New Sky Zone in Springfield Lets NJ Kids Grab Some Air

Trampoline parks are all the rage these days, and Union County families are jumping at the chance to try a brand-new option on the Route 22 corridor. Sky Zone Springfield is the newest location in the Sky Zone family, where kids of all ages (and adults) can burn off some serious energy all year round with a variety of fun, indoor attractions. Just don some non-slip grippy Sky Socks, and prepare to defy gravity.

The Little Red Fish Review: A Low-Key, Whimsical Puppet Show

Reviewed by Eti Bonn-Muller

Amid a dimly lit stage, stacks of books float through the air as the imagination of a little boy in search of his missing pet runs wild in The Little Red Fish, a new production from the New York City Children's Theater playing in NYC this April. The theater teamed up with Puppet Kitchen, the same group behind the oversize, colorful puppets in the popular Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, for Little Red Fish. Darting about the stage throughout the 30-minute show, his elusive finned friend elicits gasps from the audience whenever it punctuates the sober set with its burst of vermilion light.

Read on to see why The Little Red Fish is one of our top theater picks for NYC kids this spring.

The Greenway Carousel is a One-of-a-Kind Kids' Birthday Party Spot

Picking the perfect kids' party spot is no easy feat, so we're pretty much in birthday-planning heaven when we come across an option that's sure to standout from the crowd. And if you didn't already know you could host a celebration at the completely one-of-a-kind Greenway Carousel at the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, you're bound to be as thrilled as we were to realize this city hotspot is totally up for grabs.

If this gem isn't already on your venue-searching radar, we've got a solid list of reasons why the Greenway Carousel is one of the best places to blow out the candles with your kiddo!

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Imaginology, Pow Wow, and March for Science

This weekend, we're asking you to harness the power of your mind. Using the infinite possibilities of the imagination, you can accomplish anything, whether it be mastering interspecies communication or fiddling with a little string theory.

It may seem a little overwhelming, but don't worry: we have a plan... and it can fly! (Or float.) Brick by brickblock by block, you can put the pieces together. It's not rocket science, except when it is. And if at first you don't succeed, not a problem: you can try again another weekend when the weather is nicer.

PS it may be spring, but it's never too early to think about summer.

Keep reading for our most mindful picks for this weekend.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: RailFest, Japan Festival Houston, April 14-15

Hello, friends! We have quite the weekend in store for you this weekend, with fun events like a combined Bayou Bend and Rienzi Family Day, a chili cook-off at Memorial City, and more filling up our calendar. 

However, if you're planning on heading out of town, we recommend making your way to New Braunfels! We know what you're thinking: New Braunfels and Schlitterbahn are pretty much simulteanous. However, there's so much more to do than visit the famous water park in this hill country town, and we detail it all for you in one of our latest articles: 9 Things to do in New Braunfels Besides Schlitterbahn

Make sure you take a look at our event calendar any time you find yourself in a quandry over what to do, it's always packed with lots of ideas for upcoming activities and events! Looking to plan ahead? Our April GoList hightlights some of the best activities throughout the month so you never miss out on something unique and fun that's happening.

Have an event you want to share? Let us share it for you! All you need to do is submit your event to our calendar, and we'll handle everything else. Finally, make sure you never miss a beat by signing up for our weekly newsletter to get all of our posts delivered right to your inbox. 

And now, let's get on to planning this weekend's events; it's going to be a good one!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Outdoors, Museums, Free Fun April 14-15

Ever so slowly, the Delaware Valley awakens (finally!) to the season of spring. Flowers take their first tentative peeks up through the Earth, birds sing their sweet songs, the trees begin to bud and bloom, and sunny days are brightening the mood of many Philly kids with the chance to play outside. Similarly, our event calendar is bursting with springtime fun.

Get outdoors and search for feathered friends, experience a different park, wander through the garden, give orienteering a try, or visit a festival. Afterwards, retreat inside to a local museum. Harry Potter fans can explore The Philadelphia Museum of Art while young scientists can experiment at the Delaware Children's Museum or Hagley Museum.

