The Siberian Express has buried most of us, but that’s no reason to seal up your front door and hibernate the rest of the winter away. Instead of developing a highly contagious bout of cabin fever, escape to one of the city’s museums with your kids and soak up some invigorating art and culture. So pull on your boots, find your kids’ missing mittens, and check out one of RedRover’s 17 best winter museum exhibits for kids.
• Yes, you are seeing spots – lots of ‘em. Spots, dots, fragments, and pixels are rearranged, built up, and broken down in Pixelated: Sum of Its Pieces at the Children’s Museum of Art. Kids will learn that one small speck when multiplied and colored can create a rich, deep work of art. Best for kids age 4 and up. Now to May 3.
• Kids get to lift, launch and levitate at From Here to There at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Kids can experiment with hands-on exhibits that make learning about gravity, friction, and the laws of motion fun. All ages but best for your littlest scientists. Now to May 10.
Lemon yellow lion dancers, shiny red envelopes filled with crisp dollar bills, sugary intense sweets… what’s not to love about the Chinese Lunar New Year? Kids adore all the fun festivities that go along with the holiday, and we’ve culled together the best ones. Here are 18 ways to celebrate the Lunar New Year and the year of the sheep/goat.
• Go bang-bang at the Lunar New Year Firecracker Ceremony & Cultural Festival. Held at the Sara D. Roosevelt Park, this event guarantees lots of snap, crackle, and pop – along with your fair share of treats and trinkets (Feb. 19).
Call it what you may – Presidents’ Week, Mid-Winter Break, or February Vacation – the fact remains that you’ve got a ton of big, long, empty days to fill and to keep the kids busy. Thankfully, many museums and cultural institutions have you in mind and have scheduled lots of cool stuff to do, from presidential scavenger hunts in New York to Chinese New Year celebrations in San Francisco. Here are 21 kid activities for the best mid-winter break ever.
• Be wowed by the big cats and amazing acrobats at a Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus performance (Feb. 18-19).
• Make a splash at Happy Feet Penguin Pool Party at the Mountain Aquatic Center where kids can swim, play games, watch a movie, and eat pizza (Feb. 20).
Valentine Day’s may be for lovers, but kids love this holiday too – just think of all those chubby-cheeked cupids and heart-shaped chocolates. And here at RedRover we know that the little ones in your life are really your greatest love, so we scoured the cities and found these 24 super fun kid-friendly activities for Valentine’s Day.
• Go classic at My Family Valentine where the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will perform musical pieces based on the greatest love stories of all time, including Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, and Sleeping Beauty (Feb. 14).
The Super Bowl isn’t the only game in town this weekend. Whether or not Sunday’s kickoff is the highlight of your family’s weekend, there is still a ton of fun going on in your city before the Big Game. Here are 21 kid events for an extra fun Super Bowl weekend.
Wanna give your kids an idea how long a football field is? Drive up to Snow Mountain Park and check out their winter wonderland — five football fields of frosty joy. Make it a real snow day – whether it be zooming down a 400-foot hill or building a monster snowman. For geek-inclined youngsters, don a lab coat at the Kids Science Show at the Children’s Museum of Atlanta or experiment with 3-D printing and create a Minecraft lighthouse at the Museum of Design Atlanta. Or swim with the fishes – or rather sleep with the fishes – at the Georgia Aquarium’s Sleepover. While many refer to Feb. 1 as Super Bowl Sunday, the Little House of Art has deemed it Princess Day. Dress the part and have a royally divine (and pink) day with arts & crafts, face-painting, and princess lessons!
Who doesn’t love a puppet show, especially when it’s freezing cold outside and your options for keeping the kids entertained are very limited? Even the squirmiest kids sit still after the curtain is pulled back. Throughout the winter, stop by one of these 17 super fun puppet shows in New York City, Boston, Atlanta, the Hamptons, and San Francisco. We guarantee you will be wowed by gorgeous marionettes and smitten with cuddly puppets.
