Free Admission for Kids at New Jersey's Biggest Family Attractions

NJ is home to many wonderful places for kids—the state’s museums, zoos, farms and lighthouses are all great venues for family outings. The only downside? Visiting all these attractions can get pricey, especially if there are multiple kids in your family. To lighten the blow to your wallet, plan a trip to one of the destinations listed below, all which offer free admission for children under certain ages. Keep this page handy and make sure to strategically plan your visit before your child's next birthday!

Note: The cut-off ages imply that once children reach that age, they no longer qualify for free entry.

25 Things to Do with Kids in Tallahassee, Florida

Forget what you know about Florida. As I learned on a recent visit to Tallahassee, the Sunshine State's capital is the other side of Florida and I don't mean just geographically. Twenty miles south of the Georgia border, this isn't where families go to hit the sand and surf or to visit one of the state's famous town-sized amusement parks. Instead, Tallahassee is a vibrant college-city packed with outdoor adventures, nature and wildlife, art and culture and great eats.

Tallahassee is a perfect weekend getaway (or mid-point break on a trip to Orlando, Tampa or Miami) with something for everyone: Spanish colonial and American Civil War history can be found at every turn, kayaking, hiking, fishing and cycling beckon the outdoor enthusiasts, and critters like alligators and manatee can be spotted in their natural habitats. Plus, there are a couple of cool things you can only see in "Tally" such as the spot where Hollywood filmed the 1950s sci-fi flick Creature from the Black Lagoon and a graveyard full of early generation, rusting Ford trucks.

Read on to find out what else there is to do on a Tallahassee family vacation. 

Mother's Day Weekend Things To Do with LA Kids: Bird Day, Free Comic Books, and Brunch, May 7 - 8

Here's what Momma wants for Mother's Day: comic books, cakes, and frappuccinos. All the rest is just icing on the aforementioned cake. Sure, there are other things that will be greatly appreciated. Ice show with world champions? Don't mind if I do! A few hours in the dark with classic black-and-white comedians? Count me in, Ollie! And yes, I would be delighted to accompany you to brunch. Is there bacon at said brunch? More's the better.

Of course, every mom is different. One size does not fit all, which is why frappuccinos come in grande, venti, and that other size. Did I mention I'm a mom? I totally deserve this.

There are some other things going on ths weekend: the makeover reveal of Los Cerritos Center (with makeovers for moms), a breakfast with gibbons (see how well they treat their mamas), celebrations of books and literacy at CAAM and in Grand Park (make your mama proud; read a book!), and a bunch of clever craft activities that can double as gifts for Mom (aw, isn't that thoughtful!). There are even freebies for Mom, because, really, where would you be without her?  

Call your mom; send her some flowers, and keep reading for some of our most maternal picks for this weekend.

Mother's Day Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Teas, Trains, Horses, May 7-8

Wiping tears, chauffeuring to practice, changing diapers, helping with homework and packing lunches - a mother's work is never done. Moms certainly deserve a day celebrating all they do for their families. That's why it is no surprise that our Event Calendar is loaded with ways to honor moms this weekend!

There are many types of activities taking place, from Mother's Day brunches to Mother's Day train rides and Mother's Day teas, just to name a handful. In addition to these classic offerings, there are some unique opportunities as well. Make crafts with mom at Main Line Art Center's Mom & Me Workshop, watch the horses race at Winterthur's Point to Point, tour Fort Mifflin during its Herstory celebration or check out May Day events at Pottsgrove Manor and Clark Park.

Read on to see the rest of our top picks for the weekend. Also, don't forget to check out our May GoList filled with fun for the entire month. Have a Happy Mother's Day!

Mother's Day Weekend Fun with Boston Kids, May 7-8

Happy Mother's Day to all the other moms out there! It has certainly been a drab and dreary week, but even if we don't get sunshine outside, our children will surely brighten up the day. Whether you head out with the family for one of these budget-friendly options or for a spur-of-the-moment brunch, this weekend is most definitely the chance to sit back and get pampered for everything we do all the other days of the year. 

Saturday offers some great ways for dads, grandparents, or babysitters to enjoy quality time with the kids and give moms a break. With everything from a visit to the Harbor Islands to arts workshops to a steampunk festival, the kids can get out for some fun and leave moms with some alone time, or even the chance to sneak off and see the ballet!

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to check out the full events calendar!

Mother's Day Weekend Fun: Festivals, Chalk Art, and History, May 7-8

Carnival games, thrilling roller-coaster rides, adorable aquatic creatures, and historical treasures are on tap this weekend, and many attractions around the state, including Lake Compounce and Mystic Aquarium, are honoring moms by offering them complimentary day passes with the purchase of a child's ticket. See more listings below for other options; plus, we've rounded up top Mother’s Day events in the Hartford and Fairfield areas. Whether you want to celebrate Brazilian culture at Samba Fest in Hartford, or take the entire family - including the pooch - to Paws in the Park in Windsor, there's plenty to do this weekend. 

For other areas, be sure to browse our Event Calendar, which features a wide array of suggestions. To keep up with everything going on in Connecticut, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Mother's Day, Baby Animals, May 7-8

Celebrate all things mom this weekend with sciency stuff at The Maritime Explorium, canvas painting at Key to My Art or free admission to Celebrate Family at the Heckscher Museum of Art. Families can also cuddle up with mom and some furry friends at Baby Animal Day at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center.

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Mother's Day Weekend in NYC: Garden Parties, Fairs, Brunch

Celebrate Mom this weekend in NYC with a slew of family events, many specially cooked up for Mother's Day, which is Sunday, May 8.

Grab tickets to Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, Bike the Branches in Brooklyn, scale Dumbo's new outdoor climbing wall or head to a Mother's Day garden party at  New York Botanical Garden or Wave Hill. Need more ideas? Try one of these mom-approved itineraries for her big day (weekend).

Still looking for a place to grab your Mother's Day brunch? We have recommendations in BrooklynQueensthe Bronx and Manhattan.

There are a slew of outdoor May fairs and festivals scheduled for this weekend, but the weather's been dreary all week, and unfortunately, this weekend might bring more of the same drizzle. We'll keep you updated on cancelations, and if you need more ideas or rain contingency plans, check our Event Calendar and our Spring Fun Guide.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there from the moms and dads at Mommy Poppins!

Mother's Day Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Olate Dogs, Cinco de Mayo, May 7-8

Moms—we can’t say enough good things about you! You deserve a special Mother’s Day for all you do, so we’ve rounded up a variety of activities to help you enjoy your special weekend—with your family, of course! Nature-loving moms can trek outdoors for Animal Moms or a Guided Mother's Day Hike.

The whole family might enjoy the animal act The Olate Dogs, the canine crew that won a top award on “America’s Got Talent.” And Cinco de Mayo is still being celebrated on siete de Mayo at the FREE outdoor White Plains Cinco de Mayo party. Ready to give back? Show a little tenderness for the parks we enjoy year-round at I Love My Park Day.

Read on for our top picks for weekend fun in Westchester and click through for details. Don’t stop there, though: Plan out the rest of the month by taking a look at our May GoList and peruse our Event Calendar for daily fun activities.

From the moms at Mommy Poppins: Have a very happy Mother’s Day!


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