Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Children's Festival, Saluting Our Veterans, Nov. 10-11

With Veteran's Day coming this weekend, the Mommy Poppins Houston team would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of our veterans for serving for our country so that we can continue to live in freedom. Your service and commitment to this country is appreciated greatly. You can pay tribute to our veterans this weekend too by attending one of the awesome Veteran's Day events around our city, like the Musical Salute to Our Veterans at Miller Outdoor Theatre on Saturday or the City of Houston Annual Veteran's Day Celebration on Sunday.

Now that Halloween has passed and Thanksgiving is on the horizon, it's time to clear out that excess candy in preparation for all of the delicious turkey day leftovers that are sure to be filling your fridge. Instead of tossing it in the trash, we've rounded up several ways you can donate your treats in an extra sweet way. Now is also the time to start solidifying your Thanksgiving plans, and if you're intersted in skipping the typical day spent in the kitchen in favor of dining out, we have a whole list of kid-friendly restaurants open on Thanksgiving. Stuffing yourself silly has never been so easy!

Calendar looking a little light this month? In need of ways to entertain visiting family and friends? We've got you covered! Just check out our Fall Fun and Harvest Guide, event calendar, November GoList, and roundup of 20 FREE things to do in November for even more family events and activities. 

You can also always submit your own event to our calendar to promote your upcoming event and stay on the up and up with everything happening around Houston when you subscribe to our free weekly newsletter.

That's enough chatting, though; it's time to check out this weekend's events!

Veterans Day Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Cruise, Art Making, and Songs, Nov 10-11

Veterans, we salute you! This Veterans Day weekend, take a trip to historic Fort Warren on Georges Island (vets ride free!) before heading to the Navy Yard for a special weekend long event at the Constitution. Music is in the air at this concert just for kids, SteveSongs performing live, and even a show by the Boston Symphony OrchestraCardboard Explosion! returns to the Puppet Showplace Theater and Star Wars is back at Legoland.

Weekend Fun: Veterans Day, Film Fest, Mickey Mouse, Broadway

Sunday is Veterans Day, and that means it's time for the biggest celebration of service in the United States: The NYC Veterans Day Parade. Salutes to our military continue with Veterans Day Weekend events at the New-York Historical Society (on Monday, NYHS visitors get M&Ms, originally produced for WWII soldiers). Catch a Sunday concert of WWI-era music at Baruch Performing Arts Center or Carnegie Hall, or join Prospect Park's Veterans Day family programs when school's out on Monday. 

The third annual My First Film Fest kicks off this weekend for young cinephiles; festival standouts include Tito and the Birds from Brazil, Hayeo Miyazaki's Porco Rosso, and the Shorts screening. It's also the first weekend for Mickey: The True Original, a pop-up museum celebrating everyone's favorite mouse (this weekend's sold out, but tickets are available weekdays and over Thanksgiving weekend, if you care to plan ahead). If you're more inclined toward pig-and-frog adventure, The Muppets Take Manhattan all over again on Sunday at BAM.

Great shows and concerts fill this weekend, too: Layer the Walls at the 14th Street Y, Don Quixote Takes New York at LaMaMa Kids, and Just Kidding's Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers at Symphony Space. Plus there's the launch of this year's Broadway Under the Stars series, with free performances by the casts of School of Rock, Anastasia, and other hit shows.

Meanwhile, one of our favorite creative holiday displays comes out of the oven at last: Gingerbread Lane at the NY Hall of Science. Kids itching to create themselves can make candlestroll marionette puppetspaper—even Harry Potter-themed wands and brooms

Start planning your next holiday weekend with our helpful guide to the Thanksgiving Day Parade: Where to Watch, and What's New. Take advantage of our November GoList for easy holiday activity planning. And, of course, check in periodically with our Event Calendar for all the fun that's fit to post.

Zimmer Children's Museum Gets a New Name and a New Home in the New Year

The Zimmer Children's Museum, the hugely popular Miracle Mile hub for the preschool set, is making a break for the beach, picking up more space and a new name along the way. Soon to be known as the Cayton Children's Museum, it will create a whole new reason to go to Santa Monica Place, that mall with the ocean view at the end of the Third Street Promenade—giving families one more reason to spend a day in the seaside suburb

A Tribute to Veterans, a Museum Sleepover, and a Thanksgiving Celebration

With Halloween behind us, it is very fitting that this “season of thanks” begins with Veterans Day Weekend. Many of our favorite venues around the state will offer free admission for veterans as a way of saying “thank you for your service.” The Institute for Native American StudiesNew England Air Museum, and the EverWonder Children’s Museum are all offering family friendly Veterans Day programs and activities.

