Brooklyn Bridge Park: 35 Top Things to Do with Kids

There is no shortage of warm weather family activities in Brooklyn, but I find myself continuously making the trip to Brooklyn Bridge Park throughout the spring and summer months. Spanning 1.3 miles along the East River, Brooklyn Bridge Park is an 85-acre waterfront space promising recreation, sustainability, and environmental exploration. Where else can you fish, roller skatekayak, barbecue, hit some of the city's most innovative playzones, catch the ferry to Governors Island, see FREE outdoor movies and concerts, explore a sensory labyrinth or an environmental education center, and get a free dose of cool public art? Plus, the Lower Manhattan skyline views never fail to impress.

We've rounded up our favorite things to do to help you explore the park with your little ones, including some of the exciting new offerings in one of the city's most fascinating parks

10 Great Picnic Spots for Families in Northern New Jersey

Picnics are simple pleasures that kids of all ages can enjoy, so grab a blanket and your favorite goodies and head out to one of North Jersey's best spots for family gatherings. From majestic views and wooded trails to tranquil lakes and shady playgrounds, these parkland treasures are worth a visit. Whether you are celebrating a birthday, planning a family reunion, or just heading out for an afternoon of fun, New Jersey's parks will not disappoint.

For even more warm-weather activities, check out our spring fun guide, featuring our top picks for family campgrounds and more.

Cool Party Places to Celebrate Your Tween's Birthday

By the time you've hit the tween years, you've been to enough birthday parties to feel like you've seen it all. Looking for a new celebratory experience worthy of increasingly grown-up interests for your 10 to 13 year-old? We've rounded up 13 too-cool party spots to celebrate your tween's next big birthday. With party packages this out of the ordinary, you'll be able to please even the pickiest tween with unique fetes like zombie laser tag, DIY chocolate or ice cream, and jewelry making with semi-precious stones.

Mother's Day Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Fire Service Day, Rocket Launch, and Gibbons

It's Mother's Day, and Momma wants something good. Something unique. Maybe something handmade. Most likely something handmade.

For the record, Momma is well-rounded. She likes apes, and she likes butterflies. She likes gardens. She likes big cars; she likes fast skates. She likes firemen and men in tiaras. She likes to drink the tea.

Momma likes rockets in flight and stars on ice. She likes getting in free and being treated like the queen she is

But mostly she likes spending time with her kids. We get one weekend to call our own, Mommas; make it count!

Keep reading for our best suggestions for a Mother of a weekend! 

Weekend Fun for DC Kids: Wizards, Spring Festivals, & Mother's Day May 11-12, 2019

From science to sports, tots to tennis, the DC area is offering a lot for families this weekend. For the science fans in your crew, head over to Joint Base Andrews for the weekend's air show as the Air Force Thunderbirds and Navy Blue Angels take the skies. Kids can join in the Spartan fun at Nationals Park by climbing, crawling, and running through the obstacle course. 

Looking to add a bit of magic to your weekend? Then head to the Wizarding World Film Festival at the Smithsonian Museum of American History, which is airing all eight of the Harry Potter movies plus the two Fantastic Beasts films.

Check out our favorite picks for Saturday and Sunday below. Need more ideas? Head over to our events calendar and find the perfect fit for your family this weekend.

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Mother's Day Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: May 11-12

While some moms may be content with a nice breakfast in bed, I'm sure many (like myself) also want some quality family time on Mother's Day weekend (in addition to a special breakfast, of course!). This weekend families can enjoy porch side entertainment, not one but two lilac fests, and lots and lots of bubbles. Hopefully the weather cooperates for this brunch and hike as well as this citywide-favorite parade for the littlest of ducklings. Our spring fun guide has even more ideas for embracing mother (nature), and our event calendar this weekend (really, the whole month of May), is packed with seasonal, kid-centric activites. Now, get out there and celebrate family—and spring!

