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Week in Review: Taste of Tribeca, Family Camping, Kid-Friendly Brooklyn, Strawberry Picking and More

Photo of the week: Brendan Fraser came to the hospital to premier his new movie, Furry Vengeance with the kids at the Cornell pediatrics unit. He actually sat through the whole thing with them, which was really quite an act of charity considering how sick he must be of seeing his butt getting kicked by animals over and over...and over...again. Good man!

Here's what you might have missed on the blog this week:

Rev Your Engines for Go Karts, Monster Trucks and Race Tracks in New Jersey

Ex-Governor Corzine isn’t the only New Jerseyan who feels a need for speed! At these racing venues, check out everything from punch buggies and monster trucks to jet cars and hot rods.  Ready to let the kids rev up on their own?  Hit the go kart tracks for some family racing rivalry–but remember, buckle up for safety!

NJ Weekend Events May 8-9: Mother's Day Flowers, Flour, Strolls, Songs, Tea and Treats for FREE!

Whether she likes flowers, music, brunch or theater, New Jersey offers the perfect event to make mom feel extra-special on Mother's Day!  She can sit back and relax with tea parties, plays and concerts; events at nature centers and gardens; FREE admission to children's museums and the aquarium; and even FREE flour (supplies permitting) for moms whose children are willing to try a hand at household chores of the 1880s.  Still don't have a mother's day gift?  No worries–there’s plenty of events that let kids make mom a special mother's day craft or even a simple bouquet of flowers–and hey, just an extra-sweet hug from the little one goes a long way!

Celebrate Cinco De Mayo in New Jersey? Sí! Free!

In other words, “let’s party!” We always love a holiday that combines history with just plain fun, and Cinco de Mayo has it all. The Fifth of May celebration commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, but you don’t need to know the facts, ma’am, to join in the festivities. From the Camden Children’s Garden to The Community Theater, Jersey is doing Cinco de Mayo and doing it right, with lots of FREE and inexpensive “partido”’s!

NJ Weekend Events May 1-2: Fish, Fairs, Farms and Fossils–from FREE!

Finally!  Looks to be a full-on weekend of fine weather in which to frolic freely—but wait, there’s only so much time you can spend at the local playground before you hear the old, “I’m bored!” rear it’s ugly head.  So grab the fishing poles, the spelunking headgear, the sheep shears, the Wonder Woman costume, and don’t forget the camera, because this weekend, New Jersey covers it all!

NJ Weekend Events 24-25: Rutgers Day, Earth Day Festivals, Sheepshearing & Open Cockpits

The Garden State is going green this weekend as we recycle, reuse, and extend the mid-week Earth Day activities.   Festivals, fairs, and celebrations with an environmentally friendly theme are plenty this weekend at Rutgers University, Liberty State Park, Liberty Science Center, Camden Children’s Garden, and the Morris Museum where kids can see movies, learn about the environment, get crafty with recyclables, and just have plain fun all to benefit our planet.  For those who feel that Earth Day should be celebrated in isolation with nature, this weekend’s your chance for a small guided canoe paddle through NJ’s marshes.  And with Spring in the air, some local Jersey farms are bringing out the sheers to de-fleece the sheep!  

Visit New York City's National Parks, Really!

When you think of National Parks you probably think of places like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite, and other parklands out west. But did you know . there are actually 10 National Parks in New York City and Northern NJ, and over 30 historic sites, parks, monuments, trails, memorials, and heritage areas right here in New York State?

This week (to April 25) is National Park Week, and all 392 National Parks offer free admission in celebration of "America's Best Idea" so it's a perfect opportunity to check out some of these awesome destinations with your kids. (Tours and other fees may still apply).

Read on for everything you need to know for a family-friendly, historic, and beautiful visit to these local gems.

Minor League Baseball in the New York Metro: Brooklyn Cyclones and 5 Other Teams

Last week we wrote about going to a Mets or Yankees game with a baby . Of course, going to a major league baseball game is a huge expense. Tickets for a family quickly get very expensive and that’s just the beginning with more money for overpriced food, ice cream and souvenirs. And with a child meltdown (if not from fear, then from boredom), all of that money can seem like a waste.

A better alternative is to take your family to a minor league game. The minor league stadiums are smaller so children can see better (and not be as terrified by the height of the stadium); there are also entertaining mascots and lots of promotional giveaways to entertain them. Tickets start as low as $10. And finally, the games are significantly shorter.

NJ Weekend Events April 16-18: Lots of FREE Fun! Earth Day, Stories in the Sky, Tot Sculptures and Colonial Games and Crafts!

It sure isn’t easy being green, is it? So how do you start your kids off on the right carbon foot(print)? The weekend before Earth Day 2010 offers tons of eco-friendly fun to get your family rolling on a commitment to conservation, recycling, and a general “greening” of your lives. But hey, if you’re already doing your part to save the planet, there’s other fun stuff to do this weekend, too! Grounds for Sculpture teaches your tot about an ancient art form; Morris Museum plays Colonial Games and Crafts; and the Tenafly Nature Center offers a “take-home tour” of the night sky. So going it green or not, get out there!

What's Happening! The Week in Review

There's so much going on we thought it might be helpful to provide a quick weekly round-up of all the things we've posted and what's hot to make it easier to follow along. If this is helpful, let us know.

This week's photo: A sign on a dirt road in Vermont that our GPS had led us down. I guess somebody was sick of lost tourists driving up to their house.


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