Mother's Day Weekend Fun with Boston Kids, May 7-8

Happy Mother's Day to all the other moms out there! It has certainly been a drab and dreary week, but even if we don't get sunshine outside, our children will surely brighten up the day. Whether you head out with the family for one of these budget-friendly options or for a spur-of-the-moment brunch, this weekend is most definitely the chance to sit back and get pampered for everything we do all the other days of the year. 

Saturday offers some great ways for dads, grandparents, or babysitters to enjoy quality time with the kids and give moms a break. With everything from a visit to the Harbor Islands to arts workshops to a steampunk festival, the kids can get out for some fun and leave moms with some alone time, or even the chance to sneak off and see the ballet!

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Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to check out the full events calendar!

Mother's Day Weekend Fun: Festivals, Chalk Art, and History, May 7-8

Carnival games, thrilling roller-coaster rides, adorable aquatic creatures, and historical treasures are on tap this weekend, and many attractions around the state, including Lake Compounce and Mystic Aquarium, are honoring moms by offering them complimentary day passes with the purchase of a child's ticket. See more listings below for other options; plus, we've rounded up top Mother’s Day events in the Hartford and Fairfield areas. Whether you want to celebrate Brazilian culture at Samba Fest in Hartford, or take the entire family - including the pooch - to Paws in the Park in Windsor, there's plenty to do this weekend. 

For other areas, be sure to browse our Event Calendar, which features a wide array of suggestions. To keep up with everything going on in Connecticut, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Mother's Day, Baby Animals, May 7-8

Celebrate all things mom this weekend with sciency stuff at The Maritime Explorium, canvas painting at Key to My Art or free admission to Celebrate Family at the Heckscher Museum of Art. Families can also cuddle up with mom and some furry friends at Baby Animal Day at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center.

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Mother's Day Weekend in NYC: Garden Parties, Fairs, Brunch

Celebrate Mom this weekend in NYC with a slew of family events, many specially cooked up for Mother's Day, which is Sunday, May 8.

Grab tickets to Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, Bike the Branches in Brooklyn, scale Dumbo's new outdoor climbing wall or head to a Mother's Day garden party at  New York Botanical Garden or Wave Hill. Need more ideas? Try one of these mom-approved itineraries for her big day (weekend).

Still looking for a place to grab your Mother's Day brunch? We have recommendations in BrooklynQueensthe Bronx and Manhattan.

There are a slew of outdoor May fairs and festivals scheduled for this weekend, but the weather's been dreary all week, and unfortunately, this weekend might bring more of the same drizzle. We'll keep you updated on cancelations, and if you need more ideas or rain contingency plans, check our Event Calendar and our Spring Fun Guide.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms out there from the moms and dads at Mommy Poppins!

Mother's Day Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Olate Dogs, Cinco de Mayo, May 7-8

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—with your family, of course! Nature-loving moms can trek outdoors for Animal Moms or a Guided Mother's Day Hike.

The whole family might enjoy the animal act The Olate Dogs, the canine crew that won a top award on “America’s Got Talent.” And Cinco de Mayo is still being celebrated on siete de Mayo at the FREE outdoor White Plains Cinco de Mayo party. Ready to give back? Show a little tenderness for the parks we enjoy year-round at I Love My Park Day.

Read on for our top picks for weekend fun in Westchester and click through for details. Don’t stop there, though: Plan out the rest of the month by taking a look at our May GoList and peruse our Event Calendar for daily fun activities.

From the moms at Mommy Poppins: Have a very happy Mother’s Day!

Where to Have Mother's Day Brunch in Boston Without a Reservation

Going out for Mother’s Day brunch sounds like such a treat, but you may fear you’ve missed your chance if you didn’t make reservations weeks in advance. Not so. There are plenty of restaurants all over the Boston area welcoming walk-ins for breakfast and brunch on Mother’s Day. Some of them are even near a few of the spring festivals happening that Sunday, so you can stroll over after your meal to make a day of it. 

Summer Weekend Getaways for Families Just 3 Hours From NYC

Thinking about a last-minute Memorial Day weekend getaway with the family? Or plotting an escape with the kids when school comes to an end in late June? With a slew of kid-friendly escapes just a few hours from New York City, the hardest part could be deciding whether you want a woodsy outdoor adventure, a quiet beach town, an island escape or a historical expedition. Here are four picks for a weekend of fun, all less than three hours from NYC by car.

You can find more travel inspiration in our Day Trips Guide and on our US Travel Guide.

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