Andy Fenwick

Andy Fenwick

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Celebrate Martin Luther King Day with Kids at These NYC Events

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is peaceful for New York City kids, but it sure isn't boring, with music and storytelling and volunteer activities all focused on celebrating Dr. King's life and teachings with kids. Enjoy interactive peace marches, a historic walking tour of Harlem, a FREE bash at BAM in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, and various museum events.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Monday, January 15, 2018) is also a National Day of Service, when citizens are encouraged to help out in their communities. So we've included a list of family volunteering opportunities that are wonderful ways to honor King's work. You can find even more things to do on MLK Day in our Event Calendar.

New Year's Weekend in NYC: Thomas, Fireworks, Museum Fun

As far as New York City kids are concerned, New Year’s Day weekend covers every angle of fun: outdoor and indoor; day and night. On New Year's Eve, stay up late for fireworks at Prospect Park, Coney Island, or in Central Park.

Museum fans can choose between the all-weekend throw down at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan, the all-weekend Lego Batman screening and superhero workshop at the Museum of the Moving Image, or the huge Kwanzaa Celebration at the American Museum of Natural History on Saturday, December 30. Also, arriving on time as he does every year, Thomas the Tank Engine swings through the New York Botanical Garden.

Our best bets for weekend fun are below. Essential: our guide to New Year's Eve Fireworks and Celebrations. Also essential: our guide to everything you can do on New Year's Day in New York City.

If cabin-fevered kids need to shake their little bodies free of energy, don’t miss our guide to indoor places to go for free, and winter day trip ideas. Make sure not to miss our 25 Free Things for Kids to Do in NYC on Winter Holiday Break or 35 Top Things to Do in NYC This School Vacation.

More family fun can be found in our Event Calendar and Holiday Fun Guide.

New Year's Day 2018 with NYC Kids: Things to Do as a Family

One reason we live in New York City (and pay crazy rents, take packed subways, and research early education options as if we're going for a Ph.D.) is to take advantage of all the cultural experiences it offers year-round. If one of your New Year's resolutions is to do more fun things with your kids, why not kick off 2018 by taking advantage of all the great places open on New Year's Day in the Big Apple?

We came up with seven resolutions for families and then found activities to fulfill each one—all at places open on January 1, 2018, in NYC. You can find more seasonal fun, including little kid and big kid ways to celebrate New Year's Eve, in our Holiday Guide, or in our 25 Free Things to Do in NYC with Kids on Winter Break

All of us at Mommy Poppins wish you and your families a happy, healthy, and prosperous new year.

Christmas Weekend Events and Fun Activities for NYC Kids

Should New York City kids get antsy over 2017's three-day Christmas weekend, head to Brookfield Place or Bryant Park for multiple Christmas activities all in one spot, some of them free. In Queens, check out a kids' movie screening and a superhero workshop to go with it, or see holiday-themed plays like Hanna and the Moonlit Dress in Manhattan or A Charlie Brown Christmas in Long Island City. On Christmas Eve, you can go caroling under the Washington Square Arch or bowling in Brooklyn

See our full lowdowns on the best family outings on Christmas Eve. Maybe dodge Santa with a few of these day trips, too, or start booking that next family weekend away with these inexpensive weekend getaways.

All of our top weekend picks are below. It’s also not too late to get a photo snapped with Santa, even one for free. Also access our December GoList for more suggestions, and for the coming week-without-school, we've amassed 35 fun things to do with NYC kids over the holiday break and even many 100% FREE to-dos around the city.

Of course, you can discover more great NYC events in our Event Calendar, and check out our 100 Best Things to Do with NYC Kids for the ultimate staycation ideas list.

Hanukkah Celebrations and Menorah Lightings for NYC Families

New York City knows how to celebrate the holidays, and Hanukkah is no different. The Festival of Lights arrives early in 2017, with the first night on Tuesday, December 12. But have no fear: we've rounded up nearly two dozen ways to celebrate this wonderful Jewish holiday, and most of them are free.

Some cool new and newish events this year! There's the first-ever Menorah on the High Line, and the Chabad of DUMBO has transformed its yearly Hanukkah celebration into Fire and Ice at Jane's Carousel. We also have the annual mainstays, from the World's Largest Hanukkah Menorah Lighting, to Chanukah on Ice and Hanukkah Family Day at the Jewish Museum

Thanksgiving Weekend in NYC: Parade, Santaland, Holiday Lights

Turkey might be the main course, and the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade is the centerpiece, but holiday events for New York City kids immediately shift into December-mode on the final weekend of November. Macy's Santaland opens, and the Dyker Heights Christmas lights begin to twinkle. Catch the opening days of the annual, out-of-this-world holiday train show at the New York Botanical Garden. On Saturday, you can attend tree lightings in Park Slope, Brooklyn, and Glendale, Queens, and, on Sunday, kids can meet Santa on a Flatbush Farm or take a ride on a throwback subway train (on the way to Sunday events).

For stuff to do on Thanksgiving day itself, look no further than our guide to 10 things to do on Thanksgiving with NYC kids, and of course, our 100 Top Things to Do in NYC with Kids list is always at the ready for school holidays and staycations.

We also have the full 411 on Santa Claus brunches, teas, and cruises, more neighborhood Christmas Tree lightings, and our guide to 21 NYC Holiday Activities Every Kid Should Try Once. This is also the weekend cut your own Christmas tree farms traditionally open, and of course the holiday shows and theater are beginning now with The Magic Flute for Kids at the Met OperaGeorge Balanchine's The Nutcracker, and A Christmas Carol kicking off this long Thanksgiving weekend.

As always, you can support your holiday planning with Mommy Poppins mainstays like our November GoList, our event calendar, and our action-packed Holiday Fun Guide.

10 Things to Do on Thanksgiving Day with NYC Kids

Other than the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, is there really anything else New York City can offer on the holiday? Of course! We found 10 fun ways to spend the day with your kids that don't involve eating turkey or watching giant balloons. And by 10 events, we mean almost 20, as you'll see below. Many of these events are FREE, and some of them occur only this year. Some, like Ai Weiwei's Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, are both free and here only in 2017.  

Read on for our picks, from zoos to bowling alleys, or movies, and even an exhibit dedicated to Downton Abbey. Got a car? Loads of events right outside New York City are open on Thanksgiving. See our guide to 10 picture-perfect holiday day-trips near NYC

Oh, also: A Happy Thanksgiving to your family from all of the parents at Mommy Poppins NYC. Here's to a happy holiday season

Find more Thanksgiving weekend events in our Event Calendar and November GoList.

19 Fun Things To Do with NYC Kids on Election Day

New York City kids get a day off from school on November 7, but maybe voting-age adults should have Election Day off, too, and not just because it's important that everyone vote; there's so much fun to be had! Fall weather offers the perfect chance to hit up one of New York City’s many destination playgrounds, but we’ve also scoured our event and museum listings, and combed through our day trip guides to put together a list of 19 things to do on Election Day. 

Of course, many (if not most) parents have to work one way or another on Tuesday November 7. See our directory for the many mini camps around the city offered on Election Day. And while you're at it, see our November GoList, our Fall Fun Guide, and our list of 35 free, family events in November for an action packed November beyond Tuesday.