Weekday Event Picks for NJ Kids: World of Water Day, Princess Tea, May 16-20

Get in the mid-spring spirit this week with nature and wildlife events in the spotlight. Meet cute creatures at Mommy and Me Class with Rizzo’s Wildlife World. Share stories in a nature setting at Flat Rock Brook Nature Center’s Toddler Times and Rancocas Nature Center’s Preschool Storytime. Plus, have wet farm fun at World of Water Day. And don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more options!

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: GreenPLAY and Free Harvard Art Museums, May 16-20

If variety is the spice of life, it's a flavorful week for families here in Boston. From a nature program for toddlers to a talk on sibling rivalry, there something for all ages and interests. With free admission to the Harvard Art Museums, art making with twigs, Hidden Treasures Week, and a celebration of public art, it's a great week for the intersection of art and the outdoors. Play gets a spotlight on the Greenway with GreenPLAY in Chinatown Park and the debut this Thursday of Playcubes, which are part of Design Museum Boston's Extraordinary Playscapes program. Young bibliophiles can meet their favorite authors see a classic story come to life on the stage (without all that pesky singing).

With the school year soon coming to a close it's time to start thinking about classes and extracurricular activities for the summer and fall, especially if there's an audition involved. Because, you know, we don't have enough going on at this time of year. The Competitive LINX Dance Team and Company and LINX Theater auditions for fall 2016 shows are open to the public at the end of the week, applications are being accepted for the Boston Children's Chorus, and it's time to schedule an audition for the South Shore Conservatory's Summer Vocal Institute. If all these auditions and end-of-school-year activities have you wound tight, we have the ultimate relaxation destination recommendation: Club Med Punta Cana. Better yet, you can help us help you and we'll give you the chance to win a trip there. Feel better already?

Check out our Events Calendar for more local diversions. Have a wonderful week!

Weekday Picks for LI Kids: Planting Party, Hike It Baby, May 16-20

This week, kids can get their hands dirty through planting or engaging in some arts and crafts. With the weather finally getting nicer, enjoy a hike in Nassau County. Families can also check out some live theater at LICM. And this is just a sampling of what's going on this week, so be sure to take a look at our Long Island events calendar and our Spring Fun Guide. You can also get the best events of the week sent directly to your inbox each week if you sign up for our newsletter.

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!

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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!

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