Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Mini-Golf, Frosty, and an Ice Palace, November 14-15

With the cool weather and the early sunsets I can feel myself slowly slipping into hibernation mode which, with two young kids at home, is the last thing any of us have time for. Luckily, there's all kinds of fun to be had across the state this weekend, whether you're interested in miniature golf with a twist (it's inside a library!), a cooking class for the whole family, or a free, seasonal craft that would compliment any holiday table.

To see what else is happening this weekend, check the Mommy Poppins Family Events Calendar. For the latest and best family-friendly events, subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Have a great weekend!

Thanksgiving Day Runs on Long Island

Turkey trots are a great way to spend the morning on Thanksgiving, whether you're a seasoned runner or just looking to run (or walk) for fun. And most of them are open to all ages, or feature a "fun run" just for the tots. If you are not trapped in the kitchen waiting for the bird to cook--or if you are, but want everyone else out from under foot--get the family out to work off those calories in advance to make room for the feast to come. And be sure to check out our Long Island Fun Guide for lots of other activities in the area, as well as our Long Island Events Calendar.

Volunteer as a Family in NYC This Holiday Season

During the holiday season, families gather to enjoy delicious meals, exchange gifts and celebrate the year gone by.

But for a number of underprivileged New Yorkers the holiday season can be a particularly difficult time. Volunteering is a wonderful way to help those in need, and an ideal opportunity to teach children the true spirit of the season.

We've rounded up some of our favorite kid-friendly volunteering opportunities. No matter where in the tristate area you live, the age of your children or your family's interests, chances are there is a program to fulfill your holiday volunteering desires.

Tree Lighting Celebrations That Kick off the Holidays around LA

Carols, cocoa, and the Claus family deck the Southland halls in the coming weeks from the Westside to the Valleys and back down to Orange County. As the holidays get rolling, there are plenty of opportunities to snap photos with Santa, take in a boat parade, and marvel at some Angelenos' lawn decorations, but the best way to kick it all off is with a good old-fashioned tree lighting ceremony. Communities all over Los Angeles and Orange County have their own traditions—not to mention unspoken competitions for whose tree is the largest and whose lights up the earliest. It's all in good cheer, so pick whichever of the locations below is nearest to you, and go rock around a Christmas tree, SoCal style!

We'll keep adding more below as communities make their plans. Check our events calendar and sign up for our weekly newsletter to keep up with the latest info.

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Train Celebration, Teddy Bear Picnic, November 14-15

Hard to believe it’s already mid-November! Take advantage of some laid back fun this autumn weekend, before the holiday craziness begins. Little ones will love the National Teddy Bear Day Picnic at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts or the Train Celebration at Camden Children’s Garden. There’s also plenty of hands-on learning happening in every corner of our state including Lenape Family Day at the Morris Museum or the Kids Create: Again event at the Roebling Museum. And for an early dose of Turkey Day, check out the Thanksgiving Harvest Home festival at Fosterfields Living Historical Farm. Whatever you decide to do this weekend, we hope you enjoy it with family and friends. For even more activity options, check out our Event Calendar.

Light It Up! The Best Holiday Light Shows in Philly and The Suburbs

Every Christmas season, the Philadelphia area comes alive with stunning holiday lights and decorative displays. Festive light shows can be found everywhere, including the Delaware River, parks, farms, and gardens. We've picked some of the best events in the city and the suburbs for families, many professionally choreographed to Christmas music. While most of these events are free, others are so spectacular that they are well worth the price of admission!

11 Holiday Craft Fairs and Markets In and Around Boston

This time of year, holiday markets are springing up all around the greater Boston area, from church fairs to school bazaars to high-end artist markets. We’ve highlighted eleven fun finds that feature the handiwork of artisans from both near and far. Many have extras like like food and live entertainment, and some even have Santa on hand for sharing holiday wishes!

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The Nutcracker in NYC: 16 Family Picks

The Nutcracker ballet is a classic holiday experience for kid and parent alike, and NYC offers dozens of wonderful interpretations of this beautiful Christmas show. 

While many children love the energy and drama of a Nutcracker from the sweet Sugar Plum fairy visit to the frantic battle with the Rat King, it can be too long for some. So we've rounded up more than a dozen variations of The Nutcracker playing in Manhattan, plus a few in Brooklyn, this season, including just-for-kids versions of the timeless classic. Many of our picks are abridged versions and inexpensive, while still possessing the charm to keep kids wide-eyed.


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