Planted in the middle of Central Park, the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre never fails to disappoint. Sponsored by the City Parks Foundation, the creative troupe delivers the goods with the perennial favorite Jack and the Beanstalk (Jan. 24-June 28). Over in Brooklyn, another classic fairytale – Sleeping Beauty — gets the puppet treatment at Puppetworks (Jan. 24-Mar. 29), which will be adding performances during the mid-winter school break (yea!). At the Museum of Jewish Heritage, Yellow Sneaker throws a little music into the mix at its show (Jan. 25). This unique band uses cute puppets to keep the wee ones extra entertained as they groove to the tunes. For your youngest kiddos, stop by the Scandinavia House for Puppet Playtimes (Feb. 5 & 26). Join professional puppeteer Nicola McEldowney and her band of storytelling puppets for a cozy session of stories, music, and interactive games.
Hurray! Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and that means a three-day weekend! But with that comes the nagging question for parents: What am I going to do with the kids? Well, banish that pesky thought because we found a slew of events celebrating the life of MLK. Here are 14 Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities for kids that will keep everyone busy and happy.
For younger kids, start the day at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan where kids can honor Dr. King’s memory by creating a mosaic of his portrait. For older kids, begin the fun at DiMenna Children’s Museum at N-Y Historical Society for a Civil Rights Scavenger Hunt. By looking for clues at the museum’s exhibit “Freedom Journey 1965,” young scholars will learn about the courageous people who marched for equal voting rights. While you’re uptown, stop by the Museum of the City of New York for Activist NY: I Have A Dream where families can tour the exhibit and then design their own bookmark to remind them of Dr. King’s dream. Speaking of dreams, at What’s Your Dream? at the Museum at Eldridge Street, kids will hear a moving story and make collages inspired by Dr. King’s famous speech. Later in the day, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum will beckon you with beats by the Berean Community Drumline. This high energy performance will get your kids stomping and dancing in celebration.
The temperatures are plummeting, and, for most of the country, the weather has been brutal. There are only so many times you can watch “The LEGO Movie” or build a fort in your living room before you go gaga. Fortunately, there are plenty of drop-in classes in New York, Atlanta, Boston, The Hamptons, and San Francisco. So get ready to escape the cold and quash cabin fever at one of these 21 drop-in classes this winter.
For Mini-Artistes. Throughout the next few months, the Children’s Museum of the Arts hosts a lot of fun and inventive workshops for all ages. From designing super hero chest plates to operating a printing press or fashioning Minecraft masks, CMA will keep your kids creatively busy and inspired. For kids age 5 and under, check out Art Kids at Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Held on Fridays, the drop-in classes explore a new style of art each week. Just down the road at the Brooklyn Museum, your family can get more than just the facts at Arty Facts, which meets every Sunday. Or head uptown to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and throughout the week, your kids can travel through time at Art Trek and Start with Art and Music.
For Geeks. Do your kids like gadgets and the hottest techie toys? At New York Hall of Science, kids can get their hands on a 3-D printer at 3D Modeling with TinkerCAD and turn their ideas into something tangible.
Since you’ve had kids, your wild New Year’s Eve parties may be over, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t have fun. In fact, you can have a blast with your kids about 12 hours before the stroke of midnight on Dec. 31. Many museums host Noon Year’s Eve parties where the whole fam can play games, drink punch, and usher in the new year at a saner hour for everyone. Here are RedRover’s picks for Noon Year’s Eve parties in New York City, Atlanta, Boston, the Hamptons, and San Francisco.
• Ring in the New Year at Children’s Museum of the Arts. Not only will there be plenty of drinks, snacks, and dancing but also lots of art-making—this is the Children’s Museum of the Arts after all!
We’re getting down to the zero hour, folks. We’re in the midst of Hanukkah and Christmas is just a few days away. With all the shopping and prepping for the holidays and Winter Break with the kids, your holiday cheer could quickly morph into holiday jeers. As a preemptive strike and a tonic to your droopy spirit, check out RedRover’s top holiday light displays in New York City, Atlanta, Boston, the Hamptons, and San Francisco that will definitely help to make the season bright.
• Get your kids’ eyes all aglow at the granddaddy (or grand dame, whichever you prefer) of all X-mas trees and visit the Christmas Tree at Rockefeller Center; and
• See the sea and a glorious tree at the Holiday on the Hudson Christmas Tree at West Harlem Piers Park; and
• Light it up at the World’s Largest Menorah as you and the kids nibble on latkes.
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