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. 

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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.

Massapequa With Kids: Beaches, Parks, and Plenty More

Massapequa is massive. 

From its northernmost boundary at the Southern State Parkway (technically North Massapequa) to the waters of South Oyster Bay, this community within the Town of Oyster Bay extends through the village of Massapequa Park to the Suffolk County border at Amityville.

Residents boast of Massapequa's award-winning public schools. But also included is a bustling downtown along Park Boulevard and a thriving beach community on the South Shore, making Massapequa a jewel in Nassau County. Read on to see what makes this area attractive to families.

Birthday Freebies for Long Island Kids on Their Big Day

What kid doesn’t like special treats on his or her birthday? There are plenty of places on Long Island offering FREE meals and other goodies for your child on that special day. Many of these birthday treats can be cashed in anytime during the child’s birthday month, so the fun can be enjoyed before or after the birthday itself.

We love to support local small businesses when we can, but some chain-store birthday clubs are pretty sweet, too, and many have locations across Long Island: There's bound to be an outpost near you. Be sure to check out our Long Island Party Guide for more on how to make your child's birthday a day to remember, including information on venues, entertainers, and more.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: The Search for Lafitte's Gold, Fall Festivals, Oct. 20-21

With Halloween right around the corner, we've been busy compiling everything you could possibly need to have a fun, safe holiday. From area trunk-or-treats to cinematic thrills, we've got you covered. Check it out:

And that's not all! You can find even more Halloween-inspired fun on our event calendar, with events happening throughout the city over the weeks leading up to our favorite candy-coated day. For monthly fun, head to our October GoList, which highlights the biggest and best events occurring around town throughout the month. If you have an event that you want to get some extra coverage for, we'd love to share it with our readers! All you have to do is submit your event to our calendar for our review, and we'll handle the rest. 

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But that's enough of that; it's time to see what this weekend has in store. 

Macy’s Unveils Santaland Details for 2018 Christmas Season

Santa is sprucing up his sleigh and getting ready to fly into New York City’s very own North Pole, Macy’s Santaland, where for the second year in a row, visits with Santa will be by (FREE) reservation only.

Santaland will open for the holiday season Friday, November 23, 2018, the day after the Thanksgiving Day parade, and will welcome visitors through December 24, 2018, Macy’s revealed in a statement.

The 34th Street retailer will reinstate the reservations-only policy it implemented for the first time last year as a way to cut down on the lines. (Around 170,000 people visit the NYC Macy's Santaland each Christmas season.) This year also sees the return of the popular Express Lane option. Read on for everything you need to know about visiting Santa at Macy's this year.

When Pediatric Urgent Care Can Save a Visit to the ER

It's past bedtime, but a barking cough and noisy breathing are keeping your toddler wide awake. Weekend soccer practice ends abruptly with a slide tackle right to your middle schooler's ankle. Your otherwise healthy teen is suddenly covered with welts from head to toe. The pediatrician’s office is definitely closed and panic starts to set in as you weigh whether the circumstances warrant an emergency room visit.

Well, as it turns out, there may be a better option. A pediatric urgent care center—like those operated by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in Chalfont, Pa., Glen Mills, Pa., and King of Prussia, Pa.—can actually handle all of these problems and then some, including a number of illnesses and injuries you might think require an emergency department visit. And while many issues may feel ER-worthy to us worried parents, they might not meet the medical criteria that require a trip to the hospital. So, instead of booking it to the nearest emergency room or waiting for the pediatrician's office to open for your kiddo's next fever or fall, call your child’s doctor and ask if an urgent care for kids might be the best option. These facilities treat your child when you need it—on evenings and weekends—and how you need it—with special consideration for his or her needs.

Free Indoor Play Spaces for Long Island Kids

There’s no reason to stay home just because the fall season and the colder weather is upon us.

All across Long Island, there are play spaces and indoor playgrounds to keep your kids happily occupied. In fact, some of them are hiding in plain sight. And better yet, many of these kid-friendly spots are FREE. From malls to bookstores and libraries, there is plenty of FREE fun to be had for Long Island kids.

Enjoy these unique play destinations, but remember at most venues a parent/adult must be present to supervise children.

For more indoor fun, don't forget our guide to rainy-day activities on Long Island.


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