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

See Bronx Zoo Like a Local: Tips for a Great Visit with Kids

We've written about the Bronx Zoo often, and with good reason. I've been a regular at this zoo since I was a child, and now visit with my three kids. We enjoy every outing. The Bronx Zoo continues to evolve and remains a top destination for local NYC families, tourists, and animal lovers of all kinds.

Located in the heart of the Bronx at the southern end of Bronx Park and near the borough's own Little Italy, the Bronx Zoo is easily accessible via public transit or by car. One visit is sure to leave a lasting impression, though you'll need more than that to experience all this institution has to offer. And since it is the nation's largest urban zoo, it helps to have some pointers before you go—especially if you are visiting with kids. So read on for 10 tips on visiting the Bronx Zoo like a local.

Bronx Park with Kids: Playgrounds, Zoo, Gardens, Skate Park

Bronx Park might not be the borough's largest park (that honor goes to Pelham Bay Park), but we think it probably has more fun kid stuff to do per square foot than any other. It boasts 700-plus acres and features several of the city's very top family attractions, including the Bronx Zoo, New York Botanical Garden, the Bronx River, and plenty of playgrounds, green space, and bike paths to keep kids entertained. The park is accessible by car or public transit, making it an ideal location for a day trip or afternoon outing, especially in the summer but really, anytime. Visitors might be surprised by just how diverse Bronx Park is, but locals know it's truly a hidden gem. Read on for the best things to do in Bronx Park with kids.

Bronx Water Playgrounds and Sprinklers to Cool Off the Kids

Although the kids might beg, not every summer day can be a pool day. Still, water play is essential to summer survival in NYC. Enter playgrounds loaded with water jets and refreshing splash pads for instant relief. Kids (and their grown-ups) can frolic in sprinklers and spray showers, many with nifty features like footbridges, geysers, and themed settings. We've told you about some of our favorite playgrounds with water features citywide, but we know the Bronx needs a shout-out all its own. Read on for details on seven of our favorite splash pads in NYC's northernmost borough.

Find more water fun in our Beaches, Pools, Water Parks Guide, or cool NYC activities in our Summer Fun Guide

Trapeze Classes for NYC Kids: Where to Study Circus Arts

Some kids are content to sit and watch others fly gracefully above their heads. And then there are the ones who crave the adrenaline rush and, let's face it, the coolness of being able to say nonchalantly, "Yeah, I've totally been on a trapeze before."

If you've got one of those young thrill-seekers at home, it may be time to consider aerial arts classes. Flying trapeze isn't the only way to swoosh through the air. At these five circus spots, kids can learn how to defy gravity on silks, ropes, the lyra (aka aerial hoop) and more, all on safe equipment under the watchful eye of experienced instructors.

Weekend Fun: City of Water Day, Summer Festivals, Kids Comedy

This July weekend is chock-full of amazing and mostly free events, including three of our top event picks of the month: City of Water Day Family FestivalSummerStage Kids in the Bronx, and Kidz Bop: Life of the Party on Coney Island. Other weekend highlights include a family-friendly comedy show, a block party in Chelsea, and a game-filled festival in Times Square.

Looking for more ways to keep busy? We've got the scoop on the latest Pokémon Go craze, summer reading picks for every age, from tot to teen, and 50 ways to keep cool in NYC this summer. If you're looking to head out of town, peruse our roundup of the best nearby water parks or take a look at our Family Day Trip and Weekend Getaways Guide.

All of our best bets for weekend fun are below. Also be sure to check out our Summer Fun Guide and Event Calendar for more options.

Mommy Poppins Honors 20 years of the New Victory Theater

Mommy Poppins has been covering the best of kids in NYC for just about ten years—and so have our kids, who have grown up helping us review it all. In honor of the 20th anniversary of The New Victory Theater in Times Square, we wanted to pay tribute to a wonderful theater that has been a big part of our kids' lives. Opened in 1995, The New Victory Theater is a non-profit performing arts venue that provides high-quality performances in a stunning theater for kids of all ages—seriously, you'll find shows for your baby and your teen and every age in between—at affordable prices. Its diverse lineup includes circus performances, dance shows, and theater productions from around the world, as well as workshops, camps, and theater engagement activities—and our kids have done it all.

So here's what the theater-going kids (and moms) of Mommy Poppins have to say about the New Victory Theater on its 20th birthday:

Weekday Fun: Make Music NY, Swedish Fest, Free Activities

Celebrate summer in NYC this week with Make Music New York, a truly unique music festival, hosted throughout all five boroughs. Other weekday highlights include free admission to the Brooklyn Children's Museum and the Swedish Midsummer Festival celebrating the summer solstice.

In case you haven't heard, there's a wonderful new exhibit at Brookfield Place. The Swings: An Exercise in Musical Collaboration is definitely worth checking out. We've also rounded up 10 things to do on Long Island City's waterfront, and we've got the inside scoop on the new water exhibit at the Children's Museum of Manhattan. Enjoy outdoor eats at these kid-friendly Brooklyn restaurants with spacious yards, patios and other alfresco table options to round out the day. And don't forget to pick-your-own strawberries at a nearby farm before those red berries are gone.

Our top picks for the week are below—all of which are FREE! Also, be sure to check out our June GoList to help you round out the month. As always, you can find additional options in our Event Calendar and our Summer Fun Guide.

Weekday Fun: Museum Mile, FAB Friday, Philharmonic Outdoors

The coming week features lots of fun events for NYC families including the popular Museum Mile Festival, opening day of the annual Gregorian Festival and the wrap-up of FAB Friday: Kids Afternoon.

Worried about the dreaded summer brain drain this summer? Don't be! Check out our 50+ tips for keeping kids off of screens, learning and having fun all summer long. Plus, tune in to our Facebook page and the NYPL page on Tuesday, June 14 as we chat live with our friends from the New York Public Library about that exact subject!

Our top picks for the week are below, and be sure to check out our June GoList and best June festivals to help you plan the rest of the month. As always, you can find additional options in our Event Calendar and our Summer Fun Guide. Plus, we have great summer event picks just for preschoolers this summer.