Tweens & Teens

July 4th Fireworks Cruises in NYC: See Macy's Show on a Boat

The promise of NYC summer fun is right around the corner. One of our favorite annual events, the Macy's Fourth of July fireworks display, is ready to light up the city skyline. The display illuminates the East River annually, and nothing quite compares with watching the celebration up close from the water. Plus, you don't have to battle the insane crowds with the kids.

Of course, these special cruises don't come cheaply and many are only open to ages 21 and older. We set out to find the lowest-cost July 4th fireworks cruises in NYC that also welcome children. If you're interested, book quickly. Some already have sold out and the remaining tickets will be gone before you know it.

Awesome Amusement Parks on Long Island

Feeling the need for speed and splash? Long Island amusement parks are ready for you and your thrill-seeking family. If your kids are eager to check out the latest rides and attractions, or you can’t wait to make new memories with your family at parks you enjoyed as a child, now is the perfect time to explore these local amusement centers.

For more entertainment inspiration, see our guide to Long island amusement and water parks or our guide to family fun on Long Island. Both are loaded with reviews of local and regional destinations sure to delight your child.

SoCal's Renaissance Pleasure Faire Offers Kids a Day Trip through Time

Hear ye, hear ye! There's more to Ye Olde Renaissance Faire than turkey legs, men in tights, and replacing all thy "yous" with thees and thous. So if you—or thou—art wondering whether or not it's worth venturing 45 minutes inland in search of a park full of people pretending wholeheartedly that Queen Elizabeth I is still on the throne, the answer is an unmitigated, "Huzzah!"

Mother's Day Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Chalk Walk, Brunch, Festivals

Moms, it's your weekend, and we want to start off by saying Happy (early) Mother's Day to you! It's no secret that the role of being a mom requires many different hats and is fulfilled in many different forms, and this weekend we want to celebrate each and every one of you who steps into that role and wears that title proudly. You are the best!

With summer right around the corner, we thought it would be fun to offer up some ideas and inspiration for some of those long, lazy days, like these preschool day camps for those weekdays where you find yourself needing a fun activity and these family-friendly festivals for any open weekends. We also rounded up 25 STEM activities you can do right at home with your preschoolers that are sure to turn an ordinary morning into an extraordinary one. 

Feeling low on inspiration or in need of a new activity? Head over to our event calendar for daily activities happening all around town or our May GoList for some of the most interesting activities happening throughout the month. Make sure you also sign up for our weekly newsletter to have everything delivered right to your inbox so you're always on top of what's happening both on our site and in our city.

We love to share family-friendly events, and work hard to make sure we highlight as many as possible, however, we'd love for you to help too! If you notice that your awesome event hasn't made it to our calendar yet, please submit your event to our calendar so we can get it published ASAP and share it with all of our readers. 

Now it's time to start thinking about the weekend, so let's check out what's happening around town!

Mothers' Day Weekend Fun: Carnivals, Festivals, and Races, May 12-13, 2018

Everyone here at Mommy Poppins wishes you and yours a peaceful and happy Mother's Day weekend. Whether you plan to celebrate with carnival games, thrilling roller-coaster rides, adorable aquatic creatures, or an award winning musical, there's no shortage of fun on tap this weekend. In addition, many attractions around the state, including the Beardsley Zoo and the Connecticut Science Center, are honoring moms by offering them complimentary day passes with the purchase of another ticket (for a full rundown on Mothers' Day freebies, click here).  As for myself, every year I aspire to Run Like a Mother, but I confess I'm more likely to be found sampling baklava at the Annual Greek Festival in Waterbury. Maybe I'll see you there? 

For other ideas, be sure to browse our Event Calendar, which we continue to update throughout the weekend. To keep up with everything going on in Connecticut, follow us on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Thanks for sharing your mothering experience with us!

Feast Your Way Through the Best Food at the Queens Night Market

Outdoor food markets and indoor food halls seem to be popping up everywhere in NYC, but the Queens International Night Market is different from others. Fashioned after night markets in Asia, it focuses on the incredible diversity of global flavors that have been making Queens famous as one of the best places to eat in the world.

I’m surprised how many people don’t know about this foodie market. It’s one of my favorite things! The event is family-friendly and even pet-friendly. There’s live entertainment, games, and food stalls representing 80 different countries. Best of all? It's inexpensive. It truly is like traveling the world in one night, although it’d be hard to taste everything in one evening.

Read on for details on the 2018 lineup for this seasonal Flushing Meadows Corona Park food festival.

6 Summer Birthday Party Spots for Boston Kids

Summer is nearly upon us and that means it’s time to plan birthday parties for kids born when school is out. I have a summer baby, so I’ve thought a lot about where to have a party when the weather is nice and everyone’s on vacation. We've shared ideas for outdoor options where you can plan a free, spontaneous celebration, but we discovered several more venues—some indoors, some out—that specialize in summery kids' parties. Here are six of our favorite warm-weather birthday bash spots around Boston.

Strawberry Picking with Kids in Connecticut

Soon, we will be picking strawberries....One of the healthiest and most delicious treats that warmer weather brings is the season of juicy red strawberries. Treat your children to a day at a local  farm to see where this super fruit grows and watch the excitement on their faces as they hunt for the biggest berries. The strawberry season is short, usually lasting only from mid June to early July, so don’t miss out on abundant possibilities: homemade jam, strawberry shortcake, berry tarts, or simply enjoying the antioxidant-packed fruit in cereals, salads, or as ice cream topping. For more berry picking fun, check out Berry Farms in Connecticut.

Pick Your Own Strawberry Farms and Festivals on Long Island

Long Island is ripe with places where families can pick their own strawberries. Deciding where to go can be a challenge, so we've handpicked a few of our favorites.

Harvesting your own fruit is not only fun, but it connects you with the source of your food and supports local farmers. And it doesn't get fresher than picking fruit right off the vine. This is especially important for Long Island strawberries, which are sweeter and more delicate than most grocery-store varieties, and have a shorter shelf life.

Many of these farms are located on Long Island's East End, but there are a few festivals in Nassau or western Suffolk counties for families who don't want to travel quite as far. Either way, call ahead or check the farms' websites to confirm that fields are open and the strawberries are ripe.

Check out our guide to Long Island farms for more places where you can pick your own fruit and vegetables, and even meet some farm animals.

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