Bounce Houses and Trampoline Spots Where NYC Kids Can Jump

As any veteran NYC parent knows, there's only so much in-apartment bouncing your downstairs neighbor can handle. If you've got active kids and hop-happy toddlers to entertain during spring's showers, summer's heat, or winter's freeze, what's a parent to do? Nothing cures the bad-weather blues like a trip to a big old bounce house.

These inflatable favorites are a staple of outdoor festivals and street fairs, but it's such a bummer waiting on a long line to shell out several dollars for a two-minute session. Luckily NYC is home to several high-flying play spaces. You'll find all kinds of fun, including trampolines, long bouncy slides, tunnels, and obstacle courses at these spots. Best of all each location hosts regular open-bounce sessions, so your kids jump all they want for one low price.

10 Best Summer Festivals for Boston Families

Summer is finally here and there’s no better time to get outside with the kids than right now. Whether you’re headed to the beach or going on a picnic, outdoor fun abounds during this season. And one of the best ways to soak it up is at Boston’s many summer festivals. The 10 listed here are all super kid-friendly and will make for a perfect summer day.

Ready to Roll: Best Places for Roller Skating Near Philly

If you're looking for a way to burn some of your kids' energy, roller skating is a great activity that can be fun for the whole family. Roller skating keeps kids active and having fun, and it makes for a great birthday party, too. There are indoor roller rinks all over the area that are perfect for a rainy day, or head to Blue Cross Riverrink Summerfest for some outdoor fun this summer!

30 Free Things to Do with Kids This Summer

Summer days mean extra sunlight, lots of time with friends and filling our days with as many engaging and entertaining activities as possible. However, thrifty is in my genes - and being primarily a one income family, is a necessity for us - and while I love to plan full days of fun with my kids, I also love to primarily plan days that don't require opening my wallet often, if at all. To help any other families who may want to save a buck without sacrificing any fun, here's a bucket list of 30 FREE activities we'll be taking advantage of this summer. 

6 Fairfield County Libraries You Don't Want to Miss

Did you know: With your hometown library card and form of ID, Connecticut residents can check out books from public libraries statewide? And libraries are MUCH more than books these days! My kids basically think librarians are superheroes: they can put together a midnight Harry Potter book launch in a single bound! And another bonus, don't forget: libraries are FREE. So what else do you need as a perfect excuse to pile the kids in the car and set the GPS for a library destination less known? We've rounded up some of our favorite libraries that stand out from the pack (though really, we love ALL libraries!) While you are out and about, make a stop at some of our other recommended free and inexpensive destinations in Fairfield County

Weekday Picks: Free Events at Four Museums, Free Movies, and More

Free always sounds good, right? Some of the area's best known family friendly museums and other sites are offering events at no cost this week.

The Natural History Museum offers its monthly free admission day this week. Beyond the dinosaurs, habitat exhibits, and gems and minerals on display, the museum also has the recently remodeled Butterfly Pavilion open for the season.

Want more free ideas? Shark Lagoon Night at the Aquarium of the Pacific is a free, up-close creature encounter. Kidspace Children's Museum hosts a free family night, and the Tar Pits offers a free day for homeschoolers. To finish the week, families can bring chairs and blankets to catch a free Movie Under the Guns aboard the battleship Iowa at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro. 

Check out our top picks for the week below, and find more ideas on the Mommy Poppins Event Calendar and June GoList

Weekday Picks for Connecticut Kids: Free Concert, Beetles, Gardening, June 5-9,2017

This week is a fantastic time to get outside to enjoy a gardening class, a nature day, or a free outdoor concert. Our June GoList is chock full of fun events to enjoy all month and our Summer Guide includes everything you want to know about beaches, daytrips, and warm weather fun in CT. For even more activities, check our Event Calendar which we update daily and follow Mommy Poppins CT on FacebookTwitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Have a great week! 

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Theater, Scooper Bowl, and a Strawberry Moon; June 5-June 9

The flowers are putting on a show this week, and so are performers on various kid-friendly stages. Starting on Monday, the innovative Pineapple Project will be traveling to Boston Public Libraries as part of Pride Month in Boston. Later in the week, the Broadway blockbuster Wicked swoops into Boston Opera House, and the Create.Inspire.Change Theater company debuts their take on Dahl's classic James and the Giant Peach. Meanwhile, cool temps aside, it will feel like summer at Boston City Plaza and the Discovery Centers of Acton, where kids can indulge in all-you-can-eat ice cream and learn about June's beautiful strawberry moon, respectively. But wait, there's (always!) more: Check out our Events Calendar for family-fun ideas this week and beyond.

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