Weekday Picks for LI Kids: May Flowers, Family Exploration, May 9-13

Flowers are in bloom and families can lear how to make a beautiful arrangement during a free class at Little Bay Montessori School. Kids can also make a flower collage at LICM, learn how to garden at Rock Hall and take in the beauty of Hofstra's campus and art collection during Family Exploration. And if you haven't had a chance to check out Cradle of Aviation's Arcade Age, it's been extended until September.

And this is just a sampling of what's going on this week, so be sure to check out our Long Island events calendar and our Spring Fun Guide. You can also get the best events of the week sent directly to your inbox each week if you sign up for our newsletter.

10 Things To Do at the Brooklyn Salt Marsh

It's easy to forget that living in New York City doesn’t have to mean severing ties with Mother Nature. After years of exploring outdoor spaces in our urban landscape, we had a blast putting together our top 25 places to thrive outside

On that list is the Brooklyn Salt Marsh, 530 acres of a grasslands ecosystem located within Marine Park. The marsh is home to birds, including egrets, red-winged blackbirds and the impressive marsh hawk, and is such a treasure the Urban Park Rangers have established one of its 10 citywide nature centers there. So on your next visit, stop by the nature center and let a friendly ranger educate your children on the powerful role the marsh plays in the local environment.

In the meantime, here are 10 great things we discovered during our recent visit.

Weekday Picks: Yoga, Pirates, and Shabbat, May 9-13

If the forecasts are to be believed, it looks like the sun will return to our fair state of Connecticut for most of this week so that we can get on with the business of celebrating spring! This week promises all kinds of fun from a free yoga class to an outing at the zoo to an opportunity to share stories and waffles with your favorite kiddos.

To make sure you don't miss out on any fun across the state, check our frequently updated Event Calendar and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Boston Fitness Centers With Rock Climbing for Kids

We recently wrote about Massachusetts spots that focus exclusively on indoor rock-climbing, but in doing so we left out many fitness centers that offer rock walls among other physical activities. So, if parents want rock-climbing for their kids as an option along with, say, swimming in the same building, here are some good places to consider.  

Dumbo Boulders: Climbing Brooklyn's Giant New Wall with Kids

When we heard a 12-foot high outdoor climbing wall had landed on the waterfront in Brooklyn Bridge Park, my tree-climbing, monkey-bar-swinging son had to give it a try. As longtime Brooklynites, we’ve been taking advantage of the ever-expanding Brooklyn Bridge Park and great Dumbo eats for years. The addition of Dumbo Boulders offers yet another great reason to visit the neighborhood.

Summer Fairs, Festivals, and Carnivals in the New Haven Area

Those "lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer" are just about here, and some of the most memorable moments are spent at festivals where the air is filled with laughter, the aroma of cotton candy, and the twinkling lights of carnival games.

Summer always seems to go by way too fast, so be sure to fill yours with adventure and fun before the chilly days descend upon us once more. Many towns across the New Haven area will bring your weekends to life with live music, exciting entertainment, traditional cuisine, thrilling rides, and plenty of fried dough.

Want more? We've got roundups of festivals and fairs in Eastern CT and Hartford County, too, as well as free concert series in Fairfield County.

Mother's Day Weekend Things To Do with LA Kids: Bird Day, Free Comic Books, and Brunch, May 7 - 8

Here's what Momma wants for Mother's Day: comic books, cakes, and frappuccinos. All the rest is just icing on the aforementioned cake. Sure, there are other things that will be greatly appreciated. Ice show with world champions? Don't mind if I do! A few hours in the dark with classic black-and-white comedians? Count me in, Ollie! And yes, I would be delighted to accompany you to brunch. Is there bacon at said brunch? More's the better.

Of course, every mom is different. One size does not fit all, which is why frappuccinos come in grande, venti, and that other size. Did I mention I'm a mom? I totally deserve this.

There are some other things going on ths weekend: the makeover reveal of Los Cerritos Center (with makeovers for moms), a breakfast with gibbons (see how well they treat their mamas), celebrations of books and literacy at CAAM and in Grand Park (make your mama proud; read a book!), and a bunch of clever craft activities that can double as gifts for Mom (aw, isn't that thoughtful!). There are even freebies for Mom, because, really, where would you be without her?  

Call your mom; send her some flowers, and keep reading for some of our most maternal picks for this weekend.

Mother's Day Weekend Fun: Festivals, Chalk Art, and History, May 7-8

Carnival games, thrilling roller-coaster rides, adorable aquatic creatures, and historical treasures are on tap this weekend, and many attractions around the state, including Lake Compounce and Mystic Aquarium, are honoring moms by offering them complimentary day passes with the purchase of a child's ticket. See more listings below for other options; plus, we've rounded up top Mother’s Day events in the Hartford and Fairfield areas. Whether you want to celebrate Brazilian culture at Samba Fest in Hartford, or take the entire family - including the pooch - to Paws in the Park in Windsor, there's plenty to do this weekend. 

For other areas, be sure to browse our Event Calendar, which features a wide array of suggestions. To keep up with everything going on in Connecticut, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Mother's Day, Baby Animals, May 7-8

Celebrate all things mom this weekend with sciency stuff at The Maritime Explorium, canvas painting at Key to My Art or free admission to Celebrate Family at the Heckscher Museum of Art. Families can also cuddle up with mom and some furry friends at Baby Animal Day at the Suffolk County Farm and Education Center.

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