Weekday Picks: May the Fourth Be with You and Cinco be Mayo, May 2-6

Anyone with children of a certain age (or a husband for that matter) knows that sooner or later all things, even ice skating, can lead to Star Wars. Thus, while this Wednesday might seem like an ordinary day of the week to sensible people, the Star Wars geeks among us (and we all know who we are) will be feeling forceful. Happily this unique holiday can be celebrated with $4 pizza in Pasadena or Orange County and a free screening of The Force Awakens.

Meanwhile, speaking of holidays, Cinco de Mayo is Thursday. (May the Sith be with you?) While the Mexican victory over the French in 1862 is no big deal in Mexico, here in the U.S. we like a good excuse to eat guacamole and have a margarita. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate the culture of our Mexican neighbors (perhaps at a kid-friendly happy hour?), and Pretend City has a kids' fiesta planned complete with piñatas and a spicy game of jalapeño hop.

Weekday Event Picks for NJ Kids: Buggy Buddies, Cinco de Mayo, May 2-6

Yay for May! The new month kicks off with fun nature activities and pre-holiday events. Nature centers host great toddler events this week, including Great Swamp’s Toddler Trek: Buggy Buddies, Rancocas Nature Center's Preschool Storytime and Tulpehaking Nature Center’s First Friday Storytime. Plus, get ready for the May holidays with a Mother’s Day Craft and Beautiful Birds, Butterflies & Cinco de Mayo Festival. And don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more options!

Weekday Picks for LI Kids: Mother's Day, Mini Model Build, May 2-6

Spring break has come to an end, but there is still plenty of fun happening around Long Island. There are a few Mother's Day events where kids can make something special for mom or grandma, as well as a free Lego activity and some live theater (with a special message) at Long Island Children's Museum. Most of the events below require registration in advance, so please be sure to contact each location for more info.

And this is just a sampling of what's going on this week, so be sure to check out our Long Island events calendar and our Spring Fun Guide. You can also get the best events of the week sent directly to your inbox each week if you sign up for our newsletter.

Free Summer Sports and Outdoor Programs for NYC Kids

Just because we live in a concrete jungle doesn't mean our kids can't enjoy a summer filled with athletic activities outdoors. The best news: You don't need to be a banker to afford it.

New York City offers many opportunities for kids to learn team sports and to try swimming, tennis, golf, fishing, kayaking, camping and more for FREE. Of course registering for these FREE programs takes a little legwork and, since many are first-come, first-served, punctuality. We've got the scoop on what's available, and how your kids can vie for spots. You can find more no-cost activities in our Free in NYC Guide, or check out these FREE or inexpensive summer camp options around NYC.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Mother's Day, Unplugged, May 2-6

May is here, and with it comes various holidays and special occasions. We’ve gathered our top picks for the coming week to help kick off these festivities.

Don’t have a Mother’s Day gift yet? There are several craft programs that allow kids to make a special gift for a special someone, including Gifts for Mom. Celebrate with a mother-daughter outing at SummerFest Style Lounge, a girls’ night out featuring FREE fashion and beauty activities. For additional ways to spend quality time together, inspire your kids to Celebrate Screen-Free Week with more interpersonal alternative activities that the whole family can enjoy.

Read on for more details and the rest of our top picks—all of which are FREE! View our Event Calendar for many more options, including the chance to meet an astronaut, make a craft project for Cinco de Mayo and many more. 

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Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Star Wars, Blooms, Cinco de Mayo , May 2-6

It's a week of celebration and inspiration as ArtWeek continues, Star Wars Day brings out the Force, teens raise their voices in a poetry slam, and the Mexican Army’s surprising victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla in 1862 is celebrated on Cinco de Mayo. Flowers are blooming all over the city—both the Museum of Fine Arts and Plein-Air Art Academy are celebrating with special art events this week. Mother's Day is coming up this weekend, and we have some ideas for homemade gifts from the kids (which were a big hit with the grandmothers). 

Our Event Calendar is bursting with more family fun. Keep checking our site during the week for Mother's Day celebration ideas, even for those of us who haven't planned ahead (no judgement here). Have an inspiring week!

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Parks, Gardens, Cinco de Mayo May 2-6

Philly families have plenty of activities to keep their children entertained in the week ahead. Amid baseball games, piano lessons and scouts, carve out some time to take advantage of the fun that can be found in our Events Calendar.

Take a ride on some amusements at Upper Makefield Fire Company's carnival, meet the chickens at Peter Wentz Farmstead, celebrate Cinco de Mayo at El Rey's Street Festival or explore one of our local gardens such as Shofuso Japanese House and Gardens, Longwood Gardens or Mt. Cuba Center to celebrate National Public Garden Day. With so many choices, it is challenging to decide. Read on to see our top picks for the week. Enjoy!


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