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12 Books that Make Kids Proud to be Bostonians

Boston is a city steeped in history, and one of the best ways to learn about all of its famous landmarks and residents is through books. Next time you head to one of our city's great libraries or bookstores, look for one or more of these 12 great children's books, including a brand-new, beautifully illustrated story about the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. From landmark lore to rich biographies, these great reads will inspire hometown pride in Boston kids in different, age-appropriate ways.

14 Best Indoor Birthday Party Ideas for LA Kids

There is a special kind of stress—both emotional and financial—that planning a birthday party can cause if you have kids born between the months of November and March. Oh sure, everyone struggles with the great birthday party question, but those moms who gave birth in LA in August are pretty safe claiming a corner of a public park or throwing down some blankets on the beach. If you have a December baby, you may have tried that, but at some point probably cried "Never again!" LA might not have a proper winter, but it has a proper Indoor Birthday Party season, if only for the sanity of the parents. Allow us to share some of our favorite options for entertaining the masses without stressing about the weather.

Indoor Play Spots for NYC Toddlers with Weekend Hours

Indoor play spots are essential for NYC families with young children (and limited square feet) as temperatures begin a steady decline into winter.

Unfortunately, so many of the city's indoor play spots are limited to weekday hours. That's great for caregivers Monday through Friday, but mom and dad are left out in the cold, scrambling to fill up those chilly fall, rainy spring or snowy winter weekends with their preschoolers in other ways.

Luckily, we've uncovered nearly two dozen fantastic play spaces that get it, and are keeping weekend, drop-in play hours for kids, no membership required. All include playthings sized just right for the little ones, including for babies in many instances. They are stroller-friendly and equipped with changing stations, making them no-fuss options for the toddler squad.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Lunar New Year, Wiener Dog Races, Feb 17-18

Do you ever have moments when you stop and think about how awesome our city is? Looking ahead to this weekend was definitely one of those times for me. Here we are in the middle of February - a month that practically begs to be spent indoors - and there is still so many diverse, exciting events happening this weekend in Houston. And that is awesome. 

This weekend marks the Lunar New Year, and in true Houston fashion, there are no shortage of family-friendly events happening to kick-off the Year of the Dog

We also are gearing up for Rodeo season (only a few weeks now!), and to help get your little ones outfitted in their Western best, we found the best spots to purchase pint-sized rodeo gear.

Lastly, just in case another rainy day is looming ahead, now is a good time to queue up some indoor activities for the kiddos; as an added bonus, these are all free!

Don't forget, our event calendar always features events and activities happening all around town, our February GoList highlights the events happening throughout the month you don't want to miss, and our Top 100 Things to Do With Houston Kids list is always full of extra inspiration. To make it even easier, we also can send everything straight to your inbox when you sign up for our FREE weekly newsletter

For all of our business owners and event planners: we would love to highlight your upcoming event! All you have to do is submit your event to our calendar, and we'll make sure to share it with all of our readers. 

Now let's wrap things up and take a peek at what's in store for this weekend!

Presidents Day Weekend Events for Long Island Kids

Cheer on the Winter Olympics by participating in events all weekend long at the Children's Museum of the East End. Or engineer a bobsled run at the Maritime Explorium.

Interact with nature on Long Island over Presidents Day weekend. Head to Jones Beach for a winter seal walk, enjoy a winter celebration at Connetquot River State Park, engage in a winter search party at Garvies Point Museum.

Planning ahead for February school vacation week? Check out our guide to camps and workshops, or try these 30 fun things happening on February break.

For more activities to fill the weekend, pop over to our February GoList or Winter Fun Guide. And if you're keeping an eye on your wallet after the holidays, check out our list of free family activities in February.

Of course, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily events for Long Island kids. Don't see a great event here? Add it to our calendar yourself

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Mardi Gras, Monster Jam, Chinese New Year Feb 10-11

We are officially in that time of the year where you never know if the day is going to bring freezing temperatures that demand staying inside or sunny days perfect for playing outside, so to cover anything and everything the week may throw at us we tackled the best of both worlds. For those days you're indoors, you definitely want to have an arsenal of exercise games and indoor activities to get kids moving. For days that beg for a little outdoor exploration, plan a guided hike with your little ones that give them a healthy dose of vitamin D and some encourage active investigation. 

Mardi Gras is also now in full swing, and there are also plenty of kid-friendly festivities that allow you to take part in some carnival fun without calling the sitter. Have a train-obsessed kid on your hands? Then our latest round-up of historic train depots and museums around Houston is for you.

For those days when you find yourself stuck on what to do, let us give you some inspiration! Our event calendar is always stocked with the best city-wide events and activities, our February GoList features the top events of the month, and our Top 100 Things to Do With Houston Kids list is packed with ideas that are begging to be checked off your Houston Bucket List. To have everything we cover delivered straight to your inbox, make sure to sign up for our FREE weekly newsletter

Event planners, we have something for you, too! We'd love to give YOUR event some extra exposure by sharing it with all of our readers. All you have to do is submit your event to our calendar, and we'll take care of the rest. 

Now, let's see what's in store for this weekend!

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Valentine's Day Crafting, Lunar New Year

Get a jump start on that lovey dovey state of mind before Valentine's Day at the Be Mine Ball at the Long Island Children's Museum or the Wild Valentine's Day program hosted by the Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society.

Bounce on over this weekend to the New York Tennis Expo at Nassau Coliseum, where kids get in for FREE! Get up close and personal with some furry (and scaly) residents at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge or the  Center for Science Teaching & Learning.

Remember, you can always pop over to our February GoList or Winter Fun Guide to find more seasonal entertainment. Mark your calendars this winter and complete some of our 50 great things to do indoors with Long Island kids. Or pad your wallet with a list of FREE family activities this month.

Of course, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun daily events for Long Island kids. Don't see a great event listed here? Add it to our Event Calendar yourself. 

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The Best Indoor Play Spaces for Long Island Toddlers

While many indoor play destinations cater to a range of ages, some parents feel more comfortable when areas are designated for younger children. With that in mind, we've rounded up a list of fun and imaginative play spaces on Long Island geared to little ones. 

At most of these locations, children ages 5 and younger are the primary focus and can play freely without being knocked down or bumped into by older crowds. They also offer age-appropriate equipment and activities for toddlers.

If your little one enjoys spending time at one of these venues, why not celebrate his or her special day there, too? Many of these destinations also host birthday parties.

For more seasonal fun ideas, check out our list of 50 things to do indoors with Long Island kids as well as our guide to play spaces and family fun centers.

9 Indoor Playspaces for Boston Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

It’s that time of year. The weather is increasingly dreary and predictably unpredictable. Playgrounds are icy even when the sun's out. And yet, if you have a child who is too young for full-day school or drop-off activities, you've gotta find a way to fill the days and burn off everyone's energy. While some indoor playgrounds cater to big kids, too, we are especially grateful for drop-in playspaces that have special zones designed for babies, toddlers, and young preschoolers. Here's the skinny on 9 of our favorite romper rooms.

Guided Hikes for Houston Toddlers and Preschoolers

Hiking around Houston and its surrounding areas is one of our favorite active pastimes; there's just nothing quite like exploring the great outdoors with your little ones and watching as they discover new things happening in their environment. Our city is full of great trails to tackle with the kids in tow, however sometimes having a guide lead the way is the best option for budding explorers and naturalists. We rounded up four of the best options for getting out and about in nature with your toddlers and preschoolers, turning hiking into an activity that is both educational and fun. 

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