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. 

9 Sensory Gyms for Children's Physical Therapy in Manhattan

Living in a city as diverse as New York means that many services are right at our fingertips, including expert physical, occupational, sensory and speech therapists who specialize in children. Whether your child is facing a lifetime of therapy due to disability, or is working to overcome a developmental delay or other issue, the city's sensory gyms and therapists can help.

Manhattan has a bunch of amazing sensory gyms that offer fun, safe environments for children to work on their core strength, balance, fine motor skills, language, sensory integration, behavior, attention and social interaction skills. The bad news? There are so many options that picking the best sensory gym for your child’s particular needs may feel like finding a needle in a haystack. We've rounded up nine top gyms to get you started. This list is by no means comprehensive, but as the mom to a tween with special needs who's been to quite a few of these spots, I believe these nine are a great place to start.

Check out our special needs and disability guide for more crucial info on resources and services for NYC families.

Best Family Picnic Spots in Northern NJ

"There's just never enough hours in a day..." Sound familiar? Sure, we're all busy, but quality family time is important, so how about a picnic? Grab your basket and head to one of the many Northern New Jersey parks listed below or more choices throughout the state. Or, how about throwing your summer-born kid a picnic birthday party? And for even more summer awesomeness, check out our New Jersey Kids Summer Activities Guide.

Families Flip for Club Med Punta Cana Relaunch

Club Med invented the all-inclusive resort, so it’s no surprise that it offers some of the most popular family-friendly resort destinations in the Caribbean, as well as around the world. The all-inclusive resort has become so preferred by families, and the competition so fierce, that resorts keep upping the ante to make their experiences more and more enticing. That’s a big win for families, who get to enjoy the ever-increasing amenities of these resorts. Club Med is meeting the challenge with the relaunch of its all-inclusive family resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic with cool activities from Creactive by Cirque du Soleil experiences and boutique-hotel styling. I was invited to check it out and was wowed by the new offerings. 

And, guess what? We're giving away a free trip to Club Med Punta Cana! Just respond to our reader survey and enter to win this amazing dream vacation for your family. See all contest rules and details here

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Fire Service, Topanga Banjo Fiddle, and CicLAvia, May 14 - 15

Okay, I was totally impressed that Monterey Park is turning 100, and then I read that Monrovia is hitting the big 1-3-0. (Way to put the old in Old Town, Monrovia!) With that many birthday candles being lit, you're going to want to have someone around who can fight fires.

Oh hey, lookie here: Saturday is Fire Service Day. That works out well. Fire stations throughout the Southland open up their doors for tours, demos, and pancake breakfasts. ( And, I'm assuming, putting out cake fires when necessary)

There's plenty more going on this weekend: a weekend long carnival in Thousand Oaks, the return of our favorite animal-free circus, another of the super-popular Sanitation Yard Open Houses. South Pasadena streets are filled with music; Southeast cities' streets are filled with cyclists; Topanga resonates with the strings of the fiddle, and a rose by any other name would still smell in La Cañada Flintridge. And what's this? Another weekend of frappucino happy hour? Well, happy birthday (cake frappucino) to me!

Keep reading for our most flavorful picks for this weekend...

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