Amazing Birthday Cakes for Kids in Northern New Jersey

With all of the amazing bakeries in New Jersey, there’s no shortage of options when it comes to finding a cake for your kid’s birthday bash. But which ones are a cut above? We cake-tested our way across northern New Jersey (somebody had to do it!) to find show-stopping sweets that take the cake!

Whether you want ice cream, gluten-free goodies, or a 3-D replica of your child’s favorite TV show character, there’s something for everyone in this delicious roundup of northern NJ bakeries and bakers. You can find even more party-planning info in our NJ Kids’ Birthday Party Ideas Guide

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Earth Day Celebrations, Sheep-to-Shawl Festival

This Saturday marks the 47th annual Earth Day, and with the event falling on a weekend, there are many ways for Westchester families to go green.

Among the many Earth Day activities we’ve rounded up are Green Ossining’s Earth Day Festival, an in-park event offering conscience-raising information about food sustainability and fun kids’ activities, as well as Sky and Earth Day, a motley indoor event combining cloud study, telescope viewing and a screening of The Victorian’s Guide to the Galaxy.

Another headline event is the return of the annual Sheep-to-Shawl, a historic-themed festival for contemporary sheepish fun. Another fun way to step back in time is at the annual Colonial Day, where visitors can buy sweets from the colonial baker and practice their ABCs in a one-room schoolhouse. Sports fans, on the other hand, can browse collectibles and memorabilia (and snag a free pack of cards) at the Baseball Card Show.

All this and much more can be found on our Event Calendar (including ways to spend spring break), and our April GoList can help you zero in on some of our favorites throughout the month.

Weekend Fun: Earth Day, Dragons, Chihuly, Car-Free Streets

New York City kids get serious when it comes to Earth Day events, from two-day museum extravaganzas in Brooklyn to outdoor glass art installations in the Bronx. In Manhattan, on Saturday alone, a focused family unit could make a day of it by Marching for Science, then heading downtown on a car-free Broadway, and then stopping for a ramen dinner on a Chelsea Street.

See dragons on Staten Island with St. George Day, or enjoy a dinosaur-themed storytime in Park Slope. It's also carousel season: See our roundup of 13 New York City carousels. If that makes kids hungry, see our lowdown on restaurants where kids eat free.

As always, our April GoList is at your service, as is our Event Calendar, as well as our event-stuffed Spring Fun Guide.

The Beauty Box Busy Moms Didn't Know They Needed

At-home delivery is a total game-changer for busy moms. From school supplies to groceries, if it arrives at the front door with no kid schlepping required, it's a win for parents everywhere, right? But FabFitFun is the subscription box you didn't know you needed on your doorstep (and it's way more exciting than number two pencils and skim milk).

Every three months, FabFitFun drops off a haul of full-size fashion, beauty, fitness, and lifestyle products, like date night-worthy eye shadow palettes, healthy energy-fueling snacks, and travel mugs because... coffee. And since it's so hard for moms to find time to shop, deal hunt, and most importantly, take care of them themselves, this membership is an easy, affordable, and seriously fun way to treat yourself. You're always busy buying thoughtful gifts for just about everyone else, so isn't it about time you put yourself at the top of the list with a one-time membership that'll have you feeling like it's your birthday four more times a year? I think so!

This season's spring box doesn't disappoint, but it looks like it'll sell out fast -- especially since each box always has a value over $200 but only costs $49.99! Watch our unboxing video or read on to see what mom-approved items are in this season's stash, then use the code "POPPINS" to get $10 off your first box at fabfitfun.com.

Weekend Fun: Earth Day, Cherry Blossoms, and Living History

Celebrate Earth Day by participating in one of the many outdoor activities taking place around the state this weekend. For starters, there are Earth Day celebrations at Grace Farms in New Canaan,  at Woodcock Nature Center in Wilton, and more events in Guilford and Middletown. Or, for the more adventurous, how about about learning to save the planet by eating insects? Shutterbugs will love a visit to New Haven to see the city's iconic Japanese cherry blossoms in full bloom. If you love daffodils, the fields at Laurel Ridge in Litchfield should be in full bloom this weekend and next week. Be sure to check with the venues directly for any outdoor activities in the event of weather-related schedule changes.

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25 Things to Do with Kids in Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Like many parts of Queens, Flushing Meadows Corona Park has seen more than a hundred years of exciting historical evolution. The area was an ash and refuse dump in the 1910s, the inspiration for The Great Gatsby’s “valley of ashes.”

Reborn after years of toil, it rose into the magnificent centerpiece of the 1939 World’s Fair. Since then the park has hosted the original location of the United Nations, the 1964 World’s Fair, the U.S. Open tennis championships, and endless family events, children's activities, and attractions. It's arguably the main family attraction among many in Flushing.

The Light Princess at Arden Theatre: A Parent's Review

This month The Light Princess made its stage debut at the Arden Theatre. The musical is adapted from the story written in 1864 by George MacDonald, which itself was loosely based off of Sleeping Beauty. Or perhaps inspired is the correct word as the stories are very much different except that they both involve the life-altering ramifications of a wicked witch's curse. Instead of cursed to sleep, the princess in this story is cursed without gravity—both of the physical and emotional sense. Creative costuming and stage play bring this whimsical story to life, with an original selection of songs and a clever look at what it means to grow up and gain empathy.

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