Preschoolers

FREE Bilingual Story Times for Westchester Kids

Because a public library’s mission is to serve the varying interests of its community, it’s fitting that many offer bilingual programming for children, especially in towns with diverse communities. Bilingual programming for Westchester families, however, is often attended not only by native speakers but also by those wishing to expose their children to a second language from an early age. One local mom we know strategically hired a Spanish-speaking nanny for her toddler and brought him to Spanish story time to increase this exposure.

Beyond the 30 to 60 minutes of weekly immersion, these programs can also provide a cultural hub—an opportunity for families to connect with others from their heritage and socialize both within and outside of the library setting. And since most are intended for young learners accompanied by a caregiver, you're sure to pick up some new phrases yourself!

We’ve explored the bilingual programs offered by Westchester libraries to round up some highlights. Though Spanish-language programs are the most abundant, a variety of languages are in focus—and one in particular offers a smattering of more than 20 languages, from Dutch to Urdu and Ashanti! One note: Although we confirmed with the libraries that these are ongoing programs, be sure to check before you go because dates can change.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Day of the Child, Festivals, Family Music, April 29-30

The last weekend of April is here - we can't believe it either! Make the most out of this wonderful weather at the many festivals this weekend, such as the FUNomenal Family FestivalTexas Crawfish and Music Festival, or a good old-fashioned community spring festival in Northwest Houston. Or maybe check out the newly renovated Evelyn's Park in Bellaire

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For more family fun ideas, our event calendar has things to do every day, and our April GoList to find the best things to do this month. Did you know can also submit your own events? And for great posts like this delivered to your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletter.

Read on for more things to do this weekend.

Weekend Fun: Farm Days, Baseball, and a Frog Frolic, April 29-30

The upside of all the rain that we've had lately is that the flowers are blooming, the fields and meadows are lush, and with a forecast looking pretty cooperative for the weekend, we are just itching to get outside! The spring fair season kicks off this weekend with the Daffodil Festival in Meriden, the Sheep, Wool, and Fiber Festival in Vernon, the McKinley School Carnival in Fairfield. and the charming Frog Frolic in Redding, among many others. We also welcome baseball back with a weekend full of events with the Bridgeport Bluefish, including fireworks, a family fun day, and even a special giveaway.

Visit with animals and check out the face of modern farming with events at Common Ground in New Haven and Ambler Farm in Wilton--and Stew Leonards' welcomes the animals back to their outdoor "Little Farms" in Norwalk and Danbury with special events on Saturday. 

Our Event Calendar is constantly updated with the latest, greatest activities. To keep up with everything going on in CT, subscribe to our newsletters and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Have a fabulous weekend!

Trash and Recycling Events: Sanitation Yard Open Houses for Kids Who Love Garbage Trucks

Vroom Vroom! Does the sound of the garbage truck coming down the street send your kids running to watch? Would they love to sit in the trucks and maybe even take a ride? Do they know all the different types of trucks and haulers? Earth Day inaugurates the season of city yard open houses and recycling fairs, and—if you haven't heard—these events register high on the LA insider scale. More than 6,000 residents attend an open house in an average year.

A Day Out with Thomas the Tank Engine in Essex

A Day Out With Thomas the Tank Engine at the Essex Museum is a right of passage in many homes. There is nothing like seeing the face of your toddler light up when he sees that familiar bright blue train from Sodor. When the voice and train your child has become so familiar with is all of a sudden sitting on a track in front of you, it's pretty mind blowing! Thomas will be in Essex for two more weekends before chugging along (April 29-30 and May 6-7, 2017).

Houston's Best Parks & Trails for Family Bike Rides

Encouraging healthy hobbies is at the top of my priority list when it comes to my kids, and I've tried to make being active a part of their lives since day one. Both kids have accompanied me on many runs in the jogging stroller since they were babies, and they know that if it's a nice day we're doing something outside. Now that my oldest is riding his bike, we frequently head out to different trails together where I'll chase after him with my daughter strapped into the jogging stroller as he flies down trails (his biking has been excellent for improving my running speed) or we'll bike together as a family if my husband is able to come along for the ride. 

9 Co-op Preschools in Cambridge and Somerville

Choosing a preschool for your young child can be anything but easy. There are so many choices—bilingual or language-immersion, Montessori, cooperatives—that it’s hard to know where to begin. 

If you’re looking for a preschool that allows parents to actively participate with things like helping in the classroom and shaping school policy, then a cooperative preschool may be right for you and your child. Also know as a co-op, these schools’ educational philosophies can vary, but one thing remains the same: Parents are an integral part of the running of the school. Recently, we looked at co-op options in the west suburbs. This week, we’ve rounded up preschool co-ops in Cambridge and Somerville where teachers and parents work together to nurture little learners.

Indulgent Mother's Day Brunches in Connecticut

What's not to love about brunch? A magical marriage of all the best things served up with a mimosa and a slice of cantaloupe, brunch is arguably the most indulgent meal right out of the gate. Maybe that's why it has become something of a tradition to spoil the ladies who work tirelessly making sure everyone is cared for by taking them out to these panoplies of decadence on Mother's Day. We are extra spoiled in Connecticut because of our epic food scene so finding a brunch fit for a queen isn't hard at all. So pick a spot, make a reservation, gussy up the fam and treat mom! She deserves it.

Weekday Picks for Connecticut Kids: Baseball, Slime, and Cooking Workshops, April 24-28

Spring fever is running rampant in my house. No one wants to do homework or go to swim practice or rehearse for the end of year chorus concert. What we do want to do is have some fun. Happily, there is no shortage of springtime fun to be had here in Connecticut, whether you're kids are interested in joining the slime craze, brushing up on their cooking skills, or spending an afternoon enjoying America's favorite pastime. And just in case you're looking for something even sweeter, don't forget that Thursday is free cone day at Carvel (which has locations all over the state)! 

For even more activities, check our Event Calendar which we update daily and follow Mommy Poppins CT on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest. Have a great week! 

15 Best Campgrounds for Tent Camping with Kids Near LA

Marshmallows. Check. Bug spray. Check. Air mattress. Check. Camping season is upon us. Hurrah! And thankfully in this multi-terrain region of ours, you don't need to go far to enjoy a night or two under the stars. A weekend without electronics, breathing fresh air, and enjoying meals over the campfire: all this can be yours without driving more than an hour or two—in some cases even less! Read on to find an easy destination for you and your happy campers. (And if the one you want is full this weekend, check out a few last minute camping spots.)

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