The Little Red Fish Review: A Low-Key, Whimsical Puppet Show

Reviewed by Eti Bonn-Muller

Amid a dimly lit stage, stacks of books float through the air as the imagination of a little boy in search of his missing pet runs wild in The Little Red Fish, a new production from the New York City Children's Theater playing in NYC this April. The theater teamed up with Puppet Kitchen, the same group behind the oversize, colorful puppets in the popular Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, for Little Red Fish. Darting about the stage throughout the 30-minute show, his elusive finned friend elicits gasps from the audience whenever it punctuates the sober set with its burst of vermilion light.

Read on to see why The Little Red Fish is one of our top theater picks for NYC kids this spring.

The Greenway Carousel is a One-of-a-Kind Kids' Birthday Party Spot

Picking the perfect kids' party spot is no easy feat, so we're pretty much in birthday-planning heaven when we come across an option that's sure to standout from the crowd. And if you didn't already know you could host a celebration at the completely one-of-a-kind Greenway Carousel at the Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, you're bound to be as thrilled as we were to realize this city hotspot is totally up for grabs.

If this gem isn't already on your venue-searching radar, we've got a solid list of reasons why the Greenway Carousel is one of the best places to blow out the candles with your kiddo!

Spring Break Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Dinosaurs, Theater, and a Tea Party, April 14-15

It's a bit of a funny weekend in Connecticut....many of us have been on spring break this week, and many others will be on spring break next week, but this weekend, at least, we're all in it together. It's a great opportunity to take in a show: The Pied Piper of Hamelin at the magical Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, The Lightning Thief at the Quick Center, How I Became a Pirate at the Westport Country Playhouse, or Annie at Curtain Call (many of the performances are sold out so make sure you check with the box office).

And if you're looking for something more interactive, do a bit of dinosaur hunting with Discover the Dinosaurs at the CT Convention Center, Dinosaurs in Your Backyard at the Children's Museum, and Dinosaur Discovery Week at the Mystic Aquarium. 

Check our events calendar for even more activities, and we hope you'll follow Mommy Poppins Connecticut on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, and subscribe to our newsletters to stay in the know. Have a wonderful weekend!

The NYC Public School Calendar Is Here for 2018-2019

If you're a parent of a child in public school, you live by the school calendar. Even many local NYC preschools follow the public school schedule. And as the 2017-2018 school year nears its end, the New York City Department of Education has just released the calendar for the 2018-2019 school year.

Keep this list handy as you start making next year's family vacation plans! With the exception of the occasional unplanned snow day or case of the sniffles, these are all of the dates you can count on your kiddos being out of school.

10 Best Next-Level Soft Serve Ice Cream Spots in Los Angeles

No matter if you’re 5 or 85, everybody loves ice cream—especially soft-serve. Los Angeles has a new crop of soft-serve shops combining the familiar with some exciting, new flavors and textures, not to mention some very snazzy looks. We decided to take a soft-serve tour of Los Angeles to compare old classics to what's new and trendy. Check out what a long way soft serve has come since we were kids.

25 Outdoor Adventures in the City for NYC Kids

One of the main reasons we're willing to deal with the challenges of raising kids in NYC (the crazy rents, the stressful school searches, the closets for apartments) is our easy access to enriching cultural activities like theater and museums. When it's time for some good old-fashioned outdoor fun, New York can be equally enriching. The city offers a range of bucolic parks and more destinations where kids can get busy playing outside, without leaving the five boroughs. 

From camping under the stars to fishing to zip-lining, here are 25 fresh ways to enjoy a spring staycation with the whole family. Some are FREE, most are accessible by public transportation, and we guarantee that they are all tons of fun. 

If Cute Panda Videos Make Your Day, the Science Center Has Something for You

Few things are more universal than cute panda videos. Even people who can resist the internet's most infectious silly cat videos melt in the face of an insanely cute panda bear rolling around hugging himself in a Facebook share. The California Science Center embraces this inescapable truth with a full-on bear hug. This past weekend the museum's IMAX theater debuted the movie Pandas, a nature documentary for the whole family. Imagine the cutest collection of baby panda clips ever made. Now imagine them in 3D on a screen seven stories tall. It's a level of cute few people can handle, but we all should try.

Horseback Riding Centers for Kids on Long Island

There are plenty of benefits for kids that take up horseback riding. Imagine your child bonding with one of these magnificent creatures while also improving his or her confidence by working effectively to communicate with the horse. With continued lessons and riding, kids can also learn responsibility, caring for their trusty steed.

We’ve rounded up 10 of the best equestrian centers in Nassau and Suffolk counties open to the public. These offer a variety of services, including pony rides, trail rides, weekly lessons, and even on-site birthday parties. When visiting one of the stables for pony or trail rides, it is important to dress appropriately. Helmets are provided. Boots are preferred, but sneakers are usually acceptable. Call ahead to check on rules and regulations.

For more outdoor activities, check out our guide to Long Island family fun and our seasonal activities guides, including our roundup of spring entertainment options.

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