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.

Where to See Cherry Blossoms and More on Long Island

After a dreary winter, spring arrives and colors burst all over Long Island. Now is the perfect time to explore some of the Island’s family-friendly gardens and state parks, where displays of vibrant, eye-popping, cherry blossoms—along with a host of other springtime trees and flowers—are all in full bloom.

From the annual Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival (May 7) at Stony Brook University to the Arbor Day Family Festival (April 29-30) at Planting Fields Arboretum, your kids get to experience the natural beauty of the season, explore the outdoors, and even learn about different cultures. 

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Science, Arts, Nature April 24-28

Budding scientists, drama fans, and nature lovers can enjoy a variety of exciting activities found in this week's event calendar.

Engage young minds in scientific experimentation at local libraries throughout Philly. Taste test cookies in the Cookie Lab and Geek Out by participating in a science game show at Franklin Institute. Or, gaze into the nighttime skies at venues throughout the Delaware Valley to view constellations, planets, and other celestial bodies. Carve out some time in your week to take in a performance such as Charlotte's Web at The Playhouse in Wilmington or Cinderella's Glass Slipper at Collingswood Middle School across the river. Finish the week with nature excursions at Temple University's Earth Fest in Ambler or The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education's Tall Tree Playdate.

Make sure to consult our recommendations for spring activities throughout Philadelphia. Now, keep reading for our top picks for the week ahead.

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.

Weekday Picks for Connecticut Kids: Baseball, Slime, and Cooking Workshops, April 24-28

Spring fever is running rampant in my house. No one wants to do homework or go to swim practice or rehearse for the end of year chorus concert. What we do want to do is have some fun. Happily, there is no shortage of springtime fun to be had here in Connecticut, whether you're kids are interested in joining the slime craze, brushing up on their cooking skills, or spending an afternoon enjoying America's favorite pastime. And just in case you're looking for something even sweeter, don't forget that Thursday is free cone day at Carvel (which has locations all over the state)! 

For even more activities, check our Event Calendar which we update daily and follow Mommy Poppins CT on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest. Have a great week! 

15 Best Campgrounds for Tent Camping with Kids Near LA

Marshmallows. Check. Bug spray. Check. Air mattress. Check. Camping season is upon us. Hurrah! And thankfully in this multi-terrain region of ours, you don't need to go far to enjoy a night or two under the stars. A weekend without electronics, breathing fresh air, and enjoying meals over the campfire: all this can be yours without driving more than an hour or two—in some cases even less! Read on to find an easy destination for you and your happy campers. (And if the one you want is full this weekend, check out a few last minute camping spots.)

Carousel Rides in Connecticut

For more than a century, carousels have added magic to childhood and nostalgia to our adult years. Racing for the most bedazzled horse or the one with the fanciest saddle is a right of passage since many children are naturally drawn to the whimsical figurines, whether they sparkle and shine, stand stoic in the breeze, or gracefully glide up and down to the sounds of carnival music. Being immersed in countless lights and bright colors, while the sense of flight is perpetrated by the circular motion, makes it seem like one is living in a musical water globe, if only for a few moments. Carousel rides are synonymous with summer breezes, but many can be enjoyed year-round. Below are 11 recommendations for where to catch a carousel ride in Connecticut...or close to the state border.

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