Brooklyn Restaurants with Kid-Friendly Backyards and Patios

Brooklyn boasts its share of restaurants with sidewalk tables, but those of us with kids enjoy those eateries with more spacious outdoor dining. A backyard, picnic tables, roof decks, or sometimes even a bit of grass? We're sold!

Just in time for summer, we've rounded up of our favorite spots from across Brooklyn that feature ample outdoor space, serve delicious food, and welcome families with children. If you're in the mood for variety, we've included a mix of cuisines: Japanese, Mexican, Cuban, Southern comfort and, of course, pizza, BBQ, and New American.

Headed to Brooklyn from a surrounding area? Browse our Brooklyn Kids Guide to take full advantage of the borough while you're there, or peruse our NYC Restaurant Guide for more family-friendly eats.

Visiting Stony Brook: New England Charm in Suffolk County

For some, Stony Brook is synonymous with the sprawling campus of Long Island's largest state university. For others, it is is a quaint North Shore village that is home to historic sites, a beautiful harbor with a bustling village center, and plenty of family-friendly events and festivals all year round.

Known to locals as Stony Brook Village, it is technically a hamlet that is part of the Three Village area, along with Setauket and Old Field.  It is a coveted Suffolk County school district and a desirable area to live and work with its well-tended homes tucked back into groves of maple trees. It is also an ideal destination for a day trip or weekend getaway

The Money-Saving Dental Care Hack Every Parent Should Know

Insurance or no insurance, pediatric dental care can cost a pretty penny — and if you've ever been faced with a toddler's chipped tooth or a tween's serious overbite, then you probably don't need the reminder! But, there's a way to save money on all those fillings and lost retainers that you might not have thought of, and it doesn't involve fighting with anybody's billing department. Did you know you can usually get as much as half off your care by heading to a nearby dental school instead of your usual dentist's office? Never even crossed my mind...

Memorial Day Weekend for LA Kids: Greeks, Scots, Star Wars, 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  opens a new exhibit that's so colossal, it needs both its locations to contain it.

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 in Boston: May 26-28

While so many families leave the city for Memorial Day Weekend, not to worry - those of us sticking around still have plenty of family-friendly options to choose from. Appreciate all that embodies Memorial Day at the Garden of Flags on the Common, and storm the fort on George's Island. There are also several musical ways to celebrate the start of summer from Boston Calling to a special campfire, the always active lawn games scene, and a musical garden party

25 Things to Do This Memorial Day Weekend in Connecticut

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 carnivals 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, or even the screening of Saving Private Ryan in Bridgeport. To keep up with everything going on in CT, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Wishing you the very best Memorial Day weekend!

Memorial Day Weekend Fun for Houston Kids, May 26-28

Memorial Day weekend is here, which means May is officially coming to a close, the school year is ending, and it is finally time to celebrate the start of summer! Since honoring our nation's fallen heroes is the primary focus of this weekend, we found some awesome family-friendly celebrations around the city to attend, such as the amazing annual Memorial Day Celebration in The Woodlands and the Memorial Day Pool Party at Evelyn Rubenstein JCC Aquatics Center. CityCentre is also putting on a weekend-long Summer Tribute Concert Series if you're in the market for some outdoor tunes and Discovery Green is hosting a FUNomenal Family Festival on Saturday. This weekend is packed with some awesome events! 

We also have some summer favorites popping up on Mommy Poppins that are well worth checking out:

As always, we'd love for you to check out our event calendar or our May GoList to find the best things to do this month. You can also submit your own events so we can get YOU a little extra coverage and share them with our amazing readers! 

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Now, let's check out what's happening this holiday weekend: 

Memorial Day Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Horses, History, Fireworks, & Parades

Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial start of summer. And, boy, does the City of Brotherly Love have some fun in store for Philly families! A horse show and country fair, festivals, patriotic fun, outdoor movies, amazing concerts, two newly certified autism center venues: a zoo and an amusement park to explore, and of course trips down the shore...this summer holiday kickoff is ripe with possibilities.

Start off the weekend by experiencing the excitement of the Devon Horse Show complete with horse competitions, amusement rides, and traditional country fair eats. (Don't forget to buy some Devon fudge.) Then, head to the waterfront to see fireworks and the tall ships sail into Penn's Landing or visit Morris Arboretum for the grand opening of the Garden Railway Display.  While nearby historic Philadelphia, hear the Declaration of Independence read by History Makers, learn stories at the Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches, or watch a military demonstration at Signers' Garden. Carve out some time to remember those serving our country with a parade in Lansdale, Radnor, Kennett, Warminster, Media, or Collegeville.

Keep reading for more ideas on how to spend this extra-long weekend. Enjoy!

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