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January GoList: The Best Things To Do With CT Kids This Month

The new year is here, and it's time to rest, right? Wrong. The kids have other ideas; but don't worry, we are here to help.  Enjoy learning about whales, a full moon hike, ice fishing, winter camping, and a whole lot more this month! You'll find 20 of our best picks for you and your family this January. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get a list of each week's highlighted events. Happy New Year!

Little Ninja Warriors: Indoor Obstacle Courses in Boston

Building forts indoors and romping on playgrounds outdoors are classic ways to satisfy your child’s need to play and explore. But if your kids want to turn your house into an obstacle course, you may need another outlet. That’s where gyms that channel the TV show American Ninja Warrior come in.

For the uninitiated, American Ninja Warrior pits competitors against a series of increasingly difficult obstacle courses in a bid to make it to the finals and be crowned the American Ninja Warrior. The challenges are really tough and require skills like speed, stamina, agility, balance, and strength to complete.

If your kids are inspired by the show, or just need a productive way to channel their energy, there are five Boston-area gyms with obstacle courses perfect for aspiring ninja warriors.

New Year's Day in Los Angeles: 15 Fun Things To Do with Kids

The last holiday of winter break or the first holiday of the new year - however you look at it, New Year is a day for family time; and if you chose a kid-friendly New Year's Eve activity, you probably even have the energy for an early start. You could choose an outing from our list of 40 Things To Do While Everyone Else Is Out of Town, but how to know if it's an option on the holiday? All of the outings below are great choices for a New Year's Day activity—in fact some of them can only be enjoyed on January 1st. Happy New Year!

NYC New Year's Eve Celebrations for Preschoolers and Little Kids

Ringing in the new year at the iconic Times Square ball drop or at an impressive fireworks display are on many a native and traveler's NYC bucket list. But for new parents? Or those with a preschooler or toddler in tow? Let's be honest, you'll be lucky to be awake at 10pm.

Still, there are plenty of events in New York City for early-to-bed families. From museums to restaurants, read on for our best bets for ringing in 2017 with toddlers, preschoolers, and any kid or parent who prefers getting extra ZZZs over sticking around for the annual fireworks barrage.

Find family events happening all weekend in our New Year's roundup, and more seasonal fun in our Holiday Fun Guide.

Best Hot Chocolate Spots Around Manhattan

A cup of molten chocolaty goodness is one of the best ways to thaw out and warm up—in fact, it's one of the best things about winter.

We took on the heinous job of running around Manhattan taste-testing hot chocolates (don't say we've never done anything for you) and narrowed it down to nearly two dozen of our favorites. These spots are definitely worth the brief trip out into the cold, so read on for our recommendations for cafes and restaurants that have turned drinking hot cocoa into an experience not to be missed.

By the way, we've also rounded up our favorite Brooklyn hot cocoa cafes and those in Queens. Find more great eats in our NYC Restaurant Guide for Families.

January GoList: The Best Things To Do With CT Kids This Month

The new year is here, and it's time to rest, right? Wrong. The kids have other ideas; but don't worry, we are here to help.  Enjoy learning about whales, a full moon hike, ice fishing, winter camping, and a whole lot more this month! You'll find 20 of our best picks for you and your family this January. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to get a list of each week's highlighted events. Happy New Year!

New Year's Day: Ways to Kick Off 2017 with Westchester Kids

Whether you plan on spending New Year's Eve at home or out on the town, kids aren't usually sympathetic to late nights, even if they stay up with you. So if the chances of you sleeping in on New Year's Day seem pretty slim, you may be looking for fun ways to spend the day out with your family.

While many venues are closed, there are several fun options, including enjoying a romp at Legoland Discovery Centerhowling with the wolves or catching last-chance holiday displays. Read on for more details on ways to kick off 2017 with kids in Westchester!

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When the Bough Breaks: Christmas Tree Recycling in Houston

Growing up in my parents' house, the Christmas season began with Advent, not Black Friday, and lasted until January 6 - the celebration of Epiphany. This meant not one ornament, nativity scene, or wreath was removed until the wise men had delivered their gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And the tree - the one "we" (mainly my mother) painstakingly picked out and meticulously decorated - shone brightly with multi-colored lights every night even after we returned to school from winter break. Nowadays, people seem to hang decorations as soon as the Thanksgiving turkey is carved and there are scarcely any vestiges of Christmas to be seen by New Year's Day.

So, whether your traditions include chopping down your own Norman Rockwell-worthy tree or adorning something more akin to Charlie Brown's, when the branches start to brown and that heirloom glass ornament is looking precarious, it's time to un-trim that tree and kick it to the curb - literally. Houston and the surrounding areas offer several ways to recycle your tree after the holidays. Be sure to remove all tinsel, lights, ornaments, stands, etc beforehand (flocked trees are not accepted). And if you need to get rid of holiday string lights, bring them with you when you check out Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo. There is a receptacle near the entrance and lights are accepted until January 15.  

New Year's Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Sharkey's Party, Noon Bashes, Balloon Drop, Dec 31-Jan 1

We cannot believe it either - the year is almost over! If you are like me, gone are the days of partying until the sun comes up. But don't worry, you can still enjoy New Year's Eve parties with your kids. Places like the Downtown Aquarium, Children's Museum of HoustonThe Woodlands Children's Museum, Museum of Fine Arts and Memorial City Mall are having celebrations at noon to commemorate the end of the year with fun balloon drops and sparkling lemonade to cheer with your family and friends. You can also head down to Kemah for the annual New Year's Eve Family Celebration. If you have a babysitter lined up for the night, then check out the New Year's celebrations at City Centre or Sugar Land Square

Most likely your kids will wake up at the exact same time on the first day of 2017, so we have gathered a list of things to do on New Year's Day around Houston.

Everyone at Mommy Poppins Houston would like to wish you a wonderful New Year, and we are looking forward to helping you get the most out of Houston's best activities and events for kids for many years to come! Remember to sign up for our weekly newsletter to read about fun things to do each weekend in Houston. Here's the event lineup for New Year's weekend:

17 Things to Do on New Year's Day with Houston Kids

For many people, News Year's Day tends to be a lazy day of recovering from the previous evening's festivities. But once children come along it is nearly impossible to stay in bed all day relaxing or have a four-hour long brunch with friends. If you celebrated New Year's Eve with the family, you should be ready to go on January 1, or if you happened to snag a babysitter and enjoyed some champagne, chug that coffee and get ready to start the year off right with some memorable family fun! Here are 17 ideas for how to spend the first day of 2017 in and around Houston (and you can also check out our guide to family fun throughout winter break). 

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