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Best Snow Tubing Spots Near New York City

Even when there's no snow to be found in NYC, or the city's best sledding hills are worn down to the dirt, you'll typically find perfect snow hills for tubing with the kids just a short drive away. 

Sliding down my parents' front lawn is one of my fondest childhood memories, and now our family's winter trek to a nearby snow tubing spot helps to recreate those magical moments. It's a wonderful seasonal activity that unlike skiing requires no skill or gear. Everything you need—a tube, a hill and snow—are provided by the parks. Just dress warmly and you're good to go.

Here are 10 ski resorts in upstate New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania that offer snow tubing, most less than a two-hour drive from Midtown Manhattan. They typically open in January (or earlier when colder temps allow for snow-making), so be sure to click through to the listing to read about today's conditions. You can find more seasonal activities in our Winter Fun Guide or Indoor Play Guide.

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Post Parade, Oshogatsu, American Girl Doll Reveal, January 2 - 3

2015, what's that? Like, the year it used to be or something? I wouldn't know, because I am super immersed in 2016 culture, the fashion trends, the catch phrases, the emojis... I'm so into 2016, I'm practically 2017 or maybe even 2018. (In hindsight, perhaps I should have said 2020.)

With the New Year, comes a brief slowdown in the pace (just until everyone gets a 2016 calendar, so we're all on the same page). This is not to say there isn't plenty to do. Whether you're playing catch up, last hurrah, or hold the phone what is this new joy, you can entertain yourself twenty ways to Monday and still have more to fill your week.

So sit back, relax, and let the 2016 times roll as you get started on this year's Christmas shopping.  (Or is it just at my house that the new list is already forming? Anyone? Anyone?)

Keep reading for more on all the fresh-off-the-presses awesomeness that is this weekend…

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Genghis Khan, Yuletide, Resolutions Jan 2-3

The first weekend in January has arrived, and families throughout Philadelphia are trying to keep to their New Year's resolutions such as exercising more, losing weight, or becoming more organized. However, if your resolution is to experience more of Philly and its surrounding suburbs in 2016, our Events Calendar can help.

Explore the Franklin Institute and learn about Genghis Khan as this special exhibit which concludes this weekend. Catch one of the last performances of Jack Frost Saves Christmas at The Media Theatre. Or, savor the beauty of the duPont mansion as Yuletide at Winterthur finishes another season.

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Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Winter Story Time, Puppet Show, Live Theater, January 2-3

Kick off the new year with some wholesome family fun right here on Long Island. Say goodbye to 2015 by taking in some last-chance holiday light shows, train displays and live theater. And if you still need more to do, visit our Holiday Guide.

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Register for Free Swimming Lessons for NYC Kids

The New York City Parks Department offers FREE aquatic programs for children under 18 all year round, as well as adults, but you have to apply through an online lottery for each session.

The first lottery of 2016 opens in January for indoor swim lessons at select recreation center pools scattered throughout the city, including Brooklyn, the Bronx and Queens.

Read on for the details on where to swim for free, or check our directory of paid kid swim classes or mommy-and-me swim lessons for babies and toddlers.

January GoList: The Best Things To Do With Philly Kids

With the excitement of the holidays drawing to a close and winter weather approaching, January can seem like a dreary month. However, I like to think of it as a time to start fresh with new plans and goals for the year. The January Mommy Poppins calendar is no different. Christmas programming is ending, and we are seeing new performances, winter nature activities and indoor play fun. Martin Luther King Day is filled with events and day-long camps for the little ones.

Be sure to check out our guide to 100 Things to Do with Kids in Philly and make some New Year's resolutions to explore the city with the family.

Read on for our January GoList picks of the best family events in Philadelphia this month.

New Year's Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Art, Ice Skating, Birds, and a Frozen Party, January 2-3

Welcome to a new year! The Mommy Poppins Connecticut team wishes you and your family a healthy and happy 2016. We hope that our posts and Events Calendar will provide you with many ideas for enjoying the upcoming months to the fullest, beginning with the January Go List.

If you’re still recovering from festivities, you can take it easy this weekend, which appears to be pretty quiet throughout the state. It’s the last chance this season to stroll through the Fantasy of Lights in New Haven, or the Festival of Silver Lights in Meriden. You can also relax at Maritime Aquarium with a viewing of The Polar Express, showing for the last time this weekend.

Inflatable Fun! A Visit to Bounce Town in Canton

Too wet? Too cold? Too hot? No problem. The climate-controlled Bounce Town in Canton, one of the newest indoor playing spaces in the Hartford area, provides a great outing for children, no matter what the season or the reason. Oversized inflatables will entertain for hours: rush up the ladder of a fire truck, go under the sea on a Nemo-like adventure, chase each other through a Frozen bouncy house, giggle your way down the bumpy Kahuna slide (my daughter couldn’t get enough of this one), and challenge each other to a basketball shootout. Kids will leave exhausted, happy, and begging to return.

New Year's Day 2016 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 2016 taking advantage of all the great places open on New Year's Day in this incredible city?

We came up with seven resolutions for families and then found activities to fulfill each one—all at places open on January 1, 2016, in NYC. You can find more seasonal fun, including kid-friendly ways to celebrate New Year's Eve, in our Holiday Guide. All of us at Mommy Poppins wish you and your families a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

New Year's Eve Fireworks in NYC and More 2016 Family Celebrations

There are plenty of ways to ring in 2016 in New York City, but we've rounded up the city's best family options from Brooklyn fireworks and FREE bike rides to swanky (and admittedly expensive) Times Square parties.

If you have little kids, you may want to check out our article on pre-midnight bashes happening all day long at children's museums and other venues around NYC. However you welcome the New Year, we hope it's a blast. You can find even more seasonal fun in our Holiday Guide.

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