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MTA Hands Out Baby on Board Buttons to Pregnant Straphangers

When a female subway rider offered her seat on the uptown 6 train to one of our Mommy Poppins editors who was well into her third trimester of pregnancy, the gentleman beside her suddenly came to life.

"Oh sorry, didn't know if you were pregnant or just fat." Dude. A new MTA pilot program launched on Mother’s Day 2017 aims to clear up that, ahem, confusion.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which includes NYC’s subways and buses, but also the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad, will provide two types of wearable buttons for anyone who requests them due to a temporary or permanent disability: “Baby on Board!” or “Please offer me a seat.” Both buttons carry the slogan “Courtesy Counts,” and are designed to “encourage customers to move their feet and offer a seat for pregnant riders, seniors and those with a disability who are seeking seats,” according to a MTA statement.

New York to Offer Free Gear to First-Time Campers

If you’ve ever thought, “I wish we camped more,” but the risk of abandoned tents, sleeping bags, and coolers sitting in the corner of your garage, or your nonexistent storage space if you're in the city, stops you from gearing up and going, New York state’s new First-Time Camper weekends might be just right for your family.

The state's Department of Environmental Conservation is launching a program to reserve a fully stocked campsite at select New York state campgrounds for a weekend getaway this summer, letting families test the waters before investing in the necessities. (And to find out who’s really afraid of the dark. Kidding.)

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Little Folk Farm Day, St. Patrick's Carnival

With the weather finally cooperating (we hope!), the week ahead is a great time for Westchester families to get outside and have fun.

For starters, wee ones can enjoy pony rides, animal encounters and more at the specially tailored Little Folk Farm Day. Though modest in size, the St. Patrick's Annual Carnival offers a springtime crack at rides and games, while cinephiles can catch either of two classic Marx Brothers movies.

Looking for more action? Our Event Calendar is chock full of activities of all types, and many of our listings are FREE! Read on and follow through for all the details and more to choose from!

Have you cast your ballot yet in The Westchester BESTIE Awards 2017? Vote for your favorite Westchester and Hudson Valley businesses—they’ll get the honor, and you might win a prize from Mommy Poppins! 

6 Parks in Westchester Great for Birthday Parties

The warm weather is here, which makes it a great time to host an outdoor birthday party. But what if you don’t want the inconvenience, or don’t have the space, to host a bunch of high-energy kids at your house? One of our local parks can be a great option.

Whether you’re looking to have a small party or a big bash, there are lots of parks in the area to accommodate your needs—and many have tons of fun amenities too, from splash pads to playgrounds to soccer fields. Here, we’ve rounded up six of our favorite.

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25 Things to Do With Kids in the Berkshires

Known for its grand resorts and farm-to-table restaurants, the Berkshires is often associated with romantic weekends and girls' getaways. But make no mistake: This hilly cluster of towns in Western Massachusetts is actually a great destination for an easy, fun-packed, low-frills family vacation. With bucolic hiking trails, interesting museums, welcoming farms, and cute main streets dotting the region, the only problem with taking the kids to the Berkshires is deciding which activites you can fit into one trip.

Mother's Day Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Tulip Festival, Dia:Beacon

Moms: We know how hard you work, how many balls you juggle, how many diapers you’ve changed. We know—because we’re moms too! And though it may be tempting to spend Mother’s Day weekend alone at a spa, it’s a joy when our families put on their best manners and focus on quality time honoring the lady in their lives who holds it all together. The tried-and-true Mother’s Day brunch is a popular way to celebrate, but we've also rounded up 20 ways to spend Mother’s Day that don’t involve a restaurant reservation!

A variety of other fun ways to spend the weekend is in store, many of which involve honing your creative skills: Create a fish cake (that is, a cake that looks like a fish), plant an herb garden, or work in ceramics. For more ramped-up excitement, head north to the Albany Tulip Festival or watch monkeys riding dogs (really) at the Hudson Valley Fair.

Looking for more ideas? Read on for other picks, head to our Event Calendar for additional options, and plan ahead with our May GoList. For more seasonal activities, be sure to check out our Spring Activity Guide.

So enjoy your breakfast in bed and hug your little ones—then get out and enjoy all the fun ways you can spend this special weekend with your family.

From the moms and dads at Mommy Poppins: Have a very happy Mother’s Day—you deserve it!

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Mother's Day Gifts, Big Trucks

May is here, and with it comes one of our favorite holidays: Mother’s Day! The week ahead is chock full of ways to help gear up for The Big Day, and we have ideas for kids to give moms the recognition they deserve!

Don’t have a Mother’s Day gift yet? There are several craft programs for kids to make a card or gift for a special someone—things you'll actually treasure, not stick in a drawer! One such highlight is Succulent Mother's Day Craft. (Additionally, we've done some homework on your behalf and have rounded up weekend ways to honor moms.) But Mother’s Day activities aren’t all that’s in store: Climb aboard Big Truck Day or watch the Trisha Brown Dance Company and other troupes perform live at Dance Off the Grid (bring Mom!), to name just a few.

There are many more events to choose from on our Event Calendar, but also be sure to consult our May GoList for our top picks for the entire month. Read on to get the lowdown!

Have you cast your ballot yet in The Westchester BESTIE Awards 2017? Vote for your favorite Westchester and Hudson Valley businesses—they’ll get the honor, and you might win a prize from Mommy Poppins! 

We Ate Meal Kits for A Month – Here's What We Learned

I tried every meal kit, and it wasn't at all what I expected.

I am a meal planning fanatic (yes, spreadsheets and all). So I was curious to try out the new trend of meal kit delivery services to see if they really make family dinnertime with kids easier. And because I’m completely compulsive, I signed up for every single meal kit option out there, so that my family ate only meal kits for five weeks. Want to know how it went? 

After cooking dozens of meal kits, here’s my obsessive, totally non-sponsored rundown of the best and worst. If I didn’t answer your question here, feel free to check out my meal kit review videos on Facebook and leave a question there. 

10 Tips for Last Minute Yellowstone National Park Accommodations

The word is that if you want to visit the popular national parks like Yellowstone or the Grand Canyon you have to plan a year in advance because the accommodations get booked up.

When we decided to take a last minute cross country drive last summer, I thought we might have to skip Yellowstone. In a panic, I started looking into how to get accommodations about a week before our arrival. Sure enough, all the rooms were booked for the two nights we wanted to stay in the park. But, in the end, it all worked out and we had an amazing stay. It was definitely worth it. Read on for my best tips for booking last minute accommodations at Yellowstone and other national parks.

20 Things To Do for Mother's Day in Westchester that Aren't Brunch

It’s almost time to celebrate Mom! While we love nothing more than a great Mother's Day brunch (in fact, there are a lots of kid-friendly area restaurants to try), there’s something to be said about honoring her a little differently this year.

So whether you’re trying to avoid a mid-meal meltdown courtesy of your toddler—or just looking to get outside and enjoy the beautiful spring weather—we rounded up 20 things to do this Mother’s Day that don’t require restaurant reservations.

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