Kids' Birthday Party Entertainers on Long Island That Come to You

Let's be honest, sometimes you can't bear the thought of planning another destination birthday party. So why not make it easier on yourself and plan one at home?

Don't let the home setting fool you—you and your little one have plenty of options from which to choose. From magicians to at-home spas and concerts in your living room, home birthday parties give parents and kids fabulous entertainment in comfortable setting. Not to mention it can be easier on mom and dad.

All of the options below service the entirety of Long Island. For more party planning help, check out our Long Island Party Guide.

10 Reasons It's Great to Be a Cambridge Mom

Life in the "People’s Republic" is great for many reasons—which is why we pay through the nose to live like sardines. While Cambridge is an excellent locale for all ages and sexes, it’s especially special for families. It’s got outdoor activities, delicious food, a vibrant arts scene, and world-class museums. The best part for moms is that there is always something to do, any time of year.

NYC Cat Cafes: Kids Can Visit, Adopt, and Pet Furry Felines

Cat cafes are big in Japan, and it only makes sense that they're catching on in New York City, as well. After all, cats are the ideal apartment pet, and in a big, sometimes anonymous city, it can be comforting to spend some time with feline companions. If your kid is cat-crazy, but you can't commit to ownership, cat cafes may be the ideal solution.

And even if you already own a feline or two, cat cafes are still a fun place to explore your inner cat lady (or cat man). It's a great option for a family winter outing, especially for mature kids, tweens, and even teens, and we've got the scoop on three cat cafes that call the Big Apple home.

Really crazy for cats? Check out the upcoming Cat Camp, an adoption and conference about all things feline happening this March in Chelsea. You might even get to meet the internet famous Lil Bub.

Crafty Kids: Philadelphia Classes & Workshops for Creators

Making things with your hands is one of those activities where patience, focus, and determination result in a tangible and potentially usable object. Craft classes are another opportunity like dance, technology, theater, or writing classes to give kids a creative way to express themselves. Here are awesome places where creativity is valued and encouraged and will result in bracelets, skirts, ceramic bowls, wood boxes, or an artwork that any parent will be happy to display.

Weekday Picks: Mardi Gras, Dr. Seuss' Birthday, Read Across America, Feb. 27-March 3

Fat Tuesday is upon us, and there are family-friendly Mardi Gras celebrations throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties.

The Los Angeles Farmers Market's Mardi Gras celebration includes New Orleans and Zydeco food and music, strolling parade bands, activities for kids, and bead-throwing. And Amoeba Music in Hollywood hosts its annual huge Mardi Gras Celebration with a raucous parade, bead throwing, and a musical procession to When the Saints Go Marching In.

But that's just the beginning; this week continues with Read Across America Day, which is not-so-coincidentally also Dr. Seuss' birthday. We know of a few ways to celebrate, including a free magic show.

For more activity ideas throughout the week, check out the Mommy Poppins Events Calendar, and read on for our favorite outings of the week.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Jazzy Storytime, Natural Inspiration, and Kitchen Chemistry; Feb 27-Mar 3

As Boston kids make their way back to school, we're wrapping up a lot this week—including the end of Black History Month and the final full month of winter. In that spirit, we're highlighting a Jazz Age storytime and dance party as well as an (indoor) exploration of art in the natural world, among other cultural treats. Kids who love hands-on fun will also love digging into messy paints at the Boston Children's Museum or messy food at the Discovery Museums of Acton. If you're looking for more reasons to escape the house this week, check our Event Calendar.

Weekday Picks for Connecticut Kids: Zumba, Knitting, and Dr. Seuss, February 27-March 3

The dose of warmer weather this past week has my whole family yearning for spring so we're delighted to welcome March on Wednesday! If you're planning ahead, be sure to check out our March Go List, with suggestions for our favorite activities all month long (St. Patrick's Day parades begin *next* weekend!). If you're more of a day-to-day planner, our Event Calendar has new activities listed every day, including a whole range of celebrations in honor of Dr. Seuss's birthday in Niantic, New Milford, and Wilton among other locations. Follow Mommy Poppins CT on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, and don't forget to cast your vote for your favorite Connecticut businesses in our Bestie Awards Contest!

March GoList: Best Things to Do with NYC Kids This Month

It's hard to believe March has arrived, bringing with it signs of spring all around New York City, from melting snowbanks to outdoor play. One thing that doesn't change with the season is our overflowing events calendar, but we're making it easy for you to hit all the fun, spring-inspired events, including the Macy's Flower ShowPurim fests, and of course St. Patrick's Day parades and children's activities as the city turns green March 17.

We've rounded up 14 must-hit happenings in our GoList. Beyond the holidays, it's a huge month for the performing arts. We've got details on the innovative Tilt Festival, plus a pair of huge, new, kid-friendly Broadway debuts with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Anastasia. Brooklyn's BAM is staging a fun-for-the-whole family Peter Pan-inspired show and tween favorite The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical is debuting a brand-new Off-Broadway production. Looking for a little-kid friendly theater experience? You're in luck as Paw Patrol Live makes a stop here, too.

We're also highlighting a music fest in Brooklyn, a monthlong pop-up art studio for kids in Queens, a FREE STEAM festival in the Meatpacking District, and mummies arriving at the American Museum of Natural History.

Now get your calendars ready! Here are the top things to do with kids in New York City this March.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Piff the Magic Dragon, Mardi Gras

So many occasions to celebrate for Westchester families as we transition from February to March this week—and so many ways to celebrate them!

The week kicks off with Mardi Gras, and one way to honor the occasion is to make your own Mardi Gras Mask along with other holiday fun. No sooner does March roll in than we turn to Read Across America Day and the celebration of all things Seussian. A good laugh is in store for the performance by Piff the Magic Dragon, made famous as a finalist on America’s Got Talent or for exotic fun, learn some Bollywood-style moves at the Masala Bhangra Dance Class.

After reading on for all this and more, head to our Event Calendar and follow us on Facebook!

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