Mommy Poppins - Things to Do in NYC with Kids en Fall Crafts for Toddlers: Acorn Painting <p>You may have heard of <a href="">marble painting</a> before. This unique spin on it is perfect for fall and brings a little nature into play. It's a fun activity to make some beautifully abstract prints and easy enough to do with a toddler or preschooler. The only one who won't like it will be the squirrels.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Preschoolers Crafts WeeWork Activities Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:42:07 +0000 Ally Noel 93478 at Pumpkin Patches Near NYC: Pumpkin Picking and Hayrides An Hour or Less From New York City <p>It seems like all the stores have put up their spooky displays and decorations, so we can&#39;t deny it any longer: The <a href="">Halloween</a> season is nigh! And what&#39;s All Hallows&#39; Eve without the perfect pumpkin? You could grab one from your local farmers&#39; market, grocery store or one of the few <a href="">pumpkin patches right here in New York City</a>. But for a more immersive experience, head to the country to a pick-your-own-pumpkin place. Many of these spots offer additional activities for families, like hayrides, bouncy houses, corn mazes and <a href="">apple picking</a>, so you can turn your hunt into a fun seasonal <a href="">day trip</a>.</p> <p> Like our recent roundup of <a href="">nearby pick-your-own-apple orchards</a>, these 12 pumpkin patches are all about an hour (or less) from midtown Manhattan by car. We even found a few that you can reach via public transportation. One important note: It&#39;s imperative that you call ahead to confirm hours, pricing, availability and attractions, otherwise you might find the crop gone or the place closed, and that&#39;s a Halloween season scare that isn&#39;t such a treat.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kids Preschoolers Tweens & Teens Suffolk Hudson Valley Long Island New Jersey Westchester Fall Activities Farm Fun Halloween Weekend Trips 41.307407 -73.765597 41.307407 -73.765597 41.279454 -73.827972 41.279454 -73.827972 41.178606 -74.032046 41.083963 -74.127202 40.785474 -74.695652 40.850098 -74.614007 40.850098 -74.614007 41.008236 -74.070664 40.795199 -74.693871 40.795199 -74.693871 40.631444 -74.585731 40.831233 -73.348859 40.831233 -73.348859 40.787319 -73.413839 40.784267 -74.696828 41.008236 -74.070664 41.349329 -73.634956 41.349326 -73.661715 40.804821 -73.336230 40.787319 -73.413839 41.090710 -74.125380 Mon, 22 Sep 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Stephanie Ogozalek 17961 at Save Time on Doctor’s Visits (and Maybe Win an iPad) at LiveHealth Online <p>Like every mom, I hate when my boys get sick, but it&rsquo;s a fact of life, especially now that <a href="" target="_blank">school</a> is back in session and kids just love passing germs around to one another. Couple that with the cooler weather on its way, and... you get the idea. When illness hits my house, seeing the pediatrician is usually the best option. But there are times when it&rsquo;s not possible (like at 2am), or I&rsquo;m unsure if that runny nose or low-grade fever is worth a trip to the doctor&rsquo;s office.</p> <p>Believe me, it&rsquo;s not that I&rsquo;m too lazy to take them&mdash;it&rsquo;s more like I&rsquo;m scared about what&rsquo;s waiting for us once we get there. Last year, I took my older son to the pediatrician with a cough (with my younger, healthy son in tow) and we sat in a jam-packed waiting room for nearly 30 minutes. It turned out it was just a cough&mdash;but a week later they both came down with a nasty virus. I know, they could have picked that up anywhere, but I&#39;m pretty sure they were exposed to it there. So you can understand my resistance to run to the doctor for every little ailment. That&rsquo;s why I was definitely intrigued by our sponsor, LiveHealth Online, which offers video chats with a real-live U.S.-based doctor 24/7, all year.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kids NYC Healthy Kids Mon, 22 Sep 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Linda DiProperzio 92522 at The New Sesame Street Exhibit at Lincoln Center: A Fun Nostalgia Trip for Kids of All Ages--Even Grown-up Ones <p>Did my tween roll her eyes when I said we were going to check out the new <em>Sesame Street</em> exhibit at <a href="">Lincoln Center</a>? You bet. But the moment we walked into the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts and saw a replica of the show&#39;s original stoop, we both started grinning and giggling like little kids. Despite its very grown-up title, <a href=""><em>Somebody Come and Play: 45 Years of Sesame Street Helping Kids Grow Smarter, Stronger, and Kinder</em></a> was designed to appeal to anyone who grew up with the seminal edutainment series, whether you&#39;re watching it now or did so long ago (I was part of the first generation of <em>Sesame Street</em> graduates).</p> <p> A collaboration between the NYPL branch and Sesame Workshop, the jam-packed retrospective features scripts, storyboards, designs, animation cels, photographs, blueprints and other behind-the-scenes artifacts that mostly appeal to adults. But there are also fun and interactive highlights for families, like a cute play area, vintage and contemporary clips, and great photo ops with more than 20 Muppets (just check out our slide show). The exhibit, which is FREE, is also a great way for kids to get a glimpse at what NYC and <em>Sesame Street</em> looked like back in the day&mdash;they&#39;ve both changed a lot.