Weekend Fun for New Jersey Kids: Dinosaurs, Paw Patrol, Makers Day

It’s the first full weekend of spring! Easter is just a hop around the corner, so get into the spirit with an Easter bunny breakfast at the Freehold YMCA or an egg hunt at Kierson Farm. Dinosaurs are also big this weekend: your dino-lover can decorate dinosaur cookies at a sweet workshop hosted by Hoboken’s Sugarsuckle or see the prehistoric creatures come to life in Erth's Dinosaur Zoo Live at the Count Basie Theater. Preschoolers' favorite rescue dogs take to the stage at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in PAW Patrol Live!. And Saturday marks the third annual NJ Makers Day, a statewide celebration of curiosity, invention, and creativity, with a cool lineup of events all day long. For more, be sure to check out our March Go List and Events Calendar, with fun new activities added daily.

Ancient Mummies Arrive at Natural History Museum for NYC Exhibit

Mummies, a new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History, is an exciting glimpse into the ancient past made possible through modern technology. The exhibit—on loan from The Field Museum in Chicago—showcases 18 mummies from ancient Egypt and Peru, many of which have been in storage since the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

Yes, that's right—more than 100 years ago. Amazing. Kids will be fascinated by the mummies, while parents will find the science that made it all possible equally enthralling. (More on that later.) The exhibit, which opened Monday, March 20, gives a sense of who the mummies were, what their lives were like, and even what several of them looked like. 

Sports Outside the Box: Sailing, Fencing, Squash... and Boxing in Fairfield County

So my 8-year-old is a pretty good little athlete – always has been. Naturally, I’ve been assuming that, one day, the US Women’s junior lacrosse team would knock on my door and beg her to come and play for them. That is, until I took her to a lacrosse camp this past week. These kids were UNBELIEVABLE, bobbing and weaving with the greatest of ease. One pigtailed and freckled little athlete informed me that she would be playing in Baltimore next week to “focus on my attack dodges.”

These 7-year-old phenomena made me start thinking about the sports my kids are pursuing. Maybe it's time to go off the beaten path a little, and try a sport where a kid stands a better chance of standing out.

I've listed below some not-so-run-of-the-mill sport options that I've found for kids. For more options, check out our Classes and Enrichment Guide for Kids in Connecticut, or have fun digging into our Fairfield County Guide.

Spring Break Camps for NYC Kids This April

School holidays seem to pile up this time of the year. You've just gotten back into your routine following February break and it's already time to plan for NYC's extra long spring break, which runs from Monday, April 10 through Tuesday, April 18 for public school kids in 2017.

Whether your kid wants to spend his or her break performing center stage or honing sports skills, is obsessed with all things STEM—or all of the the above—New York City seemingly has a camp for every interest. In fact, we've rounded up over two dozen NYC camps across the five boroughs that are open for spring break and many other school holidays.

Looking for more spring activities? Check out our Spring NYC Guide for more break ideas, or visit our Summer Camp Guide if you're planning for summer's much longer school break!

Easter Egg Hunts Around the Philadelphia Area

Here comes Peter Cottontail, hopping down the bunny trail.... As Peter Cottontail makes his way to the Delaware Valley, Philly kids should find their favorite basket and get ready to search high and low for eggs at these local Easter egg hunts. Most of these egg hunts are outdoors. In the event of questionable weather, please be sure to check directly with the organizers to see if they have a rain date (all of our event listings link to official websites). Also, make sure to click through to our events calendar for exact times since many hunts have multiple time frames based on age.

The majority of these egg hunts are FREE and are a great way to welcome spring and create Easter traditions with your kids. Be sure to also check our Easter Bunny Express post for info on special holiday train rides and our Easter Fun at Farms post featuring plenty of photo ops, animal visits, and outdoor fun.

The Butterfly Pavilion Returns to the Natural History Museum

Everyone's all a-flutter at the Natural History Museum. The seasonal re-opening of the Butterfly Pavilion took place over the weekend, giving us months of access to the unfettered joy that is an afternoon among the butterflies. The old pavilion was replaced by an entirely new screened structure a few months ago, still on the museum’s South Lawn, and the doors are now open once more for some delightful flutterby time on the site that becomes the creepy Spider Pavilion come autumn. From chrysalis to butterfly, the pavilion is full of magical moments, which is why it rates as one of our 100 things to do with LA kids before they grow up.

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