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Mother's Day Brunch Spots in Manhattan and the Bronx

Mother's Day is fast approaching, which means it's time to start planning that special day for the well-deserving mom or wife in your life. Speaking from experience, all moms really want is a little time off. You could choose breakfast in bed, but why not instead forgo chores altogether and hit one of NYC's many delicious brunch spots?

We've rounded up more than a dozen of scrumptious places throughout Manhattan and the Bronx. Each is by preference, including those looking for a waterfront view or moms who prefer a restaurant with vegetarian options. Pinpoint your special lady's preference, make reservations and get ready to dig in. 

Also check out our Mother's Day brunch suggestions for Brooklyn. However you decide to spend the day, Happy Mother's Day from your peers at Mommy Poppins.

Weekday Fun: Free Ice Cream, Arbor Day, Eloise Art

For New York City kids in April, event planning relies on weather conditions more than any other time of the year. So we've provided a mix for the coming week and they're all FREE.

Prospect Park holds an outdoor Arbor Day celebration on Friday and there's an indoor ”poem in your pocket" event on the Upper West Side on Monday. Stay indoors for an exhibit of the work of Eloise illustrator Hilary Knight on Tuesday, or make like the April wind on Wednesday and run at Walker Park in Staten Island.

If you can't read the weather at all, get a FREE cone at Carvel on Thursday and eat it wherever. Should the April showers blank all outdoor options, see our guide to 50 indoor activities for a rainy day. Or get really crazy and maybe make some slime with your kids. Kids love slime. Don't forget it's the final week for the FREE ARTech STEM fest for kids, too!

Overall, you still have our April GoList, which is moving into its final days, while our Spring Fun Guide remains a solid resource for a while yet. For long-term planning needs, see our Event Calendar, which adds events every day.

Governors Island: Playgrounds, Mini Golf, Early Open in 2017

Governors Island opens to the public for its summer season on May 1 this year—nearly a month earlier than ever before—and its season, which runs through October 1, promises plenty of family-friendly fun.

The opening of Governors Island is an event we anticipate every year as the island seemingly reinvents itself with new attractions annually in addition to returning favorites. While there's nothing quite as big as last year's opening of The Hills, there are a few noteworthy additions to the isle in 2017, including a new zip line, and its calendar is, as always, jam-packed with family-friendly events like the Figment arts fest.

Read on for the scoop on the very best things to do on Governors Island with kids, plus important visitor tips.

5 Kid Birthday Party Themes You Can Pull Off in a Small Space

When it comes to birthday parties, my daughter might want to dream big. However, the reality is our living space is quite small.  

Fortunately for her, she has a mom who loves to host creative parties; who likes the challenge of figuring out how to make small spaces work no matter what idea she comes up with. These five themes are big on imagination, even if you are short on space. Most of these activities can take place in one room and be personalized to appeal to boys and girls of a variety of ages. 

Find more tips on hosting a kid's birthday party in a small city apartment, from keeping the favors simple to curating the guest list.

50 Things to Do with Kids in Midtown Manhattan

Whether a visitor, commuter, or even a local, it's hard to avoid passing through NYC's Midtown Manhattan. Bordered by 59th Street on the northern end and 34th Street to the south, and extending from river-to-river, the neighborhood has a personality that matches its large size, encompassing Times SquareRockefeller Center, and beyond. 

Between the towering office buildings and the tourist traps on seemingly every street corner, it might seem hard to uncover the worthwhile family spots, but actually Midtown is loaded with quality entertainment. We've done the legwork and rounded up 50 fun picks for enjoying this 'hood with kids in tow.

Read on for these top spots and activities and be sure to explore some of the other new-to-you neighborhoods we've profiled, from the Upper East Side to Chinatown and the outer boroughs. If you're here on vacation, check out our Visitors' Guide for all the best citywide sights for families.

Where to See Cherry Blossoms in the Lower Hudson Valley this Spring

Spring is in the air, and that means it's cherry blossom time. These beautiful flowers typically start blooming in late March through early June in the New York region. In addition to the opportunities to see cherry blossoms in New York City—including the famous Sakura Matsuri annual cherry blossom festival at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden—there are some great spots north of the city. 

Looking for more springtime adventure ideas? Check out our Event Calendar and sign up for our newsletters.

Weekend Fun: Earth Day, Dragons, Chihuly, Car-Free Streets

New York City kids get serious when it comes to Earth Day events, from two-day museum extravaganzas in Brooklyn to outdoor glass art installations in the Bronx. In Manhattan, on Saturday alone, a focused family unit could make a day of it by Marching for Science, then heading downtown on a car-free Broadway, and then stopping for a ramen dinner on a Chelsea Street.

See dragons on Staten Island with St. George Day, or enjoy a dinosaur-themed storytime in Park Slope. It's also carousel season: See our roundup of 13 New York City carousels. If that makes kids hungry, see our lowdown on restaurants where kids eat free.

As always, our April GoList is at your service, as is our Event Calendar, as well as our event-stuffed Spring Fun Guide.

25 Things to Do with Kids in Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Like many parts of Queens, Flushing Meadows Corona Park has seen more than a hundred years of exciting historical evolution. The area was an ash and refuse dump in the 1910s, the inspiration for The Great Gatsby’s “valley of ashes.”

Reborn after years of toil, it rose into the magnificent centerpiece of the 1939 World’s Fair. Since then the park has hosted the original location of the United Nations, the 1964 World’s Fair, the U.S. Open tennis championships, and endless family events, children's activities, and attractions. It's arguably the main family attraction among many in Flushing.

A Dozen Miniature Golf Courses for NYC Kids

For many families, mini golf is a quintessential spring and summer activity that they look forward to every year. My son loves it, so we've tried just about every putt-putt course in the tristate area.

While there are plenty of courses on Long Island and in New Jersey, you don't need to head out of town for putt-putt golf. There are currently a dozen places to play mini golf right here in New York City. And as sports go, it's typically fairly inexpensive—often as little as $5 a round for kids. Another bonus is that it's one of those rare activities that parents and kids can play together. You can even host a birthday party at most of these spots.

Read on to find out where to play mini golf with the kids in the city, and I'll see you on the green!

Museum of the American Revolution: Philadelphia's Newest Tourist Stop

Philadelphia, the birthplace of America, is now home to the first ever museum dedicated solely to the events and circumstances of the American Revolutionary War. This brings Philadelphia's museum and historic house count to well over 100! Set in Old City, the Museum of the American Revolution opens April 19, on the 242nd anniversary of the shot heard round the world which launched our country on its path to freedom. The setting couldn't be more perfect, sitting right in the heart of America's most historic square mile, with easy access to other remnants of our founding days. This is a true history lovers paradise, and the Museum of the American Revolution fits right in, offering a fresh and in-depth take on a war that literally made it possible for us to be here, as we are, today. We were very excited to get an early peek inside.

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