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Weekday Picks for Connecticut Kids: Winterfest, Nature Outing, Toddler Art, January 9-13

The weather has been unusually warm this week, but if you want to keep it indoors, we have loads of suggestions in our Indoor Family Fun Guide. This week you can enjoy outdoor ice skating at Winterfest or if indoor roller skating is more your speed, check out one of these great family roller rinks. Your teen can take a teen nutrition and cooking class, and there are some nature inspired events for toddlers and families. Follow Mommy Poppins CT on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest so you don't miss a thing! For even more things to do, check out our frequently updated Event Calendar and Winter Guide.

NYC Winter Fun List: 50 Things to Do Indoors with Kids

Cooped up in a tiny apartment with your kids hanging off the furniture, and you, is no way to spend the winter. We know it can be hard to put on all that winter gear, head out into the cold, and hit up one of the million daily kid events happening in NYC, but we're here to help. 

To inspire you, we've compiled a list of 50 awesome drop-in spots in the five boroughs, where kids can run, jump, bounce, learn, create, and get cultured. Some are even FREE.

Still not willing to open that door? Try one of these indoor craft projects at home as a family to keep those little hands busy, or one of our 40 Indoor Snow Day Boredom Busters.

Of course, you can always find more winter fun ideas in our Indoor Family Fun Guide, or even sign up for a new class.

Carlsbad: 25 Things To Do with Kids (other than Legoland)

Legoland? Who said anything about Legoland? Carlsbad may appear at first glance to be a one-trick town, but there are at least 25 reasons for this Southern California excursion, without ever using the word LEGO. The beach community's mild year-round temps, pristine beaches, and slow, laid-back approach to living offer families much more than just a famous amusement park.

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 18 kid-centric destinations. These places will 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.

Need more ideas? Check out our ultimate Winter Fun List, featuring 50 cool (make that warm!) things to do indoors with kids throughout the freezin' season.

10 Fun Free Family Activities in Fairfield County

What is your favorite admission price to pay? FREE, of course! During the colder months, indoor activities with the kids are a necessity.  But it's not just cabin fever we need a break from! It's those hefty admission fees! So when you are hankering for something to do with the kiddos on the cheap, pack a snack and enjoy one of these great, free activities in Fairfield County. Or check out our Fairfield Guide for more suggestions to get out and enjoy your neighborhood.

Best Indoor Play Spaces in Suffolk County on Long Island

Play spaces made just for kids are our go-to during Long Island's wintertime, or anytime it's too cold, too wet, or even too hot out. So we've rounded up the best indoor play spaces in Suffolk County on Long Island, from bounce houses and indoor playgrounds, to more low-key spaces like a natural play room and spots for art. There are fun zones loaded with action sports and best for the big kids, and plenty more just right for toddlers and preschoolers.

Many also double as party spaces, so call ahead to make sure they're open for public play. And don’t forget your socks—many of these spaces do not allow shoes or bare feet, even for adults. Then get ready to let your kids loose to play at one of these 13 spots, instead of your living room. 

Find more fun play spaces around Long Island with our Indoor Family Fun Guide.

Family-Friendly Bowling Alleys in New Jersey

If you’re looking for a fun, indoor activity that will appeal to the whole family, bowling may be right up your alley! (Sorry, we couldn't help ourselves.) Here in New Jersey, there are plenty of bowling facilities that offer year-round fun: small-town/neighborhood bowling alleys that offer traditional games with modern touches, such as automatic scoring and gutter bumpers; and newer, flashier bowling alleys that feature high-tech bells and whistles like interactive games, video walls, and glow ball. In addition, fun centers throughout the state often include bowling alongside laser tag and video arcades. And bowling alleys are an ideal spot for low-maintenance birthday parties, play dates, and weekend day trips.

100 Things To Do in Houston with Kids Before They Grow Up

If you are a mom in Houston, the fourth largest city in the United States, you are bound to find fun activities to do with your kids of all ages anywhere in town. Whether you're a new or veteran mom, you know time flies by - kids grow up way too fast. At Mommy Poppins Houston, we want to make sure you don’t miss out on the most awesome, family friendly activities around town. With warm weather basically all year around, Houston is the ideal place to enjoy wonderful parks and playgrounds, incredible museums, and fun play spaces. Here is the ultimate list (in no particular order) of 100 things to do with your kiddos before they grow up.

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