Mother's Day Weekend Fun in Connecticut: May 11-12

Decorate a cake, take a walk in a garden, paddle a canoe, run a 5K, or count the butterflies...moms come in all different shapes, sizes, and styles, so it should be no surprise that there are so many ways to celebrate mom this weekend. Many attractions around the state including Beardsley Zoo  and Quassy Amusement Park  are offering free admission with the purchase of a child’s ticket. If a special meal out (and maybe a mimosa) is what you're after, sure you check out our picks for Mother’s Day breakfasts and brunches for Connecticut families.

Our spring fun guide is a super resource for more ideas to make the most of this gorgeous season. We update our Events Calendar frequently so be sure to check back for even more great suggestions. To keep up with the latest family-friendly events and activities, sign up for our newsletters, and follow us on Facebook, and Instagram. Have a fantastic weekend!

Mother's Day Weekend Fun in NYC: Festivals, Gardens, Kites, Outdoor Films...and Sheep Shearing

Mother's Day weekend is always especially busy and this year is no exception, with a weekend-long celebration at the New York Botanical Garden, plus Wave Hill's mash-up of brunch, picnicking, and kids' workshops and CMOM's gift-prep programs (bath pods and pillows!). We have piles of possibilities on the Mommy Poppins calendar, as well as brunch recommendations and fun ways to spend the day. Happy Mother's Day from all of us!

Kids can give back to their community this weekend, too. Stop by Riverside Park's annual Sandsational event to help get ten playgrounds ready for summer. By the way, Summer on the Hudson's Play Dates and STEAM the Streets programs kick off on Saturday as well.

Movies under the stars are starting to shine: This weekend, bring a blanket and a picnic to FREE screenings of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (PG) near Lincoln Center or in Brooklyn's Prospect Lefferts GardensSolo: A Star Wars Story (PG-13) on Staten Island, or Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (PG-13) in Greenpoint. And Habana Outpost launches its summer-long free Sunday night movie screenings with Selena (PG).

Just want some fair and festival options? How about the Kids Food Fest (FREE all weekend), Japan Day in Central Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park's exhilarating Kite Fest, the LIC Springs Block Party, the Sheep Shearing Fest in Queens, or the cool lit programs for kids that are part of the PEN America World Voices Festival? And LEGO fans, don't miss Brick by Brick! The calendar has it all.

As summer nears, get ready with our list of Free and Cheap Summer Sports Programs for NY Kids, the always-helpful May GoList, and 50 FREE things to do this month in NYC!

Mother's Day Weekend Fun for Houston Kids, May 11-12

Moms, this weekend is all about YOU! We want to start off by saying Happy (early) Mother's Day to all the moms, grandmothers, and people who step into the role of "mom" for all the kids out there! It's no secret that being a mom requires many different hats and is fulfilled in many different forms, and this weekend we want to celebrate each and every one of you who steps into that role and wears that title proudly. You are the best!

Head over to our event calendar for daily activities happening all around town or take a peek at our May GoList for some of the most interesting activities happening throughout the month. Make sure you also sign up for our weekly newsletter to have everything delivered right to your inbox, so you're always on top of what's happening both on our site and in our city!

Also: we LOVE sharing family-friendly events and work hard to make sure we highlight as many as possible; however, we'd love for you to help too! If you notice that your awesome event hasn't made it to our calendar yet, please submit your event so we can share it with our readers.

Now, let's check out what's happening around town this weekend.

Mother's Day Weekend Events: Freebies for Mom, Festivals

While moms should be honored every day, they all deserve to be extra spoiled on Mother's Day weekend. And it just so happens, there are a few places on Long Island offering FREE items and/or admission to moms on this special weekend.

Check out festivals in Hicksville, Long Beach, Nassau Coliseum, and Harbes Family Farm. Take a nature stroll at Sagamore Hill in Oyster Bay, or the Wilderness Visitor Center in Shirley.

Brunch with mom at the Long Island Puppet Theater in Hicksville, or enjoy spot of tea at Sands Point Preserve.


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