Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: World Dance, St. Patrick's Day

It’s time for St. Patrick's Day, and while adults have their own festivities, there are plenty of FREE ways for kids to celebrate, plus numerous parades  continuing through the weekend.

The headliner event this week is Russian Seasons Dance - Celebration of World Dance. With some half dozen different styles of international dance performed, you’ll get a sampler of Ukrainian, Argentinian, Irish and other art forms all for the same ticket. STEM programs are thriving, and My Robot Friend promises comic learning, when participants “program” each other to navigate an obstacle course. An art form making a comeback this week is Macrame—sure to appeal to finger knitters and other crafters. There are also ways to celebrate Women’s History Month, both this week and all month long.

Read on for the rest and click through to our Event Calendar for more great activities—many of which are FREE. Our March GoList highlights our top picks for the rest of the month, and you can sign up for our newsletters to get it all in your inbox!

Persian New Year Events to Celebrate with NYC Kids

This year, March 21 is the second official day of spring, but also the holiday of Nowruz (new day), the Iranian, or Persian, New Year. For those unfamiliar with the tradition, this 3,000-year old holiday, celebrated at the time of the vernal equinox, is rooted in the pre-Islamic traditions of the Zoroastrian religion. Friends and family spend quality time together and enjoy delicious Persian food. Houses are deep-cleaned, gifts are exchanged, and symbolic traditions are brought to life.

In New York City, there are family-friendly Nowruz-themed events galore to ring in spring in a truly unique and memorable way. Here are seven great ways to celebrate Nowruz with your little globalists, exposing them to a beautiful and centuries-old culture.

Looking to learn more about Muslim culture? Take little ones to the America to Zanzibar interactive exhibit on Muslim cultures across the globe. It was recently extended for another year.

8 DIY Party Spots for Long Island Families

If you have a crafty kid, you already know his or her No. 1 birthday party wish probably involves pots, pans, paint, and pottery. DIY birthday parties are on the rise and proving to be a treat for children of all ages, who get an opportunity to learn a craft and take a project home with them. These eight party spots on Long Island either offer venues where kids can create and build or boast experts who come to your home to entertain guests with a special project. 

Don't forget to check our directory and Long Island Birthday Party Guide for more ideas. 

Weekday Fun for NJ Kids: Princess Tea, Zoo Explorers, Bug Club

Creatures big and small are in the spotlight during this second full week of March. Visit animals at Turtle Back Zoo Explorers Program, amphibians of all kinds at Bergen County Zoo’s Amphibians for Tadpoles, and a variety of insects at Essex County Environmental Center’s Kids’ Bug Club. Plus, celebrate an early St. Paddy's Day at St. Patrick’s Day Storytime, or enjoy high tea at Mommy & Me Tea with a Princess.

Read on for our best children's events the week of March 13–17, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and March GoList for even more March madness.

We're also happy to announce the brand-new Besties Awards. Nominate your favorite New Jersey businesses for kids: the best places to eat, make, do, learn, and play. Simply add your favorites to this nomination form, and we'll reward those businesses that make raising kids in New Jersey the best with a Besties Award. 

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Stories, Plays, St. Pat's March 13-17

The week after Daylight Savings Time always throws my family for a loop. Thankfully, Philly families can compensate for the lost hour by focusing on some exciting, entertaining, and engaging activities found in our events calendar.

Attend storytime at Parkway Central Library, Big Blue Marble Bookstore, or Morris Arboretum. See a performance such as Storybook Musical Theater's Puss 'n Boots or Unionville High School's Mary Poppins. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by listening to The Irish Tenors as they sing unforgettable Irish music at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center or by attending the Newtown Irish Festival to eat Irish foods, see Irish step dancers, and get a twisted balloon creation.

Weekday Fun: St. Patrick's Day, Family Game Night, STEM Games

Events for NYC kids during the week of March 13 include a green elephant in the room: St. Patrick's Day (see our full guide). But only the youngest or school-less kids can attend the big parade along Fifth Avenue on Friday, March 17. As compensation, the Children's Museum of Manhattan steps in with a three-day Irish celebration beginning Friday. We've also added in a few extra Irish-themed fun events to the mix below.

Sprinkled amid the Irish noise, un-St. Patrick's events abound this week, like Lucy Kalantari's Spanish playtime for wee ones in Brooklyn on Monday, a family game night at the American Museum of Natural History on Tuesday, and a new play adapted by the author of War Horse launching on Thursday in Dumbo. Also, make sure to see the wackiest (and free) art exhibit in NYC before it closes on April 12.

In the meantime, for all your advance scheduling needs, check out our Winter Fun GuideMarch GoList for more forthcoming fun events, as well as our Event Calendar.

Where To Find Bluebonnets in Houston this Spring

It's that time of year again. Texas Bluebonnet season runs March-May, but this year Texans have seen these beautiful blue blooms starting in mid-February. We've rounded up some spots where you can snap some of those iconic pictures in and around Houston, and we'll continue to update this post as we find more locations. If you have a favorite spot to share, let us know at houstoneditor@mommypoppins.com.

Connecticut 2017 Bestie Guide: Best Places for Family Fun

Connecticut is an outstanding place to raise a family (no bias here, right?) and Mommy Poppins Connecticut readers are crème de la crème. That's some simple, reliable math. Best place to be + best readers and parents = insight into the absolute best places to visit with children. 

In January, we sought your expertise and asked all of you to help us choose our Besties: vote for the best museums, family businesses, entertainment venues, and other categories that add magic to childhood in Connecticut. You graciously answered our request and now the results are in. You chose from 10 nominees in 23 categories (and two voters were picked at random to enjoy great prizes from our wonderful sponsors). The contest is now over, but you can learn about it by browsing Besties FAQ.

We have grouped the results into three winning categories: Best Places for Family Fun, Enrichment Programs, and Parenting Resources. 

Here's your chance to learn a bit more about each winner of the 2017 Connecticut Besties! 

Best Enrichment Programs | Best Parenting Resources

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