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Spring Fairs in Fairfield County

Aaaaah, spring is in the air! It’s like the entire world is waking up from a long winter’s nap and is ready to party. You and your family can join in on the fun with these festivals, fairs, and special events located around Fairfield County this season.  If all that fresh air has awakened your sense of wanderlust, make sure you hop over to Westchester and check out some of their Spring Festivals  too!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals and Springtime Holidays Apr 30-May 1

April showers bring May flowers, as the saying goes. However, May also brings a variety of celebrations and festivals to the Philadelphia area. This weekend you can enjoy Brick Fest LiveCinco de May Festival and Wyebrook Farm Music Festival, which are all full of family fun.

In addition to festivals, children and adults alike can enjoy the outdoors this weekend with some Earth Day activities. In fact, both Rolling Hill Park and Narberth Park host events this Saturday. Celebrate the month of May at Everhart Park's May Day event or acknowledge Arbor Day by planting a tree at Pennypacker Mills.

Find more options by browsing through our entire Event Calendar. Narrow down your search by location, age and type. Read below for our top picks for the weekend ahead.

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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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.  

Sensory Gym for Children with Disabilities Opens in Queens

Extreme Kids & Crew, a mom-founded nonprofit, just opened its third NYC sensory gym for children with disabilities and its first outpost in Queens. We've visited its Brooklyn play spaces in Crown Heights and Red Hook in the past, so we were excited to see its latest, Ridgewood Space, in the Ridgewood neighborhood of Queens, which straddles Brooklyn and is often touted as the next hot NYC nabe.

The goal of the Brooklyn-based nonprofit is to provide supportive spaces for children with disabilities and their families to play and connect. The new Ridgewood spot is located in P.S. 71 elementary school, and offers places to swing, slide, build and just chill out. The bubble machine particularly caught our eye.

The borough seems to be adding more and more indoor play spaces for kids, including Sabrina's and Shastye last year, and we're happy to welcome Extreme Kids & Crew to the fold. Read on for our full review.

Best Water Theme Parks Near NYC for Families

While there are no full-fledged water theme parks in NYC (yet), you don't have to go too far to find some awesome ones. We've rounded up 13 of our favorites for kids in the tristate area, mostly in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, and all are less than a two-hour drive from Midtown Manhattan. No two are alike: Each one offers different experiences and thrills.

For more water fun, check out these toddler-friendly water parks and year-round indoor water parks near NYC.

Cinco de Mayo Celebrations and Events for LA Kids

First let's set the record straight: Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. Mexico celebrates its independence on September 16, and—while the festivals might look similar—confusing the two holidays is as gringo as, say, putting pastrami in a taco. (Actually, scratch that—LA is pretty darned proud of its pastrami tacos.) Let's simply agree that just because the US named its independence holiday 4th of July doesn't mean that Cinco de Mayo (5th of May) is Mexico's independence day. What the day actually celebrates is an underdog Mexican victory over a French military attack on Puebla, Mexico in 1862. The holiday is mostly observed in Puebla and in Southern California, where there's little mention of the French, but much swinging at piñatas and dancing to mariachis. After all, by the first weekend of May, who needs more excuse than that to revel in the sunshine?

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