Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Spring Blooms, Science, Performances April 28-29

Just take a look at our jam-packed events calendar and you'll find the end of April sure brings a lot of springtime excitement to the Delaware Valley.

Start off the weekend in nature. Wake up early to see how the fish are biting during Lorimer Park's Kids' Fishing Clinic & Derby. Learn about honeybees and their vital role in the world at New Leaf Eco Center's Open Hive Days. See spring flowers in all their glory at Longwood Gardens. Free outdoor fun includes an opportunity to discover how wild animals make their homes during Newlin Grist Mill's free Pop-Up Naturalist Series, hikes at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education's free Schuylkill Saturdays, and the 2018 Philadelphia Science Festival's free, all-day Science Carnival. This culminating event offers live demos, hands-on activities, entertainment, and games for the entire family.

After outside fun, find a seat at a local show. This weekend, Philly families can chose from The Sound of Music, Aladdin, Jr., Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid, and Snow White at Arden Theater (don't miss our recent review about this unique two actor performance).

Keep reading for more top picks for the weekend. Enjoy!

Best Broadway Shows for Kids and Families

Whether you're visiting NYC or live here year-round, seeing a Broadway show is a special family experience. Kids are sure to remember it vividly, and chances are parents won't soon forget the credit card bill. That's why it's so important to pick a production wisely, especially when bringing young children to their first Broadway performance.

While Disney juggernauts The Lion King and Aladdin are popular options, there are other kid-friendly choices that aren't as obvious and attractive newcomers, including Harry Potter, SpongeBob, and Frozen. We've rounded up our 15 best Broadway musicals for families and organized them by age appropriateness. As a bonus, we've also got the scoop on how to save big bucks on tickets to some of our picks.

Peruse our event calendar for additional family theater options in NYC, or read reviews of current productions to find one that best suits your children.

Little Explorers Get Hands-On Fun at Camden Children's Garden

On the New Jersey side of the Delaware River, tucked right next to Adventure Aquarium, is a darling outdoor play space and garden center that makes for a perfect afternoon. Whether you live in New Jersey, across the river in Philadelphia, or are just passing through, the Camden Children's Garden is truly a special place, as my 5- and 1-year old children and I discovered on a recent visit. 

Visiting Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya in Mexico with Kids

Mexico's Caribbean coast is known for its first-class resorts, especially along the Riviera Maya, including towns such as Playa del Carmen and Tulum. So much so that sometimes the sparkling waters, stunning beaches, and swank surroundings of this northern Yucatan peninsula's all-inclusive deals make it hard to want to leave the lovely confines of your hotel.

But there’s so much more to this gorgeous Mexican coastal region just south of Cancun than beachside getaways. To introduce the kids to a taste of authentic culture, including Mayan ruins, natural wonders, and unlimited adventure, you don’t have to go far. Some excursions may take only an hour and others a whole day, but these 25 ideas are surely worthy of drawing the family out of the resort for even just a few hours.

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: We All Play, Puppet Festival, and Steam Railfest

This weekend you're getting a sneak peak, a first look at some of the most cutting edge developments of modern times. First up: ride into the future on steam engines! There's an awesome two day festival, and you can ride trains. Who doesn't love that?

Next up, the future of entertainment comes no strings attached (except when they are): we're talkin' puppetry! The Skirball has 'em all, from marionettes to full body puppets. When the kids have their music on, ever feel like it's a whole other language that you just don't get? Could be it's because they're listening to opera.

And, last but not least, sometimes the new news really is new. That's the case with the Zimmer. The beloved-by-the-under-10-set museum is getting a new home...in a mall... by the ocean. And you can check it out, way before it opens, while enjoying a petting zoo, a Squishie wall, an appearance by Hatchimals, and Donut School. (I'm not sure what all that means, but it sounds awesome.)

Keep reading to find out what your future holds (for this weekend, at least)...

