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.

Mother's Day Weekend Fun for Chicago Kids: Brunches, Cruises, Fests, Shows, and Flowers

Happy Mother's Day to all the moms and grandmoms, and may your breakfast in bed include bottomless coffee and minimal burnt toast. If you decide to venture out of bed for your big day, Mother's Day brunches in Chicago this weekend include lakefront cruises launching from Navy Pier or Cityfront Plaza, a Mother's Day brunch that includes admission to the MCA (plus a cocktail), a brunch for moms and families at the Lincoln Park Zoo with live music, a brunch that honors moms with an optional build-your-own-Bloody-Mary bar at the Art Institute, and a luxe brunch at the beautiful Chicago Botanic Garden.

Free Kayaking, Canoeing, and Rowboat Options in New York City

With all the water surrounding New York City, it's no wonder there are so many sightseeing cruises and fun ferry rides to great kid destinations. If you want to be your own captain, NYC offers many seasonal opportunities for NYC families to get out on the water by themselve—kayaking, rowing, canoeing, and sailing. Much of the fun kicks off Memorial Day weekend or early summer.

We've rounded up 11 great New York City organizations that offer boating sessions on our wonderful waterways—and they're all FREE. Ahoy!

Mother's Day Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals, Nature, Art

Philly Moms do so much for their families - grocery shopping, laundry, helping with homework, and chauffeuring kids to soccer practice and piano lessons. So why not treat the special mother figure in your life with some Mother's Day fun this weekend? Our events calendar is loaded with activities that are sure to put a smile on Mom's face while entertaining the kids too!

Plan on eating out at a delicious brunch held at Elmwood Park Zoo, Sesame Place, or Morris Arboretum. Construct a special picture frame for Mom at Independence Seaport Museum or explore nature with her by taking a hike and searching for birds. Pause in the afternoon for tea time on a train or in a tea house.

Looking for additional family options? Clark Park's Annual May Fair features live music, obstacle courses, and bounce houses, The Philadelphia Fleadh provides Irish music and entertainment, Brandywine Battlefield Park's Encampment Day allows guests to step back to colonial days and learn about the Civil War, and Tyler Arboretum welcomes families to learn about amphibians during its Froggy Madness event.

As you plan out the weekend, be sure to sort events using tags, location, and age filters. Everyone at Mommy Poppins Philadelphia wishes all the MOMMIES out there a well-deserved Happy Mother's Day!

Family-Friendly Vineyards and Wineries in New Jersey

When planning a family day trip, vineyards and wineries may not be the first destinations that come to mind. Believe it or not, New Jersey is home to relaxing and scenic vineyards that welcome kids, and even pets. These vineyards offer outdoor fun that includes food truck events, music, farm activities, spacious fields, and of course, the Garden State’s homegrown wines.

Not all local vineyards and wineries permit children on the premises, but raise your glass to these seven that do! And be sure to check the policies on children in the tasting areas before you visit.

Mother's Day Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids

At last, the weekend we moms have been waiting for! We know how hard you work, how many balls you juggle, how many diapers you’ve changed, and we want to help you savor the moment when your family puts on their best manners and honors the lady who holds it all together. The tried-and-true Mother’s Day brunch is a popular way to celebrate, but we've also rounded up 35 ways to spend Mother’s Day that don’t involve a restaurant reservation. 

The Albany Tulip Festival will showcase Dutch traditions and festival-type fun in addition to loads of beautiful blooms. The season-opener of Rye Playland includes FREE admission for moms on Mother’s Day, and the season-opener of the Science Barge offers FREE STEAM fun for all. Westchester County parks are hosting events with multiple variants on the theme Art in Nature, and wee ones can create abodes for wee woodland creatures at the Fairy House Workshop.

Looking for more ideas? Read on for all our top picks, head to our Event Calendar for additional options, and plan the rest of the month with our May GoList. For more seasonal activities, be sure to check out our Spring Activity Guide.

From all the parents at Mommy Poppins: Have a very happy Mother’s Day!

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