100 Things to Do in New York State with Kids Before They Grow Up

We might be biased, but we think New York state has it all for families. From the gorgeous Hamptons beaches to the rugged state forests, serene lake regions, and deafening Niagara Falls to the culture and arts found in New York City on up through the Hudson Valley river towns and beyond—we feel pretty lucky.

As a state, we’re pretty good at making delicious food items, from ramen burgers and bagels to ice cream, and even wine at family-friendly vineyards on Long Island and through the Finger Lakes. There are children’s museums galore. Kids have no shortage of water and theme parks, cool playgrounds, zoos, parks, and nature, of course.

And yet, the thing about childhood is that it’s finite. The kids grow up, maybe move away. Sniff, sniff. We want to soak up every moment. So we put together this list of 100 of our favorite things to do around New York, from upstate and the Adirondacks to East End of Long Island. We collected suggestions from Mommy Poppins contributors, past and former, to fuse it all together just for you (OK, for us, too). Whether you're planning a long weekend getaway or a family day trip, you're sure to find some ideas here. Enjoy!

20 Fun Spring Break Activities and Events in Connecticut

Although Mother Nature sometimes has a few tricks up her sleeve, signs of spring are really and truly spreading across Connecticut. The daffodils are blooming in Litchfield, trails are ready for the pitter patter of feet in Stamford, and ice cream cones are just about ready to be filled in Newtown. Perhaps the biggest sign of the change of seasons for many of us is spring break and five whole days free of the school-morning scramble.

Although you may dream of cruising away to the warm seas of the Caribbean, in reality, you may not get much farther than the shores of the Long Island Sound this April vacation week. Thankfully, we live in a place where staycations are full of interesting possibilities, from full-day vacation camps to family-friendly workshops. Make sure to check out 30 things we can’t wait to do this spring in Connecticut for even more ideas.

Weekend Fun: Roller Derby, Easter Bunnies, and Nature Fun; March 30-31

The birds are singing, the daffodils are poking through, and I have even seen some buds on the trees. March is coming in like a lamb, and Connecticut is greening up once again! It's a great weekend to explore the outdoors, and there are nature activities for kids in DarienWeston, and Westport. The Easter Bunny is hopping through the state starting in Danbury. Plus, you can spend your whole weekend getting crafty at Java JamHistory Kids Craft Day, or Sunday FunDay Crafts. Looking for some faster-pace fun? The Connecticut Roller Derby Season Opener in Trumbull promises plenty of exciting action.

15 Super Easy April Fools' Day Pranks to Play on Your Kids

There are few things more satisfying than pulling a fast one on your own kid, but elaborate prep work is sure to sap the fun out of any good April Fools' Day joke. In the past, we've shared ideas for old-school gags and fun tricks to play on children, but more recently, we've found that the very best pranks are also the simplest.

Here, we run down 15 easy ways to show kids that we still have the upper hand—at least when it comes to April Fools' Day!

Easter Egg Hunts and Bunny Trains for Kids in Connecticut

Hippity hoppity hooray—Easter is on its way! If you're like us and you can't wait any longer for springtime, Cadbury Eggs and cute bonnets, we've got you covered. With everything from glow-in-the-dark egg hunts to egg decorating workshops to Easter train rides, we have rounded up a list of bunny sightings and egg-stravaganzas across the state. Most of these events are geared towards preschoolers and younger elementary age children, so keep that in mind if you have older kids. Also note that some events require pre-registration and are dependent on decent weather, so be sure to check updates before heading out. Have a hopping good time...and check out our post about Easter breakfasts and brunches for even more bunny-themed fun.

Spring Festivals and Fairs for Kids and Families in Connecticut

Aaaaah, spring is in the air! It’s like the entire world is waking up from a long winter’s nap and is ready to party. You and your family can join in on the fun with these springtime festivals, fairs, and special events located around Connecticut this season. These events are blossoming with crafts, delicious treats, family-friendly activities, and boundless fun. So head outside with the children and enjoy all that spring in Connecticut has to offer. If the warming temps have awakened your sense of wanderlust, make sure you check out  30 more things we can't wait to do this spring.

Pip's Island Interactive Theater Experience Makes Kids the Stars

There's no shortage of great theater here in New York, but there are very few shows where children actually get to play an interactive role in the story. Enter Pip's Island, a production in which young audience members become characters—no, stars—themselves, engaging with the actors in a roving, room-to-room adventure.

After a successful trial run in 2016, the show has re-opened in a custom-built space giving Pip, his friends Finn and Pebble, and countless kids a whole new immersive environment where they can play out their adventure as they attempt to save Pip's Island from the villainous Joules Volter.

Weekend Fun: March Madness, Celtic Magic, and a Botanical Circus; March 23-34

It's the first weekend of Spring! And while this time of year can mean many things to many people, to a sports fan it's time for March Madness. Is your child a college basketball fan? UConn is hosting NCAA men's Division 1 basketball's first and second round action this weekend. Does your child's taste run more toward sticks and pucks? Head to Hamden for the Frozen Four NCAA Hockey Women's National Championship at Quinnipiac. If you're still digging winter, get some outdoor skating or winter hiking in. Finally, for some post-St. Pat's fun, why not take in some Celtic magic in Manchester?

7 Single Parent Hacks for Entertaining Kids (and Staying Sane) Every Day of the Week

March 21st is National Single Parent Day. Yes, that's a thing. It even has a hashtag #NationalSingleParentDay. Yipeee, let's celebrate you! The holiday was created in 1984 to "honor the sacrifices and diligent work of single parents across our country" with the hopes that it would become just as popular as Mother's Day or Father's Day. Okay, that's pretty cool. Except, you know, when you're single... there's no one to actually go out and get you roses or candy or take you to dinner or even draw you a bath...on National Single Parent Day, on Mother's Day, on Father's Day, or any other day... because, you're SINGLE. But you deserve to be celebrated—if not with roses then at least with a few helpful hacks to get through the week.

Easter Bunny Breakfasts and Brunches for Kids and Families in Connecticut

With spring in the air, it's time to polish up those dress shoes and think about a special Easter breakfast or brunch with kids. If your kiddo is keen be treated to a very special meal and maybe hunt for eggs or shake a paw, check out these Easter-themed meals at community centers and restaurants around the state. For more ideas to celebrate this gorgeous season in Connecticut, bookmark our spring fun guide.


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