Register for Free Swimming Lessons for NYC Kids

The New York City Parks Department offers FREE aquatic programs for children under 18 all year round, as well as adults, but you have to apply through an online lottery for each session. Spring swimming lessons are on the horizon, and the lottery for registration opens Monday, March 12, 2018 at noon through Monday, March 19, 2018 at 11:59pm.

The spring swim lessons will take place Monday, March 26, 2018 through Thursday, June 7, 2018.

Read on for the details on where to swim for free, or check our directory of paid kid swim classes, and mommy-and-me swim lessons for babies and toddlers, including those specifically in Brooklyn and in Queens.

Kid-friendly St. Patrick's Day Celebrations: Parades, Parties, and Leprechauns in LA

Here comes Saint Patrick's Day; time to brush up the Irish brogue for the one time per year (unless you're really Irish) that you use it. The holiday falls on a Saturday this year, which makes for a weekend of celebrating with paradesfestivals, and corned beef. So top o' the marnin' to ye; Erin Go Bragh; that shade of green looks bonny on you, and let's go find that pot o' gold!

Great News! Good Day Play Cafe Opens in Park Slope

You might be wondering if Park Slope needs another play space, but after you see the inside of a Korean-inspired Good Day Play Cafe, your answer will be a confident, "yes." Think: Stumptown coffee and cold brew, a Hinoki cypress wood cube sensory pit, and a clear view of the entire play area from the minimalist-chic cafe.

The owners, who already have a location in Queens, balance good food, inviting ambiance, and strong coffee with their kid-oriented play area to create a place adults and children can genuinely enjoy. The play cafe trend is booming in Brooklyn and Queens, and we can't get enough of it. Get the details on the new space, including rates and hours, below.

Big Bounce America Brings Inflatable Fun for Kids This Summer

Kids, grab your best pair of socks and your most breathable T-shirts, because you've got some bouncing to do. The Big Bounce America, billed as "50 percent activity, 50 percent dance party," is coming to a location near you this summer. 

Featuring 20,000-square-feet of inflatable fun, what's billed as the world's largest bounce house and its colorful surrounding village, offer something memorable and enticing for every age group. Besides the bouncing, there's even a water slide and a massive ball pit. It will hit a number of Mommy Poppins cities in the next few months, including Boston, the NYC suburbs, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Houston, Texas, and even one of our favorite family vacation spots—Orlando.

We've got the scoop on what to expect, ticket info, and must-know info about this new family attraction.

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Holi Fest, Getty Fest, Kite Fest, and More

There's no easy way to say this: it's likely going to rain this weekend. But on the plus side, you get to try out all those things you never do in LA. Like going outside and getting wet. (C'mon, you know your kids have some rain boots somewhere they're just dying to use.) Some events will go on rain or shine; we'll do our best to keep you posted on those that postpone.

There's also no easy way to say this: you're going to lose an hour of sleep this weekend. But here's the wrinkle: this time it's not your kids' fault. Going forward you'll have more hours of daylight to enjoy all the fun things on our calendar. (Except when it rains.)

There are plenty of indoor events on our calendar this weekend; many outdoor venues stay open regardless of the weather or move activities indoors when it rains. Whatever you choose to do, we think your weekend will turn out just fine. Just maybe a little soggy.

Keep reading for a deluge of precipitous events this weekend....

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Xtreme Spring Break, Movie Night, March 10-11

The week before spring break can be a tough one; kids are eagerly anticipating time off, teachers are struggling to keep kids focused (and eagerly anticipating some time off...), and parents who aren't planning a Spring Break trip are busy plotting how to keep everyone entertained during their time at home. Don't fret, though, because we've got you covered with 25 different events and activities happening throughout the week that are guaranteed to keep the kids occupied and engaged. 

But before spring break comes this weekend, and if you feel like getting out of town without traveling too far off the beaten path, The Woodlands is hosting an array of activities worth checking out, including a Mother-Daughter Tea, Science Palooza at The Woodlands Children's Museum, Arts in the Park, and The Woodlands Family Fun Fest. Rodeo is also still in full swing, and we rounded up 15 FREE things to do during your time there. 

