Weekend Fun for Chicago Kids: Flower Shows, Bugs, Comic Expo, Kids' Concerts

After a winter like the one Chicagoans have just weathered, who could blame you for having a little spring fever? The first weekend of spring kicks off with tons of activity, with spring festivals and fairs like the tasty Maple Syrup Festival at North Park, the colorful Holi celebration at Navy Pier, and the Good Food Festival for foodies of all ages in Little Italy.

You deserve some sweetness and color in your life (that's why you had kids, right?), and this weekend, flower-lovers are in luck. The Chicago Flower and Garden Show: Flowertales runs through Sunday, and it's also the first weekend of the Macy's Flower Show with this year's super kid-friendly intergalactic theme. If that's not enough spring blooms for you, there's also the ongoing Spring Flower Show "Understory: Layers of Light" at Garfield Park Conservatory, and the final weekend of the Orchid Show at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

The Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo brings tons of family-friendly activities, workshops, and concerts to McCormick Place this weekend, including Quidditch and medieval knight lessons. On Saturday the Chicago Symphony Orchestra presents Once Upon a Symphony: The Boy and the Violin, a narrative concert especially for the preschool set based on a Brazilian folktale. In Naperville, lovers of all things creepy-crawly won't want to miss interacting with the insect world at the Bug Bonanza on Saturday. And also on Saturday, kids and caregivers can take part in a day of FREE art-making workshops and activities at Elephant With Riders, Choosing Amongst Winners.

There's plenty more in our Event Calendar, and watch this space for more spring family fun

Weekend Fun for DC Kids: Cherry Blossom Festival, Marvel Universe, March 23-24, 2019

Bring on spring...and the cherry blossoms! This weekend marks the kick off of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, as well as some other cherry blossom-related events, like bicycling, Japanese culture days, and more. 

Looking for something a little less pink and a little more "superhero"? Marvel Universe Live! comes to the DC area for the Iron Man, Spider-Man, or Black Panther fan in the family. 

No matter what you choose to pencil in on the family calendar, Mommy Poppins wishes you a great weekend!

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Orlando's Wyndham Bonnet Creek Offers Disney-Adjacent Suites and Resort Amenities

Finding the perfect place to stay for your Orlando family vacation can be hard. You want a location with good proximity to the amusement parks, but don't forget there’s lots more to do in Orlando than just theme parks, so a resort that is fun on its own can save you a bundle and also be a whole lot more fun. Family-sized suites, kitchens, and laundry options bring the comforts of home that take the stress out of a family trip, too.

Wyndham Bonnet Creek offers luxurious condo-style one-, two-, three-, and four-bedroom family suites adjacent to Walt Disney World and close to other Orlando attractions. With a full schedule of resort activities, five pool complexes, including a lazy river and water slides, it’s no wonder it ranks No. 4 on Condé Nast Traveler's 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards list of Top Resorts in Orlando.

What to Do in the Flatiron and Union Square With Kids

The adjacent Flatiron District and Union Square neighborhoods are two of Manhattan's most unlikely kid-friendly areas. Even though both are filled with office buildings and chain stores, there are lots of amenities for families if you know where to look. Both boast beautiful parks with destination playgrounds, a great selection of family restaurants, and one-of-a-kind attractions like the interactive Museum of Mathematics, kid-lit haven Books of Wonder and the statue-filled Lego Store.

Because the nabes encompass less than a mile together, families can easily explore both in one day, even with a short-attention-span toddler in tow. Of course with so many things to see, do and experience in this 15-block stretch from 11th to 26th Streets between Fifth and Park Avenues, you'll probably need more than just a day to hit all our recommended stops.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Outdoors, Women's History, Holi March 23-24

No matter what Punxsutawney Phil said, there is no doubt about it. According to the calendar, it's the first official weekend of spring in the Delaware Valley. Welcome it with some great family activities found in our events calendar.

With spring's arrival, Philly families can find many opportunities to get outdoors. Those who enjoy fishing can cast a line at Norristown Farm Park or Linvilla Orchards. Animal lovers can construct a bird house for bluebirds or meet a whitetail deer named Max. Other interesting activities include creating paper kites from recyclable materials at Wissahickon Environmental Center or trying archery at Warwick County Park.

Museums also offer engaging experiences. National Constitution Center recognizes Women's History Month with exhibits, displays, and an educational music video workshop inspired by Lady Gaga while Please Touch Museum celebrates the Hindu spring festival known as Holi. Kids visiting the Museum can expect to see traditional Indian dancers, henna art, and a confetti color throwing party.

Keep reading for more ideas on how to make this spring weekend a great one.

Macy's Flower Show and 6 More NYC Spots to See Spring's Blooms

After so many hours spent indoors during cold winter months, springtime in New York City is one of my family’s favorite seasons. Besides the warmer weather and increased outdoor playtime, we love spotting the season’s first snowbells, crocuses, and blossoming trees

While plenty of flowers poke through the earth in neighborhood parks and along city sidewalks—not to mention community gardens—there are a few spots in the city where spring blooms are downright outstanding. Springtime also brings the annual flower show at Macy's, which kicks off this weekend on Sunday, March 24. To celebrate the arrival of spring, we've rounded up our favorite places to enjoy springtime

Spring Break Camps for Long Island Kids, 2019

Long Island schools are closed for a whole week for spring break this year. With so much time to fill, why not check out these daily and weekly camp options?

Spring break begins for most school districts after school on Friday, April 19, continuing through Sunday, April 28. So, whether you're entertaining a budding scientist, aspiring artist, or a sports enthusiast, there's a camp to satisfy seemingly every interest. For more spring break entertainment ideas, be sure to check out our daily event calendar.

Weekend Fun: Makers Day, Kidfest, The Cat in the Hat

Put on your thinking caps this first weekend of spring. Saturday marks New Jersey Makers Day, and hands-on crafty and tech events take place in Scotch Plains and Fanwood libraries and Museum of Early Trades and Crafts. More educational fun awaits at Montclair Literary Festival and SMASH: Crocs at New Jersey State Museum.

Plus, bring on the early spring festivals this weekend, including the 9th Annual Kidfest, New Jersey Theatre Alliance's Stages Festival, and Jersey Shore Spring Comic Book Show.

Find even more weekend options in our Spring Guide, including 50+ Things We Can't Wait To Do with Kids This Spring in NJ! And look to our March GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

Great Birthday Party Places for Preschoolers in Manhattan

You won't be long into your parenting journey before you realize your toddler has a more robust social life than you. Once your kid hits preschool, your weekends are no longer your own. Instead, you'll be toting your kid from one party place to another—and maybe classes, too.

I've been at the game for more than a decade and have ushered three kids to countless soirees around New York City. I've seen my fair share of the city's kid-party venues, so I'm rounding up a sampling of Manhattan's best-of-the-best to recommend for your next party.

Whether your style is exorbitantly fancy or simple and classic, here are a dozen spots in Manhattan perfect for hosting your preschooler's party.

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