Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Brick Fest Live, Earth Day, Science Festival April 22-23

Living in the Delaware Valley offers many perks for Philly families such as historic Philadelphia, interesting museums, and, who is kidding who, amazing food! However, every spring, children and grown ups alike can look forward to some special annual experiences that can be found in our event calendar.

Anyone who loves building with little plastic blocks (not stepping on them, ouch!) is sure to be in Lego heaven at the annual Brick Fest Live. Celebrate Earth Day by biking down Pennypack trail, learning about the environment through play at Lardner's Point Park, visiting an environmental exhibit at the National Constitution Center, or participating in Narberth Park's NarbEarth Day. But, wait, the annual Philadelphia Science Festival is in full swing too! Opportunities include events such as Science in the Park.in which kids can participate in S.T.E.M. activities. Or deepen the experience in fields of ecology, farming, or architecture at events throughout the city.

With a jam-packed weekend of fun, be sure to narrow down your search using the filters. Now, continue reading for our top picks.

Amazing Birthday Cakes for Kids in Northern New Jersey

With all of the amazing bakeries in New Jersey, there’s no shortage of options when it comes to finding a cake for your kid’s birthday bash. But which ones are a cut above? We cake-tested our way across northern New Jersey (somebody had to do it!) to find show-stopping sweets that take the cake!

Whether you want ice cream, gluten-free goodies, or a 3-D replica of your child’s favorite TV show character, there’s something for everyone in this delicious roundup of northern NJ bakeries and bakers. You can find even more party-planning info in our NJ Kids’ Birthday Party Ideas Guide

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Earth Day Celebrations, Sheep-to-Shawl Festival

This Saturday marks the 47th annual Earth Day, and with the event falling on a weekend, there are many ways for Westchester families to go green.

Among the many Earth Day activities we’ve rounded up are Green Ossining’s Earth Day Festival, an in-park event offering conscience-raising information about food sustainability and fun kids’ activities, as well as Sky and Earth Day, a motley indoor event combining cloud study, telescope viewing and a screening of The Victorian’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Another headline event is the return of the annual Sheep-to-Shawl, a historic-themed festival for contemporary sheepish fun. Another fun way to step back in time is at the annual Colonial Day, where visitors can buy sweets from the colonial baker and practice their ABCs in a one-room schoolhouse. Sports fans, on the other hand, can browse collectibles and memorabilia (and snag a free pack of cards) at the Baseball Card Show.

All this and much more can be found on our Event Calendar (including ways to spend spring break), and our April GoList can help you zero in on some of our favorites throughout the month.

Weekend Fun: Earth Day, Dragons, Chihuly, Car-Free Streets

New York City kids get serious when it comes to Earth Day events, from two-day museum extravaganzas in Brooklyn to outdoor glass art installations in the Bronx. In Manhattan, on Saturday alone, a focused family unit could make a day of it by Marching for Science, then heading downtown on a car-free Broadway, and then stopping for a ramen dinner on a Chelsea Street.

See dragons on Staten Island with St. George Day, or enjoy a dinosaur-themed storytime in Park Slope. It's also carousel season: See our roundup of 13 New York City carousels. If that makes kids hungry, see our lowdown on restaurants where kids eat free.

As always, our April GoList is at your service, as is our Event Calendar, as well as our event-stuffed Spring Fun Guide.

The Beauty Box Busy Moms Didn't Know They Needed

At-home delivery is a total game-changer for busy moms. From school supplies to groceries, if it arrives at the front door with no kid schlepping required, it's a win for parents everywhere, right? But FabFitFun is the subscription box you didn't know you needed on your doorstep (and it's way more exciting than number two pencils and skim milk).

Every three months, FabFitFun drops off a haul of full-size fashion, beauty, fitness, and lifestyle products, like date night-worthy eye shadow palettes, healthy energy-fueling snacks, and travel mugs because... coffee. And since it's so hard for moms to find time to shop, deal hunt, and most importantly, take care of them themselves, this membership is an easy, affordable, and seriously fun way to treat yourself. You're always busy buying thoughtful gifts for just about everyone else, so isn't it about time you put yourself at the top of the list with a one-time membership that'll have you feeling like it's your birthday four more times a year? I think so!

This season's spring box doesn't disappoint, but it looks like it'll sell out fast -- especially since each box always has a value over $200 but only costs $49.99! Watch our unboxing video or read on to see what mom-approved items are in this season's stash, then use the code "POPPINS" to get $10 off your first box at fabfitfun.com.

Weekend Fun: Earth Day, Cherry Blossoms, and Living History

Celebrate Earth Day by participating in one of the many outdoor activities taking place around the state this weekend. For starters, there are Earth Day celebrations at Grace Farms in New Canaan,  at Woodcock Nature Center in Wilton, and more events in Guilford and Middletown. Or, for the more adventurous, how about about learning to save the planet by eating insects? Shutterbugs will love a visit to New Haven to see the city's iconic Japanese cherry blossoms in full bloom. If you love daffodils, the fields at Laurel Ridge in Litchfield should be in full bloom this weekend and next week. Be sure to check with the venues directly for any outdoor activities in the event of weather-related schedule changes.

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