Sea-Themed Carousel at the Battery Is a Major New Kid Destination

New York City has long been home to a dozen carousels, but the brand-new SeaGlass Carousel in downtown Manhattan stands apart. 

More than a decade and $16 million in the making, this custom-designed ride that opens to the public August 20 is part of the Battery's ongoing overhaul (currently it's a bit of a construction zone), and its sea theme is a nod to the site's history as the original location of the New York Aquarium. No horses going round and round here; instead, riders step into 30 tall (some up to 13 feet!), iridescent fish that seem to swim inside a giant nautilus shell thanks to a quartet of rotating turntables. Glowing lights, soothing classical music and aquatic sound effects complete the virtual underwater experience.

While every news outlet has been raving about this just-opened, one-of-a-kind attraction, only Mommy Poppins has the scoop on everything families need to know before planning a trip to the SeaGlass Carousel, including tips on stroller parking and bathrooms, along with video that gives you a sense of just how special it is.

Dinosaur Lovers! Best Dinosaur-Themed Birthday Parties in New Jersey

The very awesome—and very cool—movie Jurassic World hit theaters this summer and was a blockbuster hit with adults and children alike. Inspired by the 3D film, it may come as no surprise that your child wants a dinosaur-themed birthday party this year. Ok, so you obviously can’t bring a “real” hybrid T-Rex into your backyard, but you can certainly find places in New Jersey to host a fantastic party with a prehistoric theme. Here is a round-up of venues that offer cool dinosaur-themed birthday parties—book soon, and have an adventure out of this time period. P.S. Don’t forget to check out our Mommy Poppins party guide, chock-full of additional party ideas for the special kids in your life.

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: BrickFest, Wings over Camarillo, Los Lonely Boys, August 22-23

It's sad, so very, very sad: the kids are going back to school. Whatever will we parents do with our own free time that we can do whatever we want with now? Sure, we'll still have the weekends to fill with child-centric merriment.  Like this weekend for instance: there's a LEGO-inspired festival of bricks, a sing-a-long version of Frozen, (don't pretend you don't still know all the lyrics), two chances to learn what happened when The Crayons Came Home, and lots of free movies the kids will love.

Yes, school may have started (depending on your district), but the summer lives on! Which is really good, on the weekends, as long as the kids are in school, Monday to Friday. So go kite flying, watch an air showlook at the stars, do all manner of things that require looking up, but do them on the weekend. Because the weekdays are your time, Momma meant for your child's creative and intellectual development.

Speaking of which, you might want to consider looking into after school classes and programs. For even more Momma-me-time ways to give your kid every opportunity.

Got a few quiet moments to yourself? Why not use them to catch up on the laundry our favorite picks for this weekend....

Visiting the Enchanted Castle at Burr Homestead in Fairfield County

It can be hard to reconcile the adorable, innocent kiddo in the perfect costume, with the freakout factor of Halloween.  Where, exactly, are you going to take your lollipop lovin' cowboy, or scared-of-the-dark Little Red Riding Hood?  In Fairfield County, the answer is Fairfield's Burr Homestead.  For 20 years now, they've put on the Enchanted Castle, a Halloween-time event geared toward children ages 2-10. For even more ideas in your inbox, sign up for our weekly newsletter.  Check out our Halloween and Fall Fun Guide for lots of other great info!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Airplanes, Star Wars, Performances August 22-23

How could this have happened? How could there only be two (or in some cases one) more weeks of summer left before school begins? Make the most of these remaining summer days by turning to our Event Calendar which offers lots of fun for Philly families.

Meet characters from Star Wars at the Please Touch Museum. Check out New Garden Flying Field's Festival of Flight Air & Car Show. Catch Media Theatre's Aladdin Jr. or Hedgerow Theatre's Beauty and the Beast as they close this weekend. Or, get outside to learn about bugs, butterflies and mushrooms. On the other hand, embrace that school is almost here and get some 'Back to School' deals at an area consignment sale.

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Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: GreenFest & Junk Fest, August 22-23

Families can find plenty of outdoor fun in Boston this weekend, including two super-cool festivals: one to celebrate the environment and another to celebrate ways we can reuse junk to create something fantastic. Both of these festivals have similar goals, and they both offer fun for local families.

Besides the festivals, this is a perfect weekend to check out the stars or go play in the park. With only a couple of weeks remaining before school starts up again, I plan on soaking up every possible minute of summer with my kids!

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

Enjoy your weekend, and don't forget to check out the full Event CalendarNote: due to projected bad weather, be sure to check with venues before heading to any outdoor events.

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Turtle Hatch Day, Cardboard Race, Theater, August 22-23

Start packing in the fun as summer winds down to its last few weeks. Go on a scavenger adventure outdoors in Hampton Bays or indoors in Hicksville.

Catch the last run of Mary Poppins at the Long Island Children's Museum or Cinderella's Glass Slipper at the Smithtown Performing Arts Center

Remember, you can find even more options in our jam-packed Event Calendar and our Summer Fun Guide. To receive our posts in your inbox, subscribe to our free newsletters.

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Festivals, Fireworks, and Pancakes with Penguins August 22-23

Many of children in Connecticut begin school over the next few weeks, so this weekend is a bit of a last hurrah for summer. The CT Science Center in Hartford is hosting its 5th Annual Back 2 School Bash to get everyone in the mood, with visits from all your favorite super heroes, including Superman, Wonder Woman, Captain America, and more. CT Fair season is beginning to get underway, and there are several to choose from, including the 114th Hamburg Fair and the Bridgewater Country Fair, which are described below.

If you're starting to map out fall activities, check out our guide to After School Programs, Classes and Activities and keep an eye on the event calendar as we continue to add open houses.

And if it's too soon to think about fall, we have plenty of suggestions to stretch out the in our Summer Fun Guide. For the latest and best family-friendly events, subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest

Here are some suggestions for the weekend ahead. Enjoy! 


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