Preschoolers

Weekday Picks: Handwriting Day, Matilda, and More Indoor Fun, Jan. 23-27

With all the recent (much-needed) rain, we head indoors for the most part with our list of weekday activities. These include the Kids' Handwriting Day Craft Program and Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum at branch libraries, CAAM: After School and Free Day at the Long Beach Art Museum at local museums, and movie screenings such as the Disney Moana Sing-Along and Mulan (Throwback Thursday)

For more indoor inspiration, check out our list of 10 free indoor activities for a rainy LA day and 25 indoor play spaces in LA and OC.

Weekday Picks for Connecticut Kids: Stars, Movement, and Crafts, January 23-27

Explore museum collections, sing and move, or learn about the solar system this week. Whether it's raining, sleeting, or snowing, you'll find lots of fun things to do in our Indoor Family Fun Guide. Our frequently updated Event Calendar and Winter Guide are always full of great info too. Follow Mommy Poppins CT on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest so you don't miss a thing. And don't forget to vote for your favorite biz in our Bestie Awards Contest!

10 Chinese Lunar New Year Festivals for Families around Los Angeles

Time to say Gung Ha Fat Choy to our kids, wish them a happy Year of the Rooster, and bring them to a Chinese New Year festival! LA families have several opportunities to greet the Lunar New Year, from low-key neighborhood events to Chinatown's century old grand scale festival. One thing they all have in common is beautiful imagery, so bring a camera and get ready for the Year of the Rooster at one of the family-friendly events below.

Best Indoor Play Spaces on Long Island: 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 fort and your kids are climbing the walls, get up and out with our list of play places across Nassau County. And don't forget to check out our rundown of Indoor Places in Suffolk County, as well as 5 More Indoor Play Spaces on Long Island.

Chinese New Year: Celebrate Lunar New Year with Westchester Kids

Mid-winter holidays are few and far between and often focus on Valentine’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Presidents’ Day. Less celebrated is the Chinese New Year (also known as Lunar New Year). This year, local festivities marking the year of the rooster give families a chance for fun cultural immersion.

The events we’ve culled together vary in scope and offer something for all ages—including food, music, dance and crafts. Read on to learn about Chinese New Year activities happening this year in January and February, and then visit our Event Calendar for other great happenings in and around Westchester this month.

Legoland's New Hotel Can Be Your Kids' Castle for a Night

Kids soon can immerse themselves in the imagination and creativity of the Legoland California Resort in a whole new way. We attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Legoland Castle Hotel, scheduled to open in the spring of 2018, and we're already excited to pack our bags and move in!

Parent's Night Out Childcare Options in Houston

As parents, we all need a break from being "on" from time to time even if it's just for a few hours. Whether it's dinner with your spouse, a night out with friends, or a few hours where you just shed the role of "parent" and enjoy some alone time, we need those nights off duty. But what happens when you can't find a sitter? You take the kids to a local Parent's Night Out! Many churches, gyms, and other businesses have dedicated evenings - usually on Friday or Saturday - for parents to come drop their kids off for a few hours in a safe, supervised setting. The kids get to play games and do crafts with other kids, and you get a few hours off; it's a win-win situation for everyone. To make scheduling your next "adults only" night easy, we've rounded up Parent's Night Out offerings across the Houston area - and even a Parent's Day Out so you can enjoy the random day date, too. 

Liddle Bites Play Cafe: A Welcome Addition to Long Beach

Sometimes a change of destination and access to new toys—ones you don't have to actually buy—is all small children and their parents need to survive the harshest months of winter.

Liddle Bites Play Cafe in Long Beach is one of the newest and sweetest indoor play spaces to open in Nassau County. With plenty of toys, costumes, and structures set up to encourage play, seating, and even snacks, it's an intimate and complete play space that helps kids stay engaged and unleash imaginations — no matter what the weather is like outside.

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Winterfest, Seals, and Art Adventure, January 21-22

This weekend includes not one but two Winterfest celebrations: the last weekend for free skating in Bushnell Park and the annual celebration at Earthplace in Westport. If, on the other hand, you're having a case of the winter blahs and looking to stay warm and toasty inside, there are some fantastic children's theater opportunities, including adaptations of Fancy Nancy and Biscuit, some sweet and messy cooking, and an art adventure at the Bruce Museum, just to name a few.

If you haven't had a chance yet, help us pick Connecticut's BESTIES—that's all the places in Connecticut that we can't live without. Our favorite play spaces, family restaurants, museums, camps, and more. Make sure to cast your vote.

We update our Events Calendar daily so be sure to check back often for the latest and greatest.  To keep up with the latest family-friendly events and activities, be sure to also sign up for our newsletters, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Governors Island Will Open a Month Early in 2017

Governors Island, long one of our favorite summer spots, will open to the public on Monday, May 1 this year, nearly a full month ahead of its usual schedule. Typically it opens for the season on Memorial Day weekend.

The earlier opening isn't just for weekends, either. Ferries will shuttle New Yorkers to the massive park seven days a week, from May 1 through October 1, offering access to the brand-new playgrounds it debuted last year, art, and cool festivals like Figment. Suddenly we know what we're doing for Mother's Day 2017! 

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