Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Kite Flying, Brainy Books, and Fairies; May 20-21

Nice to see the sunshine after all the dreary weather we've been having this spring. Luckily, there are plenty of chances to enjoy the outdoors this weekend, including two chances to fly kites—at Franklin Park and Revere Beach. Fairies are waiting to be discovered in the woods, sculpture is meeting with nature, and wildlife (and bikes!) are on display.

Get ready for all that summer pool time at these swim safety and open family swim events (Needham, Westford, and Burlington), spend some time with local tween authors, celebrate our hometown LEGOLAND's birthday, and check out this Summer Brain Quest kickoff party (MP will be there too!). 

Also on Mommy Poppins this week:

Need more family fun ideas? Check out our full events calendar.

A Dozen Fun Things to Do with Kids at Duke Farms in Hillsborough, NJ

If biking, hiking, and learning about nature sounds like great fun for your family, plan a trip to Duke Farms. Open to the public since 2012, this 2,740-acre ecological treasure located in Hillsborough offers diverse wildlife, hiking trails, and interesting educational programs. This park is perfect for exploring the outdoors in all seasons. Here are a dozen ways to take it all in at Duke Farms.

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Science Expo, Fleece Fair, and Kite Flying

This weekend, Long Island families can participate in hands-on activities that promote imagination and creativity at SLIME—Students of Long Island Maker Expo. From recyclable crafts to robotics technology, enjoy an interactive day of making at the Cradle of Aviation in Nassau County.

Or set your sights high outdoors: Enjoy color on the ground and in the skies as Art in the Park and Kite Day converge at Heritage Park in Mount Sinai. Find more cool parks and playgrounds in our guide to Long Island's best. Old-world demonstrations collide with new-world creations at Hallockville Museum Farm's annual Fleece & Fiber Fair. Take in the picturesque campus and historic buildings that date back to 1765 while visiting with resident animals and enjoying farm-life games. 

By the way, the brand-new Mommy Poppins Bestie Awards are coming to town, and we need to know who you love! The Besties is a reader voting contest celebrating small local businesses that make parenting on Long Island awesome. Help us choose our finalists by shouting out your favorite places to make, do, eat, learn and play. Nominate your Besties now.

Check out our May GoList for the best family events all month. For more weekend activities, pop over to our Spring Fun Guide or perhaps our Day Trips Guide.

Yankee Stadium Opens Kids Playground for All Ticket Holders

Yankee Stadium has a new way of keeping little ones entertained during those notoriously long baseball games: a playground. Say hello to the Sunrun Kids Clubhouse. You’ll find it in the 300 level on the right field side, its entrance beneath a subtle, circular sign. Any ticketed fan can enter, but security appeared solid when we visited—there’s no entering without a child.

Most of its features skew toward kids ages 5 and under, with small slides and climbing features scattered around a baseball diamond-shaped clearing with soft, artificial flooring. For little ones, there’s space to run in the 2,850-square-foot playground space.

The stadium also made an addition for new moms. There's now "a private space for nursing mothers," with "seats and outlets for electric pumps" in the Sunrun Kids Clubhouse. Smart idea to put this next to the play area in case a nursing mom is also watching an older kid or kids.

Meet the Animals: 6 Great Animal Farms and Petting Zoos near Philly

This spring and summer, there's so much to do to get outside: festivals, parks, spray groundsamusement parks, and more. But your little animal lover might be craving some one-on-one time with some cute and cuddlies, and there's no better time to visit the local petting zoo or animal farm than summer. Luckily, there's a handful of great places in the area for just that.

15 Great LA Parks for Birthday Parties Kids Will Rave About

Lucky for us, hosting mostly free kids’ birthday parties at the many glorious parks around Los Angeles is available year round; and with our famous weather, it’s a pretty safe perk to gamble on. From rustic to scenic to built-in activities, the city’s bounty is near limitless. And the best part: no sticky floor and dirty fingerprints to scour afterward. Be sure to check whether there are additional fees around parking or other rules; LA City parks, for example, require a permit fee for bounce houses (we have an entire post just on parks that allow bounce houses). Read on for some of our favorite party parks, with ideas for themes at each one. And check out these other parks with barbecue grills and parks with gated playgrounds, too.

2017 Memorial Day Parades and Fairs in Westchester

Memorial Day is more than just the unofficial start to summer, and bringing kids to a parade or memorial service is a good way to demonstrate to kids how they can show respect for those who have died during military service.

We’ve rounded up the memorial parades and services occurring in Westchester this year. Looking for other ways to spend the long weekend? Consult our Event Calendar and sign up for our newsletters.

10 Things to Do in The Woodlands With Kids

Visiting The Woodlands can feel like traveling to another world - there are so many trees! (Depending on where you live in Houston, this may be a huge change of scenery.) About 45 minutes north of Houston, The Woodlands Township is full of fun for the whole family. It's close enough that you can spend the day here without much of a drive time but offers enough to do that you could stretch it into a weekend getaway. Read on for of our favorite things to do in The Woodlands with our kids. 

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