Mommy Poppins - Things to Do in NYC with Kids en This Week: Awesome Day Trip Ideas, Family Resort in Costa Rica, New Queens Play Space, NYC Weekend Fun <p>Every year around this time, I start to feel like my daughter and I are the last New Yorkers left in the city. All of our friends are away at <a href="">sleepaway camp</a> or off on <a href="" target="new">exotic vacations</a>, like Mommy Poppins founder, <a href="">Anna</a>, who stayed at the fabulous <a href="" target="new">Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort in Costa Rica</a> this week. Not that I&#39;m complaining. While I can&#39;t say we have NYC to ourselves (I think I&#39;ve given directions to <a href="" target="new">tourists</a> every single day this week), we are still enjoying all <a href="">summer in the city</a> has to offer, including museum exhibits (the pic above is from the <a href="">Jeff Koons retrospective</a> at the Whitney), public <a href="">pools</a>, <a href="">beaches</a> and <a href="">playgrounds</a>. And since my daughter just got a pair of hand-me-down roller skates, the <a href="">two new rinks in Brooklyn</a> are on our must-do list.</p> <p> Of course you don&#39;t have to get on a plane to have an out-of-town adventure. Our Long Island site highlighted <a href="" target="new">six farms where kids can feed and pet the animals</a>, and <a href="" target="new">eight family-friendly hiking trails</a>. Meanwhile, <a href="" target="new">New Jersey</a> rounded up <a href="" target="new">seven pick-your-own farms with summer berries</a>, and spotlighted the small but activity--filled ocean-side town of <a href="" target="new">Avalon</a>. And Connecticut made a list of the <a href="" target="new">top 25 things to do with kids in New Haven</a>.</p> <p> Regardless of where you&#39;re spending the season, remember to <a href="" target="_blank">post your playful pics on social media</a> for a chance to win great prizes in our <a href="">SUMMER OF PLAY CHALLENGE</a>. It ends in a few weeks so start snapping today&mdash;you know you want to show off that gorgeous family of yours.</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, 24 Jul 2014 19:00:00 +0000 Raven Snook 88979 at WeeWork Kids Craft: Fish Printing <p>If you are taking a vacation that involves fishing this summer, fish printing is a great way to preserve a couple of fun family vacation memories. Fish Printing, or <i>Gyotaku</i>, is a traditional Japanese art dating from the mid-1800s. Think of it like a pre-Instagram way of recording the size of your catch. In these days of digital media; however, it has evolved into a bit more of an art form. We had the good fortune to learn a bit more about it on vacation in Cape Cod. I wasn't sure how my 2.5 year old daughter would react to painting a fish, but she loved it. Luckily, if she hadn't we had a fake fish on hand to work with too. You can also use this method to create one-of-a-kind t-shirts, a great DIY vacation souvenirs ( I mean, who needs <i>another</i> tie-dye shirt!)</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kids Preschoolers Crafts WeeWork Activities Thu, 24 Jul 2014 10:34:03 +0000 Ally Noel 89159 at Weekend Fun for NYC Kids: Lincoln Center Out of Doors Family Day, The Lightning Thief Musical, Harry Potter Party July 26-27 <p>It&#39;s looking like a lovely mid-<a href="">summer</a> weekend and there are lots of fun and FREE things to do together as a family. Try classic outdoor games at <a href="">Brooklyn Bridge Park</a>&#39;s <a href="">Family Field Day</a>, work up a sweat at the <a href="">Get Up &amp; Go Family Adventure Race</a> on Staten Island or hit the Scholastic Store in Soho for a magical <a href="">Harry Potter birthday party</a>.</p> <p> Two of our <a href="">top picks of the month</a> take place this weekend and they&#39;re both FREE. Enjoy an eclectic lineup of music and dance performances at <a href="">Lincoln Center Out of Doors Family Day</a> and catch Theatreworks USA&#39;s brand-new musicalization of <a href=""><em>The Lightning Thief</em></a> in the West Village.</p> <p> However you spend the weekend, remember to share photos of your family&#39;s adventures on social media for a chance to win great prizes in our <a href="">SUMMER OF PLAY CHALLENGE</a>. If you need playtime inspiration, we have <a href="">hundreds of ideas</a> in our <a href="">SUMMER OF PLAY GUIDE</a>.</p> <p> All of our best bets for the weekend are below. You can find additional options in our <a href="">Event Calendar</a> and our <a href="">Summer Fun Guide</a>.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Things to Do Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:00:00 +0000 Stephanie Ogozalek 88925 at New Chuck Jones Exhibit: Kids Can Learn About the Bugs Bunny Creator & Make Their Own Animations at the Museum of the Moving Image <p>There are some repetitive, simple-minded animated shows that you can&#39;t wait for your kids to outgrow. (I&#39;m not going to name names... there are just so many!) And then there are classics you can&#39;t wait to share with your children. That&#39;s how I feel about the old Looney Tunes cartoons&mdash;they were so creative and crazy and kooky, and great fun for audiences of all ages. (Many of the jokes I only get now as an adult!) There&#39;s really nothing like them on TV these days (or rather, nothing appropriate for young kids&mdash;my children are still a few years away from <em>Robot Chicken</em>).