Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Bug Fair, Marina Fest, and Museums of the Arroyo Day

So, when bugs are suddenly infesting the city, and the experts on the scene are the ones who usually deal with dinosaurs, um, that's a good thing, right? I mean, no reason to worry or plot an escape, is there?

But, saying we did need to plot our escape, we would kind of hope that all the routes connecting this side of town with that side would be completed. Though halfway is still good. I think. Bring snacks.

Thinking about it, maybe we should look into getaway vehicles. Like boats or something. They don't give boating licenses to bugs, do they?

And if worse comes to worst, don't panic. The robots will save us. (Unless they have bugs.)

Keep reading, because there's no escaping our buggiest picks for the weekend...

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Houston Greek Fest, Pasadena Strawberry Festival, May 19-20

It is officially time to be outside! While other areas of the country may think of our May weather as hot, Houstonians know the temperatures are only going to continue to climb, so getting outdoors NOW is an absolute must. 

Luckily, we have a ton of resources to help you plan your next outdoor adventure, from awesome Texas lakes to visit, to numerous bike trails fit for the whole family and hiking trails to explore. Looking for something a little more low-key? Then head to one of the many Houston-area breweries that boast awesome patios and play areas for the kids. 

You also definitely want to check out our event calendar, which is filled with daily activities happening all around town. Planning ahead for the month? Our May GoList features some of the most interesting events in and around Houston for the month of May. And don't forget to sign up for our weekly newsletter to ensure you stay up to speed with everything happening at Mommy Poppins throughout the week. 

One last reminder: we want to feature YOUR event, and we work tirelessly to stay on top of everything that's going on in the area. However, if you notice your event hasn't made it onto our calendar yet, we invite you to submit your event to our calendar so we can make sure you get a little extra coverage! 

Without any further delay, let's take a peek at all the fun activities and events this weekend has to offer. 

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Kites, Sailboats, and Community Service, May 19-20

There are so many fun outdoor activities this weekend that we really have to hope the weather cooperates! If the rain holds off, let's hope the wind kicks up for anyone interested in flying a kite (or also riding a bike) with hundreds of their closest friends, or trying out a sail (for free!) on the Charles. Head to the beach to learn all about the different creatures that call Joppa Flats home, or participate in a CakeWalk for charity. Another charitable event worth checking out is this community service event for kids to help raise money for Dana Farber. Fresh air and helping others, what's better than that? 

Weekend Fun: Dance Parade, Movies, Fairs, and Superheroes

Dance is everywhere this weekend in New York City, from the spectacular 12th Annual Dance Parade, which ends with a flourish in Tompkins Square Park, to the debut of Tetris at Lincoln Center. There's also a family dance matinee at NY Live Arts and the Parsons Family Matinee at the Joyce.

Fairs and festivals are everywhere, too! The 9th Avenue International Food Festival sprawls through the west side all weekend—though vegetarians might want to detour to 18th Street for the Vegetarian Food Fest. Family-friendly fests in Queens promise bouncy castle and face painting fun at three locations (St. Albans Park and Turtle Playground on Saturday, Rufus King Park on Sunday). Superhero wannabes can don their capes to join the NYSoM's SuperHero Showdown in Brooklyn. Plus, the weekend-long ImagiNATIONS! Children's Festival debuts a brand-new activity center at the National Museum of the American Indian.

On Sunday, don't miss Brooklyn's Fabulous Fifth Street Fair, the 35th Annual Hippo Playground Spring Fair, and the Children's Museum of the Arts' annual FREE Kids' Fair or its CMA Family Day spring benefit. There's also a Party on Wheels benefit happening at the NY Transit Museum.

Looking for evening entertainment under the stars? Shakespeare dips his initial toe into summer park programming with an abbreviated version of A Midsummer Night's Dream in Bryant Park. Bring blankets and other critical movie watching paraphernalia to FREE evening screenings of Coco on the UWS or Sing in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. On Sunday, catch a screening of the new Jumanji in Brooklyn's Coffey Park or Indiana Jones at Habana Outpost.

Planning ahead? Today would be the perfect time to sign up for a 4th of July cruise to maximize fireworks fun (before they all sell out!).

Let's hope the rain stays away, so we can enjoy all these great outdoor events.

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Penguins, Fishing, and Magic

By now hopefully you have recovered from the Tuesday storm that knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of homes, mostly in western areas of the state. This is being written on Wednesday using coffee shop WiFi so some of us weren't quite so lucky. But we have the weekend to look forward to, and dozens of fun activities are on tap for Connecticut families, including a special community day at Litchfield's historically inspired green space, a chance to have pancakes with penguins, and a kids fishing derby on Great Hollow Lake. For a more indoor experience, take in a magic show, or just enjoy a (free!) trip to the local bowling alley.

For other ideas, be sure to browse our Event Calendar, which we continue to update throughout the weekend. To keep up with everything going on in Connecticut, follow us on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. 

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals, Animals, Nature May 19-20

Philly families certainly have a big decision to make this May weekend.... which festival to attend! And, boy, is our event calendar filled with plenty of options.

There are festivals filled with tradition and culture. There are festivals with juicy strawberries or tasty rhubarb as the star of the show. Some festivals feature literary themes, while others showcase theater and storytelling.

After enjoying a festival or two, head into nature! Learn about tadpoles at Riverbend Environmental Education Center, frogs at Tyler Arboretum, sheep at Washington's Crossing Historical Park, or birds at Bucktoe Creek Preserve. Consider digging in the dirt at Newlin Grist Mill or spending time at Smith for some nature play.

So, text your friends, gather up the kids, and make some great spring memories together.

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