Weekend Events

10 Things To Do at Harvard's Arnold Arboretum with Kids in Boston

Do you know that one of the area's most beautiful and peaceful parks is inside city limits—and absolutely free to visit? The second largest "link" in the Emerald Necklace of green space that encircles Boston, the Arnold Arboretum is 281 rolling acres of four-seasons fun, operated by Harvard University and located in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood. The Arboretum is most well-known for its springtime blooms, especially lilacs, but families also flock here for summer hikes, fall foliage, and wintertime sledding. Here are 10 ideas to while away a day in nature, just a short drive or subway ride from downtown.

Easter Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Earth Day and Easter Celebrations, April 20-21

Happy, hoppy Easter! One quick peek at our Event Calendar and you'll quickly see that this weekend is jam-packed with Easter and Earth Day fun. There are egg hunts happening all over the city, Easter Bunny breakfast and photo opps galore, and plenty of ways you can celebrate and save our planet... the hardest decision you're going to have to make this weekend is choosing which event to attend! 

While it's hard to believe that school is actually drawing to a close already, now is also the time to start planning out summer camps for the kids and thinking about what kind of vacations you want to take this summer. Personally, we think a good, old-fashioned Texas road trip would be fun! 

Also worth noting: Target's Car Seat Trade-in is currently happening and is continuing through May 4, so if you're looking to upgrade, now is the time. Simply drop off your old car seat, and you'll get a 20% off coupon for a new car seat, booster seat, car seat base, travel system, stroller, or other "select" baby gear -  valid both in store and online.

In need of more inspiration? Head over to our April GoListFREE Things to Do roundup, and our Spring Fun Guide for even more ideas and activities to do with the family, then start picking and planning. 

Now let's take a look at what's happening in Houston this Easter weekend.

Easter Weekend Fun: Bunny Tales, Breakfasts, and the Circus

It's Easter weekend and don't worry: There are plenty of chances to catch Mr. Bunny and also hunt for an egg or two. Why not search for eggs at a playground with a bouncy house and petting zoo, in an open field (with games, too), or even around an antique carousel? Ever had brunch with a bunny? Now you can!

This weekend is also the perfect time to see the tale of a mischievous rabbit and explore the fascinating world of STEM at this yearly science fest. Celebrate the holiday and soak up knowledge—all in one weekend!

Easter Weekend Fun: Sweets, Passover, and the Music Man

Considering that the events of Passover and Easter are inextricably linked, the dates of the two religious holidays don't coincide as often as you might think. This year they do, which makes for an extra exciting weekend of holiday fun for families. If you're looking for a hearty Easter brunch or egg hunt, there are plenty to choose from, including events in Canton, Fairfield, and Simsbury. For Passover, traditionally celebrated at night, try the Community Seder in West Hartford. 

Or maybe you're just looking for some kid-friendly opportunities to get outside for some fresh spring air. This weekend features Mystic's Spring Fever celebration, ice cream and mini golf in Farmington, and kite-flying in Greenwich. For indoor fun, you can learn about the the history of people and dogs, have a free afternoon at a museum, or see a classic American musical on stage.

Easter Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Easter Promenade, Egg Hunts, Nature

Philly families can count on Mommy Poppins Philadelphia to take the guesswork out of your holiday weekend. That's right! We have the low down on eggs, bunnies, candy, and parades, with a few surprises from museums to festivals to  monster trucks thrown into the mix. 

Begin the weekend collecting treats at egg hunts throughout the Delaware Valley. From high tech searches using GPS to more traditional hunts held at a market, a square, a state park, and a farm, Philly kids are sure to be delighted to fill their Easter baskets. If you still need pictures with the bunny, you can find him at Highland Orchards, Elmwood Park Zoo, Camden Children's Garden as well as on many train rides throughout the region.

