gras good times roll into town.

From celebrity storytellers to throwback train fares to brand new parks to the kindness of monsters....while it's an honor just to be nominated, there's no denying this weekend is full of win. 

Keep reading for our award-winning picks for this weekend...

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Maple Sugar, Dr. Seuss, Performances February 25-26

Philly families have been spoiled with some delightful spring-like weather this February. Fill the beautiful weekend ahead with extraordinary fun that can be found in our events calendar.

Start the day off with a pancake breakfast at Tyler Arboretum or Churchville Nature Center as they both celebrate maple sugar season. Or, perhaps you prefer Green Eggs and Ham... Then get ready for Dr. Seuss story times held at Barnes & Nobles in Rittenhouse Square, Exton, and Bensalem, or Dr. Seuss' Birthday Bash at King of Prussia's Lakeshore. Finish off family fun by seeing a show such as Miss Nelson is Missing at Bristol Riverside Theater or The Jungle Book presented by the Pennsylvania Ballet II at Prince Theater.

Parenting Win! Cast your vote in our Philadelphia Besties for your chance to win FREE admission to Diggerland USA and Sahara Sam's. It's a win-win, just like our top picks for the weekend.

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Australian Folktales, Seuss Storytime, and the Globetrotters; Feb 25-26

Some parents dread the end of February vacation; others are counting down the minutes. Regardless, finding things to fill those few remaining days before school is back in session can be just the thing to end the break on a high note. Vacation week activities are still going on at the Boston Children's Museum, with a slew of planned activities happening throughout the day on Saturday. Also extended hours continue at the Museum of Science on Saturday. The popular (and free) family Play Date is happening at the ICA, with a brand-new theme for February.

Celebrate Dr. Suess' birthdaytake a tour to learn all about maple sugaring, and stop by Gore Place for some tea and tunes. Looking to take in a show? You can find the Tanglewood Marionettes performing a classic tale, and the Puppet Showplace Theater is bringing audiences on a trip down under. Also arriving in town this weekend: the always entertaining Harlem Globetrotters, starting a four show run.

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Need more family fun ideas? Check out our full events calendar.

Indoor Play Spaces for Kids in South Jersey

With beaches, boardwalks, camping, hiking trails, and canoeing in easy reach, South Jersey often brings family fun to a whole new level. But during the chilly winter months—or when rain threatens your warm-weather plans—you can find plenty of fun inside at one of South Jersey's many indoor playgrounds.

For indoor fun in other parts of the state, check out our guide to indoor play spaces in Central and Northern NJ.

Weekend Fun: Circus, BAM Art, Kid Concerts, Film Fest

For the shortest month, February offers no shortage of kid-friendly events in NYC. This weekend, STEM-like events abound, with the National Museum of Mathematics hosting a polyhedral box-making workshop, the New York Transit Museum offering a chance to build a model subway, and BAM opening the inaugural Teknopolis, an interactive digital art exhibit. Black History Month finishes strong with a free musical at the Brooklyn Public Library.

Outdoor events begin to anticipate spring, like the Brooklyn Bike Meetup, or the She's on Point celebration of girls in sports.

It's also a weekend of unique musical events, though it might be tough to top STEVENSTEVEN at Brooklyn Bowl, where musician and original Blues Clues host Steve Burns joins forces with Flaming Lips drummer Steven Drozd for songs off Foreverywhere, their new kids' album. You can also catch The Gustafer Yellowgold Show at Symphony Space and Elena Moon Park, one of our favorite NYC-kindie artists, on the Lower East Side.

It's also kickoff weekend for the New York International Children's Film Festival and the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, and the final weekend for the pop-up Pop Tarts shop!

Our February GoList has more options to help round out the month, and please continue to avail yourself of our roundup of 35 fun things for kids over school break, as this weekend technically qualifies. More fun can be found in our Winter Fun Guide and, as always, see our Event Calendar.


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