Celebrating Earth Day in Fairfield County

April 22nd marks the 46th celebration of Earth Day, an annual celebration in which kids (and adults!) are encouraged to give back to planet Earth.  There are a range of celebrations in Fairfield County from the artistic to the philanthropic.  The spectacular Grace Farms property in New Canaan has a whole day of activities planned for children and adults of ages. For more suggestions, check out our Earth Day round ups in Hartford, New Haven, as well as Westchester and  the Lower Hudson Valley.

Earth Day for Kids: Celebrations for Families in the Lower Hudson Valley

We've already rounded up several Earth Day celebrations happening throughout Westchester, and the fun doesn't stop there! We are going beyond the county line to explore even more ways to celebrate our planet in Lower Hudson Valley.

Earth Day, held annually on April 22, falls on a Friday this year, and there's plenty going on throughout April. These events are interactive, educational and fun for all ages—after all, it's never too early show our kids that we must love, protect and preserve the world we live in. Read on for our top picks for Earth Day events happening throughout Lower Hudson Valley. If you see something that piques your interest, click through to the event listing for all the details, including address, time and price. Also, be sure to peruse our Event Calendar for more family-friendly outings.

12 New Theme and Water Park Rides and Thrills Near New York

If summertime means theme and water park fun and roller coaster thrills for your family, then you’ll want to check out what’s new for the 2016 season at some of our favorite amusement parks in the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions.

While the recent cool spring temps along the East Coast have put a hold on opening day for some amusement parks, others are already open for junk food eating, coaster screams and arcade fun. We found two brand-new roller coasters and more little kid friendly fare like a five-slide complex and new home for Jersey dinosaurs in our search across parks in the greater New York City area, including Coney Island’s Luna Park, and a bit beyond, like Six Flags in New Jersey and Edaville’s Thomas Land in Massachusetts to round up more than a dozen new rides, features and thrills for summer 2016.

Read on for all the details, including height requirements and expected opening dates.

6 Skateboarding Classes for NYC Skater Kids

Whether your kid is just learning to ollie or is an advanced skater perfecting her frontside noseslide, there are plenty of skateboarding masters around NYC ready to teach the next generation.

We rounded up six great skateboarding classes where kids ages 4 and up can hone their skills from Manhattan to Staten Island, and of course, Brooklyn. Worried about this new sport involving possible asphalt face-plants that your kid is hounding you about? Well, it’s also a great workout, building strength, flexibility and coordination—oh, and a decent mode of transportation!

Find more NYC classes in our Classes Guide and Directory Listings.

Mother’s Day Brunch at the Jersey Shore: 9 Great Family-Friendly Restaurants

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. What better way to celebrate than by treating mom to a fabulous brunch? Whether you’re looking for a laid-back vibe or prefer something fancy-shmancy, the Jersey Shore has plenty of delicious options to choose from. Check out one of these local favorites for a wonderful meal the whole family will love. Relax, enjoy yourself and have a very Happy Mother’s Day! If you're looking for less pricey options (read: FREE), check out our Free and Discounted Treats and Outings for Mom, and for general shore fun, check out our Jersey Shore Family Guide.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Amphibians, Mother Nature, Festivals Apr 16-17

Now that spring has sprung, Philly families can trade in sweaters and heavy winter coats for short sleeves and lightweight jackets. What perfect timing, as this weekend's Events Calendar is loaded with great ideas to spend time outside! Look for birds, frogs, dragonflies, and salamanders in nature, or celebrate our planet with a festival or clean-up efforts. Families can also take in the beauty of springtime flowers at Winterthur's Daffodil Show or run in Valley Forge National Historical Park's Young Patriots Kids Run. After spending time outdoors, sing and dance at a children's concert or get fancied up for an enchanted ball.

To plan out the rest of your spring days, be sure to check out our recent Earth Day post and Spring Festival listing. Stay current with the latest fun by following us on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Shadow Play and Swan Boats, April 16-17

With most local kids off from school next week, Boston is brimming with tons of April vacation week activities already. I'm really looking forward to seeing what promises to be a unique shadow play with my family, and we're also making room in our busy schedule for some of the happenings at the Cambridge Science Festival. Families can also catch Frog and Toad or Dorothy in grand productions downtown.

If the weather cooperates, this is also a great weekend to get out and enjoy some family-friendly spring activities, including a ride on a swan boat (pictured), one of the many patriotic events going on between Boston and Concord, or some fun workshops building homes for bluebirds or toads.

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

  • Celebrations for Patriots' Day really ramp up this weekend.
  • The newly-released Parent Hacks book offers great solutions to everyday problems.
  • We've got the skinny on the best things to do with kids during April vacation week.

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

Weekend Fun: Giant Climbing Wall, Spring Fairs, Passover Fun

The massive brand-new outdoor rock climbing wall in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Dumbo Boulders, is finally opening this weekend! It's one of our top picks for the entire year, so we couldn't be more excited. Climbers can scramble up the wall this weekend with just a $9 day pass, or hold out for the grand-opening festivities in early May.

Other options for NYC weekend fun include early Earth Day celebrations like the annual fest in Union Square; pre-Passover observations like the Jewish Museum's annual Passover Art and Dance Party; and the final weekend for New-York Historical Society's Silicon City: Computer History Made in New York exhibit, which closes out with a visit from Thomas Edison. Or enjoy what is expected to be a warm and sunny weekend with It's My Park Day. Find more April festivals in our spring roundup on NYC's best fairs and fests.

We're also thrilled to join our friend Asha Dornfest for a special mommy and me party for her new book, Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kidsat The Playroom NYC. This book is loaded with genius tips on everything from how to survive a diaper blowout to how painter's tape can help out in more sticky parenting situations than you might think.

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


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