Diversity and a New Head of School Make NYC's Metropolitan Montessori a Must-See

Nestled on a quiet cozy street on the Upper West Side, Metropolitan Montessori School just might be the program you didn’t know you were looking for. Not only is it Manhattan’s only Montessori school for kids ages two years and eight months up to twelve years old, but it's dedicated to diversity in all its forms — from race and religion to family structure and sexuality — and it recently welcomed a new Head of School, Racheal Adriko, whose passion for education is contagious. If you're currently applying to preschool or private school in NYC, MMS's individualized learning approach, small class sizes, commitment to sustainability, and record for prepping grads for top-notch schools (Horace Mann, Riverdale, and Brearley have been the most popular since 2000) will also easily earn it a spot on your list.

As the mother of two New York City tots myself, I was looking forward to having an opportunity to connect with Racheal and hear more about Metropolitan Montessori School, and I found myself listening to her inspiring personal story with my mouth wide open. Read on to learn more about Racheal and everything MMS has to offer.

Play Space and Toy Store CAMP Comes to Brooklyn in November

If you’re looking for a unique indoor experience for your kids on a chilly or rainy day, head to the new CAMP store in Brooklyn, scheduled to open in mid-November 2019. Unlike many other indoor play spaces in NYC, CAMP is a network of stores with rotating themed experiences. CAMP at City Point in Downtown Brooklyn will boast all of the same imaginative fun as the original Fifth Avenue location, including a cafe, a theater, interactive play stations, and of course, a super-cool toy store

Sensory-Friendly Hours at Connecticut Museums, Aquariums, and Zoos for Special Needs Kids

Crowds and noises at busy attractions can sometimes overwhelm children with autism and sensory sensitivities. Luckily, many Connecticut museums, zoos, and aquariums have developed sensory-friendly hours, exhibit adaptations, and programs for these children, making enrichment more inclusive across the state. Here are places in Connecticut where highly sensitive or special-needs kids can better enjoy nature, science, and animal exhibits. For more inclusive fun, check out a list of our favorite adaptive playgrounds.

Drop-In Childcare and Date-Night Sitters for Boston-Area Families

Ever find yourself feverishly working your way through your babysitter Rolodex to find that not even one is available? Whether it's a last-minute work commitment, a random appointment, or a spontaneous date night after one of "those" weeks, a great Boston-area caregiver is available. From drop-in childcare to drop-off gym parties, these sitter services will save the day (or night)!

Don't have somewhere you have to be but need a moment to yourself? Check out these Boston area gyms that offer childcare while you break a sweat!

Día de los Muertos: What Other City Has This Many Day of the Dead Celebrations?

Hauntingly close to Halloween, El Día de los Muertos – the Day of the Dead – is a magical holiday that's also a living history lesson, demonstrating the tendency of conquerors to absorb indigenous customs into their own. Christian Europeans arrived in Mexico already fans of All Hallows Eve (modern-day Halloween), only to stumble upon an ancient tradition celebrated by the Aztecs on November 2, with a spookily similar theme. Day of the Dead is a time when the door between worlds is meant to open so that celebrants can honor departed loved ones and hopefully lure them back for a visit.

Heading to the DC Zoo? Here’s What You Need to Know Before You Go

Any parent knows that taking the kids to the zoo is a win - burning up energy outside, seeing favorite and exotic animals up close, and maybe picking up a souvenir on the way out is a recipe for a great day. The DC Zoo, officially known as the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, is no exception and a must for families, whether they’re local or just visiting the nation’s capitol. Read on for what you need to know before you go and our top tips for making the most out of your visit.

Toddler Birthday Party Venues in the Philly Area

Your little baby is turning into a big kid! Whether it's his first birthday or her fourth, you know you want to do something extra special to commemorate this milestone in both of your lives. Planning birthday parties can be tough. You have to consider who to invite, what should the "theme" be, how do you make a cake shaped like their favorite character, and more you have enough time to pull it off?

With all the other things you're balancing as a momma, it's nice to know that birthday parties can be a cakewalk if you leave it to the pros. Here is our list of the best places to celebrate your little one's special day!

Unplugged Fun on Long Island

Tired of prying phones, tablets, and game controllers out of the hands of your littles? Maybe you just want a digital detox for your own sanity. Mommy Poppins has created a round-up of places to go and things to do on Long Island that offer unplugged fun. Put down the phones and head out the door.

For more family fun, connect with Mother Earth at these Long Island nature centers, plan a day trip and explore a nearby town or visit one of Long Island's many museums. Or if you're not totally screen-free, check out the 50 Best Kids' Movies for Family Movie Night.


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