Shopping at NYC's Fantastic Ethnic Markets with Your Kids

While regular grocery shopping can be a major chore with children along, checking out ethnic markets with your kids is truly great fun and packs a whollup in entertainment value. It’s always a super sensory experience tantalizing tots and teens alike with new smells (often heavenly), sights, colors and tastes too. From breathtaking beauties on dessert stands to radishes that look like trolls to ookie-gookie innards that belong in Ripley’s refrigerator and give your kiddos a bonus dose of weird anatomy, it’s all there to ogle and enjoy. Plus there is always unusual and frequently funny packaging to spice things up.  And all that tempting new food may expand a puny palate or two.  You can spend as little or as much as you wish and still have a grand ol’ time. Keep reading to find out our top picks for maximum fun at ethnic markets here in NYC!

The Hudson Valley Garlic Festival: Leaf Peeping, Fabulous Food, and the Bodacious Bulb

The quaint streets of Saugerties, New York will be alive with food, music, crafts, entertainment and the pungent aroma of garlic on the weekend of September 25-26, when the annual Hudson Valley Garlic Festival will be scenting the area.  Garlic lovers from near and far will unite to celebrate this venerable bulb’s appeal with demonstrations on crafting and cooking with garlic, as well as lectures on a wide range of garlic-infused topics.  Even if your kid is garlic-adverse, this is a fabulous two day event for families, well worth the 100-mile journey from NYC.

Things To Do This Weekend for Families and Kids in NYC - September 18 - 19, 2010: Live Music, Storytelling, Festivals & Crafts

If your kids like music planning this weekend will be easy for you. There are tons of live performances going on around town to choose from: an opera-musical at the Central Park Zoo, kiddie rockers performing in Tribeca, Carroll Gardens and The Bowery, a classical concert in The Bronx and an all day music-fest in Battery Park City.  This weekend also brings out those great annual celebrations the Feast of San Gennaro as well as the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival.  When tired of great music or great eats check out some free arts and crafts programs, story telling, outdoor games or a movie premiere.

Read on to plan the fun and have a great weekend.

Long Island Weekend Events: September 18th-19th

This is a great weekend to spend out doors and breathing in the smells, sounds and sights of early fall. Take part in one of the many festivals – apples, pumpkins galore or take your family to another time… literally and partake in a Medevial experience. It all awaits you this weekend somewhere on the Island!



Weekend events in NJ September 18-19! FREE Clown Shows, Back to School Bashes, Oktoberfest, and a Hairspray Party!

There’s a crazy amount of fun happening in Jersey this weekend, so much that we could only bring you the highlights. Lots of end of summer/back to school partying with Barista Kids and Duke Farms, a weekend of wackiness called Clownfest, and you can even shave your noggin bald for a good cause. The kids deserve some fun for surviving the first full week of school, so take them out to one of these events and have a blast!

World Maker Faire NYC: Win Free Tickets to This Awesome Festival of Ingenuity

This giveaway is over. The World Maker Faire is making its New York debut this year, and we're lucky to be able to attend this festival of creativity and ingenuity without having to fly out to Cali. Started by MAKE magazine, the World Maker Faire is a celebration of imaginative, do-it-yourself, invention. Though kids will no doubt be in awe of the life-size mouse trap and Coke Zero/Mentos fountain, this way upgraded science fair sounds like it can definitely entertain us chaperones too. And some lucky Mommy Poppins readers will be going for free! Read on to learn more about this geek-tastic event, and enter to win four free tickets.

Children's Book Day at Washington Irving's Sunnyside: 60 Authors from Your Kid's Favorite Books

Normally a trip to a historic home in the Hudson Valley wouldn’t be the first thing on your child’s to do list, but this Sunday, September 19, 2010, there sure won’t be any whining if you suggest a trip to Washington Irving’s Sunnyside for Children’s Book Day. A fun festival day with sixty authors and illustrators from your kid’s favorite books ready to autograph their volumes and lots of other fun goings on.  

My family and I love this event and have gone for the past three years. It is a great way to find a new favorite book, something you may have overlooked in the bookstore, and spend a day outside.  Sunnyside, the Hudson River home of Washington Irving, is picturesque and just a nice place to be, and it is just outside of NYC in the village of Tarrytown, a quick trip in the car or on Metro North.

'Green' Lunch Containers Can Save You Money

There is a staggering statistic being bandied around on tree hugger websites lately, that each school aged kid throws out 67 pounds of garbage a year with their home packed lunch. Multiply that by the number of school kids on your block and that is a lot of plastic wrap and juice boxes going into landfills every year.  It doesn’t have to be that way. When my son started full day school last year I made an effort to pack a “waste free lunch”. To my surprise it was easy.  Cutting back on all that trash even saved me money. Now if I could just figure out how to get him to eat what I pack!  

Read on for our tips on how to build a greener and cheaper lunch.

Things to do this Weekend for Families in New York City-September 11 & 12, 2010: Festivals, Book Events, Bike Riding and Music

Yes, the kids are back in school, but don’t think of it as the end of the summer, think instead that it is the start of the amazing fall season in New York City, bringing tons of opportunity for exciting experiences, fun festivals and cool culture.  

Like this weekend, there is so much going on; it is hard to decide where to start. The not-to-miss events are definitely Howl! Festival and The Brooklyn Book Festival.  While neither of them is specifically for kids, both events have special programming and areas just for kids and families. There are some smaller events that are equally as impressive around town, too.  You can enjoy the Harvest days at the Historic Lefferts House, The County Fair in Riverside Park (lots of fun and even has square dancing) or pack a picnic for the free world culture dance and music performances in Queens.  Let’s not forget the book release events, creative writing, drawing, mosaic and architecture workshops, too.

If you are in back to school planning mode, you may want to refer to our recent posts on unique after school classes, places to cook with your kids, some great new programs at the Central Park Zoo and our recently updated Classes Guide.  We also posted our favorite time saving school lunch ideas.

Welcome Back. Read on and have a great weekend!


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