40 Things To Do in the East Village with Kids

The East Village is the epitome of the luxury bohemian paradox. High-end condos, trendy eateries, chain stores, and shiny new NYU dorms sit kitty-corner from decrepit tenements, old-world restaurants, punk-rock shops, and community gardens blooming with flowers and sculptures. Although it's certainly not the gritty neighborhood of my youth, you can still find traces of the artsy, old-school East Village if you know where to look.

For the purposes of this post, our boundaries are Broadway to the East River between Houston and 14th Streets. Read on for all the top spots and experiences for kids in this eclectic Manhattan neighborhood, from play spots and excellent eats to funky, only-in-the-East Village destinations.

The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art Is Bringing Star Wars to Exposition Park

In this season of exciting museum news, we have another juicy announcement to share! If your family loves all things Star Wars, you may feel the need to whip out a light saber: The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (as in Star Wars mastermind George Lucas) has just broken ground in Exposition Park. As if Downtown wasn't already brimming with cool museums to entertain your kids, you'll have yet another reason to visit once the museum is completed.

Teaching through Touch: The Connecticut Children's Museum

Imagine walking inside the great, green room in the beloved children's book "Goodnight Moon" where there is a telephone, a red balloon and a picture of the cow jumping over the moon. A room complete with the famous "comb and a brush and a bowl full of mush," allowing you play by the fireplace, lie down in the bed or open a cabinet filled with clocks and wind them all up. Well, at the  Connecticut Children's Museum in New Haven, you can. 

11 Awesome Houston-Area Breweries Where Kids Can Play, Too

Houston's craft beer scene is top-notch, which we probably don't have to tell you. And it's also very kid-friendly - with some of the area's best brews housed in stellar spaces with outdoor games and room to play. Here are some spots we love to go as a family because there is room for the kids to run around, they are unpretentious, they don't make my husband and I feel bad if our toddler starts malfunctioning during our visit, and the beer is delicious.

For our favorite kid-friendly eateries, check out our roundup of restaurants with plenty of playing room.

Top New Amusement Parks and Rides Opening This Summer

The summer family vacation season is right around the corner, so it's never too early to start dreaming of your escape. Amusement parks, of course, are always top of mind for the kids come summer, so we've trekked up and down the eastern seaboard (virtually, anyway) to find the coolest new theme park attractions set to open this spring and summer.

There's a brand-new thrill ride at Six Flags New England, a pint-sized coaster at Sesame Place, a whole new Toy Story Land in Orlando, and Thomas Town opens near Pittsburgh with plenty of locomotive fun. Read on for more than a dozen new top attractions we're looking forward to checking out at amusement parks spanning from Massachusetts to Florida this summer.

Toddler and Preschool Birthday Party Venues and Ideas on LI

Toddler birthday parties are exciting. But for parents, it can be stressful planning that perfect party.

Finding a location or a unique idea is a challenge. But good news: Whether you're looking for an engaging indoor play space, an outdoor environment, or even a home party with entertainment, there are plenty of toddler-friendly options across Long Island that we have compiled for you here. As always, check out our Long Island Party Guide for more on planning the ideal party for a child of any age.

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Wistaria, Nature Fest, and St. Patrick's

Prepare to be invaded this weekend: by mechanical walking vehicles and overgrown vines. By creatures of the water; by creatures of the land and sky. By wriggling worms ... scratch that, by fluttery creatures.  

By competitors fleet of foot and light on their toes. By loyal patriots (or invading armies, depending on your colors). 

By scientists, tigers, and bunnies, oh my. And by an endless parade of green things.

So sit back and enjoy it. Because as invasions go, this one is going to be a blast.

Keep reading for our most invasive picks for this weekend.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: OrKIDS, St. Patrick Day, Easter Bunny, March 17-18

Philly families are in luck this St. Patrick's Day weekend. Throughout the Delaware Valley, there are many ways to find the proverbial pot of gold, in other words, activities that everyone in your crew can enjoy. From train rides to festivals to hikes, our event calendar is jam-packed with options.

Unfortunately for leprechauns, they share this weekend with the Easter Bunny as Philly kids look to get sweet treats for spring. Children can take a Hayride to Bunnyland, climb aboard the Easter Bunny Express, indulge in a delicious Brunch with the Bunny, or search for Easter eggs.

Plan out additional springtime fun by browsing throughout our recently updated posts highlighting Baby Animals and Easter Farm Fun and Easter Train Rides as well as our Spring Consignment Post. For now, keep reading for our top weekend picks.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Circus Saurus, Spring Break Fun, March 17-18

This weekend is a big one! Not only is it the last weekend of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (so get your fill of all the free rodeo activities while you can!), but it's also the last weekend of city-wide Spring Break events, with activities happening in full force from the Lone Star Flight Museum to Blessington Farms and everywhere in between. 

Fair weather and mild temperatures also make this the perfect time to start planning outdoor activities, and March marks the beginning of Bluebonnet season, the start of Spring fun, and crawfish, crawfish, crawfish

The family fun doesn't end there, though; our event calendar is packed with daily activities and events all over Houston, and our March GoList rounds up the top events taking place throughout the month. We also highly recommend taking a look at our Top 100 Things to Do With Houston Kids, also known as the ultimate bucket list of Houston landmarks and unique things to do around the city. Stay in the loop with all of our Mommy Poppins content and coverage by signing up for our weekly newsletter, and we'll send everything straight to your inbox. 

Last, but certainly not least, if you're planning an event, we want to cover it! Let us help you get the most exposure by submitting your event to our calendar, and we'll do take it from there. 

Now, let's spring forward into the weekend events!

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Happy St. Patrick's Day, Mar 17-18

Who's feeling lucky this weekend? The always-spirited St. Patrick's Day parade is winding its way through Southie this Sunday, Artbeat is crafting Leprechaun luck charms, and even the zoo is celebrating all things green. Speaking of holidays, there is a toddler-friendly Passover story and cooking event, and a chance to visit with a special bunny at Chip-In Farm (not to mention a potential Pi Day broken record!). 


Subscribe to Front page feed