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The Top Baby Names of the Next Decade Are Here

Doesn’t everyone wish for a crystal ball during the baby naming process? Aren't we all looking for that perfectly unique but not too weird baby name? Just us?

Well, Nameberry.com just released its list of the baby names it expects to be the most popular in 2028. So get ready all you expecting parents! Pull up a chair and scroll through this futuristic list to see which baby girl and baby boy names are rising to the top in the next decade—and which are tanking. For those who have already gone through the baby naming milestone, Nameberry's list might just give you a hint as to whether or not your little Olivia or Oliver will be sitting next to half a dozen other kids who share their name come schooltime.

Macy's Santaland NYC: When and How to See Santa at Herald Square

There are few places to see Santa in New York City that compare with Macy's Santaland. It's a magical experience for tourists and natives alike during the Christmas season.

'Tis the season for Macy's to open its 13,000-square-foot winter wonderland, which overflows with holiday cheer from its live "elves," to an enchanted forest, animatronic toys, and a train display. Santa holds court from Friday, November 23, 2018 (the day after Thanksgiving and the parade) through Monday, December 24, Christmas Eve.

For the second year in a row, visitors must book a FREE reservation to visit with Santa at Santaland, which requires some advance planning but does mean a much shorter wait when you get there. Read on for everything you need to know about visiting Santaland this year.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Children's Festival, Saluting Our Veterans, Nov. 10-11

With Veteran's Day coming this weekend, the Mommy Poppins Houston team would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of our veterans for serving for our country so that we can continue to live in freedom. Your service and commitment to this country is appreciated greatly. You can pay tribute to our veterans this weekend too by attending one of the awesome Veteran's Day events around our city, like the Musical Salute to Our Veterans at Miller Outdoor Theatre on Saturday or the City of Houston Annual Veteran's Day Celebration on Sunday.

Now that Halloween has passed and Thanksgiving is on the horizon, it's time to clear out that excess candy in preparation for all of the delicious turkey day leftovers that are sure to be filling your fridge. Instead of tossing it in the trash, we've rounded up several ways you can donate your treats in an extra sweet way. Now is also the time to start solidifying your Thanksgiving plans, and if you're intersted in skipping the typical day spent in the kitchen in favor of dining out, we have a whole list of kid-friendly restaurants open on Thanksgiving. Stuffing yourself silly has never been so easy!

Calendar looking a little light this month? In need of ways to entertain visiting family and friends? We've got you covered! Just check out our Fall Fun and Harvest Guide, event calendar, November GoList, and roundup of 20 FREE things to do in November for even more family events and activities. 

You can also always submit your own event to our calendar to promote your upcoming event and stay on the up and up with everything happening around Houston when you subscribe to our free weekly newsletter.

That's enough chatting, though; it's time to check out this weekend's events!

Zimmer Children's Museum Gets a New Name and a New Home in the New Year

The Zimmer Children's Museum, the hugely popular Miracle Mile hub for the preschool set, is making a break for the beach, picking up more space and a new name along the way. Soon to be known as the Cayton Children's Museum, it will create a whole new reason to go to Santa Monica Place, that mall with the ocean view at the end of the Third Street Promenade—giving families one more reason to spend a day in the seaside suburb

19 Indoor Party Spots with Mega Playgrounds for NYC Kids' Birthdays

For parents of winter babies, we feel your pain when it comes to birthday party options. While summer baby parents have both indoor and outdoor options (the park! the pool!), those of us with children born in colder months (or even fall and early spring), need to find a space where kids can run off all that pizza-and-cake energy. Enter: mega play spaces.

From bounce houses and trampolines to arcade-packed game spaces, these wide-open spaces give all pint-sized guests a chance to run free. Check out our top picks below—and start booking now.

8 Things to Love About the Children's Museum of Manhattan

The Children’s Museum of Manhattan is an absolute must-visit for any NYC family with young children, and it’s especially great for kids ages ten and under. This Upper West Side mainstay is a super-fun environment to learn about science, culture, art, music and history. CMOM features both permanent and rotating immersive exhibits, themed play areas, workshops, classes, and interactive performances, all designed around the latest child development research. The nearly 40,000-square-foot institution spans five stories, which seems to be just enough space to keep your children happy, engaged, and occupied without overwhelming them (or you).