Once goodies are gathered and pictures are taken, switch gears by exploring a museum. The Academy of Natural Sciences has its Mythic Creature Exhibit on display while the Benjamin Franklin Museum offers free admission to learn about this important Founding Father. For additional fun, head to Cherry Street Pier to listen to music during the Tiny Room for Elephants Festival or stop over to the Linc to see the big trucks show their stuff at Monster Jam.

Still unsure how to spend this holiday weekend? Keep reading below for our top picks!

Easter Weekend Fun: Easter, Earth Day, Dino Safari, Auto Show

This time of year, the Mommy Poppins calendar gets so big and juicy that one roundup cannot do it justice. So we're reminding you up front this week to check it out: This article is packed, but the calendar is even more packed.

Of course, part of that is because: Easter. So. Much. Easter. The big ticket is Sunday's annual Parade, of course, but among this weekend's FREE egg hunt options, we have St Luke in the Fields, the NYSoM Easter Eggstravaganza, LIC's 10th Annual Egg Hunt in Gantry Park, and the massive hunt in Clay Pit Ponds State Park. Rivers Run Community Garden in the Bronx goes the extra mile and combines its free Easter Egg Hunt with Earth Day activities.

Speaking of Earth Day, NYC does it big, with over 18 major family-friendly happenings around town this weekend, and even more in the coming week. Highlights include the celebration at the NY Botanical Gardens, the Mother Earth PowWow in Brooklyn, Earth Day in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Harlem Grown's annual fest, and the literal cherry on top, the annual Sakura Matsuri extravaganza in Flushing this weekend, which promises Japanese tea ceremonies, drum and dance performances, and lots of blossom peeping. And we naturally (see what we did there?) have the 411 on NYC's other cherry blossom festivals, too.

Other awesome happenings include the Bronx Zoo's Dinosaur Safari opening (a perfect pairing with the fresh T. rex exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History) and The International Auto Show. Vrrrroooom!

By the way, NOW is the time to score tickets to the awesome kids' activities coming up in May with the PEN America World Voices Fest. They're reasonably priced ($5-$15) and some activities are free, but you have to register and they disappear in a flash. Get 'em while you can.

Meanwhile, be sure to take full advantage of our April GoList, check out a local day hike or a destination sandbox, and don't forget to bookmark our curated list of the best NYC Spring Festivals.

Easter Weekend Events: Egg Hunts, Brunches, Bunny Photos

Getting ready for Easter on Sunday? Hop over to our list of Easter Bunny breakfasts and brunches and egg hunts for holiday events all across Long Island. Or head out to a spring festival.

See our April GoList and events calendar for more weekend inspiration. Our Spring Fun Guide will keep you tuned in all season. With spring break looming, maybe it's time to consider a local camp destination

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Weekend Fun for Chicago Kids: Easter, Earth Day, Passover

Happy Easter! Whether you choose to celebrate by sailing on an Easter cruise, running a family 5K, tucking into a fancy Easter brunch (or better still, donuts), gliding at an Easter skate, overlooking the skyline, bunny hopping at a bounce house, decorating Easter cookies, or hunting for treats at one of 50+ (and counting!) Easter egg hunts in Chicago neighborhoods and suburbs, we at Mommy Poppins wish you a joyful holiday. Consult our event calendar or our neighborhood-by-neighborhood egg hunt roundup to find the egg hunt and Easter festival happening nearest you.  

This weekend also brings Earth Day celebrations to Wonder Works in Oak Park and Jesse White Park in Cabrini Green, and families can enjoy a special Passover celebration at Booth One with a traditional Seder menu (is this the year your kid will be brave enough to try gefilte fish? Only one way to find out...). On Saturday, introduce kids to the beauty of Indian classical dance with performances at the DuPage Children's Museum.

It's the final weekend to catch two shows based on beloved children's books: Corduroy at the Athenaeum Theatre, and The Time Warp Trio at the Lifeline Theater. For even more shows, exhibits, events, festivals, and family fun, our event calendar is at the ready.

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