Nurture Opens in Brooklyn with Classes for Mom and Baby

Whether you're an expectant mother, dad of a toddler or a woman dealing with postnatal life, Nurture{Bklyn} would seem to have a place for you. Located in the quiet neighborhood of Windsor Terrace, Nurture hopes to foster a supportive community of new and expecting families through classes and meet-ups with a special focus on pregnant and new moms and their babies.

Nurture{Bklyn}, which just opened its doors in May, was founded by Elizabeth Mangum-Sarach, an experienced doula and social worker. She is also a mother of two and a Jane of all trades when it comes to childbirth. "I've always dreamed of having a space where women and parents can come together to connect and receive services from many different professionals," Mangum-Sarach says. Nurture is the physical manifestation of her vision, with an inviting backyard and bright child-centric indoor space.

Biking, Hiking, Climbing and Skateboarding in Fairfield County

During the summer who doesn't need lots of engaging ways to tire the kids out. While we've got posts on fun activities like biking, hiking, climbing and skateboarding, we know you may not have the time to read and digest them all when you're furiously strapping the "I'm bored!!!" kids into their car seats. Behold, the Fairfield County Cliff's Notes version—the list you can print out and stick in the glove compartment for that moment when you're all buckled up and ready to go—but you have no idea where. Get ready for some energetic fun in the sun with these fun family outings. Just bring your snacks and water bottles, and a sense of adventure.

Weekday Picks: Grunion, NoHoFD, and Pippi Longstocking, May 23-27

As the school year concludes, every night of the week can bring another big, end-of-year school event. Here's hoping you don't have anything planned on Monday, because the grunion are running! In honor of this recurring marine biology cycle enjoyed by generations of Angelenos, the Cabrillo Aquarium hosts its annual Fish-tival. A grunion run is something that every child growing up in the City of Angels should experience at least once. Monday’s festival offers hands-on labs and instruction; it's an event worth staying up late on a school night, though the grunion will be running through July

For kids of a certain age, there is no member of our community more fascinating than the fireman. I will never forget the earnestness of my son when he donned a red fire hat and set about the important work of wielding a hose against the fearsome element of fire. The NoHo FD pays a visit to the North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Branch of the public Library to thrill a few more little tykes with a demonstration this week.

Finish the week with two classics under the same roof when Bob Baker’s Marionette Theater hosts a screening of Pippi in the South Seas. The ginger-haired Ms. Longstocking gets up to all sorts of antics, and the kids will get a kick out of the bizarrely synced dubbing.

MOCA is free Thursday night, and lasers light up the library in Gardena. Many more ways to fill the week can be found on Mommy Poppins’ Event Calendar and monthly GoList.

Weekday Event Picks for NJ Kids: Dino Dig, Mini Golf, May 23-27

As May comes to a close, get outdoors and enjoy all the super springtime fun on tap this week. Try something new at the grand openings of Wildwood’s Starlux Mini Golf Course and Liberty Science Center’s Dino Dig. Little ones will enjoy outdoor time at Tree Time for Tykes, Read & Pick Storytime and Sprout & Seedlings. And don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more options!

Weekday Picks for LI Kids: Art for Kids, Family Carnival, May 23-27

This week, two Long Island museums are getting creative with kids: Children's Museum of the East End is launching a new art program for kids ages 2-5, while the Long Island Children's Museum are teaching kids how to cook. There's also mommy and me yoga at the Manhasset Public Library, a family carnival in Dix Hills and the chance to sample some goodies at Chocolate Works.

This is just a sampling of what's going on this week, so be sure to take a look at our Long Island events calendar and our Spring Fun Guide. You can also get the best events of the week sent directly to your inbox each week if you sign up for our newsletter.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Outdoor Yoga, Country Fair, May 23-27

With the weather finally cooperating (we hope!), the week ahead is a great time for Westchester families to get outside and have fun.

For starters, wee ones can enjoy pony rides, animal encounters and more at the specially tailored Little Folk Farm Day, while kids of all ages (and their grown-up acquaintances) can get their downward dog on at the first-ever Bronxville Yoga Block Party. Start your Memorial Day weekend with a bang at the inaugural Country Fair, featuring classic outdoor fun.

Looking for more action? Our Event Calendar is chock full of activities of all types, and many of our listings are FREE! Read on and follow through for all the details and more to choose from!

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Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Nature, Stories, Vacations May 23-27

It is hard to believe that this is the last week before the unofficial start of Summer 2016. Savor these moments of springtime bliss by embracing some of the many activities found in our Events Calendar.

This week, there are a variety of opportunities for outdoor play. Visit Tyler Arboretum for Tyler Tales, Briar Bush Nature Center for Magic Mornings or Bucktoe Creek Preserve for Drop-In on Nature Playgroup. Or, consider visiting a local county park. Then, listen to stories at Barnes and Nobles, Delaware Museum of Natural History or Philadelphia's Central Library.

However, if you are just realizing that you still need to plan your family's summer vacation, browse through our entire Mommy Poppins site. It offers a wealth of information on New York City, Long Island, Westchester NY, Boston, Connecticut, Los Angeles and even our neighbor to the east, New Jersey. Also, be sure to complete our Mommy Poppins survey to enter to win a family trip to Punta Cana. Vacation time is just around the corner!

Tween Birthday Parties in Fairfield County

Just when I thought I had figured out the mysteries of kids birthday parties--the places to go for cupcakes or ice cream cakes and what to do about favors and how to handle the invites--my son turned 10 and decided that all of our heretofore well loved birthday venues were now "for little kids." Fortunately, I had enough advanced warning that I was able to do some research and turn up an impressive range of options for tweens right here in Fairfield County. Here are some of our favorites:


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