Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Arts, Fairy Gardens and Architecture, April 25-29

With the start of the Harvard Arts First Festival, Somerville Open Studios, CraftBoston Spring Show and Spring ArtWeek Boston, this week is all about celebrating the arts in Boston. National Poetry Month is coming to a close, but there's still time to learn to speak in Shel and pop a poem into your kid's pocket. Also in honor of National Poetry Month, the rest of this post is written in verse. (Just kidding.) 

There's still one more week to experience the whimsical and artful fairy gardens in Providence, and since the older kids are back in school, it's the perfect time to take the little ones to enjoy the gardens sans crowds. Speaking of whimsy, Frank Gehry is being awarded the Harvard Arts Medal this Thursday, and a field trip to the MIT campus this week to see the Stata Center is a great way to introduce the kids to his work. 

Our Event Calendar shares many more delights for families, artsy or otherwise. Give it a peek!

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Science, Movies, Trees Apr 25-29

Political calls, lawn signs, billboards and flyers. It is difficult to escape the fact that Tuesday is Election Day for Pennsylvanians. It also is a day off from school for many Philly children. Why not plan out the week's activities with a little help from our Events Calendar.

Consider spending an afternoon with the kids at one of the local libraries featuring Philadelphia Science Festival fun. Learn about Colonial Sheep Shearing at Thompson-Neely House and Farmstead. Take in a matinee or be inspired by some talented kid filmmakers. If your children have Election Day off, sign up for a day-long camp at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education or Darlington Arts Center.

Be sure to consult our 25 Things We Are Excited To Do With Philly Kids this Spring guide as well as our April Go List so as not to miss out on any springtime fun. Friday is also Arbor Day, so be sure to check out some outdoor activities. Enjoy this last full week of April. And, don't forget to vote!

Weekday Fun: Spring Break, Free Museums, Cool Kid Concerts

Many kids are off this week for the long-awaited public school spring break, and NYC is brimming with family fun. Check out our 50 Things To Do on Spring Break or these staycation ideas to start planning your week.

Need more inspiration? Museums, parks and other NYC institutions are offering up plenty of ways to stay busy. Explore Prospect Park through FREE naturalist-led activities; catch one of the final performances of the roving whodunit, The Trial of Typhoid Mary, at the New-York Historical Society; or finally visit the Staten Island Children's Museum, for FREE, where Patrick and the Rock-a-Silly Band will perform, too.

The coming week is also ideal for a public art hunt. We know you don't want to miss the giant inflatable bunnies at Brookfield Place! Or take a spin on one of NYC's myriad bike paths. Don't have wheels? No problem. We've rounded up the best places to rent cycles and gear like baby seats. 

Don't forget, there's more family fun to be found in our Event Calendar and Spring Guide, or try to cross something off your bucket list this week with our 100 Things To Do with Kids in NYC Before They Grow Up.

Spring Fun at the 2016 Tarrytown Duck Derby and Y Healthy Kids Day

Nothing says spring in the suburbs like a team of rubber ducks bobbing and bumping down a river. The annual YMCA Healthy Kids Day and Rotary Duck Derby, a four-hour affair at Sleepy Hollow’s Patriot Park, is a family favorite of ours. The event typically draws more than 1,500 people, all of whom come to enjoy the live music, vendors, crafts, entertainment and, of course, hordes of rubber ducks. 

Kid-Friendly Cinco de Mayo Celebrations in Boston

Cinco de Mayo is typically associated with bottomless margaritas and bar crawls, which are not exactly family friendly. But there are ways to celebrate the holiday that don’t involve adults-only activities. In fact, it’s the perfect time to get a little history and cultural lesson in with a dash of fun—and a great way to welcome spring.

Cinco de Mayo is often mistakenly thought to be Mexico’s Independence Day, but it’s actually a celebration of the Mexican Army’s surprising victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Learn more about the holiday and have some fun celebrating at these five Boston-area kid-friendly Cinco de Mayo events.

Tasty Mother's Day Brunch Spots in Manhattan and the Bronx

Mother's Day is less than a month away, which means it's time to start planning the special day for the much-deserving mother or wife in your life. Speaking from experience, all moms really want is a little time off. You could choose to serve breakfast in bed, but why not forgo the chores altogether and hit one of NYC's many delicious brunch spots instead!

We've rounded up a baker's dozen worth of scrumptious places throughout Manhattan and northern borough neighbor, the Bronx. Each one is designated by mom style, including those looking for a waterfront view to moms who prefer a restaurant with vegetarian options. Pinpoint your special lady's preference, make your reservations and get ready to dig in. If you live further afield, be sure to check out our roundups of Mother's Day brunch spots in Brooklyn, or up the ante with one of these fun NYC itineraries to celebrate.

However you decide to spend the day, Happy Mother's Day from your peers here at Mommy Poppins!

Time-traveling with Kids: What To Do at the Renaissance Pleasure Faire

Hear ye, hear ye! There's more to Ye Olde Renaissance Faire than turkey legs, men in tights, and replacing all thy "yous" with thees and thous. So if you—or thou—art wondering whether or not it's worth venturing 45 minutes inland in search of a park full of people pretending wholeheartedly that Queen Elizabeth I is still on the throne, the answer is an unmitigated, "Huzzah!"

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