St. Patrick's Day Events for Long Island Kids and Families

Few regions embrace St. Patrick’s Day more than Long Island.

From Manhasset to Montauk, from the first weekend of March till the last, Main Streets across the Island come alive with pipers, parade marchers, traditional food, music, dance and more. Huntington Village itself swells to more three times its natural size when visitors celebrate its annual parade each year on the second Sunday of March. It’s the second-largest St. Patrick’s Day gathering in New York State dwarfed only by New York’s City’s celebration on the feast day itself, March 17.

We here at Mommy Poppins have all you need to get into the spirit of the season, beginning with the Kings Park parade on March 4 and climaxing with Montauk’s on March 26. Most of these events are low cost or FREE, ideal for families, and appropriate for first-generation Irish-Americans or those who are just Irish for a day.

Read on for our favorites from among the 20-plus parades that will take place in Patrick’s honor this month on the Island. Click through for details, including parade routes, dates, times and more. As always see our Long Island Events Calendar for the best in family entertainment all month long.

Parent Review: Children's World Indoor Playground in Canton

When it seems like winter might never end, parents are always looking for ways to burn off cooped-up kids' energy. Luckily, Boston is home to many phenomenal indoor playgrounds and play spaces, so there are a lot of options to choose from. After hearing great things about Children’s World Indoor Playground in Canton, I headed there for open playtime with my 4-year-old son and 10-month-old daughter. Here's the scoop for parents looking for somewhere new to spend a chilly morning or afternoon.

5 Places to Take Your Kids Bowling in Houston

With the emergence of trendier, lounge-like venues, the "bowling alley" is now dubbed "bowling lanes," and the pitchers of cheap beer have been replaced with microbrews. Some things, however, will forever stay the same, like those two-toned lace-up shoes and the squeal from a child when she knocks down even just one pin. Houston has it all for this classic indoor game, so keep our list handyfor when you're looking for a bowling "boutique," or a Big Lebowski, old-school experience. Just don't forget socks.

8 Cool Kid Spots Near the New Second Avenue Subway Line

The Second Avenue subway is New York City’s first new subway line in more than 50 years, and yes, we're excited about it! Many fun kid places on the far Upper East Side are often too much of a haul for little legs to travel from Lexington Avenue subway stops without the aid of strollers, carriers, and maybe an afternoon nap (for parent and baby!).

Thankfully, the Q has been extended along Second Avenue to 96th Street with this first phase of the subway expansion, giving us quicker access to many wonderful kid- and family-friendly hot spots highlighted for you here. Read on for eight of the best kid places nearby that you now have no excuse not to visit.

Cooperative Preschools West of Boston

Montessori, Reggio Emilia, language immersion, public, and private—when it comes to choosing a preschool, parents have a lot of options. If you’re interested in a program that allows you to have a high level of participation in your child’s education, a cooperative preschool may be the right choice for you. Also known as a co-op, this type of preschool offers parents opportunities to assist in all aspects of running and managing the school, from serving as a board member to participating on school committees to helping regularly in the classroom. Co-ops abound in Boston; we've rounded up several worth exploring in the preschool-rich Metrowest suburbs, in particular.

Celebrating Dr. Seuss with Book Events for Philly Kids

In classrooms throughout Philadelphia, children participate in Read Across America Day, an initiative that was started to instill and promote a love for reading. Every year, this event is held on March 2nd, the birthday of beloved children's author, Dr. Seuss.

Libraries, museums, and bookstores also spend time celebrating the delightfully zany books written by this great author. Books such as Green Eggs and  Ham, The Cat in the Hat, Hop on Pop, and my particular favorite, Oh, The Places You'll Go are held near and dear to many children and grown-ups alike. Certain venues throughout the area feature engaging and educational activities and even special guest appearances! We have rounded up some local events Philly families can enjoy together.

25 Best Things To Do in Ottawa, Canada with Kids

Even if you are not considering a post-election move north, Canada’s bilingual capital is a fine family vacation. Ottawa beckons with a full plate of both indoor and outdoor activities all year, so don’t dismiss a winter visit. Be sure to pack the long underwear because residents don’t let tundra-style weather keep them indoors.

As Canada’s capital, this city is a showplace for the country, so the feel is similar to Washington, D.C., with a fine array of national museums and cultural offerings to complement the active adventures. It’s urban, but the manageable size, expansive green spaces and excellent public transportation makes it easy to navigate. As the government seat, the dashing young Prime Minister has been spotted at local playgrounds with his kids and participating in the weekly free yoga class on Parliament’s lawn, so look forward to the possibility of excellent political eye-candy.

Ottawa is closer than you might think, a one hour flight or seven hour, 336-mile drive from New York City. Here’s our guide to the best family activities in town.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday With These Upcoming Events

From The Cat in the Hat to The Lorax to Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Seuss has touched the lives of so many through his whimsical rhyming children's books. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries and community centers bring kids and books together to celebrate Read Across America Day on Dr. Seuss's birthday, March 2nd. 

Sponsored by the National Education Association, this nationwide celebration of reading has helped to promote and foster a love of reading for nearly 20 years. Here's a a round up of Read Across America events happening across the state this week and be sure to check out The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield, slated to open this June. 

Weekday Picks: Presidents Day, Oscar Screening, and Camellia Festival, Feb. 20-24

We start the week with a holiday, and LA families have some creative options to learn more about history through several Presidents Day activities in LA and OC. We are lucky to have two presidential libraries in the area, both of which have big plans Monday. At the Reagan library celebration, free activities for the family include crafts, musical entertainment, storytelling, and presidential and first lady look-alikes, with hot dogs, pie, and other all-American food available for purchase. At the Nixon Library celebration, family-friendly activities include meeting a Mt. Rushmore of presidents and a free slice of cherry pie for the first 300 guests.

Meanwhile at the Battleship Iowa: Presidents Day and Birthday Celebration, the "Battleship of Presidents" celebrates its 74th birthday and Presidents Day with $6 off general admission. Holiday visitors can be among the first to experience the ship's newest interactive exhibit that features the 32nd president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, returning to the ship he sailed on in 1943.

For more go-do activities, take a look at the Mommy Poppins Event Calendar, our GoList for February, and our picks for this week below.

Weekday Picks: Eagle Watching, Day Camp, Nature, February 20-24

With the unusually warm weather this week, make sure to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. You and the kids can attend one of these great family events happening all over the state, from Bald Eagle Viewing to free admission to White Memorial in Litchfield. Check out our frequently updated Event Calendar and monthly Go List for even more great fun. Be sure to check our our Winter Guide too. 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.

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