Science & Technology Camps for Philadelphia Area Kids

The importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education is becoming more and more apparent in our children's lives. Technology is everywhere, and STEM fields provide some of the most in-demand career opportunities. Plus, kids can learn to design video games, build LEGO robots, or even dissect a squid! How cool is that? 

Fun and engaging summer camp programs in science and technology are plentiful in the Philadelphia area. All this is sure to make summer science anything but boring.

Visit the Mommy Poppins Camp Directory for even more great summer program options.

Weekday Picks: ArtNight Pasadena, Live Action Fairy Tales, Mad Science, March 6-10

Looking to expose your family to more culture? Pasadena's semiannual ArtNight  features 17 cultural institutions opening their doors for free to share their latest offerings and special events. Of particular interest to kids is the Teen Center, with its live performances and visual arts, as well as Kidspace Children's Museum and Pasadena Unified School District's No Boundaries 12 exhibit showcasing more than 400 artworks by students and live performances.   

Also this week, Disney's El Capitan in Hollywood offers up a Festival of Fairy Tales: Disney's Live-Action Adventures in anticipation of the March 17 release of the live-action Beauty and the Beast. Featured screenings this week are The Jungle Book, Pete's Dragon, Cinderella, and Alice in Wonderland

Here's our list of favorite outings this week. Want more? Check out the Mommy Poppins Event Calendar and the March GoList.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Tech Week, Kid Luau

Teen Tech Week arrives, and Westchester libraries and other venues are rallying to celebrate the national occasion! Expect much in the way of STEM family programming, like Messin' with Makey Makey! and an opportunity to learn 3-D Printing. Or, join Mommy Poppins for a virtual scavenger hunt—but that’s not all …

March is associated with many other occasions. For one, we’ve rounded up ways to celebrate Women’s History Month, and one of these events is taking place mid-week.

Our Event Calendar is loaded with many ways to celebrate March occasions—as well as “just because” fun, like the KidX Luau Event. So grab your planner and start soaking up all the fun and enriching activities we’ve curated for you—most of them are FREE!

Weekday Picks: Nature, Fireside, and Bald Eagles, March 6-10

With milder temperatures in store this week it's sure to be an optimum time to get out and about with the kids. Some highlights include stargazing at Yale, fireside stories in Mystic, and enjoying nature in Litchfield. And don't miss the Mommy Poppins virtual scavenger hunt!

To keep tabs on all the fun across Connecticut, check our frequently updated Events Calendar and our March GoList for all of our faves. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest

Best NYC Children's Bookstores to Spend an Afternoon In

Only a small number of dedicated children's bookshops exist in NYC—Books of Wonder and Bank Street Bookstore, we're looking at you!—but there are a number of other indie stores with impressive children's book sections. Many of these lit havens host children's activities, including read-alongs but also author events, and writing workshops.

My kids have a particular weakness for books, possibly because it's the one thing I never deny them—as evidenced by the overflowing bookshelves at home. We love exploring new-to-us, local shops and spending lazy afternoons getting lost in the stacks, so we've rounded up some of our favorite bookstores around the city, including two new ones coming soon.

Whether shopping for a birthday gift or looking for a local storytime, the neighborhood independent bookstore is a great bet for NYC families.

Weekday Fun for NJ Kids: Skate Night, Animal Fun, Paint & Pizza

With spring just a few weeks away, nature events are popping up throughout the state, including Great Swamp’s Awesome Animal Artists, Macculloch Hall’s Growing in the Garden, and Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed’s Winter Preschool Nature Classes. Explore your child's creative side this week at Gone Paintin’s Paint Me a Story and Kids Paint & Pizza Party, plus Chocolate Works’ Mommy & Me workshop. Looking for FREE fun? Join Mommy Poppins for a virtual scavenger hunt.

Read on for our best children's events the week of March 6–10, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and March GoList for even more late-winter festivities.

Weekday Fun for LI Kids: Gearing up for Spring, Pancake Day, and Open Play

With spring on the horizon, more events are taking place outdoors. Of course, there are still plenty of indoor open plays, but now we begin to see more hikes, nature walks, outdoor activities, and even some volunteer opportunities.

Looking for FREE fun? Join Mommy Poppins for a virtual scavenger hunt. Plus, be sure not to miss IHOP National Pancake Day, where you can enjoy a free short stack of Buttermilk pancakes. Yum. For more fun events check out our March GoList and of course, our full event calendar.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Guitar Pop, a Pajama Party, and a Very Special Circus; March 6-10

The big news this week is the Boston debut of Circus 1903, a fantastical look at the golden age of circus, at the Wang Theatre. But there are more performances to knock your woolen socks off this wintry March week, including a pop and rock performance from Berklee's top guitar students and an appearance by one of children's literature's finest talents. There are also excuses to feast on pancakes and wear your jammies outside the house, ideas I think we can all get behind. If you're looking for more interesting activities to fill up your week, check out our Event Calendar.

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