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Best Amusement Parks for Preschoolers in and Near NYC

For young children, a ride on a carousel’s painted pony, a spin with dad around the bumper car track, and a dripping swirl of frozen custard are the stuff summer memories are made of. No need to seek out the latest scary high-tech roller coasters (which means you can cross Luna Park's most scary rides off your list).

Rides that look mild (or frankly, downright boring) to big people usually provide just the right amount of thrills for toddlers and preschoolers. Happily, there are a number of amusement and water parks in or near New York City that offer these kinds of tame attractions. Here's our roundup of theme parks perfect for the pint-sized.

Find more seasonal rides in our Theme and Water Parks Guide for NYC Families.

Memorial Day Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: May 27-29

Memorial Day weekend is here, which means May is almost over, and summer is here! We have lots of ideas for how to spend time together as a family while also honoring our country's fallen heroes. Check out the Memorial Day Celebration in The Woodlands or Memorial Day in Memorial City

And summer marks some big and exciting things happening with Mommy Poppins! In the next few weeks, we will be highlighting Houston's best local businesses with our Besties Award Program. Share the love by nominating your favorite local businesses, from your go-to baker to your favorite play spot. Mommy Poppins is also teaming up with Brain Quest and Chick-fil-A for a summer kickoff party on June 3! Get your tickets now to secure a copy of the brand new Summer Brain Quest book and tons of goodies courtesy of Chick-fil-A.

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15 Super Sprinkler Parks on Long Island

When the temperature rises, there’s nothing like jumping through the sprinkler to cool off. Long Island sprinkler parks are great places to take kids because unlike pools and beaches, sprinkler parks have low water depth and often a rubber surface. Just add sunscreen and let the adventures begin.

We’ve put together a list of super sprinkler parks that are open to everyone. We've even included a few parks open to residents only. Proof of residency and/or a membership pass can be required at those facilities. Fees vary, so check the websites or call the parks before going.

For more aquatic fun, take a look at our guide to Long Island amusement parks and water parks. For other kid-friendly activities, check out our Summer Fun Guide, and our recommendations for the best beach playgrounds as well as other top playgrounds on LI.

How to Deal with the Trickiest, Stickiest, Messiest New Parent Problems

Protecting your little one is probably at the top of every parent's to do list, but between the sleep deprivation and the fact that you seem to be missing the instruction manual to your new bundle of joy, a little guidance goes a really long way. After all, parenthood hurls a lot of tough stuff at you in the first year—sometimes literally—and you don't have the time to desperately search for solutions. You barely even have time to shower.

Our Visit to Kidcity in Middletown

Before you set foot in Kidcity, you'll most likely have already heard about it from moms who have gone or plan to go. Kidcity Children's Museum in Middletown is a one-of-a kind destination designed for little ones ages 7 and under to explore, socialize and probably learn something along the way. Director Jen Alexander, founder and creator behind Kidcity, wants little children to come and navigate their way through the three floors of fun and be free to experience it any way they like to - whether that is skipping from room to room or spending the entire time in one fascinating place.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Children's Art Fest, Strawberry Fest & Greek Fest, May 20-21

The end of the school year is near and with this weather, it surely feels like summer is right around the corner. This weekend enjoy many of the festivals going on around Houston. Participate with your kids in the many art-making workshops at the Children's Art Festival at Bayou Bend, snap a photo of the world largest strawberry shortcake at the famous Strawberry Festival in Pasadena or enjoy some yummy food and fun music at the Greek Fest in West Houston

Did you know that Mommy Poppins is teaming up with Brain Quest and Chick-fil-A for a summer kickoff party on June 3? Get your tickets now to secure a copy of the brand new Summer Brain Quest book and tons of goodies courtesy of Chick-fil-A! 

Also on Mommy Poppins this week:

Check out the complete event calendar or hop over to our May GoList to find the best things to do this month. Did you know can also submit your own events? Have this post delivered straight to your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletter!

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15 Great LA Parks for Birthday Parties Kids Will Rave About

Lucky for us, hosting mostly free kids’ birthday parties at the many glorious parks around Los Angeles is available year round; and with our famous weather, it’s a pretty safe perk to gamble on. From rustic to scenic to built-in activities, the city’s bounty is near limitless. And the best part: no sticky floor and dirty fingerprints to scour afterward. Be sure to check whether there are additional fees around parking or other rules; LA City parks, for example, require a permit fee for bounce houses (we have an entire post just on parks that allow bounce houses). Read on for some of our favorite party parks, with ideas for themes at each one. And check out these other parks with barbecue grills and parks with gated playgrounds, too.

MTA Hands Out Baby on Board Buttons to Pregnant Straphangers

When a female subway rider offered her seat on the uptown 6 train to one of our Mommy Poppins editors who was well into her third trimester of pregnancy, the gentleman beside her suddenly came to life.

"Oh sorry, didn't know if you were pregnant or just fat." Dude. A new MTA pilot program launched on Mother’s Day 2017 aims to clear up that, ahem, confusion.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which includes NYC’s subways and buses, but also the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad, will provide two types of wearable buttons for anyone who requests them due to a temporary or permanent disability: “Baby on Board!” or “Please offer me a seat.” Both buttons carry the slogan “Courtesy Counts,” and are designed to “encourage customers to move their feet and offer a seat for pregnant riders, seniors and those with a disability who are seeking seats,” according to a MTA statement.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Mother's Day, Family Fun Day, May 13-14

Happy Mother's Day from all of us at Mommy Poppins Houston! As mothers we appreciate celebrating this special day by doing fun things like going to brunch with the family...but who are we kidding? Who wants to take screaming toddlers to nice restaurants? Let's just keep it real and check out these family friendly events where our kiddos can be themselves and be as loud as they want, like taking a stroll around Bayou Bend for their Mother's Day Weekend celebration, enjoying kid-friendly fun at the Family Fun Day in Sugar Land, learning about cultures at the Asia Fest in the Museum District, or celebrating La Porte's 125th Anniversary. You can also book a babysitter and sneak out of the house for a performance of Cirque du Soleil and some adult time with your special someone. Keep scrolling down for the best things to do this weekend in Houston. 

Also on Mommy Poppins this week:

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