When Pediatric Urgent Care Can Save a Visit to the ER

It's past bedtime, but a barking cough and noisy breathing are keeping your toddler wide awake. Weekend soccer practice ends abruptly with a slide tackle right to your middle schooler's ankle. Your otherwise healthy teen is suddenly covered with welts from head to toe. The pediatrician’s office is definitely closed and panic starts to set in as you weigh whether the circumstances warrant an emergency room visit.

Well, as it turns out, there may be a better option. A pediatric urgent care center—like those operated by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in Chalfont, Pa., Glen Mills, Pa., and King of Prussia, Pa.—can actually handle all of these problems and then some, including a number of illnesses and injuries you might think require an emergency department visit. And while many issues may feel ER-worthy to us worried parents, they might not meet the medical criteria that require a trip to the hospital. So, instead of booking it to the nearest emergency room or waiting for the pediatrician's office to open for your kiddo's next fever or fall, call your child’s doctor and ask if an urgent care for kids might be the best option. These facilities treat your child when you need it—on evenings and weekends—and how you need it—with special consideration for his or her needs.

Weekend Fun: Cape May Halloween Parade, Zoo Boo, Cranberry Fest

Get ready to have a howling good time this weekend with a calendar of October fun for everyone—even the family pet! Show off your creative canine costumes at events like Strut Your Mutt, Howl-O-Ween Dog Festival & Pooch Parade, Marty's Place Howl-O-Ween, and Trick or Treat Street and Howl-O-Ween. Or celebrate Halloween with all kinds of creatures at Boo at the Cohanzick Zoo.

Harvest festivals are going strong this weekend. Find pumpkins, hayrides, and more at the Hoboken Harvest Festival, 26th Annual Pumpkin Festival, Harvest Festival at the Frazee House, and the Scotch Plains-Fanwood YMCA Fall Harvest. And with Halloween just around the corner, get spooked at Boo at the Boardwalk, the Cape May Halloween Parade, and (for the more adventurous) Bane Haunted House.

Find even more options in our Fall Fun Guide for NJ Kids, including 35 Free Halloween Events and Parades for New Jersey Kids and Top Pumpkin Patches and Picking for New Jersey Families. And look to our October GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

Guide to Día de los Muertos or Day of the Dead for NYC Kids

Halloween isn't the only spooky holiday to celebrate this fall. Day of the Dead—or Día de los Muertos as it's known in Spanish—is observed by many Latino cultures and is especially popular in Mexico.

Day of the Dead officially takes place on November 1 and 2 to coincide with the Catholic holidays of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day. However, NYC events are spread throughout October and early November and most of them are FREE. Revelers honor friends and family members who have died by building altars, or ofrendas, and adorning them with colorful paper flowers, beautifully decorated skeletons, and candles. It's a joyful way to remember the deceased—without freaking kids out. We've rounded up nine Day of the Dead events where NYC kids and families can celebrate the holiday.

You can find more fall activities in our Fall Fun Guide and check out the Halloween Guide for all the other spooky, kid-friendly happenings in NYC this month.

Free Indoor Play Spaces for Long Island Kids

There’s no reason to stay home just because the fall season and the colder weather is upon us.

All across Long Island, there are play spaces and indoor playgrounds to keep your kids happily occupied. In fact, some of them are hiding in plain sight. And better yet, many of these kid-friendly spots are FREE. From malls to bookstores and libraries, there is plenty of FREE fun to be had for Long Island kids.

Enjoy these unique play destinations, but remember at most venues a parent/adult must be present to supervise children.

For more indoor fun, don't forget our guide to rainy-day activities on Long Island.

Weekend Fun for Connecticut Kids: Spooky Hike, Fall Festival, and Pumpkins

The air conditioners are finally out of the windows, and the fall weather has turned crisp as a tree-ripened Braeburn apple. With the sun due to make its long-awaited reappearance this weekend, it's the perfect chance to get out and enjoy all the fall fun Connecticut has to offer. The Ansonia Nature Center is hosting its annual Fall Harvest Festival, featuring horse-drawn wagon rides and a chance to meet spiders, bats, and other creepy crawlies; in Mystic get active with a self-guided spooky nature hike; and if the Halloween spirit hasn't quite struck you yet, there is the annual Tower Toot foliage hike in Simsbury, and the Beat Bugs musical adventure on stage in Milford.

Postpartum Support Resources for New Moms in New York City

In those final sleepless nights before your baby is born, you might lie awake thinking about what to put in your hospital bag, who will watch the dog...or, heck, whether you really love the name you picked. But the arrival of that baby brings on a whole new onslaught of questions.

Is he getting enough milk? Why won’t she sleep more than 45 minutes at a time? He cries so much….is it an allergy? When will I get this under control? Where can I find a mellow mommy and me class? WTF is that stabbing pain in my pelvis? And once the wave of eager visitors subsides, and you and/or your partner heads back to work, the questions tend to stack up. Who to ask? Where to find help?

Lucky for you, we NYC Mommy Poppins moms have a few babies between the lot of us (we’re not going to say just how many). We've compiled a list of resources that have been helpful to us over the years, from postpartum therapy and lactation consultants to parent support groups. And don’t forget to peruse our Baby and Pregnancy Guide for more NYC resources. Hang in there: It does get easier. Especially if you know where to get a little help.

35 Best Things to Do with Kids in Williamsburg

Williamsburg has a reputation as a haven for the hipster set, but families are just as at home in this buzzy, culture-rich neighborhood. Sprinkled in among all the nightlife and trendy boutiques are lots of family-friendly restaurants, shopping, and activities. And the neighborhood is home to some of NYC's most action-packed parks: McCarren Park, a 35-acre park with playgrounds, sports fields, and a poolEast River State Park, home to Smorgasburg and skyline views; and the newly-opened Domino Park, the exciting waterfront playspace inspired by the former Domino Sugar refinery, a neighborhood landmark.

Williamsburg is easily accessible by subway from the G, J, M. Z, and L lines, so even if you don’t live in the neighborhood, you can experience all of the culture and color of this unique part of Brooklyn. Here are some of the best things to do with kids in Williamsburg.

Ultimate Guide to FREE Spooktacular Events on Halloween in Houston

Halloween is almost here, and we are jam-packed full of spooky fun events for kids of all ages! Don't sweat it if you don't have costumes yet - we have you covered with some adorable last-minute ideas. There are tons of trunk-or-treats happening around the city this weekend and the next as well as on Halloween (along with continued pumpkin patches and haunted houses) where kids can collect candy in a safe and controlled environment, but if you're looking for some wicked fun on actual Halloween day, read on for great FREE options.

You've Gotta See This!

This fall, you and the kids can check out an 800-pound pumpkin, trick or treat in Philly’s best Halloween neighborhoods, get lost in a corn maze…and see a giant sea monster! Set right in the heart of Philadephia’s Navy Yard, a super cool and unique art installation is happening now, but you’ve gotta be quick! It will be gone in just a few weeks. Want to check this art installation out for yourself? Read on for details.

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