We all know that reading to our children is important. For starters, fostering a love for reading enhances basic speech and communication skills, stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. Knowledge is power and books offer plenty of it. And where better to find books but the library. We have rounded up a list of the some of the best story time programs for your budding bookworms at local libraries throughout Fairfield County.
As a mother of two active boys, I am always looking for something to keep them off electronics and active. During the summer, I can find plenty of fun, affordable things to do. However, during winter or on days when the weather is poor, it’s good to have a few different places the whole family can enjoy.
Our picks for March are in! It's a busy month, with St. Patrick's Day, Easter, Purim, the arrival of spring, and migrating whales and swallows; no wonder there's an hour to switch off in the middle of the month. Now is your chance to plan ahead for these 15 annual favorites picked from the many activities on the Mommy Poppins March daily events calendar, and snag tickets in advance (or just remember not to volunteer to bring the soccer snacks that day). If you don't receive our weekday and weekend events newsletters, now would be a great time to subscribe.
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Hands-on art is almost always fun for families, but BAMkids' interactive high-tech playground Teknopolis is truly mind-blowing. At this multifloor installation, which is on view through March 12, school-age kids (and their parents) can enjoy augmented-reality storytelling, virtual-reality simulations, motion-capture dancing, and other cutting-edge technological experiences that you might already know a bit about.
But what really makes Teknopolis special is its immersive first-floor gallery, a darkened room featuring 10 interactive stations, where visitors can manipulate a variety of digital landscapes via touch, movement, and even breath. Just like Alice stepped through the looking glass, you'll feel as if you've slipped through a screen into a shimmering world of black and white, where everything reacts to your presence. It's totally trippy and completely unforgettable.
But before you run off to buy tickets, we have some tips to share, including don't-miss highlights, appropriate ages, and, most importantly, how to get in since it is sold out. (Don't worry—there's a way.)
March is finally here, and that means spring is just around the corner! This weekend brings some great shows to New Jersey, including Steve Petra's Animal Games at Bergen PAC, Aesop Bops! with David Gonzalez at SOPAC, and A Year With Frog and Toad at the McCarter Theatre Center. The first weekend in the month also gives Bank of America customers free admission to seven family-friendly museums. Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday with a family festival at the Morris Museum or a fish-themed party at Jenkinson’s Aquarium. To find fun happenings this weekend and beyond, check out our March GoList and Event Calendar.
Life in the "People’s Republic" is great for many reasons—which is why we pay through the nose to live like sardines. While Cambridge is an excellent locale for all ages and sexes, it’s especially special for families. It’s got outdoor activities, delicious food, a vibrant arts scene, and world-class museums. The best part for moms is that there is always something to do, any time of year.
As the temperatures warm up and we shake those winter blues away for good, many of us are itching to plan travel and explore new destinations. Sullivan County, located about 90 minutes from White Plains and two hours from Midtown Manhattan, is an easy weekend getaway that's rife with natural beauty, quaint little towns and oh-so-much family fun. Regardless of the season, there are year-round kid-friendly activities in this sleepy Catskills area if you know where to find them.
Once best known as a popular vacation area for NYC-ers escaping the city in the summer, Sullivan is also the location of the 1969 Woodstock Festival, and hippies (and hipsters) still make the pilgrimage to the hollowed grounds in Bethel. We've rounded up a baker's dozen of some of our favorite things to do with kids in the area, whether there's snow on the ground or you're looking to swim.
Installing a new infant car seat can be confusing. There are a lot of rules when it comes to car seat safety, and sometimes it can seem overwhelming. Is it in tight enough? Is it straight enough? Are the straps set correctly? Only about 5% of parents get it right on their own- and about half of the 95% who did it wrong have older kids and have done it before. Sometimes, just having a second pair of eyes looking at your baby's seat can alleviate all your concerns. Car seat safety checks are a great (and free) resource for parents. It never hurts to get checked out. That's why we've compiled a list of places in the area who offer free car seat safety inspections regularly, so you can have a little peace of mind. We recommend calling ahead of time as most are by appointment only.