Between indoor and outdoor fun, squeeze in a trip to one of the many consignment sales held throughout the region. Looking to save even more money? The Kimmel Center, Newlin Grist Mill, the African American Museum in Philadelphia, and Second Street Press all offer free programming this weekend.

Whether the weather is sunny or rainy or blessing us with yet another fluke snow, make it a great weekend, inside and out! And remember, the best adventures are spent with friends so share this post and round up some companions for your weekend excursions.

Spring Break Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Dinosaurs, Theater, and a Tea Party, April 14-15

It's a bit of a funny weekend in Connecticut....many of us have been on spring break this week, and many others will be on spring break next week, but this weekend, at least, we're all in it together. It's a great opportunity to take in a show: The Pied Piper of Hamelin at the magical Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, The Lightning Thief at the Quick Center, How I Became a Pirate at the Westport Country Playhouse, or Annie at Curtain Call (many of the performances are sold out so make sure you check with the box office).

And if you're looking for something more interactive, do a bit of dinosaur hunting with Discover the Dinosaurs at the CT Convention Center, Dinosaurs in Your Backyard at the Children's Museum, and Dinosaur Discovery Week at the Mystic Aquarium. 

Check our events calendar for even more activities, and we hope you'll follow Mommy Poppins Connecticut on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, and subscribe to our newsletters to stay in the know. Have a wonderful weekend!

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Maker Day, Street Games, Colonial Day

The coming weekend is loaded with interesting events for Westchester families, with a great overriding theme: Keep it simple. In the absence of large-scale festivals that are on the horizon, this weekend is loaded with nature-themed activities that celebrate spring, hands-on opportunities to create new masterpieces and throwback opportunities to honor traditions that have generally been lost.

Attend a birthday bash to celebrate Israel’s milestone anniversary, or try your hand at nature photography at Snapshot of Spring. Get back to basics at Let’s Play Some Street Games, or get even more retro at the annual Colonial Day. For hands-on fun that’s free, get crafty at Maker Day.

These are just the beginning! Read on for more, and consult both our Event Calendar and April GoList for more ways to savor spring.

Weekend Fun: Big Umbrella, Comic Con, and Circuses

Kids' shows, in particular, often rely heavily on technical pizzazz—lighting, music, surprises—but this weekend Lincoln Center’s new Big Umbrella Festival goes for the polar opposite. Instead of big bangs and bright spotlights, productions aim to provide a safe and comforting, and inspiring, experience for kids on the Autism spectrum. 

Beloved kids' music star Brady Rymer kicks things off Saturday morning with a whimsical Americana music mashup. And while several of the festival's shows are sold out for this weekend—Up and Away and Light Show— seats remain for the NY Phil's special Young People's Concert, rejiggered to be spectrum-friendly. You might also look ahead to Oddysea, an underwater tale about a turtle and a crab.

By the way, Chalk, currently in the middle of its run at the Kraine Theater, fits right in with the Big Umbrella aesthetic, pulling in elements of silent cinema and Harold's Purple Crayon to draw kids in, literally. Sunday is Access Family Day on the Intrepid, offering special programs for kids with developmental or learning differences.

Got a kid who prefers to be in the middle of loud, bustling mayhem? Then Comic Con is the perfect outing, with a roster of celebrity guests all weekend and a costume parade on Sunday. Or step right up to bleacher seats at Universoul Circus, now celebrating 25 years of razzle dazzle, or Circus Muse, both in Brooklyn. The Bubble Guppies and Daniel Tiger also make stops in NYC this weekend.

Plus, we're finally being promised some warm weather, so get out there to enjoy Earth Day in Union Square, a Queens carnival, or the Morgan's annual Family Fair. Not a bad weekend to try out a destination-worthy playground, roller skating, or even start thinking about where to see NYC's cherry blossoms.

Do you even have to ask? Of course there's more. Take a gander at the ever-expanding calendar, bookmark our juicy April GoList, nab some inspiration from our Spring Fun Guide, and—if you've been slacking off—let us give you a leg up on summer camp planning.

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