Mommy Poppins - Things to Do in NYC with Kids http://mommypoppins.com/home/feed/newyorkcityfamily/ny-kids/%3Cbr%20/50-things-smartmom-loves-about-park-slope en This Week: Pick Your Own Fruits & Vegetables, Easter Weekend Events, Last Days of Spring Break, Great New NYC Summer Camps http://mommypoppins.com/pick-your-own-vegetables-fruits-nyc-easter-weekend-spring-break-new-summer-camps <p>It&#39;s been a quiet week on all the Mommy Poppins sites as we spend quality time with our kids over <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/newyorkcitykids/spring-break-is-here-ready-or-not-fun-events-in-new-york-city-for-families-and-kids">spring break</a>. I can&#39;t say it&#39;s been mellow though&mdash;my daughter and I have been running all over town trying to pack as much fun as possible into our NYC staycation! So far we&#39;ve gone on the hunt for <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/nyc-cupcake-atm-easter-egg-hunt-free-kayaking-tribeca-awesome-playgrounds">giant Faberg&eacute; designer eggs</a>, strolled a section of the <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/newyorkcitykids/the-high-line-how-to-foil-the-hipsters-and-enjoy-nycs-hottest-park-with-kids">High Line</a> (where a musician mistook us for tourists!), gawked at outrageous costume jewelry and 3D printing at the Museum of Arts and Design, saw Atlantic for Kids&#39; fabulous new musical <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/nyc-kids-theater-shows-spring-2014-musicals-new-victory-puppets-interactive"><em>Mr. Chickee&#39;s Funny Money</em></a>, played with snow (yes it really snowed on Tuesday) and romped at our <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/central-park-east-110th-street-playground-dana-discovery-center-harlem-meer-nyc-kids">favorite neighborhood playground</a>. And we still have five days left to go, only Sunday is spoken for since we never miss the awesome <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/newyorkcitykids/newyorkcitykids/nyc-kids-free-things-to-do-weekend-april-7-8">Easter Bonnet Parade</a>.</p> <p> Easter of course is the big event this weekend and <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/newyorkcitykids/spring-break-is-here-ready-or-not-fun-events-in-new-york-city-for-families-and-kids">egg hunts abound in NYC</a> and <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/search/node/%22easter%20egg%20hunts%22">beyond</a>. If you&#39;re looking for a quick seasonal getaway, consider going on an <a href="http://longisland.mommypoppins.com/ny-kids/spring-festivals-and-easter-egg-hunts-on-long-island-0" target="new">egg hunt</a> and then hitting a <a href="http://longisland.mommypoppins.com/newyorkcitykids/5-great-parks-and-playgrounds-on-long-island" target="new">Destination Playground</a> on Long Island, taking a <a href="http://newjersey.mommypoppins.com/newyorkcitykids/all-aboard-hoppin-a-train-ride-in-nj-with-the-easter-bunny" target="new">train ride with the Easter Bunny</a> in New Jersey, or <a href="http://westchester.mommypoppins.com/kids/5-pick-your-own-fruit-vegetable-farms-in-westchester-and-lower-hudson-valley" target="new">picking your own fruits and veggies</a> in Westchester.</p> <p> However you spend the rest of spring break, we hope you have lots of memorable family adventures. Here&#39;s what else we covered on the NYC site this week:</p> <p><a href="http://mommypoppins.com/pick-your-own-vegetables-fruits-nyc-easter-weekend-spring-break-new-summer-camps" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Things to Do Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Raven Snook 81554 at http://mommypoppins.com Easter Weekend for NYC Kids: Free Egg Hunts, Easter Parade, Auto Show, Passover Fun April 19-20 http://mommypoppins.com/newyorkcitykids/newyorkcitykids/nyc-kids-free-things-to-do-weekend-april-7-8 <p>Happy Easter, Passover and <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/newyorkcityfamily/spring-fun-guide-for-nyc-kids">spring</a>! There are Easter festivities in every borough this weekend, including classic <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/ny-kids/a-baker8217s-dozen-egg-hunts-for-nyc-kids">egg hunts</a> and Fifth Avenue&#39;s spectacular <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/newyorkcitykids/easter-parade-nyc-photos">Easter Bonnet Parade</a>. You can also celebrate Passover at the <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/kids/jewish-museums-nyc-kids-learn-jewish-history-culture-traditions">Jewish Museum</a>, which is hosting a <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/event/freedom-art-jam-art-and-dance-party-for-passover">music and art-filled family day</a> on Sunday.