Farm Summer Camps for Fairfield County Kids

As the locavore and farm-to-table food movements continue to grow, it's no surprise that kids are increasingly interested in farming. Luckily, Fairfield County is home to quite a variety of small (and not-so-small) farms, some raising animals, others growing vegetables and fruit, and a handful doing a little of both. The programs we've collected here include a few that spend the entire summer focused on farming, along with more traditional camps that offer special farm-themed sessions. Take particular note of the age restrictions: older kids tend to have more opportunities for hands-on work than younger children. For more enriching summer programs, check out our Camp Guide.

Belmont Park Family Day Trip: Horse Racing & Carnival-Style Fun for NYC Kids

My mom grew up as a certified country child, riding horses and watching the rodeo circuit. And though she raised a family of city kids, we always spent a lot of time on my grandparents' farm. Although our family farm is no more, I try to keep my kids connected to our country roots. In NYC, we can hit a petting zoo or trek out to the Queens County Farm Museum. However, one of our favorite ways to spend a spring day is by taking the short train ride to Belmont Park on Long Island to see the horses, watch some live racing and enjoy family-centric fun.

Mommy Freebies! Free Stuff for Moms on Mother's Day in Los Angeles

Naturally, we hope that someone is making brunch reservations for you this Mother's Day. But what to do with the rest of the day? Well, there's nothing like feeling appreciated, and what says, "We appreciate you, Mom!" better than free admission (or a free cocktail)? Check out these places around town where the free carpet is rolled out just for mamas on Mother's Day.

Places to Splurge for Kids' Parties & Special Occasions: Over-the-Top NJ Family Outings

When you want to do something incredibly wonderful, outrageously over-the-top, and totally unique for the special child in your life, you have a plethora of options in New Jersey. While some of the experiences listed below may seem a wee bit extravagant, just remember—you're only a kid once! So if you're wondering where to host an out-of-this-world kids' party or playdate in NJ, look no further than this roundup of amazing Garden State attractions.

Celebrating Mother's Day in NYC: 15 Awesome Family Outings Chosen by Real-Life Moms

For busy moms who already spend so much time planning fun and enriching activities for their families, Mother's Day can feel like yet another chore. Sure, a fancy or even not-so-fancy Mother's Day brunch is nice and easy to organize. But finding cool activities for the rest of the day that both the kids and mom will truly enjoy? That's not so simple.

So this year we turned to the experts, our fellow mamas, for inspiration. We asked our readers and bloggers to share their favorite things to do on Mother's Day and while it's true many said, "Sleep!," others had some pretty creative and memorable ways to celebrate with their families. Best of all, these ideas aren't unique to Mother's Day—you can try most of them anytime. I've always said Mother's Day should be a monthly holiday.

Pierogies, Meatballs and Ice Cream Sandwiches: 14 Fun Specialty Savory and Sweet Spots

One-item specialty restaurants aren't anything new in NYC. This city practically invented bagel, doughnut and pizza spots. Since we first told you about the emerging culinary phenomenon back in 2010, the dining landscape has greatly changed. Some of those eateries, like The Meatball Shop, have opened additional outposts; others have sadly closed. (We do have high hopes that East Village mainstay, Pommes Frites, will eventually reopen after being shuttered by the recent gas explosion.)

That said, this super-specialty restaurant trend is here to stay, which is great news for families since most of these dining destinations offer quick service, and kid-friendly ambiance and menus. Dig in to delicious chicken fingers with a variety of unique sauces, plates of gourmet mac and cheese, sandwiches on homemade biscuits or plump pierogies. Finish off your meal with a sweet treat like an artisanal doughnut, ice cream sandwich or bowl of rice pudding.

Here is our list of 14 single-item specialty restaurants that kids will love in NYC.

Day Trips for Mother's Day: Four Spots Worth the Drive for Westchester Families

When you're a kid, Mother’s Day is easy. Just make a card and a macaroni necklace, toss some white bread on a tray, and carry it up to the bed and you’re golden. But for grown-ups, Mother’s Day is an EVENT. For many families, Mother’s Day is a multigenerational gala complete with several tiers of moms, kids and grandmothers—not to mention myriad friends, aunts and fathers who are often celebrated for the dual roles they play.

Here in the Hudson Valley, we are lucky to be at the epicenter of so much beauty in early May—so why not make a whole day of enjoying it? We've rounded up four spectacular Mother's Day adventures that are about an hour's drive from various parts of Westchester, and well worth the trip! For more seasonal activities, be sure to check out our Spring Activity Guide and our May GoList.

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