NYC's Best Indoor Water Play Spots for Preschoolers

Few preschoolers can resist the lure of a water table where they can dunk their toys and hands in, fill containers just to spill them out again and of course, splash around. Not many of us have space for such messy playthings in our tiny New York apartments (nor do we want one, right?!) So we rounded up the handful of NYC indoor play spaces that offer water-based sensory stations. No bathing suits or parental cleanup required.

Best of all, these soggy attractions are open year-round, even in summer just in case you can't face another sweltering day in the playground. So for those who beg to play in water (or the sandbox) long after the lifeguards go home, there are options beyond the bathtub.

Connecticut Farmers' Markets and Farm Stands Kids Will Love

Connecticut has more than 100 certified CT Grown Farmers' Markets in the state, so it is easy to take the family out for a fun day of shopping for fresh, local produce. Many of the markets are mini destinations where children can be entertained while learning about the importance and nutrition of locally grown food. We love to pick our own berries when they are in season, too, so check out our list of our favorite Pick Your Own Farms in CT.

Here are suggestions on kid-friendly markets, so get out there, eat some healthy food, have fun, and explore! 

Celebrate National Trails Day on June 4

It's almost summer, which means it is time to celebrate some of the coolest spots in town - the amazing network of trails and paths that the greater Philadelphia area has to offer. With National Trails Day coming up on June 4, you can mark you calendar for a great way to catch some shade (and also note some amazing trails or parks you may not have already known about). National Trails Day events highlight the importance of the outdoors, healthy activity and supporting your local resources. Whether you are an avid hiker, or just looking for an opportunity to share some nature loving with your kids, National Trails Day has tons of events that you can access, no matter where you live in the region. Here is our roundup of some of the best. 

June GoList: Best Things To Do with CT Kids This Month

We've rounded up the absolute best things to do in June so that you won't miss out on all that's happening this first month of summer. It's CT Trails Day Jun 4th - 5th and CT Open House Day on June 11th so we've included just a few of the fun events occurring during those days. Highlights this month include lots of festivals, horse shoe crabs, food trucks and a butterfly party. Of course our Summer Fun Guide is a terrific resource for family fun, too!

Here are 18 of our favorite things to do with kids in Connecticut this June. Have fun!

Best Things To Do with NYC Kids: June GoList

Get your calendars ready! Here are the top 16 things to do with kids in New York City this June, almost all of which are 100% FREE. The first month of summer brings a slew of incredible outdoor activities. But while no-cost festivals, fairs and parades abound, there are a handful of truly spectacular ones that are musts for families.

Many of our favorite FREE annual events take place this month, including Coney Island's Mermaid Parade, the Lower East Side's Egg Rolls, Egg Creams and Empanadas Festival, the Museum Mile Festival and Governors Island's Figment NYC. Plus we've got the scoop on some new happenings like the opening of a swinging interactive art installation at Brookfield Place, a no-cost Dan Zanes concert and a pair of FREE SummerStage Family Days in Brooklyn.

Weekday Event Picks for NJ Kids: Memorial Day, Strawberry Fair, May 30-June 3

It's a great week in NJ! Not only do we kick off with Memorial Day and all kinds of fun, almost-summery ways to celebrate like brilliant kites at Wildwoods International Kite Festival, cool stunts and rides at Diggerland’s Stunt Show, Monmouth Race Track’s Strawberry Fair and Wonder’s Birthday Bash in Ocean City, but this is the week we get to introduce our NJ Guide to Preschools!  With a directory to all the amazing education choices in our fair state and new information being added frequently, our new Guide will help parents to make great preschool choices, so check in frequently. And don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more family-friendly options for this coming week in New Jersey!

Weekday Picks: Memorial Day, Discovery Cubes Squared, and Donuts!

Okay, technically, it is still spring, and the first day of summer, Monday June 20th, is weeks away. Nevertheless, I think we can all agree that as school comes to a close, Memorial Day barbecues are lit, and The Annenberg Beach House opens for holiday swimming, the season of the sun is upon us. There are myriad ways to honor our vets on Monday. Festivals and parades abound. But if you want something low key and relaxing that says “summer is here!” hang out at the Annenberg Beach House, where you can spend the day on the beach and then cool off in a glorious pool as the sun sets.

Many of our local libraries are starting to rev up their summer reading programs. Everybody does it slightly differently, but the end result is the same: kids spend the summer reading books. In Eagle Rock, the kick-off is this week. Another thing kicking off this week is a summer of al fresco music, starting in Beverly Hills as the Concerts on Cañon commence.

Also launching this week are four cool experiences at our two Discovery Cubes: In LA Speed: The Science of Motion explores the science behind Formula 1 racing (conveniently coinciding with the Indy 500), and Dora and Diego guide baby animals through a rainforest maze. Meanwhile in Orange County, life-sized animatronic dinosaurs recreate prehistoric times, and young motorcycle enthusiasts get to dream it, build it, ride it with a hands-on Harley-Davidson immersive exhibit.

Honestly, there is so much going on, it's hard to say what's the best of the bunch. That's why we need your help choosing! Please vote in our Best of LA contest, and you could win one of the wonderful prizes that we can't wait to share (think parties and vacations)!

Oh, and best make it a habit to peruse Mommy Poppins’ Event Calendar; you wouldn’t want to miss out on National Donut Day.


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