Tweens & Teens

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Remembering Harvey, Theater District Open House, Aug. 25-26

It's simultaneously hard to believe that it's been almost an entire year since Hurricane Harvey ripped across the Gulf Coast and left a wake of destruction in its path and also that it's only been a year since we began to recover and rebuild. As we near the one year anniversary, Houston is finding ways to celebrate the immense recovery efforts that have been in place since then, with events like the Harvey Healing Days: Resiliency Celebration at Discovery Green and The Harvey Experience at Constellation Field happening on Saturday in remembrance of that fateful week. 

To everyone who is still navigating through the recovery process, our hearts are with you. To everyone who has helped and continues to help, we want to give you an enormous thank you for your efforts. 

If you're looking for interesting activities to do with the kids throughout the week and on the weekend, you'll definitely want to utilize our event calendar and August GoList to aid in the planning process. To stay up to speed with all the informative and entertaining content we post here on Mommy Poppins, sign up for our weekly newsletter and we'll deliver it all to your inbox in one handy little email.

Are you in the process of planning or promoting an event in or around Houston? We would love to feature it on our calendar! Just submit your event for our review so we can share it with all of our awesome readers. 

Now let's check out what's happening around town this weekend.

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Hot Air Balloons, Fall Fairs, and Fireworks August 25 - 26

The signs are there if you look for them. The nights are definitely getting cooler...and beginning earlier. The frenzied last-minute school supply mall run. Yes fall is coming and that means fairs celebrating the annual harvest season are taking place around the state. Just this weekend there are agricultural fairs in Brooklyn, Terryville, and Chester, If ox-pulls, carnival midways, and fried fair food aren't your thing, check out the Plainville Hot Air Balloon Festival, or the building of an authentic native wigwam. For those who prefer indoor activities, head to New Haven to send summer out with a roar, or drop the kids at the Westport Country Playhouse while you enjoy a stress-free lunch and show.

For the latest and best family-friendly goings on around the state, keep checking our frequently updated events calendar and follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram. Have a great weekend!

25 Things to Do With Kids in Brooklyn Heights

Affectionately known as America's First Suburb, Brooklyn Heights is a historic nabe with lots of kid-friendly things to do, see, and eat. The classic architecture and warm neighborhood vibe attract young families to the area, and the beautiful waterfront parks—notably the Promenade and Brooklyn Bridge Park—make Brooklyn Heights well worth a visit. 

While so many parts of Brooklyn seem to be rapidly modernizing and changing, Brooklyn Heights has managed to maintain much of its original historic charm. The Brooklyn Heights Historic District is one of the first designated historic districts in the city and includes homes that have been around since the 1820s. Here are the best places to eat, shop, play, and learn with kids in Brooklyn Heights.

Best Bike Riding Paths for NYC Families

When our family moved back to NYC from Boston last summer, we sadly left our bicycles behind and removed the bike rack from the car, believing that we had to trade in our bike wheels for scooters (which at least are compact, foldable, and easy to store in our apartment). Even though we have embraced rollerblading, skateboarding, rip sticking, and scooting like every NYC family, there is still nothing like a good old fashioned bike ride.

Imagine my delight when I rediscovered bike paths for NYC families—many of which can be used not only on bikes but on scooters, rollerblades, and skateboards, too. This summer as part of our August staycation, I planned a week of excursions exploring NYC bike paths with my growing family of five.

Free Times to Visit NYC Museums, Gardens, and the Zoos

Many of New York City's top museums, zoos, gardens, and cultural institutions offer FREE or reduced admission on certain nights, days, or hours at least once a month—a city perk that no busy, cash-strapped parent should miss out on! Plus, many of the "grown-up" museums let kids in for free year-round.

It can be hard to keep track of when and where these freebies are available, so we've compiled an exhaustive list of reduced or FREE admission days at all of your favorite NYC cultural spots from the Bronx Zoo to the Brooklyn Children's Museum.

As always, you can check our Events Calendar for more budget-friendly kid activities every day or peruse our Free in NYC Guide. Try our Museum Guide or Zoos and Gardens Guide for more on the latest kid-friendly art and exhibitions in NYC. Also, don't forget to put your library card to work for free admission anytime at many of these same places!

Stargazing in NJ: Best Views, Observatories, Astronomy Clubs

If you have a little Galileo on your hands, you're in luck: New Jersey is home to a myriad of majestic outdoor stargazing locations, as well as many public observatories and astronomy clubs for the truly dedicated. With the proper equipment, information, and planning, your family can get an up-close look at planets, star clusters, and the moon. 

Continue your celestial exploration at area planetariums, including those at Liberty Science Center and the Newark Museum

Happy stargazing, NJ!

Reading Terminal Market with Kids: 4 Ways to Enjoy this Busy Indoor Market

Located in the heart of Philadelphia, next to the Convention Center, Chinatown, and Independence Mall, Reading Terminal Market is a bustling indoor market, full of great vendors and delicious food, and a must-see for city goers. From fantastic pastries to famous sandwiches, beautiful bouquets of flowers and pantry stock-up items, the market should be on Philly families’ bucket list (it’s on ours!). Add to that its close proximity to Suburban Station with its access via Regional Rail, and Reading Terminal Market becomes even more enticing.

Read on to make the most of your visit to Reading Terminal Market with four ideas to have fun in this busy city spot.

10 Swimming Lakes You Should Know Near Los Angeles

With our new normal somewhere between hot and hotter, SoCal families are eagerly looking for ways to cool off. Did you know that there are some wonderful lakes within spitting distance of sizzling Los Angeles? And if you're willing to drive a little farther, lake options get even more plentiful. Whether you want to take a dip in a secluded swim hole, or join the masses at a lavish lake resort, here are some of the best spots to take a swim before the entire family melts.

Candytopia Arrives in NYC for Hungry Fans: Is It Worth a Visit?

There’s always something exciting and exclusive going on in NYC – something a little more special than another trip to the playground. Whether it be an outdoor concert, a Broadway show, or a special pop-up museum event, there’s an endless supply of something "new."

Candytopia, made famous during its run in Los Angeles, has made its way to New York City. Tucked inside Penn Plaza, over a dozen rooms are lined up for your candy-filled enjoyment. The tasty extravaganza opened on August 15 and runs through November 15. Read on for details of my family’s Candytopia NYC visit.

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