Mommy Poppins - Things to Do in NYC with Kids en Weekend Fun for NYC Kids: Maker Faire, Queens County Fair, Brooklyn Book Fest, NY On Location, Sesame Street September 20-21 <p>We hope you&#39;re good at making decisions because Saturday and Sunday are jam-packed with incredible options, including <em>seven</em> of our <a href="">top picks of the month</a>. It really seems unfair that the <a href="">Queens County Farm Museum</a>&#39;s <a href="">County Fair</a>, the <a href="">Brooklyn Book Festival</a>, NY Hall of Sci's <a href="">World Maker Faire</a> and the Museum of the Moving Image&#39;s film-themed <a href="">New York On Location</a> all take place this weekend... and that&#39;s not all. The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts&#39; <a href=""><em>Sesame Street</em></a> exhibit and the New York Botanical Garden&#39;s <a href="">Haunted Pumpkin Garden</a> installation debut this weekend as well (but at least they&#39;re around for a while in case you want to check them out at a later date).</p> <p> Are you looking for an exceptional preschool for your child? Then you won&#39;t want to miss <a href="">HRP Mamas Early Education Fair</a> on Saturday. Mommy Poppins is proud to be sponsoring this event where you can meet preschool directors from some of <a href="">Downtown Manhattan</a>&#39;s most prestigious programs. It&#39;s 100% FREE but <a href="">advance registration is required</a>.</p> <p> These are just a few of the great things going on this weekend. All of our best bets are below. You can find additional options in our <a href="">Event Calendar</a> and our <a href="">Fall Fun Guide</a>.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Things to Do Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:30:00 +0000 Stephanie Ogozalek 92978 at Places to Play in Midtown East: Parks & Playgrounds, Indoor Play Spaces & Cool Culture Spots <p><a href="">Midtown East</a> may not be the first <a href="">neighborhood</a> that pops into your head when you picture a day out in a lovely park or an indoor play date at a cool romping spot. But once you get past the steel and concrete office buildings, you&#39;ll find a handful of great green spaces in the eastern part of the district. More impressively, there&#39;s a plethora of indoor destinations where kids can play for FREE like the hands-on high-tech <a href="">Sony Wonder Technology Lab</a>, the <a href="">Children&#39;s Center at 42nd Street</a> at the New York Public Library and <a href="">Nintendo World</a>. And if you&#39;re willing to shell out a few bucks, there&#39;s also the one-of-a-kind play space <a href="">Heimbold Family Children&rsquo;s Playing and Learning Center</a> at Scandinavia House.</p> <p> Here are the top indoor and outdoor drop-in play spots for kids in <a href="">Midtown East</a>.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kids Preschoolers Tweens & Teens NYC Uptown Downtown Midtown East Murray Hill Indoor Activities Parks and Playgrounds 40.759394 -73.969780 40.751985 -73.969780 40.751985 -73.969780 40.760551 -73.982268 40.747270 -73.980065 40.749444 -73.979960 40.744970 -73.973640 40.749000 -73.969780 40.753180 -73.982250 40.748050 -73.969230 40.752310 -73.964950 Wed, 17 Sep 2014 03:30:00 +0000 Stephanie Ogozalek 92856 at News: No Central Park Pumpkin Fest, Bank Street Bookstore Moving, 2-for-1 Off-Broadway Tickets, Final High Line Section Opens <p>As we gear up for <a href="">fall</a> and <a href="">Halloween</a>, we&#39;re bummed to report that two of our favorite seasonal family events aren&#39;t happening this year. But not all of our news is bad. We&#39;ve got the scoop on a pair of veteran NYC businesses that have been saved from extinction, two enhanced green spaces, a fabulous two-for-one <a href="">Off-Broadway</a> ticket deal, a contest for photo-happy teens, how families can get involved with the People&#39;s Climate March and, just when you thought it was safe to finally &quot;Let It Go,&quot; prepare yourself for more <em>Frozen</em>!