Tweens & Teens

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.

Free Summer Sports and Outdoor Programs for NYC Kids

Just because we live in a concrete jungle doesn't mean our kids can't enjoy a summer filled with athletic activities outdoors. The best news: You don't need to be a banker to afford it.

New York City offers many opportunities for kids to learn team sports and to try swimming, tennis, golf, fishing, kayaking, camping, and more for FREE. Of course registering for these FREE programs takes a little legwork and, since many are first-come, first-served, punctuality. We've got the scoop on what's available, and how your kids can vie for spots. You can find more no-cost activities in our Free in NYC Guide, or check out these FREE or inexpensive summer camp options around NYC.

Mother's Day FREEBIES in Connecticut

Mom. Mommy. Mama. Mother. Her Royal and Omnipotent Shoe Finder Supreme. No matter what you call her, mom is a pretty special lady and she deserves to be celebrated. Whether that means pulling out all the stops for a truly indulgent brunch or spending a day doing stuff the whole family loves (because I'll be honest, my kids don't love brunch that much...) Mother's Day is a moment for moms, ALL MOMS, everywhere to take a little bow for the incredibly hard work we do all year (yep, I said it. We work hard and it's ok to crow about it a little sometimes). In honor of Mother's Day, here are some things moms can do FOR FREE with (or sometimes without...) the family.

Lower East Side Food Crawl: Best Old School NYC Eats

The Lower East Side is emblematic of everything we think of "Old New York," especially the hustle and bustle of a working class immigrant neighborhood. Although many immigrant populations called the neighborhood home, the Lower East Side became home base for New York City’s Jewish population. The Lower East Side is now much more hipster than Hebrew and most of the old establishments have been spruced up, but it’s still an amazing neighborhood to explore...and eat in. Oh my, can you eat!

From knishes to candy, pastrami to pickles, there’s so much good food on offer it’s hard to know where to begin. But most of all, it’s fun to eat in places with tons of history and "theater." Whether you want to do it as a food crawl with the kids or just go down for one family meal, we’ve covered the best old-school, mostly Jewish food spots on the Lower East Side.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Cinco de Mayo Festivities, Blooms & Berries, May 5-6

Let's get ready to fiesta! Cinco de Mayo is this weekend, and Houston is gearing up to celebrate it big, starting with the annual LULAC District VII Cinco de Mayo Parade. The beginning of May also means Mother's Day is right around the corner, and we've rounded up some awesome brunch spots that will show Mom just how appreciated she is. Don't snooze on these, though; you'll want to make reservations early because a lot of places book up fast. 

Also of note: Target is currently running a big promotion through May 5 where you can trade in your old car seat and receive 20% off a new car seat. If you're looking to upgrade, now is definitely the time. 

As you plan out your upcoming weekend and week, make sure to check out our event calendar for daily activities and our brand new May GoList for events happening around our city throughout the month. You can also have everything delivered straight to your inbox when you sign up for our weekly newsletter, ensuring you're always in the loop with what's happening. 

For all of our event planners and businesses: we LOVE to share your events! If you notice we haven't gotten your event on our calendar yet or you have an event you want to get up early, we invite you to submit your event to our calendar so we can get it published.

Now let's wrap this up and check out what's happening this weekend!

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