Weekday Picks: Mommies and Mummies and ET Comes Home! May 16-20

So, maybe, just maybe, your Mother’s Day wasn’t all that. Fear not. This coming week can be all about you. Start in Santa Monica on Monday, where moms get a free Tasti D Lite and a discounted kids' cup. I love this promotion, because so often it’s the kiddies who get the freebies, but we’re the ones paying when it isn’t gratis. On Tuesday, there are all sorts of kids clubs at the malls: puppets pop up in the Marina and Calabasas, and Rhythm Child is rocking in Glendale. Take yourself shopping, and buy some extra browsing time from your kids with the promise of free entertainment. End the week comfy and chic when Splendid and Ella Moss have a warehouse sale at the Cooper building in DTLA.

Shopping has its place, and I would never suggest someone blow off a warehouse sale, but Friday is also special because ET comes home. Actually, that’s External Tank-94, Nasa’s last remaining fuel take which is stopping at Fisherman’s Village before settling into the California Science Center beside Endeavour. Like the shuttle's dramatic arrival three years ago, this is a once-in-a-lifetime, unique opportunity, and it is free.

Meanwhile, the libraries are pretty interesting this week, too. In Mar Vista they're making mummies and decorating sarcophagi, while in Culver City teens are invited to learn to play the ukulele.

Many more ways to learn and play this week can be found on Mommy Poppins’ Event Calendar and Monthly GoList.

Weekday Picks: Greek Festival, Spring Nature, and a Fishing Derby, May 16-20

 This week you'll find all sorts of fun things to do around the state. See the show, "When She Had Wings", have some spring fun in nature, or attend a Greek Festival. Whatever you choose, it's sure to be a great memory for you and the kids. Also, in case you haven't noticed, we've got a new site! Tell us what you think and be entered for your chance to win this amazing trip to Club Med Punta Cana!

To make sure you don't ever miss out on any fun across the state, check our frequently updated Event Calendar and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Messy Science, Truck Day, May 16-20

The week ahead is rife with opportunities for Westchester families to explore. From messy science to DNA, several of our top picks for the week invite participants to probe.

Unravel the mysteries of DNA at What Makes You YOU?, roam assorted vehicles at Truck Day or experiment with kitchen chemistry at Make a Mess Mad Science.

This is just a sampling of what’s in store; for more options to choose from, read on and continue to our Event Calendar to plan the rest of May. Most of our weekday picks are FREE!

How do you like the new design of our website? Let us know what you think and enter for the chance to win a four-day trip to Club Med Punta Cana

Best Amusement Parks for Preschoolers in and Near NYC

For young children, a ride on a carousel’s painted pony, a spin with dad around the bumper car track and a dripping swirl of frozen custard are the stuff summer memories are made of. No need to seek out the latest scary high-tech roller coasters (which means you can cross Luna Park's most scary rides off your list).

Rides that look mild (or frankly, downright boring) to big people usually provide just the right amount of thrills for toddlers and preschoolers. Happily, there are a number of amusement parks and water parks in and near New York City that offer these kinds of tame attractions. Here's our roundup of theme parks that are perfect for the pint-sized.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Outdoors, Concerts, Museums May 16-20

Philly families can tell that spring is here. Birds are chirping, lawnmowers are humming and springtime gardens are blooming. Our Events Calendar also clues us in to the time of year with a multitude of options for springtime fun.

Children ready to explore the outdoors can participate in storytimes, outdoor hikes and nature playgroups. Families ready to watch outdoor movies and listen to outdoor concerts are in luck. Just this week alone, Upper Gwynedd Township starts its Summer Breeze concert series and The Market at DelVal begins its Wine Concert series. However, if spring showers chase you indoors, visit one of the museums offering discounted, pay what you wish or free admission this week.

At the end of the day, once the kids are settled into bed, consider taking some time to share your ideas on ways to help us improve our site. You may just win a family trip to Club Med Punta Cana!

Weekday Fun: Kings County Fair, Legos, Concerts, Free Fun

This week, NYC offers up both indoor and outdoor fun for families. Participate in alfresco hands-on workshops, games and other fun at FAB Friday or be there for the opening of the Kings County Fair. Inside fun includes the New York Public Library's medieval-themed Lego building workshops and a FREE Vered and the Babes Concert at the Dweck Center.

Looking for more weekday fun? Visit the cool Salt Marsh Nature Center, take a two-wheeler for a ride in honor of National Bike Month or scramble up the recently opened DUMBO Boulders outdoor climbing wall. If you still have time after all that, you can always explore a new-to-you playground or neighborhood to round out the week.

Don't forget, there's more family fun to be found in our Event Calendar and NYC Spring Guide.

Ahoy! Shipwrecked Miniature Golf Spot Opens in Brooklyn

When the folks behind the over-the-top Park Slope Holiday Light Spectacular attraction create a miniature golf course, it is best to drop everything and go. Like the incredible light-and-theater productions the pair mounted on a Brooklyn brownstone in years past, the brand-new pirate-themed Shipwrecked Miniature Golf is unlike any other mini golf course you may have experienced in the past.  

You won't be golfing holes with spinning windmills here. Instead, expect a cool neon light show, NYC-themed rooms, tropical island backdrops and an overall kid-friendly, interactive experience at this 18-hole course. The indoor (ha, ha rain!) 11,000-square-foot Shipwrecked Miniature Golf opened in Red Hook, Brooklyn in late April, and takes inspiration from its waterfront neighborhood of choice. Of course, I had to make the trek out with my family to check it out. Read on for our full review of this new kid sports and fun play zone.

Looking for more mini golf? We recently rounded up 11 of the city's top spots, just in time for spring. Many are outdoor venues, so open seasonally only.

Fun Spring Activities for Preschoolers in Connecticut

“Mommy, how do the flowers know it’s time to wake up?” Celebrating the change of seasons with preschoolers is so much fun! Experiencing life through their eyes is magical- everything is so fresh and new! One of the best parts about living in New England is we get to celebrate all four seasons, but nothing is more magical than the arrival of spring.  Whether you want to enjoy the countryside of Litchfield County or hiking through Fairfield County, here are some more of our tried and true preschool activities for spring. 

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