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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25 Things to Do with Kids in Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Like many parts of Queens, Flushing Meadows Corona Park has seen more than a hundred years of exciting historical evolution. The area was an ash and refuse dump in the 1910s, the inspiration for The Great Gatsby’s “valley of ashes.”

Reborn after years of toil, it rose into the magnificent centerpiece of the 1939 World’s Fair. Since then the park has hosted the original location of the United Nations, the 1964 World’s Fair, the U.S. Open tennis championships, and endless family events, children's activities, and attractions. It's arguably the main family attraction among many in Flushing.

The Light Princess at Arden Theatre: A Parent's Review

This month The Light Princess made its stage debut at the Arden Theatre. The musical is adapted from the story written in 1864 by George MacDonald, which itself was loosely based off of Sleeping Beauty. Or perhaps inspired is the correct word as the stories are very much different except that they both involve the life-altering ramifications of a wicked witch's curse. Instead of cursed to sleep, the princess in this story is cursed without gravity—both of the physical and emotional sense. Creative costuming and stage play bring this whimsical story to life, with an original selection of songs and a clever look at what it means to grow up and gain empathy.

A Dozen Miniature Golf Courses for NYC Kids

For many families, mini golf is a quintessential spring and summer activity that they look forward to every year. My son loves it, so we've tried just about every putt-putt course in the tristate area.

While there are plenty of courses on Long Island and in New Jersey, you don't need to head out of town for putt-putt golf. There are currently a dozen places to play mini golf right here in New York City. And as sports go, it's typically fairly inexpensive—often as little as $5 a round for kids. Another bonus is that it's one of those rare activities that parents and kids can play together. You can even host a birthday party at most of these spots.

Read on to find out where to play mini golf with the kids in the city, and I'll see you on the green!

Out of the Box: 10 Solo Sports for Free-Thinker Kids in Westchester

While team sports are oft-heralded ways to build character and strengthen cooperation skills, they simply aren’t a great match for every child. Rather than forcing kids to participate in a sport they hate—either because they’re too young or because, well, they simply hate it—it’s usually better to find an activity that won’t make them hide behind you at drop-off.

Fortunately for Westchester children, there are plenty of local opportunities that help kids stay fit, learn something new and have fun! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite sports for those individualist kids. While some may technically include participation on a team, these focus more on setting personal goals than on tallying wins and losses.

Looking for even more enriching ways for kids to spend their time? Consult our Classes Guide and check out our Event Calendar.

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Daffodil Day, Earth Day, Free Zoo

Spring is here! The weather is sunny and calling you to get outside, and this weekend is packed with fairs, festivals, and other outdoor fun.

You can celebrate Earth Day at venues throughout the state, including Turtle Back Zoo and Jenkinson's Aquarium. Earth Day is also a great time to check out one of New Jersey’s Best Nature Centers and  New Jersey State Parks and Forests. This is the final weekend of the Essex County Cherry Blossom Festival, featuring Family Day on Saturday and Bloomfest! on Sunday. For even more flowery fun, head to Reeves-Reed Arboretum for Daffodil Day

Read on for some of this weekend's best happenings, and don't forget to check out our Event Calendar and April GoList

9 Earth Day Activities for Families around Boston

Each year on or around April 22—just as the city comes alive with green grass, budding trees, and spring flowers—Boston fittingly commemorates Earth Day with feel-good activities and celebrations all over town. Kids (along with grown-ups) get a special chance to learn about protecting the environment and how the entire family can become more green. From community service projects to festivals to a zoo celebration, these are also just great chances for families to get outside and have some fun.

Museum of the American Revolution: Philadelphia's Newest Tourist Stop

Philadelphia, the birthplace of America, is now home to the first ever museum dedicated solely to the events and circumstances of the American Revolutionary War. This brings Philadelphia's museum and historic house count to well over 100! Set in Old City, the Museum of the American Revolution opens April 19, on the 242nd anniversary of the shot heard round the world which launched our country on its path to freedom. The setting couldn't be more perfect, sitting right in the heart of America's most historic square mile, with easy access to other remnants of our founding days. This is a true history lovers paradise, and the Museum of the American Revolution fits right in, offering a fresh and in-depth take on a war that literally made it possible for us to be here, as we are, today. We were very excited to get an early peek inside.


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