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Toys 'R' Us to Open Playroom Pop-up in Chicago and Atlanta

Calling all Toys "R" Us kids in Atlanta and Chicago! The fun folks at Candytopia, who you know from every amazing candy-filled Instagram photo you’ve seen in the last year, are teaming up with Toys "R" Us to create an all-new, totally immersive pop-up just for kids—and just in time for the holidays. The Toys "R" Us Adventure promises to be just as Insta-worthy as it’s Candytopia counterpart. Selfies with Geoffrey!

How Obé's At-Home Fitness App Actually Helped Me Start Working Out

After welcoming my second baby, I wouldn't say I was feeling my best... A tough pregnancy had left me seriously out of shape, lifting my newborn and toddler was taking a major toll on my back, and let's just say the baby weight wasn't exactly "falling off." At 4-months-old, my little one was diagnosed with a milk protein allergy, which forced me to clean up my diet (no dairy or soy — yikes!), and it finally started to show on the scale. But when the ban was lifted 6 months later, cheese plates and pints of ice cream seemed like the obvious way to celebrate. It was right around then that I heard from obé, an at-home workout app and fitness program, and I figured it had to be a sign, right? I've never been much of a gym-goer, but their apartment-friendly signature 28-minute workouts required no equipment and looked manageable. I put down the mint chocolate chip and the heating pad and created an account.

Read on to find out how the obé fitness app actually got me working out, and why it seems like it was made for busy parents everywhere. Mommy Poppins readers can also snag their first month for just $1 with the code below.

Juneau With Kids: An Insider's Guide to Juneau, Alaska

For many, Juneau may just be a stop on their Alaskan cruise or a layover on their way to other spots in Alaska. For Southeast Alaskans, like my family, Juneau is the “big city," which means that there's more than just a touristy cruise port area to explore in Juneau. There are plenty of things to do in Juneau that will check items off an Alaskan adventure bucket list, as well as more local experiences that give families a taste of real-life in Alaska.

These are my favorite things to do in Juneau, including local spots and top Juneau tours. And if you're heading to Haines during your Alaskan vacation, check out my list of things to do in Haines, Alaska

Things To Do in Chicago this Weekend with Kids: Hungry Caterpillar, Fall Fests

Wait, it's just now officially fall? All those fall festivals every weekend in September were just a warm-up round? Well, good thing those apple-picking and corn-mazing muscles are warmed up, because this weekend delivers the harvest season fun in a big way. Fall Fest kicks off this weekend at Lincoln Park Zoo, fall colors explode (literally) at Bolingbrook's fireworks-and-foliage Fall Fest celebration, and fall festivals swing into action in Downers Grove and Oak Park. But holding onto a last breath of summer is encouraged at the Indian Summer Festival in Woodridge.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar opens at the Chicago Children's Theater this weekend with 75 oversize puppets acting out the classic tale. Meanwhile, family-friendly music performances run all weekend at the world-class Hyde Park Jazz Festival.

The big Oktoberfest party at St. Alphonsus hosts a special Kinderfest both days, or if gyoza is more your taste than oompah, head to the World Dumpling Fest at Navy Pier. Treat the family pooch to a fun day of dog-friendly activities and fun at Barkapalooza, or bring your favorite pint-sized Jedi to Star Wars Reads Day.

And those are just the highlights! For more ideas, see our roundup below or check out our ever-expanding event calendar.

Amazing Corn Mazes for Kids Near Chicago

Getting lost is never as much fun as when you’re in a corn maze, and farms around Chicagoland offer a cornucopia of opportunities for fall fun on the farm. Mazes throughout Illinois and Indiana present creative themes and different ways to navigate the twists and turns, so children of varying ages can join in the challenge. Some corn mazes even host 5K races or flashlight corn maze nights.

Before or after your corn maze adventure, families can enjoy plenty of harvest time fun, including apple picking, pumpkin patching, corn bins, and even Halloween-themed outdoor movies. Many of the farms listed on our corn maze list also host fall festivals throughout the season. Read on for our top picks for corn mazes near Chicago. 

19 Science Fair Projects for Kids from K to Middle School

Crafting the perfect science fair project is a right of passage for most elementary-school kids. The ideal experiment involves a few key ingredients, a little bit of parent involvement, and can be completed in under two weeks.

