Easter Weekend Fun: Easter, Earth Day, Dino Safari, Auto Show

This time of year, the Mommy Poppins calendar gets so big and juicy that one roundup cannot do it justice. So we're reminding you up front this week to check it out: This article is packed, but the calendar is even more packed.

Of course, part of that is because: Easter. So. Much. Easter. The big ticket is Sunday's annual Parade, of course, but among this weekend's FREE egg hunt options, we have St Luke in the Fields, the NYSoM Easter Eggstravaganza, LIC's 10th Annual Egg Hunt in Gantry Park, and the massive hunt in Clay Pit Ponds State Park. Rivers Run Community Garden in the Bronx goes the extra mile and combines its free Easter Egg Hunt with Earth Day activities.

Speaking of Earth Day, NYC does it big, with over 18 major family-friendly happenings around town this weekend, and even more in the coming week. Highlights include the celebration at the NY Botanical Gardens, the Mother Earth PowWow in Brooklyn, Earth Day in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Harlem Grown's annual fest, and the literal cherry on top, the annual Sakura Matsuri extravaganza in Flushing this weekend, which promises Japanese tea ceremonies, drum and dance performances, and lots of blossom peeping. And we naturally (see what we did there?) have the 411 on NYC's other cherry blossom festivals, too.

Other awesome happenings include the Bronx Zoo's Dinosaur Safari opening (a perfect pairing with the fresh T. rex exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History) and The International Auto Show. Vrrrroooom!

By the way, NOW is the time to score tickets to the awesome kids' activities coming up in May with the PEN America World Voices Fest. They're reasonably priced ($5-$15) and some activities are free, but you have to register and they disappear in a flash. Get 'em while you can.

Meanwhile, be sure to take full advantage of our April GoList, check out a local day hike or a destination sandbox, and don't forget to bookmark our curated list of the best NYC Spring Festivals.

Queens Party Places: 33 Top Spots for Kids' Birthdays

We've profiled cool NYC party places in the past, but there are so many awesome birthday spots in good old Queens alone that it deserves a post of its own.

These Queens birthday party places cater to all kinds of kids, from active to artsy to animal lovers. As a Queens mom with two children, I've been to many of these spots personally. You can find additional birthday inspiration in our NYC Party Guide.

Weekend Fun for Chicago Kids: Easter, Earth Day, Passover

Happy Easter! Whether you choose to celebrate by sailing on an Easter cruise, running a family 5K, tucking into a fancy Easter brunch (or better still, donuts), gliding at an Easter skate, overlooking the skyline, bunny hopping at a bounce house, decorating Easter cookies, or hunting for treats at one of 50+ (and counting!) Easter egg hunts in Chicago neighborhoods and suburbs, we at Mommy Poppins wish you a joyful holiday. Consult our event calendar or our neighborhood-by-neighborhood egg hunt roundup to find the egg hunt and Easter festival happening nearest you.  

This weekend also brings Earth Day celebrations to Wonder Works in Oak Park and Jesse White Park in Cabrini Green, and families can enjoy a special Passover celebration at Booth One with a traditional Seder menu (is this the year your kid will be brave enough to try gefilte fish? Only one way to find out...). On Saturday, introduce kids to the beauty of Indian classical dance with performances at the DuPage Children's Museum.

It's the final weekend to catch two shows based on beloved children's books: Corduroy at the Athenaeum Theatre, and The Time Warp Trio at the Lifeline Theater. For even more shows, exhibits, events, festivals, and family fun, our event calendar is at the ready.

Easter Weekend Fun for DC Kids - Egg Hunts, Carnivals

There's plenty of springtime family fun to be had this Easter weekend for DC folks. From festivals to Easter egg-stravaganzas, there really isn't a shortage of events with which to fill the calendar. 

Families can take their pick from any number of Easter activities, including basket-loads of egg hunts to choose from. Need to take a break from the chocolate bunnies? Head to a carnival, a theater show, or a science demo. Looking for more ways to spend quality time with your family this weekend, be sure and check out our events calendar for more ideas. 

