Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Museums, Shows, Cherry Blossom Festival April 1-2

It's no joke. An April Fool's weekend filled with museum experiences, theater productions, an amusement park opening, and cherry blossom festival awaits Philly families.

For starters, the Academy of Natural Sciences hosts its annual Animal Superhero Weekend, The Barnes offers its Free First Sundays , and The Brandywine River Museum presents its free PNC Arts Alive Family Programming. Bank of America® and Merrill Lynch® card holders can get free admission to many Pennsylvania museums such as the National Constitution Center and New Jersey museums such as the Garden State Discovery Museum throughout the weekend. After a museum visit, consider a trip to the theater. Younger children can enjoy Walnut Street Theatre's Skippyjon Jones while older kids can experience Arden Theatre's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

However, if your crew wants to get outdoors, consider visiting Storybook Land as it opens for the season. Or, experience the annual Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival which features the opening of the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden along with a host of cultural activities. Continue reading for our top picks. No foolin', it's a great line up of fun!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Play-A-Palooza, Scavenger Hunt, March 25-26

As the month of March draws to a close, Philly families start to notice signs of spring found in our jam-packed events calendar. This weekend's fun includes egg hunts, outdoor excursions, park openings, and many consignment sales.

Begin the weekend with some waffles at the American Swedish Historical Museum. Once bellies have been fed, find your favorite basket and search for Easter eggs at community egg hunts in Aston and Telford. Search for signs of spring at Upper Schuylkill Valley Park or look for artwork that reflects the theme of the Harry Potter book series at Watson Adventures' Wizard Scavenger Hunt held at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Stop by Smith Memorial Playground as it opens for the new season at Play-A-Palooza. Finish off the weekend by seeing one of Philly's favorite local kindie bands, BESTIE winner Lolly and YoYo at Parkway Central Library. Keep reading to see what other top picks await this weekend.

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Train Show, Princess Visit, and Theater

Continue your St. Patrick's Day celebration at parades in FarmingdaleRockville Centre and Montauk. Get hooked on crochet at Creative Corner. Go full-steam ahead to the Smithtown Historical Society for a model train show, or laugh out loud with the Peanuts gang during the play You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

Don't forget to schedule your brunch with the Easter Bunny at one of these weekend events, or perhaps an extra special photo-op and meet-and-greet.

For more activities to fill the weekend, pop over to our March GoList or the just-released Spring Fun Guide.  

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

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Heights Day of Music, Rodeo, March 25-26

Spring is officially here! Go out and enjoy this gorgeous weather with fun events and activities, such as the upcoming FREE Heights Kids' Day of Music. You can also check out the Bellaire Nature Discovery Center or Levy Park, both of which recently went through massive renovations and are perfect spring destinations. This is the last weekend to enjoy the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. If this will be your first visit, let us help plan your trip with our list of FREE things you can do with your kids at the rodeo.

There are many Spring Festivals and Crawfish Boils around Houston this weekend, make sure to check our calendar for the best places to enjoy those yummy mud bugs (or where not to). By now you've probably noticed bluebonnets are showing up all over town, and we have a great roundup of locations where bluebonnets are popping up to help families find the best spots for taking Pinterest-worthy pics. 

Looking forward to summer, we have plenty of ideas for engaging summer camps for the kiddos in our summer and vacation Camp Guide. Houston has tons of fun camps, including Overnight Camps,  Outdoor CampsMusic and Theater Camps, Science Camps, Art Camps, and more. 

Our event calendar is loaded with fun, daily events for the whole family, and you can also submit your own events. For more activities and events to fill the each weekend of the month, pop over to our March GoList. And finally, don't forget to subscribe to our weekly newsletter to receive articles such as this in your inbox every week. 

Now, it's time to check out what's happening around town this weekend.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Jewish Film Festival, Kids’ Lit Celebrations

Happy spring!

It’s a big weekend for kid lit, with two anniversary celebrations in store (literally). Create Your Own Little Golden Book Storytime while honoring this childhood classic’s 75th birthday, and support an indie kids’ bookstore at The Voracious Reader Turns 10! Both are FREE!

This weekend also continues a Jewish film festival, which includes an animated film from China called A Jewish Girl in Shanghai. The maple-sugaring season wraps up this weekend, so don’t miss the sweet stuff at Maple Sugaring Tours and prepare to shimmy on the basketball court at the WKD Kids Clinic.

Our Event Calendar has even more options to choose from, so be sure to head there after reading on for the rest of our top picks and further details!

Weekend Fun: Flower Show, Baboon Breakfast, Carousels, Parades

Who loves a parade? New York kids, that's who, game for outdoor events in the final weekend of March. NYC doubles down with the Bay Ridge St. Patrick's Day Parade and the Upper East Side's Greek Independence Day Parade both on Sunday. For more outdoor activities, head to Queens for the opening weekend of Fantasy Forest, or attend the Macy's Flower Show (a March GoList pick!) which, to be honest, isn't outside, but sure smells like it.

Otherwise, good luck choosing between FREE stuff like Japanese drumming in Long Island City, a water-centric symposium in the Financial District, or the reading of a picture book featuring the adventures of a little luchadora. Your hard-earned bucks would be well spent, too, on a baboon breakfast or a kiddie-album record release party.

See our nifty, updated guide to spring events for preschoolers, as well as our updated roundup of retro video game joints. As always, our March GoList remains at the ready, and our Museum Guide is practically bursting at the seams with cool new art for kids. Also, check our Event Calendar frequently, as we're always adding new listings.

New Escape Room Center Opens in Bridgewater, New Jersey

Think a recipe for fun includes locking yourself and your kids inside a small room for an hour? That's the idea behind escape room adventure games, an activity that's become a worldwide phenomenon over the last year or so. New Jerseyans now have a new option for escape room fun: one of the state's largest facilities, the Escape Room Center, just opened in Bridgewater, and it makes for an exciting and memorable outing for families with older children, tweens, and teens. 

Choco-Story New York: The City's First Chocolate Museum

New York City boasts plenty of sweet spots, and even places where kids can make their own chocolate or ice cream. But now it has its very own museum dedicated to chocolate.

Choco-Story New York: The Chocolate Museum and Experience recently opened within Jacques Torres’ Soho shop, offering tours, classes, and a healthy serving of history about one of our most revered sweets.

Maybe you saw the headlines about its opening March 7, but wondered, “Is it kid-friendly?” Read on for our review and tips to find out.

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