Weekend Fun for D.C. Kids: Easter Egg Hunts, Spring Festivals, Carnivals April 13-14

This weekend, the end of the year's cherry blossom season overlaps with Easter fun. Soak up the last of the beautiful pink blossoms, then head over to one of many Easter egg hunts or spring festivals filling up our events calendar this Saturday and Sunday. 

In the mood for something else? Check out the final weekend of Alice in Wonderland on stage, head to an arts and crafts festival or two, or do some environmental volunteering. There's lots to choose from!

From Easter celebrations to Earth Day events, whatever you choose, we hope you have a fun-filled, memory-making weekend with your family! 

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Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Outdoors, Museums, Egg Hunts, Consignment Sales April 13-14

This springtime weekend brings outdoor fun to the Delaware Valley. Philly families can visit an arboretum to see the spectacular cherry blossoms or participate in an education program to learn about water. Kids can dig in the dirt at Newlin Grist Mill's Public Archaeology Day or explore interactive displays about planet Earth at Ambler's Earthfest. Support furry friends by running (or walking) in a 5 K (or 2 K) or get creative and enter the Children's Daffodil Contest at Winterthur.

On the other hand, discover something new at one of the fabulous museums in the region. For starters, it's opening weekend for Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes Exhibit at Franklin Institute. Mercer Museum presents its annual Dolls Day Out, Science History Museum hosts a free workshop through TechGirlz on how to Save the Planet through Crowdsourcing, the Academy of Natural Sciences welcomes Animal Superheroes, and Penn Museum features the theme, Cards, Dice, and Dominoes, during its Second Saturdays event. Other indoor options include Family Fest at Parkway Central Library and the Literacy Carnival at South Philadelphia High School.

Don't forget to purchase deeply discounted new-to-you spring clothes at local consignment sales and hit a few of the fantastic egg hunts around town, many of which are free. Read on for more ideas and make it a great weekend!

8 Things to Love About the Museum of the City of New York

The Museum of the City of New York, located near the top of Museum Mile on Fifth Avenue across from the northeastern corner of Central Park, may not look like a kid-friendly place at first glance, with its opulent facade. Look closer, however, and you'll learn it's actually a great destination for children, thanks to its frequent hands-on family programs, robust on-site classes meant to teach tweens about the history of NYC, and easy-to-digest NYC-themed exhibits that remind kids (and parents!) how lucky we are to live in a place with such a rich cultural past and present.

Originally opened in 1923 in Gracie Mansion, the Museum of the City of New York moved to its current, Georgian Colonial-Revival building in 1932. Its permanent collection overflows with drawings, photographs, garments, textiles, paintings, sculptures, furniture and artifacts that all have something to do with the history of our great city. Read on for eight things to love about this cultural gem in the heart of East Harlem.

In Martin Richard's Memory, Amazing New Playground to Open in Boston

As an active little boy in Dorchester, 8-year-old Martin Richard loved climbing, swinging, and playing ball at his neighborhood playgrounds. His parents say this playtime helped develop Martin's keen sense of sportsmanship and fairness before his life was taken too soon in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. So it was a natural fit that a playground that emphasizes both fun and inclusiveness has been built in his honor. Opening June 15th next to the Boston Children's Museum at the Smith Family Waterfront, this one-acre addition to Boston's awesome playground scene features lots of green space, harbor views, handicap- and wheelchair-accessible play equipment, and innovative structures, from a giant play ship to a "water garden" splash pad. Here's the scoop on how designers and Martin's loved ones envisioned the park, and what Boston kids and families are sure to love about it.

16 Great Parks and Playgrounds for NYC Kids' Birthdays

Savvy DIY parents know that during the warmer months, New York City's parks make a fun (and inexpensive) backdrop for a birthday bash. Granted, this type of party requires more work than booking one of those all-inclusive packages, but you get to control most of the details, including the cost (though sadly, not the weather).

Find more party spots in our NYC Birthday Guide, including inexpensive room rentals for when bad weather threatens the fun.

The Children's Museum in Pasadena You Don't Know Yet

A few weeks ago, I randomly stumbled upon a children’s space that I didn’t even know existed. I was genuinely stunned and wondered how I could have missed the Southern California Children’s Museum before. Determined not to let another day go by, I made plans to visit the museum immediately with my two-year-old (I was actually way more excited to check out this place than he was!).

Millions in Upgrades Planned for LI State Parks in 2019

If you have especially adventurous or nature-loving kiddos, it's time to grab your sunscreen and sturdy shoes because state parks on Long Island will be millions of dollars more exciting beginning this Memorial Day.

Jones Beach, Robert Moses, Sunken Meadow, Heckscher, and Wildwood state parks are welcoming upgrades this season that include cottages, marina access, an outdoor adventure area, and more sure to leave your family eager for outdoor excitement.

Weekend Fun: Bunny Trains, Cherry Blossom Festival, Egg Hunts

If you're hunting for something to do this weekend, our calendar is brimming with egg hunts and other Easter festivities. Grab your baskets and gather eggs at PAWS Discovery Farm, Oasis Family Farm, Hoboken Grace Community Church, and Cape May Zoo, among many others. The Easter celebrations continue with holiday trains rides out of Flemington and Whippany, and a visit with the Bunny at Abma's Farm and Turtle Back Zoo.

Take in fresh air and springtime scenery at Essex County Family Day and Bloomfest​, which are part of the Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival. Or head down the shore for Opening Day at Morey's Piers and Jenkinson's Mermaid Tea Party.

Find even more weekend options in our Spring Guide, including 40+ Spring Festivals for New Jersey Kids and Families. And look to our April GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

Hudson Yards With Kids: Top 10 Things to Do at NYC's New West Side Hot Spot

New York City is always changing, which is one of the many reasons why it's so fun to raise kids here. Still, even by NYC standards, it’s rare that a new neighborhood seemingly springs to life overnight, bringing with it places to play, eat, and explore. That's just part of what makes Hudson Yards, the new development on Midtown Manhattan’s far west side, such a surprise.

Whether you view Hudson Yards as a tourist trap, a marvel of urban planning and engineering, or somewhere in the middle, we’ve rounded up 10 fun things to do in this new neighborhood with kids.


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