Mommy Poppins - Things to Do in NYC with Kids en Weekend Fun for NYC Kids: Summer Streets, Kids Rule Weekend, Cirque du Soleil, Astoria Shore Fest August 2-3 <p>It&#39;s the first weekend of August and while some New Yorkers are leaving the city for <a href="" target="new">far-flung destinations</a>, we&#39;re planning a fun-filled staycation for the rest of the <a href="">summer</a>. This weekend brings lots of family fun including two of our <a href="">top event picks of the month</a>: Manhattan&#39;s car-free <a href="">Summer Streets</a> and an interactive display of <a href="">vintage wind-up circus toys</a> in <a href="">Coney Island</a>. There are some great FREE events, too, like a <a href="">Hindu Lamp Ceremony</a> in <a href="">Brooklyn Bridge Park</a> and the activity-filled <a href="">Kids Rule Weekend</a> in the Bronx.</p> <p> However you spend the weekend, remember to share photos of your family&#39;s adventures on <a href="" target="new">social media</a> for a chance to win our SUMMER OF PLAY Grand Prize: Everything you need to throw the <a href="">ULTIMATE SUMMER OF PLAY BASH</a>, including gift cards for toys, tableware and decorations, and healthy snacks. If you need playtime inspiration, we have <a href="">hundreds of ideas</a> in our <a href="">SUMMER OF PLAY GUIDE</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="">Summer Fun Guide</a>. And if you&#39;re looking to plan out your entire month, check out our new <a href="">NYC Go List</a> highlighting the absolute best things to do with kids throughout August.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Things to Do Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Stephanie Ogozalek 89569 at WeeWork Kids Craft: Bubble Painting <p>Nothing says summertime fun like bubbles, but add a little color and take your bubble play to a whole new level. This simple project is a little bit art, a little bit science, and a whole lot of fun. Little kids love the anticipation of watching the bubbles burst into blooms of color. You can also experiment a bit with mixing colors each time you blow a new bubble. This is probably the one time my daughter was not sad that I burst her bubble!.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kids Preschoolers Crafts WeeWork Activities Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Ally Noel 89424 at The Lightning Thief Musical: A Free & Funny Family Show (Even if You Don't Know the Book) <p>Seeing Theatreworks USA&#39;s <a href="">annual</a> <a href="">FREE</a> <a href="">show</a> at the Lucille Lortel Theatre is as much of a rite of <a href="">summer</a> for me and my kid as hitting the <a href="">beach</a>, the <a href="">pool</a> and the <a href="">playground</a>. But I was a little worried when I heard that this year, the family theater company was going to musicalize <a href=""><em>The Lightning Thief</em></a>, the first novel in Rick Riordan&#39;s Percy Jackson &amp; the Olympians series. My kid doesn&#39;t get into fantasy stories so she&#39;s never read the books about the 12-year-old demigod and his pals. I figured this show just wouldn&#39;t be her kind of thing. Boy was I wrong.</p> <p> The hour-long <em>Lightning Thief</em> is a fast, funny and pop-tune filled introduction to his adventures as he takes on mythic Greek characters like Medusa, Hades and the Furies while dealing with modern-day challenges like dyslexia, ADD and fitting in with his peers. It's grounded enough in the real world that you don't need to be fantasy aficionado to enjoy it. Aimed at children ages 7 and up, the show also seems to be a hit with fans of the book&mdash;as we left the theater we heard readers of various ages (kids and grown-ups) saying how well it captured the spirit of the series.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kids Tweens & Teens NYC Downtown Greenwich Village Cultural Events 40.733281 -74.005719 40.733281 -74.005719 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Raven Snook 89613 at Family Daycation at the Staten Island Zoo: A Brand-new Carousel, a Petting Zoo & Great Educational Programs for Kids <p>As a <a href="">Staten Island mom</a> with a toddler and a tween, I&#39;ve been to the Staten Island Zoo many, many, many times. I don&#39;t really need an excuse to visit this eight-acre animal oasis filled more than 350 different species, including lots of reptiles, two rare Amur leopards and the weather-prognosticating/mayor-biting groundhog Staten Island Chuck. But now my family has a great new reason to go: The zoo&#39;s recently opened Conservation Carousel featuring two-dozen handcrafted wooden creatures to ride.</p> <p> The Staten Island Zoo is my family&#39;s favorite place to see animals in NYC because it&#39;s intimate (we love the Bronx Zoo, too, but it can be overwhelming), rarely crowded and secluded, so you feel like you&#39;re going on an out-of-the-city adventure. But since it&#39;s an independent institution (it&#39;s not affiliated with New York City&#39;s five other Wildlife Conservation Society zoos) and located in the so-called &quot;forgotten borough,&quot; it&#39;s often overlooked by families who don&#39;t live on the isle. I&#39;m here to tell you, it&#39;s worth the trek. It&#39;s near public transportation (there&#39;s also a free parking lot) and has lots of special attractions for kids, including a petting zoo and the new carousel, so it&#39;s a great daycation destination&mdash;then you can stick around and check out some of the other <a href="">cool things to do with kids on Staten Island</a>.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kids Preschoolers NYC North Shore Staten Island Classes & Enrichment Outdoor Adventures Photo Gallery Visiting NYC Zoos and Aquariums 40.625827 -74.114756 Tue, 29 Jul 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Nataki Hewling 88589 at Go Fish: Where to Go Fishing with NYC Kids for Free (Even If You Don't Have Gear) <p>Fishing is a classic <a href="">summertime</a> activity but it can only be done <a href=""targte="new">outside of NYC</a>, right? Wrong. My husband and I have been fishing with our nine-year-old son in the five boroughs since he was a preschooler. It&#39;s relaxing and a great way to bond, plus it teaches patience (you definitely need it for this sport).