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12 Fun Things To Do in NJ Before Your Baby's First Birthday

Welcome to year one, moms and dads! You’re officially “in it”—and even though you’ll have quite a few occasions where you’ll want time to fly by (e.g., those first few nights your infant sleeps in his/her crib for the first time), remember, this year will be over in a flash. So, on top of all the daily snuggle fests and snapshots of motor milestones, do your best to make the most of these first 12 months with fun activities and family outings.

We’ve rounded up some of the best things to do with your infant, whether it’s a day trip to the park or a visit to one of Jersey’s best themed eateries to practice eating those solids.

Read on for 12 things to do in New Jersey before your baby turns 1 (plus one to grow on)!

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Remembering Harvey, Theater District Open House, Aug. 25-26

It's simultaneously hard to believe that it's been almost an entire year since Hurricane Harvey ripped across the Gulf Coast and left a wake of destruction in its path and also that it's only been a year since we began to recover and rebuild. As we near the one year anniversary, Houston is finding ways to celebrate the immense recovery efforts that have been in place since then, with events like the Harvey Healing Days: Resiliency Celebration at Discovery Green and The Harvey Experience at Constellation Field happening on Saturday in remembrance of that fateful week. 

To everyone who is still navigating through the recovery process, our hearts are with you. To everyone who has helped and continues to help, we want to give you an enormous thank you for your efforts. 

If you're looking for interesting activities to do with the kids throughout the week and on the weekend, you'll definitely want to utilize our event calendar and August GoList to aid in the planning process. To stay up to speed with all the informative and entertaining content we post here on Mommy Poppins, sign up for our weekly newsletter and we'll deliver it all to your inbox in one handy little email.

Are you in the process of planning or promoting an event in or around Houston? We would love to feature it on our calendar! Just submit your event for our review so we can share it with all of our awesome readers. 

Now let's check out what's happening around town this weekend.

Cool Mommy and Me Exercise Classes in NYC

After my daughter was born, our weekly mommy and me yoga class was a bright spot in the middle of some of the longest days. Not only did the class help me regain my strength, it was also a place where I could form lasting bonds with other new parents in the city. Having a self-care routine proved essential for me after becoming a new mama—and my daughter seemed to enjoy the atmosphere, too.

The beauty of a good postnatal class is that instructors have designed workouts just for postpartum bodies, plus they understand if you or your little one are having a challenging day. Parent-baby fitness classes should be a judgment-free, safe zone for you and your baby.

Here are places and programs that regularly offer parent and baby exercise classes in New York City. As with any new exercise program, check with your doctor for the go-ahead. For more classes, check out our NYC classes guide

10+ Preschools with Last Minute Options for Westside Kids—No Waiting Lists!

Before we became parents, we may have thought this business of LA parents asking expectant mothers what preschools they'd applied to was a joke. Then we found out it's only kind of a joke; there really are parents who focus on preschool applications as soon as the contractions stop. Then there are the parents who are reading this post. There really are preschools that feed the frenzy with a waiting list that starts before a child can talk; and then there are the preschools that are in this post. Whether you've procrastinated, just moved to town, didn't get the acceptance letter you wanted, or just woke up one day and realized that your baby isn't a baby anymore, it's possible to figure out preschool at the last minute—even on the Westside of LA. You could try your luck for an opening at one of LA's newest preschools, but more likely you need to know about the great preschool options below that don't have extended waiting lists, and just might rescue your family at the very last minute.

8 Consignment Shops for Kids: Back-to-School Clothes and Toys on a Budget Around Boston

With school and new classes starting soon, it’s time to think about outfitting your kids for the year. If your children are anything like mine, they blow through sizes at an alarming rate. Instead of always buying new, I like to browse consignment or secondhand shops, where I often find name-brand, gently used (or even never worn) apparel at a deep discount, not to mention enriching toys, books, and games. What's more, most of these stores are always looking for items to sell, so you can offload some of your own outgrown or never-used clothes and gear for credit. Here are 8 consignment shops where you can score some beautiful clothes and toys at a fraction of what you'd spend at the mall or main street.

Fall Consignment Sales for Philly Families

Preparing a kid's closet for the cool breezes of autumn can hit a Philly family right in the wallet. But, it doesn't have to. Purchasing children's clothes by shopping local consignment sales is one way to save some cash. Throughout Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley, consignment sales offer families a place to buy gently used clothing, toys, baby items, and other childhood staples for a fraction of the retail price. Additionally, when your kids grow out of their clothes or toys, consignment sales provide an opportunity to sell these items for extra money.

Consignment sale organizers can submit their events to our calendar by clicking here. For a list of spring consignment sales, check here.

Music Classes for Philly Area Kids & Families

Kids march to the beat of their own drums, so why not help them keep their rhythm with some music classes? Some studies have shown that early music education helps children develop academic, physical, and social skills, and it also gives them an introduction to arts and culture. We have put together a list of music classes for kids in the Philadelphia area, but be sure to visit their websites for updated schedules. Visit our Classes Directory to keep up on the latest additions.

Destination Playground: Chelsea Waterside Park in New York City

Chelsea Waterside Play Area has been a mainstay on our list of the city's best playgrounds for years, and thanks to its recent $3.4 million overhaul, the aging play area has a whole new look that just opened to the public on Tuesday.

Once known for funky, chess-like, blue structures that spewed water sky-high, Chelsea Waterside Play Area has a colorful new star: A 22-foot, rainbow-hued pipefish who winds through the multi-level playground bringing joy to kids of all ages. Read on for more features that cement this spot's place among our favorite destination playgrounds.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Houston Food Fest, Galveston Family Beach Challenge, Aug. 18-19

Here at Mommy Poppins, we love a good opportunity to help, and this weekend there are two excellent opportunities happening where YOU can make a positive impact:

Have you found yourself in an activity slump? We have several different resources to help you out. The Mommy Poppins event calendar is the place to go when you're looking for daily kid-friendly activities, and it's constantly being updated with as many events happening in and around the city as possible. Our August GoList is also an excellent resource, highlighting the best events happening around Houston throughout the month. For a quick, easy resource, we recommend signing up for our weekly newsletter so you can have everything that gets published on Mommy Poppins delivered to your inbox.

For anyone who is planning an activity, we would love to make sure it has a spot on our calendar as well! All you have to do is submit your event to our calendar. Once it's submitted, we'll review it and publish it so it gets shared with all of our readers. 

Let's see what this weekend has to offer. 

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