Long Island Restaurants with Fun Entertainment for Kids

Feeling like a slave to the kitchen as you prepare mac and cheese for the third time this week? Drop the ho-hum dinner routine and head to one of these local restaurants that serve up food and fun.

A number of eateries in Nassau and Suffolk counties pair kid-sized meals with giant-sized fun. So whether you prefer the neighborhood mom-and-pop or the local destination of a national chain, your little ones are guaranteed a good time and a healthy lunch or dinner choice.

For more inspiration, see our guide to kid-friendly dining on Long Island. And while you're at it, check out our list of LI restaurants where kids eat FREE.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Bayou City Art Festival, Kite Festival, March 24-25

Spring is in the air, and we could not be more excited! Bring on more time spent outdoors basking in the warmer weather, whether that means hanging out at your favorite family-friendly brewery, snapping quintessential photos in the bluebonnets, or checking out somewhere new as a family (we recommend the San Jacinto Battleground or Bellaire's Nature Discovery Center!).

The Easter Bunny is also starting to make his rounds this week, and is showing up at Houston Party Playland, the Fresno Community Easter Egg Hunt, and brunch at Rob Fleming Park, just to name a few. This is the perfect weekend to get in an early fix of the Easter Bunny before things really gear up next week! 

If you're trying to plan past the weekend, or just looking for even more ideas, we have a wealth of resources to help! Our event calendar gives a daily breakdown of what's happening in and around our city, our March GoList highlights the best events occurring throughout the month, and our Top 100 Things to Do With Houston Kids is pretty much your ultimate Houston bucket list. With so many different options, it's easy to stay busy having fun around the city. You can also sign up for our weekly newsletter to have all of our newest content delivered straight to your inbox. 

Have an event you'd like to share? We would love to help you promote it! All you have to do is submit your event to our calendar, and we'll do take care of the rest. 

On that note, let's take a look at what's on tap for the weekend. 

Queens Welcomes New Fun Factory Okabaloo for NYC Kids

Astoria and Long Island City have seen a tremendous leap in child development venues over the past five years, including play spaces and sports centers. Yay! But even so, there are a few nooks and crannies of these two Queens neighborhoods that are still activity deserts, in need of family-friendly fun.

Nestled on the border of these two neighborhoods is Okabaloo, a new child-enrichment center and play space that brings art, music, and discovery to the neighborhood. Read on to find everything you need to know before you head over.

Up with the Sun? 21 Early Morning Spots to Entertain NYC Toddlers

New York is "the city that never sleeps," especially for parents of young children. Kids can spend countless hours at parks and playgrounds, museums, play spaces, and more. But if you have an early riser, it's not always easy to find an age-appropriate play spot.

Toddlers and babies are often ready to start their day before sunrise, so we've put together a list of awesome places to go and things to see around NYC in the wee hours with your youngest New Yorkers.  

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Circus Saurus, Spring Break Fun, March 17-18

This weekend is a big one! Not only is it the last weekend of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (so get your fill of all the free rodeo activities while you can!), but it's also the last weekend of city-wide Spring Break events, with activities happening in full force from the Lone Star Flight Museum to Blessington Farms and everywhere in between. 

Fair weather and mild temperatures also make this the perfect time to start planning outdoor activities, and March marks the beginning of Bluebonnet season, the start of Spring fun, and crawfish, crawfish, crawfish

The family fun doesn't end there, though; our event calendar is packed with daily activities and events all over Houston, and our March GoList rounds up the top events taking place throughout the month. We also highly recommend taking a look at our Top 100 Things to Do With Houston Kids, also known as the ultimate bucket list of Houston landmarks and unique things to do around the city. Stay in the loop with all of our Mommy Poppins content and coverage by signing up for our weekly newsletter, and we'll send everything straight to your inbox. 

Last, but certainly not least, if you're planning an event, we want to cover it! Let us help you get the most exposure by submitting your event to our calendar, and we'll do take it from there. 

Now, let's spring forward into the weekend events!

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: St. Patrick's Day Parades, Chocolate Fest

Everyone's Irish this weekend. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day across Long Island by participating in a wee bit o' crafting at the Long Island Explorium or the Long Island Children's Museum. March in St. Patty's Day parades in Patchogue or Glen Cove.

Remember, on this final weekend of winter, you can always pop over to our March GoList to find more seasonal entertainment. Mark your calendars and complete some of our 50 great things to do indoors with Long Island kids. Or pad your wallet with a list of FREE family activities this month.

Of course, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids. Don't see a great event listed here? Add it to our Event Calendar yourself. 

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Easter Bunny Photo Ops and Events: Where To Find the Bunny in LA & OC

Hippity hoppity, hippity hoppity: your kids might not want to sit still, but at least the Easter Bunny will! There are plenty of spots to line up the perfect Easter photo in LA and Orange County in the weeks leading up to Easter Sunday. We've lined up a whole Bunny Trail to hop down, ranging from mall photo ops to outdoor egg hunts and spring festivals. Have fun catching up to Peter Cottontail in one of the following Southland locations...

Great News! Good Day Play Cafe Opens in Park Slope

You might be wondering if Park Slope needs another play space, but after you see the inside of a Korean-inspired Good Day Play Cafe, your answer will be a confident, "yes." Think: Stumptown coffee and cold brew, a Hinoki cypress wood cube sensory pit, and a clear view of the entire play area from the minimalist-chic cafe.

The owners, who already have a location in Queens, balance good food, inviting ambiance, and strong coffee with their kid-oriented play area to create a place adults and children can genuinely enjoy. The play cafe trend is booming in Brooklyn and Queens, and we can't get enough of it. Get the details on the new space, including rates and hours, below.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Xtreme Spring Break, Movie Night, March 10-11

The week before spring break can be a tough one; kids are eagerly anticipating time off, teachers are struggling to keep kids focused (and eagerly anticipating some time off...), and parents who aren't planning a Spring Break trip are busy plotting how to keep everyone entertained during their time at home. Don't fret, though, because we've got you covered with 25 different events and activities happening throughout the week that are guaranteed to keep the kids occupied and engaged. 

But before spring break comes this weekend, and if you feel like getting out of town without traveling too far off the beaten path, The Woodlands is hosting an array of activities worth checking out, including a Mother-Daughter Tea, Science Palooza at The Woodlands Children's Museum, Arts in the Park, and The Woodlands Family Fun Fest. Rodeo is also still in full swing, and we rounded up 15 FREE things to do during your time there. 

For even more kid-friendly activities and inspiration, be sure to take a peek at our event calendar, where you'll find a plethora of fun events happening all over Houston. See our March GoList for the best events taking place during the month, and our ultimate bucket list - Top 100 Things to Do With Houston Kids - which showcases Houston landmarks and unique things to do around the city. Make sure you also sign up for our weekly newsletter to get all of our content delivered straight to your inbox. 

One last reminder before we sign off: we LOVE to make sure all of the great events our city offers are on our calendar. If you have an event that isn't on our calendar yet, we invite you to submit it so we can share it with all of our loyal readers. All you have to do is fill out the form and we'll take care of the rest!

And now, let's dive into the weekend events! 

6 Top Long Island Day Camps for Toddlers Through Teens

From zip lining and miniature golf to preschooler programs and STEM classes, it kind of seems like day camps have got it all here in Long Island!

Traditional camps offer an all around experience with favorites like the boating, hiking, and arts and crafts we remember from our own summer camp days, but they're also adding robotics and heated swimming pools to the mix (not bad, right?). Meanwhile, specialty camps are giving kids the chance to focus on some of their favorite activities, like ballet, ice skating, and even cake baking.


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