Family-Friendly NJ Vegetarian (and Vegan) Dining

More and more families are going the vegetarian, and even the vegan, route, so we’ve rounded up the best NJ family-friendly options for meatless (and eggless and other-less) fare. And even if you don't necessarily identify as "veg", everyone should give these yummy places a try– your kids may surprise you and probably won't even realize they're eating "healthy." Some venues on the list are not strictly vegetarian/vegan, but offer many vegetarian or vegan options for kids, plus crayons, toys to play with, entertainment and more.

10 Free Ways To Celebrate Earth Day with Kids in Westchester

Earth Day is just around the corner and with it comes an array of fun and educational family events to celebrate the occasion. Although the official date is Friday, April 22, events and activities throughout Westchester span the last two weeks of April. Hey, shouldn't every day be Earth Day?

We've rounded up our top 10 ways to celebrate Earth Day with kids in our county—and they're all FREE! Read on and click through for details, then be sure to check out our Event Calendar for even more activities for Westchester families. Looking for more spring festivities? Take a look at our list of spring fairs and festivals in Westchester and in the Lower Hudson Valley

Kids at Play Indoor Play Space Review

A new indoor play gym launched in Philadelphia this year! East Falls is now home to Kids at Play, a bright, shiny, 7,000 foot indoor playground and seriously cool entertainment zone that is easy on the eyes (specifically designed for children with sensory issues in mind), and invites creative play and exploration. We got a chance to check it out, and let me tell you, it is worth the trip! Read on for a full review (and check out other reviews of awesome spaces in Philadelphia).

Why Painter's Tape Is Your Friend and 133 More Parent Hacks

Do automatic-flush toilets scare your preschooler? Do you always forget to put a spare onesie in the diaper bag? Do you go crazy trying to get the crumbs out of your car’s cup holders? These are the types of real problems parents face every day. Who would know the solutions better than other parents? The just released book Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kids written by Asha Dornfest, founder of the Parent Hacks website, and her community of parent hackers has the answer to these issues and, well, 131 more.

Parent Hacks is a decade of the cumulative knowledge of sleep-deprived parents. What I love about it is its down-to-earth take on everyday frustrations and issues. Because the advice comes from real parents, many of the solutions rely on clever tricks using everyday things you find around the house, rather than pricey products. It's frugal, real advice—and often hilarious, including the fun illustrations by Craighton Berman. There are a lot of hacks dealing with poop and other gross situations parents find themselves in, making it a great choice for those with babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

We love this book so much that Mommy Poppins is helping to throw it a party. Read on to find out more about probably the most useful new parenting book around and how you can join us for a fun celebration if you are in NYC.

Weekday Picks: Poetry, Educational Advocacy, and Free Ice Cream! April 11-15

I scream. You scream. We all scream for ice cream.

Apparently April is National Poetry month. Who knew? Well, it seems like Ben and Jerry must have, since they're celebrating with a gift that inspires rhyme. And the Los Angeles Public Library clearly knew when it created its annual contest in search of our city’s Youth Poet Laureate. If your teen or tween likes to write poetry or perform spoken word, this is a tremendous opportunity to be heard: the Memorial Branch Library in Hancock Park is offering free workshops for teens who want to develop their poetry and possibly enter the contest, which, by the way, comes with a book deal.

Other poetical fun this week includes a big screen tribute to the poet Rudyard Kipling with the opening of The Jungle Book at El Capitan; and it's poetry in motion as Disney on Ice comes back to the Southland for another mini-tour.

You can always find more free stuff and fun stuff to do in LA on Mommy Poppins’ Event Calendar and Monthly GoList.

Weekday Event Picks for NJ Kids: Earth Rocks, Crafternoon, April 11-15

While April’s weather has been a bit unpredictable, indoor library fun is always a safe bet for any season. And it’s free! This week, check out creative library programs, such as Fanwood Maker Lab, Science Crafternoon and Acting Out. Plus, on a spring-like day, get outdoors at Sprouts and Seedlings, Preschool Storytime and Nocturnal Neighbors. And don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more options!

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Paper Planet, Sesame Street, Grandparents Apr 11-15

Some believe it is wiser to spend time with children instead of spending money on them. I know my parents followed that advice. When I was a kid, all I wanted was the Barbie Dream House, but my parents thought going to see the production, Annie, would be the better decision. If you subscribe to the same philosophy, this week's Events Calendar provides many unique opportunities to share time with your kids that are plenty of fun for them, too. 

See those lovable furry monsters from Sesame Street at The Liacouras Center, experience a most unusual paper forest at The Kimmel Center and view the stars at West Chester University's Public Planetarium Show. Explore nature at Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education or Bucktoe Creek Preserve, or, spend the night at Penn Museum or The Philadelphia Zoo. Don't forget to include grandparents in making these memories as Delaware Children's Museum hosts its Grand Adventures.

Continue reading for our top picks for the week ahead. Be sure to stay current with the latest fun by following us on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and liking us on Facebook. Have fun spending time with your kiddos this week.

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