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Mother's Day Brunches on Long Island

There’s no denying breakfast in bed can be sweet on Mother’s Day. But this year, why not suggest your family go out for a delicious brunch at one of many restaurants across Long Island? You can sip a mimosa or bloody mary, enjoy a scrumptious meal, and best of all, you won’t have to clean any dishes.

We’ve rounded up 20 restaurants across the Island that offer brunch options, from traditional omelets and pancakes to more creative dishes that feature local produce and international flair. Some spots offer more than just a meal, with free entertainment and activities for the whole family. Call ahead for reservations since places tend to book up quickly on this special day.

For other family-friendly happenings on Mother's Day weekend, check out our Event CalendarMay GoList, or Spring Guide.

Queens Sensory Gyms for Kids with Disabilities

Sensory gyms are a great resource for children with special needs or a developmental delay or concern. The specialized play equipment entertains as it provides treatment, and it's often a supportive environment for families, too. While there are many activities parents and children can do at home, a sensory gym offers equipment not usually available in a New York City apartment. Some facilities even offer time with trained therapists. 

Queens doesn't have as many sensory gyms as Manhattan or Brooklyn, so it can be difficult to find quality classes or even an indoor play space where kids can play safely with other youngsters. It does, however, have a growing number of well-equipped gyms run by experienced therapists; we rounded up six for you below.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Day of the Child, Festivals, Family Music, April 29-30

The last weekend of April is here - we can't believe it either! Make the most out of this wonderful weather at the many festivals this weekend, such as the FUNomenal Family FestivalTexas Crawfish and Music Festival, or a good old-fashioned community spring festival in Northwest Houston. Or maybe check out the newly renovated Evelyn's Park in Bellaire

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For more family fun ideas, our event calendar has things to do every day, and our April GoList to find the best things to do this month. Did you know can also submit your own events? And for great posts like this delivered to your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

Read on for more things to do this weekend.

Spots to Breastfeed and Pump Milk in Busy Boston Tourist Areas

Everybody knows that nursing your baby is a special experience that not only nourishes your baby’s body but also strengthens the mother-child bond. But when you're out and about, it can tricky to find a clean, comfortable, and effective place to breastfeed—particularly if you have a curious infant who reacts to noise and light—not to mention pump milk if you're separated. As we enter the heart of spring and start planning fun outings to museumsballparks, and other popular places around town, we're scoping out cushy spots where you can escape the elements, crowded seating, and leering eyes to take care of your baby's needs in peace. (Note that Massachusetts state law permits women to breastfeed openly in any public space or establishment, and imposes a $500 fine for harassing a nursing mom.)

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Earth Day, March for Science, Cigna Streets, April 22-23

This weekend go outdoors and celebrate Earth Day! Many of your favorite places in Houston have fun parties for the planet this weekend, like the Houston Zoo (as if you need a better reason to visit than the new baby giraffe!) and the Downtown Aquarium. Or maybe you want to take part of a nationwide movement at the March for Science in midtown Houston. 

Are you planning a birthday party soon? Check out our Birthday Party Guide featuring animal party entertainers, fun indoor locations, cool science-themed parties, first birthday party ideas, and more. If you want to take the take the party to the next level you might want to explore these one-of-a-kind birthday party ideas.

Also on Mommy Poppins this week:

For more family fun ideas, our event calendar has things to do every day, and our April GoList to find the best things to do this month. Did you know can also submit your own events? And for great posts like this delivered to your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

Read on for more things to do this weekend.

Easter Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Bunny Brunches & Egg Hunts, April 15-16

Happy Easter and Passover from Mommy Poppins Houston! This weekend, hop right into an Easter egg huntbrunch with the Easter Bunny or maybe even sneak in a Crawfish Festival too! 

We recently added a new roundup of swim lessons and camps for this summer as well as free and cheap summer camps around Houston. Check out our camp guide where you will find tons of ideas for kids of all ages, including dance camps, overnight campsoutdoor camps, music and theater camps, science camps, art camps, and more. 

For more family fun ideas, our event calendar has things to do every day, and our April GoList to find the best things to do this month. Did you know can also submit your own events? For great posts like this delivered to your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

Read on for more things to do this weekend. 

Swim Lessons and Camps for Houston Kids

When you think of summer in Houston, what's the first word that comes to mind? My guess: "HOT." No one can deny that the Bayou City is known for its scorching summer weather, and that summer lasts for basically 3/4 of the year. As a result, we end up spending a lot of time in the water, whether it's at the pool, a splash pad, a local waterpark or the ocean. All this time in and around water means knowing how to swim and executing proper water safety are of the utmost importance, especially for our kids.

In fact, just recently we had a debate with our 3-year-old about if he knew how to swim without floaties or not (he doesn't, though he believes he does because his best friend knows how to swim... toddler logic at its finest), which was a nice little reminder that it was time to enroll him in swim lessons for the summer. With that in mind, we've found plenty of places that offer year-round swim lessons so your kids are comfortable and confident in the water. Looking for a little something extra? We also rounded up places that offer lessons and camps for competitive swimmers and those interested in pursuing specialty water sports. 

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Art Car Parade, Railfest, Disney On Ice, April 8-9

Easter is right around the corner, and you can be sure to find an Egg Hunt or a brunch opportunity with the Easter Bunny around Houston this weekend. If you prefer a more intimate egg hunt with just family and friends, let us help you plan with our 10 tips to Organize a Community Easter Egg Hunt.  

This weekend there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, like the Houston Art Car Parade, which is celebrating its 30th year, the Rosenberg Railroad Museum RailFest, or the Houston Barbecue Festival. It's also your last chance to experience performances like Disney On Ice or Annie at Jones Hall. So make the most out of this wonderful springtime in Houston! 

Don't forget to consult our summer and vacation Camp Guide where you'll find fun ideas for kids of all ages, including Dance CampsOvernight Camps,  Outdoor CampsMusic and Theater Camps, Science Camps, Art Camps, and more. 

Need more family fun ideas? Check out our complete event calendar or hop over to our April GoList to find the best things to do this month. Did you know can also submit your own events? Would you like to receive this roundup in your inbox? Then don't forget to subscribe to our weekly newsletter

Read on for more things to do this weekend. 

12 Baby Registry Lifesavers for New York City Parents

Wait! Before you let your suburbs-dwelling sister sell you on that giant all-terrain stroller, remember that creating a city-friendly baby registry is a whole other ballgame. With all the subway riding and small-space-living we urban parents do, it's important to choose items made for the many hurdles (and perks) NYC throws your way.

Wondering where to start with your baby wish list? Here are 12 must-have registry items to get you and your new New Yorker through the first year.

Want more advice on making this whole new parent thing work? Take a look at our NYC Baby Guide.

Swim Lessons and Classes for New Jersey Kids

Looking for a way to introduce your child to the pool? Parent-child swim classes are a great way to help kids develop a love of swimming and instill confidence around the water. These programs teach water skills in a safe and age-appropriate way, and most allow children as young as 6 months to participate. (Yes, it can be hard to put on a swimsuit so soon after having a baby, but the rewards for your child are well worth the sacrifice!) Once your little one gets the hang of it, you can take the family to the pool, beach, or water park with confidence. And most programs continue to offer lessons for kids up to age 12 and beyond.

For more kids' classes, be sure to check out our Guide to Classes and Enrichment Programs.

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