Mommy Poppins - Things to Do in NYC with Kids en This Week: NY County Fairs, Labor Day Weekend Family Getaways, Free NYC After School, End-of-Summer Fun <p>Even though it&#39;s still a week away, Labor Day weekend seems to be on everyone&#39;s mind. So we started a special Labor Day section in our <a href="">Summer Fun Guide</a> featuring <a href="">family getaway ideas</a>, including <a href="">destinations that don&#39;t require a car</a>, plus <a href="" target="new">last-minute travel deals</a> on more far-flung excursions like Niagara Falls, Portland, Maine and even Orlando.</p> <p> Our regional sites are good places to look for offbeat day trip inspiration. Just this week, <a href="" target="new">Connecticut</a> posted about the <a href="" target="new">nature-filled town of Monroe</a>, <a href="" target="new">New Jersey</a> shared a list of the <a href="" target="new">top 25 things to do with preschoolers in the state</a>, <a href="" target="new">Westchester</a> rounded up <a href="">county fairs in upstate New York</a> and <a href="" target="new">Long Island</a> has a super-detailed <a href="" target="new">Hamptons and North Fork Family Guide</a>.</p> <p> If you&#39;re looking at a NYC staycation, our <a href="">Summer Guide</a> is packed with last-chance seasonal fun like <a href="">water playgrounds</a>, <a href="">pools</a> and <a href="">beaches</a> (that&#39;s my daughter at the <a href=""><em>Rockaway</em></a> installation in Fort Tilden above, a must-see if you&#39;re heading to the shore over there).</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, 21 Aug 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Raven Snook 90989 at Weekend Fun for NYC Kids: Free Arthur Ashe Kids' Day, Summer Festivals, FringeJr, VW Traffic Jam August 23-24 <p>Sports, sprinklers, sing-alongs and lots of <a href="">summer fun</a> are all on tap for the weekend, the second to last one before the kids go <a href="">back to school</a>. Two of our <a href="">top picks for the month</a> take place this weekend. On Saturday, head to the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center for FREE tennis clinics, games and face time with pros at the annual <a href="">Arthur Ashe Kids&#39; Day</a>, or catch the last weekend of family-friendly <a href=";x=0&amp;y=0">FringeJr</a> theater shows.</p> <p> Other cool options include NYC Audubon&#39;s annual <a href="">Shorebird Festival</a> in Queens and a <a href="">Volkswagen show</a> on <a href="">Governors Island</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>. Before heading out on your adventures, be sure to download our FREE <a href="" target="new">Mommy Poppins Kids on the Go app</a> so you can find the best family destinations wherever you happen to be in NYC.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Things to Do Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Stephanie Ogozalek 90904 at WeeWork Kids Craft: Nature Wands <p>My favorite thing about summer is how much time we spend outdoors, enjoying nature. These nature wands help keep the magic of summer alive a little longer. Nature wands are perfect for inspiring a little creativity and imaginative play. </p> <p>Got a stick? Then you have a Nature Wand! We used sticks that we had collected on a recent walk through the woods. We also collected some leaves, flowers, seeds, and grasses. We added a bit of extra sparkle to our wands by sorting through our left over craft materials and having a wee bit of fun with glitter, paint, ribbon and stickers. </p> <p>Made with creativity and loaded with the magic of nature, what could possibly be more powerful? Hazzah!</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kids Preschoolers Crafts WeeWork Activities Wed, 20 Aug 2014 10:24:28 +0000 Ally Noel 89156 at NYC Labor Day Weekend Family Getaways & Day Trips: Water, Animals & Themed Destinations <p>Even though <a href="">summer</a> officially continues through late September, Labor Day weekend is your last chance to enjoy fun like <a href="">beaches</a>, <a href="">pools</a> and <a href="">water parks</a>, which all close for the season on the holiday. The three-day weekend is also a great opportunity to get out of the city for a quick family getaway before <a href="">school</a> starts.</p> <p> In previous years, we&#39;ve rounded up <a href="">car-free Labor Day getaways</a> and <a href="">day trips by region</a>. This year, all of our ideas are organized by theme. So whether you&#39;re looking to get your adrenaline pumping, cool off, romp in the country, enjoy face time with animals or soak up some history, we hope to give you plenty of destination inspiration.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kids Preschoolers Tweens & Teens Boston Litchfield East End Hudson Valley Jersey Shore Boston Connecticut Long Island New Jersey Pennsylvania Westchester Summer Activities Weekend Trips Tue, 19 Aug 2014 22:00:00 +0000 Stephanie Ogozalek 90594 at News: TADA! Youth Theater & Young People's Chorus Auditions, ELA & Math Assessment Questions & Scores, Free After School <p><a href="">Summer</a> is winding down and the <a href="">back-to-school season</a> brings all kinds of educational news, including the release of the standardized test scores <em>and</em> questions from the spring, plus updated info on new hours for about 450 public schools! Plus, we&#39;ve got the scoop on upcoming auditions for the TADA! Youth Theatre Resident Ensemble and the Young People&#39;s Chorus, how to register for the NYC Parks Department&#39;s FREE after-school program, and news about a few sad NYC closures. Since time is short these last days of break, we&#39;re keeping this one brief!