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14 Things to Do With Kids at the Texas Renaissance Festival

The Texas Renaissance Festival is back in town, and if you and your family have never been, make this year your first. As the state's largest festival of its kind (and one of the biggest in the country), it is an experience like no other. Even its 200-acre location has an eclectic story; a former strip mining site turned Renaissance theme park complete with authentic art, larger-than-life statues and structures, and a village of shops, restaurants, and stages that look like they've been plucked from another era.

50 Best Things to Do in Park Slope with Kids

It's hard to beat Park Slope for a day of family fun. With its tree- and brownstone-lined streets, high-performing public schools, destination playgrounds, top restaurants, and a host of cultural and kids' activities—not to mention all the natural beauty and kid-friendly things to do in Prospect ParkPark Slope is one of the best family neighborhoods in NYC.

The Slope is a true community: Local shopkeepers know their regulars by name, neighbors sit and chat on their front stoops, and parents share info and swap baby items on the massive online board Park Slope Parents. For our purposes, we're defining Park Slope as stretching from Fourth Avenue to the eastern side of Prospect Park, and from Flatbush Avenue south to Prospect Avenue. Here are our top 50 things to do with kids in Park Slope, from culture to eating, shopping, and playing.

Awesome Party Places for NYC Kids

New York isn't exactly a cookie-cutter city, so it may not come as a surprise that there are kids' party places for just about every interest under the sun. Sports fanatics can invite guests to hit an indoor ice skating rink or a high-tech golf driving range, while little athletes can celebrate with trampolines and obstacle courses in state-of-the-art gyms. Imaginative birthday boys and girls can mark the day with a fairytale-inspired fantasy ballet party, while tech lovers can throw LEGO- or Minecraft-themed bashes. There are even animal encounters for underwater enthusiasts and mobile pizza parlors for fun-loving foodies.

If you're on the hunt for a venue for your own one-of-a-kind kid, take a look at these awesome spots with packages for tots, tweens, and teens (plus, plenty of help from experienced party pros). For even more ideas, take a look at the New York City Party Guide, or browse our directory for party places, entertainers, and even party supplies.

Indoor Play Spaces for Babies and Toddlers in Delaware County

When you are the parent of a toddler, you know there is only so much time you can spend in the house making crafts and enjoying at-home play. A little socialization and a change of environment can do wonders for a cranky preschooler (and mom or dad)!

Hitting your local library for storytimes, guest performances and craft days is always recommended. However, sometimes toddlers just need to run around like, well, kids, and not worry about using their inside voices. If it's too cold or rainy to head to the playground, our list of indoor drop-in play spaces in Delaware County is here to save the day.

Be sure to also check out our roundups of indoor play spots for little ones in Bucks County, Chester County, Montgomery County and Philadelphia.

Best Family-Friendly Restaurants in NYC Now

New York City kids live in one of the culinary capitals of the universe—and fortunately for all of us parents, some of the best new restaurants in our food-obsessed city are totally family-friendly. Whether you're headed out for a special celebratory meal as a family, eating out after a long day of family fun exploring NYC's museums and neighborhoods, or just need a break from cooking, here are some the of hottest NYC restaurants to check out with the kids. 

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Mid-Autumn Fest, Kidz Bop, Sept. 22-23

Our Fall Fun and Harvest Guide is here, and it's packed with everything all of the best fall activities and events happening throughout the season. In it you'll find fall festivals, pumpkin patches, hayrides, corn mazes and everything else you need to ensure your fall is jam-packed with the best seasonal activities; you definitely want to check it out! 

This upcoming weekend is also full of festival fun, with celebrations ranging from cultural favorites like Mid-Autumn Fest at the Children's Museum and the Houston Armenian Festival to transporation-themed events like Bomber Field's B-17 & Big Bird Air Show and Fall Fun Fest at the Rosenberg Railroad Museum and everything in between. 

Speaking of awesome events, have you stopped by our event calendar or our September GoList yet? Our event calendar is being updated daily and both resources feature some of the best events and activities Houston has to offer. You can also sign up for our weekly newsletter to have everything we publish delivered right to you so you never miss any new content we roll out. 

For anyone planning an event: we would love for you to submit your event to our event calendar if it's not already on there so we can share it with all of our awesome readers. Just fill out the form and we'll take it from there. 

Now let's see what's on tap for the upcoming weekend. 

Awesome Long Island Kids' Party Spots

Can you believe your kiddo is about to be another year older? Or that you already have another birthday party to plan?

Well, at least you can forget the stress of venue searching! We've rounded up some of the best party places across Long Island, offering everything from totally cool crafts and fun-filled themed bashes, to exciting museum and aquarium adventures, to action-packed gymnastics and rock climbing celebrations for birthday tots to tweens.

For more party ideas, take a look at our Long Island Party Guide or browse our directory for party places, entertainers, and supplies.

Indoor Play Spaces for Babies and Toddlers in Bucks County

Parents of babies and toddlers all know that getting out of the house to burn off energy can be essential to surviving the winter months. Fortunately, Bucks County has plenty of drop-in play spaces where little ones can jump, climb and get creative without making a mess in your home!

We have a few free indoor play areas on our list, but don't forget one of the best no-cost options: Your local library. Many libraries go beyond your basic story times for kids and have large children's areas filled with blocks, puzzles and other toys to keep little ones occupied.

Read on for our list of Bucks County indoor play and be sure to check out our lists of indoor play options in Philadelphia, Chester County, Delaware County and Montgomery County as well.

Best Brooklyn Storytimes for Kids and Babies

Neighborhood story hours for preschoolers and babies abound in Brooklyn, providing a fun, no-fuss outing, especially on cold or rainy days. Most storytimes are free (or cheap), and many venues offer additional kid activities before or after the reading, including plenty of book-browsing, so the fun can continue even when storytime ends.

Read on for our top picks for read-along sessions in Brooklyn at libraries, bookstores, and other tot spots, and find more story hours at these Manhattan spots.

A Dozen Amazing Birthday Cake Bakeries for LI Kids

When it comes to your kids' birthdays, we here at Mommy Poppins have you covered.

Whether it's your child's first birthday or 10th, the steps are always the same: Find a theme, a venue, guest list, and of course, a cake. No party is complete without the perfect dessert ending, and extravagant themed cakes are becoming more popular than ever. We've scoured the Island to find the best custom cake bakeries.

Bon apetit. 

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