Sonia Gonzalez

Sonia Gonzalez

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Sonia Gonzalez
NYC Editor / Writer

Sonia is a veteran editor and writer for Mommy Poppins. She loves exploring greater New York with her husband and their three kids and is always on the looking out for innovative, educational and fun things to do with them. She is thrilled to have this platform to share what she finds with Mommy Poppins readers.
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Latest posts by Sonia

Bronx Birthday Party Places for NYC Kids

As a Bronx mom with three kids, I find myself in a perpetual state of party planning. And while we've had many a house party, once I factor in food, decorations, favors, and more, it often costs just as much as a destination bash. Besides, destination parties bring a change of scenery and fun perks such as slides, sports, live animals, spa days, and more to make the celebration memorable. Best of all, I don't have to deal with the cleanup.

The Boogie Down borough has a growing list of cool party spots for kids, from old favorites such as the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden, to more recent additions tailored to kids' interests—with a decidedly local flare. We've rounded up more than a dozen party places in the Bronx, with options for kids of all ages and interests.

Weekday Fun: Puppet Shows, Sleeping Beauty, Live Music in NYC

February is off to a delightful start with lots of exciting events happening all month long. The coming week offers up a few gems, as well, with an interactive puppet show based on Aesop's Fables, opening night of the beloved ballet, The Sleeping Beauty, a musical puppet performance, The African Drum, and more. Three of our picks are completely FREE.

We busy parents are always on the go, so we love discovering tips and hacks to make things run just a little smoother. This week we featured some amazing tech gadgets heading to market with the hopes of streamlining some of parenting's fussiest moments. And, in the spirit of keeping peace with babies and preschoolers at home and in transit, we've pulled together a fun kindie playlist and roundup of top local artists to keep little ones singing, dancing, and having fun.

Read on for our weekday picks and be sure to click through to the event listing for more details. Our Event Calendar is packed with more outing options, as is our Winter Fun Guide and February GoList.

Weekday Fun: Winter Carnival, New Exhibits, STEM Night

We survived the first full month of winter! Celebrate with a glow-in-the-dark castle, FREE ice skating and juggling lessons, and more family-friendly activities at Bryant Park's Winter Carnival

A reminder that spring isn't too far off: Groundhog Day is approaching and the New-York Historical Society is marking the occasion with a reading of Gregory's Shadow by Don Treeman. Other weekday fun includes a STEM Night for teens, Coqui Club for toddlers, and a new weather-themed exhibit at the Children's Museum of the Arts.

We've rounded up details on our top picks for weekday fun with kids in NYC, Monday, January 30-Friday, February 3. Also, be sure to peruse our new February GoList, full of the city's best events happening all month long. As usual, you can also peruse our daily Event Calendar and our Winter Fun Guide for more outing options. 

Weekday Fun: Interactive Art, Toddler Yoga, Live Powwow

Author and illustrator meet-and-greet, live cultural concert, toddler yoga, and interactive art? Yup, just another week full of amazing kid-friendly happenings in NYC. We've rounded up details on our top weekday picks to help you plan the week ahead.

We've also highlighted not-to-be-missed events for all 2017, fantastic winter theater like Elephant & Piggie and Peter Pan, great art exhibits, and 50 family-friendly things to do in Brooklyn to keep kids having fun all winter long.

Read on for our weekday highlights, and be sure to peruse our Event Calendar and January GoList for more ideas.

Weekday Fun: MLK Day, Snowkus Pocus, Teen Media Lab

The week kicks off with a day off of school (and long weekend) in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Join Manhattan Country School for a commemorative march or use the day to score a gingerbread house at the New York Hall of Science. NYC kids can also catch two live productions later this week—Babel and Snowkus Pocus: Enchant the Spring—and then a Digital Media Lab for teens at the Museum of the Moving Image.

Speaking of movies, tickets go on sale soon for the New York International Children's Film Festival—and the best flicks always sell out fast. Members can purchase tickets beginning this Wednesday, January 18, and non-members the following Wednesday, January 25. Don't forget the BAMKids Film Festival kicks off in just two weeks, and those tickets are already on sale...and starting to sell out!

Looking to sign the kids up for a new class this winter-spring semester? We just profiled top basketball, gymnastics, and ballet lessons around the city, and there are plenty more options in our Classes Guide for NYC Kids, from baby and me to STEM, writing, and even summer internships for teens.

Our top event picks for this week in NYC are below. For more ideas, be sure to peruse our Event Calendar and our January GoList, full of the best family events happening all month.

Weekday Fun: Comic Book Fest, Free Sports, Tot Party

This week, keep kids active and outdoors with organized—and gratiswinter games in Battery Park or get creative with a music engineering workshop at the Microsoft Store. Comic book fans, listen up! Friday kicks off the Fifth Annual Black Comic Book Festival at the Schomburg Center in Harlem; and for more Harlem storytelling fun, take little ones to Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling for Topsy Turvy Thursdays, a fun interactive storytelling presentation.

If this weekend's snowfall has you wanting more, be sure to check out our Skiing, Snowboarding, and Snow Sports Guide for great kid-friendly spots to enjoy winter sports. Or for a more low-key outing, head to one of NYC's outdoor ice skating rinks, then warm up with a comforting cup of delicious hot cocoa.

Our best weekday bets are below. As always, be sure to peruse our daily Event Calendar and out January GoList, featuring the top family-friendly events happening all month long!

Weekday Fun: Hobbit Village, Three Kings Parade, Broadway Week

NYC kids may be back to school this week, but that doesn't mean the fun has to end. Create your own hobbit village, check out a hot new kid-friendly destination, score 2-for-1 Broadway tickets, and celebrate Three Kings Day with a joyful parade full of oversize puppets and even camels.

Of course, with so many holiday-themed events and destinations throughout the Big Apple, it's possible you may have missed a few happenings. No worries, you've still got time to check out a holiday train show, spectacular department store holiday window displays, final school break activities, and New Year's Day fun.

Read on for our top weekday picks and don't forget to peruse our hot-off-the-presses January GoList to help you plan out the rest of the month. Also be sure to check our Event Calendar for daily happenings in all five boroughs. Happy New Year to you and yours from all of us here at Mommy Poppins!

New Year's Day: Ways to Kick Off 2017 with Westchester Kids

Whether you plan on spending New Year's Eve at home or out on the town, kids aren't usually sympathetic to late nights, even if they stay up with you. So if the chances of you sleeping in on New Year's Day seem pretty slim, you may be looking for fun ways to spend the day out with your family.

While many venues are closed, there are several fun options, including enjoying a romp at Legoland Discovery Centerhowling with the wolves or catching last-chance holiday displays. Read on for more details on ways to kick off 2017 with kids in Westchester!

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