Preschoolers

11 Spring Fairs & Festivals in Central Connecticut

April showers bring May flowers, and along with all the colorful blossoms come an array of springtime celebrations. The Hartford and New Haven areas are bursting with exciting outdoor family festivals in April, May, and June. These eleven events feature crafts, delicious treats, family-friendly activities, and boundless fun. So head outside with the children and enjoy all that spring in Central Connecticut has to offer.

10 Great LA Restaurants Where Kids Can Play While Parents Eat

Whoever said that dining out with kids is an impossible task probably didn’t know that there are a few spots that make the whole experience a piece of cake. We’re not talking about pizza parlors or hot dog stands (we love those, too), but wonderful restaurants and hip cafes where parents can get delectable food while kids can go a bit wild, whether enjoying a play area, a babbling brook, or old school games. It’s a win for everyone (especially for the parents) at these very family-friendly eateries.

10 Great Places to Hike with Kids Around Boston

I’ve always loved hiking, so I was eager to get back to it not long after having my first baby. Last fall, we joined the Babes in the Woods' weekly guided hikes for baby-wearing caregivers at the Middlesex Fells, one of my favorite local hiking spots. And this spring, I'd love to explore even more local trails. Whether your kids are in a carrier or old enough to hike alongside you, there are plenty of fun and scenic trails throughout the Boston area to enjoy. Here are 10 nearby spots to take in the great outdoors on foot.

Little Dreamers Kingdom Gives Toddlers a Bright Play Space in Queens

With more and more indoor play areas for kids opening in Queens, it can be hard for new spaces to stand out in the crowd. But Little Neck’s Little Dreamers Kingdom is doing just that by exclusively focusing on toddlers and preschoolers. With a smaller space and tot-sized playthings, caregivers can keep an eye on their little ones without hovering. It also offers a variety of fun toddler class offerings and birthday parties.

Read on to find out everything you need to know about the space, including hours and recommended ages.

New Sky Zone in Springfield Lets NJ Kids Grab Some Air

Trampoline parks are all the rage these days, and Union County families are jumping at the chance to try a brand-new option on the Route 22 corridor. Sky Zone Springfield is the newest location in the Sky Zone family, where kids of all ages (and adults) can burn off some serious energy all year round with a variety of fun, indoor attractions. Just don some non-slip grippy Sky Socks, and prepare to defy gravity.

The Little Red Fish Review: A Low-Key, Whimsical Puppet Show

Amid a dimly lit stage, stacks of books float through the air as the imagination of a little boy in search of his missing pet runs wild in The Little Red Fish, a new production from the New York City Children's Theater playing in NYC this April. The theater teamed up with Puppet Kitchen, the same group behind the oversize, colorful puppets in the popular Very Hungry Caterpillar Show, for Little Red Fish. Darting about the stage throughout the 30-minute show, his elusive finned friend elicits gasps from the audience whenever it punctuates the sober set with its burst of vermilion light.

Read on to see why The Little Red Fish is one of our top theater picks for NYC kids this spring.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: RailFest, Japan Festival Houston, April 14-15

Hello, friends! We have quite the weekend in store for you this weekend, with fun events like a combined Bayou Bend and Rienzi Family Day, a chili cook-off at Memorial City, and more filling up our calendar. 

However, if you're planning on heading out of town, we recommend making your way to New Braunfels! We know what you're thinking: New Braunfels and Schlitterbahn are pretty much simulteanous. However, there's so much more to do than visit the famous water park in this hill country town, and we detail it all for you in one of our latest articles: 9 Things to do in New Braunfels Besides Schlitterbahn

Make sure you take a look at our event calendar any time you find yourself in a quandry over what to do, it's always packed with lots of ideas for upcoming activities and events! Looking to plan ahead? Our April GoList hightlights some of the best activities throughout the month so you never miss out on something unique and fun that's happening.

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And now, let's get on to planning this weekend's events; it's going to be a good one!

Spring Break Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Dinosaurs, Theater, and a Tea Party, April 14-15

It's a bit of a funny weekend in Connecticut....many of us have been on spring break this week, and many others will be on spring break next week, but this weekend, at least, we're all in it together. It's a great opportunity to take in a show: The Pied Piper of Hamelin at the magical Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry, The Lightning Thief at the Quick Center, How I Became a Pirate at the Westport Country Playhouse, or Annie at Curtain Call (many of the performances are sold out so make sure you check with the box office).

And if you're looking for something more interactive, do a bit of dinosaur hunting with Discover the Dinosaurs at the CT Convention Center, Dinosaurs in Your Backyard at the Children's Museum, and Dinosaur Discovery Week at the Mystic Aquarium. 

Check our events calendar for even more activities, and we hope you'll follow Mommy Poppins Connecticut on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and Pinterest, and subscribe to our newsletters to stay in the know. Have a wonderful weekend!

10 Best Next-Level Soft Serve Ice Cream Spots in Los Angeles

No matter if you’re 5 or 85, everybody loves ice cream—especially soft-serve. Los Angeles has a new crop of soft-serve shops combining the familiar with some exciting, new flavors and textures, not to mention some very snazzy looks. We decided to take a soft-serve tour of Los Angeles to compare old classics to what's new and trendy. Check out what a long way soft serve has come since we were kids.

If Cute Panda Videos Make Your Day, the Science Center Has Something for You

Few things are more universal than cute panda videos. Even people who can resist the internet's most infectious silly cat videos melt in the face of an insanely cute panda bear rolling around hugging himself in a Facebook share. The California Science Center embraces this inescapable truth with a full-on bear hug. This past weekend the museum's IMAX theater debuted the movie Pandas, a nature documentary for the whole family. Imagine the cutest collection of baby panda clips ever made. Now imagine them in 3D on a screen seven stories tall. It's a level of cute few people can handle, but we all should try.

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