Weekday Picks: OC Imaginology, Free Garden Days, Planetariums

With Earth Day looming (it's Saturday, April 22), there's a whole slew of activities this week that can give families a deeper appreciation of the natural world around them. These include free days at gardens, such as South Coast Botanic and Descanso, and planetarium shows at UCLA and Santa Monica College

Also on tap for the week is the OC Fair Imaginology event, with its focus on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math); now in its 38th year, the event allows youths to showcase their talents in individual and group competitions. It also features hands-on activities, displays, workshops, career advice, and other activities for families.

We know a great weeknight dinner deal this week, too, that makes it easier to enjoy all this entertainment.

Want more? Head over to our Event Calendar and monthly GoList. Here are a few favorites for the week.

Weekday Fun for NJ Kids: Baseball, Penguin Playtime, Princess Tea

Feathered and furry friends are in the spotlight this week! Hang out with some penguins at Jenkinson’s Aquarium's Penguin Pointers, have a bunny play date at Bergen County Zoo’s Wild and Crafty Bunny Bonanza, or fly over to Great Swamp OEC for Preschool Walk: Feathered Friends. Top off a busy week at Mommy and Me Tea with a Princess, or have a ball at the Somerset Patriots’ opening night.

Read on for our best children's events the week of April 17–21, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and April GoList for even more April fun.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Marathon Monday, Farmer Day, and a Scientist Encounter; April 17-21

There's just one bummer about being at home for a staycation this week: deciding which special activity to take the kids to each day! Along with the oodles of special school break events we've already covered, there's some seriously inspirational fun going on across the city and 'burbs. Kids can get a glimpse at some of the world's most awe-inspiring athletes on Monday, and talk to a working scientist on Wednesday. If the great outdoors is more their speed, they can live the life of a farmer or build miniature imaginary lands from natural materials.  If the wacky weather has them scratching their heads, let the wind blow you in the direction of the Central Library. Don't forget, there are a ton more fun ideas for the week in our Event Calendar—this packed week, may we suggest that you bookmark it?

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Star Wars Origami, CSI: Forensics

On the heels of spring break, the week ahead may mean back to school, but there is still plenty of fun to be had for Westchester families!

Among the many FREE STEAM programs that we recently compiled is the Jellybean Engineering Challenge, a calorie-free way to repurpose that leftover candy (unless a little nibbling happens along the way). Fans of Star Wars and origami can combine these two interests to artfully create their favorite characters from small squares of paper, while sports fans can get autographs and memorabilia at the return of the Baseball Card Show.

This week is also loaded with ways to get a head start on celebrating Earth Day, as many area venues are rolling out the “green” carpet both before and after the big day to celebrate.

These are just a sampling of what awaits you on our Event Calendar, so be sure to visit that after reading on for more details and the rest 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! 

NYC Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free

Back when my daughter was in kindergarten, her class got into a conversation about world hunger. Her solution? Just go eat at a restaurant. (Marie Antoinette would have been proud.)

Clearly, my child has been raised on a diet that's heavy on eating out, and why not? New York City has some of the best kid-friendly restaurants anywhere.

Of course, dining out doesn't come cheaply, especially in this town—unless you happen to be a child. For NYC kids, there really is such a thing as a free lunch, brunch, and sometimes even dinner, if you know where to go. At these nine local eateries, you can feed those hungry mouths for the unbeatable price of $0, while you get a break from playing chef. We know what you'll be making tonight: reservations.

25 Rainy Day Activities for Long Island Kids

Rainy days can be good excuses to stay at home and chill out, but there are only so many stories to read and cartoons to watch before restlessness sets in, and we’re just not talking about kids. 

There’s plenty to do on Long Island at indoor venues to help kids blow off steam, get creative, and even learn a thing or two. Here are 25 rainy-day adventures, including a few you can have at home. Check out the guide to indoor play spaces for more ideas, including top places to play indoors in Nassau County and in Suffolk County.

Weekday Fun: Earth Day, Water Cycle Wheel, Free Jazz Concert

Spring break for New York City kids (public school edition) doesn't end until Wednesday, April 19, meaning our guide to 50 spring break events remains in full effect. In addition to those 50 ideas, the Museum of the City of New York offers a cool water-based craft on Monday. On Tuesday, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden launches their regular spring events perfect for toddlers.

Earth Day events get rolling this week, too, with an outdoor celebration in Union Square. A number of theater events featured in our April GoList continue this week, and parents can remain at the ready by keeping our spring event guide and our Events Calendar closely bookmarked.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: American Revolution, Outdoor Adventures, Pete the Cat April 17-21

When Philly families consider the wide variety of opportunities for fun in and around the City of Brotherly Love, they can always count on our event calendar to deliver an exciting, educational, and entertaining line up.

Explore the brand new Museum of the American Revolution in Philly as it opens its doors for the first time this week. Use imagination and creativity during Abington Library's Scribble Bots experience. Recognize Earth Day by learning about the environment at Norristown Farm Park or Delaware Museum of Natural History. Get outside to discover daffodils, wood frogs.and other amphibians. Or, perhaps you are a fan of a zany feline named Pete? Check out TheatreWorks USA as they take the stage at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center to present Pete the Cat.

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