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...

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Nature, Baseball, Festivals May 14-15

After a long week of work, school, and extracurricular activities, there is no doubt that Philly families deserve some relaxation. Why not make the most of the weekend ahead by exploring the many options  found in our Events Calendar?

Search for creepy crawly critters at Tyler Arboretum, participate in an orienteering workshop at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education or plant an herb garden at Lower Perkiomen Valley Park. If your family is looking for something unique, take a boat or kayak ride along the river at Bartram's Gardens or a train ride at Strasburg Railroad to watch an old-fashioned baseball game.

Then, celebrate spring at a local festival. This weekend, Chestnut Hill's Home & Garden Festival, Camden Children's Garden's Beautiful Butterflies, Birds & Cinco de Mayo Festival, Franklin Square's Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival or Schuylkill River Bank Park's Art in the Open's Family Day are all in full swing.

Continue reading for our top picks for the weekend ahead. Make it a great one!

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Flycasting, Kites, and More Outdoor Fun, May 14-15

If you're looking for a fun outdoor festival for the family, you certainly have your choice this weekend! With everything from fishing (pictured) to bubbles to kites and bikes, the only thing you'll need to complete a perfect day out in the fresh air is a picnic and some sunscreen.

Other great picks this weekend include the chance to fly a kite on a beach, check out some tiny ships, or go for a walk in the woods. Speaking of the woods, this week's lovely weather has reminded me how excited I am to start booking some of my family's favorite campgrounds for upcoming weekends. Summer will be here before we know it.

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

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

Weekend Fun: Farms, History, and a Circus, May 14-15

E-I-E-I-O! This weekend is all about farms. Enjoy Spring on the Farm Weekend at the Stamford Nature Center, Farm Day at Westmoor Park in West Hartford, Open Farm Day at Common Ground in New Haven, or the Fresh From the Farm Tasting in South Glastonbury.

If farming is not your scene, there's some living history to explore in Wethersfield and Essex, a fabulous spring carnival in Rowayton, and, of course, The Greatest Show on Earth in Hartford. For even more activities, check out our Event Calendar, which is constantly updated with new listings from across the state. To keep up with everything going on in CT, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Have a fabulous weekend!

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Arts Weekend, Pinkster, May 14-15

The weekend ahead is packed with fun, family-friendly events and activities throughout Westchester and the Hudson Valley, some of which we highlighted in our May GoList.

The big news in Westchester is Yonkers Arts Weekend, a multi-venue, multidisciplinary and tantalizing panoply of arts-related events—from performances, to workshops to live art—including the return of the Kite Festival. Also high on our list of to-dos is Discover Pinkster!, an annual Hudson Valley event that replicates Colonial-era celebrations of African culture with dancing, drumming, cuisine and more.

Other notable events returning to our area include STEM-tastic Saturday and the stage production of Pinkalicious. And fans of cupcakes (i.e., every person on Earth) will rejoice at Gardiner Cupcake Festival—but start the diet now to make room for the 30,000 cupcakes that are expected to be there!

Read on for our top weekend picks and click each listing for full details. Don't forget to check out our Event Calendar for more events this weekend and beyond!

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