Spring 2017 Festivals in the Lower Hudson Valley

Despite the cool temperatures, spring is definitely here, and that means outdoor festivals will soon dot the landscape of Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley! That's great news for those of us suffering from the winter blues and daydreaming about the warm, sunny days and budding flowers this season brings.

We’ve rounded up many fun fairs and festivals throughout Dutchess, Orange, Ulster and Rockland counties. In addition to featuring kiddie favorites like rides, games and live entertainment, many of these fetes celebrate the local environment, with workshops and educational activities for the entire family. Read on for all the details, and be sure to check out our Event Calendar for even more options.

Queens Party Places: 21 Spots for Kids Birthdays

We've profiled cool NYC party places in the past, but there are so many awesome birthday spots in good old Queens alone that it deserves a post of its own.

These Queens birthday party places cater to all kinds of kids, from active to artsy to animal lovers. As a Queens mom with two children, I've been to many of these spots personally. You can find additional birthday inspiration in our party guide.

Easter Egg Hunts for Kids Around Boston

It’s time for kids in Boston to break out the Easter baskets, because it's egg hunting season! We’ve rounded up some options for Easter egg hunts that take place in diverse locations—indoors and out—including parks, farms, local businesses, and even a carousel. Many of the egg hunts are for little ones only, but there are plenty of other festive activities like games, crafts, refreshments, and Easter Bunny brunches for any-age kids and parents.

Easter Egg Hunts Around Greater Houston

Spring is in the air, and that means Easter is almost here! Easter egg hunts are one of those special events that adults remember fondly from their childhoods and that children look forward to every year. The Bayou City offers many exciting hunts at parks, churches, cultural locations, and other interesting venues. Most include other fun activities, such as crafts, face painting, petting zoos, live entertainment, and photo ops with the Easter Bunny. There are also tons of breakfasts and brunches with the Easter Bunny you can choose from around town. So hop on over to one of Houston's many fun-filled egg hunts this spring.

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Bubblefest, Children's Earth Day, and April Fools, April 1 - 2

No joke, this is shaping up to be one of the best weekends ever. In the history of the world. This weekend is better than free ice cream. Got that? Better than free ice cream!

Expect animals with talent, mystical child swallowing bubbles, superheroes in the southland, trains you know by name, bunny love, and prankster cartoons. There's so much science we might just go boom. The fat lady sings, and so does the mouse, and though the whales and birds are migrating, things are looking good for planet Earth, (because kids are on the job!) This weekend is so good, we'll probably just pack it up and call it quits after this, because no other weekend could ever be this good again.

And that my friends, is the only April Fools joke in this opener, because no matter how super awesome our events calendar may be, like a fine wine, it just keeps getting better and better. No joke.

Keep reading for the most laughable picks for this weekend...

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Museums, Shows, Cherry Blossom Festival April 1-2

It's no joke. An April Fool's weekend filled with museum experiences, theater productions, an amusement park opening, and cherry blossom festival awaits Philly families.

For starters, the Academy of Natural Sciences hosts its annual Animal Superhero Weekend, The Barnes offers its Free First Sundays , and The Brandywine River Museum presents its free PNC Arts Alive Family Programming. Bank of America® and Merrill Lynch® card holders can get free admission to many Pennsylvania museums such as the National Constitution Center and New Jersey museums such as the Garden State Discovery Museum throughout the weekend. After a museum visit, consider a trip to the theater. Younger children can enjoy Walnut Street Theatre's "Skippyjon Jones" while older kids can experience Arden Theatre's "A Midsummer Night's Dream".

However, if your crew wants to get outdoors, consider visiting Storybook Land as it opens for the season. Or, experience the annual Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival which features the opening of the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden along with a host of cultural activities. Continue reading for our top picks. No foolin', it's a great line up of fun!

Weekend Fun: Egg Hunts, Seals, and Mary Poppins, April 1-2

The weekend forecast doesn't promise the warm and sunny blast of spring that we've been longing for so it looks like we're going to have to make our own fun. With an event calendar as busy as ours, that shouldn't be too hard. Kick the Easter season off with egg hunts in New Canaan and Fairfield or enjoy some fantastic performances including Peter and the Wolf, Mary Poppins, Pete the Cat, and Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. Be sure to check with the venues directly for any outdoor activities in the event of weather-related schedule changes.

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