Weekend Fun: Cherry Blossoms, South Street Fest, Street Games

New York City kids hit the streets for fun events this weekend, namely the Street Games 2017 extravaganza in East Harlem, where they can enjoy some hopefully arriving mild weather. Downtown fun includes an all-weekend 50th Anniversary Celebration for South Street Seaport.

More kid-friendly outdoor fun lands over in Brooklyn, with the two-day Sakura Matsuri/Cherry Blossom Festival, two-day Brooklyn Folk Festival, and Saturday's Park Slope Fifth Avenue Family Festival. We hear that Swale, the floating food forest, is making a surprise opening at Pier 6 in Brooklyn this weekend, too! (It was scheduled to open earlier this month in Manhattan but delayed.)

Not to be beat, Sunday offers sheep shearing on Staten Island, a poetry-rich spring festival at the Morgan Library in Manhattan, and arbor festivals in Queens and in the Bronx

Too much? Keep it simple with our guide to miniature golf spots. As always, you have our April GoList (farewell to it!) as well as our Spring Fun Guide and our Event Calendar to keep your kids busy when those May flowers return on our rainy April investment.

Weekend Fun for Kids: Westchester Children's Museum Party, Comic Con

It wasn't easy narrowing down our top picks for the last weekend in April—there are so many incredible events worth mentioning, our Event Calendar is bursting with possibilities!

Everyone’s favorite rubber-duck race returns at Y Healthy Kids Day (which we’ve profiled in our review). Lyndhurst Design & Build Weekend will get kids to practice problem solving, basic city planning, architectural concepts and, above all, creativity.  The Westchester Children's Museum 1st Birthday Party takes place this weekend—and you’re invited! For those who love FREE: At Comic Con, aficionados of comics and manga can indulge their pleasure by participating in assorted graphics-related fun, while at Family Fun Day kids can visit assorted stations and participate in fun workshops like circus techniques.

Would you believe that’s not all? Earth Day fun also continues this weekend, too. Read on for all this and more, but definitely don’t stop there. We've got oodles more in our Event Calendar

Mother's Day Brunch Spots in Northern New Jersey

Celebrate Mother's Day in style this year with an indulgent family brunch prepared by someone other than mom. Restaurants throughout Northern New Jersey are cooking up some fabulous luncheons full of breakfast delights, salads, carving stations, and desserts. Some of these eateries offer discounts for children, and others are FREE for young kids. Holiday brunches book up quickly though, and many require reservations.

If you're down the shore, explore these wonderful Mother's Day options.

A Visit to Amish Country: 13 Fun Things To Do with Kids in Lancaster

A trip to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, offers a surprising number of family activities, from farm visits and more country fun to train rides and cool museums. My family, including two little ones, recently tried to squeeze as much of the area's top attractions into a day trip as we could, and we're already planning a return trip to see more.

Whether you love that rural vibe or are just looking for an alternative to the standard beach-type of family weekend getaway, I can assure you that Pennsylvania Dutch Country and Amish Country make for a sweet destination with kids in tow. It's not just fields, pastures, and cows!

Read on for the top family sights, including The Science Factory, Strasburg Railroad, Dutch Wonderland, and even a train-themed hotel. 

Looking for more family getaways? Check out our travel guide with real parent reviews of resorts and destinations. Find more Pennsylvania family fun with our Poconos Guide.

Trash and Recycling Events: Sanitation Yard Open Houses for Kids Who Love Garbage Trucks

Vroom Vroom! Does the sound of the garbage truck coming down the street send your kids running to watch? Would they love to sit in the trucks and maybe even take a ride? Do they know all the different types of trucks and haulers? Earth Day inaugurates the season of city yard open houses and recycling fairs, and—if you haven't heard—these events register high on the LA insider scale. More than 6,000 residents attend an open house in an average year.

20 Mother's Day Brunch Restaurants in Los Angeles and Orange County

Mother's Day, and the brunching is easy—and when we say easy, we mean the culinary version of a chick flick. This is not a day for the Denny's Lumberjack Slam (not that there's anything wrong with that); Mother's Day brunch begs sprigs of rosemary, ocean views, and maybe a harp plucked with a rose. Or, if that's not your thing, Fillmore & Western Railway is happy to Throw Mama on the Train. The key is Mom's Choice—all day!

Read on for some of our favorite restaurants that offer a pretty darn fabulous Mother's Day brunch.

Par-3 Golf Courses on Long Island Where Kids Can Learn the Game

Have a wannabe tour pro on your hands? Or maybe you just want to introduce your son or daughter to golf minus the windmills.

There are five par-3 golf courses on Long Island that offer young players a chance to experience the game with more than just a putter. For less than $20 per round on average, beginners can manage their way around with a light bag, a few balls, tees, and plenty of enthusiasm.

More experienced players will enjoy the opportunity to enhance their short-game precision. Either way, it’s a great opportunity for parent-child bonding over one of Long Island’s signature activities.

So tee it high and let it fly. All five of these courses are in Suffolk County; a few short-length courses exist in Nassau, but some of their par-4 holes might be unreachable for young players. Note: Most par-3 courses require adult supervision of pre-teen players. All players should practice on-course etiquette, including allowing faster groups to play through.

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Holi Hai, Rutgers Day, Laurie Berkner Band

Can you believe the last weekend of April is here? Enjoy the mild weather with some FREE outdoor family fun at the Bergen County Zoo or at Rutgers Day. Or, take in one of the many great performances happening this weekend, featuring dinosaurs, ballerinas, live music, and more.

Also, check out our Events Calendar, Spring Festivals List, and Spring Fun Guide for even more options.


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