Tweens & Teens

Slip, Slide, and Splash at Strawberry Water Park in Pasadena

For us, summer is all about seeing how many water activities we can pack in to a three month span. Neighborhood pools and splash pads are always on our to-do list! We also love a good water park trip during the hot summer months, but sometimes the crowds, long lines for rides, and admission costs make trips to Schlitterbahn or Splashtown something that we tend to only do once or twice per year. Luckily, we recently discovered a hidden gem in Pasadena where we can squeeze in some waterslide fun for a fraction of the cost of a day trip to a bigger water park. We can get our slide and lazy river fix in and our littlest guys even have their very own space to splash and play on a kids structure. We've discovered that this park has so much to offer, and is a great way for families to play together and beat the Texas heat.

The Last Bookstore Is LA's Reading Playground for Kids Who Love Books

Getting kids excited about reading is one of the most important things a parent can do—so it's worth thinking outside the box. When kids start to grow tired of the pastel children’s section, take them downtown to The Last Bookstore, LA's unusual book playground. It is undeniably cool and, best of all, it makes reading seem edgy and funky, rather than something a bunch of lame adults try to trick them into doing. 

8 Laser Tag Places for Kids on Long Island

Tag, you're it. 

The old-school game of tag has evolved to include lasers. You now can tell the kids to take the sibling rivalry into the arena. This competition-style game engages players both physically and mentally as they strategically attempt to tag the opposing team while not getting tagged themselves. But think fast … or tag, you're OUT.

There are some great spots to play laser tag in Nassau and Suffolk counties, so get ready to think on your feet and have some fun. And when the sun is shining, we've even included a spot where you can play outdoor laser tag. Many of these facilities offer other attractions such as go-karts, mini-golfarcades, bowling, rides, and more to get the whole family playing together.

For more ways to have fun indoors, check out our guide to indoor play spaces. There's always something great to do for families on Long Island and we've got the info you need at our events calendar.

50 Things to Do in Stamford With or Without Kids!

With its close proximity to both New York City (only 30 miles to Manhattan) and Long Island Sound, Stamford offers the best of both worlds. Here you can take advantage of the waterfront perks like crabbing, fishing and swimming at Cove Island and Cummings Park, hop on the adorable Harbor Point Trolley and check out the city or visit the Heckscher Farm babies at the Stamford Nature Center. There's certainly no shortage of things to do in Connecticut's third largest city.

In fact, we've rounded up 50 ideas for you and your crew to check off, whether you live and work in Stamford, or just wanna play for the day. For fun happenings about Fairfield County check out our neighborhood guide and our Connecticut Summer Fun Guide.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Kid-Friendly Goat Yoga, Julydoscope, July 21-22

Ready for a little fun in the sun? This weekend we recommend heading down to the Island and hitting the beach because Galveston has some awesome family-friendly events on tap. Get in on some sandcastle building action (and learn tips from the experts!) on Saturday at Stewart Beach, then head to Moody Gardens for some country rock by Shotgun Road at Bands on the Sand. Then Sunday during the day compete in a good, old-fashioned beach challenge, with life-size versions of bean bags, Connect Four, and more, all for a chance to win a $500 gift card! Plus, no weekend is complete without a little Sunday night fireworks over the Gulf or a moonlit showing of Up at Pleasure Pier

In case you missed it on Mommy Poppins, these articles also offer up some fun vacation and staycation activities: 

Anytime you feel stuck on what to do, be sure to visit our event calendar and our July GoList. Both are full of awesome family-friendly activities happening throughout the week and month around Houston, turning your boring day into the best one yet. We also have a weekly newsletter that gives a neat little overview of everything happening on Mommy Poppins so you're always up to speed on the latest and greatest that Houston and other Texas gems have to offer.

If you have an amazing event coming up that you'd love to share, we invite you to submit your event to our calendar, because we'd love to share it too! Fill out the form, hit submit, and we'll handle the rest, making sure it gets the coverage it deserves!

On that note, let's check out what's on tap for the weekend. 

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Shakespeare, an Aquarium Celebration, and a Lavender Farm, July 21-22

It is not an exaggeration to say that I can't imagine my parenting life in Connecticut without the Maritime Aquarium. We've enjoyed all kinds of programs in all kinds of weather: summer camps, educational cruises, and even overnights. If you haven't had a chance to visit or are just looking for an opportunity to go back, this weekend's 30th anniversary celebration is a great excuse, with deeply discounted "throwback" pricing all weekend long and special activities planned for Saturday. 

But that's just some of the fun to be had this weekend! Don't miss the chance to explore the blooming lavender fields or to ride the Lavender Express tram around the gorgeous Lavender Pond Farm property or to wander among the sunflowers at Buttonwood Farms for the brief but spectacular Sunflowers for Wishes fundraiser for the Make-a-Wish foundation. 

For even more options, check out our event calendar, which we update throughout the week with new listings from across the state. To keep up with everything going on in CT, follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest. Have a great weekend! 

Color Factory, a Colorful New Pop-Up Museum, Is Coming to NYC

The year of the interactive, Instagram-worthy art pop-up continues (we've already seen and loved the Dream Machine, The Egg House, Narcissus Garden, and the Hot Dog Bus) when The Color Factory lands in Soho on August 20 for a limited time. The Color Factory promises to be one of the coolest kid-friendly art events this summer, and tickets go on sale today.

Featuring 16 unique installations designed to encourage the exploration of color and light, this vivid exhibit—described by organizers as a "playhouse pop-up"—will convert a commercial space in Soho into 20,000 square feet filled with immersive artwork. Be ready for playful color palettes, jaw-dropping effects, and of course, lots of ways for kids and their grown-ups to interact with the art. For an advance look at photos of the gorgeous space, plus information about how to visit, read on.

Our Trip to RPM Speedway Go-Karting in Stamford is a Highway to Fun

It’s been a little while since a new family entertainment venue opened in lower Fairfield County. So, when I heard that RPM Raceway was opening their sixth location in Stamford, I knew we had to check it out! Located on West Avenue, Connecticut’s first location of RPM Raceway is filled with so much more than go-karts. It has a bowling alley, arcade, a full-service restaurant, virtual reality simulators, and more.  

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