Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Franklin Square, Seuss, Kids Night Out Feb 29-March 4

Philly families can typically expect the month of March to be In Like a Lion and Out Like a Lamb. After this weekend's sunshine, however, children and grown-ups alike surely are excited to see hints of spring a bit earlier than usual. Even though it technically is still winter, our Events Calendar features many familiar activities that give us a clue spring isn't too far off. This week, families can look forward to the Re-opening of Franklin Square for the season. In addition, a multitude of consignment sales opportunities enter our calendar with both chances to buy and sell.

Do you need to occupy the children while getting ready for those consignment sales? This Friday offers parents a break. The Independence Seaport Museum and Reading Public Museum feature Kids' Night Out, where children can have fun while parents can enjoy some time without the kiddos. On the other hand, you can also spend time together as a family with a sleepover at the Philadelphia Zoo's Night Flight.

Moms, dads, grandparents, and caregivers can count on Mommy Poppins to have the latest fun for everyone. Be sure to stay in-the-know by following us on Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter and liking us on Facebook. Have a great week!

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Dr. Seuss, Leap Day, Extraordinary Women, Feb. 29-Mar. 4

Though there are no major holidays this week, there are two fun reasons to act like there are: Leap Day and Dr. Seuss’ birthday. We’ve rounded up a bunch of fun, FREE ways to celebrate these occasions, as well as more diverse events for Westchester kids of all ages.

Dr. Seuss’ birthday has become synonymous with Read Across America Day, a national initiative to promote children’s literacy. Several Westchester libraries have planned festive activities in in honor of this auspicious occasion, including the standout Celebrate Dr. Seuss’ Birthday and Read Across America Day. Another occasion being celebrated this week is Women’s History Month, and the documentary to be shown at the Extraordinary Women Film Series will likely give your child newfound appreciation for the importance of going to school, in addition to respect for girl power. For unbridled entertainment, snag a seat to the electrifying Dance Off the Grid.

Read on to learn more, then consult our Event Calendar for many more options to choose from! New events are added frequently, so check back often.

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St. Patrick's Day Events and Free Parades for NYC Kids

If your days of celebrating 'til you're green around the gills on St. Patrick's Day are a distant memory, don’t worry: There are plenty of kid-friendly ways to mark the holiday in New York City. After all, everyone feels a wee bit Irish around St. Patrick’s Day, especially in NYC where we have a large population of Irish folk.

This year, St. Patrick's Day—March 17, 2016— is a Thursday, but festivities begin with a trio of popular parades stepping off on the first weekend in March. In addition to St. Patrick's Day processions in all five boroughs (Queens and Brooklyn actually have two each!), there are step-dancing performances, Gaelic workshops and kid flicks. If that's not enough, plan to celebrate as a family at one of NYC's many kid-friendly Irish pubs.

Here are our favorite ways to celebrate Irish culture and St. Patrick’s Day with kids in New York City. Sláinte!

Weekday Picks: Yoga, Stargazing, and Dr. Seuss, February 29-March 4

This week March roars in with milder temperatures and the faint scent of spring in the air! As happy as I am to begin to shed our winter coats, I'm grateful for the plethora of fantastic indoor programs and activities across the state. This week marks the birthday of Dr. Seuss, which many libraries celebrate as Read Across America Day. We've highlighted events at Wilton Library this week, but you can find other events in Windsor and Westport (with even more on tap for this weekend).

To keep tabs on all the fun across Connecticut, check our frequently updated Events Calendar and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest

Weekday Fun: Puppies, Trolley Tours, Ice Cream, Leap Day

Celebrate Leap Day on Monday with extra fun for NYC kids! Check out Rock Center's newly revamped Nintendo store, practice your downward facing dog at Monkey Do Yoga, make your own ice cream at CoolMess or explore the recently opened Vikings exhibit.

More highlights for the week ahead include a Puppy Party at the Residence Inn, the first show of the brand-new Tilt Kids Festival and catching a ride with the Bronx Culture Trolley. Plus, outdoor ice skating rinks are still open for the season, and we've rounded up a number of local spots where you can experience how maple syrup is made—just in time for sugaring season.

Read on for this week's top picks. As always, check our Event Calendar and Winter Fun Guide for more NYC family fun.

March GoList: The Best Things To Do With Philly Kids

After a February filled with crazy weather patterns and lots of indoor play, Philadelphians are certainly ready to turn the calendar page to March and welcome Spring. The Mommy Poppins event calendar reflects the new season with fun family events such as the Flower Show and playground openings,as well as St. Patrick's Day and Easter events.

While the cold weather may still continue through the month, these signs of Spring  are sure to make us excited for March! Read on for our picks of the best family events in Philly this month. 

Maple Sugaring in Fairfield County

One of my family's favorite Connecticut winter traditions is maple sugaring. We don't happen to have any maple trees on our property so we head to the New Canaan Nature Center, for their Adopt-a-Tree program (already underway for 2016, but registration is available until the end of February). A few times a week we visit our tree and haul sap back to the Sugar Shack. At the end of the season, we are rewarded with our very own delicious maple syrup. If you're eager to be a part of the maple sugaring tradition hear in New England but looking for a more low impact experience, here are some great events to check out in Fairfield County.

Robotics Classes, Teams and Clubs for Boston Area Kids

Whether it's in healthcare, manufacturing, or another forward-thinking industry, robotics is primed to a play a large role in future innovations. And by robots, we mean less BB-8 from Star Wars and more science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) learning. In Greater Boston, parents have a handful of good choices to look into if their kids want to experience the fun and technology behind robotics. Let's run down some options:

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