Now that the days are noticeably shorter (and cooler), it is time to take full advantage of all the fantastic theater and arts opportunities that Connecticut has in store! You can learn a new craft at the Wilton Historical Society, or take in a live performance at the Warner Theater, Downtown Cabaret, or Palace Theater. For even more ideas, make sure that you subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram so that you won't miss any of the fun. Have a great weekend!

Veterans Day Weekend Fun: Maker Space, Nature, Underwater Vehicles

Bring your family to the Center for Science Teaching & Learning on Veterans Day weekend for a chance to be inventors for the day. Take a guided walk into the forest at Castle Gould at Sands Point Preserve and observe a number of unique natural habitats.

See our Fall Family Fun Guide for the best in seasonal entertainment, including day trip ideas, fall festivals, corn mazes, and plenty of FREE events and activities. As always, our Event Calendar and November GoList are loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids.

Veterans Day Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids

Such a motley assortment of activities are on tap this weekend for Westchester and Hudson Valley families, there's something for every mood and taste. Take advantage of the lull between the holidays with some low-key adventures and freebies.

Several tributes to veterans are planned by local towns, including the Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony in Somers. Families can experience local Native American history, including a wigwam, at The Lenape of Westchester. Hobbyists can indulge in their passion at the Train & Hobby Show, while fans of wee woodland creatures can search for them and build them a home at Fairy and Gnome Houses and Nature Walk. And though Thanksgiving hasn't yet arrived, it's already time to gear up for December holidays at Ring in the Season at Ridge Hill in Yonkers.

Read on for all this and more, and be sure to check our Event Calendar. Don't forget to sign up for our weekly newsletters, and consult our November GoList to plan the rest of the month!

Veterans Day Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Nature, Performances, Museums November 10-11

There is much for Philly families to look forward to during this November weekend. From nature encounters and shows to museum experiences and festivals, our event calendar is overflowing with opportunities.

Start off with a bit of outdoor fun by trying archery, exploring walking trails, or searching for owls. After your fill of chilly autumn air, see a show. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is on stage at the Academy of Music, Walnut Street Theatre presents Matilda, and The Jungle Book comes to life with the help of two actors at Ambler Theater.

For more indoor fun, consider visiting Benjamin Franklin Museum which offers free admission, Penn Museum for its Second Saturdays festivities, or the National Constitution Center for its Veterans Day Family Festival. Speaking of veterans, be sure to take a moment to thank those who serve to keep our country safe by attending a special ceremony or cheering on the brave women and men of our military at a parade.

Keep reading for more ideas on ways to spend the weekend.

Big Apple Circus Returns to NYC with New Ringmaster and Incredible Acts

At a time when the world sometimes feels like a circus, it's soothing to find a real, true, exuberant circus wowing audiences at Lincoln Center. The Big Apple Circus is back for its 41st edition under an intimate one-ring big top, where no seat is more than 50 feet from the stage. While many of the thrills are new, the joyful effect remains the same.

Stephanie Monseu, the fabulous new female ringmaster, keeps the show moving at an exhilarating clip alongside two wonderful clowns, Mark Gindick and Adam Kuchler. And the jaw-dropping array of acts, all backed by a live band, includes both veterans (Jenny Vidbel and her adorable animals) and first-timers (horizontal juggler Victor Moiseev). We've got the scoop on all the audience favorites, whether it's worth splurging on VIP tickets, and how you can connect with the circus stars after the show.

Holiday Giving in New Jersey: Volunteering for Families

Looking for new ways to connect as a family this holiday season? Volunteering together can spark the joy of giving in children of all ages. 

Holiday time is full of family traditions like carving turkeys, sharing gifts, and ringing in the New Year. It's also a great time to inspire your kids to give back. Create new family traditions this year by contributing to a favorite charity or reaching out to those in need. From the youngest kids coloring holiday greeting cards to teenagers serving Thanksgiving dinners, we've got the low-down on family-friendly holiday volunteering in New Jersey. 


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