Preschoolers

Kid-friendly Mardi Gras and Carnival Celebrations around LA

In New Orleans, it's Mardi Gras. In Venice, Italy, it's Carnevale. In Austria they call it Fasching, and in England Shrove Tuesday, Pancake Day, or just plain old Fat Tuesday. Whatever the name, it's a party; and with its traditions of masks, music, and bling, this party deserves to be shared with kids. We've collected LA's most family-friendly Mardi Gras celebrations below, and they're all FREE. Let the good times roll!

Take Your Little Devils to NJ Devils Kids Day (Giveaway)

My family goes crazy for sports. We love baseball and Sundays are definitely reserved for rooting on our favorite NFL teams, but our recent  afternoon to see the New Jersey Devils was our first taste of the action-packed family-friendly entertainment of a hockey game. The fun afternoon has me confident we'll be heading back again soon. And you should too. In fact, we're giving away a family four pack to the upcoming NJ Devils Kids Day on March 19th. Read on to hear more about my family's newest sports passion and how you can enter to win. 

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Please Bring Balloons: A Show Full of Magic and Imagination

Kids are transported immediately upon entering the theater for a showing of Please Bring Balloons, a toddler-friendly production by New York City Children’s Theater.

Whimsical animal cutouts hang from the ceiling: a tiger, a horse, a zebra. The floor is covered in turf, evoking the grass of the park you’re entering. Carousel music and bird noises play in the background. Kids are invited to sit on a shared blanket on the floor, essentially putting them onstage and making them part of the play. An affable carousel operator, played by Brandon Schraml, comes around, crouching in front of kids to take their "tickets" to the merry-go-round, asking them questions and generally getting them relaxed.

Aimed at kids ages 2-5, Please Bring Balloons is one of our top picks for children's theater in NYC this winter, and among the best events for preschoolers this season.

Library Storytimes for Babies & Toddlers Inside the Loop

Houston's local libraries are an amazing resource for parents not only because of the huge variety of books (including audio books and e-books for both kids and adults) but also because the libraries offer free classes, events, programs, and clubs for members of all ages. From homework help to book clubs to computer classes to toddler and baby yoga, there are so many opportunities to utilize local libraries.

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Dinosaurs, Dr. Seuss, and Puppetry

Unseasonably mild weather is expected across the state, creating a perfect chance to get back outside for some family fun, like a maple sugaring workshop. For those who prefer their activities indoors, how about a puppet-making workshop or a new interactive dinosaur exhibit? Either way, there's plenty to do with the family in Connecticut this weekend.

We update our Events Calendar frequently so be sure to check back for even more great suggestions. To keep up with the latest family-friendly events and activities, sign up for our newsletters, and follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest. If you haven't had a chance, be sure to vote for your favorite Connecticut businesses with our BESTIE awards—there are some terrific prizes for sharing your input.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Mardi Gras & Crawfish, Feb 25-26

And just like that, February is coming to an end. Close the month this weekend at a parade at the third largest Mardi Gras celebration in Galveston beach or stay local and enjoy other kid-friendly Mardi Gras parties around town, and there are still ways to honor Black History Month with the kids. If you're looking for indoor entertainment, we have a list of indoor play spaces in town and places to go bowling. It's also that time of the year to gear up for the rodeo coming next month! And we've got you covered with our list of things you need to know before heading to the 2017 Houston Livestock and Rodeo

Summer will be here before you know it, so check out our Camp Guide, where you will find everything about camps including Music and Theater Camps, Science Camps, Art Camps, and more. 

Also, our event calendar is loaded with fun, daily events for the whole family. You can also submit your own events. For more activities and events to fill the each weekend of the month, pop over to our February GoList. And don't forget to subscribe to our weekly newsletter to receive articles such as this in your inbox every week. 

Now, let's check out what's happening all over Houston this weekend: 

St. Patrick's Day Events for Long Island Kids and Families

Few regions embrace St. Patrick’s Day more than Long Island.

From Manhasset to Montauk, from the first weekend of March till the last, Main Streets across the Island come alive with pipers, parade marchers, traditional food, music, dance and more. Huntington Village itself swells to more three times its natural size when visitors celebrate its annual parade each year on the second Sunday of March. It’s the second-largest St. Patrick’s Day gathering in New York State dwarfed only by New York’s City’s celebration on the feast day itself, March 17.

We here at Mommy Poppins have all you need to get into the spirit of the season, beginning with the Kings Park parade on March 4 and climaxing with Montauk’s on March 26. Most of these events are low cost or FREE, ideal for families, and appropriate for first-generation Irish-Americans or those who are just Irish for a day.

Read on for our favorites from among the 20-plus parades that will take place in Patrick’s honor this month on the Island. Click through for details, including parade routes, dates, times and more. As always see our Long Island Events Calendar for the best in family entertainment all month long.

Parent Review: Children's World Indoor Playground in Canton

When it seems like winter might never end, parents are always looking for ways to burn off cooped-up kids' energy. Luckily, Boston is home to many phenomenal indoor playgrounds and play spaces, so there are a lot of options to choose from. After hearing great things about Children’s World Indoor Playground in Canton, I headed there for open playtime with my 4-year-old son and 10-month-old daughter. Here's the scoop for parents looking for somewhere new to spend a chilly morning or afternoon.

Cooperative Preschools West of Boston

Montessori, Reggio Emilia, language immersion, public, and private—when it comes to choosing a preschool, parents have a lot of options. If you’re interested in a program that allows you to have a high level of participation in your child’s education, a cooperative preschool may be the right choice for you. Also known as a co-op, this type of preschool offers parents opportunities to assist in all aspects of running and managing the school, from serving as a board member to participating on school committees to helping regularly in the classroom. Co-ops abound in Boston; we've rounded up several worth exploring in the preschool-rich Metrowest suburbs, in particular.

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