May GoList: Best Things To Do with Philly Kids

The flowers are blooming and cold days are behind us! It's May. Full of bright spring colors and the promise of summer. I don't know about you, but I'm just thrilled that playground weather seems to be here to stay. Both Sesame Place and Dutch Wonderland officially open for the season and festivals and fairs abound! Not to mention all the fun our event calendar has in store for this month. From carnivals to crafts, there's a little something for everyone this month.

May GoList: Best Things To Do with Long Island Kids This Month

The Greek god Maia is said to have inspired the month of May. Officially, Maia ruled over spring, yet it is during her 31 days that we on Long Island see the first evidence of summer.

True, summer doesn’t begin until mid-June, but if East End congestion is any indication the change of seasons starts on Memorial Day weekend, when parades, barbecues, pickup softball games, and more usher in a sample of summer Americana.

Not so fast, however. Before the warm-weather season beckons we pay tribute to the mothers and grandmothers in our lives on their special day. We also celebrate the pageantry of spring cherry blossoms and the wonderment of children’s theater.

So enjoy this transition month and remember to check out our Spring Fun Guide for the best in family adventures this season. Our Long Island Events Calendar offers exciting family options as they develop throughout the month.

May GoList: Best Things To Do with NYC Kids

May is beloved in NYC for the return of warm weather, alfresco dining options, and family-centric holidays such as Mother's Day and Memorial Day weekend. The latter marks the unofficial start of summer as beaches, water parks, and amusement parks open for the season.

But you don't have to wait until the last weekend of the month to enjoy such wonderful family outings. There are fairs and festivals everywhere you turn in May, and our GoList includes the top 16 things to do with kids in New York City this month, a host of which are FREE. Enjoy no-cost annual favorites such as Governors Island Family Fun Day, the New York Dance Parade, and the Children's Museum of the Arts' Family Day and Kids Fair. Or check out new events such as a Sound of Music sing-along led by a Hamilton star, a stand-up comedy show just for families, and a cool Drones exhibit.

Mommy Poppins is also hosting Summer Brain Game kickoff party at Luna Park with loads of Coney Island fun. It's also a great month to check out our NYC Parks & Playgrounds Guide.

For more activity ideas, peruse our Event Calendar and our spring guide.

May GoList: Best Things to Do in Westchester with Kids

May is a festive month in Westchester and the Hudson Valley! We continue to celebrate spring with lots of festivals and fairs, but it isn’t all daffodils and tulips. Take note of the Gardiner Cupcake Festival, which boasts three times the number of cupcakes than the residents of the town that hosts it. 

Numerous opportunities for cultural enrichment return, such as the multi-venue Yonkers Arts Weekend and the ultra-hands-on Family Arts Bash. Historic Hudson Valley has announced a new event called Djembes and Dance (replacing Discover Pinkster! of years past), celebrating African-American customs and arts, with drumming, dance and historical relics.

In May we also celebrate Mother’s Day (our calendar will soon be bursting with ways to honor Mom!) and Memorial Day, with not only a roundup of parades but also larger-scale events like the Annual Memorial Day Races & Fair.

For unadulterated fun, don your best antennae and head to the annual UFO Fair, or indulge in assorted Star Wars-themed activities at any of the many events called May the 4th Be With You (get it?).

We've rounded up our top picks for family outings this month in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, below. If you're looking for even more options, check out our Event Calendar and sign up for our FREE newsletters to stay in the know!

May GoList - Best Things to Do with Kids in Boston

We’re feeling festive this month! For our May 2017 edition of the GoList, we’re highlighting fabulous and free spring festivals, annual Mother's Day traditions, and performances you won't want to miss.

As you check out our top ten picks for things to do with kids in Boston this month, click through to the event listings so you can add them to your calendar. Plus, we'll still send our free e-newsletters with our family-friendly event picks every week.

May GoList: The Best Things to Do With Houston Kids This Month

May is a great month for Houston kids because school is basically over and summer is basically here. It's also great because one of Texas' best seasons officially beings: Water park season. And there are plenty of options in and near the city, from SplashTown to Schlitterbahn. This month you can party with the family for Cinco de Mayo (and grab a margarita or three afterward), celebrate National Lemonade Day, head to Galveston for its month-long Beach Revue--which features live music and vintage car shows--and celebrate Star Wars Day with your older kids at the Houston Food Bank. 

If you haven't had time to make summer camp plans for your kids yet, let us help you out. Our guide has ideas for outdoor camps, science-themed camps, art camps, overnight camps, and even free camps. Read on for more family fun this month.

9 Family-Friendly Hiking Trails on Long Island

In addition to its vast waterways, one of Long Island's other treasures is an abundance of hiking trails. A family could spend a whole summer exploring trails in Nassau and Suffolk counties and still not hike them all.

Hiking is not only a great way to spend quality time together, it is also great exercise. So pack up some snacks and drinks, strap on your hiking shoes, and bring the family along for one of these hiking adventures.

For more family-friendly activities this season, check our Spring and Summer Fun Guides.

Sweet Mother’s Day Brunch Spots in Brooklyn for Kids and Mom

Celebrating mom with a special brunch is a time-honored tradition. This year we’ve rounded up 11 of our favorite Brooklyn restaurants, where the food is outstanding and the vibe is special yet still family friendly. Mark your calendars: Mother's Day is Sunday, May 14.

Each of our picks serves a standout brunch—and offers high chairs. Be sure to reserve or show up early as these spots fill up quickly. If you’ve got young kids in tow, consider packing a few snacks and small toys to keep them busy while you wait to be seated.

Need more ideas? Check out our suggestions for Mother's Day brunch in Manhattan.

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