Tweens & Teens

New Sky Zone in Springfield Lets NJ Kids Grab Some Air

Trampoline parks are all the rage these days, and Union County families are jumping at the chance to try a brand-new option on the Route 22 corridor. Sky Zone Springfield is the newest location in the Sky Zone family, where kids of all ages (and adults) can burn off some serious energy all year round with a variety of fun, indoor attractions. Just don some non-slip grippy Sky Socks, and prepare to defy gravity.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: RailFest, Japan Festival Houston, April 14-15

Hello, friends! We have quite the weekend in store for you this weekend, with fun events like a combined Bayou Bend and Rienzi Family Day, a chili cook-off at Memorial City, and more filling up our calendar. 

However, if you're planning on heading out of town, we recommend making your way to New Braunfels! We know what you're thinking: New Braunfels and Schlitterbahn are pretty much simulteanous. However, there's so much more to do than visit the famous water park in this hill country town, and we detail it all for you in one of our latest articles: 9 Things to do in New Braunfels Besides Schlitterbahn

Make sure you take a look at our event calendar any time you find yourself in a quandry over what to do, it's always packed with lots of ideas for upcoming activities and events! Looking to plan ahead? Our April GoList hightlights some of the best activities throughout the month so you never miss out on something unique and fun that's happening.

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And now, let's get on to planning this weekend's events; it's going to be a good one!

Spring Break Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Dinosaurs, Theater, and a Tea Party, April 14-15

It's a bit of a funny weekend in Connecticut....many of us have been on spring break this week, and many others will be on spring break next week, but this weekend, at least, we're all in it together. It's a great opportunity to take in a show: The Pied Piper of Hamelin at the magical Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, The Lightning Thief at the Quick Center, How I Became a Pirate at the Westport Country Playhouse, or Annie at Curtain Call (many of the performances are sold out so make sure you check with the box office).

And if you're looking for something more interactive, do a bit of dinosaur hunting with Discover the Dinosaurs at the CT Convention Center, Dinosaurs in Your Backyard at the Children's Museum, and Dinosaur Discovery Week at the Mystic Aquarium. 

Check our events calendar for even more activities, and we hope you'll follow Mommy Poppins Connecticut on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, and subscribe to our newsletters to stay in the know. Have a wonderful weekend!

The NYC Public School Calendar Is Here for 2018-2019

If you're a parent of a child in public school, you live by the school calendar. Even many local NYC preschools follow the public school schedule. And as the 2017-2018 school year nears its end, the New York City Department of Education has just released the calendar for the 2018-2019 school year.

Keep this list handy as you start making next year's family vacation plans! With the exception of the occasional unplanned snow day or case of the sniffles, these are all of the dates you can count on your kiddos being out of school.

10 Best Next-Level Soft Serve Ice Cream Spots in Los Angeles

No matter if you’re 5 or 85, everybody loves ice cream—especially soft-serve. Los Angeles has a new crop of soft-serve shops combining the familiar with some exciting, new flavors and textures, not to mention some very snazzy looks. We decided to take a soft-serve tour of Los Angeles to compare old classics to what's new and trendy. Check out what a long way soft serve has come since we were kids.

If Cute Panda Videos Make Your Day, the Science Center Has Something for You

Few things are more universal than cute panda videos. Even people who can resist the internet's most infectious silly cat videos melt in the face of an insanely cute panda bear rolling around hugging himself in a Facebook share. The California Science Center embraces this inescapable truth with a full-on bear hug. This past weekend the museum's IMAX theater debuted the movie Pandas, a nature documentary for the whole family. Imagine the cutest collection of baby panda clips ever made. Now imagine them in 3D on a screen seven stories tall. It's a level of cute few people can handle, but we all should try.

Horseback Riding Centers for Kids on Long Island

There are plenty of benefits for kids that take up horseback riding. Imagine your child bonding with one of these magnificent creatures while also improving his or her confidence by working effectively to communicate with the horse. With continued lessons and riding, kids can also learn responsibility, caring for their trusty steed.

We’ve rounded up 10 of the best equestrian centers in Nassau and Suffolk counties open to the public. These offer a variety of services, including pony rides, trail rides, weekly lessons, and even on-site birthday parties. When visiting one of the stables for pony or trail rides, it is important to dress appropriately. Helmets are provided. Boots are preferred, but sneakers are usually acceptable. Call ahead to check on rules and regulations.

For more outdoor activities, check out our guide to Long Island family fun and our seasonal activities guides, including our roundup of spring entertainment options.

(Video) Egg House Opens on LES with Pop-up Playground and Museum

Attention social media mavens and budding Instagram stars, The Egg House, an interactive pop-up with a funky story has just opened on the Lower East Side. Photo-ops abound as you wind your way through the fantastical wonderland that is Ellis the Egg's fictional New York City pad.

It's part playground, part museum, part snackbar—all served with a healthy side of one of our favorite proteins...eggs.

Best Destination Sandboxes at Local Parks for NYC Kids

There's no denying it—kids love diving into a sandbox, running their shovels and hands through the grains of sand, dumping a full bucket over and generally getting their hands dirty.

Though NYC parents might get grossed out at the thought of what could be lurking in our uncovered, urban sandboxes, it's hard to forbid preschoolers one of their most beloved sensory experiences. So pull up a bench (and your cup of coffee; you'll be here a while!), and check out these eight toddler-tested, mom-approved NYC sandboxes. We've done our best to find the cleanest ones across the city. Besides, you can always wash their hands in the nearby sprinklers or park bathrooms when you're finally able to get them out.

And hey, you don't have to hoof it out to the local beach to reach this sand, which just means more time for other NYC kid activities. Find more destination playgrounds in our NYC Parks & Playgrounds Guide.

10 Great Day Trips for Philly Families

When a day without a music lesson, soccer game, dance class, or scout meeting presents itself, Philly parents must be ready with ways to keep the kids entertained. Thankfully, the Delaware Valley offers an abundance of day trip options for Philly families. From amusement parks to educational museums to outdoor gardens, there is something for everyone. We have rounded up some of our very favorite day trip destinations. Read through our list to find some ideas for your next day trip, and don't forget to share this post with a friend who might need inspiration of their own.

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