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Mother's Day Weekend Things To Do with LA Kids: Bird Day, Free Comic Books, and Brunch, May 7 - 8

Here's what Momma wants for Mother's Day: comic books, cakes, and frappuccinos. All the rest is just icing on the aforementioned cake. Sure, there are other things that will be greatly appreciated. Ice show with world champions? Don't mind if I do! A few hours in the dark with classic black-and-white comedians? Count me in, Ollie! And yes, I would be delighted to accompany you to brunch. Is there bacon at said brunch? More's the better.

Of course, every mom is different. One size does not fit all, which is why frappuccinos come in grande, venti, and that other size. Did I mention I'm a mom? I totally deserve this.

There are some other things going on ths weekend: the makeover reveal of Los Cerritos Center (with makeovers for moms), a breakfast with gibbons (see how well they treat their mamas), celebrations of books and literacy at CAAM and in Grand Park (make your mama proud; read a book!), and a bunch of clever craft activities that can double as gifts for Mom (aw, isn't that thoughtful!). There are even freebies for Mom, because, really, where would you be without her?  

Call your mom; send her some flowers, and keep reading for some of our most maternal picks for this weekend.

Mother's Day Weekend Fun: Festivals, Chalk Art, and History, May 7-8

Carnival games, thrilling roller-coaster rides, adorable aquatic creatures, and historical treasures are on tap this weekend, and many attractions around the state, including Lake Compounce and Mystic Aquarium, are honoring moms by offering them complimentary day passes with the purchase of a child's ticket. See more listings below for other options; plus, we've rounded up top Mother’s Day events in the Hartford and Fairfield areas. Whether you want to celebrate Brazilian culture at Samba Fest in Hartford, or take the entire family - including the pooch - to Paws in the Park in Windsor, there's plenty to do this weekend. 

For other areas, be sure to browse our Event Calendar, which features a wide array of suggestions. To keep up with everything going on in Connecticut, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Mother's Day, Baby Animals, May 7-8

Celebrate all things mom this weekend with sciency stuff at The Maritime Explorium, canvas painting at Key to My Art or free admission to Celebrate Family at the Heckscher Museum of Art. Families can also cuddle up with mom and some furry friends at Baby Animal Day at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center.

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Pick-Your-Own Strawberry Farms in the Philadelphia Area

The start of strawberry picking season is a sure sign that summer is right around the corner. Spending a day picking this sweet fruit at a local orchard or farm is a great activity for families. It teaches kids about their food sources, connects everyone with nature and makes for a fun outdoor experience.

We have compiled a list of farms in the Philadelphia area that offer strawberry picking, as well as a few activity-filled strawberry festivals. Read our tips before you go to help make your day at the farm even more enjoyable.

Mother's Day Fun in Fairfield County, Connecticut: Races, Yoga, Brunch and More

It’s coming, it’s coming, it’s coming... Mother’s Day! The one day a year when children are required by law, tradition, expectation, whatever, to treat us moms like queens. And just in case the kids haven’t been preparing for the big day with the same fervor that you have, we’ve compiled a list of activities in Fairfield County (and Hartford County, too!) that will make Mother’s Day 2016 one to remember!

Philly Outdoor Exercise Classes for Mom and Baby

With a slow start to spring, the weather is finally warming and parents are eager to get outside and get fit with their kids. Finding time to exercise with a baby or toddler around can be tricky, which is why we love these great classes that help get you in shape and keep your active little one involved. Grab your stroller, yoga mat, sunscreen and water bottle to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine while getting (or staying) in shape.

A Dozen Private NYC Swimming Pools Offering Day Passes

There are plenty of FREE swimming pools in NYC for kids during the summer months, but if you're looking for year-round options, or less crowded waters, try a private pool day pass. A number of "private" pools in New York City allow you to pay to swim for the day. And these are not hipsters-only hangouts, where visitors sip on $18 cocktails. Well, those exist, of course, but we've rounded up 12 private pools that are definitely kid-friendly and welcome families for swimming and other water fun.

Read on for where to get swimming in NYC now, and don't forget to check out how to score FREE swim lessons in the city, too.
 

Dance Summer Camps for Kids in Fairfield County

Practically since they could walk, my kids have loved to dance. As they've gotten older, however, it's become pretty clear that they're just dabblers, and sometimes the commitment to an after school dance class is just too much to add into a busy schedule.  Happily, while there are many camps that offer summer intensives for enthusiastic dancers to hone their skills, there are a range of camps around Fairfield County--some as short as one week--that give budding dancers to try something new, be it ballet, hip hop, Irish dance, and more. Here are some of our favorites:

Weekday Picks for LI Kids: Mother's Day, Mini Model Build, May 2-6

Spring break has come to an end, but there is still plenty of fun happening around Long Island. There are a few Mother's Day events where kids can make something special for mom or grandma, as well as a free Lego activity and some live theater (with a special message) at Long Island Children's Museum. Most of the events below require registration in advance, so please be sure to contact each location for more info.

And this is just a sampling of what's going on this week, so be sure to check out 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.

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