Indulgent Mother's Day Brunches in Connecticut

What's not to love about brunch? A magical marriage of all the best things served up with a mimosa and a slice of cantaloupe, brunch is arguably the most indulgent meal right out of the gate. Maybe that's why it has become something of a tradition to spoil the ladies who work tirelessly making sure everyone is cared for by taking them out to these panoplies of decadence on Mother's Day. We are extra spoiled in Connecticut because of our epic food scene so finding a brunch fit for a queen isn't hard at all. So pick a spot, make a reservation, gussy up the fam and treat mom! She deserves it.

Weekday Picks: YALLWest, Circus, Grunion, and iFLY All-Abilities Night

YALLWest reaches out to teens and tweens this week with its third annual, two-day YA literary festival in Santa Monica. Actor Chris Colfer, author of Stranger Than Fanfiction, headlines this year’s festival, which features more than 100 authors. Friday is a preview event that includes Story Ball presentations, author panels, and food trucks. Saturday continues with a full day of panels, signings, music, book sales, Quidditch gaming, Scrabble tournaments, giveaways, and more.

This week also brings several events specifically aimed at the special needs community. The Family Autism Event at Pretend City and AMC Theatres Sensory-Friendly Films provide opportunities for kids on the autism spectrum and their families to enjoy community activities in a sensory-friendly, accepting environment. iFLY Hollywood Indoor Skydiving's All-Abilities Night offers the chance for people with mental and physical challenges achieve the dream of flying.

Add to that a little circus, festival, and fireworks, and we've got the makings of a great week!

For lots of other ideas of what to do this week, check out Mommy Poppins Event Calendar and our April GoList. Here are some favorites for the week.

Weekday Fun for NJ Kids: Cape May Fest, Kite Month, Nocturnal Birds

April wraps up this week with some outdoorsy seasonal fun. Head down the shore for Cape May’s Spring Celebration, or hang out with furry friends during the day at Bergen County Zoo’s Playtime at the Zoo or in the evening at Reeves-Reed Nocturnal Animals exploration.

Plus, don’t miss springtime freebies like Pottery Barn Kids Storytime, Barnes & Noble Storytime, Penny Spinners, and Celebrate Kite Month. Read on for our best children's events the week of April 24–28, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and April GoList for even more end-of-the month fun.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Peppa Pig, Brunch Class, and Scientific Inspiration; April 24-28

Spring break week might be over, but spring weather—and the crop of cool activities that tend to come with it–has really just arrived. This week, little kids get the spotlight on them at the Boston Children's Museum; and they'll also be thrilled to know that their favorite pig will be coming to town (looking at the forecast, she—and likely you—will be able to splash in some of her beloved mud puddles on show day.) For bigger kids, brunch is on the menu at the latest American Girl cooking class, and scientists will be on hand in Cambridge to explain the super-cool innovations being developed in labs across the country right now. Equally mind-blowing: An interactive "sound sculpture" at the Seaport. On the hunt for even more fun? Study our Event Calendar for more reasons to bust loose of the regular routine this week.

Mother's Day Brunch Spots in Manhattan and the Bronx

Mother's Day is fast approaching, which means it's time to start planning that special day for the well-deserving mom or wife in your life. Speaking from experience, all moms really want is a little time off. You could choose breakfast in bed, but why not instead forgo chores altogether and hit one of NYC's many delicious brunch spots?

We've rounded up more than a dozen of scrumptious places throughout Manhattan and the Bronx. Each is by preference, including those looking for a waterfront view or moms who prefer a restaurant with vegetarian options. Pinpoint your special lady's preference, make reservations and get ready to dig in. 

Also check out our Mother's Day brunch suggestions for Brooklyn. However you decide to spend the day, Happy Mother's Day from your peers at Mommy Poppins.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Magical Creatures, Egg Drop, Yoga

Mid-week fun lies ahead for Westchester families, and it comes in many forms!

Escape to another world or another time at a new program called Magical Creatures Club or combine reading and relaxation at Story Book Yoga. Alternatively, test your intellectual mettle at Egg Drop or one of the many chess clubs we’ve rounded up. 

Many more fun and stimulating activities can be found on our Event Calendar, so head there after reading on for more 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! 

Where to See Cherry Blossoms and More Blooms on Long Island

After a dreary winter, spring arrives and colors burst all over Long Island. Now is the perfect time to explore some of the Island’s family-friendly gardens and state parks, where displays of vibrant, eye-popping, cherry blossoms—along with a host of other springtime trees and flowers—are all in full bloom.

From the annual Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival (May 7) at Stony Brook University to the Arbor Day Family Festival (April 29-30) at Planting Fields Arboretum, your kids get to experience the natural beauty of the season, explore the outdoors, and even learn about different cultures. 

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Science, Arts, Nature April 24-28

Budding scientists, drama fans, and nature lovers can enjoy a variety of exciting activities found in this week's event calendar.

Engage young minds in scientific experimentation at local libraries throughout Philly. Taste test cookies in the Cookie Lab and Geek Out by participating in a science game show at Franklin Institute. Or, gaze into the nighttime skies at venues throughout the Delaware Valley to view constellations, planets, and other celestial bodies. Carve out some time in your week to take in a performance such as Charlotte's Web at The Playhouse in Wilmington or Cinderella's Glass Slipper at Collingswood Middle School across the river. Finish the week with nature excursions at Temple University's Earth Fest in Ambler or The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education's Tall Tree Playdate.

Make sure to consult our recommendations for spring activities throughout Philadelphia. Now, keep reading for our top picks for the week ahead.

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