Mother's Day Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Hooray for May, Azalea Festival, May 7-8

It's time to celebrate mom and there's no shortage of fabulous springtime events in New Jersey. Round up the whole gang for a special outing this weekend, whether you head to Terhune Orchards for their Mother's Day Wine Trail Weekend, wander among the beautiful flowers at the Sayen Botanical Gardens Azalea Festival or make mom a special craft during Hooray for May! at the Center for Contemporary Art. And for some educational and hands-on outings little ones will enjoy, check out the Touch-a-Truck Family Festival or the Seashore Scientist class at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park. For additional activity options, take a look at our full Event Calendar.

Prenatal Massage: 7 Top Spots for Moms in Manhattan

Therapeutic massage offers both physical and psychological benefits for an expectant mother. It's a great way to relax, feel good, and help relieve many of the aches and stress of pregnancy, especially for NYC mamas who are hoofing it all over town and up and down those subway stairs.

We recently rounded up great options for prenatal massage in Brooklyn, and now we're spotlighting places in Manhattan where you can enjoy the healing and soothing benefits of prenatal massage. All offer side-lying positions and some also have special pillows and tables that allow you to lie face down, even with a pregnant belly.

Check out our NYC Baby and Pregnancy Guide for more new mom info, including fun baby and me classes and where to meet other parents.

15 Budget-Friendly Things to Do for Mother's Day with Boston Kids

Sure, going all out for Mother's Day with an extravagant brunch can be nice, but if a decadent feast doesn't fit your style or budget, there are plenty of other festive ways to celebrate. From taking a stroll on the Greenway to seeing other species of moms at the zoo (and getting in for free!), here are 15 ideas for how to enjoy a fun-filled and budget-friendly Mother's Day with the kids.

‘Hatched’ Brings a Theatrical Petting Zoo to the Stage

If you’ve been searching for the right show to introduce your tot to theater, you can’t go wrong with Hatched. This sweet interactive children’s puppet show from Treehouse Shakers has just returned its dancing baby-animal barnyard to the NYC stage.

Playing this week at BAM in Brooklyn and next week at Alvin Ailey in Manhattan, Hatched follows a day in the life of a “just-hatched” chick, from its literal hatching forth from the egg onstage to the sun setting over the farm at day’s end.

We’ve recommended this show for first-time theatergoers in the past. But after catching it May 1 at BAM’s Fisher Hillman Studio, we wanted to share this full review with our readers.

Philly Outdoor Exercise Classes for Mom and Baby

With a slow start to spring, the weather is finally warming and parents are eager to get outside and get fit with their kids. Finding time to exercise with a baby or toddler around can be tricky, which is why we love these great classes that help get you in shape and keep your active little one involved. Grab your stroller, yoga mat, sunscreen and water bottle to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine while getting (or staying) in shape.

Gardening Classes and Clubs for NJ Kids

Spring is in full bloom, and it’s the perfect time of year to dig into gardening. Planting flowers or vegetables is a hobby the whole family can enjoy together. Through gardening, young growers can learn about nature, the environment and nurturing living things. And, of course, they’ll love playing in the dirt. Check out these opportunities throughout our Garden State for children learn gardening basics and develop a green thumb.

Mommy Freebies! Free Stuff for LA Moms on Mother's Day

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.

Single Mom Confessions: I Hate Mother's Day—And How I'm Changing That

Mother's Day seems like such a great idea, but for single moms it rarely delivers. Who's going to bring us breakfast in bed—a toddler?

There are many paths to single motherhood, and I think among my friends we cover them all. Whether we were surprised by motherhood, by divorce, or just by everything that came after the sperm bank, one thing we all share is that Mother’s Day is not all it's cracked up to be. That’s not because we don’t love being mothers—being Mom is the part we love best. And the concept of celebrating motherhood is a fine thing. But being responsible for teaching someone else—someone small and self-centered—to make a fuss over us? That feels like more trouble than it's worth. Or, to put it as concisely as one of my friends does, “Kids ruin Mother’s Day.”

Of course we're joking. Kind of. How could kids ruin a day all about our joy in having them? Maybe it's because Hallmark builds this thing up as big as Valentine's Day and makes us think that someone is supposed to shower us with champagne breakfasts and roses. In a two-parent home, the responsibility for living up to that fantasy at least falls on an adult. Of course, friends readily tell me how often the adult can fall short (I don't think the Mother's Day deep fat fryer episode ended my one friend's marriage, but it clearly didn't help). Enough dads do seem to get it right, though, to leave a single mom feeling like she's alone in a world of mimosa drinkers come Sunday morn.

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