Best NJ Pediatric Clinics and Urgent Care

Finding a pediatrician you and your child (well...for the most part!) like is wonderful. However, most pediatricians don't have late-night office hours, and when middle-of-the-night emergencies happen, clinics and pediatric hospitals open round-the-clock may be able to step in and save the day. (I know my daughter only seems to get sick on Saturday nights, so off to the local pediatric clinic we go...) Below is a list of pediatric clinics and urgent care facilities in New Jersey that cater to babies and kids.

August GoList: The Best Things To Do With CT Kids This Month

August! Time to savor the last month of summer. Fairs, festivals, sunflower mazes and fun events are occurring throughout the state. We've curated 19 of our favorite things to do this August in Connecticut. Take the kids to enjoy jazz at the wonderful laid back Litchfield Jazz Festival or on a cruise to Sheffield Island where the pirates await!  If you click through to the full listing you can then add the event to your google calendar. Have fun planning!

August GoList: Best Things To Do with LA and OC Kids This Month

This month's Go List looks at a summer half over and sees it as half full! There's still time to catch some of the best of LA's summertime fun, including free summer concertsfree summer movies, camping, and beaches galore. Read on for the best of August in LA, Ventura, and OC. We'll keep adding to our calendar daily and sending our weekly newsletter in time for each weekend, but here's your chance to plan ahead for these August favorites.

Click through to the full listings, and you can automatically add them to your personal calendar.

Frozen Yogurt: 10 Cool Spots for Fro-Yo from Hollywood to Torrance

Name a neighborhood – Studio CityHollywood, the South Bay, or Santa Monica – and chances are you will find an impressive number of places to indulge in frozen yogurt. I freely confess that we here at Mommy Poppins enjoy our frozen treats; many a meeting is held on the patio of our local Menchie’s, and rounding up great places to go for ice cream was one of our summer priorities. It may seem harsh to put our kids to work this way, but hey, somebody has to help with the taste testing, and they don't complain too much.

Ice cream is great, of course, but sometimes it’s nice to go a bit lighter. And I think we can all agree to pretend that frozen yogurt is a healthy choice; it can have just as much sugar as ice cream, but the fat content of fro-yo is significantly less, and then there is the possibility that the probiotics have actually survived the freezing process. Many of the yogurt establishments below are self-serve and offer an array of toppings that are a kid's dream buffet. One way to be healthy is to cover your sweet treat with fruit and nuts instead of candy – not that I'll be talking my children into that any time soon. 

Best Things To Do with NYC Kids: August GoList

While many New Yorkers like to skip town in August, there are plenty of must-do summer activities left if you plan on sticking around for an NYC staycation with us.

Our top family event picks for August include annual favorites like Manhattan's car-free Summer Streets, the incredible Sand Sculpting Contest in Coney Island and the colorful Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in Queens' Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Plus, there are some brand-new experiences on tap, like a fresh slate of FringeJR theater and the long-awaited opening of the Battery's SeaGlass Carousel.

Storm King Art Center: New Windsor's Outdoor Art Gallery for Families

We are so fortunate to live in an area rich with art and history, and when you're looking for something new to explore, New York City is just a train ride away. Although I love finding ways to infuse culture into my boys' lives, taking them to a museum not specifically designed for children is not my idea of a good time. At 4 and 8 years old, they're loud, and their attention span and ability to stay quiet and calm while exploring exhibitions is (understandably) limited.

So when I first learned about Storm King Art Center, an outdoor art exhibition space in New Windsor, it seemed like the ideal way to enjoy art and creativity with my boys—without unreasonable expectations. While Storm King bills itself as a place for children of all ages, is it really an ideal outing for younger kids? We recently visited and have details and tips to help you make the most of your visit. 

Baby Gear Rental Places for LI Families in the Hamptons & North Fork

Your toddler is crying in the back seat. Your pre-teen is wondering “how long till we’re there?” Amid the traffic jams and other traveling nightmares that can turn a Hamptons summer into a two-month migraine, there’s one bit of good news: Packing, especially packing for baby, might be a thing of the past.

At least five companies in and around eastern Long Island offer full-service baby gear rentals, minimizing (for a price) the anxiety parents feel as house rental month draws near. There’s also peace of mind in knowing that a full-size crib is available for baby and not the pack-and-plays or portable cribs popular in area hotels and B and Bs.

From strollers to high chairs, car seats and beach equipment, these companies meet almost every imaginable infant necessity. In a pinch, some will even set up the equipment for you. Most ask only that the merchandise — usually certified safe — be returned clean and in delivery condition.

And for more seasonal essentials, be sure to check out our Hamptons and North Fork Family Guide.

Weekday Event Picks for NJ Kids: Baby Parade, Kiddie Beach Show, July 27-31

The Jersey shore is the place to be mid-summer. This week is loaded with beach-y fun, including the Kiddie Beach Show, Wildwoods Baby Parade and the Manasquan Fireman's Fair. Catch family-friendly flicks this week at Garden State Discovery Museum's Movie Monday and Rahway's Summer Movies on the Plaza. And don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more options!

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