</p> <p> Not only does NYC offer different kinds of fishing experiences (freshwater, salt water, catch-and-release), there are organizations that even supply the rod, reel, tackle and bait so all you need to bring is a good attitude. Children under age 16 don&rsquo;t need a license to fish in New York State, however grown-ups do, so <a href="" target="new">make sure you get one</a> if you&#39;re looking to drop a line, too. If you have your own equipment, NYC&#39;s shorelines offer great saltwater angling while our inland bodies of water are perfect for freshwater catch-and-release fishing. Our rivers, lakes, ponds and beaches are truly teeming with fish, and we&#39;ve got the scoop on where you and your kids can catch them.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kids Preschoolers Tweens & Teens Battery Park City Central Park NYC Uptown Downtown Brooklyn Queens Bronx Staten Island Sports Mon, 28 Jul 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Stephanie Ogozalek 17143 at 6 Unexpected Ways to Play as a Family--Even While Doing Chores <p>If you were raising your kids in, say, Utah&mdash;or any other place that doesn&#39;t have a <a href="" target="_blank">Mommy Poppins daily calendar</a> to point you in fun directions&mdash;you&#39;d have to work a lot harder to keep your summer days playful. Our <a href="" target="new">SUMMER OF PLAY</a> partner, <a href=""target="new">KaBOOM!</a>, works with community leaders around the country to create more spaces and ways for kids to enjoy balanced and active play. Mother of three and registered nurse, Cyndalynn Tilley, is one of these community leaders in Woods Cross, Utah, and she&#39;s shared some of her favorite ideas for finding opportunities to play while doing ordinary daily activities. <a href="" target="_blank">Backyard games</a> are great when you have the time and space, but what about when you have to bring kids along to do chores like shopping and laundry? Even then grown-ups can help kids get the play they need to thrive.</p> <p> What are your secrets for finding play in mundane situations? Share pics of your inventive playtime ideas on <a href="" target="new">social media</a> for a chance to win great prizes in our <a href="" target="new">SUMMER OF PLAY CHALLENGE</a>. Then for even more inspiration, check out our <a href="" target="new">SUMMER OF PLAY photo gallery on Facebook</a> to see what others are posting.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kids Preschoolers Tweens & Teens Parenting Tips Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:30:00 +0000 Roberta B 89304 at Best Things to Do with NYC Kids: August Go List <p>August is traditionally the month when native New Yorkers <a href="" target="new">skip town</a>. But if you&#39;re planning a NYC staycation like we are, you&#39;re in luck! There&#39;s plenty of must-experience <a href="">summer fun</a> throughout the month, and we&#39;ve got the scoop on the absolute best things to do with kids in our August NYC Go List.</p> <p> This month brings many of our big annual favorites like Manhattan&#39;s car-free but activity-filled <a href="">Summer Streets</a>, the incredible <a href="">Sand Sculpting Contest</a> in <a href="">Coney Island</a>, Historic Richmond Town&#39;s old-fashioned <a href="">County Fair</a> on <a href="">Staten Island</a> and the colorful <a href="">Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival</a> in Queens&#39; <a href="">Flushing Meadows Corona Park</a>. Plus there are some new shows and offbeat experiences on tap, like <a href=";x=0&amp;y=0">FringeJr</a> and a <a href="">wind-up circus toy show</a>.</p> <p> As always, if an event piques your interest, be sure to click through to our listing for all the details, including address and time. And keep in mind: In NYC, really cool things to do with kids often get booked up quickly. So buy your tickets ASAP or, in the case of FREE events, arrive as early as possible to try to beat the crowds.</p> <p> Now get your calendars ready! Here are the top 12 things to do with kids in New York City this August, seven of which are FREE.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kids Preschoolers Tweens & Teens Things to Do Sun, 27 Jul 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Stephanie Ogozalek 64564 at Awesome New Brooklyn Ice Cream Parlor: Ample Hills Creamery in Gowanus <p>It seems like there&#39;s a <a href="">new ice cream parlor opening up in New York City</a> every week. But the new Ample Hills Creamery in Gowanus is not your average scoops spot. Owned and operated by a local Brooklyn family (who recently contributed this <a href="">delicious and easy bananamon ice cream recipe</a> to our <a href="">WeeWork series</a>), this is actually their second location. We raved about the <a href="">cozy original in Prospect Heights</a> when it opened in 2011 and it&#39;s still great&mdash;just constantly overrun with families and foodies.</p> <p> The new Ample Hills Creamery in Gowanus is much bigger. In fact, it&#39;s a two-story, 3,600-square-foot ice cream wonderland complete with a roof deck, a private party room, and a wide variety of classic and offbeat seasonal flavors, all homemade from scratch right there on-site&mdash;you can even watch them making batches in the kitchen!</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kids Preschoolers Tweens & Teens NYC Brooklyn Park Slope Food, Restaurants & Recipes Photo Gallery 40.678921 -73.987361 Sun, 27 Jul 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Natalie Altieri 89144 at