</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kids Preschoolers Tweens & Teens News Tue, 19 Aug 2014 18:30:00 +0000 Alina Adams 90857 at Alley Pond Park in Queens: An Environmental Center, An Adventure Course with a Zip Line & Other Fun Things to with Kids <p>At just over 635 acres, Alley Pond Park is Queens&#39; second-largest green space behind <a href="">Flushing Meadows Corona Park</a>. While there are plenty of traditional urban park attractions, including three playgrounds and a slew of sports fields, what sets Alley Pond Park apart is its natural wonders like forests, meadows and wetlands, and its Adventure Course, featuring the largest public high ropes challenge in the entire Northeast.</p> <p> Separated into three distinct sections thanks to highways crisscrossing its expanse, Alley Pond Park has an Environmental Center in its northern section and a Sports Center in its southern area. In between, nature trails (the oldest in NYC) invite visitors to explore the verdant environment dotted with wildlife, especially a wide variety of birds. With so much to do and see, Alley Pond Park makes for a perfect daycation. I&#39;ve been coming here since I was a kid and I find something new to me on every visit. Here are the top 10 things to do with kids in Alley Pond Park.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kids Preschoolers Tweens & Teens NYC Bayside Queens Nature Outdoor Activities Parks and Playgrounds 40.747320 -73.742960 Mon, 18 Aug 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Kelly O 90216 at Our Summer of Play: The Ways We Played & Ideas for a Summer of Play Bash <p>Here at Mommy Poppins, we enjoyed spending quality time with our kids during our <a href="" target="_blank">SUMMER OF PLAY CHALLENGE</a>, and we&#39;re thrilled that it resonated with our readers, too. Hundred of parents from across the country <a href="" target="_blank">shared photos of their playtime adventures</a> with us on social media. We loved seeing so many pics inspired by the ideas in our <a href="" target="_blank">SUMMER OF PLAY GUIDE</a>; some folks transformed old cardboard boxes into really nifty playtime items, like the cool plane in our photo gallery. Other families played dress-up, fashioned and flew kites, made a mess and buried each other in the sand. We also saw some ideas we&#39;re going to have to try next year, like sticking snowballs in our freezers in the winter and then breaking them out on a hot summer day (our NYC editor Raven thought of that one, but it takes advance planning). Click through the pics above to see some of our favorite SUMMER OF PLAY moments. You can see <a href="" target="new">all of the awesome photos submitted throughout the season on our Facebook page</a>.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kids Preschoolers Tweens & Teens Summer Activities Toys and Games Mon, 18 Aug 2014 14:30:00 +0000 Stephanie Ogozalek 90417 at Dutchess County Fair & Other Fun New York State Fairs Including Three in NYC <p><a href="">Summer</a> is quickly coming to a close, but you still have time for a few last flings. How about hitting a fun-filled county fair or country festival? There are lots of fantastic annual fests at this time of year, like the Dutchess County Fair, the Columbia County Fair and the New York State Fair, many a short drive (or train or bus ride) from New York City and <a href="" target="new">Westchester</a>. There are even three county fairs right in NYC!</p> <p> These fairs let kids get face time with farm animals like chickens, goats, pigs and cows; hop on cool carnival rides; groove to live music; and enjoy other entertainment and activities. They&#39;re good old-fashioned fun for the whole family, and the perfect way to say goodbye to the season. Here are 10 county fairs and festivals near or in New York City.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kids Preschoolers Tweens & Teens Mid-Island NYC Uptown Queens Staten Island Upper West Side Fairs & Festivals Weekend Trips 41.936677 -73.909740 41.936677 -73.909740 41.936677 -73.909740 43.074413 -76.224668 43.074413 -76.224668 43.074413 -76.224668 42.354386 -73.602535 42.354386 -73.602535 42.354386 -73.602535 42.906431 -73.590095 42.906431 -73.590095 42.906431 -73.590095 41.250813 -74.231079 41.250813 -74.231079 40.742009 -73.717141 40.742009 -73.717141 40.742009 -73.717141 40.569898 -74.144836 40.569898 -74.144836 40.569898 -74.144836 40.779554 -73.988017 40.779554 -73.988017 40.779554 -73.988017 40.774302 -73.448073 40.774302 -73.448073 40.774302 -73.448073 41.473427 -74.538493 42.952416 -74.365160 Sun, 17 Aug 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Stephanie Ogozalek 13954 at