Pick-Your-Own Strawberry Farms in the Philadelphia Area

The start of strawberry picking season is a sure sign that summer is right around the corner. Spending a day picking this sweet fruit at a local orchard or farm is a great activity for families. It teaches kids about their food sources, connects everyone with nature and makes for a fun outdoor experience.

We have compiled a list of farms in the Philadelphia area that offer strawberry picking, as well as a few activity-filled strawberry festivals. Read our tips before you go to help make your day at the farm even more enjoyable.

Mother's Day Fun in Fairfield County, Connecticut: Races, Yoga, Brunch and More

It’s coming, it’s coming, it’s coming... Mother’s Day! The one day a year when children are required by law, tradition, expectation, whatever, to treat us moms like queens. And just in case the kids haven’t been preparing for the big day with the same fervor that you have, we’ve compiled a list of activities in Fairfield County (and Hartford County, too!) that will make Mother’s Day 2016 one to remember!

Mother's Day Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Hooray for May, Azalea Festival, May 7-8

It's time to celebrate mom and there's no shortage of fabulous springtime events in New Jersey. Round up the whole gang for a special outing this weekend, whether you head to Terhune Orchards for their Mother's Day Wine Trail Weekend, wander among the beautiful flowers at the Sayen Botanical Gardens Azalea Festival or make mom a special craft during Hooray for May! at the Center for Contemporary Art. And for some educational and hands-on outings little ones will enjoy, check out the Touch-a-Truck Family Festival or the Seashore Scientist class at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park. For additional activity options, take a look at our full Event Calendar.

Prenatal Massage: 7 Top Spots for Moms in Manhattan

Therapeutic massage offers both physical and psychological benefits for an expectant mother. It's a great way to relax, feel good, and help relieve many of the aches and stress of pregnancy, especially for NYC mamas who are hoofing it all over town and up and down those subway stairs.

We recently rounded up great options for prenatal massage in Brooklyn, and now we're spotlighting places in Manhattan where you can enjoy the healing and soothing benefits of prenatal massage. All offer side-lying positions and some also have special pillows and tables that allow you to lie face down, even with a pregnant belly.

Check out our NYC Baby and Pregnancy Guide for more new mom info, including fun baby and me classes and where to meet other parents.

15 Budget-Friendly Things to Do for Mother's Day with Boston Kids

Sure, going all out for Mother's Day with an extravagant brunch can be nice, but if a decadent feast doesn't fit your style or budget, there are plenty of other festive ways to celebrate. From taking a stroll on the Greenway to seeing other species of moms at the zoo (and getting in for free!), here are 15 ideas for how to enjoy a fun-filled and budget-friendly Mother's Day with the kids.

‘Hatched’ Brings a Theatrical Petting Zoo to the Stage

If you’ve been searching for the right show to introduce your tot to theater, you can’t go wrong with Hatched. This sweet interactive children’s puppet show from Treehouse Shakers has just returned its dancing baby-animal barnyard to the NYC stage.

Playing this week at BAM in Brooklyn and next week at Alvin Ailey in Manhattan, Hatched follows a day in the life of a “just-hatched” chick, from its literal hatching forth from the egg onstage to the sun setting over the farm at day’s end.

We’ve recommended this show for first-time theatergoers in the past. But after catching it May 1 at BAM’s Fisher Hillman Studio, we wanted to share this full review with our readers.

Philly Outdoor Exercise Classes for Mom and Baby

With a slow start to spring, the weather is finally warming and parents are eager to get outside and get fit with their kids. Finding time to exercise with a baby or toddler around can be tricky, which is why we love these great classes that help get you in shape and keep your active little one involved. Grab your stroller, yoga mat, sunscreen and water bottle to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine while getting (or staying) in shape.

Gardening Classes and Clubs for NJ Kids

Spring is in full bloom, and it’s the perfect time of year to dig into gardening. Planting flowers or vegetables is a hobby the whole family can enjoy together. Through gardening, young growers can learn about nature, the environment and nurturing living things. And, of course, they’ll love playing in the dirt. Check out these opportunities throughout our Garden State for children learn gardening basics and develop a green thumb.

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