Breakfast with the Easter Bunny at These NYC Spring Brunches

Looking to kick off your Easter celebration a little early? Join one of the city's handful of Easter Bunny brunches to get into the spirit with a festive, almost-springtime meal. We've rounded up five special New York City Easter Bunny breakfasts from inexpensive pancake affairs to lavish spreads at high-end restaurants where families can enjoy photo-ops with the holiday mascot along with other seasonal activities.

Regardless of which you choose, be sure to bring your camera—and your appetite. Look for our roundup on NYC neighborhood Easter egg hunts coming later this week, and be sure to check our Event Calendar for more seasonal and holiday fun.

Easter, for most Christian denominations, is celebrated Sunday, March 27 this year, but some of these brunches take place as early as the first weekend in March, so you may want to grab tickets now.

March GoList: The Best Things To Do With NJ Kids This Month

There's an (unsubstantiated) rumor that spring starts this month so... let's GO: March! We carefully investigated and curated a list of family-fun stuff like the end of maple sugaring season,  a sleepover at a zoo, St. Patrick's Day fun, Easter fun, and so much more. And let's face it, we're all dying for some almost-spring activities, so enjoy our top picks for the month of March in NJ!

Edgy French Art Arrives with Tilt Kids Festival

A brand-new, multi-borough kids festival with magicians, hands-on preschooler art and a Paris-trained circus troupe kicks off Friday, March 4 in New York City. It's not every day that a monthlong cultural fest dedicated to kids arrives, especially in the dead of winter, so we were excited to learn more. 

Children's Museum Debuts Exhibit Dedicated to Muslim Culture

The Children's Museum of Manhattan has long been my go-to spot for maximum tot fun, but when it comes to learning about art, architecture and other cultures, we usually headed elsewhere. The newly-opened America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far exhibit will change that.

Opened last week, the 3,000-square-foot exhibit takes up the entirety of the museum's first-floor exhibition space and provides a colorful, immersive window into Muslim cultures across the world. The exhibit is on view through January 2017 and is the fourth in the museum's Global Exhibition Series, which previously highlighted the cultures of Ancient Greece, China and Japan. Read on for the scoop on this vibrant new exhibit.

14 Free Ways To Celebrate Your Kid's Birthday

Have you ever experienced birthday burnout? You know, the feeling that overcomes your family when you're cupcaked, partied and goody-bagged out by the time your kid's real birthday arrives? Birthday burnout can be intensified for kids who have multiple celebrations leading up to their birthdays—in school, with relatives and after school—and sometimes the big day is anticlimatic.

Banish the burnout with 14 super simple and fun ideas to make your kid's birthday as special as he or she is without big presents, treats or spending a lot of money. These ideas create a bit of magic and make the birthday child feel special just having fun together.

Check out our Birthday Party Guide for more ideas for the big day, or our 100 Things to Do in NYC list for more memory-making inspiration.

Oscar Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Seuss, Bubbles, Puppets, & Boats, February 27 - 28

The eyes of the world are on Hollywood this weekend. The cars of LA, however, are steering clear of what is sure to be a ...challenging... area. (Even the El Capitan is all "see ya next week!") No worries, though; the rest of the city is picking up the slack with tons of easily accessible fun.

For starters, this is a big weekend for cats, hats, green eggs, and whos, as the one-and-only Dr. Seuss is celebrated in a number of storied events. Bob Baker, the legendary puppeteer, has a whole day of activities in his name, no strings attached! (Scratch that, there are many, many strings.) If there were gold statuettes given for bubbles, surely one would go to the Amazing Bubble Man, who blows his stuff in Santa Monica this weekend.

The engineers of the Discovery Cube are getting ready to drop their eggs, and boats are setting out to sea/ Downtown. MOLAA celebrates its 20th. And Kevin Hart wants to work out with you. All in all, I'd call that an award-winning weekend.

And the nominees for best weekend activities are: 

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Maple Sugaring, Birds, Theatre Feb 27-28

Nothing cures a dull, gray winter day better than playing with your kids, reading a good book, and eating breakfast carbs. So, if pancakes, waffles, and French toast are regulars on your breakfast table, you are in luck. This time of year, there are a multitude of festivals and celebrations honoring maple syrup, the essential breakfast topping found in every American household. This weekend alone, Media's Tyler Arboretum, Doylestown's Peace Valley Nature Center, and Philadelphia's Wissahickon Environmental Center are all hosting events. See our Pennsylvania Maple Sugaring Season Events for a complete list.

After wiping off sticky, syrup-filled hands and faces, explore the world of birds. Both Bowman's Hill Wildflower Preserve and Bucktoe Creek Preserve are offering bird-watching opportunities this weekend. On the other hand, if the theater offers more appeal, check out Sense and Sensibility at People's Light & Theatre Company or Peter Pan and Wendy: A New Musical at Media Theatre.

As always, Philly families can rely on the latest information and up-to-date events by liking us on Facebook, and following us on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Have a deliciously sweet weekend!

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Maple Sugaring, Skyscrapers, and Art, Feb 27-28

With February drawing to a close, it's time to turn our attention to something sweet: maple syrup! After going to a sap boil down last year, my kids and I will never look at our pancakes the same way again. Some of the first sugaring tours of the year are starting up now, so definitely think about squeezing one into your family's calendar.

Another great outdoor activity this weekend focuses on feathered friends, while indoor picks celebrate everything from skyscrapers (pictured) to stories to art-making. Spring theater productions are warming up local stages, too. I can't stop raving about The Wong Kids, but Fancy Nancy and Mary Poppins are still going strong, and the Boston Ballet just launched a new show that's perfect for date night, so there's truly something for everyone.

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to check out the full Event Calendar!

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