15 Great LA Parks for Birthday Parties Kids Will Rave About

Lucky for us, hosting mostly free kids’ birthday parties at the many glorious parks around Los Angeles is available year round; and with our famous weather, it’s a pretty safe perk to gamble on. From rustic to scenic to built-in activities, the city’s bounty is near limitless. And the best part: no sticky floor and dirty fingerprints to scour afterward. Be sure to check whether there are additional fees around parking or other rules; LA City parks, for example, require a permit fee for bounce houses (we have an entire post just on parks that allow bounce houses). Read on for some of our favorite party parks, with ideas for themes at each one. And check out these other parks with barbecue grills and parks with gated playgrounds, too.

2017 Memorial Day Parades and Fairs in Westchester

Memorial Day is more than just the unofficial start to summer, and bringing kids to a parade or memorial service is a good way to demonstrate to kids how they can show respect for those who have died during military service.

We’ve rounded up the memorial parades and services occurring in Westchester this year. Looking for other ways to spend the long weekend? Consult our Event Calendar and sign up for our newsletters.

10 Things to Do in The Woodlands With Kids

Visiting The Woodlands can feel like traveling to another world - there are so many trees! (Depending on where you live in Houston, this may be a huge change of scenery.) About 45 minutes north of Houston, The Woodlands Township is full of fun for the whole family. It's close enough that you can spend the day here without much of a drive time but offers enough to do that you could stretch it into a weekend getaway. Read on for of our favorite things to do in The Woodlands with our kids. 

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Cupcake Fest, American Girl, Dragon Boats

Springtime weekends are a treat, and there are only a few left before the official start of summer! This weekend, satisfy your sweet-tooth at the Honey and Strawberry Weekend at Oasis Family Farm, or take a day trip to New York for the Gardiner Cupcake Festival. Transportation lovers can check out aircraft at New Jersey's Aviation Hall of Fame's Open Cockpit Weekend or explore vehicles at a Touch-A-Truck event.  

The spring festival season continues with Mayfest in Smithville, NJ, the Fairy and Pirate Festival in Budd Lake, NJ, and the Dragon Boat Festival in Sparta, NJ. If your spring plans get washed out, be sure to check out our list of 25 things to do in NJ on a rainy day.

Find even more fun things to do with Jersey kids by heading to our Event Calendar and May GoList

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Brooklyn Outdoor Eats: Restaurants with Kid-Friendly Backyards

Brooklyn boasts its share of restaurants with sidewalk tables, but those of us with kids enjoy those eateries with more spacious outdoor dining. A backyard, picnic tables, roof decks, or sometimes even a bit of grass? We're sold!

Just in time for summer, we've rounded up of our favorite spots from across Brooklyn that feature ample outdoor space, serve delicious food, and welcome families with children. If you're in the mood for variety, we've included a mix of cuisines: Japanese, Mexican, Cuban, Southern comfort and of course, pizza and New American.  

Headed to Brooklyn from a surrounding area? Browse our Brooklyn Kids Guide to take full advantage of the borough while you're there, or peruse our NYC Restaurant Guide for more family-friendly eats.

MTA Hands Out Baby on Board Buttons to Pregnant Straphangers

When a female subway rider offered her seat on the uptown 6 train to one of our Mommy Poppins editors who was well into her third trimester of pregnancy, the gentleman beside her suddenly came to life.

"Oh sorry, didn't know if you were pregnant or just fat." Dude. A new MTA pilot program launched on Mother’s Day 2017 aims to clear up that, ahem, confusion.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which includes NYC’s subways and buses, but also the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad, will provide two types of wearable buttons for anyone who requests them due to a temporary or permanent disability: “Baby on Board!” or “Please offer me a seat.” Both buttons carry the slogan “Courtesy Counts,” and are designed to “encourage customers to move their feet and offer a seat for pregnant riders, seniors and those with a disability who are seeking seats,” according to a MTA statement.

Kid Friendly Music Festivals in Connecticut

Navigating festivals with kids--much like doing anything at all with kids--is a completely different experience than just slathering on the sunscreen, finding a floppy hat, and heading out the door with friends. Most festivals these days are sympathetic to the idea that parents still want to rock out, too. Here is a roundup of some of Connecticut's music festivals and how to (or whether to) approach them with kids in tow.


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