Best Spring Events for NYC Preschoolers and Toddlers

Spring may be the most exciting season of the year for parents and caregivers of preschoolers and toddlers who have been stuck inside for the 5,000 weeks that make up winter. With the arrival of warm weather, it's like New York City itself wakes up from hibernating, and families stream out of their houses to take advantage of all the city has to offer in springtime.

There are so many wonderful things to see and do during April and May, and we've rounded up the best ones specifically for kids ages 5 and under. What's not included? The piles of Easter celebrations, Mother's Day extravaganzas, and Passover observances. Too.Much.Information. (But don't worry, we're covering all the spring holidays in depth in coming weeks.). Without further ado, here's the best of the rest!

19 Best Family Hotels in New York City With Perks for Kids

As a born and bred New Yorker who is raising children here myself, my out-of-town friends always ask my advice when planning their NYC family vacation. They want to know everything: the best things to do, places to eat, museums to explore and, perhaps most important, where to stay.

New York City is, of course, loaded with hotels, many of which are kid-friendly. And while it's nice to have options, there are so many it can feel overwhelming. That's why we've compiled this list of 19 NYC hotels for families based on a combination of personal experience, trusted recommendations from friends, and great reputations. These hotels offer kid-friendly amenities such as pools, free strollers, and even bunk beds. A number of our choices are located right next to top kid attractions; some are more budget-friendly and others a splurge.

Our picks aren't all in Midtown Manhattan. We included places to stay with kids in Lower Manhattan, the Upper West Side, and Upper East Side, and even hotels that are in hot neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens.

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Patrick's, Purim, and Butterflies

Erin go Hamantaschen, it's a Patrick's Purim weekend! Carnivals and parades commemorate our freedom from snakes and evil empires, with bouncy slides, the wearing of the Green, and all around general rowdiness. Nature itself goes wild around LA this weekend, with off-the-growth-charts plants, preternaturally skilled creatures, and precocious performers.

Undoubtedly, it was all the revelry that attracted the crazed butterflies who have taken over our fair skies, which is surely not one of the signs of the Apocalypse. The fine folks at Kidspace and the Natural History Museum have managed to tame the beasties, so all is not lost.

Speaking of tame beasties, what is sure to be my new favorite exhibit is opening at the California Science Center this weekend. Who's a good museum? Who's a good museum?

Drink some green (root)beer, boo the evil Haman, and sit! speak! beg! (or just keep reading) for our best picks for the weekend....

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Spring Break & St. Patrick's Day, March 16-17

While Spring Break may be wrapping up, the festivities are just getting started, because we get to celebrate St. Patrick's Day this weekend! Whether you're watching Irish Dancing at The Woodlands Children's Museum, attending the 60th Annual Houston St. Patrick's Day Parade, or heading to the St. Patrick's Day Festival at Levy Park, there are all sorts of fun events happening that just beg for you to don your favorite green attire. It's also time to start planning your family's summer! Our Summer Camp Guide for Houston Families is filled with tons of camps for every kid, from science to art to camps for the whole family.

As if that wasn't enough, we also have done some pretty awesome round-ups lately on Spring activities to do. In case you missed them:

Plus our event calendar has a plethora of things to do every day of the week. There's no shortage of fun to be had around Houston, that's for sure, and this weekend is a prime example of that. Let's check it out! 

St. Patrick's Day Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Parades, Rainbow Crafts, and Flowers

Who's feeling lucky this weekend? The always-spirited St. Patrick's Day parade is winding its way through Southie this Sunday, Artbeat is crafting lucky rainbows, and even the zoo is celebrating all things green. Families can go on a Celtic sojourn, enjoy Irish entertainment, and even try some Irish dancing themselves (for free!)

Need some Spring in your step? The gorgeous blooms on display at the Boston Flower and Garden Show will get everyone looking forward to warmer days. Another holiday event worth noting is this Purim community event with a play, magician, aerialist, pizza, and more (also for free!).

St. Patrick's Day Weekend Fun for Connecticut Kids: Leprechauns, Purim, and Wizards

Cheers to being halfway through March! We’ve survived the transition to daylight savings time and spring is right around the corner. And St Patrick’s Day weekend is here: that magical time where we all get to be a wee bit Irish. So, dust off your green garb and head to Stamford, Hartford, and Bristol to celebrate. And that’s not all there is to celebrate this weekend. There’s Purim celebrations, fantastic live theatrical performances, and a few more maple festivals as well.

Weekend Fun: St. Patrick's Day, Purim, T.Rex, and Kids' Theater

St. Patrick's Day troops into NYC this weekend, marching up Fifth Avenue on Saturday and through Park Slope on Sunday. Our family-friendly guide to St. Patrick's Day events in NYC is a pot of gold with details on everything shamrocky—and don't miss the weekend-long Irish fun at the Children's Museum of Manhattan.

Naturally, green isn't the only game in town. The International Children's Film Festival comes to a rollicking conclusion Saturday evening with its Best of the Fest Screening and Awards party, and you'll find plenty of screenings on Saturday and Sunday for all ages and interests. Lightwire Theater recreates the tale of The Ugly Duckling with a cutting-edge blend of puppetry, technology and dance, and The Jedi Academy instructs young Skywalkers at Symphony Space. Olive and Pearl inspires little imaginations all weekend long at BAM.

Meanwhile, at the American Museum of Natural History, T.rex: The Ultimate Predator has officially opened, and Snark Park has opened its interactive design environment, Lost and Found, in Hudson Yards. Plus, it's Purim! Head over to the Park Street East School for a full-on festival, or hit the costume party, games and face painting fun at Hannah Senesh in Brooklyn.

And there's more. (Because of course, there's always more!) Take a peek at our March GoList or our ever-expanding daily NYC Event Calendar.

Best Spring 2019 Events for New Jersey Toddlers and Preschoolers

Good news for toddler and preschool mamas who are over being cooped up indoors. Spring is just around the corner! You'll find plenty to look forward to when you comb through these upcoming events for the under-6 crowd.

We've rounded up the best things to do with tots from mid-March through the end of May, and they're sure to put some spring in your steps. From amusement park openings to Easter activities to family-friendly performances, there's something for everyone in your family to enjoy. Read on for our top spring event picks for NJ kids under 6. And be sure to sneak a peek at our Spring Fun Guide for even more great events.

Weekend Fun for DC Kids: St. Patrick's Day, Persian New Year, Nature March 16-17 2019

This final weekend before the official start of spring is filled with plenty of family fun to keep your mind on springtime fun (and pretend winter is already over). Families can choose from St. Patrick's Day parades to family-friend cruises. There's also the celebration of Nowruz, the Persian New Year, happening at various places around the Metro area.

Looking to get outside? Nature, it seems, has already sprung, so be sure and check out some of the fun outdoorsy events taking place this weekend.

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Weekend Events: St. Patrick's Day, Tea Party, Theater

To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the Children's Museum of the East End is breaking out the sodium bicarbonate and whipping up one of its favorite quick breads—Irish soda bread. Be a green engineer and design a trap to lure lost leprechauns all weekend long at the Long Island Explorium.

Dress as your favorite princess and be treated like royalty at Ballet Long Island's Princess Tea Party.

Check out our St. Patrick's Day guide for a roundup of more events across Long Island. 


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