Gertrude Ederle Playground Opens in NYC on Upper West Side

I've paid my dues at New York City's playgrounds after a decade of parenting in this city. My family has visited our share of parks and even ranked our favorites, but we're always looking for our next big adventure. With kids ages 3, 7, and 10, it's no easy task to find a playground where all three are entertained, but our recent visit to the newly opened Gertrude Ederle Playground on West 59th Street was an all-around hit.

Free Halloween Trick-or-Treat Events and Costume Parades in the Philly Area

Perhaps you spent days creating a Pinterest-worthy homemade Lego robot Halloween costume out of recycled materials. Perhaps you spent a fortune on an exact replica Disney princess dress and wig. Or, maybe you just raided the dress-up bin in the closet and found last year’s pirate ensemble. To the kids though, it doesn’t matter whether it was a D-I-Y or a b-u-y disguise, they all love to show off their costumes.

If your children just can’t wait until October 31 to strut their stuff and collect some treats, we have a great roundup of free events for you. Township Halloween parades often invite families to march along or to just enjoy the entertainment and community spirit as a spectator. Many malls and shopping districts hold trick-or-treating events for kids as well. Malls are a safer option for many families than going door-to-door and have the added benefit of being rain or shine events. With all of these free activities, costumes are encouraged and goodies are usually distributed, making for some very happy little ghosts and goblins.

The Science of Pixar: Big Kid STEM Inspiration at the Science Center

If your kids are fans of Pixar movies (and who isn't?), if they are into any element of STEAM (as in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), then there's a treat waiting for them at the California Science Center. The Science Behind Pixar takes a never-before-seen look at the artists, engineers, and computer scientists at Pixar, and how they use STEM concepts in the creation of Pixar films. Videos, interactive computer activities, and hands-on physical activities use characters, scenes, and elements from Pixar movies to explain concepts and challenges and explore solutions created by Pixar staff. Lighting Nemo under water, getting Merida's hair to bounce as she runs, putting the gleam on Lightning McQueen—it's all in the hands of our kids.

Best Places to Trick or Treat This Halloween in Connecticut

Which neighborhood is best for Halloween trick-or-treating in Connecticut? That's a tricky one! But we can certainly point you in some fun directions full of treats! Here's a list of our favorite trick-or-treating spots and weekend events so you'll know where to bring your kids this Halloween. Whether you are looking for a quaint Norman Rockwell experience or a ghoulish night, we have some options for you. If your area is not conducive to trick or treating, your kids still can enjoy a fun trick-or-treat experience at some of these trunk or treating events that begin the week prior to Halloween. Please feel free to add your favorite spots in the comments section below. For more seasonal fun, check out our jam-packed Halloween Guide. Many stores in local towns and villages will likely will be handing out candy in the afternoon on October 31, but as a general rule trick-or-treating starts at dusk.

6 Great Trick-or-Treating Routes in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley

Whether it’s because the homes are too spread out, or they’re lining a busy road or the neighbors are super cranky, some of us just don’t live in neighborhoods that are great for trick-or-treating. There are a few sites out there known for rating the best trick-or-treating in the country, but we’ve done a little of own local research. All kids deserve a safe and candy-filled Halloween, so check out some of these family-friendly areas if you need an alternative.

Know any other routes you want to share? Let us know in the comments below! For more Halloween-related fun, be sure to check out our Event Calendar.   

Postpartum Support Resources for New Moms in New York City

In those final sleepless nights before your baby is born, you might lie awake thinking of what to put in your hospital bag, who will watch the dog, or heck, finalizing the name! But the arrival of that baby brings on a whole new onslaught of questions.

Is he getting enough milk? Why won’t she sleep more than 45 minutes at a time? He cries so much….is it an allergy? When will I get this under control? Where can I find a mellow mommy and me class? WTF is that stabbing pain in my pelvis? And once the wave of eager family and friend visitors subside, and let’s be honest, your partner goes back to work, it’s usually just mom and babe. Who to ask? Where to find help?

Lucky for you, we NYC Mommy Poppins moms have a few babies between the lot of us. We’re not going to say just how many, but we are compiling a list of resources that have been helpful to us over the years, from postpartum therapy and lactation consultants to parent support groups. And don’t forget to peruse our Baby and Pregnancy Guide for more NYC resources.

Holiday Trains in New Jersey: Take the Kids on a Christmas Ride

Every year, New Jersey's railroads get decked out in their holiday best to offer special Christmas-themed rides for the whole family. Though these trains don't go all the way to the North Pole, most include a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, along with treats, caroling, and stories. One storybook Santa train invites kids to wear their pajamas and hear a classic Christmas story read aloud on the rails, while another ferries passengers to a Christmas tree farm. Check out these holiday train rides with Santa Claus and book your tickets as soon as possible – they sell out fast! 


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