Top New Amusement Parks and Rides Opening This Summer

The summer family vacation season is right around the corner, so it's never too early to start dreaming of your escape. Amusement parks, of course, are always top of mind for the kids come summer, so we've trekked up and down the eastern seaboard (virtually, anyway) to find the coolest new theme park attractions set to open this spring and summer.

There's a brand-new thrill ride at Six Flags New England, a pint-sized coaster at Sesame Place, a whole new Toy Story Land in Orlando, and Thomas Town opens near Pittsburgh with plenty of locomotive fun. Read on for more than a dozen new top attractions we're looking forward to checking out at amusement parks spanning from Massachusetts to Florida this summer.

Toddler and Preschool Birthday Party Venues and Ideas on LI

Toddler birthday parties are exciting. But for parents, it can be stressful planning that perfect party.

Finding a location or a unique idea is a challenge. But good news: Whether you're looking for an engaging indoor play space, an outdoor environment, or even a home party with entertainment, there are plenty of toddler-friendly options across Long Island that we have compiled for you here. As always, check out our Long Island Party Guide for more on planning the ideal party for a child of any age.

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Wistaria, Nature Fest, and St. Patrick's

Prepare to be invaded this weekend: by mechanical walking vehicles and overgrown vines. By creatures of the water; by creatures of the land and sky. By wriggling worms ... scratch that, by fluttery creatures.  

By competitors fleet of foot and light on their toes. By loyal patriots (or invading armies, depending on your colors). 

By scientists, tigers, and bunnies, oh my. And by an endless parade of green things.

So sit back and enjoy it. Because as invasions go, this one is going to be a blast.

Keep reading for our most invasive picks for this weekend.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: OrKIDS, St. Patrick Day, Easter Bunny, March 17-18

Philly families are in luck this St. Patrick's Day weekend. Throughout the Delaware Valley, there are many ways to find the proverbial pot of gold, in other words, activities that everyone in your crew can enjoy. From train rides to festivals to hikes, our event calendar is jam-packed with options.

Unfortunately for leprechauns, they share this weekend with the Easter Bunny as Philly kids look to get sweet treats for spring. Children can take a Hayride to Bunnyland, climb aboard the Easter Bunny Express, indulge in a delicious Brunch with the Bunny, or search for Easter eggs.

Plan out additional springtime fun by browsing throughout our recently updated posts highlighting Baby Animals and Easter Farm Fun and Easter Train Rides as well as our Spring Consignment Post. For now, keep reading for our top weekend picks.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Circus Saurus, Spring Break Fun, March 17-18

This weekend is a big one! Not only is it the last weekend of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (so get your fill of all the free rodeo activities while you can!), but it's also the last weekend of city-wide Spring Break events, with activities happening in full force from the Lone Star Flight Museum to Blessington Farms and everywhere in between. 

Fair weather and mild temperatures also make this the perfect time to start planning outdoor activities, and March marks the beginning of Bluebonnet season, the start of Spring fun, and crawfish, crawfish, crawfish

The family fun doesn't end there, though; our event calendar is packed with daily activities and events all over Houston, and our March GoList rounds up the top events taking place throughout the month. We also highly recommend taking a look at our Top 100 Things to Do With Houston Kids, also known as the ultimate bucket list of Houston landmarks and unique things to do around the city. Stay in the loop with all of our Mommy Poppins content and coverage by signing up for our weekly newsletter, and we'll send everything straight to your inbox. 

Last, but certainly not least, if you're planning an event, we want to cover it! Let us help you get the most exposure by submitting your event to our calendar, and we'll do take it from there. 

Now, let's spring forward into the weekend events!

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Happy St. Patrick's Day, Mar 17-18

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 Leprechaun luck charms, and even the zoo is celebrating all things green. Speaking of holidays, there is a toddler-friendly Passover story and cooking event, and a chance to visit with a special bunny at Chip-In Farm (not to mention a potential Pi Day broken record!). 

St. Patrick's Day Weekend Fun: Parades, Parties, and Painting

Okay, my friends, it's go time: the last weekend of winter is here, and we're ready (after this week's nor'easter, more than ready!) to say farewell to the snow and the cold. Celebrate the sweetest part of winter with a little maple sugaring in ReddingHebron, or Sharon or stay indoors to see a fun family show such as Goldilocks at the Downtown Cabaret Theatre in Bridgeport or Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live at either the Shubert in New Haven on Saturday or the Jorgensen Center in Storrs on Sunday. 

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: St. Patrick's Day, Easter Bunny Breakfast

With the March storms now behind us, this weekend is a great time to combat cabin fever and enjoy any of the many activities we’ve identified for Westchester and Hudson Valley families.

With St. Patrick’s Day falling on Saturday, the weekend is chock full of opportunities to wear your best green.  Among the many parades are the Mamaroneck-Sound Shore St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the Rockland County St. Patrick’s Day Parade, which is reported to be the second largest in the state.

Other seasonal fun includes maple sugaring with a pancake feast, having breakfast with the Easter Bunny, and making a spring bonnet for your American Girl doll.

For more options to choose from, read on, consult our Event Calendar and sign up for our newsletters!

Weekend Fun: Lots of Green, Easter Eggs, and Flower Power

St. Patrick's Day troops into town this weekend, marching up Fifth Avenue on Saturday and through Brooklyn's Prospect Park on Sunday. If you need more inspiration, our St. Patrick's Day list offers outstanding info on everything shamrocky, including a St. Paddy's Day storytime with Pete the Cat at The Strand on Saturday and Sunday.

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 plenty of screenings on Saturday and Sunday for all ages and interests. Watson Adventures is back at the Met with a magical hunt for Harry Potter Fans, and Lightwire Theater dazzles dino aficionados with Dino-Lite at Symphony Space. Black Beauty plays at The New Victory Theater and the Lincoln Center has a tot-friendly Waves, All the Glows Sees.

There are signs of spring, too. Don't miss the weekend-spanning Easter Egg Hunt and Spring Flea at Our Lady of Grace Church in Brooklyn. Kids can pose with the Easter Bunny and hunt for eggs from 1–3pm both days. Find more egg hunts around town with our full rundown of NYC Easter fun, including Easter Bunny brunches. This weekend, the New York Hall of Science also opens its fabulous Rocket Park Mini Golf.

New interactive undersea art is available at the American Museum of Natual History with its Unseen Oceans exhibit. Plus, you can go full-on rainbow at the Kidding Around Flower Power Fest, planting seeds, decorating headbands, and creating watercolor cups to support the LGBT Community Center.

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

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: St. Patrick's Day Parades, Chocolate Fest

Everyone's Irish this weekend. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day across Long Island by participating in a wee bit o' crafting at the Long Island Explorium or the Long Island Children's Museum. March in St. Patty's Day parades in Patchogue or Glen Cove.

Remember, on this final weekend of winter, you can always pop over to our March GoList to find more seasonal entertainment. Mark your calendars and complete some of our 50 great things to do indoors with Long Island kids. Or pad your wallet with a list of FREE family activities this month.

Of course, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids. Don't see a great event listed here? Add it to our Event Calendar yourself. 

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