Top Mother's Day Brunch Restaurants on Long Island

There’s no denying breakfast in bed can be sweet on Mother’s Day. But this year, why not suggest your family go out for a delicious brunch at a restaurant on Long Island? You can sip a mimosa or Bloody Mary, enjoy a scrumptious meal, and best of all, you won’t have to clean any dishes.

We’ve rounded up 20 restaurants across the Island that offer brunch options, from traditional omelets and pancakes to more creative dishes that feature local produce and international flair. Some spots offer more than just a meal, with free entertainment and activities for the whole family. Call ahead for reservations since destinations tend to book up quickly on this special day.

For other family-friendly happenings on Mother's Day weekend, check out our Event Calendar and Spring Guide. For more dining inspiration, see our guide to family-friendly restaurants on Long Island with tips on outdoor dining, great dessert destinations, and even places where kids can eat free

Dogs, Kids, and Science Meet at this New Museum Exhibit for Dog Lovers

I’m a big dog person (meaning I like dogs, not that I am some sort of half man, half dog). Luckily, so is my toddler. A real perk of having a child who loves dogs is that she gives me an automatic excuse to pet a lot of strangers’ dogs (“Oh, my adorable little girl just wanted to say hi”). But no excuses were necessary for both of us to get a really good dog fix at the new exhibit Dogs! A Science Tail at The California Science Center.

Best Mother's Day Brunch Restaurants for Families Across NYC

Mother's Day is fast approaching, on Sunday, May 12, 2019, which means it's time to start planning a special day for the well-deserving mom(s) in your life. Speaking from experience, all moms really want is a little time off. You could choose breakfast in bed, but why not instead forgo chores altogether and hit one of NYC's many delicious brunch spots?

We've rounded up a host of scrumptious, kid-friendly places throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. As if that wasn't enough, we've got tons more picks in our Family-Friendly Restaurant Guide. Pinpoint your special lady's preference, make reservations, and get ready to dig in.

After brunch, head out to one of these great family events happening that Sunday. However you decide to spend the day, Happy Mother's Day from your peers at Mommy Poppins.

Affordable Summer Camps for New Jersey Kids

Summer camps in New Jersey vary wildly in price, so it’s important to choose a camp that’s right for your child AND your pocketbook. Many camps let you register by the week or even the day, so you don't have to commit to an entire summer. Other options, like three-day weeks and half-day camp, also allow you to keep costs down. The cost of certain camps can be applied against the child care tax credit for children of single parents/two working parents, and some camps offer financial assistance—especially ones that get money from donors. 

Here we've rounded up 15 affordable day camp options for NJ kids. To find more New Jersey summer camps, check out our Camp Guide and Full Directory of Listings

12 Great Family Camping Spots Near NYC

Camping trips are great for kids, especially NYC kids. They get to spend time outside in green spaces that may seem, to city kids, to go on forever. Plus they can learn esteem-building skills, including how to canoe, fish, chop wood, cook over a fire, pitch a tent, and more. Although there are a number of campgrounds offering fancy perks these days, from wi-fi to heated swimming pools, many camping trips are low-tech, so they allow families time to unplug and reconnect with one another. Plus, pitching a tent is generally an affordable alternative to a hotel.

Read on for more top campgrounds within a few hours of the city that are packed with things to keep kids busy, and two of which are within city limits. A number of these prime destinations are accessible via mass transit, and one campground even provides nearly everything you need. Remember, some of these favorites book up early!

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Book Fair, Earth Day, and Cowboys

Look, I can vamp for three paragraphs about all the amazing stuff going on this weekend, but as far as I’m concerned, it’s all Book Fair, all the time. The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books has favorite authors showing up for meet and greets, readings on the free stages, ticketed panels if you can spare two bucks, books books books, and then some more books. It's one of the few times when my kid says, “Mommy may I buy that?” and I say “Why not get two?!”

The Book Fair is mostly in the daytime hours, so if you want to attend a movie or see a show, your nighttime is totes clear. And I suppose there are a few other happenings that are worthy of your attention, such as the rootin', tootin-est Cowboy fest this side of the Mississippi, egg hunts at Kidspace, Pershing Square, and the Point Fermin Lighthousea Whale of a day, and a tribute to first responder heroes, a tribute to the Great Spirit and Torrance's sister city, a Jamboree, multiple egg-stravaganzas, an arty open house, and celebrations of spring time and mother Earth.

