Preschoolers

May GoList: Best Things To Do with LA and OC Kids This Month

The weekends of May are packed with activity; there's Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day, Memorial Day, and that one weekend without a holiday. With so much going on, it's easy to miss something. To help you keep track, here's a list of the biggest, most once-a-year-ish events happening this month. We still send our weekend events newsletters each Thursday and weekday suggestions on Monday, of course, and we'll keep adding to our Event Calendar daily; but we figured you'd appreciate some advance notice on these May favorites.

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May GoList: Best Things To Do with Long Island Kids This Month

April showers bring May flowers, so it's no surprise that there are plenty of outdoor activities happening all over Long Island this month. From Huntington's annual Tulip Festival and a May Day celebration, to Hofstra's annual Dutch Festival and celebrating turtles, it's time to enjoy everything Long Island has to offer this season. And don't forget to take a look at the other Spring Festivals happening this month, as well as our Event Calendar for other family-friendly activities throughout May. Have fun!

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

Please be sure to check directly with venues holding outdoor activities this weekend as the predicted rain could alter planned events.

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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5 Fun STEM Activities To Get Preschoolers Excited About Engineering

Activities based on engineering principals offer a great way for kids to learn art, science, technology and concepts of literacy, while also strengthening fine motor, critical thinking, problem-solving and teamwork skills. That’s the thinking behind STEM-based schools, like our sponsor BASIS Independent Brooklyn, which starts teaching engineering in its PreK classes. But learning engineering principles can happen at home, too, and BASIS Independent Brooklyn teachers have shared some of their favorite engineering-based activities from their preschool and K-4 classrooms to try with your family.

"With increased screen time in PreK-12 environments, there is a growing and important movement to build in time for actual 3D play into children's days," says Hadley Ruggles, head of school at Basis Independent Brooklyn. "Not only is engineering important for asking larger questions about the world around you, but it keeps important parts of kids' brains and bodies active." So challenge yourselves with these fun engineering activities, perfect for your preschoolers and older kids, too.

7 Must-Do Long Island Day Trip Ideas for Families

For those of us lucky enough to live on Long Island (especially during the summer months), there’s plenty of time to explore everything our beautiful home has to offer. But for families who might be coming in for just a few days, it's essential to make the most of your time here. With that in mind, we’ve come up with our top seven must-see locations for those taking a quick trip to Long Island.

Exploring these places—and we've included both indoor and outdoor fun so you don't have to worry about the weather—will leave you making plans for another visit ASAP. And for more to do in the area, be sure to check out our Events Calendar and Long Island Spring Fun Guide.

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