Tweens & Teens

Celebrating Memorial Day in Eastern Connecticut

It's the unofficial start of summer so beaches are beckoning, carnivals are calling, and outdoor parks are just begging to be explored. However, Memorial Day is also the day in which we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and there are many parades, tributes, and ceremonies held in their honor across Eastern Connecticut. Enjoy our fair state and usher in the warmer months and brighter days ahead.

Game On: 8 Soccer Classes for NYC Kids

The sun is shining, the birds are singing—and it's time to play ball! Soccer that is. We've rounded up all the best NYC soccer spots for budding kid athletes, from preschoolers just learning to kick that checkered orb, to middle-schoolers ready to master the roll and step over dribble.

Summer can be the perfect time for your kid to get into the game through a day camp or lessons with one of the NYC youth organizations listed below. Some even offer drop-in classes. But soccer can be a year-round sport, even in NYC. Check out newly opened The Pitch, an indoor soccer field in Williamsburg or longtime favorites like Chelsea Piers. Bonus: Many of these places also offer soccer-themed birthday parties. 

Read on for eight spots offering soccer sessions to NYC kids. You can find even more options in our NYC Directory.

Visiting Historic Philadelphia with Kids

Taking the family to Historic Philadelphia can seem like a daunting task. There is so much to see and do that it can feel overwhelming. Fortunately, Mommy Poppins can give you the low-down on some of the best spots to visit while in Old City. Even if you visit Philadelphia regularly, there is always something new to discover. Many attractions are free or relatively inexpensive. So, check out the list below which includes some favorites, and begin to uncover all that Philadelphia's historic district has to offer for families.

Fun Summer Classes for Teens in NJ

It’s almost here… summer vacation. Teens are getting psyched for the long school-free months that await them, and parents are wondering, what should we do?? The beach or the lake, video games or the skate park? NJ teens have so many opportunities for summer fun; more than just lazy days basking in the sun and chilling out at the mall! Check out the variety of camps and classes that would suit even the pickiest teen.

A Visit to It Adventure Indoor Ropes Course in New Haven

Looking for an adrenaline rush? Connecticut has got It!

Located in New Haven, the It Adventure Ropes Course, self-proclaimed as the world's largest, will leave you physically challenged and breathless with excitement. Zip lines, suspension bridges, ice cream, and pizza guarantee a fun-filled family outing and memorable experience. 

Best Bowling Alleys for LI Kids in Nassau County

Ready to hit the lanes for some friendly competition and family fun? You won't strike out at one of these bowling alleys in Nassau County. From dragon tails and arcade fun to glow bowl and tunes, bowling is a great boredom buster and favorite indoor activity. And with summer approaching, many local alleys are participating in Kids Bowl Free, so be sure to look into that before hitting the lanes. If you're heading east, check out our list of bowling alleys in Suffolk County.

Weekday Picks for LI Kids: Art for Kids, Family Carnival, May 23-27

This week, two Long Island museums are getting creative with kids: Children's Museum of the East End is launching a new art program for kids ages 2-5, while the Long Island Children's Museum are teaching kids how to cook. There's also mommy and me yoga at the Manhasset Public Library, a family carnival in Dix Hills and the chance to sample some goodies at Chocolate Works.

This is just a sampling of what's going on this week, so be sure to take a look at our Long Island events calendar and our Spring Fun Guide. You can also get the best events of the week sent directly to your inbox each week if you sign up for our newsletter.

Weekday Picks: Storytime, Science, and Skygazing, May 23-27

I'm digging out the beach bags and dusting off the picnic basket, because this weekend the unofficial start of summer arrives: it's Memorial Day! With storytimes and science clubs to keep the young 'uns entertained, we parents can get on with the business of planning for sunny days and temperate summer nights.

Ridgefield kicks off their outdoor movie nights with The Peanuts Movie on Friday night, and we're loading up the Event Calendar with the (mostly) free outdoor summer concerts, plays, and movies that make summer in Connecticut so much fun. Be sure to check back here often and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest so that you don't miss a thing.

Tween Birthday Parties in Fairfield County

Just when I thought I had figured out the mysteries of kids birthday parties--the places to go for cupcakes or ice cream cakes and what to do about favors and how to handle the invites--my son turned 10 and decided that all of our heretofore well loved birthday venues were now "for little kids." Fortunately, I had enough advanced warning that I was able to do some research and turn up an impressive range of options for tweens right here in Fairfield County. Here are some of our favorites:

NYC Fourth of July Fireworks Cruises: See Macy's Show on a Boat

The NYC Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2016, and some of the most spectacular views are from the water. The display lights up the East River, and nothing quite compares with watching the celebration up close from a boat. Plus, you don't have to battle the crowds with the kids.

Of course, these special cruises don't come cheaply and many are only open to ages 21 and older. We set out to find the lowest-cost Fourth of July Fireworks cruises in NYC that also welcome children. If you're interested, book quickly. Some already have sold out and the remaining tickets will go quickly.

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