For even more kid-friendly activities and inspiration, be sure to take a peek at our event calendar, where you'll find a plethora of fun events happening all over Houston. See our March GoList for the best events taking place during the month, and our ultimate bucket list - Top 100 Things to Do With Houston Kids - which showcases Houston landmarks and unique things to do around the city. Make sure you also sign up for our weekly newsletter to get all of our content delivered straight to your inbox. 

One last reminder before we sign off: we LOVE to make sure all of the great events our city offers are on our calendar. If you have an event that isn't on our calendar yet, we invite you to submit it so we can share it with all of our loyal readers. All you have to do is fill out the form and we'll take care of the rest!

And now, let's dive into the weekend events! 

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Peking Acrobats, Parades, March 10-11

Whether you are in the mood to wear ruby slippers, sneakers, Irish step dancing shoes, or be barefooted, there is no doubt that our jam-packed events calendar is ready with the perfect size, style, and fit for your entire family.

Kids and grown ups alike can check out performances such as The Wizard of Oz and The Peking Acrobats on stage this weekend. Experience one of the many parades celebrating Irish culture, music, and dance held throughout the Delaware Valley. On the other hand, if you prefer some exercise, lace up your running shoes for the Philadelphia Leprechaun Run or hiking boots to explore nature along the Schuylkill Trail. Keep your eyes peeled for magical leprechauns, The Easter BunnyAlice in Wonderland and friends, and The Cat in the Hat as they are all making appearances throughout the region.

With so many options, we have rounded up our favorites, many of which are free. So, if the shoe fits, wear it and make it a great weekend!

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Frogs, Dragons, and a STEM Fair, Mar 10-11

After getting hit with nor'easters last weekend and again mid-week, I'm sure many families are eager to get out while they can this weekend. Everyone's favorite adventure pups are back in town for two days of shows. Families can start celebrating St. Patrick's Day early with the Irish Balladeers at this free concert, become a FrogWatch citizen scientist, or stargaze with Galileo (and eat s'mores!). Also, the Boston STEM Fair is back this Sunday for any and all budding scientists. 

Ever wonder why dragons love tacos? Now you can hear all about it in this musical

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Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Steampunk, Doktor Kaboom

Though St. Patrick’s Day is practically a month-long event here in Westchester, things start to really heat up this weekend in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. While some of the holiday parades take place next weekend, many step off this Saturday and Sunday, including one of the largest in the state—the Annual Northern Westchester-Putnam St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Revelers can also kick up the heels (or watch others do the same) at the foot- stomping Irish dance production Rhythm in the Night.

An exciting event ahead is Steampunk Sunday, a  mash-up of Victorian Era Bartitsu and tea dueling with contemporary entertainment, costumes and, yes, attitude. Maple sugaring is still in peak season—as are the events that celebrate it, while family performances include Doktor Kaboom! Live Wire: The Electricity Tour and the family film Mary and the Witch's Flower.

Read on for further details and additional options—then head to our Event Calendar. Also refer to our hot-off-the-press March GoList for our top picks for the month! 

Weekend Fun: Puppets, St. Pat's, Dinos, and Science Fest

March is in full swing and the big holiday on the horizon is St. Patrick's Day, so it's no surprise that a few of our weekend picks will have you seeing green. Spend your Saturday checking out Irish films or learning Irish dance steps. By Sunday's Throgg's Neck Parade you'll be practically Irish!

Aside from St. Patty's Day fun, we've got a diverse lineup of live performances from opera all weekend to a farm-themed puppet show and singing dinosaurs; there's also the Tilt Kids Festival offering, plus a FREE science festival in the Bronx.

Another event that's piqued our curiosity, given that March is Women's History Month, is a Sunday evening storytelling and appearance by Chelsea Clinton at the Central Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library where Clinton will read her new children's book, She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History.

Still stumped? Find more top events in our March GoList, or our always packed daily NYC Event Calendar. We've also rounded up nearly 50 FREE events happening this March, including this weekend.


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