Mommy Poppins - Things to Do in NYC with Kids en This Week: Pick Your Own Fruits & Vegetables, Easter Weekend Events, Last Days of Spring Break, Great New NYC 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="">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="">giant Faberg&eacute; designer eggs</a>, strolled a section of the <a href="">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=""><em>Mr. Chickee&#39;s Funny Money</em></a>, played with snow (yes it really snowed on Tuesday) and romped at our <a href="">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="">Easter Bonnet Parade</a>.</p> <p> Easter of course is the big event this weekend and <a href="">egg hunts abound in NYC</a> and <a href="">beyond</a>. If you&#39;re looking for a quick seasonal getaway, consider going on an <a href="" target="new">egg hunt</a> and then hitting a <a href="" target="new">Destination Playground</a> on Long Island, taking a <a href="" target="new">train ride with the Easter Bunny</a> in New Jersey, or <a href="" 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Things to Do Thu, 17 Apr 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Raven Snook 81554 at Easter Weekend for NYC Kids: Free Egg Hunts, Easter Parade, Auto Show, Passover Fun April 19-20 <p>Happy Easter, Passover and <a href="">spring</a>! There are Easter festivities in every borough this weekend, including classic <a href="">egg hunts</a> and Fifth Avenue&#39;s spectacular <a href="">Easter Bonnet Parade</a>. You can also celebrate Passover at the <a href="">Jewish Museum</a>, which is hosting a <a href="">music and art-filled family day</a> on Sunday.</p> <p> <a href="">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="">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="">Event Calendar</a> and our <a href="">Spring 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> Have a happy holiday, whatever you&#39;re celebrating!</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Things to Do Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Stephanie Ogozalek 35387 at News: Bowlmor Union Square Closing, a Carousel Delayed, New Location for the July 4th Fireworks and Lots of School News <p>The kids may be on <a href="">spring break</a> but the school news never stops. As we <a href="">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="">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="">Macy&#39;s annual Fourth of July Fireworks</a>, the delay of a <a href="">long-awaiting carousel</a> and the end of the line for a pair of NYC institutions.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kids Preschoolers Tweens & Teens News Tue, 15 Apr 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Alina Adams 81331 at WeeWork Kids Nature Crafts: Mushroom Prints <p>Spring signals time to reconnect with nature. DK Publishing sent us a copy of&nbsp;<a href="" 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="">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="" 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 New NYC Summer Camps: 7 More Great Summer Programs for Kids <p>Although we already published a roundup of the <a href="">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="">Museum of Mathematics</a> and <a href="">Brooklyn Game Lab</a>, there are enriching programs for tots at <a href="">Pono</a> and <a href="">Creative Dream</a>, plus science programs, offbeat athletics and more.</p> <p> Be sure to check out our jam-packed <a href="">Camp Guide</a> for info on lots of other summer programs in NYC as well as <a href="">sleepaway options</a>. We even have a <a href="">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="" 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 Astoria Park & Other Places to Play in Astoria Queens <p>We continue our month-long focus on <a href="">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="" 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 This Week: Spring Break Is Here, NYC Day Trips, Easter Egg Decorating, Great Family Theater shows in NYC <p>These days, the only things my daughter wants to talk about are <a href="">spring break</a> and <a href="">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="">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="">inBloom</a>; to the NYC Department of Education <a href="" 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="">so many awesome things to do</a>. My daughter and I are planning a staycastion packed with <a href="">museums</a>, <a href="">theater</a>, <a href="">egg decorating</a> and <a href="">leisurely afternoons in the park</a>. But lots of our friends are hoping to get out of the city for a <a href="">day trip or two</a>. Awesome tri-state area getaways to consider include this weekend&#39;s annual <a href="">Sheep-to-Shawl Festival at Philipsburg Manor</a> in <a href="" target="new">Westchester</a>, <a href="" target="new">laser tag fun</a> on <a href="" target="new">Long Island</a> and <a href="" target="new">New Jersey</a>&#39;s <a href="" 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Things to Do Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:00:00 +0000 Raven Snook 81128 at WeeWork Kids Craft: Jelly Bean Jewelry <p>We&#39;ve been doing <a href="">Easter</a> <a href="">egg</a> <a href="">decorating</a> all week in our&nbsp;<i><a href="">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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kids Preschoolers Holidays WeeWork Activities Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:43:33 +0000 Anna Fader 81126 at