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Easter Weekend Events for Westchester Kids

With the conclusion of spring break and the arrival of Easter, events on Sunday are a bit sparse, but there’s still no shortage of fun in store this weekend! 

As expected, many, but not all, of our top picks are Easter-themed. There still are ways to meet up with the Easter Bunny and go on an Easter-egg hunt—including one specifically for babies. And, because your little one might dote on a special doll, there’s even an American Girl Doll Easter Basket Craft.

For outings that don't focus on Easter, book your tickets early to the Magic Show, which historically has sold out in advance; catch a FREE screening of a throwback you might remember from your own youth; or take advantage of National Park Fee-Free Day, the kick-off to National Park Week.

You might also head downtown and check out the Hudson Yards and all that it has to offer for kids. 

For even more, be sure to check out our Event Calendar and Spring Activity Guide for Westchester Kids. Happy Easter!

10 Great Summer Camps for Preschoolers in and Around Boston

Ready or not, summer is just a few months away and it's time to plan a way to keep your Boston kids occupied. This is especially true for preschool-aged kids, for whom summer planning can be particularly tricky: They're old enough to want (and need) some mental and social stimulation outside the house, but not so mature that you can plant them at any old camp and trust they'll make do (or articulate why they're not). The good news is that the Boston area offers lots of great summer programs for preschoolers, from traditional day camps to out-of-the-box options. We've listed some of our favorite summer camps that cater to the little kids, even as young as toddlers.

Find more great summer camp options for your Massachusetts kids in our Camp Guide and Directory of listings, which is searchable by interest, age, or location.

Top Things to Do in The Woodlands With Kids

Visiting The Woodlands can feel like traveling to another world - there are so many trees! (Depending on where you live in Houston, this may be a huge change of scenery.) About 45 minutes north of Houston, The Woodlands is full of fun for the whole family. It's close enough that you can spend the day here without much of a drive time but offers enough to do that you could stretch it into a weekend getaway. Read on for of our favorite things to do in The Woodlands with our kids. 

7 Things to Love About the Queens County Farm Museum

While NYC families have full access to the best museums and shows that the world has to offer, life in the city can sometimes leave us feeling disconnected from nature. We’re always seeking ways to let our little ones get their hands dirty, so it’s no surprise that the Queens County Farm Museum in Floral Park is a family favorite.

Spanning 47 acres, the Queens County Farm Museum dates back to the 17th century and features old-fashioned farm buildings, a greenhouse complex, livestock, planting fields, an orchard, an herb garden and a vineyard, all within city limits. As soon as you walk through the gates, you’ll feel miles away from the city.

Here are the reasons we are forever loving New York City's only historic working farm and why it's a fantastic destination for NYC kids. While you’re there, make a day of it with our Queens Family Neighborhood Guide.
 

Summer Camps on Long Island With Transportation for Kids

It's time to consider the best summer camp options for your children. While parents must weigh several factors before making that big decision, transportation to and from camp might be a significant consideration.

With that in mind, we've rounded up a half-dozen camps that offer the convenience of transportation to and from areas of Long Island. These camps, five of which are in Nassau County, provide the advantage of transportation to their facilities. 

You'll find these camps and more in our Long Island camp guide and directory, where you'll also find details on the best STEM-based camps for LI kids, our favorite Nassau County day camps, new camps for 2019, and more.

Easter Weekend in NJ: Egg Hunts, Bunny Chase, Bunny Fly In

Get ready to load up your Easter baskets, and your calendars! Easter weekend is here, and the bunny is hopping throughout New Jersey, making stops at amusement parks, orchardsfarms, zoos, and even an airport. Tons of eggs are waiting to be found. Load up those baskets at Storybook Land, Allaire Village, Liberty Hall, Pier Village, and Diggerland

Aside from the Bunny, head to the shore to meet more familiar friends like Mermaid Princess and Mr. Mouse at Casino Pier or the Plumber Brothers in Point Pleasant. 

Find even more Easter weekend options in our Spring Fun Guide, including 25 Spring Day Trip Ideas. And look to our April GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

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