Weekend Fun for Boston Kids : Concerts, Fairies, and Walk for Hunger, April 30-May 1

As we spring into May this weekend, I'm going to find it hard to choose between indoor and outdoor fun for my family, with lots of options for both types of activities all around town. The arts come alive indoors with a youth orchestra concert (pictured), a family concert featuring a magician, open studio tours, and last but not least, children's activities on Community Day at Art in Bloom.

Some tempting outdoor activities this weekend include garden days and a festival for young fairies, a couple of sheep shearing festivals and the chance to give back by participating in the Walk for Hunger or at one of the Volunteer Day events going on at several Mass Audubon and DCR parks. So many great reasons to hit the trail!

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to check out the full Event Calendar!

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Hike It Baby, May Day, April 30-May 1

A new, free exercise program launched on Long Island recently, encouraging families to work out together. Join Hike It Baby at Jones Beach in Wantagh this weekend to see what it's all about. Celebrate Earth Day at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge or Latin culture at the Children's Museum of the East End at the Feria festival.

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Weekend Fun: Daffodil Festival, Duck Races, and Little Farms, April 30-May 1

The flowers are blooming, the bees are buzzing, and we are just itching to get out and explore our great state. This weekend kicks off the beginning of the spring fair season, with the Daffodil Festival in Meriden, the Sheep, Wool, and Fiber Festival in Vernon, and the charming Frog Frolic in Redding, among many others. It's also a great weekend for bargain hunting with the Boy Scouts' Tag Sale in Darien, The Giant Flea in Hamden, the Kids Stuff Tag Sale at the Lutz Museum in Manchester, and the Kids Closet Consignment Event in Ansonia.

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Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Lightscapes, Clown Finances, Apr. 30-May 1

Such a fun weekend lies in store for Westchester families! There are so many tantalizing activities, our Events Calendar is bursting with possibilities.

Earth Day activities continue, and this weekend marks the return of Lightscapes, a walk-through art and light installation with the new Bubble Tunnel making its debut. Kids might not be excited to learn about personal finances from a financial analyst—but what if that financial analyst is also a Ringling Bros clown? Such is the case at FUNance: Where Fun and Finance Collide. At Raid the Sanctuary II, participants are challenged to find their way out of the woods in the face of some deceptive trickery and—gasp!—no GPS. With or without their grown-up companion, kids can learn to make homemade pasta at Italian Cooking Class, and everyone’s favorite rubber-duck race returns at Y Healthy Kids Day (which we’ve profiled in our recent review).

Read on for our top picks for weekend fun in Westchester, but definitely don’t stop there. In addition to the many more events on our Events Calendar, we’ve also posted our May GoList to help you plan the entire month! 

There are even more options to choose from, so read on and consult our Event Calendar. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and sign up for our newsletters to remain in the know! 

Weekend Fun: Cherry Blossoms, Street Games, New Kids' Theater

This weekend features four of our top family event picks for April. Enjoy the best of traditional and contemporary Japanese culture at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's Sakura Matsuri: Cherry Blossom Festival; introduce the kids to pogo sticks and hula hoops at Street Games in East Harlem; see alfresco, interactive theater at Lincoln Center; or celebrate the Hindu festival of colors in Midtown.

Other weekend highlights include Hippo Playground's annual fete and lots of family theater: Curious George: The Golden Meatball, Commedia Cinderella and Blown Away by Poetry—that last one is FREE. Plus, all of the YMCAs in town are hosting Healthy Kids Day with a slew of no-charge activities.

Oh, and don't forget that it's officially street festival time in NYC. We've rounded up the best May fests for families, but keep in mind these big events, like the 5 Boro Bike Tour this Sunday, May 1, can wreak havoc on traffic, so if you have plans for weekend day trip or getaway, check street closures first.

And perhaps more importantly, don't forget that the following Sunday, May 8, is Mother's Day. To help you plan, we rounded up the best brunches to celebrate mom in Manhattan and the Bronx, across Brooklyn restaurants and in Queens. Plus, check out these special events and things to do that Sunday.

As always, you can find even more options for this weekend in our Event Calendar and our Spring Fun Guide.

5 Children's Bookstores You Can Only Find in Boston

My family and I love books, and luckily for us, Boston is a great city for bookish fans. Both libraries and bookstores appear among the top 100 Things to Do with Boston Kids Before They Grow Up, and there's no debating the wonderful options for book lovers in the Boston area. With children's bookstores from Faneuil Hall to Harvard Square to farther afield, families can keep even the youngest of readers happy at any of these fantastic spots.

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo with Kids

There are so many wonderful ways to welcome spring in and around Philly, and Cinco de Mayo is one of the best.  This list includes area events and specials, plus crafts, books and even recipes that are creative, family-friendly ways to celebrate the holiday while teaching kids about Mexican culture and tradition.  

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