25 Things To Do for Mother’s Day 2017 in New York City

It's here! Mother's Day is Sunday, May 14, and we think all you moms deserve to have a great weekend in NYC—rain or shine. 

Of course, you can go to brunch first—see our Manhattan/Bronx recommendations here; Brooklyn spots here; and Queens restaurants here—or lounge in bed while your fans bring you baked goods and large quantities of caffeine. But then it's time to treat yourself and the kids to some family time, NYC style. 

We've rounded up 25 ideas to celebrate Mother's Day, 2017. Some are just for you, but most are special events that can be enjoyed with your children. 

Not enough for you? Check out our Spring Fun Guide or the just-released May GoList for even more ideas. Or perhaps you prefer a spring day trip out of the city for the special occasion. 

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Flower Art, Bubbles, and a Swan Parade; May 1-5

 Perhaps Boston's prettiest month, May is always ushered in with a bit of fanfare in Boston. The week starts with an annual celebration of artistic flowers downtown, and a parade for a fine-feathered celebrity couple in the Public Garden. Local birds are also in the spotlight at the zoo this week, with an educational event honoring some very special species. By week's end, kids can also learn how two of their very favorite phenomena—bubbles and Star Wars—have a lot to teach us about science. Event Calendar for more reasons to bust loose of the regular routine this week.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: May the 4th Be with You, Cinco de Mayo

Spring is here, and it’s time to get out and enjoy the motley assortment of family activities that lie ahead for Westchester families.

Our top picks for this week happen to all fall under the theme of multiculturalism. You’ll journey around the world (and beyond it!) without ever having to leave Westchester. Venture to the Far East at the Japanese Children’s Day Celebration or to the Middle East at Israel @ 69. For interplanetary fun, take your pick of the many Star Wars-themed events called May the Fourth Be With You (get it?).

What’s more: All of our top picks this week are FREE! These and many more freebies can be found on our Event Calendar, but also be sure to consult our May GoList for our top picks for the entire month. Read on for the inside scoop!

Have you cast your ballot yet in The Westchester BESTIE Awards 2017? Vote for your favorite Westchester and Hudson Valley businesses—they’ll get the honor, and you might win a prize from Mommy Poppins! 

Weekday Picks for Connecticut Kids: Duct Tape, Star Wars, and a Sleepover, May 1-5

Ah, May! I thought we'd never get here! With summer so tantalizingly close, we've still got all kinds of spring fun to celebrate including a special day for Star Wars lovers everywhere: May the Fourth. Celebrate your special connection with the Force at a Jedi Science workshop at EverWonder, an origami craft at the New London Public Library, or a multi-day event at Stepping Stones. If you'd rather get up close and personal with the stars in our galaxy, check out Public Astronomy Night at the Westport Astronomical Society. The more adventurous (and well rested) will want to check out the Family Sleepover at Norwalk's Maritime Aquarium. You'll enjoy sleeping with the fish, sharks, and seals in an unforgettable overnight experience.

For even more activities, check our Event Calendar which we update daily and follow Mommy Poppins CT on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest. Have a great week! 

Mother's Day Brunches 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 one of many restaurants across 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 places tend to book up quickly on this special day.

For other family-friendly happenings on Mother's Day weekend, check out our Event CalendarMay GoList, or Spring Guide.

7 Fun Summer Day Trips for Houston Families

It's summer time! (Or as of the publishing date, almost summer time.) Now what? Great family fun doesn't need to mean a weekend away. You can spend some time at a nearby water park or at one of these other day-trip worthy destinations. Note: Drive times are estimates and vary depending on traffic and what side of town you're coming from.

Weekday Fun for NJ Kids: Tot Gardening, Smurfs on Skates, Spring Festival

May is the perfect time to garden, and little ones will love playing in the dirt this first week of the month. Explore planting and gardening at Macculloch Hall’s Growing in the Garden and Rancocas Nature Center’s Little Sprouts. And now that the days getting longer, evening fun awaits at Kid’s Creativity Center and the Hackettstown Spring Festival.

Read on for our best children's events the week of May 1–5, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and May GoList for even more May happenings.

Where to Host a Baby Shower in Westchester—That’s Kid-Friendly

When looking to host a baby shower in Westchester, there are lots of options throughout the county, from high-end halls to outdoor venues with a more casual vibe. But what if the shower is for a soon-to-be-parent who’s hoping for the event to be more of a family affair? Whether the invite list includes siblings, younger cousins or friends’ little ones, there are a number of places that are great for both adults and kids—and ensure everyone will have a good time.

Here, we’ve rounded up a few restaurants that fit the bill. And if you’re looking for even more restaurants where you can take the whole family, check out our Kid-Friendly Restaurant Guide.

Weekday Fun: Governors Island Opens, Finding Dory, Dance Party

May arrives with loads of outdoor seasonal events for New York City families, including the much-anticipated early opening of Governors Island and the launch of two city parks series: Movies Under the Stars and the PuppetMobile's Cinderella Samba. For indoor fun, head to the East Village for the Bindlestuff Family Circus' A Cardboard and Duct Tape Spectacular.

Hooray, here it is! Our May GoList has arrived, featuring our top picks for the entire month. See our guide to spring theater for New York kids, too. Of course, our trusty Event Calendar is also at the ready with lots of ideas for kid-friendly outings every day. 

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Museums, Gardens, Festivals May 1-5

The month of May has arrived in Philadelphia! Family calendars begin to fill with weekday baseball games, track practices, and dance rehearsals. But, be sure to carve out some family time with many of the springtime activities found in our event calendar.

Visit the Academy of Natural Sciences to learn about winged animals. Explore the historic collections at the Marshall Steam Museum at Auburn Heights. Load the kiddos into the stroller to experience Winterthur Museum and Gardens. Or, head to Longwood Gardens to listen to stories and see the springtime flowers in full bloom. Treat the family to rides and cotton candy at Upper Makefield Fire Company Carnival.

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