Preschoolers

Project Scientist Summer Camp Was Made for STEM-Loving Girls

There's lots of talk about encouraging girls to pursue STEM careers, but one mom is on a mission to show them how it's done. 

No stranger to gender stereotyping as she pursued a STEM major in college, Sandy Marshall saw the need for a full-time STEM camp that supports girls, busts gender stereotypes, and surrounds campers with the female role models she didn't have—and needed! The working mother of two science-savvy daughters founded Project Scientist, for girls ages four to twelve, in 2011 with locations in North Carolina and California. Project Scientist isn't just STEM activities and labs; campers have the opportunity to meet a female STEM professional every day and take weekly field trips to STEM companies—so girls see careers in STEM in real life. 

Spring Theater for NYC Kids: Peppa Pig, Acrobats, Peter Rabbit

Beloved children's characters spring to life this season. Our top theater picks for the coming months include page-to-stage adaptations of classic kid stories like Peter Rabbit and the oeuvre of Dr. Seuss. There are also a number of immersive, multi-sensory productions created specifically for preschoolers while tweens can thrill to offbeat circus performances and the just-opened The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, which we highlighted in our winter theater roundup.

While the highly anticipated family musicals Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Anastasia both open on Broadway this month, there's no need to shell out big bucks to give your kids a memorable live entertainment experience in NYC. Most of the 15 shows we're spotlighting are just $25—or less—per ticket.

Easter Bunny Brunch, Lunch, and Dinner for Philly Families

To celebrate the season of spring, Philly families may want to offer their children the experience of visiting with the Easter Bunny. Throughout the Delaware Valley, there are many opportunities to do just that. Kids have a chance to enjoy brunch, lunch, or dinner with the bunny at a variety of locations including gardens, zoos, boats, and restaurants. Some events include photo-ops, egg hunts, or even a train ride!

Take a look at some of our favorite events happening this year. Be sure to book your reservation in advance as many of these opportunities sell out.

Easter Egg Hunts and Events in Fairfield County, CT

We're not a religious family, but that doesn't stop us from getting out and enjoying traditions associated with Easter, and fortunately, there are plenty of events to choose from all over Fairfield County. Many families enjoy a Easter Bunny brunch, while others like to get outside and enjoy Springtime's arrival. Most of these events are geared towards preschoolers and younger elementary age children so, if you have older kids, be sure to check the descriptions carefully. Also note that some events require pre-registration and/or prepayment. Have a hopping good time!

Easter Bunny Photo-Ops & Breakfasts in Houston

The Easter bunny is back, and this year he's packed his basket full of more than just eggs. While traditional pictures at the mall are always an option, we've found a bunch of events in Houston that offer family fun, food, AND photos with the Easter Bunny. So if you're looking for some extra special Easter activities to do in addition to snapping your Easter Bunny pictures, check out these events around town; massive Easter egg hunts, crafts and games and breakfast with your favorite bunny make these Easter Bunny photo ops a hop above the rest!

Weekday Picks for Connecticut Kids: Music, Dance, and Crafts, March 27-31

The last week in March does not look like it will be very lamb-like as promised, but never fear! We have tracked down some can't miss indoor activities that will keep you all cozy, dry, and entertained. Whether you're interested in a little inflatable fun, a family friendly dance party, or a safety-focused story and craft, there's no shortage of fun going on all over Connecticut this week. When the sun finally does come out, celebrate National Take a Walk in the Park Day with a stroll through Mill River Park. You can even bring your pooch!

For even more activities, check our Event Calendar which we update daily and follow Mommy Poppins CT on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest

10 Great Things to do in Fairfield County this Spring

After a seemingly endless month of snow days mixed with 60 degree weather, we all can probably agree that we are ready for spring. We're ready for some egg hunts and baseball games, some 5Ks and May days. From baby animals being born to the early forsythia and hyacinth blooms, springtime is just good for the soul.  Below you'll find a list of some wonderful things to do in Fairfield County this spring – and whether you’re wearing mittens or flip flops, I bet you’ll enjoy a few of these outings too!

Easter Bunny Breakfasts and Brunches in Connecticut

Spring has officially sprung! The air is fresh and clean, the sun is (sometimes) shining, and it's time to start polishing up those dress shoes and thinking about a nice Easter brunch. Better yet, brunch with the Easter Bunny himself. Of course, not all kids are thrilled when they finally meet a six-foot-tall rabbit. I've got my share of screaming-child-with-bunny photos stashed in the attic somewhere. But hey, those are cherished memories in their own way and great stories to tell their friends when they're teenagers. Meanwhile, if your kiddo is keen to shake a paw and eat a pancake or two, check out these Easter Bunny brunches and breakfasts around the state. 

Easter Egg Hunts for Kids in New York City 2017

Easter Sunday, April 16 this year, is just a hop, skip, and a jump away. One of the best ways to celebrate with kids is to attend one of NYC's treat-filled egg hunts. Most are outdoors in playgrounds and parks, zoos, and gardens, but a few are indoors at museums and other cultural spots. Many offer additional spring fun, including seasonal crafts, face painting, and live entertainment.

Remember, Easter egg hunts in NYC are extremely popular so arrive early and expect hordes. If you dislike crowds, avoid the free hunts and opt for those that carry a small fee as they usually cap the number of participants. Or get your photo op with the Easter Bunny in ahead of time at these brunches.

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