Preschoolers

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Children's Art Fest, Strawberry Fest & Greek Fest, May 20-21

The end of the school year is near and with this weather, it surely feels like summer is right around the corner. This weekend enjoy many of the festivals going on around Houston. Participate with your kids in the many art-making workshops at the Children's Art Festival at Bayou Bend, snap a photo of the world largest strawberry shortcake at the famous Strawberry Festival in Pasadena or enjoy some yummy food and fun music at the Greek Fest in West Houston

Did you know that Mommy Poppins is teaming up with Brain Quest and Chick-fil-A for a summer kickoff party on June 3? Get your tickets now to secure a copy of the brand new Summer Brain Quest book and tons of goodies courtesy of Chick-fil-A! 

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Let's check out what's going on this weekend: 

Weekend Fun: Firetrucks, Fairies, Family Gardening...and Asparagus

After a week of days with temperatures near 90 degrees, the weekend should bring with it cooler weather and lots of sun. In other words, perfect weather to spend a day on the water in Willimantic, or on the farm in Stamford. Or how about the 10th annual Asparagus Festival happening this weekend in Connecticut? Those in the New Haven area can head out to Bethany for a day-long celebration of all things local. Be sure to check with the venues directly for any outdoor activities in the event of weather-related schedule changes.

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Yankee Stadium Opens Kids Playground for All Ticket Holders

Yankee Stadium has a new way of keeping little ones entertained during those notoriously long baseball games: a playground. Say hello to the Sunrun Kids Clubhouse. You’ll find it in the 300 level on the right field side, its entrance beneath a subtle, circular sign. Any ticketed fan can enter, but security appeared solid when we visited—there’s no entering without a child.

Most of its features skew toward kids ages 5 and under, with small slides and climbing features scattered around a baseball diamond-shaped clearing with soft, artificial flooring. For little ones, there’s space to run in the 2,850-square-foot playground space.

The stadium also made an addition for new moms. There's now "a private space for nursing mothers," with "seats and outlets for electric pumps" in the Sunrun Kids Clubhouse. Smart idea to put this next to the play area in case a nursing mom is also watching an older kid or kids.

Meet the Animals: 6 Great Animal Farms and Petting Zoos near Philly

This spring and summer, there's so much to do to get outside: festivals, parks, spray groundsamusement parks, and more. But your little animal lover might be craving some one-on-one time with some cute and cuddlies, and there's no better time to visit the local petting zoo or animal farm than summer. Luckily, there's a handful of great places in the area for just that.

15 Great LA Parks for Birthday Parties Kids Will Rave About

Lucky for us, hosting mostly free kids’ birthday parties at the many glorious parks around Los Angeles is available year round; and with our famous weather, it’s a pretty safe perk to gamble on. From rustic to scenic to built-in activities, the city’s bounty is near limitless. And the best part: no sticky floor and dirty fingerprints to scour afterward. Be sure to check whether there are additional fees around parking or other rules; LA City parks, for example, require a permit fee for bounce houses (we have an entire post just on parks that allow bounce houses). Read on for some of our favorite party parks, with ideas for themes at each one. And check out these other parks with barbecue grills and parks with gated playgrounds, too.

Kid Friendly Music Festivals in Connecticut

Navigating festivals with kids--much like doing anything at all with kids--is a completely different experience than just slathering on the sunscreen, finding a floppy hat, and heading out the door with friends. Most festivals these days are sympathetic to the idea that parents still want to rock out, too. Here is a roundup of some of Connecticut's music festivals and how to (or whether to) approach them with kids in tow.

This Program Meets Kids at Eye Level to Help Learning Take Off

We love the philosophy behind Eye Level: that successful learning happens at the eye level of the child. The example of an elementary school teacher who kneels down in front of paintings at a gallery the day before bringing his students to an exhibit, to make sure he sees the work the way they will, is the type of engaged teaching we all want for our children. Maybe that's why more than two and a half million children have participated in Eye Level's individualized supplemental math and English program across the globe. With fifteen locations in New York and 216 locations nationwide, more local families are discovering the confidence and self-directed learning habits that Eye Level programs can provide.

Summer Fun: Free & Cheap Movies for Houston Families

Pool days, water parks and splash pads may be the name of the game when it comes to summer - especially in Houston where any day below 90 degrees is considered cool - but sometimes you need something a little more low-key to entertain the kids. You know - an activity that involves less sunscreen, towels, wet swimsuits and sunburns and more air conditioning and sitting (relatively) still. The solution? You take the kids to see a movie. The problem? Going to the movies can get pretty pricey, especially when you have multiple kids in tow who all want popcorn and candy. But fear not, there are plenty of free and low-cost movie screenings around Houston this summer, both indoor and outdoor. Read on for lots of free flicks you can enjoy under the stars (just grab a blanket or lawn chairs) and cheap movies at the theater (think $1 or less) you can hit up during the day.

Weekday Picks for Connecticut Kids: Art, Insects, & Storytime at the Beach, May 15-19

It looks as if the week ahead will be warmer, sunnier, and much more spring-like! It's a fantastic time to get outside to enjoy storytime at the beach, trails and tales, and even some icky, sticky, slimy animals. There's plenty of indoor fun too, including a reading with Connecticut's own Sarah Darer Littman (my tween girl cannot get enough of Littman's latest updated fairy tale series) and an open art clinic

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! 

22 Great Mini-Golf Courses On Long Island

Miniature golf is one of those ideal outings the entire family can enjoy.  On Long Island, our picturesque mini-golf destinations alone make the trip worthwhile.

Some miniature golf venues on the Island are part of larger amusement parks, which offer water slides and other kid-friendly fun. Others are situated in county or state parks. Whatever the location, these courses offer a wonderful day (or night) of fun at minimal cost.  

If your family is ready to graduate to more advanced greens time, check out these par-3 golf courses on Long Island, where kids can learn the game. For more seasonal fun, be sure to check out our Spring Guide.

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