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Indoor Play Spaces in Philly for Babies and Toddlers

Mother Nature can often be a real thorn in the side to new parents in Philadelphia. Be it winter snow, spring rain or summer heat, the weather often discourages getting out of the house with babies and toddlers. Visiting an indoor play space can rescue the little ones from cabin fever as well as offer parents a chance to socialize with other new moms and dads.

Parents in the city need to be a little more creative in finding indoor play areas, with fewer moonbounce-type centers than in the suburbs. Mommy Poppins has a list of fun spots to drop-in with tots in and around Center City Philadelphia, including museums, gyms, and clothing stores. 

Be sure to browse our directory for even more indoor fun ideas in the Philly area or our list of indoor play in Bucks, Chester, Montgomery, and Delaware Counties.

Patchogue with Kids: Fun Things to Do as a Family

Lying on the shore of Great South Bay, halfway between Montauk and Manhattan, Patchogue is a vibrant seaside community that boasts a walkable downtown area, a thriving arts and music scene, and a variety of good eats and treats. Restored and renewed areas have breathed new life into this village over the past few years, making it a haven for Long Island families.

Still got that day-trippin' itch? Explore our Visitors Guide to plan your next adventure.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Kids' Fish at Pine Gully Park Fishing Pier, Sundays in the Park, Sept. 8-9

A big congratulations to all the parents out there is in order; you've successfully made it through not only the start of school, but the first school holiday as well! You now what that means... it's time to buckle down, because the first semester is full steam ahead. And like a good friend, we're prepared to tackle this school year alongside you, providing both guidance and entertainment in equal doses.

In the spirit of the school year, we've compiled some awesome articles that you're sure to find both entertaining and helpful:

For everyone who's not quite yet filling their daytime hours with school or looking for great afternoon activities, our event calendar is just waiting for you to check it out and take advantage of all it has to offer, and our September GoList highlights the top events happening throughout the month. We also have a handy little weekly newsletter that you can sign up for so you always know what's happening here at Mommy Poppins

Did you know that you can also submit your event to our calendar? If you're planning something awesome, we'd love to hear about it and share it with our readers! Fill out the form, hit submit, then we'll review it and publish it for all to see.  

Now let's tackle this weekend planning together with a sneak peek at what's happening around town. 

Storytimes for NYC Kids: Read Your Way Around Manhattan

Storytimes are great FREE—or super low-cost—kid activities that can often provide the incentive families need to get out of the house on those rainy, cold, or snowy days when cabin fever is likely to set in. Hosted throughout NYC at libraries, bookstores, museums, and other fun places, most of these baby and kid reading sessions don't require reservations, making it easy to just drop in. Plus, many of these storytimes incorporate arts and crafts projects, so story hour can easily turn into a full morning or afternoon of fun.

Read on for our most up-to-date list of storytimes for fall and winter 2018 in Manhattan. Also, be sure to check our list of NYC's best independent bookstores for kids for more reading inspiration, and if you're in the boroughs, we've also written about storytimes in Brooklyn and in Queens.

Visiting the Staten Island Zoo with Kids

There are so many great zoos in NYC, and each zoo has something different to offer. Prospect Park Zoo is perfect for the toddler set, the Bronx Zoo is designed for the more adventurous child, Central Park Zoo is steeped in historic charm...but what about Staten Island? This compact zoo is the perfect layout for small children, but offers a huge variety of programs and species for kids of all ages. Head across the Verrazano (or take the ferry!) for a day of fun with the animals. 

Labor Day Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Ice Cream Social, Yoga First Sundays, Sept. 1-3

This upcoming Labor Day weekend is going markedly better than last year's descimation from Hurricane Harvey, and that is something worth celebrating! Whether you're flexing your volleyball skills at the GCVA Labor Day Classic, showing off your patriotic pride in the Towne Lake Labor Day Parade, or indulging in a sweet treat at Stevenson Park's annual Ice Cream Social, there are no shortage of events and activities taking place. 

Labor Day also means we can start thinking about fall, and we've rounded up 34 FREE places to play in Houston as the weather turns cooler. 

Other awesome articles worth checking out that have showed up on Mommy Poppins recently: 

Be sure to check out our event calendar for even more awesome events daily and our September GoList for a highlight reel of what to expect throughout the month. You can also sign up for our weekly newsletter so you can stay on top of everything that's happening at Mommy Poppins; after all, what could be better than having all the best content delivered right to your inbox?

For all of our event planners out there: we want to help you promote your event! All you have to do is submit your event to our site for our review and we'll get it published and promoted to all our readers. We love supporting events of all sizes, so be sure to share with us so we can share with everyone following us.  

And now, it's time to kick back and relax during the long weekend; the only thing left to do is plan it out!

Top Free Events in September for Long Island Family Fun

After a summer of splurge, most Long Island families are falling back into routines and re-padding their pockets.

But events and activities for full-on family fun do not have to break the bank. We've rounded up a bunch for back-to-school month that pack a freebie punch.

For other free fun, check out our list of playgroundsboardwalks and fishing spots. Of course, admission fees at most Long Island beaches aren't collected after Labor Day. On any given day, peep our calendar for a list of updated events.

How to Pick a Daycare That You Actually Love

Whether it's your first child or your third, finding the best daycare option for your family comes with its share of challenges. Most parents are looking at factors like cost, hours, location, safety, and child-teacher ratio, but of course, another major requirement is an environment that's warm, inviting, and family-friendly. While trying to find the perfect daycare can make any parent anxious, the relationships and beautiful memories you'll create as a family will make all the effort worthwhile.

To help guide your search for the right daycare, we reached out to childcare program directors, Mommy Poppins editors, teachers, and professional moms to collect their stories and consolidate their advice. These daycare veterans have had time to reflect on their choices, and are ready to share their wisdom and lessons learned, which, together with your area's Daycare Listings, can help you pick a daycare that you actually love.

Houston's Coolest Storytimes for Kids You Won't Find at Your Local Library

Libraries are by far the most well-recognized home to baby and toddler storytimes, bringing in hundreds of kids each week to gather 'round the familiar storybook circle. However, Houston is home to a variety of unique storytime sessions as well, bringing the traditional book reading sessions to unique environments that spice up story sessions. From afternoon storytimes at Bellaire's Nature Discovery Center to special storytimes during the ever popular weekly Free Family Night at the Children's Museum of Houston, these reading sessions are as unique as their locations and are sure to foster a love of reading in kids of all ages. 

Marine Nature Study Area: An Outdoor Lab for Family Adventure

Explore the great outdoors at the Marine Nature Study Area in Oceanside, a South Shore seaside environment preserve ripe for a self-guided expedition.

The education and conservation of marine life have played such a large part in Long Island's past, and we are fortunate to have places such as the Long Island Aquarium, South Fork Natural History Museum, and Quogue Wildlife Preserve to help keep it alive in the present.

For more FREE fun, check out our list of playgrounds, boardwalks and fishing spots. After Labor Day, most beach fees on Long Island are not collected. Before heading out, peruse our calendar for a list of updated events.

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