Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Puppet Festival, Poppy Festival, Fiesta Broadway

This weekend is about celebrating something; I'm just not sure what it is. Is your STEAM throwback or cutting edge? Are you hanging by a string or got no strings on you? That mother you keep talking about—is it Mother Earth or a mother-to-be?

As you take to the streets, are you exploring your hometown? Are you donning a cape to save the day? Or are you just running in circles diamonds?

Look at you all in orange! Are you done up for the Dutch King's birthday, or are you a field of poppies? Is it Cinco de Mayo, or New Year's, or have I just lost count? Despite the confusion, it's actually easy as pie: it's all of that and more!

Keep reading for our completely not confusing selection of picks for this weekend....

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Nature Fest, Fort Bend Arts Festival, April 27-28

It may be the last weekend in April, but there are so many cool events and activities happening Saturday and Sunday, and we found the perfect way to kick off whichever event you attend: donuts! Not just any donuts, though; the donut shops on this list may carry the traditional glazed or frosted donuts your family has come to know and love, but they also carry donuts that pack a punch.

There are also two great sensory-friendly events happening this weekend for anyone with a special needs family member: one at the Houston Museum of Natural Science and one at George Ranch Historical Park. At both events, special measures are being taken so that those with special needs are able to enjoy the exhibits with minimal noise and distractions. 

For even more family-fun, be sure to check out our April GoListFree Things to Do With Houston Kids in April list, and our event calendar, as well as our Spring Fun Guide and Rainy Day Activities list. Whether you're staying home or getting out, we can guarantee that with us by your side no moment will be a dull one! 

Weekend Fun for DC Kids: Awesome Con, Earth Day, Science April 27-28

Just in time for the opening weekend of The Avengers' final installment, AwesomeCon descends on Washington, DC. Three full days of geek culture celebrations, the sci fi fans in your family won't want to miss out on the capital's Comic Con. For the younger set, there is a "Jr." version of the event appropriate for children aged 3 through 10.

More into science than science fiction? Families can learn about dinosaurs, explore the wildlife in local parks, or hop into some Earth Day and Arbor Day fun. Families can also get out and enjoy some of the spring festivals that are going on this weekend as well.

Whatever you choose, we hope you have a great last weekend of April with your loved ones!

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Weekend Fun: Earth Day Celebrations, Flowers, and Festivals; April 27-28

April is going out with a bang in Connecticut, and the last weekend of the month offers lots of ways to celebrate. Get your cotton candy and ride tickets ready, because carnival season kicks off this weekend in Meriden, Redding, and Fairfield. If you want to keep things more down to earth, make sure to check out the Spring Fling, Sheep Wool & Fiber Festival, and other Earth Day celebrations.

I’ve heard that this weekend many trees and bulbs in Connecticut will be in full bloom and the waterfalls will be flowing. Make sure you save some time to get out there and explore the natural beauty of the state we’re lucky to call home.

Weekend Funs: Kayak Races, Art Fests, and Sheep; April 27-28

Spring is in the air and along with it are some of the most festive spring festivals for families in Boston. Art is in bloom at the MFA this weekend, as well as in Melrose and even at the zoo. If you've only got 90 seconds, you'll enjoy this mini film festival. Families can also celebrate the Earth, comics, Japan, and even sheep! Ready to get on the water? Check out this open house and these races on the Charles

Weekend Fun: Car-Free Earth Day, Arbor Day, and Festivals Galore

National Arbor Day is April 26, so naturally this weekend includes lots of tree-themed outings. For starters, the massive Brooklyn Botanic Garden Sakura Matsuri festival takes place all weekend, celebrating those fleeting cherry blossoms and Japanese culture. More tree hugging can be accomplished at Wave Hill's Arbor weekend, at The Evergreens Cemetery, and at the Queens Botanical Arbor Fest. While you're in Queens, stop by the Hello Kitty Cafe Truck for a snack.

All that, plus Car Free Earth Day is back in Manhattan and Brooklyn on Saturday, and every borough is hosting festivals galore, including this weekend's Street Games in Harlem, the Puppetry Arts Fest in Park Slope, the free NYFEST (about all things soccer) in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Prospect Park's Earth Day fest, the Jack and Jill School Spring Fair in Stuyvesant Town, and Staten Island's How To Festival, to name just a few. And something more to chew on: the Brooklyn Public Library celebrates the Very Hungry Caterpillar's 50th anniversary on Sunday.

