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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April GoList: Best Things To Do with NYC Kids

Spring festivities are kicking into high gear, so get your calendars ready! We've rounded up the best things to do in New York City with kids in April—many of them FREE.

Of course, we're looking forward to Easter-themed fun, from egg hunts to brunch with the bunny of the hour as well as Passover celebrations. There's also new family theater, including the acrobats in Something and Circus 1903, plus picks just right for preschoolers. It's also time for the debut of Gulliver's Gate, a global miniature city that is sure to wow all ages. 

Families can enjoy many outdoor celebrations, too. Don't miss the annual Children’s Carnival at the Queens County Farm Museum, the spectacular Easter Parade and Easter Bonnet Festival, Street Games in East Harlem, and Sakura Matsuri and more cherry blossom sightings.

Don't forget that some of our top picks in March are still good this month, including ARTech, a FREE STEM fest, top theater picks like The Lightning Thief: The Percy Jackson Musical, Macy's Flower Show, the new Mummies exhibit, and more. 

For more outing ideas, peruse our Event Calendar and our Spring Guide.

ARTech: A Pop-Up Maker and Play Space for NYC Kids

ARTech: Adventures in Art + Technology is a new STEAM-inspired pop-up activity center in Manhattan's Meatpacking District. After a visit with three experts (my kids, ages 13, 9, and 7), I can assert it's definitely a cool, if temporary, addition to the neighborhood, where kids can explore, create, tinker, and play for FREE.

Science- and technology-inspired fun is in high demand, as evidenced by the opening of several new maker spaces last year alone, including Geek Forest and Skill Mill NYC, plus new offerings in science and robotics. Sponsored by the Meatpacking Business Improvement District, ARTech taps into that enthusiasm with programming designed by two established NYC institutions—the New York Hall of Science and the Children's Museum of the Arts—and it definitely deserves its spot on our March GoList.

We've got the scoop on what to expect, when to visit, and how to reserve your spot at ARTech before this pop-up bids adieu at the end of April.

Best NYC Children's Bookstores to Spend an Afternoon In

Only a small number of dedicated children's bookshops exist in NYC—Books of Wonder and Bank Street Bookstore, we're looking at you!—but there are a number of other indie stores with impressive children's book sections. Many of these lit havens host children's activities, including read-alongs but also author events, and writing workshops.

My kids have a particular weakness for books, possibly because it's the one thing I never deny them—as evidenced by the overflowing bookshelves at home. We love exploring new-to-us, local shops and spending lazy afternoons getting lost in the stacks, so we've rounded up some of our favorite bookstores around the city, including two new ones coming soon.

Whether shopping for a birthday gift or looking for a local storytime, the neighborhood independent bookstore is a great bet for NYC families.

Summer Camp Open Houses in Westchester

The nearing of daylight saving time and a few days of blissfully warmer temperatures in our area can only mean one thing—time to pick a summer camp! As part of a mixed blessing, Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley have so many wonderful summer camps that it can be hard to choose.

One way to start is by attending an open house at a camp, many of which are coming up over the next couple of months. Take a look at the list we've gathered—you just might find your kids' next great summer experience.

We'll continue to update our Summer Camp Guide with up-to-date coverage on a variety of camp offerings, so be sure to check back often. Better yet, sign up for our FREE newsletters to stay up to date on everything Westchester has to offer families and kids.

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.

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