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.

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. 

Fun Philly Area Summer Camps for Preschoolers

For working parents of preschoolers, finding a summer camp can be particularly difficult because most places only accept campers who are age 4 or above. Whether you have to work over the summer, or you just want to send your toddler for some fun, we've got lots of great summer camps for you. Here's a list of places that have special camps for children ages 3 and sometimes under. Have older kids, too? Check out our Summer Camp Guide and posts about camps for art, STEM, and sports, too.

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.

Toddler and Preschool Birthday Party Venues on Long Island

Toddler birthday parties are exciting. But for parents it can be stressful planning that perfect party.

Finding a location is a challenge. But good news: Whether you're looking for an engaging indoor play space, an outdoor environment, or even a home party with entertainment, there are plenty of toddler-friendly options across Long Island that we have compiled for you here. And check out our Long Island Party Guide for more on planning the perfect party for a child of any age.

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!

The Best Events for New Jersey Preschoolers in Spring 2017

Despite the cool temperatures, believe it or not, spring has truly sprung! If you've got little ones who are itching to get out and enjoy the season, you're in luck: we've got a list of some of the best things to do with the under-5 set this spring. When the sun makes an appearance, get outside with your kiddo for a nature walk, Earth Day celebration, and Fairy and Pirate Festival. April showers are the perfect excuse to head inside for preschool-friendly performances of Peppa Pig’s Big SplashSesame Street LiveCinderella, and The Lion King Jr. If you're up for a day trip, the season openings of Sesame Place and The Land of Make Believe are worth the travel time.

Read on for our top spring event picks for NJ kids under 5. And be sure to check out our Spring Fun Guide to find even more great things to do.

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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