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

30 Things to Do with Kids in the Bronx this Summer

There's more to the Bronx than Yankee Stadium. NYC's northernmost borough is home to a melting pot of cultures, a vibrant art and music scene that includes the birthplace of hip-hop, and more green space than any other borough. Not to mention bragging rights for the largest metropolitan zoo in the United States, and NYC's largest park.

Bronxites have much to be proud of, with historic treasures such as Bartow-Pell Mansion and Poe Cottage, access to the Bronx River for canoeing and rowing, countless cultural destinations and of course, Yankee Stadium. With so many places and activities to experience, the Bronx is a great destination for families.

This summer is a great time to get to know the borough better and experience its great outdoor fun, festivals, art and more. Read on for 30 things to do this summer with kids in the Bronx, many of which have been tried and approved by this Bronx mom and her three Bronx-born kids.

Weekday Fun: Musical Swings, Juggling, Inside Out, NYPL Party

The coming week features lots of fun events for NYC families including a super cool interactive swing exhibit that kids can ride, a brand-new family musical, juggling lessons, and a Summer Reading Block Party hosted by the New York Public Library.

Looking for ways to cool down during another steamy week in the city? Check out our favorite play fountains and water playgrounds across NYC. We've also pulled together some important tips for keeping kids safe from downing at beaches, pools and lakes.

Our top picks for the week are below, four of which are completely FREE. Be sure to check out the June GoList to help you plan out the month ahead, as well as our favorite family festivals and street fairs. As always, you can find additional options in our Event Calendar and our Summer Fun Guide.

Hands-On Fun at the Westchester Children's Museum

The highly anticipated (and already beloved) Westchester's Children's Museum is now officially open year-round! The museum completed and opened the first phase of an impressive 22,000-square-foot plan, and after a recent visit with my 6- and 8-year-old daughters, we're already hooked and can't wait for what's to come.

Read on for details about the new hands-on spot for kids, located along the Playland Boardwalk in Rye. Lookin for more ideas for indoor fun with kids in Westchester and the Hudson Valley? Sign up for our newsletters

Kid Bike, Seat and Gear Rentals for Pedaling Around NYC

Bike riding makes for a great family outing—with a little help from the right gear. We scoured NYC looking for the best bike rental locations that offer child bike seats, tandem bikes, trailers and more to make biking with kids seamless fun for the whole family. And while May is National Bike Month, and the warm spring temps may propel families to head outdoors to enjoy the season, bike riding is also a great summer and fall activity, as well as year-round transportation option for many New Yorkers. 

So whether you're a space-challenged New Yorker without the room to store bikes and bulky children's seat attachments for your toddler, or just visiting for the day, read on for our top rental picks.

For more seasonal fun, check out our NYC Spring Fun Guide.


Weekday Fun: Circus Arrives, Flat Stanley, Kids Film Festival

Combat back-to-school blues for New York City kids with these great post-midwinter break weekday happenings, several of which are FREE. Highlights include a Flat Stanley adventure, after-school winter sports, opening night of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's latest circus spectacular and the kickoff of the New York International Children's Film Festival. Read on for this week's top picks and look for more ideas in our February GoList, our Event Calendar and Winter Fun Guide.

Weekend Fun: Astronauts, Toddler Disco, Final Lunar Parties

Want to make the last weekend of February break count? Our best event picks for NYC kids for February 20-21 include four of our top picks for the whole month! Give a nod to our nation's first president at Washington's Birthday Ball, meet an astronaut on the last day of Kids Week at the Intrepid or head to the kid-friendly Hack-a-thon House Party for toddler disco and Minecraft for the big kids. If you missed last weekend's big Lunar New Year parades due to the sub-zero temps, check out one of Chinatown's final fetes for the holiday.

We're also so excited for Saturday's Mommy Poppins Readers Night during the 7pm production of Untapped, a high-energy dance and rhythm spectacle. Our lucky readers can score exclusive discounts on tickets for this all ages tap-dance show and join the Mommy Poppins gang after the show for crafts and games provided by our friends at Gate Hill Day Camp. We hope you can make it!

These are just a few of the great things going on this weekend. All of our best bets are below. You can find more options in our Event CalendarWinter Fun Guide and list of  35 things to do over midwinter break.

Winter Break Camps: Where Kids Can Get (or Stay) Fit Over School Break

The holidays can be a hectic and joyous time of year. Between live holiday shows, shopping, Breakfast with Santa and more happening around town, it might be easy to lose sight of the fact that Westchester kids will be off of school for nearly two weeks! And though they may be waiting with giddy anticipation for the Christmas morning, how will they spend their time during the rest of their break? How about keeping your kids active with a fitness or sports mini-camp?

Westchester has many fantastic options, including basketball camps, fitness camps, even rock climbing adventures. Read on for details on sports and fitness-related mini-camps happening over the holiday break in Westchester.

For more holiday fun, be sure to check out our Holiday Fun Guide and our December GoList!

7 Ball Pits in NYC for Jumping Fun

Ball pits. Kids love 'em but many parents worry that they're a cesspool of germs. (Most McDonald's and Chuck E. Cheese's have removed them because they just couldn't clean them properly.) But there are a handful of ball pits in New York City at places that seem to have a much better handle on the whole sanitizing thing.

Even if you're still a little skeptical, think about all the fun you had in ball pits as a child (because you know you did). Plus with winter upon us, ball pits are a great place for kids to have fun indoors when it's cold or rainy. Your kids will have a blast diving, tossing and romping around. Some of these places also make great birthday party spots.