Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Festivals, Colonial Day, Eric Carle, Apr. 16-17

Spring is in the air in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley! 

Spring festivals include the annual Sheep-to-Shawl and Colonial Day, both of which step back in time to revitalize customs of centuries of yore. There’s also a head start on Earth Day, with numerous celebrations we’ve identified in Westchester and the Hudson Valley; this weekend and the coming week are rife with ways to hug a tree.

Choice entertainment brings the fun indoors, including a stage performance of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites and the chance to watch the Westchester Philharmonic Open Rehearsal—for FREE.

These are just some of the activities we’ve culled from our Event Calendar. Check it out for even more options, and consult our April GoList for our top picks for the whole month!

11 Favorite Baby and Toddler Classes in Queens

Looking for a great Queens baby and me class to take with your infant, crawler or toddler? This diverse and family-friendly NYC borough has plenty of mommy and me options, as these classes are sometimes called, from sports to music to pre-preschool enrichment programs.

We've rounded up some of the most popular and unique baby and toddler classes in Queens, including an outdoor nature program and an infant movement session. If you're a Queens resident, check out these classes, and find one that works best for you (or your caretaker) and your child. And don't forget to check out our just released list of parent-child swim classes as many learn-to-swim programs are on offer in the "Q" borough.

Need more inspiration? Check out our NYC Baby Guide or directory of classes across NYC.

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Earth Day Celebration, Spring Walk, April 16-17

Warmer temps seem like they'll be here to stay this weekend and that means plenty of outdoor time with family and friends to celebrate spring! Lace up those sneakers and round up the gang for some fresh air at Essex County Family Day at Branch Brook Park, a Spring Art Walk at Historic Smithville Village or a Family Woodland Hike at the beautiful NJ Botanical Gardens. If you've got little animal lovers in the family, definitely check out the Cape May Zoo Earth Day Celebration or Alpaca Academy at Bluebird Farm. For additional activity options, check out our Event Calendar.

Blueberry Picking in Eastern Connecticut

Few things taste more like summer than fruit and vegetables fresh from the garden. But since we cannot all grow gardens - or large ones that accommodate a variety of produce - local farms are terrific destinations. Walking in the sunshine, enjoying the smell of grass, bobbing along on tractor rides: the whole experience of picking your own food on the farm is an essential activity of the warmer months and a great way to teach children the process used to grow healthy foods. Hailed as a super food, blueberries are delicious and so versatile, and these little fruits are for the pickin' in Eastern Connecticut! For more berry picking check out our Pick Your Own post.

40 Things To Do with NYC Kids for a Fun-Filled Staycation

With spring in the air and NYC public school spring break on the horizon, many parents may be dreaming of a far-flung destination, but bank accounts or scheduling constraints may mean local family outings are more palatable.

Luckily for us, we asked readers to share things they’ve always wanted to do in the city and compiled them into this list of 40 ideas for a Big Apple staycation. We've pulled together a gold mine of activities for families looking to keep busy during spring break—or anytime. The only fare we'll be buying is from the MTA!

Looking for year-round fun things to do in NYC? Check out our 100 Things to Do with Kids in NYC, and of course, our always packed daily Event Calendar. Don't forget to peruse our NYC Museum Guide to learn about all the latest exhibits and children's museums and wrap up your day with our guide to family-friendly city restaurants.

Earth Day with LA Kids: Green Festivals, Events, and Fun for Families

You say it's your Earth Day; well it's my Earth Day, too, yeah! And yes, we're gonna have a good time. Earth Day is one of those holidays that just screams kids. And when we say scream, we mean outdoor voices. Oh sure, Halloween has its ghosts and goblins; Christmas has its presents, and Easter has its chocolate bunnies (melting in the SoCal sun if not found quickly). But Earth Day is a holiday when families of all backgrounds can come together to appreciate our planet and keep our outdoors great for generations to come. And since loving the environment is something Californians take particular pride in, it's not surprising that we're spoiled for choice for celebrating Earth Day around LA.

Top Things to Do with Boston Kids for April Vacation

April vacation week is full of possibilities for kids in Boston. Besides getting out to enjoy everything spring has to offer, families have their pick of cool activities, including tons of ways to celebrate Patriots' Day and Earth Day. The Cambridge Science Festival is most definitely a top pick in my household, but it's only one of many events going on, so have a peek at the additional gems below to enjoy with the kids. Here's to a fantastic week for everyone!

Where to Donate Kids' Clothing, Toys and Gear in Brooklyn

Our children grow quickly and leave behind bags of barely worn clothes and gear. Instead of throwing those non-essentials out, why not let someone less fortunate get more use from them and clear out your closet at the same time? Brooklyn families have a number of options for donating gently used children's items, so you can contribute to a good cause instead of wasting good items.

Read on for eight organizations accepting your donations in Brooklyn.

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