Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: UFO Fair, Arts Bash, Cupcake Festival

Oh, to be a kid in Westchester and the Hudson Valley this weekend! So many fun, family-friendly events abound, be forewarned: The task of picking and choosing may be difficult. This weekend garnered the most mentions in our May GoList—and for good reason.

The previous tradition of the annual Pinkster festival has been revamped and renamed Djembes and Dance, a festival celebrating African influences on American culture, including drumming, dancing, cooking and more. This isn’t the only cultural festival on tap. The Asian-American Festival is of similar intent with the focus on Eastern influences and hands-on workshops and entertaining performances. But for out-of-this-world fun, resistance is futile at the annual UFO Fair (or, for that matter, at the tantalizing Gardiner Cupcake Festival). For a robust agenda of hands-on art fun using assorted media—including chocolate!—don’t miss the annual Family Arts Bash.

Read on for our top weekend picks and click each listing for full details. Consult our guide to spring fun and our Event Calendar for even more resources. Stay in the know by signing up for our newsletters!

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Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Children's Art Fest, Strawberry Fest & Greek Fest, May 20-21

The end of the school year is near and with this weather, it surely feels like summer is right around the corner. This weekend enjoy many of the festivals going on around Houston. Participate with your kids in the many art-making workshops at the Children's Art Festival at Bayou Bend, snap a photo of the world largest strawberry shortcake at the famous Strawberry Festival in Pasadena or enjoy some yummy food and fun music at the Greek Fest in West Houston

Did you know that Mommy Poppins is teaming up with Brain Quest and Chick-fil-A for a summer kickoff party on June 3? Get your tickets now to secure a copy of the brand new Summer Brain Quest book and tons of goodies courtesy of Chick-fil-A! 

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Weekend Fun: Firetrucks, Fairies, Family Gardening...and Asparagus

After a week of days with temperatures near 90 degrees, the weekend should bring with it cooler weather and lots of sun. In other words, perfect weather to spend a day on the water in Willimantic, or on the farm in Stamford. Or how about the 10th annual Asparagus Festival happening this weekend in Connecticut? Those in the New Haven area can head out to Bethany for a day-long celebration of all things local. Be sure to check with the venues directly for any outdoor activities in the event of weather-related schedule changes.

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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!). 

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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.


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