Weekday Picks: Storytime, Science, and Skygazing, May 23-27

I'm digging out the beach bags and dusting off the picnic basket, because this weekend the unofficial start of summer arrives: it's Memorial Day! With storytimes and science clubs to keep the young 'uns entertained, we parents can get on with the business of planning for sunny days and temperate summer nights.

Ridgefield kicks off their outdoor movie nights with The Peanuts Movie on Friday night, and we're loading up the Event Calendar with the (mostly) free outdoor summer concerts, plays, and movies that make summer in Connecticut so much fun. Be sure to check back here often and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest so that you don't miss a thing.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Outdoor Yoga, Country Fair, May 23-27

With the weather finally cooperating (we hope!), the week ahead is a great time for Westchester families to get outside and have fun.

For starters, wee ones can enjoy pony rides, animal encounters and more at the specially tailored Little Folk Farm Day, while kids of all ages (and their grown-up acquaintances) can get their downward dog on at the first-ever Bronxville Yoga Block Party. Start your Memorial Day weekend with a bang at the inaugural Country Fair, featuring classic outdoor fun.

Looking for more action? Our Event Calendar is chock full of activities of all types, and many of our listings are FREE! Read on and follow through for all the details and more to choose from!

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Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Nature, Stories, Vacations May 23-27

It is hard to believe that this is the last week before the unofficial start of Summer 2016. Savor these moments of springtime bliss by embracing some of the many activities found in our Events Calendar.

This week, there are a variety of opportunities for outdoor play. Visit Tyler Arboretum for Tyler Tales, Briar Bush Nature Center for Magic Mornings or Bucktoe Creek Preserve for Drop-In on Nature Playgroup. Or, consider visiting a local county park. Then, listen to stories at Barnes and Nobles, Delaware Museum of Natural History or Philadelphia's Central Library.

However, if you are just realizing that you still need to plan your family's summer vacation, browse through our entire Mommy Poppins site. It offers a wealth of information on New York City, Long Island, Westchester NY, Boston, Connecticut, Los Angeles and even our neighbor to the east, New Jersey. Also, be sure to complete our Mommy Poppins survey to enter to win a family trip to Punta Cana. Vacation time is just around the corner!

Tween Birthday Parties in Fairfield County

Just when I thought I had figured out the mysteries of kids birthday parties--the places to go for cupcakes or ice cream cakes and what to do about favors and how to handle the invites--my son turned 10 and decided that all of our heretofore well loved birthday venues were now "for little kids." Fortunately, I had enough advanced warning that I was able to do some research and turn up an impressive range of options for tweens right here in Fairfield County. Here are some of our favorites:

20 Best Water Playgrounds and Sprinklers for Kids in NYC

When we were growing up, New York City playgrounds had sprinklers. Now parks and playgrounds across the five boroughs possess "water features"—fountains, geysers, rivers, pumps and beautiful spraying statues. Kids just love them, and we parents prefer these newfangled playgrounds because they're pretty and cool, and make us feel as if our exorbitant NYC housing costs are justified.

As the city's sprinkler season gets into gear, it's good to know where to find the wildest and wettest playgrounds around. There are hundreds of water features in NYC parks. Some are cooler (literally and figuratively) than others, and more amazing ones seem to open every year. When we first published this article in 2008, we had five favorite splashing spots. Now we're up to 20 fancy playgrounds where kids can get wet in NYC. See if your favorites made our list (and if not, clue us in).

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Preschool Directory and Spring Celebration, May 23-27

Big news! We've finally launched our Boston Preschool Guide, and it's chock full of advice for choosing a preschool for your little one. And we now have a searchable Preschool Directory. This means you can easily find what you're looking for – full-time care, Montessori, a co-op, or another type of preschool – in the entire greater Boston area, or narrowed down to your neighborhood. We know that finding the right preschool can be daunting, but we have you covered. If you don't see a listing for your favorite preschool, let us know

This is a great week for music lovers. There's an inspiring spring celebration with the Revels and students of Perkins School, puppets at the Pops, Club Passim's annual community collaboration celebration, and an evening with a Broadway star. There's also a little something for readers, dog-loving do-gooders, art enthusiasts, and LEGO fans. Activities and inspiration are plentiful, even if it rains every day. Take a look at our picks for this week, and if you don't see something intriguing, check out our Events Calendar for more ideas. Or you could just take the kids to see the Angry Birds Movie

Weekday Fun: Fleet Week, Kid Theater, Memorial Weekend Trips

This week NYC rolls into the long-awaited Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer. One of our annual favorite activities for NYC kids is watching the sailors arrive during Fleet Week's incredible Parade of Ships in the New York Harbor. Families can also spend a day in the activity-filled Brooklyn Bridge Park, play a round of miniature golf at Shipwrecked, watch an all-star kid cast in You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, gape at the incredible circus show Bianco or head to the New York Botanical Garden to explore its latest exhibit.

This is also opening weekend for many of NYC’s popular summer-season spots, including Governors Island, which, with a bunch of new amenities, looks like it will be even more fun than it was last year!

Looking for a day trip or getaway for the upcoming three-day weekend? Visit a nearby amusement park or water park, many of which open for the season on Saturday. My son was a big fan of Pennsylvania's Dutch Wonderland until he graduated to the larger Hersheypark. Or take in some nearby sights, such as Storm King Art Center and the quaint town Mystic, Connecticut, home to one of our favorite aquariums. Or head further afield. I recently visited Tallahassee, Florida's capital city, and was wowed by the myriad activities for kids. Also, we're giving away a trip to Club Med Punta Cana! Find out how you can win here.

And don't forget: NYC's beaches open for the season next weekend. Read about our seven favorites for families.

There's always more family fun to be found in our Event Calendar and Spring Guide for New York City Kids.

Where To Pick Strawberries with Kids Near Boston

In the realm of pick-your-own, I don't think there's a better fruit for kids to pluck than the strawberry. The plants are close to the ground and the berries are accessible without having to reach way into the plant. Ripe berries are clustered together, so kids have the satisfaction of picking a lot in a short period of time. And no prickers!

June is "strawberry month" and most farms are open for picking by mid-month; some are ready even sooner. Read on for farms where you can pick your own strawberries, followed by tips for getting the most out of the experience. 

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