Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals, Animals, Art Apr 9-10

Even though the weather forecast may predict otherwise, Philly families can tell spring is trying to arrive by paging through the Mommy Poppins' Events Calendar. To start, Morris Arboretum hosts its Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival both this Saturday and next, Camden Children's Garden features its Dino Day & Bug Bonanza Festival, and Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy holds its Stream Clean Up. Families ready to prepare for springtime wildlife can learn about toads at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, assemble a bird box at Wissahickon Environmental Center or build a butterfly feeder at Peace Valley Nature Center.

In addition to nature fun, children can tap into their creative side. Make a print screen kite at Second State Press, create graphic art at Delaware Museum of Art or learn about fabric painting at Philadelphia Magic Gardens. If there are science fans in the family, explore Delaware Children's Museum's Try Science or American Helicopter Museum's Girls' Science Expo.

Read on to see our top picks for the weekend but don't forget to browse through the rest of the calendar to see our complete listing. Enjoy!

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Peter Pan and Passover Fun, April 9-10

There's a lot to celebrate this weekend, whether it's outdoors at one of the many local Audubon centers offering activities as part of its 100th Day Celebration or indoors at one of the fun activities for kids leading up to the Passover holiday (pictured). Local theaters are also heating up with April productions underway that feature a singing family, a boy who can fly, and a little sprout.

It's also the time to start looking forward to April's school vacation week. Some of the most exciting events that week celebrate the history of the Boston area's role in the Revolutionary War, and this weekend marks the first of a string of reenactments with activities at Meriam's Corner and Minute Man National Historic Park. Finally, three more picks perfect for families this weekend include a musical performance of Cinderella for kids, an interactive storytelling that takes the audience to Oz, and a retelling of some favorite stories by Eric Carle.

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to check out the full Event Calendar!

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Breakfast with Belle, Family Sundays, April 9-10

The weather is still cool outside, so you might want to stay inside with some live theater in Elmont, Port Washington, Oakdale and Rockville Centre. But if you want to spend some time outside, bundle up and enjoy a seal walk in Montauk and a family hike in Setauket. 

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Weekend Fun: Penguins, Circus, Barnyard Carnival, Sandbox Fun

It's going to be a busy, though perhaps chilly, weekend in New York City with four of our April GoList picks taking place. Choose between the Queens County Farm Museum's annual Children's Carnival, the Bindlestiff Cavalcade of Youth circus show, Natural History museum's Wild Antarctica polar fest and a visit with Sonia Manzano, aka Maria from Sesame Street, at Sugar Hill Children's Museum. Whoo-hoo!

But that's not all. Other weekend highlights include Henry and Mudge at the Queens Theatre and the New York Children's Theater's latest page-to-stage adaptation, Wringer. Sunday is International Good Deeds Day, which you can celebrate with live entertainment in Herald Square. Speaking of good deeds, you can also opt to help the Riverside Park Conservancy prep the park's many sandboxes for the season with its annual SandSational. Or, try one of these 25 other ways NYC kids can get their hands dirty this spring!

Prepping for Passover? Check out these 10 ideas to make the seder even more fun for kids. Planning your spring break staycation for later this month? We rounded up 50-plus things to do during the recess.

These are just a few of the great things going on this weekend. All of our best bets are below. You can find additional options in our Event Calendar and our Spring Fun Guide.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: American Girl, Disney Live!, Comic Con, Apr. 9-10

We may be facing a cold snap outside, but here in Westchester things are really heating up with exciting family activities!

Two of the coolest events this weekend are entirely FREE. At Comic Con, aficionados of comics and manga can indulge their pleasure by participating in assorted activities like workshops, games, a costume contest and more. At Opening Day at the Science Barge, visitors get to soar with Flyin’ Brian, catch the beat of a children’s drum band, meet robots and indulge in STEM fun.

Another event with star appeal is Tea Time with Valerie Tripp & Friends. Just think: a tea party, American Girl dolls, an author of an American Girl book and a raffle for a chance to take home the grand prize.

For entertainment, several productions take the stage, including Disney Live! and Henry and Mudge for the younger set.

There’s more where this came from, so continue on to read the full list of our top picks for the weekend, then continue on to our Event Calendar and April GoList for top picks for the month!

Weekend Fun: Woodwork, Pirates, and a Pizza Challenge, April 9-10

Happy Siblings Day! This Sunday, many families will celebrate the bond of brotherhood and sisterhood, and if you have more than one child, you might be looking for activities that capitalize on the joys of having siblings. A walk in nature, a tea party, a trip to a zoo or an aquarium, or engaging in a little friendly competition could make for cherished memories. Shopping could also be a fun way to spend the day, perhaps allowing each child to choose a gift for his brother or sister. Numerous child-friendly sales across the state this weekend include The Connecticut Kids Closet in Danbury, the Spring Children’s Consignment Sale in South Windsor, or the Spring Book Sale at Plainville Public Library. 

For more family-friendly activities happening around the state, check our Event Calendar. We also invite you to follow Mommy Poppins Connecticut on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, and subscribe to our newsletters.

7 NYC Arcades for Kid Video Game Birthday Parties

Arcades are an ideal place to celebrate a kid's birthday. Blinking lights, spinning wheels, ringing bells and mechanical jingles give arcades a festive atmosphere, and the assortment of amusements offers something for everyone. If you have a rare child who isn't a video-game enthusiast, these gaming parlors usually offer air hockey, skee-ball and basketball games; some even have laser tag. These kid-pleasing party spots are full service, so hosts only have to provide a cake or cupcakes. Many offer games that award tickets redeemable for prizes to fill a goody bag.  

Our list of seven arcades for kid birthday parties features spots in every New York City borough, from Manhattan to Staten Island, plus a mobile arcade that comes to you. Read on for all the details.

Looking for more birthday party ideas? Check out our NYC Party Guide or Directory of birthday fun suppliers.


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