Preschoolers

Thanksgiving Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Nov. 24-25

From all of us on the Mommy Poppins Houston team, we want to wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving! We are so grateful for all of you who support us by reading our content and sharing our articles. Y'all are the best!

For those of you who may have waited until the last minute to plan your Thanksgiving feast and are suddenly looking to outsource it, we have you covered! Just check out our round-up of kid-friendly restaurants open on Thanksgiving for an easy fix to feeding the family this holiday. 

If you're officially ready to start kicking off the Christmas holiday activities, we are your one stop shop for all of the events: 

Looking for even more activities and events? Head over to our Fall Fun and Harvest Guideevent calendarNovember GoList, and a roundup of 20 FREE things to do in November for an exhaustive look at what's happening in Houston. You can also subscribe to our FREE weekly newsletter to have all of the content on Mommy Poppins delivered to your inbox in one or two emails per week. 

Have an event you want to share? We would love for you to submit your own event to our calendar! 

Now let's check out all of the awesome post-Thanksgiving activities Houston has to offer this weekend. 

Thanksgiving Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Turkey Trots, Cocoa with Horses, and More!

Mommy Poppins would like to wish you a very happy Thanksgiving! Hopefully, you will have a chance to enjoy the company of friends and family and have safe and easy travels if you are on the road this holiday weekend. 

Traditionally, this weekend unofficially marks the start of the Holiday Season- and Connecticut does not disappoint. Nutmeggers won't have to look for to find some festive fun. Every inch of this state is covered in  holiday lights, outdoor fun, and a chance to visit with Santa in Greenwich, Bethel, Niantic, and more. As always, you can find our recommendations for kids of all ages in our event calendar, which is updated frequently this busy time of year. Make sure that you subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram so that you won't miss out on any fun. 

Enjoy the holiday weekend! 

Christmas Tree Lightings in New York City This Holiday Season

Good news for the crowd-averse: You don't have to brave the commotion at Rockefeller Center to witness a fabulous Christmas tree lighting in New York City.

We've rounded up some tree lightings that are much less crowded and every bit as lovely, from Brooklyn and Queens to the Bronx and everywhere in between. These community holiday celebrations are festive and (mostly) FREE, and there’s no need to stand on your car to glimpse the goings-on. So grab that cup of hot chocolate and cozy up to one of these holiday illuminations in New York City. Find even more seasonal fun in our Holiday Guide.

Click through to our listings for all the details, including addresses, times, recommended ages, and rain (or snow!) dates. Note: Tree lightings are organized by date.

20 Best Holiday Events in NYC for Toddlers and Preschoolers

New York City's annual transformation into a wonderland of holiday magic never gets old, especially with kids in tow. For younger kids, however, the Christmas crowds can be daunting—and the average toddler or preschooler tends to have limited patience for lines and lots of noise.

But there are still plenty of amazing seasonal spectacles just right for the 2-to-5 year-old set—including holiday lights, Christmas trains, and Santa visits. We've rounded up some stellar events that cater to toddlers and preschoolers, from abridged performances of holiday shows to gingerbread mania, plus interactive events and workshops, there's plenty of holiday wonder to go around.

18 Hanukkah Celebrations for Kids in LA and Orange County

However you spell it—Hanukkah, Hanukka, Hannukah, Chanukah, or Channuka—SoCal is a great place to be for the Festival of Lights. Home to a Jewish population larger than that of Jerusalem, Los Angeles is all about "lighting candles, wearing sandals, by the sea" (at least, that's why Tom Leher spent Hanukkah in Santa Monica). Giant menorahs light up open spaces from The OC to the Valley

Some of this year's events may be affected by our recent fires (most notably the festival at the Shalom Institute, typically one of the LA's biggest). But be assured that there are plenty of celebrations to fill the 8 crazy nights, including the popular event at the Skirball Center, as well as numerous local events and candle lightings to burn the sunset oil all week long.

Things To Do with Train-Loving Kids in New Jersey

If Thomas, Percy, and James are a part of your daily conversations, take advantage of the many train and railroad attractions throughout New Jersey. Each one offers a different experience that will surely put a smile on any train lover's face. From model trains to railroad museums, zoo and amusement park rides to North Pole excursions, the Garden State has it all—even the world's largest model railroad!

Read on for a list of places where you can ride the rails with your little one, check out amazing displays, and more. 

All Aboard! LI Holiday Model Train Exhibits

If watching a miniature train make its way around a tiny Christmas village isn’t on your family’s list of holiday traditions, why not make it one in 2018?

We guarantee children and adults alike will gaze with wide-eyed wonder at the sights and sounds of one of several model train exhibits on Long Island this holiday season. Not to mention the holiday-themed decorations of the towns through which they travel. To get you going, we’ve put together a list of some of the best displays, sure to delight the entire family.

And if all this train watching makes your family eager to climb aboard a real caboose, check out our roundup of Polar Express and other Santa trains near Long Island and NYC.

All aboard!

Best Holiday Train Shows in NYC for Kids: Botanical Garden and Beyond

Trains are a way of life for most New Yorkers, but there's something particularly special about the little engines and cabooses that take center stage during the holiday season. The New York Botanical Garden's Holiday Train show is one of the best things to do with kids in New York City during the Christmas season, with electric model trains whizzing by more than 150 NYC landmarks made out of acorns, twigs, bark, berries, leaves, and other botanical bits and pieces. My family and I make it a point to go every year—it's truly a quintessential New York holiday experience. There's a reason it's on our list of the top 100 things to do with kids in NYC.

But the big NYBG display isn't the only holiday train show in town. Read on for more details on all the Christmas train shows the city has to offer this season (including the Botanical Garden's big spectacle). And for an extra special holiday treat, take the kids on a full-size Christmas train ride with these nearby Polar Express and Santa locomotives.

50 Awesome Santa Activities in Connecticut

Shopping mall Santas have been de rigueur since store owner James Edgar donned a red suit and snowy beard to entertain children in 1890. Today the tradition is alive and well in malls across Connecticut, including Stamford Town Center, Danbury Fair, and Westfarms.

If you're looking to mix it up with a Santa outing that's a little bit different, we have rounded up our 50 favorite Santa activities across the state. Some events are free and require no preregistration, but many of those that do require advanced tickets are VERY popular and can sell out early, so you'll want to buy tickets as soon as possible. In a separate post we've also rounded up where to have a yummy breakfast with Santa. Don't forget to check our Holiday Fun Guide and events calendar often for more holiday happenings!

15+ Trampoline Parks and Bounce House Play Zones Near Philly

Trampoline parks and bounce houses aren't just for kids' birthday parties. The entire family can enjoy an afternoon of fun and exercise at one of the many places to jump and bounce around Southeastern PA. Most of these places offer special areas for young kids and toddlers, while some specialize in activities for kids under 12. You can also find arcade games, laser tag, mini-golf, and other family-friendly indoor fun at a lot of these parks and play zones. Here's a list of some our favorite places to get our jump on!

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