Review: Spring-a-Ding Ding! Is Circus Arts for Younger Kids

If the idea of heading to a full-fledged circus seems overwhelming for younger kids, especially the preschool and pre-K crowd, we might have found the perfect in-between show: Spring-a-Ding DING!

The one-hour performance playing in downtown NYC at the 14Y is filled with lively music, storytelling, acrobatics, dancing, contortions, and more—all performed with a younger audience in mind (Read: They'll be too entranced to wriggle out of their seat or your lap) from the small but mighty circus-arts company Cirque-tacular.

And if they're loving the theater experience, check out the best Broadway shows for kids and families for ages 4 and up.

Everything You Need to Know About Visiting Walden Pond With Kids

Walden Pond was made famous by Henry David Thoreau, who lived at the site from 1845-1847 and wrote the book Walden based on his experience. Today, Walden is known locally for being a beautiful, pristine recreation area. It’s one of our favorite places to visit year-round, but we especially love to go in the summer. There’s so much to do with kids at Walden and it provides a great alternative to heading to the beach on a hot day. Here’s our advice on how to make the most of your visit.

Memorial Day Weekend for LA Kids: Greeks, Scots, Music, and Fireworks

First and foremost, Memorial Day is about the members of the armed forces who gave their lives in our nation’s service. Their sacrifice is unimaginable, our debt to them beyond measure. To those lost, and to those who serve our nation and all it stands for, we salute you.

The weekend is not all somber reflection: Memorial Day also means a long weekend, and the unofficial start of summer. Festival is the word of the day: throughout the Southland folks gather to enjoy yummies and wild art, and to celebrate different cultures (including Greek, Scottish, and Topangan). Discovery Cube LA opens a new exhibit, and Discovery Cube OC flies in with two of its own.

And, of course, Memorial Day weekend closes with tributes to our fallen heroes. Ceremonies are being held at the Nixon Presidential Library, in Burbank and Canoga Park, and at Woodlawn and Forest Lawn Cemeteries.

Read on for some of our favorite picks for this three-day holiday weekend...

Memorial Day Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Horses, History, & Parades May 27-29

Traditionally, Philly families may spend this unofficial start of summer weekend by taking a trip to the shore, swimming in a lake, eating at a backyard cookout, or watching a parade honoring those who fought for this country. While all of those are amazing ways to spend the weekend, if you are looking for something new to add to your Memorial Day festivities, there are some 'must-do' activities in our event calendar.

Watch the horses race at the Devon Horse Show Grounds. Learn about American history with a visit to Historic Philadelphia; be sure to stop by a Once Upon a Nation Storytelling Bench, listen to a recitation of the Declaration of Independence, and see a colonial-inspired puppet show. Or take a moment to appreciate America's beautiful outdoors with a bird walk at Newlin Grist Mill, a boat trip along the Schuylkill River at Bartram's Gardens or a creek critter search at Norristown Farm Park and savor this land we call home. Check out the new fountain display at Longwood Gardens' Summer of Spectacle as it opens this weekend. With all of these options, it is sure to be a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

Hang out with Mommy Poppins Philadelphia at our Summer Brain Quest Kickoff Party on June 3rd at Smith. Get your tickets now!

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Happy Memorial Day; May 27-29

The official kick-off-to-summer weekend has arrived, and we have plenty of suggestions for how to spend time together as a family while also honoring our country's fallen heroes. Visit the garden of flags to pay respects, and enjoy a tribute concert and fireworks. Military members receive free admission to Edaville all weekend long. There are two more sheep and wool festivals to wrap up the spring season, some outdoor SaturPLAY, sailing on the harbor, and even a wizard market. On Monday, head to the JFK Library for a very special and historic birthday celebration.

Additionally, there are three events especially for autism/special needs families happening at the Children's Museum of Easton, and the Boston Children's Museum (on Saturday and Monday, respectively).

Also on Mommy Poppins this week:

Need more family fun ideas? Check out our full events calendar.

Memorial Day Weekend Fun: Parades, Carnivals, and Flamingos, May 27-29

At long last we have reached the very precipice of summer: Memorial Day weekend! I have dug the beach chairs out of the garage, taken the grill out for a test run, and I can't wait to plant my feet in the sand and perhaps even in the Sound. There's all kinds of non-beachy fun to be had this weekend too from fairs and festivals to animal encounters, special concerts, and more.

