Spring Activities

Best Things to Do in Coney Island with Kids: Luna Park, Aquarium, Beach, Mermaids

The shores of Coney Island and Brighton Beach open for the season on Memorial Day weekend, but the amusement park rides have been spinning since the first weekend of April, and the boardwalk and New York Aquarium are open year-round, making this season the perfect time for a Brooklyn day-cation!

New for 2019, Luna Park is debuting a brand-new, circus-themed section, with plenty of high-flying, ropes-course style fun, while the new-in-2018 home for certain sharp-toothed aquarium residents are sure to draw continued crowds, too. You can also enjoy the old-school favorites like the carousel and Deno's Wonder Wheel, visit the Coney Island Museum or Circus Sideshow, and scarf down a Nathan's Famous hot dog. And we haven't even mentioned the sandy beach and waves and Friday-night fireworks. Without further ado, here are the best things to do in Coney Island with kids this season.

60 Free Things To Do in May with New Jersey Kids

Hooray for May! Bring on the outdoor fairs, festivals, and Memorial Day celebrations. And if you're budgeting for summer vacations and camp, no need to skimp on the May fun. These 60 (!) activities and events are all FREE to attend.

Street fair season is in full swing this month. Check out food vendors, crafts, and live music at neighborhood fairs around the state, including Westfield, Hoboken, Maplewood, and Collingswood, among many others. Head down the shore for admission-free, beachy extravaganzas like the Ocean City Spring Block Party, the New Jersey Seafood Festival, Ocean Fun Days, and the Wildwoods International Kite Festival.

Top off the month with free Memorial Day parades in Freehold, Glassboro, and New Providence, plus the Bradley Beach Memorial Day Festival.

Read on for this month's picks! For more free and low-cost fun, check out our Event Calendar and Guide to New Jersey Parks and Playgrounds

Mother's Day Brunches and Breakfasts in Connecticut

Brunch is a magical marriage of all the most delicious things served up with a mimosa and a slice of cantaloupe—the only meal where it's socially acceptable to have all your favorite foods on one plate! Maybe that's why it's a tradition to spoil the ladies who work tirelessly to make sure everyone's needs are met with a meal that offers something for everyone (most of all, her). We are extra spoiled in Connecticut because of our epic food scene, so finding a brunch fit for a queen isn't hard at all. So pick a spot, make a reservation, gussy up the fam and treat mom: She deserves it! Looking for even more family activity ideas for April and May? Check out our Spring Fun Guide.

Mother's Day Brunches and Breakfasts in Boston

Hooray, it's Mother's Day! Whether you're looking for decadent dining, brunch on a boat, or a feast on a farm, there are so many fun options to honor the occasion with kids. Here are our picks for celebratory brunches and breakfasts that are both family minded and special, just like mom. For more ideas for April and May activities, check out Spring Fun Guide. And be sure to bookmark our calendar for more Mother's Day festivities. 

Best Family Festivals and Street Fairs in NYC This May

There are street fairs—and then there are street fairs. We don't mean those random ones selling irregular socks and fried Oreos; we're talking about true community festivals. Each one is unique, reflecting the character of its neighborhood, and many feature rides, performances, activities, and food. The hard part, of course, is deciding which community fairs to hit with the family in a calendar packed with options, but don't worry: We've taken the guesswork out of managing your family's busy festival schedule for you.

We've gone through the city's list of top annual festivals, street fairs, and carnivals and put together our roundup of top picks for May—more than two dozen. Most of these fetes are FREE or cost just a couple of bucks, and in many cases your dollars go to support a local charity or school. Here are some awesome fests happening in NYC this May.

You can find even more seasonal activities in our Spring Fun Guide.

35 Mother’s Day Activities in Westchester That Aren't Brunch

It’s almost time to celebrate Mom! While we love nothing more than a great Mother's Day brunch (in fact, there are a lots of kid-friendly area restaurants to try), wrangling little ones in a restaurant isn't always the most relaxing experience.

So whether you’re trying to avoid a mid-meal meltdown courtesy of your toddler or just looking to get outside and enjoy the beautiful spring weather, we rounded up 35 things to do this Mother’s Day that don’t require restaurant reservations. Some take place on Saturday—because, let’s face it, we deserve more than a day!

Looking for more things to do in Westchester and the Hudson Valley? Consult our Event Calendar and sign up for our newsletters!

Family-Friendly Mother's Day Brunch Spots in Northern NJ

Celebrate Mother's Day in style this year with an indulgent family brunch prepared by someone other than mom. Restaurants throughout Northern New Jersey are cooking up some fabulous luncheons full of breakfast delights, salads, carving stations, and desserts. Some of these eateries offer discounts for children, and others are FREE for young kids. Holiday brunches book up quickly though, and many require reservations.

If you're down the shore, explore these wonderful Mother's Day options.

Indulge Mom at these Philly Mother's Day Brunches

Mother's Day is a time for Philly kids to pause and celebrate all Mom does for the family. One classic way to show her how much you love her is by taking Mom to out to eat. There are many options both in the city and in the 'burbs. Sometimes it can be overwhelming to find a venue that will be fun for both Mom and kids. So, we have rounded up plenty of choices including brunches, lunches, teas, and dinners that can entertain the kiddos while making Mom feel special. After all, Moms don't want to do dishes on Mother's Day! No matter what you pick to do for Mom's special day, call or email ahead to make reservations, because many of these events sell out well before Mother's Day weekend rolls around.

If you're looking for something to do after brunch, check out our event calendar for more great ways to celebrate mom.

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