Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Earth Day, Brick Fest, Philadelphia Science Festival April 21-22

Philly parents may be wondering what to do this weekend now that Mother Nature has finally brought some seasonally appropriate weather to the Delaware Valley. With Earth Day happening, the easy answer is get outside! Kids can join in a fort building contest at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, clean up invasive plants at Green Lane Park, or throw mudballs filled with flower seeds from the Colebrookdale Railroad's Mudball Express. Other options include making eco-friendly crafts at The Handwork Studio, experiencing Earth Science STEM activities at the Delaware Children's Museum, and conducting experiments at the Academy of Natural Science.

In addition to Earth Day activities, there are some fun festivals happening this weekend. Food, music, and a health fair await at North Penn High School's International Spring Festival. LEGO fans can build to their hearts' content at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center's Brick Fest Live. The Philadelphia Science Festival boasts a Food Science event, Science in the Park programming, and Be a Scientist! activities throughout the region.

Still looking for other ideas on how to spend the weekend? Filter our events calendar by age, location, and tags to find the perfect activities for your crew. For now, read on for our top picks, and make sure to share this list with anyone who hasn't quite figured out their plans just yet for this nice spring weekend.

Earth Day Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Kites, Cosplay, and Parties for the Planet

It's Earth Day weekend, and there are outdoor activities galore around Connecticut. Bring the family to historic Wooster Park in downtown New Haven for the 45th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival. While you're there, double up on Elm City fun at the Yale Peabody Museum's annual Earth Day celebration. Earth Day celebrations are also taking place this weekend in Stamford, Bethel, and Simsbury. If you are in the southwestern part of the state, you can fly high at the annual Greenwich Kite Festival or check out the greatest show (and tell) on Earth at the Westport Makers Faire

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New NJ Spray Park Will Provide Fun for Kids of All Abilities

Construction of a new spray park in Toms River was recently announced, and kids of all ages and abilities have something to celebrate. The park is slated to be all-inclusive, meaning accessible for children with disabilities. “We are focused on all abilities being able to interact with each other at this splash pad,” says Erica Cirillo, co-president of Fountains of Hope, the organization fueling the project.

Trash & Recycling Events: Sanitation Yard Open Houses for Kids Who Love Garbage Trucks

Vroom Vroom! Does the sound of the garbage truck coming down the street send your kids running to watch? Do they dream of grabbing a ride? Earth Day kicks off city yard open houses and recycling fair season, and these events are hugely popular with kids of a certain age. More than 6,000 residents attend an open house in an average year. If your kiddos have any curiosity about what goes on in a garbage truck, this is their chance to satisfy it.

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Earth Day, Spring Celebrations

Celebrate Mother Nature this Earth Day weekend with a visit to one of Long Island's bountiful nature centers or take a stroll along one of these family-friendly hiking trails

There's plenty to do, from eco-friendly carnivals to farm events, conservation programs and more. Enjoy a day of fee-free family fun at Sagamore Hill National Historic Site or celebrate spring and the outdoors in Stony Brook.

Hop over to our April GoList to find more seasonal entertainment, and pad your wallet with a list of FREE family activities this month.

Of course, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids. Don't see a great event listed here? Add it to our Event Calendar yourself. 

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Weekend Fun: Earth Day Fests, Cherry Blossoms, Pen World Voices

This time of year, the Mommy Poppins calendar literally begins to explode. It gets so big and juicy that a mere "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 MORE packed.

For example, Earth Day. NYC does it big, with over 25 major family-friendly happenings around town this weekend. Highlights include the celebration at the NY Botanical Gardens, Earthfest at the Museum of Natural History, the National Grid Earth Day fest in Brooklyn, and an Earth Day public dance performance determined to earn a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. Plus, Saturday is Car-Free on Broadway, uptown Manhattan, and downtown Brooklyn.

After a winter that would-not-let-go, what better remedy than festivals celebrating cherry trees? Those glorious buds are happy to leave wind and snow behind (knock wood, ha!), and you can hug, or dance under one, on Saturday on Randall's Island, where the celebration includes paper flower making, face painting, kite flying and more, or the fest on Roosevelt Island, or the annual Sakura Matsuri extravaganza in Flushing.

The Pen World Voices Festival is also in town this weekend, rife with cool literary opportunities. The editor of Kazoo, a new magazine for girls, teaches kids how to create feature articles that pop. Take a lesson in Freestyle Rapping with Toni Blackman, an award-winning artist. A personal favorite, making books with 826NYC, also has spaces still available as we go to press.

Other awesome happenings include the soccer mad NYFest in Brooklyn, the High Line's season kickoff, CultureFest, the Bronx Zoo's BoogieDown, and the dragon-filled St. George Day on Staten Island.

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 well-curated list of the best NYC Spring Festivals

Ten Things My Preschooler Loves at the California Science Center

We've talked before about our teen and tween favorite features at the California Science Center, but there are at least as many things to fascinate preschoolers and toddlers at LA's oldest, freest science museum. Never underestimate the appeal of science to the preschool set, and amazingly, with the exception of IMAX films and special exhibits, the California Science Center is free and open to the public 7 days a week, 362 days a year. 

Don Your Dresses and Crowns for a Medieval Fantasy Ball at the Please Touch Museum

On Sunday, April 22, Please Touch Museum is hosting a magical celebration with its annual Storybook Ball- Medieval Fantasy. This enchanted event transports guests back to the time of knights and ladies, princes and princesses. Step into a storybook ball and meet your favorite medieval characters like Sleeping Beauty, Maid Marian, and even a real knight in shining armor!

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