</p> <p> <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/newyorkcitykids/spring-break-is-here-ready-or-not-fun-events-in-new-york-city-for-families-and-kids">Spring break</a> continues through Tuesday for NYC public school students and there are plenty of things to do this weekend and beyond, including the <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/event/new-york-international-auto-show">New York International Auto Show</a>, which rolls into the Jacob Javits Center this week.</p> <p> These are just a few of the great things going on this Easter weekend. Our best bets are below. You can find additional options in our <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/events">Event Calendar</a> and our <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/newyorkcityfamily/spring-fun-guide-for-nyc-kids">Spring Fun Guide</a>. Before heading out on your adventures, be sure to download our FREE <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mommy-poppins-kids-on-go-things/id679967682?mt=8" 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> Have a happy holiday, whatever you&#39;re celebrating!</p> <p><a href="http://mommypoppins.com/newyorkcitykids/newyorkcitykids/nyc-kids-free-things-to-do-weekend-april-7-8" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Things to Do Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Stephanie Ogozalek 35387 at http://mommypoppins.com News: Bowlmor Union Square Closing, a Carousel Delayed, New Location for the July 4th Fireworks and Lots of School News http://mommypoppins.com/inbloom-canceled-ela-math-tests-grade-promotion-bowlmor-union-square-close <p>The kids may be on <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/newyorkcitykids/spring-break-is-here-ready-or-not-fun-events-in-new-york-city-for-families-and-kids">spring break</a> but the school news never stops. As we <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/spring-break-nyc-easter-egg-decorating-nyc-family-theater-astoria-queens">teased in our end-of-the-week wrap up last Friday</a>, the Department of Education has announced changes to its grade promotion policies and the New York State Education Department has canceled its contract with the controversial <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/inbloom-student-data-privacy-nyc-public-schools">inBloom</a>. But there&#39;s even more school news afoot, including updates on Gifted &amp; Talented admissions and an extension for pre-K applications.</p> <p> In other non-education-related news, we&#39;ve got the scoop on a new downtown community center, FREE kids&#39; activities at the Brooklyn Flea, a new location for <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/newyorkcitykids/where-to-see-4th-of-july-fireworks-in-new-york-city">Macy&#39;s annual Fourth of July Fireworks</a>, the delay of a <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/ny-kids/get-merry-and-go-around-to-nine-nyc-carousels">long-awaiting carousel</a> and the end of the line for a pair of NYC institutions.</p> <p><a href="http://mommypoppins.com/inbloom-canceled-ela-math-tests-grade-promotion-bowlmor-union-square-close" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kids Preschoolers Tweens & Teens News Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Alina Adams 81331 at http://mommypoppins.com WeeWork Kids Nature Crafts: Mushroom Prints http://mommypoppins.com/weework-kids-nature-crafts-mushroom-prints <p>Spring signals time to reconnect with nature. DK Publishing sent us a copy of&nbsp;<a href="http://us.dk.com/static/cs/us/11/features/easter/splash.html" style="font-size: 12px;">Great Things to Do Outside: 365 Awesome Outdoor Activities</a>&nbsp;and we&#39;ve been inspired by all the fun activities in it. We shared <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/weework-kids-crafts-make-a-toy-slingshot">one of them</a> with you last week and we have another great one to share with you today.