Preschoolers

As Seen On TV: Houston's Famous Kid-Friendly Restaurants

Houston is well-known for it's restaurant scene. The city even devotes an entire month each year to showcasing local restaurants for Houston Restaurant Weeks. It's no surprise that several Houston-area restaurants have been featured on television shows like Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, Eat Street, and Unique Eats. If eating at amazing restaurants is on your family's to-do list, you'll definitely want to check out these Houston-area restaurants that have been featured on national television outlets like the Travel Channel, Food Network, and Cooking Channel. Many of these restaurants offer kid-friendly food options, and some even feature outdoor spaces that are great for letting kids run around and burn off steam. 

Best Hudson River Park Playgrounds and Piers for Families

Running 5 miles down Manhattan's west side, the beloved Hudson River Park is the longest waterfront park in the United States (who knew?), packed north to south with parks, playgrounds, and splash pads, and family-friendly activities from bicycling from kayaking. Each pier is unique and worth exploring, and most attractions and activities are open year-round. So, hop on a bike or a scooter and travel along the bike paths to the following piers, our picks for the best of the Hudson River Park for families.

Hall of Fishes Reopens at LI's Vanderbilt Museum

The Vanderbilt Museum, a marine and natural history museum in Centerport, recently reopened its Hall of Fishes, a spectacle of restored flamingos, shore bird dioramas, and an undersea painting.

Add this museum to your summer bucket list and to your list of top educational destinations in Suffolk County. Check off more with our 50 FREE things to do with Long Island kids. Of course, our Summer Fun Guide, is a comprehensive guide to all things warm weather and family-friendly.

Make an Arts Splash this Summer with the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Every summer, the Philadelphia Museum of Art becomes one of the city’s can’t miss destinations for children. The museum offers an impressive array of family friendly programming year-round, but the annual Arts Splash program kicks things up several notches. Outside, the heat and humidity may continue to rise, but inside the museum, Arts Splash offers all kinds of cool—a reprieve from the scorching sun, new ways for kids to engage with modern art while, and amazing opportunities for folks of all ages to make their own art.

Recently, Mommy Poppins was invited to check out Art Splash. Read on to learn what we thought about the space, as well as how families can make the most of their time at the exhibit.

Angels Flight: An Only-in-LA Moment To Share with Kids (Sometimes)

Angels Flight is one of the more whimsical novelties of downtown Los Angeles. It's objectively adorable, ubiquitously beloved, and for the life of me I can't quite express why. It’s also a fun addition to a Downtown trip with kids. For a two-dollar round-trip, it is a goofy little local history lesson—and a chance to see and even ride on the world's shortest railway. 

New Spray Park Splashes Into Elwood in Suffolk County

Get soaked and stoked at Long Island's newest water park, the Sgt. Paul Tuozzolo Memorial Spray Park. A first in the Town of Huntington, this water play area is small in size, but pours out big fun. 

Check out more super sprinkler parks on Long Island here.

To splash into other watery fun, take a peek at our guide to Long Island amusement parks and water parks. For even more kid-friendly activities, check out our Summer Fun Guide and our recommendations for the best beach playgrounds as well as other top playgrounds and parks on LI

10 Connecticut Restaurants Where Kids Can Play While You Eat (And Relax)

We've all been there. You've only been seated for three and a half minutes in your booth (we only go to restaurants with our children that have booths) and you're already playing referee between who gets the blue crayon and who gets the yellow. Two minutes later and a cup of ice water is knocked over into your lap. And then there are the tears. And you think quietly to yourself, why did we even leave the house?

Well believe it or not, there are actually some pretty wonderful seafood restaurants, pizza joints and posh cafes where us parents can enjoy delectable food (while it’s still hot) and the kids play (and not just stack up the sugar packets and silverware.) Yup. You’ve heard us. There are places that have thought this whole thing through and have created spaces for children right inside their restaurants be it a movie screen, playground, or selection of lawn games. It’s a win for everyone (especially for the parents.) Here’s our list of 10 family-friendly restaurants in Connecticut where your kids can play while you eat. Bon Appetit. 

10 Al fresco Dining Spots for Families in and Around Boston

When the weather is so nice that you just want to spend every moment outdoors, you might wish you could find a restaurant with the elusive combination of good food, open-air seating, and a kid-friendly atmosphere. We’ve discovered a few places that meet all three of those criteria and will make a meal out with children downright enjoyable. Some of them even made our list of restaurants where kids can play while you relax, the ultimate combination for happy dining as a family.

Why You Might Enjoy a Disney Cruise to Europe As Much As Your Kids

When my husband suggested a Disney cruise as a way to introduce our kids to Europe, I was doubtful. Our girls had yet to take a plane ride, and we were going to tackle the great cities of Rome, Barcelona, Cannes, Genoa, and others with them? Couldn't we just hit a theme park instead? Ultimately, though, I gave in, even as I imagined dragging a reluctant kindergartener through scenic city streets as she begged to watch "DuckTales" instead. 

Slip, Slide, and Splash at Strawberry Water Park in Pasadena

For us, summer is all about seeing how many water activities we can pack in to a three month span. Neighborhood pools and splash pads are always on our to-do list! We also love a good water park trip during the hot summer months, but sometimes the crowds, long lines for rides, and admission costs make trips to Schlitterbahn or Splashtown something that we tend to only do once or twice per year. Luckily, we recently discovered a hidden gem in Pasadena where we can squeeze in some waterslide fun for a fraction of the cost of a day trip to a bigger water park. We can get our slide and lazy river fix in and our littlest guys even have their very own space to splash and play on a kids structure. We've discovered that this park has so much to offer, and is a great way for families to play together and beat the Texas heat.

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