10 Reasons It's Great to Be a Wellesley Mom

This is the second post in our new series about why it's great to be a mom in different towns around the Hub. Got pride in your 'hood? Let us know at boston@mommypoppins.com and your town could be featured in a future post.

We know, we know...Swellesley has a reputation for maybe being a little too pleased with itself already. But when we moved here with two small kids (and one on the way) six years ago, we found out that this town—which celebrates its 136th birthday today!—has a lot to be proud of beyond all the manicured lawns and nails. Great green spaces and terrific local businesspeople make this community one of the warmest and friendliest places we've ever lived in. Here’s just a sampling of what we’re grateful for—with what’s worth checking out when you swing through the ‘burb.

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Chumash Powwow, Japanese American History, Kite Festival, April 8- 9

This weekend is filled with colorful treasures; you just need to know where find them. What's that in the skies over Santa Monica Beach? You found the kites! See anything in Little Tokyo? Only George Takei, oh my! What's hiding at Angels Stadium? That would be some dazzling pyrotechnics!

There's no limit to what you can find! Printing pressesCometsSuperhero PrincessesLords and LadiesUkulele Music! Salsa Instruction!

You were thinking maybe eggs? Understandable. As it happens, this weekend is sort of a practice run for next weekend's big event. You can ease into Easter with quite a few egg hunts, bunny meet ups, and spring galas. Play your plagues right and you might even find the afikomen. You just need to know where to look (and I just need to remember where I hid it....)

Keep reading for our most colorful finds for this weekend...

Summer Fairs, Festivals, and Carnivals in the New Haven Area

Those "lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer" are just about here, and some of the most memorable moments are spent at festivals where the air is filled with laughter, the aroma of cotton candy, and the twinkling lights of carnival games.

Summer always seems to go by way too fast, so be sure to fill yours with adventure and fun before the chilly days descend upon us once more. Many towns across the New Haven area will bring your weekends to life with live music, exciting entertainment, traditional cuisine, thrilling rides, and plenty of fried dough.

Want more? We've got roundups of festivals and fairs in Eastern CT and Hartford County, too, as well as free concert series in Fairfield County.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Art Car Parade, Railfest, Disney On Ice, April 8-9

Easter is right around the corner, and you can be sure to find an Egg Hunt or a brunch opportunity with the Easter Bunny around Houston this weekend. If you prefer a more intimate egg hunt with just family and friends, let us help you plan with our 10 tips to Organize a Community Easter Egg Hunt.  

This weekend there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, like the Houston Art Car Parade, which is celebrating its 30th year, the Rosenberg Railroad Museum RailFest, or the Houston Barbecue Festival. It's also your last chance to experience performances like Disney On Ice or Annie at Jones Hall. So make the most out of this wonderful springtime in Houston! 

Don't forget to consult our summer and vacation Camp Guide where you'll find fun ideas for kids of all ages, including Dance CampsOvernight Camps,  Outdoor CampsMusic and Theater Camps, Science Camps, Art Camps, and more. 

Need more family fun ideas? Check out our complete event calendar or hop over to our April GoList to find the best things to do this month. Did you know can also submit your own events? Would you like to receive this roundup in your inbox? Then don't forget to subscribe to our weekly newsletter

Read on for more things to do this weekend. 

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals, History, Egg Hunts April 8-9

It's springtime, and Philly families can rejoice in the excitement that fills the Delaware Valley. This weekend, children and grown ups alike can find a variety of fun in some of the most unusual and unsuspecting places.

Visit Citizens Bank Park for science fun with a side of baseball at the Philadelphia Science Festival's Science in the Ballpark. Find a shovel to uncover fossils at Camden Children's Garden's Dino Day and Bug Bonanza Festival. Or, enjoy the cherry blossoms at Morris Arboretum's Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival. Slip in a history lesson with a visit to learn how chocolate was made in colonial times, a walk down the nation's oldest residential street, or an experience with old-fashioned screen printing. Be sure to carve out some time to squeeze in one of the many area egg hunts. Traditional, non-traditional, daytime, or nighttime, there is something for every family to enjoy.

With a jam-packed events calendar like this, be sure to narrow down your options by filtering by age and location. Don't forget to follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest to stay current with the latest springtime fun in Philly.

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Egg Hunts, Spring Break, Passover

The hunt is on this weekend for Easter eggs across Long Island. Drive to the easternmost end of the North Fork for a panoramic egg hunt in Orient. Take part in a lakeside hunt in North Babylon or on the sprawling grounds of the Smithtown Historical Society. Participate in a Passover scavenger hunt at The Dolphin Bookshop in Port Washington.

Easter and Passover are just around the corner, but many school kids are kicking off spring break this weekend. We've rounded up top activities to do all break long, and spring break camps, too.

Check out our April GoList for the best family events this month, and for more activities to fill the weekend, pop over to the Spring Fun Guide.  

Don't forget, the final round of bunny brunches and breakfasts and egg hunts take place next weekend. 

Weekend Fun: Egg Hunting With Dogs, Library Sleepover, and a Chicken Run, April 8-9

With forecasted temperatures closing in on 70 degrees this weekend, outdoor activities highlight the weekend events. A week before Easter, there are plenty of egg hunting activities, including egg hunts in Danbury and Bethel, as well as a chicken runWhich came first? Don't ask us. Even dogs are invited to hunt eggs in Glastonbury. Tweens are invited to a special library sleepover, and can also learn about compassion for others via an award-winning musical. Be sure to check with the venues directly for any outdoor activities in the event of weather-related schedule changes.

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