&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 12px;">These mushroom prints will make kids gain new appreciation for fungi. &nbsp;</span></p> <p></p><p><a href="http://mommypoppins.com/weework-kids-nature-crafts-mushroom-prints" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kids Preschoolers Tweens & Teens Crafts Nature WeeWork Activities Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:36:26 +0000 Anna Fader 81089 at http://mommypoppins.com New NYC Summer Camps: 7 More Great Summer Programs for Kids http://mommypoppins.com/nyc-summer-camps-new-2014-kids-science-camps-preschoolers <p>Although we already published a roundup of the <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/nyc-day-summer-camps-kids-best-new-2014">best new summer camps debuting in 2014</a>, we&#39;ve since learned about so many other promising programs we decided to write a Part II! These seven brand-spanking-new camps cater to a wide variety of ages and interests. While my STEM-loving nine-year-old is particularly excited about the offerings at the <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/the-new-museum-of-mathematics-adds-up-to-educational-fun-for-nyc-kids">Museum of Mathematics</a> and <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/brooklyn-game-lab-board-games-park-slope-kids-classes-camps">Brooklyn Game Lab</a>, there are enriching programs for tots at <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/directory/camp/animal-nature-camp/summer-in-pono">Pono</a> and <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/directory/party/party-place/arts-crafts/creative-dream-entertainment">Creative Dream</a>, plus science programs, offbeat athletics and more.</p> <p> Be sure to check out our jam-packed <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/new-york-summer-camp-guide">Camp Guide</a> for info on lots of other summer programs in NYC as well as <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/newyorkcityfamily/overnight-sleepaway-summer-camp-guide">sleepaway options</a>. We even have a <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/directory/camp?type=552">Camp Directory</a>, which allows you to search for programs by interest, age and area.</p> <p> Keep in mind: Many camps offer discounts if you sign up for multiple weeks, so check the official websites for more info.</p> <p><a href="http://mommypoppins.com/nyc-summer-camps-new-2014-kids-science-camps-preschoolers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kids Preschoolers Tweens & Teens NYC Uptown Downtown Harlem Brooklyn Flatiron Park Slope Summer Camps 40.743214 -73.987389 40.581238 -73.962689 40.661119 -73.983457 40.737356 -73.973194 40.805911 -73.942876 40.665987 -73.981997 40.711638 -73.935607 Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Stephanie Ogozalek 81077 at http://mommypoppins.com Astoria Park & Other Places to Play in Astoria Queens http://mommypoppins.com/astoria-park-playgrounds-astoria-heights-queens-kids-play <p>We continue our month-long focus on <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/new-york-city-family-neighborhood-guide/astoria">Astoria, Queens</a> with an in-depth look at its parks and playgrounds. Its namesake green space&mdash;the beautiful, 60-acre, waterfront Astoria Park&mdash;is unquestionably the neighborhood&#39;s crown jewel boasting NYC&#39;s largest outdoor public pool, a popular playground and great photo ops with the Hell Gate and RFK Bridges.</p> <p> But there are other smaller Astoria parks and playgrounds worth checking out, too. Some even offer FREE summer programming and beloved annual family festivals. Here are 9 parks and playgrounds to explore in Astoria, Queens.</p> <p><a href="http://mommypoppins.com/astoria-park-playgrounds-astoria-heights-queens-kids-play" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kids Preschoolers Tweens & Teens Astoria NYC Queens Outdoor Activities Parks and Playgrounds 40.761412 -73.911475 40.775930 -73.925270 40.767840 -73.922300 40.771680 -73.907050 40.784510 -73.916970 40.774150 -73.914970 40.777250 -73.902530 40.761412 -73.911475 40.770550 -73.928360 40.761710 -73.917890 Sun, 13 Apr 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Kelly O 80917 at http://mommypoppins.com This Week: Spring Break Is Here, NYC Day Trips, Easter Egg Decorating, Great Family Theater shows in NYC http://mommypoppins.com/spring-break-nyc-easter-egg-decorating-nyc-family-theater-astoria-queens <p>These days, the only things my daughter wants to talk about are <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/newyorkcitykids/spring-break-is-here-ready-or-not-fun-events-in-new-york-city-for-families-and-kids">spring break</a> and <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/newyorkcityfamily/spring-fun-guide-for-nyc-kids">Easter fun</a>. But every NYC public school parent I know can&#39;t stop talking about all of the huge education-related things that have gone down this week, from the many protests against <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/kids/NYS-ELA-math-test-prep">high-stakes testing</a> throughout the city; to the New York State Education Department&#39;s decision to cancel its agreement to share students&#39; private data with <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/inbloom-student-data-privacy-nyc-public-schools">inBloom</a>; to the NYC Department of Education <a href="http://schools.nyc.gov/Offices/mediarelations/NewsandSpeeches/2013-2014/Chancellor+Fari%C3%B1a+Announces+New+Promotion+Policy+for+Students+in+Grades+3-8.htm" target="new">amending its grade promotion policy for third to eighth graders</a> so that passing the ELA and Math Assessments is no longer the main criteria for moving up. (That last one is still pending the approval of the Panel on Educational Policy.)</p> <p> Clearly we public school families have a lot to digest, although I doubt we&#39;ll want to spend too much time on all that over spring break when there are <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/newyorkcitykids/spring-break-is-here-ready-or-not-fun-events-in-new-york-city-for-families-and-kids">so many awesome things to do</a>. My daughter and I are planning a staycastion packed with <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/newyorkcityfamily/museums-guide-for-new-york-city-kids">museums</a>, <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/nyc-kids-theater-shows-spring-2014-musicals-new-victory-puppets-interactive">theater</a>, <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/categories/weework-activities-0">egg decorating</a> and <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/newyorkcityfamily/new-york-city-playgrounds-guide">leisurely afternoons in the park</a>. But lots of our friends are hoping to get out of the city for a <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/familyvacationstravelguide/Family-Vacations-Resort-and-Travel-Guide">day trip or two</a>. Awesome tri-state area getaways to consider include this weekend&#39;s annual <a href="http://westchester.mommypoppins.com/sheep-to-shawl-festival-at-philipsburg-manor-celebrate-spring-sheep-sheering-18th-century-fun">Sheep-to-Shawl Festival at Philipsburg Manor</a> in <a href="http://westchester.mommypoppins.com" target="new">Westchester</a>, <a href="http://longisland.mommypoppins.com/kids/5-great-laser-tag-places-for-kids-on-long-island" target="new">laser tag fun</a> on <a href="http://longisland.mommypoppins.com" target="new">Long Island</a> and <a href="http://newjersey.mommypoppins.com" target="new">New Jersey</a>&#39;s <a href="http://newjersey.mommypoppins.com/kids/iplay-america-a-fun-indoor-amusement-park-and-arcade-in-new-jersey" target="new">iPlay America indoor amusement park and arcade</a>. Checking our regional sites is always a great way to spark your destination inspiration.</p> <p> Whatever you end up doing with your time off, we wish you and your family lots of memorable adventures! Here&#39;s what else we covered on the NYC site this week:</p> <p><a href="http://mommypoppins.com/spring-break-nyc-easter-egg-decorating-nyc-family-theater-astoria-queens" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Things to Do Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Raven Snook 81128 at http://mommypoppins.com WeeWork Kids Craft: Jelly Bean Jewelry http://mommypoppins.com/weework-kids-craft-jelly-bean-jewelry <p>We&#39;ve been doing <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/weework-dyeing-easter-eggs-naturally-with-fruit-vegetables-and-spices">Easter</a> <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/easy-easter-egg-decorating-ideas-tie-dye-easter-eggs-for-preschoolers">egg</a> <a href="http://mommypoppins.com/node/80802">decorating</a> all week in our&nbsp;<i><a href="http://mommypoppins.com/categories/weework-projects">WeeWork</a></i>&nbsp;series. But it wasn&#39;t until I brought out a bag of jelly beans for this project that my ornery son suddenly got very interested in participating. This would be a great little activity for Easter morning, keeping kids occupied&nbsp;while the Easter bunny does his business. Or, if your little ones are too small to work a needle, you can make these and put them in their baskets. &nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://mommypoppins.com/weework-kids-craft-jelly-bean-jewelry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kids Preschoolers Holidays WeeWork Activities Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:43:33 +0000 Anna Fader 81126 at http://mommypoppins.com