Spring Festivals for NJ Kids and Families

It's time to kiss winter goodbye and spring into outdoor festival and fair season. With seasonal temperatures on the rise, spend a glorious day with the family enjoying the great outdoors at some of New Jersey's lively and family-friendly fiestas. Whether you choose to hop on carnival rides, peruse the streets of your favorite downtown, dance to live music, sample delicious eats, or do all of the above, there's something for everyone at these New Jersey spring festivals.

For more spring action, check out Mommy Poppins' Spring Fun Guide for New Jersey Kids.

Anza-Borrego Desert: Discovering California's Largest State Park

Nestled in the southeast corner of the state, California’s largest state park, the Anza-Borrego Desert, is just a three hour drive from Los Angeles, and in spring it shimmers with vibrant hues of green, purple, red, blue, and yellow. From slot canyons to scenic streams and rocky hills, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park’s 600,000 acres have burst forth from the drought with a dramatic, weekend-getaway-worthy superbloom that everyone is talking about.

Swim Lessons and Camps for Houston Kids

When you think of summer in Houston, what's the first word that comes to mind? My guess: "HOT." No one can deny that the Bayou City is known for its scorching summer weather, and that summer lasts for basically 3/4 of the year. As a result, we end up spending a lot of time in the water, whether it's at the pool, a splash pad, a local waterpark or the ocean. All this time in and around water means knowing how to swim and executing proper water safety are of the utmost importance, especially for our kids.

In fact, just recently we had a debate with our 3-year-old about if he knew how to swim without floaties or not (he doesn't, though he believes he does because his best friend knows how to swim... toddler logic at its finest), which was a nice little reminder that it was time to enroll him in swim lessons for the summer. With that in mind, we've found plenty of places that offer year-round swim lessons so your kids are comfortable and confident in the water. Looking for a little something extra? We also rounded up places that offer lessons and camps for competitive swimmers and those interested in pursuing specialty water sports. 

9 NYC Batting Cages That Hit it Outta the Park

For my family, no season is as sacred as spring since it means the start of Little League and hours spent at our local ball fields. Of course, leading up to the season shift my son, who is serious about baseball, is itching to get some real reps in.

There's only so much that can be tackled within the four walls of a cramped New York City apartment. Luckily, the city has a slew of batting-cage options; some even include private instruction and facilities where players can work on their fielding skills. Check out our roundup and be sure to click through to each spot's website for details on current operating hours and prices.

Find more action in our Kids' Sports Center Guide for NYC Families.

Spring Break Weekday Picks for Connecticut Kids: Trolleys, Pirates, and Egg Hunts, April 10-14

For many of us, this week in Connecticut is spring break, and though we're not all lucky enough to be heading to a tropical destination, we are fortunate to live in a place where there are all kinds of activities available for staycationing families--many of them free! You can relive the 1960s and 1970s in Fairfield County by exploring the "Talking 'Bout My Generation" exhibit at the Fairfield Museum and Nature Center or try your hand at embroidery, weaving, or stenciling during the Connecticut Historical Society's ART-ifact Discovery Program. If the natural world is more your scene, you can explore the Stamford Museum & Nature Center with Take-a-Hike Week or enjoy special activities (including a personal encounter with a bearded dragon!) at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk.  

If you're celebrating Easter, don't miss the egg hunts at the New Canaan Nature Center (preregistration required!) or the Darien Community Association (just drop in!). And if all the holiday prep is wearing you out, enjoy a a little downtime with vacation film series at the Cos Cob Library, the Darien Library, and the Stafford Library among others. For that all too rare "me time," drop off activities abound at locations such as the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center or The Coastal Center at Milford Point.

For even more activities, check our Event Calendar which we update daily and follow Mommy Poppins CT on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest. Have a great week! 

LEGOLAND's New Florida Beach Retreat Resort: Luxury among LEGOS

New accommodations open this weekend at LEGOLAND's Florida Resort. We had a first look at the LEGOLAND Beach Retreat, and not only can we attest that this new, village-style vacation resort in Central Florida lives up to its promise of fun in the sun; we can even explain how LEGOLAND has created a "beach resort" miles from the sea.

A Visit to Arethusa Farm with the Kids

Sometimes you just need to get out of the house and spend some time with cows. So we hit the road and headed to Litchfield County and Arethusa Farm. The historic Connecticut dairy farm is open for tours from the end of March through October. I admit it: we can't get enough of farm visits. From checking out the baby animals and berry picking to corn mazes and Christmas tree farms, it feels great to enjoy fresh country air.

25 Spring Egg Hunts and Bunny Meet-ups for Easter Week in Los Angeles

Some of us have lovely gardens and the inclination to creatively hide eggs in them early on a Sunday morning. Others have an inclination to sleep late and find eggs hidden in someone else's garden. We find no shame in that and are more than happy to help guide you to lots of places where Peter Cottontail has evidently just been moments before. Most of the egg hunts below take place Easter weekend; keep an eye on our Event Calendar for last minute additions, and check out these 10 egg hunts in Orange County for even more egg ops!

Free and Cheap Summer Camps Around Houston

It's hard to believe it, but it is already time to start making summer plans for your little ones, and one thing every kid looks forward to in the summer is going to camp! Summer camp is a chance for kids to have fun while learning new skills and making memories with new friends. From overnight campsoutdoor campsscience campsdance camps, arts camps, and music and theater camps, Houston has so many different types of summer camps, including the following camps that won't break the budget. To find a summer camp that your little one and your wallet will love, check out this list of inexpensive or cheaper camps that we've rounded up, all of which cost around $100 - $150. Also, keep in mind that many camps offer early bird (get on it now!), multi-week, and sibling discounts, as well as discounts for members, and some even offer scholarships. And for more summer and vacation camp ideas, check out our comprehensive camp guide.

25 Things to Do with Westchester Kids on Spring Break

Staying in town for spring break? You can have a family staycation without leaving the state! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite things to do in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley during the week off from school—many of which are FREE!
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