Preschoolers

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Valentine's Day Cookies, Crafts, Feb. 13-14

Love is in the air this Valentine's Day weekend. Share it with your family with Valentine's Cookie Decorating, Heartfelt Messages or Sailor's Valentine Craft. Parents can also take the night off and drop the kiddies off at Key to My Art for Kid's Valentine Paint Night.

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Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Aircraft, Dinosaurs, & Valentines February 13-14

A three-day weekend is ahead and plenty of action awaits around the state. If you're looking for outdoor activities, check out our Ski and Snow Sports Guide, or take a peek at 40 Snow Day Boredom Busters that are fun even on a snowless winter day. Because temperatures are predicted to drop into single digits, it might be a good time to sit back and enjoy a family-friendly theater outing. Sunday is the last chance to catch The Jungle Book at the Downtown Cabaret Children's theater, and Monday you can start the week off with Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood Live! at the Jorgensen Center in Storrs. 

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7 Birthday Party Places for Adrenaline Junkies

If you have an adventure loving kiddie on your hands, the usual bounce house birthday party might not quench their need for speed. Your thrill seeking boy or girl can have the time of their lives at one of these birthday spots on Long Island that will have you zipping, zooming, driving and diving. Be sure to call for up-to-date pricing and availability. And for more birthday party ideas, check out our Long Island Party Guide.

Our Trip Along the Chocolate Trail

What better way to spend a winter weekend than a trip along the Connecticut Chocolate Trail with my little sweetheart. Connecticut has many trails and tours that explore numerous hand crafted artisanal goodies, but the Chocolate Trail seems like a perfect fit for the Valentine's season. While there are many businesses on the trail, we decided to keep it more local and explore some of the spots just in Fairfield County.

13 Queens Play Spaces and Kiddie Gyms

Queens has plenty of indoor play spaces with open play hours—more than Manhattan in fact. We found 13 indoor romping spots in the borough that offer drop-in sessions open to the public, so there's no need to buy a pricey annual membership. Bonus: Most of these spots host birthday parties, too, and are much more affordable (as in half price in some cases) than their Manhattan—and Brooklyn—competitors.

Weekday Picks for LI Kids: Valentine's Fun, Darwin Day, Feb. 8-12

Celebrate Valentine's Day a few days early this week with a special storytime at Once Upon a Treetop and special Sweetheart Jump at Pump it Up. And be sure to check out other Valentine's Day actvities and crafts leading up to the big day. Kids can also drop in for some gym time and learn about Darwin Day. For more, check out our Long Island events calendar. You can also get the best events of the week sent directly to your inbox each week if you sign up for our newsletter.

Allergy Aware Bakeries in Connecticut

There are so many great bakeries in every corner of Connecticut. But, like many of you, my daughter’s school is a nut free facility. For everyone’s safety, if we want to send in treats for celebrations and birthdays, they have to be store bought and in their original sealed containers. For really special celebrations, like birthdays and holidays, I like to bring in something a little more festive than a box of Oreo Cookies. Thankfully, Connecticut has a growing list of bakeries that can provide a fresh-baked treat that everyone can enjoy.

10 Valentine's Day Activities: Cards, Crafts, and Things To Do

Valentine's Day is always on February 14, and yet somehow it seems to sneak up on our family each year in plain view, taking us by slow motion surprise. For weeks we've known that we need to come up with Valentine's Day cards for every kid in the class (and we all know what's happened to class sizes). Putting two and two together to make 27 construction paper hearts, though, always proves harder than we think. To avoid a late-night glue stick session on February 13, or a last minute defeated run to Target for a package of Dora and Diego cards, we have assembled a list of events to get help and inspiration for Valentine's Day card craft projects—before February 14. And the photo above? It speaks for itself.

Play Fair: Where Kids Can Discover Toys of the Future

This post is sponsored by Play Fair.

Imagine a place where all the world's toy makers get together to show off the brand new, not-on-the-shelves-yet toys they've invented to wow children of all ages. Sounds like heaven for kids, doesn't it? That's what Toy Fair is, but until now it's always been a strictly business, adults-only event. Well, all that's about to change with Play Fair, an awesome, two day toy fair especially for kids and families. On February 13 and 14, at the Javits Center, families can check out all the latest games and toys, plus tons of live entertainment and some special appearances. Toy Fair may just be the closest thing to a Willie Wonka world for toy-loving kids.

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