Macy's Flower Show and 6 More NYC Spots to See Spring's Blooms

After so many hours spent indoors during cold winter months, springtime in New York City is one of my family’s favorite seasons. Besides the warmer weather and increased outdoor playtime, we love spotting the season’s first snowbells, crocuses, and blossoming trees

While plenty of flowers poke through the earth in neighborhood parks and along city sidewalks—not to mention community gardens—there are a few spots in the city where spring blooms are downright outstanding. Springtime also brings the annual flower show at Macy's, which kicks off this weekend on Sunday, March 24. To celebrate the arrival of spring, we've rounded up our favorite places to enjoy springtime

Spring Break Camps for Long Island Kids, 2019

Long Island schools are closed for a whole week for spring break this year. With so much time to fill, why not check out these daily and weekly camp options?

Spring break begins for most school districts after school on Friday, April 19, continuing through Sunday, April 28. So, whether you're entertaining a budding scientist, aspiring artist, or a sports enthusiast, there's a camp to satisfy seemingly every interest. For more spring break entertainment ideas, be sure to check out our daily event calendar.

Weekend Fun: Makers Day, Kidfest, The Cat in the Hat

Put on your thinking caps this first weekend of spring. Saturday marks New Jersey Makers Day, and hands-on crafty and tech events take place in Scotch Plains and Fanwood libraries and Museum of Early Trades and Crafts. More educational fun awaits at Montclair Literary Festival and SMASH: Crocs at New Jersey State Museum.

Plus, bring on the early spring festivals this weekend, including the 9th Annual Kidfest, New Jersey Theatre Alliance's Stages Festival, and Jersey Shore Spring Comic Book Show.

Find even more weekend options in our Spring Guide, including 50+ Things We Can't Wait To Do with Kids This Spring in NJ! And look to our March GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

Great Birthday Party Places for Preschoolers in Manhattan

You won't be long into your parenting journey before you realize your toddler has a more robust social life than you. Once your kid hits preschool, your weekends are no longer your own. Instead, you'll be toting your kid from one party place to another—and maybe classes, too.

I've been at the game for more than a decade and have ushered three kids to countless soirees around New York City. I've seen my fair share of the city's kid-party venues, so I'm rounding up a sampling of Manhattan's best-of-the-best to recommend for your next party.

Whether your style is exorbitantly fancy or simple and classic, here are a dozen spots in Manhattan perfect for hosting your preschooler's party.

Please Touch the Art at the New Snark Park Exhibit at Hudson Yards

With all the immersive, kid-friendly art experiences that come through town (like the Color Factory, or last year's Dream Machine), New York City kids could be excused for expecting every must-see art exhibit to be interactive and kid-friendly. NYC's latest immersive exhibit, designed for kids to touch, explore, and interact with the art, is the inaugural installation at Snark Park, entitled "Lost and Found."

Located inside 20 Hudson Yards, the newly opened and highly anticipated seven-story retail center in Midtown East, Snark Park is a permanent retail and art installation space located on the second floor of the mall. Read on for a preview of “Lost and Found,” plus photos of the engaging and beautiful new space.

7 Single Parent Hacks for Entertaining Kids (and Staying Sane) Every Day of the Week

March 21st is National Single Parent Day. Yes, that's a thing. It even has a hashtag #NationalSingleParentDay. Yipeee, let's celebrate you! The holiday was created in 1984 to "honor the sacrifices and diligent work of single parents across our country" with the hopes that it would become just as popular as Mother's Day or Father's Day. Okay, that's pretty cool. Except, you know, when you're single... there's no one to actually go out and get you roses or candy or take you to dinner or even draw you a bath...on National Single Parent Day, on Mother's Day, on Father's Day, or any other day... because, you're SINGLE. But you deserve to be celebrated—if not with roses then at least with a few helpful hacks to get through the week.

Spring Festivals for Families on Long Island, 2019

Spring on Long Island means pleasant weather. And that begins a series of festivals to celebrate the arrival of this most colorful season.

So head outdoors to enjoy crafts, activities, science, and more family fun. Begin in late March and early April with Easter Bunny breakfasts and brunches. Later in the spring, enjoy nature festivals, Mother's Day activities, and the sweet beginning of strawberry season. At the end of May, be sure to join in the weekend-long celebration that marks the 200th birthday celebration of one of America's—and Long Island's—most beloved poets, Walt Whitman.

31 Spring Festivals, Fairs, and Carnivals for Philly Families

Spring is here and naturally so is festival season. Philly families look forward to a springtime filled with festivals, fairs, and carnivals. Whether you're in the city or the 'burbs, it is definitely worthwhile to add some of these events on your family's schedule. The variety is remarkable. From science and art to nature to culture, there is truly something for everyone. Rainy weather may impact some of these events since most are outdoors so be sure to check directly with the venue if the weather seems questionable. 

So, click on your family calendar, text some friends, and make plans to attend some of this great events this spring!

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