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St. Patrick's Day Events for Long Island Kids and Families

Few regions embrace St. Patrick’s Day more than Long Island.

From Manhasset to Montauk, from the first weekend of March till the last, Main Streets across the Island come alive with pipers, parade marchers, traditional food, music, dance and more. Huntington Village itself swells to more three times its natural size when visitors celebrate its annual parade each year on the second Sunday of March. It’s the second-largest St. Patrick’s Day gathering in New York State dwarfed only by New York’s City’s celebration on the feast day itself, March 17.

We here at Mommy Poppins have all you need to get into the spirit of the season, beginning with the Kings Park parade on March 4 and climaxing with Montauk’s on March 26. Most of these events are low cost or FREE, ideal for families, and appropriate for first-generation Irish-Americans or those who are just Irish for a day.

Read on for our favorites from among the 20-plus parades that will take place in Patrick’s honor this month on the Island. Click through for details, including parade routes, dates, times and more. As always see our Long Island Events Calendar for the best in family entertainment all month long.

Parent Review: Children's World Indoor Playground in Canton

When it seems like winter might never end, parents are always looking for ways to burn off cooped-up kids' energy. Luckily, Boston is home to many phenomenal indoor playgrounds and play spaces, so there are a lot of options to choose from. After hearing great things about Children’s World Indoor Playground in Canton, I headed there for open playtime with my 4-year-old son and 10-month-old daughter. Here's the scoop for parents looking for somewhere new to spend a chilly morning or afternoon.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday With These Upcoming Events

From The Cat in the Hat to The Lorax to Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Seuss has touched the lives of so many through his whimsical rhyming children's books. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries and community centers bring kids and books together to celebrate Read Across America Day on Dr. Seuss's birthday, March 2nd. 

Sponsored by the National Education Association, this nationwide celebration of reading has helped to promote and foster a love of reading for nearly 20 years. Here's a a round up of Read Across America events happening across the state this week and be sure to check out The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield, slated to open this June. 

Enjoy These Long Island Cafes With Kids' Play Spaces

There are days when all you want to do is kick back and relax with a cup of coffee or tea and maybe even a sweet treat.

But enjoying quality Me Time gets tricky when your duties include making sure little ones are happy, engaged, and safe. Whether you're looking for a great place to spend your next play date — a venue that actually allows you to talk with other parents — or just wouldn't mind checking your email while your child is busy with imaginative play, these Long Island play cafes offer something for everyone.

Check out our Long Island play space guide and Winter Fun List for other great ideas on how to keep your kids occupied. 

President's Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Mardi Gras, Monster Jam, Camp Fairs, Feb 18-20

If you've been in Houston for at least one day this month, you know Mardi Gras is upon us! This weekend kicks off with the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in the nation in our very own Galveston beach. Head down to the island and enjoy tons of parades, concerts, shows and more over the next two weekends. February is also an important month to celebrate Black History Month, and we have some great ideas on how to celebrate and teach your kids.

If you are already looking at camps for the summer, (or you need a last-minute day option for President's Day), be sure to check out our Camp Guide, where you will find information about Holiday Break Camps, Music and Theater Camps, Science Camps, Art Camps, and more. 

Also, our event calendar is loaded with fun, daily events for the whole family. You can also submit your own events. For more activities and events to fill the each weekend of the month, pop over to our February GoList. And don't forget to subscribe to our weekly newsletter to receive articles such as this in your inbox every week. 

Now, let's check out what's happening all over Houston this weekend: 

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: STOMP, GoGames360, Feb 11-12

Love is in the air! Valentine's Day is almost here. Although some may think it's just another Hallmark holiday, I like to think about it as a day to celebrate friendships and to teach our kids how to be kind and loving towards others. We have prepared a list of ways to celebrate Valentine's Day with your kids in and around Houston for you to explore. If you are planning a romantic date night, be sure to check out our list of fun kid places with parents' night out options.

And to help you plan ahead, visit our awesome camp guide It's filling up with great ideas for this summer, including science camps, art camps, technology camps, and more.

Also, our event calendar is loaded with fun, daily events for Houston kids. You can also submit your own events. For more activities and events to fill the each weekend of the month, pop over to our February GoList. And don't forget to subscribe to our weekly newsletter to receive articles such as this in your inbox every week. 

Now, let's check out what's happening all over Houston this weekend: 

Best Indoor Play Spaces for Long Island Toddlers

While most indoor play places cater to a range of ages, some parents feel more comfortable when there are areas designated for younger children. At most of these locations, children ages 5 and younger are the primary focus and can play freely without being knocked down or bumped into by an older crowd.

We've rounded up a list of play spaces on Long Island that are geared toward little ones.

And for more indoor ideas, check our our Inside Activity Guide.

Must See from CES: 8 High-Tech Baby Gadgets on the Way

Even the Jetsons didn’t have baby gear like this. 

CES, the largest technology trade show in the U.S., was held last month in Las Vegas, and there was a ton of futuristic baby gear on display. All of it is meant to make the lives of parents easier, but that doesn’t mean some of it isn’t a little … unusual. 

Whether these gadgets will ultimately be practical remains to be seen (and some of it might have you longing for the days of the Flintstones instead). Be sure to sign up for our newsletters to stay in the know! 

Presidents Week Camps and Classes for Long Island Kids

Presidents Week 2017 is approaching, leaving many parents wondering how to keep their kids occupied while school is out. Chase away the winter blues and boredom cries with these classes, activities and camps taking place during the break.

From science experiments to jewelry making and sports skills, these Long Island camps have it all. Drop in for a day or the entire week.

And for more events and activities, be sure to check out our Inside Activity Guide and Long Island Events Calendar.

Super Bowl Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Feb 4-5

In case you haven't heard, Houston is hosting the most-watched football game of the year, the Super Bowl LI! Yes, that's 51 years of football fun! I'm not a huge football fan myself, so even if you don't like football that much, be sure to check out the cool free exhibits at Super Bowl LIVE at Discovery Green. It has everything from the Mars Rover (perfect for picture taking) and other cool NASA stuff on display, free concerts all day long, and yummy food trucks to try out. If you have guests coming in, here are some ideas for how to keep them entertained. And for after the big day, and after hours of eating pizza rolls and queso, here's a list of gyms or yoga classes with childcare for working off the chips (no judgment here - you're not a true Houstonian if you don't eat multiple bowls of queso during football games).

As usual, winter in Houston is very unpredictable. Some days you can be outside enjoying the warm, beautiful weather, and then other days it's pouring down freezing rain. So when the weather is not looking great, look at this list of indoor play spaces. If you like to plan ahead and are already thinking about summer plans, we are preparing our summer and vacation camp guide with lots of ideas. 

Our event calendar is loaded with fun, daily events for Houston kids! You can also submit your own events. For more activities and events to fill the each weekend of the month, pop over to our February GoList. And don't forget to subscribe to our weekly newsletter to receive articles such as this in your inbox every week. 

Now, let's check out what's happening all over Houston this weekend: 

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