Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Nature, Baseball, Festivals May 14-15

After a long week of work, school, and extracurricular activities, there is no doubt that Philly families deserve some relaxation. Why not make the most of the weekend ahead by exploring the many options  found in our Events Calendar?

Search for creepy crawly critters at Tyler Arboretum, participate in an orienteering workshop at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education or plant an herb garden at Lower Perkiomen Valley Park. If your family is looking for something unique, take a boat or kayak ride along the river at Bartram's Gardens or a train ride at Strasburg Railroad to watch an old-fashioned baseball game.

Then, celebrate spring at a local festival. This weekend, Chestnut Hill's Home & Garden Festival, Camden Children's Garden's Beautiful Butterflies, Birds & Cinco de Mayo Festival, Franklin Square's Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival or Schuylkill River Bank Park's Art in the Open's Family Day are all in full swing.

Continue reading for our top picks for the weekend ahead. Make it a great one!

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Flycasting, Kites, and More Outdoor Fun, May 14-15

If you're looking for a fun outdoor festival for the family, you certainly have your choice this weekend! With everything from fishing (pictured) to bubbles to kites and bikes, the only thing you'll need to complete a perfect day out in the fresh air is a picnic and some sunscreen.

Other great picks this weekend include the chance to fly a kite on a beach, check out some tiny ships, or go for a walk in the woods. Speaking of the woods, this week's lovely weather has reminded me how excited I am to start booking some of my family's favorite campgrounds for upcoming weekends. Summer will be here before we know it.

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to check out the full Event Calendar!

Weekend Fun: Farms, History, and a Circus, May 14-15

E-I-E-I-O! This weekend is all about farms. Enjoy Spring on the Farm Weekend at the Stamford Nature Center, Farm Day at Westmoor Park in West Hartford, Open Farm Day at Common Ground in New Haven, or the Fresh From the Farm Tasting in South Glastonbury.

If farming is not your scene, there's some living history to explore in Wethersfield and Essex, a fabulous spring carnival in Rowayton, and, of course, The Greatest Show on Earth in Hartford. For even more activities, check out our Event Calendar, which is constantly updated with new listings from across the state. To keep up with everything going on in CT, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Have a fabulous weekend!

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Arts Weekend, Pinkster, May 14-15

The weekend ahead is packed with fun, family-friendly events and activities throughout Westchester and the Hudson Valley, some of which we highlighted in our May GoList.

The big news in Westchester is Yonkers Arts Weekend, a multi-venue, multidisciplinary and tantalizing panoply of arts-related events—from performances, to workshops to live art—including the return of the Kite Festival. Also high on our list of to-dos is Discover Pinkster!, an annual Hudson Valley event that replicates Colonial-era celebrations of African culture with dancing, drumming, cuisine and more.

Other notable events returning to our area include STEM-tastic Saturday and the stage production of Pinkalicious. And fans of cupcakes (i.e., every person on Earth) will rejoice at Gardiner Cupcake Festival—but start the diet now to make room for the 30,000 cupcakes that are expected to be there!

Read on for our top weekend picks and click each listing for full details. Don't forget to check out our Event Calendar for more events this weekend and beyond!

Weekend Fun: Outdoor Fairs, Big Apple Circus, Touch-a-Truck

This weekend, NYC families can enjoy outdoor festivals of every ilk, including the famous Ninth Avenue Food Festival, Spring Fling at Lincoln Center, a Viking Fest in Bay Ridge and an Asian American and Pacific Islanders Heritage Festival on Ellis island.

Other weekend options include one of our top event picks for the entire year: TREE/BOOM/UMTHI at BAM. There's also the Big Apple Circus in Queens, Freshkills Park Discovery Day on Staten Island, a Birdathon at the Bronx Zoo and Battery Park City's first Go Fish of the season. Or hit up an amusement park before the warm weather crowds descend! A handful of the local ones have already opened for the season—including the adorable pint-sized amusement park in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, which features a new ATV ride.

These are just a few of the great things going on this weekend. All of our best bets are below. Remember, there are even more options in our Event CalendarSpring Fun Guide and May GoList.

Acrobatic 'Bianco' Circus Opens with Action-Packed Show

Parents tired of hearing the kids whine, "But I can't see!" at every show take note: no boosters are needed at NoFit State Circus' immersive spectacle Bianco. That's because there are no seats and all of the action takes place high up in the air. Set in a sci-fi-looking, 10,000-square-foot big top pitched directly under Brooklyn Bridge Park's namesake structure, Bianco is a rare all-ages show presented by lauded avant-garde performing arts center St. Ann's Warehouse.

While you and your kids are most likely familiar with all of the skills on display—juggling, acrobatics, tumbling, and a variety of aerial acts—you probably haven't experienced them in such an exhilarating and intimate environment. The athletic cast and crew bound through the audience, hooting, hollering and often shoving their way to center tent, where they perform their feats with glee and little clothing. But don't worry: though there's a sexy, party vibe and many exposed six-packs, it's a strictly G-rated affair.

For families who prefer edgy and scrappy neo-circus troupes to the slick razzle-dazzle of Ringling Bros. or Cirque du Soleil, Bianco is a heart-pumping thrill. But there are some important things to know before you bring the kids—you may not need to worry about them running away with this circus, but they could very easily get lost in it.

Gardening Clubs and Classes for Long Island Kids

Dig your hands into the soil of the Earth and learn how to grow your own food. Teaching children at a young age how to cultivate food is a priceless ability. These farms, garden clubs and museums across Long Island have everything you need to get started, so head out with your little seedling and plant some fun. And for more outside activities, check out our Spring Fun Guide.

Top 10 Things To Do with Kids on the Red Line

One of the perks of living in a big city is being able to leave the car at home and get around via public transportation instead. Whether you take the T's Green, Blue, Orange or Red Lines, there are plenty of fun stops to make along the way, especially with kids in tow. On the Red Line you can do everything from bask in nature and tour some of Boston’s most historic sites to visit several terrific museums. Here’s what we recommend for making the most of taking your kids on the Red Line.


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