Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Marathon Monday, Farmer Day, and a Scientist Encounter; April 17-21

There's just one bummer about being at home for a staycation this week: deciding which special activity to take the kids to each day! Along with the oodles of special school break events we've already covered, there's some seriously inspirational fun going on across the city and 'burbs. Kids can get a glimpse at some of the world's most awe-inspiring athletes on Monday, and talk to a working scientist on Wednesday. If the great outdoors is more their speed, they can live the life of a farmer or build miniature imaginary lands from natural materials.  If the wacky weather has them scratching their heads, let the wind blow you in the direction of the Central Library. Don't forget, there are a ton more fun ideas for the week in our Event Calendar—this packed week, may we suggest that you bookmark it?

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Star Wars Origami, CSI: Forensics

On the heels of spring break, the week ahead may mean back to school, but there is still plenty of fun to be had for Westchester families!

Among the many FREE STEAM programs that we recently compiled is the Jellybean Engineering Challenge, a calorie-free way to repurpose that leftover candy (unless a little nibbling happens along the way). Fans of Star Wars and origami can combine these two interests to artfully create their favorite characters from small squares of paper, while sports fans can get autographs and memorabilia at the return of the Baseball Card Show.

This week is also loaded with ways to get a head start on celebrating Earth Day, as many area venues are rolling out the “green” carpet both before and after the big day to celebrate.

These are just a sampling of what awaits you on our Event Calendar, so be sure to visit that after reading on for more details and the rest of our top picks!

Have you cast your ballot yet in The Westchester BESTIE Awards 2017? Vote for your favorite Westchester and Hudson Valley businesses—they’ll get the honor, and you might win a prize from Mommy Poppins! 

NYC Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free

Back when my daughter was in kindergarten, her class got into a conversation about world hunger. Her solution? Just go eat at a restaurant. (Marie Antoinette would have been proud.)

Clearly, my child has been raised on a diet that's heavy on eating out, and why not? New York City has some of the best kid-friendly restaurants anywhere.

Of course, dining out doesn't come cheaply, especially in this town—unless you happen to be a child. For NYC kids, there really is such a thing as a free lunch, brunch, and sometimes even dinner, if you know where to go. At these nine local eateries, you can feed those hungry mouths for the unbeatable price of $0, while you get a break from playing chef. We know what you'll be making tonight: reservations.

25 Rainy Day Activities for Long Island Kids

Rainy days can be good excuses to stay at home and chill out, but there are only so many stories to read and cartoons to watch before restlessness sets in, and we’re just not talking about kids. 

There’s plenty to do on Long Island at indoor venues to help kids blow off steam, get creative, and even learn a thing or two. Here are 25 rainy-day adventures, including a few you can have at home. Check out the guide to indoor play spaces for more ideas, including top places to play indoors in Nassau County and in Suffolk County.

Weekday Fun: Earth Day, Water Cycle Wheel, Free Jazz Concert

Spring break for New York City kids (public school edition) doesn't end until Wednesday, April 19, meaning our guide to 50 spring break events remains in full effect. In addition to those 50 ideas, the Museum of the City of New York offers a cool water-based craft on Monday. On Tuesday, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden launches their regular spring events perfect for toddlers.

Earth Day events get rolling this week, too, with an outdoor celebration in Union Square. A number of theater events featured in our April GoList continue this week, and parents can remain at the ready by keeping our spring event guide and our Events Calendar closely bookmarked.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: American Revolution, Outdoor Adventures, Pete the Cat April 17-21

When Philly families consider the wide variety of opportunities for fun in and around the City of Brotherly Love, they can always count on our event calendar to deliver an exciting, educational, and entertaining line up.

Explore the brand new Museum of the American Revolution in Philly as it opens its doors for the first time this week. Use imagination and creativity during Abington Library's Scribble Bots experience. Recognize Earth Day by learning about the environment at Norristown Farm Park or Delaware Museum of Natural History. Get outside to discover daffodils, wood frogs.and other amphibians. Or, perhaps you are a fan of a zany feline named Pete? Check out TheatreWorks USA as they take the stage at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center to present Pete the Cat.

Weekday Picks: Earthy Fun, Frogs, and a Carnival April 17-21

Ahhhh.... We are soaking up every minute of the warmer temps, sunny skies, and new blossoms now that spring is here. This week leads up to Earth Day and their are plenty of ways to celebrate nature. Taking the kids for a hike and to one of these fun events are great ways to appreciate the planet. See some rare specimens, learn all about frogs, and head out to one of the first spring carnivals of the season. 

To keep tabs on all the fun across Connecticut, check our frequently updated Event Calendar and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Spring Fairs & Festivals in Central Connecticut

April showers bring May flowers, and along with all the colorful blossoms come an array of springtime celebrations. The Hartford and New Haven areas are bursting with exciting outdoor family festivals in April, May, and June. These events feature crafts, delicious treats, family-friendly activities, and boundless fun. So head outside with the children and enjoy all that spring in Central Connecticut has to offer.

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