Mom and Baby Sign Language Classes in Houston

One of the most exciting milestones my husband and I have experienced with both our kids was hearing them utter their first words. The thrill that comes from the realization that repeatedly saying "dada" and "say ma-ma-ma-ma-mama" has finally clicked and then being able to watch your child's vocabulary explode is one of those experiences that you never forget. The months leading up to that, however, can be wrought with frustration for parents and babies as you both try to communicate to each other. There is a solution, though - baby sign language.

Baby sign language allows your child to effectively communicate with you well before they are verbal, and can ease the frustration and tantrums that are often a result of the helplessness born from not being able to communicate a need or want. Learning another language so early also paves the way to multilingual success as your child grows, and can be a fun and unique bonding experience for the two of you. Here are some sign language classes around Houston for you and baby to learn and grow together.

This Weekend's Fun for LA Kids: Natsumatsuri, Hammer Fest, and Tchaikovsky

The sun will come out tomorrow. At least I think it will. We’re good at least through the weekend, but after that all bets are off. No one knows what will happen next week, but me and my shadow are determined to make hay while the sun shines. And eat BBQ. And dance and sing along.

Luckily, this is a good weekend to wrap up summer break. Both the Hammer and the Japanese American National Museum have big festivals, free and full of extras, (like frogs and cotton candy).  The Hollywood Bowl blows up the sky with its fare this weekend, and Pershing Square proves punk is not dead. The weekend offers opportunities to see luminaries from the worlds of literature, sport, and patrolling, and maybe get some pointers on surviving the coming plunge into darkness

So straighten up and fly right, and don't forget to clean up the place on your way out.

Keep reading for our sunniest picks for this weekend...

25 Things to Do with Kids in Portland, Maine

Less than two hours from Boston, Portland, Maine is a city filled with history, culture, jaw-dropping natural beauty, and truly great food. Though the busy, pretty waterfront on Casco Bay gets the most tourist love in Portland, there's a lot of fun to be had just a little farther afield, making it a perfect spot for a weekend trip with the kids. Pack up the car or take the train, and settle in for an engaging, relaxing, and picture-perfect weekend getaway.

To plan a memorable trip, take a look at these 25 things to do with the kids in Portland—it's truly one of my kids' favorite places in New England.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Food Fest, Kids Festival, Aug 19-20

For some Houstonians, the last weekend of the summer is here. Our kiddos are going back to school and our days are going back to quietness and grown up tasks. Make the most out of this weekend with the help of our event calendar and our ultimate summer guide. Don't forget the solar eclipse is next week, so plan ahead with tips on how to watch it safely together as a family

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Read on for more details on our top weekend picks and be sure to click through for full details. Making plans weeks in advance? Check out the August GoList for our best bets throughout the month. And remember to check out our event calendar—there's no shortage of fun things to do all summer long! 

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Now, let's check out what's going on this weekend: 

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals, Culture, Music August 19-20

Summer in the Delaware Valley is slowly slipping away, but the summer fun hasn't ended yet for Philly families. On both Saturday and Sunday, families can experience the Festival of Flight showcasing airplanes and automobiles, or visit the Philadelphia Folk Festival to hear plenty of folk music and enjoy fun children's activities. Looking to learn about a new culture or celebrate your own heritage? Visit the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing as it hosts a Caribbean Festival, one of the many summertime events courtesy of PECO's Multicultural Festival Series.

More weekend excitement includes outdoor movies at Franklin Square, Limerick Community Park, and Kingsessing Playground, as well as outdoor concerts such as the 40th Street Summer Series, Norristown Free Outdoor Concert Series, and Radio 104.5 Summer Block Parties. For something a little more low-key, cool down with a swim at a pop-up pool or splash pad before they close for the season. Those looking for a real thrill can plan a tubing and water rafting adventure. No weekend is complete without a sweet treat at your favorite ice cream shop! Plan out the rest of the month's activities with something from our August GoList, and make sure your summer goes out with a bang!

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: History, a Wildlife Walk, and Chantey Sing ; August 19-20

Summer is one big party for kids (maybe less so for parents?)—and this weekend there are parties galore for kids and parents alike. There are the traditional events that originated more than a century ago in the North End and Marshfield, and a more contemporary festival happening in the West End. Families can also celebrate the past at a living history festival as well as all things vintage

This party is bringing the heat, and for a cooler vibe, head to the Navy Yard for a chantey sing. There's also a (free!) wildlife walk, and binoculars for the kiddos are included.

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Need more family fun ideas? Check out our full events calendar.

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Country Fairs, Dragon Boats, and the CT Open, August 19-20

Tennis, anyone? The CT Open rolls into town this weekend, and you won't want to miss defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska or two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitovas at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale. Their Kids Day on Sunday offers affordable admission as well as on-court clinics, giveaways, and autograph sessions. Or perhaps you have a hankering for some carnival rides, the animals, the music, and fried dough? Then don't miss the array of country fairs happening all over Connecticut from Bridgewater to Somers to Lyme, not to mention the Oyster Festival in Milford or a Dragon Boat Festival in Hartford. If all this fair-going has left you looking for something a little more sedate, catch your breath at the Up-Cycled Paper Bead Necklace workshop in New Haven or an outdoor screening of The Secret Life of Pets at Riverwalk in Shelton. 

For the latest and best family-friendly goings on around the state, keep checking in on our frequently updated events calendar and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, and don't miss our new Instagram feed--tag your photos with #mommypoppinsct to share your weekend adventures with us!

Have fun!

Weekend Fun: Volkswagen Jam, Final Summer Streets, Sand Sculpting

It's a craft-y weekend for New York City kids, from the "Be A Bee" project at Wave Hill to the sand-sculpting contest in Coney Island. The Queens Museum weighs in with a cool aircraft-craft, and you can build your own kite at the Kite Flying Festival on the Upper West Side. On Saturday, there's 2,000 pounds of clay to play with in Long Island City.

For purely outdoor events, Park Slope closes off its northernmost streets for a festival, and Governors Island hosts a fleet of vintage Volkswagens. And don't forget: this is the final weekend for Summer Streets. Not enough? Check our guide to great places to play laser tag.

Our August GoList and our Summer Fun Guide continue to list the best kid- and family-friendly to-dos of August, and our Events Calendar bursts with activities while it now begins to fill with pre-fall events. Close out summer with one trip to the beach, pool, or water park, or some of the going-fast FREE fun, from music to movies to kayaks.

We're counting down the days to back-to-school for NYC kids, so register for those fall programs with our NYC Classes Guide, or shop for a new school or preschool.


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