Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: KidVenture, Rubber Duck Derby

It wasn't easy narrowing down our top picks for the last weekend in April—there are so many lively events that scream spring, we hardly know how to budget our time! Fortunately for our readers, we’ve been toiling away at not only identifying must-do family events in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, but also prioritizing them.

Some of our top picks can be classified as spring festivals, like the Spring Celebration Pinkster Festival and the White Plains Cherry Blossom Festival. Everyone’s favorite rubber-duck race returns as an example of the fun at Y Healthy Kids Day. Unrelated to festivals is Hudson Valley KidVenture, a low-cost, multi-venue, two-day combo of performances, hands-on activities and varied attractions. For a dance-the-early-evening-away kind of par-tay, hit Rockin’ Rave & Family Fun Night.

Would you believe that’s not all? Read on for all this and more, but definitely don’t stop there. We've got oodles more in our Event Calendar

Weekend Fun Is Springing Up with Carnivals, Sheep, and Daffodils, April 28-29

It finally felt like spring this week, with warm breezes, bright blooms, and the sweet scent of....fried dough? That's right, carnival season has arrived! This weekend alone there are fairs and festivals in Danbury, Redding, Meriden, and Fairfield to name but a few. Even Quassy Amusement Park opens for the season this weekend with a classic car show and a carload special that can't be beat.

To get away from the spectacle of the midway and spend time closer to nature, check out the Earth Day Nature Festival in Barkhamsted, the Amazing World of Bees at Greenwich Audubon, the Pancake Breakfast and Sheep Shearing at Ambler Farm.

If you're still looking for more, check our Events Calendar, which is regularly updated, sign up for our newsletters, and follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram. Have a great time!

NJ Cat Cafes: Purr-fect for Feline-Loving Kids and Families

If you're a cat-lover who craves a new place to sip a cappuccino while enjoying some downtime with your kids, then you're in luck: the cat cafe trend has officially arrived in New Jersey. Three kitty cafes have opened in the Garden State since July 2016—in Asbury Park, Rahway, and Palmyra—and the best part is, they're all kid-friendly. Guests big and small are encouraged to pick up a toy and get down on the floor to interact with the cafe's feline friends. For kids who go gaga for kitties, it's a cool alternative to a traditional indoor play space—and, since all of the four-legged residents are up for adoption, you just might leave with a new best friend.

Read on for more about NJ's three cat cafes and get ready to plan an a-meow-zing visit. 

Weekend Fun: Spring Festivals, Royal Brunch, Touch-a-Truck

Dine like royalty at the Coral House's Prince & Princesses Brunch. Celebrate Mother Earth at Planting Fields Arboretum's annual Arbor Day Festival. Create a butterfly feeder at the Long Island Explorium and then explore the rest of Port Jefferson.

Hop over to our April GoList to find more options for the final weekend of the month, or pad your wallet with a list of FREE family activities.

Of course, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids. Don't see a great event listed here? Add it to our Event Calendar yourself. 

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Fearless Girl Statue Set to Move to New NYC Home

Fearless Girl, the bronze statue put up in NYC by an investment firm last year ahead of International Women's Day, is about to get a new, long-term home in the city. The guerilla-style art installation was meant to bring attention to the lack of women in senior-level management positions and became an instant selfie magnet for women and girls of all ages.

It has spent the past year staring down the Charging Bull in Bowling Green Park on Broadway. She will be moved just north from the skinny Bowling Green median to a pedestrian-only spot directly in front of the New York Stock Exchange in the Financial District.

A Peek Down the Rabbit Hole at Tilly’s Tea with Alice

For five weekends starting May 4, a new walk-through production will allow children to enter the pages of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Experience classic children’s literature in a new way at Tilly's Tea with Alice: A Curious Adventure Through Wonderland. Read on for our sneak peek so you can snag your tickets before they sell out.

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15 Houston Mother's Day Brunch Spots to Reserve Now

Whether you're looking for a spot to take your own mother (or grandmother, or any other mom figure in your life you'd like to celebrate), or you would like to forward this list along to the significant other as a mildly subtle "hint hint," we have 15 ideas for a drool-worthy Mother's Day brunch. Many of these spots, which are listed in no particular order, offer lunch and dinner if brunch isn't your thing and range from elegant to casual chic. All of them offer a meal mom is sure to remember!

ICS Carnival: A Family Fun Tradition in Lower Westchester

The annual carnival presented by the Immaculate Conception School in Tuckahoe—known colloquially as "the ICS Carnival"—is one of two must-do carnivals in Lower Westchester (the other being the annual Lake Isle carnival). The large-scale scope of the event makes it destination-worthy for families with kids of all ages.

An annual tradition for more than 20 years, I’ve been taking my kids for nearly a decade, and I expect to continue to do so till they go off to college (maybe even beyond).

Read on for our first-hand account of this fun-filled annual tradition, and check our Event Calendar for other fun happenings!

Weekend Fun: Renaissance Faire, Rutgers Day, Paw Patrol

Hope you're hungry for fun and good fare, because this last weekend of April is loaded with food-centric festivals, including the Laurita Bacon Festival, Oasis Farm's Salty, Sweet & Some HeatSkylands Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival, and the Allaire BBQ & Brew Fest.

Make room on your schedule for even more great spring festivals, including Rutgers Day, which takes place on three campuses; Wild Earth Fest at the Trailside Nature & Science Center; the Renaissance Faire at Historic Smithville; and Cape May's Spring Celebration, a month-long event that kicks off this weekend. And if your kids love big vehicles, drive on over to Touch-A-Truck events in Scotch Plains and Mountainside

It's a big weekend for beloved kids' characters, too: Sesame Place opens for the season on Saturday, and the pups of Adventure Bay will be onstage in Atlantic City in Paw Patrol Live: The Great Pirate Adventure

Check out our Spring Guide for New Jersey Kids for more options for family fun, including 25 Spring Day Trip Ideas for New Jersey Families. And look to our event calendar and April GoList for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

8 Free Cinco de Mayo Celebrations that Are Great for Families

First let's set the record straight: Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. Mexico celebrates its independence on September 16, and—while the festivals might look similar—confusing the two holidays is as gringo as, say, putting pastrami in a taco. (Actually, scratch that—LA is pretty darned proud of its pastrami tacos.) Let's simply agree that just because the US named its independence holiday 4th of July doesn't mean that Cinco de Mayo (5th of May) is Mexico's independence day. What the day actually celebrates is an underdog Mexican victory over a French military attack on Puebla, Mexico in 1862. The holiday is mostly observed in Puebla and in Southern California, where there's little mention of the French, but much swinging at piñatas and dancing to mariachis. After all, by the first weekend of May, who needs more excuse than that to revel in the sunshine?

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