Mother’s Day Brunch at the Jersey Shore: 9 Great Family-Friendly Restaurants

Mother’s Day is just around the corner. What better way to celebrate than by treating mom to a fabulous brunch? Whether you’re looking for a laid-back vibe or prefer something fancy-shmancy, the Jersey Shore has plenty of delicious options to choose from. Check out one of these local favorites for a wonderful meal the whole family will love. Relax, enjoy yourself and have a very Happy Mother’s Day! If you're looking for less pricey options (read: FREE), check out our Free and Discounted Treats and Outings for Mom, and for general shore fun, check out our Jersey Shore Family Guide.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Amphibians, Mother Nature, Festivals Apr 16-17

Now that spring has sprung, Philly families can trade in sweaters and heavy winter coats for short sleeves and lightweight jackets. What perfect timing, as this weekend's Events Calendar is loaded with great ideas to spend time outside! Look for birds, frogs, dragonflies, and salamanders in nature, or celebrate our planet with a festival or clean-up efforts. Families can also take in the beauty of springtime flowers at Winterthur's Daffodil Show or run in Valley Forge National Historical Park's Young Patriots Kids Run. After spending time outdoors, sing and dance at a children's concert or get fancied up for an enchanted ball.

To plan out the rest of your spring days, be sure to check out our recent Earth Day post and Spring Festival listing. Stay current with the latest fun by following us on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Shadow Play and Swan Boats, April 16-17

With most local kids off from school next week, Boston is brimming with tons of April vacation week activities already. I'm really looking forward to seeing what promises to be a unique shadow play with my family, and we're also making room in our busy schedule for some of the happenings at the Cambridge Science Festival. Families can also catch Frog and Toad or Dorothy in grand productions downtown.

If the weather cooperates, this is also a great weekend to get out and enjoy some family-friendly spring activities, including a ride on a swan boat (pictured), one of the many patriotic events going on between Boston and Concord, or some fun workshops building homes for bluebirds or toads.

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

  • Celebrations for Patriots' Day really ramp up this weekend.
  • The newly-released Parent Hacks book offers great solutions to everyday problems.
  • We've got the skinny on the best things to do with kids during April vacation week.

Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to check out the full Event Calendar!

Weekend Fun: Giant Climbing Wall, Spring Fairs, Passover Fun

The massive brand-new outdoor rock climbing wall in Brooklyn Bridge Park, Dumbo Boulders, is finally opening this weekend! It's one of our top picks for the entire year, so we couldn't be more excited. Climbers can scramble up the wall this weekend with just a $9 day pass, or hold out for the grand-opening festivities in early May.

Other options for NYC weekend fun include early Earth Day celebrations like the annual fest in Union Square; pre-Passover observations like the Jewish Museum's annual Passover Art and Dance Party; and the final weekend for New-York Historical Society's Silicon City: Computer History Made in New York exhibit, which closes out with a visit from Thomas Edison. Or enjoy what is expected to be a warm and sunny weekend with It's My Park Day. Find more April festivals in our spring roundup on NYC's best fairs and fests.

We're also thrilled to join our friend Asha Dornfest for a special mommy and me party for her new book, Parent Hacks: 134 Genius Shortcuts for Life with Kidsat The Playroom NYC. This book is loaded with genius tips on everything from how to survive a diaper blowout to how painter's tape can help out in more sticky parenting situations than you might think.

These are just a few of the awesome things going on this weekend. All of our best bets are below. You can find additional options in our Spring Fun Guide and Event Calendar.

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Earth Day Events, Barnyard Babies, April 16-17

Spring is in the air and folks are anxious to get up and get outside. Kids can become a Junior Ranger at the historic Sagamore Hill. Get creative at the Children's Museum of the East End with their annual Egg Drop Challenge. Get up close and personal with the newest addition at Benner's Farm with their Barnyard Babies meet and greet.

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Martial Arts Classes for Kids in Eastern CT

The first time Max broke a board in his Tae Kwon Do class, I nearly fainted.  Outside of class, his 3-year-old brain had trouble focusing on much of anything, as 3-year-olds usually do.  But, as he walked through the doors of the dojo, he switched on a laser-like attention span we'd never seen. The Martial Arts, in its various forms, offer both fitness of the body and mind, something not found in many kid-friendly activities.  If you've considered enrolling your kiddo, here are some class options around Eastern Connecticut. And for even more after school fun check out our Classes and Activities Guide.

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Fishing, Spring Apples, and Thomas, April 16-17

At long last spring has sprung! I'm looking forward to the return of warmer temperatures this weekend and plan to be outdoors as much as possible whether enjoying a carnival, exploring a national park, hunting for some spring apples, or even trying our hands at fishing. If your older kids have a theatrical bent, they'll love the campiness of "Little Shop of Horrors" at Curtain Call in Stamford through the end of April (younger kids will likely prefer Chicken Dance in Old Saybrook).

Remember, our Event Calendar is constantly updated with the best activities around the state. To keep up with everything going on in CT for kids, subscribe to our FREE newsletters, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Have a fantastic weekend!

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Festivals, Colonial Day, Eric Carle, Apr. 16-17

Spring is in the air in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley! 

Spring festivals include the annual Sheep-to-Shawl and Colonial Day, both of which step back in time to revitalize customs of centuries of yore. There’s also a head start on Earth Day, with numerous celebrations we’ve identified in Westchester and the Hudson Valley; this weekend and the coming week are rife with ways to hug a tree.

Choice entertainment brings the fun indoors, including a stage performance of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites and the chance to watch the Westchester Philharmonic Open Rehearsal—for FREE.

These are just some of the activities we’ve culled from our Event Calendar. Check it out for even more options, and consult our April GoList for our top picks for the whole month!

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