Tweens & Teens

Public or Private School in NYC? It’s Not Just About Money

By Clara Hemphill and Gina Malin

Deciding where to send your child to school can be a stressful and intimidating decision for parents, especially in New York City where the options (and forms) can seem endless. The choice between public or private school causes many a NYC parent to fret, from pre-K to high school, so we wanted to lend our expertise to help readers examine the pros and cons of each.

By the way, it’s not just about money.

Is that the London Eye in Long Beach? Giant Observation Wheel Visits Queen Mary

Well take a look at that! An Observation Wheel—which is another way of saying a really huge Ferris wheel with a great view—is setting up shop in Long Beach next to the Queen Mary, for one month only. No mere amusement park ride (though we like those very much!), the Observation Wheel offers birds-eye views of the picturesque Long Beach sky line, the majestic Queen Mary, and beyond. This thing is so tall you may be able to spot the buffalo grazing on Catalina Island.

Lights, Camera, Action! 8 Family-Friendly Shows Coming to Philly This Summer

Philadelphia is a city with lots of activities for kids with all kinds of interests. When it comes to entertainment, New York City is widely known for Broadway and its live entertainment scene, but you don't have to go to the Big Apple to catch a great show.

Whether your children are interested in getting on the big stage or in front of it, the city has a wonderful creative arts scene with something for just about every age group. In fact, Philadelphia has a summer full of must-see shows and performances that make for wonderful family outings. Check out these 8 live shows hitting Philly stages this summer that you and the family won’t want to miss.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Houston Greek Fest, Pasadena Strawberry Festival, May 19-20

It is officially time to be outside! While other areas of the country may think of our May weather as hot, Houstonians know the temperatures are only going to continue to climb, so getting outdoors NOW is an absolute must. 

Luckily, we have a ton of resources to help you plan your next outdoor adventure, from awesome Texas lakes to visit, to numerous bike trails fit for the whole family and hiking trails to explore. Looking for something a little more low-key? Then head to one of the many Houston-area breweries that boast awesome patios and play areas for the kids. 

You also definitely want to check out our event calendar, which is filled with daily activities happening all around town. Planning ahead for the month? Our May GoList features some of the most interesting events in and around Houston for the month of May. And don't forget to sign up for our weekly newsletter to ensure you stay up to speed with everything happening at Mommy Poppins throughout the week. 

One last reminder: we want to feature YOUR event, and we work tirelessly to stay on top of everything that's going on in the area. However, if you notice your event hasn't made it onto our calendar yet, we invite you to submit your event to our calendar so we can make sure you get a little extra coverage! 

Without any further delay, let's take a peek at all the fun activities and events this weekend has to offer. 

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Penguins, Fishing, and Magic

By now hopefully you have recovered from the Tuesday storm that knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of homes, mostly in western areas of the state. This is being written on Wednesday using coffee shop WiFi so some of us weren't quite so lucky. But we have the weekend to look forward to, and dozens of fun activities are on tap for Connecticut families, including a special community day at Litchfield's historically inspired green space, a chance to have pancakes with penguins, and a kids fishing derby on Great Hollow Lake. For a more indoor experience, take in a magic show, or just enjoy a (free!) trip to the local bowling alley.

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. 

Pasadena Strawberry Festival: 9 Kid-Friendly Activities Not to Miss

I can hardly remember a month of May from my childhood without a trip to the Pasadena Strawberry Festival. Growing up in southeast Houston, one of the sure signs that summer was near was the yearly festival featuring tons of carnival rides, games, and live music. The festival features every strawberry-themed food and drink imaginable, including the world's largest strawberry shortcake! As an adult, I've found that it's just as fun as it was as a kid to kick off summer with a trip to one of the area's most revered family festivals.

Because the entry fee is FREE for kids under age 5, the festival is a great opportunity to celebrate the start of summer as a family. Community volunteers work to make the festival bigger and better each and every year, and have added even more fun activities for the entire family to enjoy in 2018. Take a look at some of the festival's kid-friendly activities not to miss at this year's celebration. 

Visit the Magical, Mystifying World of The Museum of Jurassic Technology

Looking for something to do with the kids that’s outside of the box—and without the usual upsell for overpriced novelties? Then maybe it’s time to give Culver City's Museum of Jurassic Technology a try. Equal parts whimsical and educational, there’s nothing else in Los Angeles quite like this modern day cabinet of curiosities. But be forewarned—the less you know about its secrets, the more fun it is to explore.

Water Parks Where LA and SoCal Kids Can Get Their Water Slide Fix

Nothing is more fun on a too-hot day than some water play—just ask the kids. And if you want to give them a big surprise, take them to a water theme park. There are several water parks in Southern California, with large scale splash parks to please every kid from toddler to teen. Of course, if you're looking for something smaller, closer, or more low-key, you can always check out our list of water play features at city parks; but if you're looking to make a big splash, check out one of the SoCal parks below.

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