</p> <p> Whether your kids are already big fans of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, et al, or you&#39;re introducing them to the Looney Tunes gang for the first time, the Museum of the Moving Image&#39;s brand-new exhibit <em>What&rsquo;s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones</em> is really inspiring, especially for young artists. Not only do kids learn about the genius behind these iconic characters, on Saturdays, children ages 7 and up can drop in to the museum&#39;s Studio to make their own animated shorts.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kids Tweens & Teens Astoria NYC Queens Indoor Activities Museums Photo Gallery TV, Film & Movies 40.756345 -73.923950 Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:00:00 +0000 Alina Adams 88837 at News: Sesame Street Exhibit Opening at the Library, Free Gift Cards & Craft Demos, New Urban Farm on Governors Island <p>&quot;Sunny day, chasing the clouds away.&quot; No matter how old your kids are now, you probably recognize those lyrics (heck you may have grown up with them, yourself). That&#39;s why we&#39;re so psyched about the new <em>Sesame Street</em> exhibit coming to the Performing Arts Library this fall. We&#39;ve got the scoop on that plus a new urban farm on <a href="">Governors Island</a>, how you can find FREE gift cards hidden throughout the five boroughs, high-tech school lunch inspiration, no-cost craft demos, and we weigh in on the never-ending overprotected kids debate.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kids Preschoolers Tweens & Teens News Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:00:00 +0000 Alina Adams 88812 at NYC Pools with Day Passes: Best Private New York City Swimming Pools for Kids & Families <p>There are plenty of <a href="">FREE swimming pools in NYC</a>, but if the idea of putting your kids in a public pool makes you uncomfortable, there are other options. Ideally, you have wisely befriended a family with access to a free pool in their building, but for those of us who are mooch-challenged, don&#39;t worry. It&#39;s not commonly known, but there are private pools in New York City where you can pay to swim for the day. We&#39;re not talking about those hipsters-only hangouts where visitors sip on $18 cocktails and there&#39;s no one under 21 in sight. These 10 private pools are all kid-friendly and welcome families for swimming and other water fun.</p> <p> While you can check the websites of the pools for hours, which change by season, I strongly recommend calling before you go since many of them close randomly for events or may suddenly change their policies. Find other great ways to beat the <a href="">summer</a> heat in our <a href="">Water Fun Guide</a>.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kids Preschoolers Tweens & Teens NYC Uptown Downtown Midtown East Queens Financial District Midtown West Forest Hills Upper East Side Indoor Activities Summer Activities Water Fun 40.777939 -73.943963 40.777939 -73.943963 40.760262 -73.993287 40.760262 -73.993287 40.709227 -74.005892 40.709227 -74.005892 40.787756 -73.837237 40.787756 -73.837237 40.738201 -73.846973 40.738201 -73.846973 40.713649 -74.008713 40.713649 -74.008713 40.737356 -73.973194 40.737356 -73.973194 40.716080 -74.014990 40.647735 -73.877641 40.715979 -74.014892 40.756170 -73.922690 Mon, 21 Jul 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Raven Snook 13794 at 10 Outdoor Games from the 70s that It’s Time to Teach Your Kids <p>Ever notice how when folks talk about summers back in the day they say things like, &ldquo;We just went outside and played and we survived.&rdquo; Yes, surviving is a great achievement, but we can set our sights a little higher, can&rsquo;t we? We&rsquo;re sharing our <a href="" target="_blank">SUMMER OF PLAY</a> with <a href="" target="_blank">hundreds of ideas</a> for playtime with your kids. So Red Rover those neighborhood kids right on over and teach the whole crew a few of those games that used to occupy the Brady brood in their AstroTurf backyard, and do more than survive this summer. Play!</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kids Preschoolers Tweens & Teens Outdoor Activities Summer Activities Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:30:00 +0000 Roberta B 88624 at Bounce 'N Play in Astoria: A New Queens Drop-in Play Space with Bouncy Houses <p>There are already <a href="">plenty of indoor play spaces in Queens</a> but we&#39;re always happy to welcome one more, especially in <a href="">Astoria</a>. Even though the neighborhood is filled with families, <a href="">Kids Playhouse Astoria</a> has been the area&#39;s only drop-in romping spot... until now.</p> <p>Bounce &#39;N Play is a spacious indoor play and party space with a wide variety of cool equipment. In addition to the usual attractions&mdash;play sets, a jungle gym with tubes, a rock climbing wall, toys and games&mdash;Bounce &#39;N Play also features inflatable fun like full-fledged bouncy houses and a pair of bouncy slides. Since you don&#39;t find <a href="">indoor bouncy houses very often in NYC</a>, I knew my girls and I had to check it out.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Kids Preschoolers Tweens & Teens Astoria NYC Queens Indoor Activities 40.775807 -73.902013 40.775807 -73.902013 Sun, 20 Jul 2014 20:00:00 +0000 Kelly O 88585 at