Sonia Gonzalez

Sonia Gonzalez

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Sonia Gonzalez
NYC Editor / Writer

Sonia is a veteran editor and writer for Mommy Poppins. She loves exploring greater New York with her husband and their three kids and is always on the looking out for innovative, educational and fun things to do with them. She is thrilled to have this platform to share what she finds with Mommy Poppins readers.
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Weekday Fun: MLK Day, Snowkus Pocus, Teen Media Lab

The week kicks off with a day off of school (and long weekend) in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Join Manhattan Country School for a commemorative march or use the day to score a gingerbread house at the New York Hall of Science. NYC kids can also catch two live productions later this week—Babel and Snowkus Pocus: Enchant the Spring—and then a Digital Media Lab for teens at the Museum of the Moving Image.

Speaking of movies, tickets go on sale soon for the New York International Children's Film Festival—and the best flicks always sell out fast. Members can purchase tickets beginning this Wednesday, January 18, and non-members the following Wednesday, January 25. Don't forget the BAMKids Film Festival kicks off in just two weeks, and those tickets are already on sale...and starting to sell out!

Looking to sign the kids up for a new class this winter-spring semester? We just profiled top basketball, gymnastics, and ballet lessons around the city, and there are plenty more options in our Classes Guide for NYC Kids, from baby and me to STEM, writing, and even summer internships for teens.

Our top event picks for this week in NYC are below. For more ideas, be sure to peruse our Event Calendar and our January GoList, full of the best family events happening all month.

Weekday Fun: Comic Book Fest, Free Sports, Tot Party

This week, keep kids active and outdoors with organized—and gratiswinter games in Battery Park or get creative with a music engineering workshop at the Microsoft Store. Comic book fans, listen up! Friday kicks off the Fifth Annual Black Comic Book Festival at the Schomburg Center in Harlem; and for more Harlem storytelling fun, take little ones to Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling for Topsy Turvy Thursdays, a fun interactive storytelling presentation.

If this weekend's snowfall has you wanting more, be sure to check out our Skiing, Snowboarding, and Snow Sports Guide for great kid-friendly spots to enjoy winter sports. Or for a more low-key outing, head to one of NYC's outdoor ice skating rinks, then warm up with a comforting cup of delicious hot cocoa.

Our best weekday bets are below. As always, be sure to peruse our daily Event Calendar and out January GoList, featuring the top family-friendly events happening all month long!

Weekday Fun: Hobbit Village, Three Kings Parade, Broadway Week

NYC kids may be back to school this week, but that doesn't mean the fun has to end. Create your own hobbit village, check out a hot new kid-friendly destination, score 2-for-1 Broadway tickets, and celebrate Three Kings Day with a joyful parade full of oversize puppets and even camels.

Of course, with so many holiday-themed events and destinations throughout the Big Apple, it's possible you may have missed a few happenings. No worries, you've still got time to check out a holiday train show, spectacular department store holiday window displays, final school break activities, and New Year's Day fun.

Read on for our top weekday picks and don't forget to peruse our hot-off-the-presses January GoList to help you plan out the rest of the month. Also be sure to check our Event Calendar for daily happenings in all five boroughs. Happy New Year to you and yours from all of us here at Mommy Poppins!

Holiday Week Events for Kids: Live Music, Kwanzaa, Free Workshops

Adding to the euphoria of Christmas morning, NYC kids also have a week off from school to look forward to! Wondering how to make the most of the week ahead? Our top picks include ReMake the Holidays at the New York Hall of Science and a weeklong interactive workshop at the Microsoft Store. If you missed the New York International Children's Film Festival, head to Best of the Fest: Kid Flix 2 to check out a collection of award-winning short films.

All of our best bets are below. For even more ideas, we've rounded up 35 things to do over the holiday break, plus 25 FREE ways to enjoy the time off with kids. Also be sure to peruse our daily Event Calendar and the Holiday Fun Guide for the final seasonal events.

11 Winter School Break Camps for Kids in Westchester

December is a busy month full of holiday festivities, including live shows, Santa sightings, shopping and more. Before you know it, the holiday break is upon us and you may find yourself wondering how to keep the kids entertained while off from school.

As much as kids love the break, we know how quickly they can become stir-crazy sitting around at home, even during the holidays. No worries—we've rounded up a ton of places that will keep your wee (and not so wee) ones busy and entertained. These drop-off camps include art, sports, games and other activities for kids of all ages. 

Weekday Fun: Holiday Concert, STEAM fun, Ice Sculptures

The coming week in NYC features festive holiday fun including a concert at St. Patrick's Cathedral, a stunning ice sculpture exhibition, coding fun, and of course, a performance of The Nutcracker!

During the height of the holiday season, be sure to check out our list of holiday activities every kid should try at least once, or take a break from holiday-themed fun to visit some of NYC's outdoor ice skating rinks before the temperatures really start to dip.

Thinking of heading out town? Consider one of these winter day trips, or check out our Family Travel Guide for more ideas. All of our best weekday picks are below. As always, our December GoList and Event Calendar are chock-full of even more options and happenings throughout NYC.

Pip's Island Leads Kids on Captivating Theatrical Adventure

Are the kids ready for an adventure? Or at least an interactive theater experience that doesn’t require sitting? Enter Pip's Island—a new live theater production for kids that just opened in NYC. You don’t even have to go to Midtown! It’s playing in Chelsea all holiday season long.

Although my NYC family has been to (and even acted in) plenty of children’s theater, I can easily say that this show was truly unlike any previous performance we’ve been to.

There is no stage; there are no seats. Instead, the production is crafted as more of a full-scale game of make-believe. Actors lead the kids on an hourlong quest, literally moving through rooms, and encourage them to help solve a mystery by locating and rescuing Amperes Wattson, leader of this magical, faraway world they are now inhabiting (Pip’s Island), from an ambitious villain, Joules Volter.

Read on for our full review.

Weekday Fun: Halloween, Kids Film Fest, Canstruction

This week kicks off with citywide Halloween celebrations including Halloween 313, Halloween at the American Museum of Natural History, parades, and good old-fashioned trick-or-treating. But the fun doesn't stop there. Also on tap this week in NYC is the amazing Canstruction altruistic art exhibit, My First Film Fest for kids, and, for teens, an awesome evening with four YA sci-fi authors.

If you find your little ones suffering from a post-Halloween candy hangover, check out sweet ways to donate your haul. And while you're in the giving spirit, check out inspiring ways to volunteer during the upcoming holidays. Looking for more ways to spend your days? Our useful guide can help you explore Dumbo with kids like a pro.

Read on for our top weekday picks, and be sure to peruse our Event Calendar and November GoList for more options.

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