Traditionally, science fairs take place in fifth grade, but many schools are now incorporating STEM experiments into the curriculum as early as kindergarten, so we've put together a list of 19 easy science fair project ideas, ranging from the tried-and-true “exploding volcano” to extracting DNA from a strawberry. There are chemistry science projects for 5th grade and plenty of hands-on, get messy ideas for the youngest inventors.

Richmond, VA with Kids: 50 Fun Things to Do in Richmond

Richmond’s place in U.S. history is distinct, and many of the best things to do in Richmond, VA, include a stroll past monuments or an icon central to America's origins. One of the oldest cities in the nation, Richmond was the capital city of the Colony of Virginia. It was the site of Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty, or give me death” speech in 1775, and during the American Civil War, Richmond was the capital of the Confederacy.

Today, Richmond is known as the River City, and more colloquially as RVA, and there are plenty of modern attractions and things to do for kids and families. While the deep history is evident in monuments, battlefield sites, and the architecture, Richmond is also home to an expansive parks system, 550 aces of river shoreline, and a growing small business economy, including delicious Richmond restaurants,  breweries, fun festivals, children's museums and science centers, as well as a nearby theme park, Kings Dominion. 

To help you navigate this incredible Southern city, we’ve put together a list of the 50 best things to do in Richmond with kids, as well as a guide to the area.

12 Online Tutoring Services to Help Kids Get Ahead in School

Online tutoring services for kids and teens are readily available at the click of a mouse, making these sites the perfect, in-a-pinch solution for hectic family life.

Perhaps it's 9:30pm on a Thursday, and your 10-year-old has been struggling for over an hour with a particularly tough math question. Maybe math was never your thing. His anxiety is building, yours is through the roof, and you have no idea where to turn...

Kids can get help with core school subjects, specialized classes and subjects, SAT tutoring, and yes, online math tutors, usually instantly, through online tutoring sites. Most offer tutoring chat via text, video, and audio, connecting tutor with student for help or extra practice with just about anything, from chemistry to languages, such as an online Spanish tutor. Some services even run 24/7. So whether your first grader needs help with reading or your high school student wants to pull up that AP calculus grade, consider checking out one of these 12 online tutoring platforms.

Things To Do in Chicago this Weekend with Kids: Youth Art Fest, Oz, Free Museums

Kid-friendly art walks, harvest festivals, and cultural celebrations top the calendar for Chicago families this weekend. To start with, there's the usual full complement of fun fall festivities, including the Oak Brook Autumn Fest, Oak Park's Oaktoberfest, the Autumn in the Park Festival in Palos Park, Bolingbrook's big End of Summer Carnival, the Geneva Autumn Fest, and Naperville's activity-packed Harvest Pow-Wow where kids can learn about the harvest traditions of Native American cultures. The Chicago Japanese Matsuri bids summer farewell in traditional Japanese style with games, crafts, and tasty food.

The day culture fans have been waiting for arrives on Saturday with Smithsonian Free Museum Day: 20+ museums and institutions offer free ticketed admission, including the Adler Planetarium, but don't wait to book your tickets. Also on Saturday, the YAS! Youth Arts Showcase Fest in Millennium Park highlights the creativity of Chicago kids with exhibits and performances. Stick around for another creative, only-in-our-city event that night as the Moonlight Parade at the Bean fills Millennium Park with drummers, glow sticks, and lanterns.

This weekend is also opening day for the Chicago Children's Museum's exhibit devoted to the art of Mo Willems, much-loved author of the Knuffle Bunny and Elephant and Piggie books. Art-loving families can also stroll the Beverly Art Walk or explore the Andersonville Arts Week Fest this weekend. 

Ready for Halloween yet? Pull out your ruby slippers and your lion costume early for the weekend-long Midwest Wizard of Ozfest in Tinley Park, with puppet shows, performances, and photo-ops on the Yellow Brick Road. 

And those are just the highlights! There's lots more to do in this weekend's roundup and in our jam-packed Event Calendar.

Best All-Inclusive Resorts in the US and Caribbean for Families

An all-inclusive resort, or one with extra levels of service and amenities, is almost always a boon to parents traveling with their kids. All-inclusive hotels relieve some of the pressure to entertain little ones, feed them, and even make it easier to decide what to do next during a family vacation

We've rounded up some of our favorite all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean, as well as here in the U.S. Of course, they don't always come cheap, so we've included a couple of more budget options, too. These soup-to-nuts getaways will please the most discerning pint-sized guests (and their paying adults).

Read on for family-friendly resorts that make vacations easy, so you can kick back, relax and just enjoy.

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