Oh, and it’s also like a day before your taxes are due so, if you haven’t done them: yikes, and er, get on it? Maybe you can find a book on taxes at the Book Fair (if you're looking for something to do).

Book it to the rest of this post to check out our book-marked events....

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Houston Art Car Parade, Spring Fling Festival, April 13-14

If you're a theater lover, this weekend is for you! There are no shortage of amazing plays, ballets and musicals spanning a variety of genres happening all weekend long. Standouts include: The Diary of Anne Frank at Crighton Theatre in Conroe (word to the wise: this play does contain sensitive material), Finding Neverland at Jones Hall and Goosebumps at MATCH (both downtown), and Willy Wonka at UHCL Bayou Theater in Clear Lake. For the film buffs, this weekend also features the 52nd Annual WorldFest happening in Memorial. 

It's also prime crawfish season, and if a trip down towards the Island is in order for your weekend we recommend checking out Kemah's Crawfish & Zydeco Festival before heading down to Pleasure Pier for their Crawfish Crazy Weekend for mudbugs upon mudbugs and festivities galore. 

Two other favorites for this weekend: Family Space Day at George Observatory and Stargazing with the Houston Astronomical Society.

Don't forget to check out our event calendar (it's always being updated!), April GoList, FREE Things to Do roundup, and our Spring Fun Guide

With so many amazing options, it's hard to narrow down just what to do! 

Patriots' Day Weekend Fun for Boston Kids

History buffs, lovers of liberty, marathon runners, and cheering spectators: Welcome to your favorite weekend of the year! Commemorating the opening engagement in the American Revolution, Patriots' Day is celebrated with various events, from parades to battle reenactments. To cheer on runners rather than revolutionaries, scope out a family-friendly spot to watch the racers with kids at the 123rd Boston Marathon.  

If you and your kids' tastes run more toward the arts, grab your seats to Tap Dogs, put on your dancing shoes at the New England Folk Festival. Of course, April is a month filled with opportunities to soak up the increasing sunshine. Do not forget to check out our April GoList: Best Things to Do With Kids in Boston and the spring fun guide. For even more ideas, browse our Event Calendar, like our Facebook page, and subscribe to our free newsletter.

Weekend Fun: Bunnies, Fairies, and Egg Hunts; April 13-14

There have been widespread sightings of a certain bunny hopping around Connecticut! The Easter Bunny sure is making his rounds! Just about everywhere has a brunch, breakfast, train, or hunt this weekend. Now that the weather has warmed up a bit, you can get the whole family outside and explore more. Our Spring Guide is loaded with seasonal fun from fairy signings in Putnam to Spring Play Dates in Greenwich.

This weekend also kicks off Spring Break for many public schools in the Nutmeg State. If the kids are home from school, make sure to check out our 20 Fun Spring Break Events and Family Day Trip Ideas. 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!

Weekend Fun: Egg Hunts, Earthfest, Cherry Blossoms, Little League Parade

It's only the middle of April, and the Mommy Poppins Event calendar is bursting at the seams. Easter on the horizon means there are scores of egg hunts around town. This weekend alone, FREE Easter egg hunts are happening in Carl Schurz Park, Fort Greene Park, Highbridge Rec Center, Old Stone House, and more. Or head over to the Macy's Easter Eggs-Perience for crafts, candy, and photo ops with the Easter Bunny.

At the American Museum of Natural History's annual Earthfest on Saturday, Patti Smith and Michael Stipe perform on the main stage, and kids can party with the Pop-Ups, participate in Bash the Trash workshops, and explore interactive carts. Saturday is also Little League Opening Day in Prospect Park, complete with parade and ceremonial first pitch.

One of the cooler, slightly under-the-radar, FREE events this weekend is Columbia University's Community Day on Saturday. Head to the Upper West Side for screenings of Flubber or The Absent-Minded Professor, virtual reality fun, and the chance to hold a brain in your hands. 

Spring festivals are in full swing. On Roosevelt Island, families can check out cherry blossoms as well as traditional tea ceremonies, Japanese performances, and a cultural fair. The Apple Blossom Fest in Queens runs through Sunday, too. Plus, it's time again for the annual Shearing of the Heather. Bagpipes and kilts abound in Fort Tryon's gorgeous heather garden, and it's Spring Sunday at Rockefeller Plaza, with music by Dan and Claudia Zanes, face painting, and art projects for kids.

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 putting it off—let us give you a leg up on summer camp planning.

 

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