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kids Preschoolers NYC Uptown Upper West Side Museums 40.772783 -73.984202 40.772783 -73.984202 Sun, 21 Sep 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Raven Snook 93074 at 5 Fall Deals: Save Big on Creative Classes for NYC Kids <p><a href="/newyorkcityfamily/fall-fun-guide-kids-shows-music-museum-programs-festivals-and-the-best-things-to-d">Fall</a> is here which means the kids are back into the <a href="">swing of school</a> and it&#39;s time to sign them up for enriching <a href="">extracurricular classes</a>. Today&#39;s deals post features five fabulous offers from high-quality after-school programs, including <a href="">fencing</a>, animation, art, <a href="">theater</a> and <a href="">improv</a>. Don&#39;t wait to take advantage of these great bargains&mdash;discounts this good will be gone long before the first snow falls.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kids Preschoolers Tweens & Teens Fall Activities Sun, 21 Sep 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Raven Snook 93249 at NYC Preschool Directors Share How to Pick a "Good Fit" Preschool for Your Child <p>Applying to <a href="">preschool</a> is one of the most important (and potentially harrowing) experiences for young children and their parents. It&rsquo;s the beginning of their education, their introduction to schooling and their foundation for a life of learning. In NYC, we are lucky to have many preschool choices available, but it can be a lot of work to figure out which one is best suited to your child.</p> <p> This Saturday, September 20, Mommy Poppins is sponsoring the FREE <a href="">Lower Manhattan Early Childhood Education Fair</a> with <a href=";club_id=607793&amp;module_id=163100" target="new">HRP Mamas</a>. (If you live in the area, we hope to see you there! <a href=";club_id=607793&amp;module_id=163100" target="new">Click the link to register</a>.) In preparation for the event, we asked directors from participating preschools to share their insights about the admissions process, and what parents should look for in a program. Who better to explain how to navigate this journey than these experts, who help families find the right schools for their kids every day.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Baby Preschoolers Preschool Schools Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Mommy Poppins 93098 at This Week: Maker Faire Preview, Lower Manhattan Preschool Fair, Pumpkin Patches & Apple Orchards Near NYC <p>As a cliched jaded New Yorker, I am rarely starstruck. But I found myself grinning like a baby when I met Bob, Maria, Oscar the Grouch and Abby Cadabby at a special preview of the <a href=""><em>Sesame Street</em> exhibit</a> that just opened at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. (Look for my full review on Sunday.) When I was growing up in NYC in the &#39;70s, <em>Sesame Street</em> was <em>my</em> preschool experience. But <a href="">early childhood education</a> today is a whole other world. That&#39;s why we&#39;re proud to be sponsoring this Saturday&#39;s <a href="">Lower Manhattan Early Childhood Education Fair</a> with HRP Mamas, where parents can meet preschool directors from some of downtown's most prestigious programs while tots have fun making adorable <a href="">WeeWork clothespin critters</a> at the Mommy Poppins table. The fair is FREE but <a href=";club_id=607793&amp;module_id=163100" target="new">preregistration is required</a>.</p> <p> <a href="">Fall</a> officially arrives next week, which means apple- and pumpkin-picking season are about to kick into high gear. This week we updated a bunch of posts in our <a href="">Pick Your Own Guide</a> including the best <a href="" target="new">apple orchards in Westchester and Rockland County</a>, and the top pumpkin patches in <a href="" target="new">New Jersey</a>, on <a href="">Long Island</a> and in <a href="" target="new">Connecticut&#39;s Hartford County</a>. And if you&#39;re on the hunt for giant corn mazes, try <a href="">Long Island</a> and <a href="" target="new">Fairfield County, CT</a>.</p> <p> Happen to know a few kids in Massachusetts who are doing great things for their communities? Then nominate them for our <a href="" target="new">Beantown site</a>&#39;s <a href="" target="new">Kids Who Really Rock contest</a>. Finalists will be featured in a Mommy Poppins Boston post and get to appear on stage at the Boston Kids Really Rock music festival. One grand prize winner will also receive a $500 donation to a charity of his or her choice. We&#39;re <a href="" target="new">accepting names through Saturday, September 27</a> so tell all your friends in MA.</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, 18 Sep 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Raven Snook 93060 at 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 HRP Mamas <a href="">Lower Manhattan 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