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.

Weekday Picks: Jester Jim, Explore Nature, April 11-15

Some of the fun on hand this week includes building Lego masterpieces in Montauk, enjoying a Jester Jim show in Hauppauge and exploring nature at the South Shore Nature Center. Of course, this is just a sampling of what's going on this week, so be sure to check out our Long Island events calendar and our Spring Fun Guide. You can also get the best events of the week sent directly to your inbox each week if you sign up for our newsletter.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: No Kid Hungry and Science Festival, April 11-15

Recently I got to spend a morning with the folks at Cooking Matters (pictured), an organization that helps low-income families learn to cook healthy meals with limited funds. In six-week classes and grocery store tours, parents find out from culinary and nutritional experts how to shop for delicious foods on a budget. This week, the group is running a No Kid Hungry fundraiser at five local restaurants to help get its programs to more families in need. As an opportunity to give back as well as enjoy a night out, it's definitely a win-win situation!

Other great activities for families this week include some free readings featuring Oz and Beverly Cleary, along with a unique way to celebrate Passover. Finally, don't forget that the Cambridge Science Festival opens this Friday, with special events for scientists of all ages. Keep your eye on the full Event Calendar for other great upcoming events.

5 Things to Do on Mother's Day in NYC that Mom Will Love

Sure, a tasty Mother's Day brunch is nice, but just that word, nice. C'mon mom, you know you're more fabulous than that.

This year, Sunday, May 8 is all about you, so no simple meal, not even breakfast in bed will do. Mother's Day should be a whole-day affair that's fun for everyone in the family, especially in NYC, where options are as amazing as mom herself. You could book tickets to a kid-friendly Broadway musical—in addition to stalwarts Wicked and The Lion King, there are new tuners like School of Rock and Tuck Everlasting for which tickets are more available. If the tots are too young for Broadway, there are plenty of shows for preschoolers that are shorter and less expensive. Into museums? There are engaging new exhibits about dinosaurs, kid-lit icon Mo Willems and Star Wars sure to please all ages. Or you could splurge on a special experience such as a helicopter ride or a family spa day.

But if your ideal Mother's Day features an outdoor activity that makes the most of the spring season, we've come up with five memorable itineraries that include food and alfresco family fun that won't blow your budget.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Math Art, Peeps Contest, Pizza with the Author, Apr. 11-15

The week ahead has lots to offer Westchester families. A highlight from our April GoList is the Peeps Diorama Contest, where teens are challenged to create a 3D representation of a favorite book using marshmallow Peeps (and other supplies) as props. At Math Transforms to Art, math tools are used to create pop art, and kids can help protect our planet by creating an enduring communal art project at Celebrate Earth Day – Recycle & Create.

Read on for more details and more options, then continue on to our Event Calendar for numerous activities to choose from every day of the week! If you haven't already, subscribe to our newsletters to get posts like this delivered right to your inbox.

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Weekday Picks: Nests, Nature, and a Pajama Party, April 11-15

This week is spring break from many school districts in Connecticut so you'll find all kinds of drop in activities throughout the week at Norwalk Library, Keeney Memorial Cultural Center, Roaring Brook Nature Center, and more. Then, at the end of the week when you need a little respite, check out the Pajama Party at Family Tree Yoga, where you can drop the kids off for some yoga and soothing evening activities while you enjoy having a few hours to yourself.

To make sure you don't miss out on any fun across Connecticut, check our frequently updated Event Calendar and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Weekday Fun: Free Roller Skating, Kid Concert, Touch Tank

NYC kids can soak up spring this week with the help of our list of fun, outdoor, dig-in-dirt activities. Other options for the week ahead (April 11-15) include a FREE spin around the Pier 2 Roller Rink on opening day, exploring nature during the drop-in hours at the Environmental Education Center in Brooklyn Bridge Park, rockin' out at a high-energy concert and enjoying a read-aloud of Twenty Yawns by the book's author and illustrator at the Bank Street Bookstore.

Trying to get ahead on summer? Check out our Summer Camp Directory, or consider one of these 23 family-friendly resorts with plenty of kid perks.

Don't forget, there's more NYC family fun to be found in our Event CalendarSpring Guide and April GoList.

Springtime Festivals, Fairs and Carnivals for Philly Families

It may be cold outside, but spring is here and so is festival season. Philly families look forward to a springtime season filled with festivals, fairs and carnivals. Whether you're in the city or the 'burbs, it is definitely worthwhile to put some of these events on your family's calendar. The variety is remarkable- from science to art, from nature to culture, from food to fitness, there is truly something for everyone. Bad weather can impact some of these outdoor events so be sure to check directly with the venue if the weather seems questionable. Now, browse through our list below and get ready for a great spring!


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