Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Dinosaurs, Dr. Seuss, and Puppetry

Unseasonably mild weather is expected across the state, creating a perfect chance to get back outside for some family fun, like a maple sugaring workshop. For those who prefer their activities indoors, how about a puppet-making workshop or a new interactive dinosaur exhibit? Either way, there's plenty to do with the family in Connecticut this weekend.

We update our Events Calendar frequently so be sure to check back for even more great suggestions. To keep up with the latest family-friendly events and activities, sign up for our newsletters, and follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest. If you haven't had a chance, be sure to vote for your favorite Connecticut businesses with our BESTIE awards—there are some terrific prizes for sharing your input.

Love That Dog: A Poignant Comedy About Finding Your Voice

New York City Children's Theater's latest production for school-age kids, Love That Dog, is a one-actor play that manages to be both entertaining and poignant. Jack is a 10-year-old boy whose class is learning about poetry in school. He's not thrilled, to say the least, but as he listens to and writes poems he becomes caught up in the magic of words, eventually sharing his story with the audience.

It's one of our top picks for children's theater this winter in NYC. Find out why.

Where to get Fasnachts, King Cakes, Paczki, and Donuts for Mardi Gras in Philadelphia

Whether you call it Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras, Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Tuesday, one thing is clear- the best way to celebrate is with some delicious sweet treats! The King Cake is a Mardi Gras tradition where a plastic baby is baked right inside the cake! Whomever receives the lucky slice, gets to host the next party (or at least get next year's King Cake). The Pennsylvania Dutch celebrate Fasnacht Day by getting rid of all the fat in the house before Lent, which means yummy donuts (and the tradition states that if you don't eat one, you won't have a very good year). Paczkis are the Polish version of the pre-Lent donut. No matter what you call it, we've found all the best places around town to grab your special treat.

What's for Dinner? Meal Delivery Plans that Work for SoCal Families

Dinner happens every day, and family members are quick to remind you of its existence. “What’s for dinner?” “When’s dinner?” “Have you started on dinner?” Notice a theme?

Thoughts of it echo in your head as a busy mom, and the pressure can be especially unnerving if you aren’t a foodie. You want a meal to be quick, easy, and healthy, but the grocery store is a hassle with tired kids in tow; the fast-food window brings inevitable guilt, and you can't do Happy Hour every night.

This is why fresh meal delivery services are flourishing in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas, with more are popping up all the time. Led by Blue Apron and other innovators, these services deliver either complete meal kits with the recipes and perfectly proportioned fresh ingredients, or ready-made meals to your front door. And what kid doesn't like getting and opening boxes?

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Mardi Gras & Crawfish, Feb 25-26

And just like that, February is coming to an end. Close the month this weekend at a parade at the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in Galveston beach or stay local and enjoy other kid-friendly Mardi Gras parties around town, and there are still ways to honor Black History Month with the kids. If you're looking for indoor entertainment, we have a list of indoor play spaces in town and places to go bowling. It's also that time of the year to gear up for the rodeo coming next month! And we've got you covered with our list of things you need to know before heading to the 2017 Houston Livestock and Rodeo

Summer will be here before you know it, so check out our Camp Guide, where you will find everything about camps including Music and Theater Camps, Science Camps, Art Camps, and more. 

Also, our event calendar is loaded with fun, daily events for the whole family. You can also submit your own events. For more activities and events to fill the each weekend of the month, pop over to our February GoList. And don't forget to subscribe to our weekly newsletter to receive articles such as this in your inbox every week. 

Now, let's check out what's happening all over Houston this weekend: 

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Elsa and Olaf, Lego Art, Choo-Choo Soul

Whether your kids are winding down the winter school break or you're simply searching for family boredom-busters, we've got your weekend covered. You can wow your preschoolers with a live show featuring Genevieve from Disney Channel's Choo-Choo Soul, or celebrate Mardi Gras by decorating a colorful mask. Chilly days are perfect for exploring a Frozen-themed ice carnival or going ice skating with Elsa and Olaf. For even more family fun, check out our list of 30 things to do over winter break and our Event Calendar.

A Trip to Connecticut Children's Museum in West Hartford

It's great to live in a state with plenty of museums aimed at kids of all ages. One such museum is Connecticut Children's Museum in West Hartford. This place has a little bit of everything, from wildlife to engineering, and can entertain a wide range of ages on a lot of different levels. The museum also boasts one of Connecticut's  many Planetariums offering multiple shows daily for a small additional fee.

St. Patrick's Day Events for Long Island Kids and Families

Few regions embrace St. Patrick’s Day more than Long Island.

From Manhasset to Montauk, from the first weekend of March till the last, Main Streets across the Island come alive with pipers, parade marchers, traditional food, music, dance and more. Huntington Village itself swells to more three times its natural size when visitors celebrate its annual parade each year on the second Sunday of March. It’s the second-largest St. Patrick’s Day gathering in New York State dwarfed only by New York’s City’s celebration on the feast day itself, March 17.

We here at Mommy Poppins have all you need to get into the spirit of the season, beginning with the Kings Park parade on March 4 and climaxing with Montauk’s on March 26. Most of these events are low cost or FREE, ideal for families, and appropriate for first-generation Irish-Americans or those who are just Irish for a day.

Read on for our favorites from among the 20-plus parades that will take place in Patrick’s honor this month on the Island. Click through for details, including parade routes, dates, times and more. As always see our Long Island Events Calendar for the best in family entertainment all month long.

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