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Finding childcare for your infant or toddler can be totally overwhelming. Deciding between enrolling your kiddo in daycare and hiring a nanny is enough to make your head spin, but there's another popular option that could save you some stress: a nanny share.

Not familiar? While a nanny share can mean a couple of different things, I'm talking about one nanny caring for two children at the same time. This smart set-up combines the socialization and curriculum you expect from a daycare environment with the personalized care and flexibility that comes with a nanny—plus, it's convenient and cost-efficient. Now, a service called CozyKin makes finding a nanny share, getting set-up, and managing the share super easy (the service even handles contracts, training, taxes, and sick and vacation time). Read on to learn more about CozyKin nanny shares and, if it's the right childcare option for your family, how you can save. Hint: they're giving Mommy Poppins readers up to $700 off their deposit!

Weekend Fun: Flowers, Kites, and Grilled Cheese; May 18-19

It really must be spring with all of the flower and kite (or kite and bike)-themed festivals this weekend. Not so into flowers? How about grilled cheese? In the spirit of outdoor living, families can also design their own treehouse and have an (indoor) garden party. This quintessential Boston spring event lets Bostonians get out on the water of the Charles, followed by a BBQ by the river. Our spring fun guide and May GoList serve up even more ideas for enjoying the nicer weather, so be sure to check those out when mapping out the weekend. 

10 One-Mile-or-Less Hikes to Take with Your Preschooler Around Boston

Being a parent to a little one doesn't mean you need to hang up your hiking boots. Boston boasts plenty of tree-lined walking paths that accommodate strollers, and even more short, easy hiking trails to suit kids who've become a little more sure-footed. Along with the many short, winding routes that snake through Blue Hills, just outside city limits, these 10 hikes are well-maintained, close to Boston, and offer just the right amount of challenge for preschool-age trailblazers. 

12 of the Best Outdoor Water Parks in the US

If your kids love the adventure of amusement parks but are looking for a way to cool off this summer, an outdoor water park might be just the ticket for your family. We've searched out some of the nation's best to compile this list of our favorite family-friendly water parks with relaxing pools, splash pads for toddlers, and thrilling water slides and rides for teenagers.

From New England to Orlando to California, there are plenty of water parks from which to choose. At some of these water parks, visitors can ride the ups and downs of a water coaster, slip through a trap door on a drop slide and spin around an oversized funnel slide for maximum thrills. To truly chill, just pick up a tube and float down a lazy river or rent a cabana with poolside dining.

Have your heart set on a water park vacation but don't want to risk the weather? Check out our list of the 10 Best Indoor Water Parks for Kids in the US.

8 Great Theme Parks For Families in New England

For a memorable family outing jam-packed with exhilarating rides, indulgent snacks, and giggle-inducing character interactions, head to a theme park. We have some great choices here in New England and rounded up our eight favorites for families with kids ranging from toddlers to teens. Some are close enough for a daycation while others are better suited for a weekend getaway; regardless, they all make for a quick escape from the every day blahs. For even more local thrills, explore our theme and water park guides for Boston and Connecticut, and if you have a few extra days for fun and relaxation, check out our Best Amusement Parks Near NYC

Mother's Day Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: May 11-12

While some moms may be content with a nice breakfast in bed, I'm sure many (like myself) also want some quality family time on Mother's Day weekend (in addition to a special breakfast, of course!). This weekend families can enjoy porch side entertainment, not one but two lilac fests, and lots and lots of bubbles. Hopefully the weather cooperates for this brunch and hike as well as this citywide-favorite parade for the littlest of ducklings. Our spring fun guide has even more ideas for embracing mother (nature), and our event calendar this weekend (really, the whole month of May), is packed with seasonal, kid-centric activites. Now, get out there and celebrate family—and spring!

8 Special Family Campgrounds near Boston with Extras for Kids

For many families, camping is an annual ritual. For others, it’s an interesting (but maybe daunting) possibility. Truth is, camping is a wonderful way to explore the outdoors while spending serious quality time with your family—and you can do it all for much less money than you'd spend at a hotel or rental home. While Massachusetts is home to many campgrounds, these go out of their way to create a kid-friendly experience that combines adventure and creature comforts—with a little something extra for tiny campers! For an even more rustic experience, check out our picks for tent camping spots.

50 Fun Things To Do in Las Vegas with Your Kids

Once America's playground for adults, in the last decade Las Vegas has become one of the most popular family vacation destinations. While it is possible to book a sitter to enjoy some grown-up time on the strip, it would be a shame to visit this desert town and not experience the great natural attractions, museums, and family fun you can find a little further afield.

We took a recent trip to Vegas with our young children (aged two and six) and really had a blast exploring kid-friendly activities both on and off the beaten track. Here are my recommendations for the top things to do with kids in Las Vegas.

12 Boston-Area Restaurants Where Kids Can Play While You Eat (and Relax)

It’s one thing to go to a kid-friendly restaurant, where you know you won’t get any dirty looks from the proprietors or other patrons. But family dining heaven might just be a place that also allows kids to play—the idea being that you can actually enjoy your meal after they wolf down theirs. We decided to round up a list of such restaurants, focusing on ones that serve up truly good food along with some sort of entertainment. We call that a win-win!

Weekend Fun: Star Wars, Sailing, and Cinco de Mayo; May 4-5

Arts and culture events abound as May kicks off in Boston. Star Wars fans can join together for their favorite day of the year (May the 4th—get it?), and anyone who appreciates Mexican culture (or just a good fiesta) can celebrate Cinco de Mayo the next day. There's a festival celebrating all things Polish and another dedicated to waking up the Earth. What about a chocolate block party or a fairy fest? If the weather cooperates, there is also (free!) sailing on the harbor.  

For more fun this weekend and beyond, take a peek at our May GoList and our Spring Fun Guide. And if your summer plans are still up in the (spring) air, check out our Summer Camp Guide for last-minute ideas for keeping the kids busy after school lets out. Shorts' weather will be here before you know it!

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