Mother's Day Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Carnivals, Races, Fishing, Art May 9-10

Carnival games, thrilling roller-coaster rides, and fried dough are just some of what's on tap this Mother's Day weekend. Quassy Amusement Park and Lake Compounce are honoring moms by offering them complimentary day passes with the purchase of a child's ticket.

Many other attractions throughout the state are offering free admission for moms on Sunday as well; they are listed below. Plus we've rounded up top Mother’s Day events in Hartford County and Fairfield County. For other areas, be sure to browse our Event Calendar which has a wide array of suggestions.

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Mother's Day Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Kids Bowl Free, Brunch, BLACKOUT, May 9-10

Moms—we can’t say enough good things about you! You deserve a special Mother’s Day for all you do, so we’ve rounded up a variety of activities to help you enjoy your special weekend.

For events where mom can bask in the beauty of nature, consider Animal Moms, an Apple Blossom Celebration or a Guided Mother's Day Hike. There's also a Mother's Day Film and Brunch and a Mother's Day Weekend Garden Party at the New York Botanical Garden.

Other noteworthy events include art history and a hands-on project at the Neuberger Museum of Art, the musical Miss Nelson Is Missing! and a performance by the popular a cappella group BLACKOUT. And we know kids will be thrilled that Saturday is opening day at Rye Playland, and moms will be happy with the discounts being offered! Speaking of deals, you can’t beat FREE bowling for kids.

Read on for our top picks for weekend fun in Westchester. If something piques your interest, click through to the listing for full details. Plan out the rest of the month by taking a look at our May GoList. Looking for even more ideas? Peruse our Event Calendar.

From the moms at Mommy Poppins, have a very happy Mother’s Day!

Mother's Day Weekend with NYC Kids: Spring Fling, Garden Party, Kite Flight May 9-10

Sunday is Mother's Day, so moms, this weekend should be all about you. Why don't you decide what to do on Saturday and Sunday? (As if you don't do that most of the time anyway.) There are lots of fabulous outdoor activities to choose from, including a slew of fairs and festivals, Socrates Sculpture Park's annual Kite Flight, the Bronx Zoo's Birdathon and the New York Botanical Garden's old-fashioned Mother's Day Garden Party.

Families can also celebrate the 20th anniversary of the beloved children's picture book Guess How Much I Love You at the main branch of the NYPL, or bring natural treasures to the American Museum of Natural History for Identification Day. Plus, Lincoln Center kicks off its new series of family programming, LC Kids, with its outdoor Spring Fling featuring a sing-along with Dan Zanes and a host of other cool performances. If you go, be sure to stop by the Mommy Poppins booth where Anna and I will be crafting some adorable clothespin creatures with the kids.

These are just a few of the great things going on this Mother's Day weekend. All of our best bets are below. You can find additional options in our Event Calendar and our Spring Fun Guide.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you from the moms (and dads!) at Mommy Poppins.

Summer Fun Day Activities for Kids in Litchfield County

Here's your insider's go-to list with day activities for the entire family to do in (and nearby) Litchfield County this Summer. For all sorts of summer fun check out our CT Summer Fun Guide.

1. Spend the day rafting down the scenic Housatonic River with Clarke Outdoor River Guides.
2. Go on a drive-through safari where you may drive your vehicle through a 50 acre fenced in exotic wildlife park at Action Wildlife. Keep an eye out for zebras and buffalos.
3. Go on horseback trail ride or pony ride at Lee’s Riding Stables in Litchfield.
4. Race go-karts and play phazerball at the family entertainment center R&B Sportsworld in Winsted.

Westchester News: Caramoor's New Alliance, New Candy Rox Opens, Bowlmor in White Plains

Mommy Poppins Westchester is excited to announce that we are bringing back our news posts, which highlight items of interest for local families. So—in addition to our extensive coverage on where to go and what to check out with kids—we'll give you the skinny on grand openings, new services for families, and other useful tidbits for raising kids in Westchester and the Hudson Valley.

This week, we’ve got the scoop on Caramoor’s new partnership with Lincoln Center, the highly anticipated opening of Candy Rox’s second sweet shop, and two hot new family-friendly destinations; plus details on a few new services and, sadly, the closing of a local favorite. Read on for the full report and, if you haven't already, be sure to sign up for our free newsletters to get our posts delivered straight to your inbox!

5 Kid-Friendly NYC Nail Salons for Organic Manicures and Pedicures

With Mother's Day upon us, I've been thinking of fun, bonding activities with the kids that also provide some pampering for mom! A relaxing afternoon at the nail salon is a great way to enjoy quality time with your kids, where you can focus on each other and chat—maybe they'll even answer a few of your questions, if you're lucky. And let's be honest, it's a treat for you as well.

However, as much as I love mani-pedi dates with my daughter, I worry about the chemicals in the polish and the odor of the salon bothering her. (I don't love it either.) Despite having the technicians use a kid-friendly polish that I bring, I always leave feeling more worried than relaxed. So you can imagine my excitement upon discovering an organic salon in my neighborhood, with a wide variety of non-toxic polishes, plus a quiet and calm atmosphere. My daughter is also a fan, especially because of the wide variety of nail polish options. She was happy to see that there was not just one pink, but "tons!" She loved the experience, our nails looked great and I felt good about being there. Bonus: she even told me how her day was!

As you might imagine, organic salons tend to charge more and take longer to do your nails than a traditional salon. If you're not up for spending the extra time or money, you can buy a few organic polishes and create your own spa day at home with the kids. But, for those special events or days when you want to treat both yourself and the children, here are five NYC salons that offer organic mani-pedis with special services and prices for kids.

Strawberry Fields: 4 Strawberry Picking Farms on Long Island (and a Couple of Festivals)

The East End of Long Island is ripe with places where you can pick your own strawberries. Deciding where to go can be a challenge, so we've handpicked a few of our favorites. Harvesting your own fruit is not only fun, it connects you to where your food comes from and supports locals farmers. It also allows you to experience food at its freshest, right off the vine. This is especially important for Long Island strawberries, which are sweeter and more delicate than most grocery-store varieties, and tend to have a shorter shelf life. Be sure to call ahead or check the farms' websites to confirm that the fields are open and the strawberries are ripe.

For more places where you can pick your own fruit and vegetables in the tri-state area, check out our Farm Guide.

Mother's Day Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Children's Festival, Brunch, Green Fest, May 9-10

It looks like it's going to be bright and beautiful this Mother's Day weekend! Spend as much time as you can outside at events like the Beautiful Butterflies, Birds, & Cinco de Mayo fest at Camden Children’s Garden, the Secaucus Green Festival at Secaucus Xchange or Historic Smithville’s Children’s Festival down south. And of course, Mother’s Day events are happening all over New Jersey. Whether you want to make a craft with mom at Imagine That! Children’s Museum, enjoy a big family brunch at Alstede Farms or take a laid-back nature walk at Tenafly Nature Center, we’ve got you covered, mamas! For even more weekend activities, check out our Event Calendar.

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