</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kids Preschoolers Tweens & Teens News Tue, 16 Sep 2014 19:30:00 +0000 Alina Adams 92864 at New Victory Theater 2014-15 Season Highlights: The Best Family Shows for NYC Kids <p>For years, I&#39;ve had a serious addiction that I&#39;ve now passed on to my daughter: We both can&#39;t get enough of live theater (hey, there are worse things to inherit). Thankfully, we live in NYC, where shows are plentiful both on Broadway and <a href="">Off</a>, plus there are many theater companies mounting <a href="">eclectic productions specifically for family audiences</a>.</p> <p> The award-winning New Victory Theater in <a href="">Times Square</a> is one of the best of the bunch. I&#39;ve been taking my nine-year-old daughter there since she was a toddler, because the New Vic consistently offers entertaining and engaging shows for all ages, from <a href="">babies</a> to grown-ups, at reasonable prices (tickets typically top out at $38). But the New Victory is much more than just a place to go see a show. Through a range of interactive educational activities like performance workshops and camps, and pre- and post-show programming, the organization is raising the next generation of theatergoers.</p> <p> For the <a href="">second year in a row</a>, we here at Mommy Poppins are proud to be partnering with the New Victory Theater. Throughout the season, we&#39;ll be giving you access to its incredible lineup of shows, ticket discounts and a pair of exclusive events for Mommy Poppins readers. We kick off our partnership with a preview of the New Victory&#39;s 2014-2015 season, including show recommendations for every age and stage, tips on how to save money on tickets, video clips from the upcoming productions and details about enriching programs that may be under your radar.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kids Preschoolers Tweens & Teens NYC Uptown Midtown West Cultural Events 40.756618 -73.987720 Mon, 15 Sep 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Raven Snook 92876 at Fall Foliage Hikes for Families: 5 Kid-Friendly Trails in the Delaware Water Gap <p>One of the biggest pleasures of <a href="" target="new">fall</a> is watching the leaves turn a variety of vibrant colors. While you can see gorgeous fall foliage all over the Northeast, from <a href="">New York City</a> to <a href="" target="new">New Jersey</a> and <a href="" target="new">beyond</a>, the <a href="">Delaware Water Gap</a> is one of the best spots around for hue-filled hikes for families.</p> <p> Located on the border of NJ and Pennsylvania, the Delaware Water Gap is less than a two-hour drive from NYC so it&#39;s close enough to make a great autumn <a href="">daycation</a>. To find the best family-friendly hiking trails in the area, we turned to the experts: local parents Cheryl and William de Jong-Lambert, who regularly blog about their excursions at the Appalachian Mountain Club&#39;s <a href="" target="_blank">Kids Outdoors New York City</a>, a FREE online community for families featuring alfresco activities in the tri-state area. The trees should start changing any day now so keep these outings in mind for the upcoming school holidays like Columbus Day weekend.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kids Preschoolers Tweens & Teens Southern New Jersey Fall Activities Outdoor Activities Weekend Trips Mon, 15 Sep 2014 15:00:00 +0000 AMC NYC 92842 at Maker Faire New York: What's New for NYC Kids at this Hyper-Creative Festival <p>This coming weekend, one of our <a href="">favorite annual festivals</a>, <a href="">World Maker Faire New York</a>, returns for its fifth annual edition at Queens&#39; New York Hall of Science. This massive celebration of creativity and innovation was launched in San Mateo, California in 2006 by <em>Make</em> magazine and has since expanded to numerous cities, including ours. It is, in a word, incredible. Lots of other adjectives come to mind, too, like outrageous, over-the-top, thought-provoking, enriching and (unfortunately for me) indescribable. It&#39;s very hard to explain why World Maker Faire is so cool&mdash;hopefully the photos in our slide show give you an idea of what a unique experience it is.