9 Co-op Preschools in Cambridge and Somerville

Choosing a preschool for your young child can be anything but easy. There are so many choices—bilingual or language-immersion, Montessori, cooperatives—that it’s hard to know where to begin. 

If you’re looking for a preschool that allows parents to actively participate with things like helping in the classroom and shaping school policy, then a cooperative preschool may be right for you and your child. Also know as a co-op, these schools’ educational philosophies can vary, but one thing remains the same: Parents are an integral part of the running of the school. Recently, we looked at co-op options in the west suburbs. This week, we’ve rounded up preschool co-ops in Cambridge and Somerville where teachers and parents work together to nurture little learners.

Family-Friendly Escape Rooms Near Philadelphia

If you haven't heard of escape rooms, you've likely at least seen someone share a photo from one on social media holding signs that say things like, "I escaped!" It's a super fun rainy day, weekend, or even birthday party activity. Get locked in a room with a bunch of friends (and strangers) and find the clues to work your way out. What makes these rooms even more fun is the choice of themes- anything from classrooms to locker rooms, Harry Potter, and even the 1980s! We recommend you check websites for room themes, as these may be subject to change at any time. Not all escape rooms welcome kids, so we've rounded up some family-friendly escape rooms in the Philadelphia area. Don't forget to check out our post on family-friendly escape rooms in NJ.

Evelyn's Park Shines With Innovative Playgrounds & Preservation Efforts

Evelyn's Park officially opened on April 22, 2017, with an Earth Day celebration and community picnic. It was a gorgeous day with live music, art activities, food trucks, beer and wine tastings, a mini farmers's market, and fitness activities. The park was filled with people enjoying the sun, the food, and the sense of community and connection that Evelyn's park was created to foster.

Indulgent Mother's Day Brunches in Connecticut

What's not to love about brunch? A magical marriage of all the best things served up with a mimosa and a slice of cantaloupe, brunch is arguably the most indulgent meal right out of the gate. Maybe that's why it has become something of a tradition to spoil the ladies who work tirelessly making sure everyone is cared for by taking them out to these panoplies of decadence on Mother's Day. We are extra spoiled in Connecticut because of our epic food scene so finding a brunch fit for a queen isn't hard at all. So pick a spot, make a reservation, gussy up the fam and treat mom! She deserves it.

Weekday Picks: YALLWest, Circus, Grunion, and iFLY All-Abilities Night

YALLWest reaches out to teens and tweens this week with its third annual, two-day YA literary festival in Santa Monica. Actor Chris Colfer, author of Stranger Than Fanfiction, headlines this year’s festival, which features more than 100 authors. Friday is a preview event that includes Story Ball presentations, author panels, and food trucks. Saturday continues with a full day of panels, signings, music, book sales, Quidditch gaming, Scrabble tournaments, giveaways, and more.

This week also brings several events specifically aimed at the special needs community. The Family Autism Event at Pretend City and AMC Theatres Sensory-Friendly Films provide opportunities for kids on the autism spectrum and their families to enjoy community activities in a sensory-friendly, accepting environment. iFLY Hollywood Indoor Skydiving's All-Abilities Night offers the chance for people with mental and physical challenges achieve the dream of flying.

Add to that a little circus, festival, and fireworks, and we've got the makings of a great week!

For lots of other ideas of what to do this week, check out Mommy Poppins Event Calendar and our April GoList. Here are some favorites for the week.

Weekday Fun for NJ Kids: Cape May Fest, Kite Month, Nocturnal Birds

April wraps up this week with some outdoorsy seasonal fun. Head down the shore for Cape May’s Spring Celebration, or hang out with furry friends during the day at Bergen County Zoo’s Playtime at the Zoo or in the evening at Reeves-Reed Nocturnal Animals exploration.

Plus, don’t miss springtime freebies like Pottery Barn Kids Storytime, Barnes & Noble Storytime, Penny Spinners, and Celebrate Kite Month. Read on for our best children's events the week of April 24–28, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and April GoList for even more end-of-the month fun.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Peppa Pig, Brunch Class, and Scientific Inspiration; April 24-28

Spring break week might be over, but spring weather—and the crop of cool activities that tend to come with it–has really just arrived. This week, little kids get the spotlight on them at the Boston Children's Museum; and they'll also be thrilled to know that their favorite pig will be coming to town (looking at the forecast, she—and likely you—will be able to splash in some of her beloved mud puddles on show day.) For bigger kids, brunch is on the menu at the latest American Girl cooking class, and scientists will be on hand in Cambridge to explain the super-cool innovations being developed in labs across the country right now. Equally mind-blowing: An interactive "sound sculpture" at the Seaport. On the hunt for even more fun? Study our Event Calendar for more reasons to bust loose of the regular routine this week.

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.

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