Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Arts Bash, Colonial Survivor, May 21-22

Oh to be a kid in Westchester this weekend! So many fun, family-friendly events abound; the task of picking and choosing may be difficult.

Especially if your kids need a lesson in how easy they have it in 2016, sign them up for Operation: Colonial Survivor and see if they can handle routine tasks of the olden days. For less arduous old-fashioned fun, take to the skies at Annual Kite Day. If you have a budding Einstein or Curie, Celebration of Science is the way to go, featuring a slew of STEM stations (and other fun) to partake in. Wee ones are encouraged to don their best wings and flit about the woods in the company of fairies and gnomes at Forest Magic. For day-long, hands-on art fun using assorted media—including chocolate!—don’t miss the annual Family Arts Bash.

Read on for our top weekend picks and click each listing for full details. Consult our top picks to plan the rest of May and check out our Event Calendar for a daily rundown of the many events we’ve identified for you!

The New Philly Preschool Directory from Mommy Poppins

Choosing a preschool can be really hard, especially with your first kid. When you're new to the parenting game, and you haven't quite made a lot of parent friends, it can be quite an overwhelming task. We get it; the struggle is real. That's why we've created our Preschool Directory page. Featuring great schools from all around the Delaware Valley, our directory offers an excellent starting point for parents who want to begin their search for the perfect preschool. All kids are different and all preschools are different, too. For some, choosing a preschool can start before the baby even arrives! Honestly, the admissions process alone can be daunting and confusing. With our new directory, you can see schools in your area all in one convenient place, so you can check out websites, make phone calls and ask friends about the schools you're really interested in. 

New Children's Bookstore and Story Lab Arrives in Park Slope

Are you tired of browsing impersonal children's book sections online? Do you wish you could have a more engaging experience looking for books for your child? Enter Stories Bookshop and Storytelling Lab, a new children’s bookstore scheduled to open in late May in Park Slope, Brooklyn. It will also offer kid events, workshops and classes, including storytimes, sing-alongs and illustration and writing classes.

We got a sneak peek and were totally charmed by this indie newcomer to NYC's kid lit scene opened by Brooklyn parents.

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Strawberry Festival, Endangered Species Day, May 21-22

Summer is so close, we can almost taste it! Get your fill of the beautiful month of May before it's over with the Strawberry Festival at Oasis Family Farm, the Essex County Family Garden Party or the Touch a Truck event at the Deptford Skating Center. Keep everyone's hands and minds busy with even more great May events: check out the Tin Piercing Craft at the Miller-Cory House Museum, Endangered Species Day at Jenkinson's Aquarium or the Doodle Bugz Workshop at Insectropolis.  For additional activity options, take a look at our full Event Calendar.

The Expo Line Arrives! Santa Monica to Downtown LA in 46 Minutes

They've been working on the railroad—all the livelong decade, it feels like. There are kids in high school who have heard all their lives about the light rail someday reaching the sea. Well, this weekend, on May 20, 2016 to be exact, the Santa Monica extension of the Expo Line finally opens up, and people will be able to travel between the Pier and DTLA without touching their car keys. Los Angeles Metro is celebrating the much anticipated event with parties and free rides for everyone. In all, 7 new stations are opening up, so that's 7 parties with live music, food trucks, bounce houses, and other entertainment from Culver City to Santa Monica. Hop on a train, and pretty much anywhere you hop off, there'll be a party going on. Yes, that's how novel public transport is to people on the Westside of LA.

The free rides are on offer from noon on Friday through the end of Saturday. After that, riders need to have a TAP card ($1 in vending machines, $2 on buses or at retail locations) loaded up with enough credit for travel; each journey costs $1.75 ($1 for kids in grades K-12), including transfers. And the good news is that several new Big Blue Bus routes have been added to meet the train—as well as a few other creative ways to get to and from the station.

Check Out the 57-Foot Mega Slide and More at Governors Island

If we were giving out rewards to “most improved” NYC park, surely Governors Island would blow the competition away. The trust that operates 150-acres of the island under the direction of the city continues to open new parklands, add more kid-friendly features and expand hours, making it a must-do on every New Yorker’s summer bucket list.

Summer 2016 will see the addition of an entire hill of slides, including one that will reportedly be the longest in the city at 57-feet-long, a brand-new treehouse and the debut of the city’s only “adventure playground,” a free-for-all, kids-only build and destroy space. Oh, and it is all FREE, our favorite kind of summer fun.

Governors Island opens for the season on Saturday, May 28, Memorial Day weekend and hosts its annual Family Fun Day that Sunday. Not all the features will be ready for opening day, but some will.

Here’s a breakdown on what’s new and when it will be available for family fun on this car-less isle.

A Visit to KidsPlay Children's Museum in Torrington

When my kids were looking for something to do, they rarely (okay, never) asked: “Can we go to Torrington?” But that has changed since we recently discovered KidsPlay, a children’s museum located downtown in Litchfield County’s largest city. After just one visit, KidsPlay became a favorite destination. Though it occupies an unassuming building, it packs an incredible amount of creativity and fun in a compact space. From the moment we entered through its doors (monitored by security cameras), the details packed into each play area left us all impressed and giddy. The museum is designed for ages 2-10, and without a doubt, the persons behind its establishment know what makes children happy. 

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