May GoList: Best Things To Do with Philly Kids

From fireworks at Sesame Place to strawberries in Peddler's Village and Mother's Day brunch at Elmwood Zoo, there's so much to do in Philly and its suburbs this May! Get outside and play all day, or for rainy days, head indoors and check out some Philly museums for free

Want more ideas? Read on for 14 family-friendly events, and then head over to our event calendar to see what fun May can bring. Festival and fairs, nature and playtime, there's something for everyone this month!

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Sheepshearing, Photography, and Birds of Prey, Apr 28-29

With the lovely spring weather that is (hopefully) here to stay, we've got plenty of chances to get outside this weekend. While parents can browse the spring tag sales going on, kids can enjoy the sunshine while watching sheep shed their winter coats and discovering the homes of fairies and gnomes. If the weather doesn't cooperate and indoor activities are necessary, kids can still get into nature at this birds of prey drawing workshop, or create sun prints and go on a treasure hunt at this photography exhibit. Love books and movies? Check out this film festival featuring literary-themed submissions all by kids.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Texas Crawfish and Music Festival, Soggy Doggy Swim Day, April 28-29

Blue skies and mild temperatures make the outdoors the perfect place to be this time of year, and we could not be more excited to help you plan out how to take advantage of the upcoming weekends!

If you're looking to get out of town this weekend, we have two great options we recently reviewed. If you're looking to stay close to home, we recommend checking out nearby Conroe, which offers everything from paddleboarding to hiking without being too far of a drive. For a weekend getaway, Austin. Texas' weirdest city.

This time of year also gets us super excited about all of the farmers' markets around the city. Farm fresh produce, locally sourced eggs and dairy, and all sorts of handcrafted goods make being healthy easy and fun - especially when the kids get to help pick everything out. Want to make it an even more hands-on activity? Visit one of Houston's nearby farms for some DIY berry-picking, an activity that is sure to be a hit with your little helpers. 

You'll also definitely want to check out our event calendar for daily activities and our April GoList for events that are happening around Houston throughout the month. To have all of our posts delivered right to you in one concise email, be sure to sign up for our weekly newsletter and you'll never miss a beat. Have an event worth sharing? We'd love to feature it! Just submit your event to our calendar, and we'll do the rest.

Now, let's take a look at all the fun things happening around Houston this weekend. 

Weekend Fun: Sakura Matsuri, Legos, and Family Festivals

Warm, cold, rainy, sunny (please, no more snow)...whatever the weather has up its sleeve for NYC, Legos don't care. And there are TWO Lego events happening this weekend for NYC kids: Saturday (for FREE!) and Sunday (for a fee). The Legopalooza begins at Scandinavia House on Saturday, and the good news is that this new exhibit, aptly titled Lego Bricks: A Celebration, is open through August 4 (hot, rainy days = already sorted for you). 

On Sunday, Lego Build for Habitat for Humanity at the World Trade Center invites kids ages 5–12 to compete for prizes, working in teams of four to build their own version of a Habitat for Humanity home.

National Arbor Day is April 27, so naturally this weekend includes lots of tree-themed outings. For starters, the massive Brooklyn Botanic Garden Sakura Matsuri festival takes place all weekend, celebrating those fleeting cherry blossoms and Japanese culture. 

More tree hugging can be accomplished at Wave Hill's Arbor Day Fest, which includes a chance to don hard hats and harnesses to climb an ancient sugar maple, The Evergreens Cemetery, and the Queens Botanical Arbor Fest.

All that, plus street festivals are in season, including this weekend's Street Games, the Puppetry Arts Fest in Brooklyn, the Jack and Jill School Spring Fair, and the Friendship Circle Upper East Side Carnival (with ponies), to name just a few.

Check out our Spring Fun Guide, the best upcoming family festivals this season, events for the pre-K and toddler crowd, and more outdoor fun like the May 1 opening of Governors Island, or maybe a little mini golf (did you know there are 12 miniature golf courses in NYC—at least one in each borough?)!


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