Preschoolers

Little Explorers Get Hands-On Fun at Camden Children's Garden

On the New Jersey side of the Delaware River, tucked right next to Adventure Aquarium, is a darling outdoor play space and garden center that makes for a perfect afternoon. Whether you live in New Jersey, across the river in Philadelphia, or are just passing through, the Camden Children's Garden is truly a special place, as my 5- and 1-year old children and I discovered on a recent visit. 

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Texas Crawfish and Music Festival, Soggy Doggy Swim Day, April 28-29

Blue skies and mild temperatures make the outdoors the perfect place to be this time of year, and we could not be more excited to help you plan out how to take advantage of the upcoming weekends!

If you're looking to get out of town this weekend, we have two great options we recently reviewed. If you're looking to stay close to home, we recommend checking out nearby Conroe, which offers everything from paddleboarding to hiking without being too far of a drive. For a weekend getaway, Austin. Texas' weirdest city.

This time of year also gets us super excited about all of the farmers' markets around the city. Farm fresh produce, locally sourced eggs and dairy, and all sorts of handcrafted goods make being healthy easy and fun - especially when the kids get to help pick everything out. Want to make it an even more hands-on activity? Visit one of Houston's nearby farms for some DIY berry-picking, an activity that is sure to be a hit with your little helpers. 

You'll also definitely want to check out our event calendar for daily activities and our April GoList for events that are happening around Houston throughout the month. To have all of our posts delivered right to you in one concise email, be sure to sign up for our weekly newsletter and you'll never miss a beat. Have an event worth sharing? We'd love to feature it! Just submit your event to our calendar, and we'll do the rest.

Now, let's take a look at all the fun things happening around Houston this weekend. 

Weekend Fun Is Springing Up with Carnivals, Sheep, and Daffodils, April 28-29

It finally felt like spring this week, with warm breezes, bright blooms, and the sweet scent of....fried dough? That's right, carnival season has arrived! This weekend alone there are fairs and festivals in Danbury, Redding, Meriden, and Fairfield to name but a few. Even Quassy Amusement Park opens for the season this weekend with a classic car show and a carload special that can't be beat.

To get away from the spectacle of the midway and spend time closer to nature, check out the Earth Day Nature Festival in Barkhamsted, the Amazing World of Bees at Greenwich Audubon, the Pancake Breakfast and Sheep Shearing at Ambler Farm.

If you're still looking for more, check our Events Calendar, which is regularly updated, sign up for our newsletters, and follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram. Have a great time!

Butterflies and Birds: Where You Can Interact with Them on LI

You know what they say: Birds of a feather flock together. Well, on Long Island they seem to flock to nature preserves, centers, sanctuaries, and farms. Flutter around our area and you can get up close with some beautiful butterflies, too. But don't just wing it — we have the skinny on hoo to see and where.

Need another animal fix? Visit our zoos and gardens guide. Many outdoor petting zoos operate on a seasonal schedule, opening in spring or summer, and closing in fall before the snow arrives.

Petting Zoos Near NYC Where Kids Can See Farm Animals

We're so fortunate to live in a city that offers an incredible array of fun spring activities for kids, but sometimes I fret over the disconnect from nature. I want my daughter to be as comfortable in the country as she is in the urban jungle, so we're always looking for ways to get out of NYC and explore the expansive farmland that borders the city.

While you can meet some furry friends at the city's wonderful zoos, and even get hands-on at their mini petting zoos, there's something particularly special about enjoying an authentic farm setting. We've rounded up our top petting zoos and animal havens to get some serious face time with furry friends. Get ready to load up the family for a day of donkey petting, goat bottle-feedings, and sheep shearing.

Here are our favorite spots for an up-close animal encounter, all within two hours of NYC.

Flushing's Peek-a-BooO Play Area Brings Super-Sized Kid Fun

Kids in New York City are used to making the most out of small spaces, so when you find a wide open place where they can roam free, it’s a real treat. At over 6,000 square feet, Flushing’s new play space, Peek-a-booO, is a super-sized delight. And it’s not just huge, it’s filled with modern, bright, fun climbing equipment, ball pits, interactive games, toys, and so much more!

Read on to find out all the details about this massive new Queens indoor play area.

40 Things to Do with New Jersey Preschoolers Before They Turn 5

We have just five precious years or so to spend with our little ones before they head off to kindergarten. At this age, kids are growing and developing faster than they will at any other time in their lives, so many of us want to fill their days with as many opportunities to learn, laugh, and love life as possible! That means play spacesmommy-and-me classes, storytimesplaygrounds, and other treasures that the Garden State holds for toddlers.

Take advantage of these great opportunities throughout New Jersey while your preschoolers are young enough to appreciate them—and sometimes even young enough to score FREE admission.

For more can't-miss Garden State destinations, check out 100 Things to Do in New Jersey with Kids Before They Grow Up.

A Mother's Day Gift for You: Free Play at Giggles 'n' Hugs!

Mommy Poppins and Giggles 'n' Hugs are teaming up to offer a little gift for you in honor of Mother’s Day. On Monday, May 7th, it’s Mommy Poppins Day at Giggles 'n' Hugs. We invite you to enjoy free admission at either Giggles 'n' Hugs location (Topanga Canyon or Glendale), plus a special Mother’s Day treat for you: choose a cupcake, cookie, coffee or, go on, a mimosa. You deserve it!

Water Feature: 15 Water Playgrounds and Parks with Splash Pads in LA

Remember those great summer afternoons running through a sprinkler with the neighborhood kids? Over in New England and Nebraska that’s probably still happening, but in parched SoCal we really can't be turning on the hose to while away a lazy afternoon. Instead, packs of puddle-loving Angeleno kids splash through the heat at parks with free and fabulous water features, like the ones below. So if a pool or a water park sounds like too much work today, cool those kids down at a splash pad!

Target's Car Seat Trade-in Returns: Get the Details

Is it time to toss or upgrade your child's car seat? Beginning on April 22, Target will recycle your goldfish-crusted and stained old one and help you to save on a new model through its popular car seat trade-in event. As if we needed another excuse to go to Target, right? 

Whether you're expecting a new baby, or simply sizing up, read on for all the details on this year's trade-in program.

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