Check out our Spring Fun Guide, the best upcoming family festivals this season, events for the pre-K and toddler crowd, and more outdoor fun like the May 1 opening of Governors Island, or maybe a little mini golf (did you know there are now 14 miniature golf courses in NYC—at least one in each borough?)! And don't forget the calendar, which gets fatter every day as summer approaches!

20+ STEM Summer Camps for New Jersey Kids

When you think "summer camp," you might picture canoeing on a lake, playing capture the flag, and eating s'mores by a campfire. But camp can also be about coding, constructing robots, and building with Legos. We've rounded up more than 20 New Jersey STEM camps that promise a summer of fun for budding scientists, engineers, and computer programmers. Find more New Jersey summer camps in our Camp Guide and Full Directory of Listings

Weekend Fun for Chicago Kids: Hamilton, Earth Day, Kids' Obstacle Course

The weekend after Earth Day coincides with Arbor Day this year, meaning there are kid-friendly festivals in honor of nature to attend all over Chicagoland. The Morton Arboretum hosts a weekend-long Arbor Day fest, the Chicago Botanic Garden lights up with cherry blossoms and other spring blooms, and kids can learn how to protect our planet at Earth Day celebrations at the Cosley Zoo in Wheaton, as well as fests in Naperville, Oak Park, Glen Ellyn, Skokie, and Schaumburg, among others. Plus, the whole family can get involved with cleaning up our environmental act at an annual parks department cleanup event, or learn about how ancient civilizations recycled their trash at Ancient Earth Day

Ninja warriors-in-training won't want to miss the kid-friendly challenges at the Addison Youth Obstacle Course Race this Saturday, and bookworms will love digging into the Independent Bookstore Day celebration in Glen Ellyn. The whole family can get their Mother's Day and Father's Day shopping done at the Spring One of a Kind Show at the Mart.

Oh, and there's a bit of a thing opening this weekend about this super-obscure little musical—you probably wouldn't heard of it, it's about the American Revolution, but with rap? Just a little bitty show called Hamilton: The Exhibition. No big whoop. (Wink, nudge.)

For even more spring fun, see our roundup of spring fairs and festivals, plus our Chicago playground hall of fame, and our ever-expanding calendar.

Weekend Fun: KidVenture, Earth Day Celebrations, Spring Fests

We wrap up April by shifting our attention to the many Earth Day celebrations and spring festivals taking place this weekend in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. One of our favorite things about this weekend’s top picks? Most are FREE!

There are numerous ways to celebrate Earth Day and pay homage to Mother Nature. Some of the events on our radar invite hands-on help like clean-ups, while others emphasize fun activities like nature crafting and animal encounters. We’re keen on Greater Ossining Earth Day Festival and the Hudson Highlands Earth Day Celebration, but you’ll find other noteworthy offerings both below and on our calendar, as well.

Other fun in store this weekend are the White Plains Comic Fest, the two-day Hudson Valley KidVenture, and the last hurrah of the annual StrawFest.

We hope you heeded our earlier advice to snag tickets to the Sheep Shearing Fest and Rosie Revere, Engineer; as predicted, both are now sold out.

Read on and click through for details on these and other highlights of the coming weekend. Looking for more? Consult our Event Calendar, check out our Spring Activity Guide, and sign up for our newsletters!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Science, Earth Day, BrickFest April 27-28

Mommy Poppins Philadelphia's events calendar is exploding with fun this April weekend. Throughout the Delaware Valley, families can expect scientific exploration, outdoor experiences, and LEGO fun.

Begin with the annual tradition of the Philadelphia Science Festival. Activities start on April 26 and run through May 4. There are plenty of venues hosting events, most of which are free. On Saturday, kids can participate in hands-on STEM activities at Clark Park and Hunting Park or learn about pond ecology at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education while Sunday offers the chance to Be a Scientist! at local venues throughout the region or play with bubbles at Rail Park. After participating in science fun, clean up planet Earth during events hosted at Fonthill Castle or Norristown Farm Park. Delaware Museum of Natural History is also hosting an Earth Day event. Then, head to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center for Brick Fest Live! Grown ups and kids alike can enjoy building cars for the BrickFest Speedway, play games in the Video Games Arena, and help create the world's largest LEGO® mosaic.

Planning ahead for summer vacation? Be sure to check out our latest post on family road trips and recently updated family-friendly campground post.


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