It’s that shopping time of year. While hitting the stores alone sounds ideal, it’s likely you’ll have to shop with the kids in tow at some point. And we all know shopping with kids can be challenging, if not downright chaotic. Having experienced a five alarm meltdown in a home improvement store a while back (I have yet to return), I tend to dodge stores that have no toy aisle.
While there are plenty of book and toy stores that have train tables and other fun activities, sometimes we can’t avoid dragging the kids to clothing, jewelry, grocery and other adult-oriented shops. Fortunately, we’ve discovered some non-children stores that offer play spaces and other tantrum-preventing distractions. So if you plan to shop as a family, check out some of these child-friendly non-child stores. Multi-location stores may not offer the play features in every branch, so you may want to contact your local destination ahead of time. Hopefully-happy shopping!
Dreaming of the next holiday on the horizon? Digest that giant meal and head out soon to find that perfect tree, because most of the farms open right after Turkey Day! Check out our list of Christmas tree farms and don’t forget to check the Mommy Poppins Holiday Fun Guide for even more festive ideas to get you and your family into the holiday mood!
The latest Disney-Pixar flick comes roaring into theaters this week with astoundingly rendered background art; themes of family, friendship, and overcoming fear, and starring roles for those kid-favorite critters, dinosaurs. Though largely aimed at a younger crowd, The Good Dinosaur is rated PG, and some themes and moments may be a little too intense for more sensitive viewers. Read on to find out if this film is appropriate for your family (and why it's worth seeing at Hollywood's El Capitan for folks in LA this holiday season).
Now that the turkey has been consumed, it’s time to look forward to Christmas, and Christmas Eve, and New Year's Eve and all the fun that comes with them. The holiday season is already in full swing, and New Jersey kids have so many activities and events to choose from; the only problem is having enough time to get to them all! So get your calendars out and choose something fun from our 25 favorite 2015 holiday activities in NJ.
Ok, so you can’t quite make it to the North Pole, although that would be pretty cool. Good thing in New Jersey the North Pole can come to you—on wheels, no less! Check out these holiday train rides with Santa Claus and book your tickets as soon as possible to ensure your spot on these special train rides--they sell out incredibly fast. And don't forget to check out our fun Holiday Activity Guide, too. Happy holidays from everyone at Mommy Poppins!
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