12 Surprisingly Fun Places in NYC to Hang with Your Baby

Yes, infanthood is a wonderful time, full of snuggles and milestones. But entertainment options for non-walkers and even early walkers can start to feel repetitive day after day. Once you've tried all the baby play spaces and gymsplaygrounds, and even stroller tours at museums, what's next?

The thing about New York City, is there's always something open, always something going on, and always something new to try. We've rounded up some out-of-box ideas to shake up your daily routine with your NYC kids ages 12 months and under—many of these ideas are 100% FREE things—and most will also entertain your toddlers. Each destination is loaded with sights and sounds or another cool sensory experience for little ones, plus a change of scenery for the grown-up. So read on to plan the next city adventure with your little one.

Peruse our NYC Baby Guide for more need-to-know info and cool activities for the littlest New Yorkers.

The Solar Eclipse: Getting Kids Psyched and Watching as a Family

What's all too fleeting, potentially a bit hazardous, and absolutely something you need to experience with your kids? We're talking about the solar eclipse on August 21st, of course! For the first time since 1979, parts of North America will be treated to a total solar eclipse—a rare moment when the moon passes between the sun and Earth, temporarily blocking the sun. 

How dramatic the eclipse is will depend on where you are located geographically. People in the states that fall in a diagnonal line from Oregon to South Carolina are in the path of "totality," meaning they'll be exposed to a complete blocking of the sun. The rest of us will see a crescent shape as the moon partially blocks the sun from our view. Nevertheless, scientists and educators nationwide are encouraging everyone to plan to watch this astronomical phenomenon. So we tapped John Aviste, a civil engineer who runs the popular Edge on Science camps in New York and Massachusetts, to help us understand why—and how—families in all of Mommy Poppins' nine regions should witness the eclipse. Whether you've been preparing for this moment for years or are just catching up now, read on for some useful tips—from explaining eclipse science to little ones to ensuring that everyone's peepers stay protected.

Weekday Picks: Tchaikovsky and Fireworks, Long Beach BBQ Festival, Echo Park Rising

A word to the wise before summer slips away: hit up some iconic LA spots so your kids have something to tell their friends about when school starts. One classic venue, the Hollywood Bowl, features music and world-class pyrotechnics at this week's Tchaikovsky Spectacular with Fireworks. Another pick is the Long Beach BBQ Festival, which offers a view of the Queen Mary along with grilled meats, poultry, and other tasty items. Meanwhile, Echo Park Rising features music and activities in celebration of the neighborhood that surrounds the family-friendly Echo Park Lake. Throw a free outdoor opera in the mix, and there really is something for everyone.

Here are some of the highlights of the week; plenty more ideas can be found by visiting the Mommy Poppins Event Calendar.

Weekday Fun: Star Gazing, Magic Shows, Village Festivals

Indoors or out, these last few weeks of August offer a variety of weekday activities for families eager for a last blast of summer.

This week, relax under the stars and catch a flick, or grab a beach blanket and set out for a picnic. Whatever you decide, check out our August GoList and our Summer Fun Guide for more fresh ideas. For some fun FREE events, check out our list of 50 Free Things to Do With Long Island Kids This Summer. And remember to check out Events Calendar for new listings each day.

Here are some of our top picks for this week.

Weekday Picks: Kids Opera, Family Concert, Summer Fair: August 14-18

Summer fun is slowly coming to an end and CT kids will be heading back to school in the next few weeks. Thankfully, there's still time for some last blasts of summer fun; our end of summer bucket list has 25 excellent ideas on how to end summer on a high note. This week enjoy a free opera for kids, a sunflower maze, and an old fashioned country fair

The Event Calendar is continually updated with free events, activities, and the best things to do in CT so check back often and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest to be sure you don't miss a thing.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Concerts, Bubbles, and Goddesses in the Garden; Aug 14-Aug 18

We're kicking it old school this week in Boston, celebrating the 1980s and then moving backward in time later in the week. First: Move over Moana—Mayor Walsh's movie night planners know that what the parents will really come out for is Spielberg.  On Friday, don't miss your chance to experience colonial life—for free!—at Old Sturbridge Village

You can follow the music to other unique events this week. Two popular concert series close out their summer lineups with kindie rockers taking the stage in Back Bay and Medford. In Easton, a local performer combines two of children's very favorite things—bubbles and dancing—at a museum birthday party. There's also some live music, as well as gardening demonstrations, kids' activities, and the unveiling of a special postal stamp at one of the prettiest places in Wellesley.

That's not all there is to enjoy during the heart of August. Check out our Events Calendar for other fun goings-on—summer will be a memory before you know it!

Weekday Fun: Summer Movies, Kiddie Beach Show, Awesome Animal Artists

It’s mid-August movie madness! Milk those last few weeks summer movie freebies and cheapies, including this week’s Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Express, Free Movie Nights at OSPAC, Thrilling Thursdays in Margate, and Summer Blast in Plainsboro.

Plus, make the summer days last a little longer at family-friendly evening events like Kiddie Beach Show, Sweet Sounds of Downtown Jazz and Step into Stories: Mouse Paint.

Read on for our best children's events the week of August 14-18, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and August GoList for even more mid-August excitement.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Drones, Souptown, Yoga in the Park

Here we are mid-August, and although camp may be over for some, the summer fun continues on!

Unravel the mysteries of why the grown-ups are acting like kids at The Secret Society of Souptown. You’ll know you’re not in Kansas anymore when you learn all about drones and how they work, or unwind in nature at Sunset Yoga in the Parks.

Don't stop there! Read on for more of our top picks and head to our Event Calendar for a menu of daily happenings. Our August GoList can help you plan the rest of the month!

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