Favorite Mommy and Me Classes in NYC

Mommy and Me (or Daddy and Me) classes rule, and not just because little ones learn something new. In a city like NYC, taking a swim class or music class with your infant or toddler is a great way to meet other parents, and a social baby is a happy baby. Extra plus? All that learning and making friends sometimes translates to excellent sleeping (for both of you).

The hardest part of signing up for parent-child classes in New York City might be choosing from one of the hundreds of options, so we've rounded up a few of the spots our community of expert parents recommend most. Some of our favorite spots even multi-task, so you can move from a swim class at Bronx House to a creative movement or art class, for example, or bop from a music class at Kids at Work to "Mess it Up" (art) or Mandarin lessons.

If you need something close to home, remember that YMCAs and JCCs all host classes for little humans, from swimming to gymnastics (special shout out to the 14th St and 92nd St Ys for their dazzling range of programs).

As always, you can find even more NYC classes in our Classes Guide and Directory Listings.

Swim Lessons and Classes for New Jersey Kids

Looking for a way to introduce your child to the pool? Parent-child swim classes are a great way to help kids develop a love of swimming and instill confidence around the water. These programs teach water skills in a safe and age-appropriate way, and most allow children as young as 6 months to participate. Once your little one gets the hang of it, you can take the family to the pool, beach, or water park with confidence. And most programs continue to offer lessons for kids up to age 12 and beyond.

For more kids' classes, be sure to check out our Guide to Classes and Enrichment Programs.

Destination Playground: East 110th Street Playground Is a Central Park Gem

As a Harlemite, the northern edge of Central Park has always held a special place in my heart. It's a little off the beaten path, far from the tourist draws in Midtown, but it's still teeming with activity and attractions, including one of our very favorite playgrounds, the East 110th Street Playground. This playground, which was completely rebuilt in 2013, is a prime romping spot for school-age kids, whether they are uptown residents or visitors to this scenic edge of the park.

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Hollywood CicLAvia, Wings over Camarillo, Tacos, & Rocket Fever

Things are about to change around here. Say goodbye to the nonstop fiesta filled with concerts, festivals, and moviesA huge chunk of kids in the LA area are going back to school sometime in the next week, and that means ...{checks notes} ...a continuation of the nonstop fiesta filled with concerts, festivals, and movies. Huh. Go figure.

This weekend, for instance: you can go full Little Tokyo at the closing weekend of the Nisei Week, with a gyoza eating contest and the Rubik's Cube Open. You can chow down on BBQ and tacos. You can take flight, soaring through the skies, or reaching for the space just beyond that. 

There's lots of music making and moving pictures.There may even be a chance to learn something as well, but we will call it entertainment. No need to put up a stink. It's just a typical weekend round these parts. Now that school is starting.

Keep reading for our not any different, totally back-to-school best picks for the weekend 

Weekend Fun: Fisherman's Feast, Fairs, and Butterflies

​Let's hope these perfect, late-summer temps continue this weekend with all of the outdoor fun Boston has to offer. From the Fisherman Feast in the North End to a fair in Marshfield that people have been flocking to for over a century, this weekend is packed with some of Massachusetts' most beloved August events.

Want to exercise your mind as well as your legs? Check out this family scavenger hunt. You can also celebrate the power of watergo green, catch a lion dancefloat like a butterfly, or enjoy a lobster bake on the waterfront. Fall is fast approaching, so max out on these long days with these or other activities from our end-of-summer checklist.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Detective Days, Houston Restaurant Weeks, Aug. 17-18

With temperatures climbing above 100 degrees, it seems a little silly to say that summer has ended, which is why we came up with 14 things you should do with the kids before the summer is over. School may have started, but that doesn't mean the fun has ended!

