These Great Bilingual and Language Immersion Preschools Make LA Tots Polyglots

We've all heard that children have a much easier time learning a second language than adults do, but it's not always easy to provide the opportunity. If a parent or grandparent speaks another language, having the language reinforced in a community setting can increase a child's interest in playing along. If there is no other language at home, a bilingual preschool may be the only way to give your child the gift of a second language. Immersion preschools can also help to prepare a child to attend one of LA's bilingual elementary schools

The schools below are organized by language; scroll to the bottom to see them on a map. (We know some great language immersion preschools in Orange County, too!)

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Carnivorous Plants, Turtles, and Riverfest, Sept 8-9

This weekend is for the birds (and lots of other species!). Celebrate a special gibbon's birthday, talk turtles, and get up close and personal with all different kinds of rodents. There is even a carnival just for dogs and the people who love them. Looking for something even more exotic? Check out this one-of-a-kind plant show (flies: beware!). For more late summer/early fall fun, gaze at the stars, jump into the fog, and cool down at Riverfest (be sure to stay for the fireworks!). 

Weekend Fun: Tugboats, Art Fests, Morningside Lights, County Fair

School is back in session, but for NYC kids there's so much fun to be had, it might as well still be summer. In Manhattan, check out the popular West Side County Fair, a family-friendly art show in Carl Schurz Park, or the annual Morningside Lights procession, a lovely illuminated evening walk through the Upper West Side. On Sunday, tugboats vie for top honors in a can't-miss race down the Hudson.

The Bronx is action-packed this weekend too. Head to City Island for the Fall Arts and Crafts fair (make a day of it with dinner at one of the island's kid-friendly restaurants). Or visit Wave Hill's weekend-long family art project.

In Brooklyn, Circus Amok runs, well, amok in Sunset Park on Saturday and Prospect Park on Sunday. And don't miss the annual Bike Jumble, a great opportunity to find a new or used bike!

Keep our September GoList handy, and our roundup of the Best Fall Festivals for NYC Kids, packed with all the apple-bobbing, Halloween festivities, and harvest celebrations you can shake a cornstalk at. This list of the best fall events for preschoolers has lots of fun tailor-made for little ones, too. As always, our trusty Event Calendar stands at the ready with daily activities and details.

Weekend Fun: Playland Closing Day, Grange Fair, Children's Film Fest

This weekend is a great time to be a kid in Westchester and the Hudson Valley!

All ages will love the return of the Holy Trinity Greek Festival, replete with carnival fun and Greek culture, as well as the Yorktown Grange Fair, featuring family performances, fun contests, and lots more.

There’s an unusual abundance of programs that celebrate fairies and the like, including Legends & Lore of the Little People, while the Play2Learn Festival celebrates the importance of childhood play. Or take in films from around the world at the New York International Children’s Film Festival

More of our top picks are below, and many more events are on our Event Calendar and Fall Fun Guide. If you haven't done so already, sign up for our newsletters!

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Tall Ships, Rubber Duckies, Fireworks Finale, Kids for Peace

If you're anything like me, your Facebook feed is full of East Coast friends who are just heading back to school around now, whereas we are all, "School? Been there, doing that." We've been back at school so long it's more like old school, ya feel me? So let's talk Fall.

I jest, but just a little. Because harvest time is just around the corner, and was ist dastOktoberfest upon us. (Not ein but zwie of them!)

While we await autumn's full impact, we have a watery weekend ahead, with tasty creatures of the sea, wacky waddling racers, big boats, and a coastal canvas. The big amphitheaters seem to think this is the weekend to say so long and blow things up. A couple of favorite (& free) museums think this is the weekend to go all festival on us. And what do we say? Whatever you want; it's all good by us. After all, we have all year to entertain you.

Keep reading for our favorite picks of the season, any season....

Weekend Fun: Grandparents Day, Colonial Celebration, Apple Fest

With school in full swing, it's time once again to pack all that family fun into the weekend. We've rounded up festivals in Bay ShoreRidgeHicksville and elsewhere.

Celebrate Rosh Hashana at The Dolphin Bookshop with a free reading and more. Step back to Colonial times as Raynham Hall in Oyster Bay is filled with costumed Colonial adult and child re-enactors who bring the 18th century to life.

