Preschoolers

A-maze-ing! Review of the New MOS Mirror Maze Exhibit

The Museum of Science is a gift to families in Boston, offering dozens of interactive displays that take hours to investigate, with ever-changing rotating exhibits. Its newest temporary exhibit, A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature, is just as enthralling and informative as the Museum’s permanent collections, teaching visitors about how patterns are found everywhere, from a shell's spiral to the veins on a leaf. Bonus: Entrance to the exhibit is included in the general admission, so you can check it out without having to chip in any extra. Here's what we discovered in this truly cool exhibit, and our recommendations for visiting.

The South Street Seaport Museum: Tall Ships and NYC Beginnings

Looking for something unique to do with your family on the weekend in Lower Manhattan?

Stop by the gem of a historic spot, the South Street Seaport Museum—a place every New Yorker should visit at least once. Housed in New York’s southern-most seaport, this spot tells the story of how New York’s harbor gave rise to the metropolis we know and love today. After a major restoration post-Hurricane Sandy, the museum is back in action and ready to educate and entertain family members of all ages through tours, activities, workshops, and special events.

Read about other great exhibits for NYC kids in our Museum Guide.

Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebrations that Are Great for Kids

In New Orleans, it's Mardi Gras. In Venice, Italy, it's Carnevale. In Austria they call it Fasching, and in England Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day, or just plain old Fat Tuesday. Whatever the name, it's a party; and with its traditions of masks, music, and bling, this party deserves to be shared with kids. We've collected LA's most family-friendly Mardi Gras celebrations below, and they're mostly FREE. Let the good times roll!

20 Art Studios with Drop-In Sessions for New Jersey Kids

Like the idea of crafting with your kid but cringe at the thought of paint and glitter all over your house? Lucky for us, New Jersey is home to a variety of drop-in art studios that offer your spontaneous painter, potter, glassmaker, and jeweler the chance to get their craft on. The perfect destinations for a cold winter day, these craft-tastic spaces let you skip the mess at home while catering to your budding artist's creative impulses.  

The Snow Day: An Iconic NYC Story for Little Theatergoers

When you have a 4-year-old jumping bean like I do, the idea of taking him or her to a quiet, please-stay-in-your-seat performance is a little intimidating. But it'll never get better unless we practice, so we headed to MidtownTimes Square, to be exact—to try out a performance of the brand-new The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Jack Ezra Keats. With a runtime of 45 minutes, I was hopeful we could make it through this special series of tales from one of NYC's homegrown literary legends. 

Read on to find out all about the creative and inventive play/musical hybrid perfect for toddlers, preschoolers, and even elementary-age kids.

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!

Garden State Discovery Museum: A South Jersey Gem for Kids

Little explorers, artists, chefs, and sports fanatics will all find adventure at the Garden State Discovery Museum, a South Jersey gem filled with imaginary-play zones that attracts Philly and Jersey families. Where else can kids serve up diner meals, care for sick animals, and dig for dinosaur bones—all under one roof? Throw in original live performances, hands-on arts and crafts, and cultural celebrations from around the world, and this Cherry Hill museum is worth a day trip for families with curious kids to entertain. 

For more NJ museums, check out our list of kid-friendly museums in North Jersey—or for more action, let your crew burn off some serious energy at a mega indoor play space in New Jersey. 

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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Is LA's Weirdest Restaurant Worth a Trip Downtown with Kids?

Whether you're old enough to remember Clifton's Cafeteria before the major remodel, or just a touch leery of dragging little kids through the bustle of Downtown, there's no quirkier spot to indulge in comfort food than Clifton's. An outing to DTLA with kids takes some planning, and it wouldn't be complete without a stop at Clifton's, which is something of a little kid playground—but one rich in history and enough taxidermied animals to compete with the Natural History Museum. Visiting Clifton's and its Cabinet of Curiosities can be a family adventure kids will remember—and beg to repeat.

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