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Register for Free Swimming Lessons for NYC Kids

The New York City Parks Department offers FREE aquatic programs for children under 18 all year round, as well as adults, but you have to apply through an online lottery for each session. Winter swimming lessons are on the horizon, and the lottery for registration opens Saturday, December 23, 2017 at noon through Saturday, December 30, 2017 at 11:59pm, so straight through the school holiday break.

The winter swim lessons will take place Monday, January 8, 2018 through Thursday, March 22, 2018. The mandatory water test for older kids will take place Saturday, January 6, 2018.

Read on for the details on where to swim for free, or check our directory of paid kid swim classes, and mommy-and-me swim lessons for babies and toddlers, including those specifically in Brooklyn and in Queens.

25 Things to Do with Houston Kids Over Winter Break

As parents, we have the best intentions of organizing the most creative, Pinterest-worthy crafts and activities for our kids during school breaks. But let's be honest, they usually end up looking something like this. This winter break, you can always fall back on our holiday guide for events and things to do during the season, and read our other posts for fun things to do on Christmas Day and Christmas Eve. Below, you'll find 25 things to do you and the kids will love and that, more importantly, get you out of the house!

Michelangelo at the Mall: the Sistine Chapel Is in the Valley this Month

One of Rome's greatest draws is close to home this month, particularly if you live in the Valley. The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, one of the Vatican’s great wonders and Michelangelo's most famous work, can be enjoyed up close—in between shopping at The Gap and skating on the pop-up ice rink. While tourists who have saved all their lives for this moment are shepherded through the Vatican in a mob for a brief glimpse of the famous Creation of Adam, Angelenos can take a gander at a leisurely pace, feasting their eyes on a traveling exhibit that's as close as the mall.

20 Things to do with the Kids on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Connecticut

It's here! The "most wonderful" time of year! The decorations are up, the menu is planned and most of the gifts are wrapped. After much research, and a little bit of panic, I was able to get our "media issues" resolved so that we can watch "It's a Wonderful Life" on the big screen (all by myself)! Bring it on, I'm ready for you Christmas! And I hope you are too (or are on your way to finishing up). No matter what you celebrate, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or a combination of the above, may you have a wonderful holiday season. Here is a list of 20 events happening on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in case you are looking for something to do.

The Gazillion Bubble Show Delivers Magical, Soapy Fun for Kids

Few things can make a little kid smile faster than a burst of bubbles floating in the air. The Gazillion Bubble Show, playing north of Times Square at the New World Stages, brings that playful magic to the stage with its long-running show that aims to impress the young and the young-at-heart with bubble fun and tricks. 

This off-Broadway production is a favorite among families looking to introduce their kids to theater. Read on for our review...all about the bubbles.

What's Open on Christmas Day in LA: 15 Fun Things To Do

Not everyone spends Christmas Day opening presents and singing Christmas carols. If Christmas at your house feels much like any other day but without as much to do—or if your family are just really fast unwrappers—Mommy Poppins has you covered with everything from whales to festivals, and someplace to eat at the end of the day. Ready for 15 suggestions of things to do and places to go on Christmas Day that have (mostly) nothing to do with chestnuts or open fire?

10 Fun Events Happening in Connecticut This Week

If you don't have children home from school yet, you will soon, and you'll be happy to have the intel on a few activities and events to look forward to. Here's a list of things to do with the kids this week. Also, you can make sure to save the budget with our recent round up of holiday break FREE events for your family to enjoy. If you still need more local CT inspiration check out our day trip guide, our indoor fun guide, our daily event calendar, or our Mommy Poppins kid-friendly restaurant guide.

25 Things to Do with Westchester Kids Over Winter Break

The hectic-ness of the holidays are nearly behind you, and you'll soon be staring down a week without school—and with lots of free time. What to do? So much!

Whether you want to catch some basketball legends-in-the-making, watch a screening of a favorite flick, or start the new year off outdoors, we’ve got 25 fun things for Westchester families to do this winter break.

Looking for even more activities? Check out our Event Calendar and sign up for our newsletters!

Don’t Visit Disney’s Aulani Resort in Hawaii without Reading This

Aulani Resort in Hawaii is a unique property in the Disney family, offering an absolutely luxurious resort vacation with enough family fun that parents can enjoy without feeling like they are vacationing in Romper Room. The property is designed with a big “H” and a small “d” to put the emphasis on being an authentically inspired Hawaiian experience with a touch of Disney magic. This balance is just another example of how well Disney knows how to please families.

Aulani is a wonderful resort by any standards. With upscale, but family friendly accommodations, a world-class spa, and plenty of activities, we spent an entire week there and never ran out of things to do. In fact, the resort has so much going on that it’s worth doing some planning before you start packing in order to make sure you get the most out of your stay. We sussed out all the ins and outs of the resort to provide you with what you need to know to get the most out of your Disney Aulani vacation, reduce stress, and even save some money.

CHILL at the Queen Mary: The Icy Holiday Tradition Is All New

Forget everything you think you know about CHILL, The Queen Mary's annual festival of ice in Long Beach. The shipside holiday extravaganza has been around for five years now, but has had a revamp this season that makes it completely unlike previous iterations. Whether or not you have visited in the past, you'll want to bundle up your warm blooded kids and take them down to CHILL Ice Adventure Park for a day's worth of ice themed activities, and a night's worth of lights and libation.

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