Preschoolers

Review: Spring-a-Ding Ding! Is Circus Arts for Younger Kids

If the idea of heading to a full-fledged circus seems overwhelming for younger kids, especially the preschool and pre-K crowd, we might have found the perfect in-between show: Spring-a-Ding DING!

The one-hour performance playing in downtown NYC at the 14Y is filled with lively music, storytelling, acrobatics, dancing, contortions, and more—all performed with a younger audience in mind (Read: They'll be too entranced to wriggle out of their seat or your lap) from the small but mighty circus-arts company Cirque-tacular.

And if they're loving the theater experience, check out the best Broadway shows for kids and families for ages 4 and up.

Memorial Day Weekend Fun: Parades, Carnivals, and Flamingos, May 27-29

At long last we have reached the very precipice of summer: Memorial Day weekend! I have dug the beach chairs out of the garage, taken the grill out for a test run, and I can't wait to plant my feet in the sand and perhaps even in the Sound. There's all kinds of non-beachy fun to be had this weekend too from fairs and festivals to animal encounters, special concerts, and more.

Whatever your plans, the significance of Memorial Day should not be forgotten. If you're looking for an educational way to honor the men and women who died in service to our nation, our Event Calendar features many kid-friendly parades and ceremonies, including the Revolutionary War Encampment in Wethersfield, the Decoration Day event at Mystic Seaport, and the U.S. Coast Guard Band concert in New London.  To keep up with everything going on in CT, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Wishing you the very best Memorial Day weekend!

Memorial Day Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: May 27-29

Memorial Day weekend is here, which means May is almost over, and summer is here! We have lots of ideas for how to spend time together as a family while also honoring our country's fallen heroes. Check out the Memorial Day Celebration in The Woodlands or Memorial Day in Memorial City

And summer marks some big and exciting things happening with Mommy Poppins! In the next few weeks, we will be highlighting Houston's best local businesses with our Besties Award Program. Share the love by nominating your favorite local businesses, from your go-to baker to your favorite play spot. Mommy Poppins is also teaming up with Brain Quest and Chick-fil-A for a summer kickoff party on June 3! Get your tickets now to secure a copy of the brand new Summer Brain Quest book and tons of goodies courtesy of Chick-fil-A.

Also on Mommy Poppins this week:

Check out the complete event calendar or hop over to our May GoList to find the best things to do this month. Did you know can also submit your own events? Have this post delivered straight to your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletter!

Let's check out what's going on this weekend: 

Memorial Day Weekend for LI Kids: Air Show, Parades, Street Art

This Memorial Day weekend head over to the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach State Park, where you'll see an all-star lineup of civilian planes and the Air Force Thunderbirds. Farther east, the Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival in downtown Riverhead features a fine arts and crafts fair, live music, dance, theater, and more.

Celebrate the unofficial start of summer with our roundup of the best family beaches on Long Island. And if you're up for a little traveling time, see our day trip ideas for the holiday weekend.

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The Bestie Awards are coming to town and we need to know who you love. The Besties is a reader voting contest celebrating small local businesses that make parenting on Long Island awesome. Help us choose our finalists by shouting out your favorite places to make, do, eat, learn, and play. Nominate your Besties now.

Splash Parks, Sprinklers, and Water Playgrounds in Orange County Parks

A rainy winter has erased many drought restrictions, and families are looking for water, water everywhere in the summer. There's hanging at the beach or playing in a pool, but fun places with splash pads and water features rank pretty high on a summer bucket list. Little kids, bigger kids, and even the occasional parent (yes, you!) can cool off on a hot day without tons of planning or tons of waste. Let's face it: playing in the water is just plain fun—and if you keep an extra towel handy, you're always ready.

Check out some of these free water play parks and sprinklers around Orange County. Most are open Memorial Day to Labor Day, though we recommend calling to confirm before heading out, as water conservation efforts may still be in effect.

Fairfield County Letterbox Trails for Kids

So maybe you've heard about it but you're still not really sure. What is letterboxing anyway? Well to start, it is really like the ultimate scavenger hunt. You are given a set of clues and then you head out into the woods and go on a hunt in search of secret hidden stamps in the forest. Sound fun? That's because it is! Even my three year old is a letterboxing-enthusiast.

This fun family adventure is great for all ages and for all cities located across the country. There are about 90,000 active letterboxes hidden in North America alone. So what exactly is a letterbox? Letterboxes are small weatherproof boxes that typically contain a hand-carved rubber stamp, a log-book to keep a record of visitors, and occasionally an ink pad. Letterboxer's will leave an imprint of their own personal stamp in the letterbox's log book. We've rounded up six kid-friendly letterbox trails in Fairfield County. Happy Trails.

Memorial Day Parades Around LA and the OC

One thing about Los Angeles - it's not a one-parade town. If festivals are too stationary for you, if you need a parade to drum up an appetite for that Memorial Day BBQ, then you've got it made in the shade (as long as you've found a shady spot for your  chair) in Los Angeles and Orange County on Monday. The good news for the parade abstainers is that none of the parades on this holiday marches down a major thoroughfare (unless the 405 gets shut down - in which case Topanga is going to hear plenty of honking that isn't for peace). For parade fans, the patriotic fanfare never sounded so good.

Woof! PAW Patrol Live Coming to Houston

Pups! PAW Patrol is headed to the stage for a live national tour hitting 90 U.S. cities, including Houston, and tickets go on sale to the general public Monday, May 22, 2017. The hit Nickelodeon animated show featuring a pack of curious and adventure-loving dogs opens in November.

PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue, a Nickelodeon and VStar Entertainment Group (the same folks behind Sesame Street Live) co-production, will rely on live actors in costumes, although producers tell us that it will also incorporate the popular Bunraku puppet styling. The “pups” will sing and dance on all four legs.

Read on for more details on this new brand-new children’s theater production.

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