I’ve taken my kids to CMOM more times than I can count, and it never gets old. There’s always something new and interesting to explore, along with some ever-present favorites (the fire truck is sure to please any child, big or small – just ask my husband). Read on to see our top reasons why CMOM is one of our favorite kid-centric destinations in all of New York City.

Four New Indoor Play Spaces to Try This Season in NYC

You’re faced with another chilly, dreary, rainy day and your kids are climbing the apartment walls. You’ve done all of the fun seasonal activities and the playgrounds are out of the question. That's when NYC's indoor play spaces can be real lifesavers. We're always on the hunt for the latest and greatest indoor play spaces, and a handful of new spots have opened up this year that are definitely worth the trip. Pack your socks, because here's the scoop on four new spots where the kids can get all of their energy out—and you can regain your sanity (and even have a cup of coffee).

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Canepole Fishing, Dia de los Muertos, Nov. 2-4

Like any respectable adult, you're probably currently in a candy-induced coma... and how could you not be? It's practically in the parent job description that all Halloween candy must be sampled before any kids can consume it, right? These parental responsibilities are tough sometimes! Which is why we're going to make planning out your upcoming weekend extra easy by providing you with all of the best events and activities around town! 

Candy aside, the conclusion of Halloween also means that the holiday season is officially about to take off! However, before the holiday hustle and bustle sets in, there's still time to take advantage of some of our favorite fall festivities. Froberg's Farm, Dewberry Farms, and P-6 Farms are all keeping their fall fun happening through the first part of November so you can snag the perfect pumpkin patch pictures and take part in fall favorites like corn mazes and hayrides for a little bit longer. 

If you haven't taken advantage of our event calendar yet, now is the time to start utilizing it as your ultimate activities resource. This time of year is packed with events, and we're working hard to make sure our calendar is saturated with all of the best! We also handpick some of the best monthly fun on our November GoList, so you can easily determine which events you don't want to miss throughout the month. You can also submit your event to our calendar for our review so we can share it with our readers. 

You can also make it easy as pie to stay up to speed with everything happening on Mommy Poppins by signing up for our weekly newsletter.

Now let's check out what fall fun is on tap for this weekend! 

Halloween Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Big Bounce America, Monster Mayhem, Oct. 27-28

Everyone's favorite candy-coated day is almost here, which means this upcoming weekend is jam-packed with plenty of spooktacular fun like trunk or treatspumpkin patcheshaunted houses, and more. With so many awesome Halloween events happening the weekend before the big day, you're sure to get plenty of wear out of those Halloween costumes... Wait, did you have the scary realization that you haven't actually procured costumes yet? Well, have no fear! We have you covered with some awesome and easy last-minute Halloween costume ideas

For the actual holiday, we compiled the Ultimate Guide to FREE Spooktacular Events happening around Houston. This handy resource covers everything you could possibly want to do on Halloween!

Find yourself wanting even more ghoulishly good times? Just head on over to our event calendar, where you'll find events happening on all corners of our lovely city. If you want to take a peek at the best events happening throughout the month, you'll want to check out our October GoList. And if you're hosting an event and want to get even more coverage for it, we'd love to promote it for you by adding it to our calendar. It's as easy as simply submitting your event to our calendar.

Did you know Mommy Poppins also has an awesome weekly newsletter? We'd love for you to sign up and stay connected with us! We promise not to send you a bunch of emails you don't want; just one or two throughout the week to keep you up to speed!

Now let's get ready to have some family-friendly frights by checking out what's going on this weekend. 

Safe, Organized, and Indoor Trick-or-Treat Options for LA Kids on Halloween Night

We may have grown up cruising the streets unchaperoned eating loosely wrapped candy on Halloween night, but we’d no sooner let our own children do that than bounce around the back of a station wagon without a car seat. And while some of us are fortunate enough to have friendly, festive neighborhoods to walk our Moanas and Elsas through, many parents prefer the safety and self-contained nature of a mall, museum, or other organized trick-or-treat event.

Keep an eye on our events calendar and Halloween Fun Guide for complete listings; some venues hold their Halloween celebrations on the weekend, to maximize the holiday. October 31, of course, is the night for ringing doorbells, but for those who prefer to collect their candy in a confined space, we have more than 25 local options below.

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