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Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Pumpkins, Trolls, Stargazing, Sept 23-24

Friday is officially the first day of Fall, but we know in Houston we'll have the summer-like weather for a few more weeks, so let's make the most out of it with many fall adventures all over town. Start planning your next photo opportunity at a nearby pumpkin patch, schedule your next hay ride with the kids, or a visit to a farm corn maze with the entire family. Plan ahead with this list of fall festivals with your family and friends. 

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Meanwhile, our September GoList is winding down but still offers oodles of fun, and our Fall Fun Guide is only gaining speed. Make sure to see our event calendar for things to do on any particular day of the month —there's no shortage of fun things to do this Fall! 

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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.

6 Boston-Area Bars and Pubs That Are Fun for Family Dinner

In Britain and Ireland, finding a pub is like shooting fish in a barrel. Over here, these cozy, community-oriented bars that combine good food and drinks are fewer, and finding one where you can bring your kids is even trickier, still. And yet, Boston is the proud home of some truly great family-friendly pubs where you can take your kids to eat in a lively atmosphere, and everyone will go home happy. We've covered some Irish-inspired stalwarts that are the places to be on St. Patty's Day...here, we're running through some of our fave options for grabbing some kid-friendly food, a proper pint for the grown-ups, and some fun family bonding anytime—all in an atmosphere that's suitable for babies through teens.

Bring the Kids While You Workout: Gyms With Childcare in Fairfield County

Yes! You've decided to join the gym and you're pumped about getting pumped up. First priority: make sure you join a gym that makes working out convenient. That means: in-gym childcare!

Of course, there are some days when you want to include the kids in a workout. You can always move it with your posse on a favorite local hike or bike ridean outdoor ropes course or other great active trips found in our Fairfield County Guide. I have four kids, and can't always count on getting out of bed at 5:30 a.m. or on my hubs getting home in time for my favorite yoga class. For that reason, I narrowed my gym choices to those fitness facilities that offer childcare in Fairfield County.

Storytimes for NYC Kids: Read Your Way Around Manhattan

Storytimes are a great free—or super low-cost—kid activity that can often provide the incentive families need to get out of the house on those rainy, cold, or snowy days when cabin fever is likely to set in. Hosted throughout NYC at libraries, bookstores, museums, and other fun places, most of these baby and kid reading sessions don't require reservations, making it easy to just drop in. Plus, many of these storytimes incorporate arts and craft projects and, considering the venues that host them, a story hour can easily turn into a full morning or afternoon of fun.

Read on for our most up-to-date list of storytimes for fall and winter 2017 in Manhattan. Also, be sure to peruse our post on NYC's best independent bookstores for kids for more reading inspiration, and if you're in the outer boroughs, we've also written about storytimes in Brooklyn and in Queens.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: RRM Fall Fest, Fiestas Patrias, Texas Taco Music Fest

Fall is right around the corner! We've been blessed with nice weather all week and, even though this weekend will be hot again, it's never too early to start planning your weekend and fall adventures with Mommy Poppins. With our help, you can be sure to enjoy the many Fall favorites such as pumpkin patcheshay ridesfall festivals and corn mazes with your family and friends. 

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Want to make plans in advance?? Check out the September GoList or our best bets throughout the month. And remember to check out our event calendar—there's no shortage of fun things to do this Fall! 

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Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Taste of Texas Fest, Adaptive Water Sports Fest, Sept 9-10

It's needless to say, Houstonians have had a rough couple of weeks. Slowly but surely this amazing city is starting to get back on its feet. We have witnessed the generosity and strength of the remarkable people of one of the largest, most diverse cities in the country, and we can only say we have the greatest admiration and respect for our neighbors and are so very proud to call Houston our home. Our team at Mommy Poppins Houston has been continuously sharing information on our Facebook page, so please check it out for the latest information on shelters needing donations, how to host a family or request aid, school openings, and much more. 

We hope you and your family are able to get out this weekend and take an opportunity to help the community or simply have a good time with your loved ones. 

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Want to make plans in advance?? Check out the September GoList or our best bets throughout the month. And remember to check out our event calendar—there's no shortage of fun things to do all summer long! 

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Léman Manhattan Launches a New "Grown-Up and Me" Toddler Program

Léman Manhattan Preparatory School has been serving preschoolers in downtown Manhattan for the past twelve years, but parents of even littler learners will be happy to hear there's a brand new toddler program in town. Developed by the school's experienced early childhood educators, Léman Explorers is a “grown-up and me” class that aims to give children ages 16 months to 3 years old the skills and confidence they need for preschool and beyond.

Hurricane Harvey Relief: Where to Donate Baby Items Around Houston

In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Houston-area communities need a lot of help. Baby items are some of the most needed items in every community right now, and several drop-off locations for these supplies have been set up around the greater Houston area. See the list below for where to go and what to take. We recommend calling the venue before showing up for the most up-to-date items needed because needs change frequently.

Las Vegas Babysitting Services That Let Parents Enjoy Vegas, Baby

Our daughter feels like Vegas is her second home, and it’s no wonder: we've been visiting Sin City a couple of times a year since she was a baby. We fit in lots of family outings during our visits, like riding the High Roller Las Vegas Ferris wheel, watching the Bellagio fountains, and checking out the flamingoes at the Wildlife Habitat at the Flamingo Hotel and Casino. My husband and I usually do the rotation thing when it comes to gambling (one of us goes and one of us stays with our daughter), but every now and then it's nice to splurge on childcare and enjoy Las Vegas as a couple.

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