It’s that time of the year again: “best of” season! This year, there's a special extra pleasure we take in looking back and highlighting fun things to do with kids that have opened this past year, instead of closed. We searched our archives, our memories, your Facebook recommendations, and more to compile this list of the best kid-friendly openings, renovations, and exhibitions in Connecticut in 2021. From an amazing renovation at the Discovery Museum to a great new shop in Mystic—there have actually been lots of cool new things to do with kids this year.
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It’s that time of the year again: “best of” season! Well, we’re not immune here at Mommy Poppins, and it’s such a delight to highlight fun things to do with kids that have opened this past year, instead of closed. We searched our archives, our memories, your Facebook recommendations, and more to compile this list of the best kid-friendly openings in Los Angeles in 2021. From a massive and amazing new museum to cool places for kids to play or do art—and of course all the new things at our local amusement parks, there have actually been quite a lot of new things to do this year.
Without further ado, here is our list of the 21 best kid-friendly destinations that opened in 2021 in Los Angeles. Wonder what 2022 will bring…
When there's no snow to be found in the city or your neighborhood sledding hills are worn down to the grass, you still can find perfect slopes for snow tubing near Chicago with kids just a short drive outside the city.
Snow tubing is the perfect winter activity for the whole family; it gets everyone outside playing, and unlike skiing or snowboarding, it requires no gear. (And unlike ice skating, it requires no balance!) Everything you need to go snow tubing with kids—a tube, a hill, and snow—is provided by the parks. Just dress warmly, and you're ready for a day of snow tubing near Chicago.
How is it December already? 2021 had its share of ups and downs, but we’re ready to end it on a high note. There are so many things we’re all loving right now that it was almost impossible to pick a top 10. But we've done it, and what follows below is a perfect mix of our latest obsessions that includes the best toys to buy for Christmas; the most unique gifts to give friends, family, and ourselves; and the best holiday movies and new TV specials that will keep the whole family happily entertained all month long.
Every one of these things is tried and tested by our Mommy Poppins team, and we think you'll love all our picks every bit as much as we do. Read on to find out what we just can't get enough of this holiday season.
While my family will happily bake and eat cookies any day of the year, we really ramp it up for our Christmas cookie baking. We have hosted an annual Christmas cookie party every year since the kids were born, and it’s a tradition they look forward to almost as much as opening their stockings. Because they love to be part of the cookie baking process, we have amassed a ton of Christmas cookie recipes. They range from super easy Christmas cookies the kids could help make and decorate when they were tiny, up to more sophisticated Christmas cookie recipes their tween tastebuds love. We’ve tested out dozens of Christmas cookie recipes over the years, and these are our top ten: including our favorite never-fail, best ever Christmas sugar cookie recipe.
We’ve got more kid-friendly holiday treats, like these yummy Hot Chocolate Bombs, in our Guide to Easy Recipes for Kids, plus loads more Christmas fun for the whole family in our Ultimate Guide to Holiday and Christmas Activities.
Dodger fans must have been very, very good this year, because Santa has a surprise: for the first time ever, there will be an ice skating rink for the public to skate on out in center field! The Los Angeles Dodgers are hosting a holiday festival with music and entertainment, the ice skating rink, holiday and Christmas light displays, holiday-themed snacks, photos with Santa (and the elves), and more. Read on for the scoop on this exciting new holiday festival in Los Angeles.
For more Christmas light displays, holiday festivals, ice skating rinks in Los Angeles, and more check out our complete Guide to Holiday and Christmas Activities in Los Angeles in 2021.
The holidays approach as visions of Christmas gifts, supply chain problems, Thanksgiving travel, early Hanukkah planning, and more all fight for real estate in the forefront of our minds this November. So the things we are loving this month are an interesting mix of new items we’re stocking up on for the holidays, new entertainment that will keep everyone from toddlers to Grandpa entranced at Thanksgiving gatherings, and a couple of products that just make life easier. Read on to find out what the Mommy Poppins editors are obsessed with this month.
Usually at Mommy Poppins we recommend things that get you out doing, experiencing, and exploring. But every month a few fantastic products, movies, books, and shows pop up—and we just want to share them with you all. From holiday products you need to order before they sell out to a Halloween special that looks like an instant classic to a little something that will keep your kids hydrated at school, these are the things our editors are loving this October. We hope you love them, too.