</p> <p> Organized into five themed Zones, Maker Faire overflows with more than 700 makers, crafters, tinkerers, hackers, techies, thinkers and artisans proudly showing off their wacky robots, homemade needlework, 3D-printed products, music-making gizmos and zillions of other wild things. There are also hands-on activities for all ages, and live entertainment like the Coke Zero &amp; Mentos Fountains and a life-size recreation of the board game Mouse Trap.</p> <p> While Maker Faire&#39;s counterculture, do-it-yourself spirit seems to get a little more commercial every year (it&#39;s now presented by Disney), don&#39;t worry: We&#39;ve gone through the program and there will still be plenty of super-offbeat stuff. Be sure to wander around: At Maker Faire there&#39;s something cool waiting to be discovered around every corner.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kids Tweens & Teens NYC Queens Flushing Fairs & Festivals Fall Activities Offbeat Fun 40.747901 -73.851842 40.747901 -73.851842 40.747901 -73.851842 Sun, 14 Sep 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Stephanie Ogozalek 26884 at Halloween in Hudson Valley: The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze, Irving's Legend & More Fun for Kids <p>Every autumn, my family and I head to Historic Hudson Valley to gaze at thousands of silly and scary jack-o&#39;-lanterns displayed on the grounds of Van Cortlandt Manor. The <a href="">Great Jack O&#39; Lantern Blaze</a> is an awesome experience and one of our favorite ways to usher in the <a href="">Halloween season</a>. This year, the Blaze celebrates its 10th anniversary with more pumpkin sights than ever before. Even if you don&#39;t live in Hudson Valley, it&#39;s totally worth the schlep and blowing the kids&#39; bedtime.</p> <p> While the Great Jack O&#39; Lantern Blaze is the premier Halloween event in the area, there are three other cool holiday happenings in Hudson Valley: the haunted attraction Horseman&rsquo;s Hollow, a live retelling of <em>Irving&#39;s Legend</em> and the little-kid-friendly Legend Behind the &quot;Legend.&quot;</p> <p> We&#39;ve got the scoop on these Halloween festivities, which take place throughout October and early November. But you better start planning now: All require advance tickets and tend to sell out quickly. Some nights for the Great Jack O&#39; Lantern Blaze are already booked up!</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kids Preschoolers Tweens & Teens Hudson Valley Westchester Halloween 41.046507 -73.863928 41.089847 -73.862027 41.208428 -73.891248 41.108040 -73.859350 Sun, 14 Sep 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Stephanie Ogozalek 17825 at This Week: NYC Harvest Festivals, Best Fall Museum Exhibits for Kids, Cool New After-School Classes <p>Everything's coming up autumn on all of our sites this week. In NYC, we officially launched our <a href="">Fall Fun Guide</a> with new posts about the <a href="">best museum exhibits for families this season</a>, and <a href="">harvest festivals, pumpkin patches</a> and even <a href="">a giant corn maze</a> right here in the Big Apple.</p> <p> Speaking of apples, we added a bunch of new posts to our <a href="">Pick Your Own Guide</a> including <a href="" target="new">apple orchards on Long Island</a> and <a href="" target="new">in New Jersey</a> (even <a href="" target="new">low-spray ones</a>), and <a href="" target="new">pumpkin patches in Connecticut</a>. Long Island also highlighted <a href="">ten fall foliage nature walks</a>, although you don&#39;t need to leave NYC to see <a href="">cool colorful leaves</a>.</p> <p> If you&#39;re looking for a culture-filled destination for one of the upcoming holiday weekends (public school kids have four days off for Rosh Hashanah and three days for Columbus Day), our <a href="" target="new">Family Travel site</a> just shared a <a href="" target="new">great three-day itinerary for Montreal</a>. Fall is a wonderful season to visit before the winter chill sets in, although <a href="" target="new">the city is quite beautiful around the holidays</a>.</p> <p> Here&#39;s what else we covered on the NYC site this week:</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Things to Do Thu, 11 Sep 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Raven Snook 92577 at