Find Free Classes for Kids at 14 NYC Stores and Public Spaces

We'll just say it: Raising a kid is expensive. Weekend classes, summer camp, after-school care, and dance and music lessons can add up. According to the 2016 Backpack Index, parents spend an average of $739 a year on average per child on extracurricular activities. And let’s face it New Yorkers, we’re most likely paying much more than that.

That’s why we’ve rounded up 13 FREE classes that run year-round in NYC to lighten the financial load. All the classes listed here are free within free-to-access stores and public places, but there are also plenty of free and low-cost activities inside of NYC museums and gardens that have monthly-memberships. Don't forget that your IDNYC card will give you free or discounted access to many of these cultural institutions.

Peruse our Free in NYC Guide for more budget-friendly family fun.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Disney Fantasia, Toy Train Show, Jan 6-7

Welcome to 2018, and the first non-holiday weekend of the year! We have no doubt that this year is going to be a great one, and we are going to make certain that you are able to stay on top of everything fun and fresh that is happening throughout the Houston area each and every week. 

The colder weather may be forcing kids to stay indoors a little more than usual, but that doesn't mean you have to be confined to the house. Check out some of these great indoor play spaces around Houston for a change of pace that lets your kids be active while staying nice and cozy at the same time. This is also a great time to check out some of the many museums in the area that offer free admission on various days and times of the week. 

If you do need to take advantage of the extra time at home and have a technology inclined kid, or even just a technology interested kid, you'll definitely want to check out these FREE websites that teach kids computer programming and coding. They're sure to offer up an interesting and informative learning experience that ignites a curiosity and passion for technology.

Find your calendar lacking? Look no further than our exhaustive event calendar for events all around Houston and the surrounding areas, or turn to our January GoList for the month's best family-friendly events. To have posts like this delivered straight to your inbox, be sure to sign up for our free weekly newsletter

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Now, without further delay, let's take a look at the weekend events!

Warm Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Art Adventures, Disney's Frozen, and a Three Kings Day Party, January 6-7, 2018

Winter 2018 is getting very real very fast with this weekend's visiting bomb cyclone (don't worry--we had to look it up too) and polar vortex so our goal is warmth and comfort! Since it's the last weekend for Winterfest in Hartford, we had to include it in this round up, but otherwise we're looking at climate-controlled indoor activities that will keep the frost bite at bay, such as the Three Kings Day Party at the Wilson Branch of the New Haven Public Library, a Colonial Cooking Demonstration at the Wilton Historical Society, or Art Adventures at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich.

Weekend Fun: Cinderella, Magic Tricks, and Train Shows

With the holidays in the rear-view mirror, it's time to cozy up for some wintry family fun. Looking to save some dough after presents broke the bank? Peruse out our list of 15 FREE things to do across Long Island this month.

Since some parts of Long Island were gifted with snow this week (and with more in the forecast), be sure to check out these local sledding hot spots

Don't forget, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids. Our January GoList offers more great family events through the rest of the month. Don't see a great event here? Add it to our calendar yourself.

40 Snow Day Boredom Busters for Kids

Whenever the weatherman predicts a big snow, you can almost hear the collective cries of joy from children, and the sighs of resignation from the adults who know they’re going to have stir crazy kids at home. Somehow the initial excitement always seems to wear off way too early in the day, leaving hours still to be filled.

Before your brood drives you batty, scan through this list of things to do at home on a snow day, from baking projects (cake in a mug) to cool crafts (homemade puff paint) and fun games (indoor snowball fight or DIY obstacle course). We think you’ll find enough ideas to keep them happily entertained until the school bus pulls up again. Have fun and good luck!

Find more crafts, recipes, and at-home projects and games in our Boredom Busters Activities Guide.

The Best Indoor Play Spaces in Nassau County

The chilly weather might force your little ones indoors, but they don't have to be confined to your living room all winter long.

After you've made your umpteenth indoor fort and your kids are climbing the walls, get up and out with our list of the best indoor play destinations in Nassau County. Most of these spots are affordable and accessible, and, where appropriate we've added age designations to guarantee a good time for all. 

No worries if you're in Suffolk County. See our list of the top indoor play destinations in Suffolk as well as our guide to fun spots and sports centers across all of Long Island

For even more inspiration, see our guide to winter fun on Long Island, including indoor and outdoor ice skating, museums, sledding, and more.

Great Classes in Manhattan To Try in Winter 2018 for Tots To Teens

When the weather gets chilly, classes can be a total lifesaver. Luckily, New York City delivers an unbelievable array of options for babies through teenagers.

Try something literally off the wall, like drop-in parkour classes, or let kids' creativity take shape in a claymation class over school break. Develop new skills in gymnastics, tennis, and even Chinese. The options are virtually limitless.

You can search through dozens of classes by type or location in our Classes Guide and Directory Listings, but we've also rounded up some great options to inspire your family to find something new this season, especially now that the weather has us all stuck inside. 'Tis the season to sign up for winter and spring 2018, so take a look!

Best Picks for Doing Galveston Restaurant Week With Kids

If you've ever wanted to try some of the fabulous seaside fare at Galveston's top restaurants, there's no better time to do it than during Galveston Restaurant Week. Galveston may be a bit of a drive for some Houstonians, but with so many things to do around the island and reduced menu prices at many of the island's restaurants from Jan. 6- 21, 2018, it's worth the trip! We've made planning your day just a bit easier and rounded up our top 10 picks for kid-friendly restaurants to visit during Galveston Restaurant Week.

Fun Things To Do in Connecticut This First Week of 2018

Baby, it's cold outside but that in no way means that the fun needs to subside now that the holidays are over. We've got some suggestions this week on ways to to start off 2018 on the right foot. Looking for some free fun? Check out our 50 free things to do indoors list.  Know what else doesn't cost a thing? Signing up for our newsletters to get more posts like this delivered to your inbox! Happy New Year!

50 Fun Things to Do with Kids Indoors in New Jersey: A Winter Survival Guide

Being stuck inside on a cold, blustery day with your kids climbing the walls is far from our idea of a good time. Lucky for us, New Jersey has no shortage of ways to keep young 'uns entertained and active this winter, from museums and indoor play spaces to bowling alleys, dine-in move theaters, and roller rinks.

Bundle up your little ones and hit the road to check out one of these 50 fun ideas. Kid-friendly shows, drop-in arts & crafts, and sporty fun zones are just some of our favorite indoor activities guaranteed to cure cabin fever.

Read on for our list of the best of what New Jersey has to offer for the whole family this winter season. And be sure to check out our January GoList and Events Calendar for even more great ideas. Stay warm, NJ!


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