St. Patrick's Day Parades and Celebrations for NJ Families

When March rolls around, all you want to do is drink green beer, eat corned beef and cabbage, and celebrate your Irish roots (even if you don’t officially have any). But if your days of rowdy reveling are a distant memory, you might find yourself wondering: Are there any child-friendly St. Patrick's Day activities in NJ? You bet your lucky charms there are! Grab the kids and march on over to any of these great St. Paddy's Day parades and celebrations. 

Kids' Birthday Party Entertainers on Long Island That Come to You

Let's be honest, sometimes you can't bear the thought of planning another destination birthday party. So why not make it easier on yourself and plan one at home?

Don't let the home setting fool you—you and your little one have plenty of options from which to choose. From magicians to at-home spas and concerts in your living room, home birthday parties give parents and kids fabulous entertainment in comfortable setting. Not to mention it can be easier on mom and dad.

All of the options below service the entirety of Long Island. For more party planning help, check out our Long Island Party Guide.

10 Reasons It's Great to Be a Cambridge Mom

Life in the "People’s Republic" is great for many reasons—which is why we pay through the nose to live like sardines. While Cambridge is an excellent locale for all ages and sexes, it’s especially special for families. It’s got outdoor activities, delicious food, a vibrant arts scene, and world-class museums. The best part for moms is that there is always something to do, any time of year.

NYC Cat Cafes: Kids Can Visit, Adopt, and Pet Furry Felines

Cat cafes are big in Japan, and it only makes sense that they're catching on in New York City, as well. After all, cats are the ideal apartment pet, and in a big, sometimes anonymous city, it can be comforting to spend some time with feline companions. If your kid is cat-crazy, but you can't commit to ownership, cat cafes may be the ideal solution.

And even if you already own a feline or two, cat cafes are still a fun place to explore your inner cat lady (or cat man). It's a great option for a family winter outing, especially for mature kids, tweens, and even teens, and we've got the scoop on three cat cafes that call the Big Apple home.

Really crazy for cats? Check out the upcoming Cat Camp, an adoption and conference about all things feline happening this March in Chelsea. You might even get to meet the internet famous Lil Bub.

Crafty Kids: Philadelphia Classes & Workshops for Creators

Making things with your hands is one of those activities where patience, focus, and determination result in a tangible and potentially usable object. Craft classes are another opportunity like dance, technology, theater, or writing classes to give kids a creative way to express themselves. Here are awesome places where creativity is valued and encouraged and will result in bracelets, skirts, ceramic bowls, wood boxes, or an artwork that any parent will be happy to display.

Weekday Picks: Mardi Gras, Dr. Seuss' Birthday, Read Across America, Feb. 27-March 3

Fat Tuesday is upon us, and there are family-friendly Mardi Gras celebrations throughout Los Angeles and Orange counties.

The Los Angeles Farmers Market's Mardi Gras celebration includes New Orleans and Zydeco food and music, strolling parade bands, activities for kids, and bead-throwing. And Amoeba Music in Hollywood hosts its annual huge Mardi Gras Celebration with a raucous parade, bead throwing, and a musical procession to When the Saints Go Marching In.

But that's just the beginning; this week continues with Read Across America Day, which is not-so-coincidentally also Dr. Seuss' birthday. We know of a few ways to celebrate, including a free magic show.

For more activity ideas throughout the week, check out the Mommy Poppins Events Calendar, and read on for our favorite outings of the week.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Jazzy Storytime, Natural Inspiration, and Kitchen Chemistry; Feb 27-Mar 3

As Boston kids make their way back to school, we're wrapping up a lot this week—including the end of Black History Month and the final full month of winter. In that spirit, we're highlighting a Jazz Age storytime and dance party as well as an (indoor) exploration of art in the natural world, among other cultural treats. Kids who love hands-on fun will also love digging into messy paints at the Boston Children's Museum or messy food at the Discovery Museums of Acton. If you're looking for more reasons to escape the house this week, check our Event Calendar.

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