Now also seems like the perfect time to head down to Galveston for the weekend, and the Island is promising to deliver some fun events for the family! Saturday, you can spend the morning learning how to build sandcastles on Stewart Beach, then lace up your running shoes and head to East Beach at night for the popular Sand Crab 5k & 10k (they have a Kids Mile, too!). Kick off Sunday morning with Bay Explorations at Galveston Island State Park, visit the Galveston's Own Farmers Market at The Bryan Museum after, and cap it off by partaking in the Galveston Family Beach Challenge at Stewart Beach during the day. A whole weekend of family activities at the beach sounds like a pretty perfect way to beat the heat

Not in the mood to leave the city? We've got a whole host of other activities you can choose from, just head to our event calendar for a day-by-day breakdown of what's happening in Houston or take a look at our August GoList for a monthly overview of the coolest things happening this month. And make sure you sign up for our weekly newsletter so you can have everything that gets published on Mommy Poppins delivered to your inbox; it makes planning a breeze.

For anyone who is planning an activity, we would love to make sure it has a spot on our calendar as well! All you have to do is submit your event to our calendar. Once it's submitted, we'll review it and publish it so it gets shared with all of our readers.

Let's see what this weekend has to offer.

Weekend Fun: Country Fairs, Dragon Boats, and Oysterfest

What's your favorite part of a country fair? Is it the animals? The music? The carnival rides? The fried dough? All this and more is on offer at the array of country fairs happening this weekend all over Connecticut, from Bridgewater to Wolcott to Hamburg. If you're interested in more celebrations, check out the Oyster Festival in Milford or the Dragon Boat Festival in Hartford. 

If you're in the mood for some more easygoing fun, catch your breath at the Dinosaur State Park Day or the Summer Starts Planetarium Shows at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center in Stamford. Or, maybe check off one of your summer bucket list items with a stop by the Voluntown Farmers Market on Sunday.

For the latest and best family-friendly goings on around the state, keep checking in on our frequently updated events calendar and follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Have a great weekend!

Weekend Fun: Lighthouse Celebration, Polish Town Fair, Jester Jim

Visit Montauk Point Lighthouse for Colonial games, pirate parades, and traditional pottery this weekend. Get immersed in Polish heritage at the annual Polish Town Fair in Riverhead. Catch Jester Jim's show filled with juggling, magic, audience participation, beat boxing, and more at Hempstead Lake State Park. These are just some of the great events and activities for Long Island kids and families this weekend.    

Weekend Fun: RibFest, Renaissance Faire, Pow-Wow

There's something fun and rewarding to do for every taste and every age this weekend in Westchester and the Hudson Valley.

It's a great time to visit the New York Renaissance Faire, which has plenty of perks for kids—including FREE admission and a costume parade and contest.

Celebrate Jewish heritage at the Jewish Music & Arts Heritage Festival, where entertainment, food, amusements for the kiddies, and shopping await. Sports fans can get their fill of memorabilia and more at the Baseball Card Show. All ages can celebrate the rich and vibrant culture of Native Americans at the annual Nimham Pow Wow and feast at the Hudson Valley RibFest, which offers more than just the opportunity to chow down.

Read on for more details and many more options ahead. Additionally, our August GoList highlights our top picks for the month, and don't forget: our Event Calendar includes suggestions for every day of the week and is frequently updated, so check back often!

Things to Do This Weekend: Harlem Fest, Sand Castles, Kites, Math Fest, Honey

We're counting on having a great time at the fourth annual Math Festival hosted by MoMath on Saturday, with laser cutting, giant mazes, music, and roller coaster design to make STEM irresistible.

Also this Saturday: Watch the colors fly at the Upper West Side's annual Kite Flying Festival. Scoot down to the third (and final) Summer Streets Fest. Skip through the sprinklers at Asphalt Green's second splashy free-for-all. Or head down to Coney Island to enjoy the sunshine and artistry at the annual Sand Sculpting Contest.

Harlem Week romps through uptown all weekend long, with a children's festival on Saturday and daily performances that run from hip hop to poetry to tap dance. And Wave Hill is literally buzzing—it's Honey Weekend again, and that means candle-making, sweet treats, and the traditional Be a Bee workshop and parade.

All this, plus over a hundred other events (50+ each day) are baked into the Mommy Poppins Calendar. Check out our list of the 50 best places to cool off this summer, and don't forget the fun-packed August Go List. And the outdoor movies that were canceled due to all the rain earlier this summer are now being scheduled through September—bookmark our Free Outdoor Movie page to see what's playing (for free!) near you.

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