Whatever your plans, the significance of Memorial Day should not be forgotten. If you're looking for an educational way to honor the men and women who died in service to our nation, our Event Calendar features many kid-friendly parades and ceremonies, including the Revolutionary War Encampment in Wethersfield, the Decoration Day event at Mystic Seaport, and the U.S. Coast Guard Band concert in New London.  To keep up with everything going on in CT, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Wishing you the very best Memorial Day weekend!

Memorial Day Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: May 27-29

Memorial Day weekend is here, which means May is almost over, and summer is here! We have lots of ideas for how to spend time together as a family while also honoring our country's fallen heroes. Check out the Memorial Day Celebration in The Woodlands or Memorial Day in Memorial City

And summer marks some big and exciting things happening with Mommy Poppins! In the next few weeks, we will be highlighting Houston's best local businesses with our Besties Award Program. Share the love by nominating your favorite local businesses, from your go-to baker to your favorite play spot. Mommy Poppins is also teaming up with Brain Quest and Chick-fil-A for a summer kickoff party on June 3! Get your tickets now to secure a copy of the brand new Summer Brain Quest book and tons of goodies courtesy of Chick-fil-A.

Also on Mommy Poppins this week:

Check out the complete event calendar or hop over to our May GoList to find the best things to do this month. Did you know can also submit your own events? Have this post delivered straight to your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletter!

Let's check out what's going on this weekend: 

Memorial Day Weekend in NYC: Festivals, Beaches, Family Fun Day

Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of summer, is here! We know it's been one of the coldest Mays in memory, but that's changing fast. No matter what, New York City's big seasonal attractions open on Saturday, like local beaches, or Victorian Gardens in Central Park. Plus, if it reaches 80 degrees, the city's destination playground sprinklers might be on, too.

While beaches and playgrounds are open all summer, events like Fleet Week ship tours, Governors Island Family Fun Day, Memorial Day in Prospect Park, and a bunch of parades are on tap this weekend only.

Thinking about a last-minute getaway? We've pulled together great family day trips on Long Island, including cool lighthouses, and Westchester and Hudson Valley, as well as our favorite nearby beaches like Fire Island's Ocean Beach and those a bit farther down the Jersey Shore. When you're there, use our Jersey Shore Family Guide. You might also try one of the nearby water parks or amusement parks, many of which open for the season on Saturday. Also, don't forget that many local farms in the greater NYC area are open for strawberry picking with the kids, beginning this weekend. 

Stay local and finally visit the mesmerizing CHIHULY glass sculpture display at New York Botanical Gardens, the FREE Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens, floating food forest Swale in Brooklyn, or the brand-new zip line and 25-foot climbing tower opening on Governors Island this weekend. Our NYC Parks and Playgrounds Guide is always a safe bet for staycations, too, as is our Indoor Play Spaces Guide, including fun places parents and kids can play together in NYC.

Read on for our best bets for Memorial Day weekend events for kids in NYC. Oodles of family fun can also be found in our Event CalendarSpring Fun Guide, and our fresh-out-of-the-oven Summer Fun Guide.

However you spend the three-day holiday weekend, we hope you have a blast! 

Memorial Day Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Zerbini Circus, Parades

For those of you staying in Westchester for Memorial Day weekend, there's no shortage of events!

Many towns and villages throughout the county celebrate the occasion with their own parades and ceremonies. Standouts include the Memorial Day Races & Fair and Memorial Day Parade and Hudson Park Event.

The three-day weekend is also a great time for animal encounters, with For Shear Pleasure and Memorial Day Dog Parade & Show heading the pack. A couple of the many seasonal festivals we previously told you about also take place this weekend, and there’s a performance by the The Zerbini Family Circus—especially good news after the closing of Ringling Bros.

So let everyone else deal with the traffic and hassle of heading out of town; there’s plenty to do right here at home! Read on to see all of our top weekend picks and consult our Event Calendar for even more options to choose from.

Don't miss the last chance to help us choose our Besties and be entered to win one of two terrific prizes: a  a two night stay for four at the Great Wolf Lodge in the Pocono Mountains or a family four-pack of admission tickets to Quassy Amusement Park and Waterpark in Middlebury, Connecticut.  Vote today!

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