Preschoolers

St. Patrick's Day Events for Long Island Kids and Families

Few regions embrace St. Patrick’s Day more than Long Island.

From Manhasset to Montauk, from the first weekend of March till the last, Main Streets across the Island come alive with pipers, parade marchers, traditional food, music, dance and more. Huntington Village itself swells to more three times its natural size when visitors celebrate its annual parade each year on the second Sunday of March. It’s the second-largest St. Patrick’s Day gathering in New York State dwarfed only by New York’s City’s celebration on the feast day itself, March 17.

We here at Mommy Poppins have all you need to get into the spirit of the season, beginning with the Kings Park parade on March 4 and climaxing with Montauk’s on March 26. Most of these events are low cost or FREE, ideal for families, and appropriate for first-generation Irish-Americans or those who are just Irish for a day.

Read on for our favorites from among the 20-plus parades that will take place in Patrick’s honor this month on the Island. Click through for details, including parade routes, dates, times and more. As always see our Long Island Events Calendar for the best in family entertainment all month long.

Parent Review: Children's World Indoor Playground in Canton

When it seems like winter might never end, parents are always looking for ways to burn off cooped-up kids' energy. Luckily, Boston is home to many phenomenal indoor playgrounds and play spaces, so there are a lot of options to choose from. After hearing great things about Children’s World Indoor Playground in Canton, I headed there for open playtime with my 4-year-old son and 10-month-old daughter. Here's the scoop for parents looking for somewhere new to spend a chilly morning or afternoon.

Cooperative Preschools West of Boston

Montessori, Reggio Emilia, language immersion, public, and private—when it comes to choosing a preschool, parents have a lot of options. If you’re interested in a program that allows you to have a high level of participation in your child’s education, a cooperative preschool may be the right choice for you. Also known as a co-op, this type of preschool offers parents opportunities to assist in all aspects of running and managing the school, from serving as a board member to participating on school committees to helping regularly in the classroom. Co-ops abound in Boston; we've rounded up several worth exploring in the preschool-rich Metrowest suburbs, in particular.

Celebrate Dr. Seuss's Birthday With These Upcoming Events

From The Cat in the Hat to The Lorax to Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Seuss has touched the lives of so many through his whimsical rhyming children's books. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries and community centers bring kids and books together to celebrate Read Across America Day on Dr. Seuss's birthday, March 2nd. 

Sponsored by the National Education Association, this nationwide celebration of reading has helped to promote and foster a love of reading for nearly 20 years. Here's a a round up of Read Across America events happening across the state this week and be sure to check out The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss Museum in Springfield, slated to open this June. 

Weekday Picks: Eagle Watching, Day Camp, Nature, February 20-24

With the unusually warm weather this week, make sure to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. You and the kids can attend one of these great family events happening all over the state, from Bald Eagle Viewing to free admission to White Memorial in Litchfield. Check out our frequently updated Event Calendar and monthly Go List for even more great fun. Be sure to check our our Winter Guide too. Follow Mommy Poppins CT on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, and don't forget to cast your vote for your favorite Connecticut businesses in our Bestie Awards Contest.

Kiddie Science Opens in Lefferts Gardens with Classes for Kids

The Brooklyn-based Kiddie Science has had a roaming presence in NYC since 2013, inspiring children wherever it set up shop. But the nonprofit tot science program finally has a permanent home.

It recently opened a STEM classes and camp spot in Prospect Lefferts Gardens in a bright and renovated space that is welcoming to all ages. The location is a work in progress with plans for outdoor gardening in the small backyard and more active experiences such as yoga in the basement.

Very Eric Carle at Discovery Cube OC: A Very Imaginative Exhibit

Get lost in some toddler-sized blades of grass? Check. Make a dance floor change its image with every step? Check. Spin webs, create beautiful butterfly wings, get followed by a firefly? Check, check, check. We checked out the Very Eric Carle: A Very Hungry, Quiet, Lonely, Clumsy, Busy Exhibit at the Discovery Cube Orange County in Santa Ana, and all the romping, climbing, creating, and dancing kids let us know it's a great place to let your little ones' imaginations roam.

A Visit to the New England Air Museum with Kids

Whether they're excited about Amelia Earhart, the Wright brothers, or Buzz Lightyear, if your children have an interest in flying - or you want to spark their love of science and exploration - get ready to board on a family adventure to the New England Air Museum where real-life aircrafts and interactive exhibits make for an educational and thrilling outing in the Hartford area.

Enjoy These Long Island Cafes With Kids' Play Spaces

There are days when all you want to do is kick back and relax with a cup of coffee or tea and maybe even a sweet treat.

But enjoying quality Me Time gets tricky when your duties include making sure little ones are happy, engaged, and safe. Whether you're looking for a great place to spend your next play date — a venue that actually allows you to talk with other parents — or just wouldn't mind checking your email while your child is busy with imaginative play, these Long Island play cafes offer something for everyone.

Check out our Long Island play space guide and Winter Fun List for other great ideas on how to keep your kids occupied. 

12 Great Birthday Party Places for Preschoolers in Manhattan

You won't be long into your parenting journey before you realize your toddler has a more robust social life than do you. Once your kid hits preschool, weekends are no longer your own. Instead, you'll be toting your kid from one party place to another—and maybe classes, too.

I've been at the game for more than a decade and have ushered three kids to countless soirees around New York City. I've seen my fair share of the city's kid-party venues, so I'm rounding up a sampling of the best-of-the-best to recommend for your next party.

Whether your style is exorbitantly fancy or simple and classic, here are a dozen spots in Manhattan perfect for hosting your preschooler's next party.

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