Preschoolers

Splash, Sprinkler, and Spray Parks in Fairfield County

If your kids are anything like mine, summertime is all about sunshine and splashpads. Seriously, where were these things when we were kids? We had the plastic kiddie pools and a fudgesicle or a trip to the beach and a sandy car ride home. Well, let's do ourselves a favor and skip the sand, slap on some sunscreen, and head to a sprinkler park for the day. Here's our roundup for splash pads in Fairfield County. And be sure check out our comprehensive guide to CT Beaches and Water Fun Guide for more ways to stay cool this summer. 

10 Stroller-friendly Hiking Trails for LA Parents To Hike with Toddlers

If a stroll to the neighborhood park is not enough to stretch your limbs, pack that stroller and head for a trail—preferably one that accommodates said stroller. Backpacking moms can enjoy our suggestions for traditional kid-friendly hikes; back-aching moms should read on to see ten suggestions for LA hikes with room for strollers to stride. We're sure there's one to please! (And for more suggestions, check out our family hiking guide!)

22 Best Water Playgrounds and Sprinklers for Kids in NYC

When we were growing up, New York City playgrounds had sprinklers. Now parks and playgrounds across the five boroughs possess "water features"—fountains, geysers, rivers, pumps, and beautiful spraying statues. Kids just love them, and we parents prefer these newfangled playgrounds because they're pretty and cool, and make us feel as if our exorbitant NYC housing costs are justified.

As the city's sprinkler season gets into gear, it's good to know where to find the wildest and wettest playgrounds around. There are hundreds of water features in NYC parks, and we've highlighted some favorites by borough: the best in Brooklyn, best of Queens, and best of the Bronx. Some are cooler (literally and figuratively) than others, and more amazing ones seem to open every year. When we first published this article in 2008, we had five favorite splashing spots. Now we're up to 22 fancy playgrounds where kids can get wet in NYC. See if your favorites made our list.

16 Super Sprinkler Parks on Long Island

When the temperature rises, there’s nothing like jumping through a sprinkler to cool off. Long Island sprinkler parks are great places to take kids because unlike pools and beaches, sprinkler parks have low water depth and often a rubber-like surface. Just add sunscreen and let the adventures begin.

We’ve put together a list of super sprinkler parks that are open to everyone. We've even included a few parks open to residents only. Proof of residency and/or a membership pass can be required at those facilities. Fees vary, so check the websites or call before going.

For more aquatic fun, take a look at our guide to Long Island amusement parks and water parks. For other 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

Lights, Camera, Action! 8 Family-Friendly Shows Coming to Philly This Summer

Philadelphia is a city with lots of activities for kids with all kinds of interests. When it comes to entertainment, New York City is widely known for Broadway and its live entertainment scene, but you don't have to go to the Big Apple to catch a great show.

Whether your children are interested in getting on the big stage or in front of it, the city has a wonderful creative arts scene with something for just about every age group. In fact, Philadelphia has a summer full of must-see shows and performances that make for wonderful family outings. Check out these 8 live shows hitting Philly stages this summer that you and the family won’t want to miss.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Houston Greek Fest, Pasadena Strawberry Festival, May 19-20

It is officially time to be outside! While other areas of the country may think of our May weather as hot, Houstonians know the temperatures are only going to continue to climb, so getting outdoors NOW is an absolute must. 

Luckily, we have a ton of resources to help you plan your next outdoor adventure, from awesome Texas lakes to visit, to numerous bike trails fit for the whole family and hiking trails to explore. Looking for something a little more low-key? Then head to one of the many Houston-area breweries that boast awesome patios and play areas for the kids. 

You also definitely want to check out our event calendar, which is filled with daily activities happening all around town. Planning ahead for the month? Our May GoList features some of the most interesting events in and around Houston for the month of May. And don't forget to sign up for our weekly newsletter to ensure you stay up to speed with everything happening at Mommy Poppins throughout the week. 

One last reminder: we want to feature YOUR event, and we work tirelessly to stay on top of everything that's going on in the area. However, if you notice your event hasn't made it onto our calendar yet, we invite you to submit your event to our calendar so we can make sure you get a little extra coverage! 

Without any further delay, let's take a peek at all the fun activities and events this weekend has to offer. 

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Penguins, Fishing, and Magic

By now hopefully you have recovered from the Tuesday storm that knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of homes, mostly in western areas of the state. This is being written on Wednesday using coffee shop WiFi so some of us weren't quite so lucky. But we have the weekend to look forward to, and dozens of fun activities are on tap for Connecticut families, including a special community day at Litchfield's historically inspired green space, a chance to have pancakes with penguins, and a kids fishing derby on Great Hollow Lake. For a more indoor experience, take in a magic show, or just enjoy a (free!) trip to the local bowling alley.

For other ideas, be sure to browse our Event Calendar, which we continue to update throughout the weekend. To keep up with everything going on in Connecticut, follow us on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. 

Pasadena Strawberry Festival: 9 Kid-Friendly Activities Not to Miss

I can hardly remember a month of May from my childhood without a trip to the Pasadena Strawberry Festival. Growing up in southeast Houston, one of the sure signs that summer was near was the yearly festival featuring tons of carnival rides, games, and live music. The festival features every strawberry-themed food and drink imaginable, including the world's largest strawberry shortcake! As an adult, I've found that it's just as fun as it was as a kid to kick off summer with a trip to one of the area's most revered family festivals.

Because the entry fee is FREE for kids under age 5, the festival is a great opportunity to celebrate the start of summer as a family. Community volunteers work to make the festival bigger and better each and every year, and have added even more fun activities for the entire family to enjoy in 2018. Take a look at some of the festival's kid-friendly activities not to miss at this year's celebration. 

10 One Mile or Less Hikes to Take with Your Preschooler in Connecticut

While Connecticut has hundreds of hiking trails crisscrossing the state, the trails aren’t always suitable for little legs and little feet. So your preschooler may not be ready for Sleeping Giant’s blue trail or Southford Fall’s tower trail however, they will just love exploring the outdoors on these 10 kid-friendly hikes we’ve uncovered. Here are some 1-mile-or-less hikes that are just enough for the youngest of hikers - teaching the invaluable lesson that it is the journey, not the destination. And maybe they’ll catch a frog or two.

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