Visit our Fall Family Fun Guide and our September GoList for the best in seasonal entertainment, including day trip ideas, fall festivals and plenty of FREE events and activities. As always, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids.

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Pirates, Gaming, and Grandparents Day

Are you burned out on fall festivals and harvest fairs? Neither are we! But this weekend is loaded with events of the non-agrarian variety throughout the state, including the annual Norwalk Seaport Association Oyster Festival, highlighted this year by a free concert featuring former Journey frontman Steve Augeri. Or head to Lebanon as pirates invade the annual CT Renaissance Faire. In the mood for indoor fun? Head to Hartford for the state's largest gaming convention, or savor the fine foods, baked goods, wine and craft beers of Litchfield County. Of course, if you do want to head out for a day at the fair, we've got you covered, too, with rides, games, food, farm animals and more in North Haven, Bethlehem, Hebron, and Ledyard

For the latest and best family-friendly goings on around the state, keep checking our frequently updated events calendar and follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram. Have a great weekend!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals, Trains, Grandparents Day September 8-9

Now that Philly kids have had a week or two of school under their belts, they are getting settled in their new routine. Add dance classes, soccer practices, and music lessons into the mix, and the family calendar can fill up quickly. Carve out some time for family fun easily with the help of the Mommy Poppins's event calendar.

Festivals abound this September weekend. Learn about processing ancient artifacts at Newlin Grist Mill's Archaeology Festival, listen to Alex & The Kaleoscope Band at Doylestown Art Festival, or discover the value of honey bees in the environment at Philadelphia Honey Festival. After working up an appetite, indulge in good eats at Pickledelphia™ Pickle Festival, Mushroom Festival, and Philadelphia Pizza Festival. Top it off with a sweet treat at the Whoopie Pie Festival.

Don't forget about Grandparents Day, which is celebrated on Sunday, September 9th. Take Grandmom and Pop to a museum to learn about family trees, an arboretum to see Thomas the Tank Engine, or the pier for some fishing. No matter how you spend your weekend, make it a great one!

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Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Kids' Fish at Pine Gully Park Fishing Pier, Sundays in the Park, Sept. 8-9

A big congratulations to all the parents out there is in order; you've successfully made it through not only the start of school, but the first school holiday as well! You now what that means... it's time to buckle down, because the first semester is full steam ahead. And like a good friend, we're prepared to tackle this school year alongside you, providing both guidance and entertainment in equal doses.

In the spirit of the school year, we've compiled some awesome articles that you're sure to find both entertaining and helpful:

For everyone who's not quite yet filling their daytime hours with school or looking for great afternoon activities, our event calendar is just waiting for you to check it out and take advantage of all it has to offer, and our September GoList highlights the top events happening throughout the month. We also have a handy little weekly newsletter that you can sign up for so you always know what's happening here at Mommy Poppins

Did you know that you can also submit your event to our calendar? If you're planning something awesome, we'd love to hear about it and share it with our readers! Fill out the form, hit submit, then we'll review it and publish it for all to see.  

Now let's tackle this weekend planning together with a sneak peek at what's happening around town. 

Weekend Fun: WILD Outdoor Expo, Hefty Harvest, FunFest

What's on this weekend's menu? How about Greek delights, delicious seafood, and tons of pre-fall fun. Greek food is in abundance at both St. Demetrios Greek Festival and Flemington Opa! Greek Festival, while aquatic fare is on tap at the Atlantic City Seafood Festival. With fall just around the corner, enjoy some outdoor time at the New Jersey WILD Outdoor Expo and the 16th Annual Insect Festival, plus seasonal favorite Hefty Harvest & Scary Scarecrows.

Grandma and Grandpa are the big stars on Sunday, which is Grandparents' Day. Treat them to an Excursion Train Ride, a celebration at Warinanco Park, or a stroll through a fair in downtown Red Bank or the Princeton Airport.

Check out our Fall Fun Guide for NJ Kids for more options for family fun, including 40 Things We Can't Wait to Do with NJ Kids This Fall. And look to our September GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

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