June GoList: Best Things To Do with Long Island Kids This Month

Summer finally arrives in June, and there is definitely excitement in the air across Long Island—just check out all of the cool events (both indoors and out) happening throughout the month. From strawberry festivals and cardboard boat racing, to picnics on the lawn and rolling in the mud, there is something to keep every member of the family happy in June. And for even more kid-friendly activities taking place this month, check out our Event Calendar.

Indoor Play Spaces in Warwick: Where Hudson Valley Kids Can Play & Learn

So far during our month-long spotlight on Warwick in Orange County, we've rounded up our top 25 things to do with kids in town and the area's best places for outdoor play. Today we're looking at our favorite spots where kids can learn and play indoors in this Hudson Valley community.

Whether it’s trying a new sport, getting creative or lounging around with a good book, Warwick has options for a range of interests and ages. Read on for our list of the best places for kids to spend some fun and enriching time indoors in town.

12 Free Concerts for NYC Kids This June, Including Laurie Berkner

Summer is the season of FREE in NYC. There's no-cost fun everywhere you turn, from festivals to parades to lots of outdoor culture. Complimentary concerts are particularly plentiful. In fact, there are so many free performances, it's hard to figure out which ones are worth the time, energy and schlep.

To help you narrow down your choices, we've rounded up our top 12 FREE outdoor concert picks for families throughout June. And since most of them are in NYC's attraction-filled parks, you can even make a day out of it. So pack a picnic, stake out a spot, lay down a blanket and soak up some no-cost culture. You can find more family fun in our jam-packed Summer Guide.

This Week: Renaissance Festival, Pick-Your-Own Berry Day Trips, New LEGOLAND Hotel

There are lots of great outdoor events on tap this week as we move into the summer season! With popular annual street fairs and the start of many free outdoor concert series, there's plenty of warm weather fun to be had all over the tri-state area.

Head to nearby New Jersey for Oasis Family Farm's Strawberry Festival, complete with wagon rides, pie-eating contests and, of course, strawberries! Or travel back in time at the Robin Hood Renaissance Festival in New Haven, where kids can try archery, participate in daily tournaments and enjoy other period activities. Spending the weekend in the Hamptons? Here's a roundup of all the family-friendly fun on tap.

Our Travel site has details on what may be the world's most kid-friendly lodging: Florida's new LEGOLAND Hotel.

Here's what else we covered on the NYC site this week:

Weekend Fun with LA Kids: Family Play Day, CicLAvia, and Stroll 'n Run May 30-31

Party over here! Party over there! Holla! Mommy P in the house! Or in this case at the Autry, chilling with our SoCalMoms peeps and getting our family fun on. Come on down and touch some Aquarium of the Pacific sea life, snap yourself silly in the photo booth, get glammed from nails to hair, and watch the kid bands battle it out. It's going to be epic.

Or you can just walk it off. Or ride. Or dance. In Pasadena, you can show you don't need no stinkin' car to get where you're going. At South Coast Botanic Gardens, you can run-stroll in solidarity with fellow moms. So you think you can dance? Try shaking your tail feathers with Ernie, Cookie, and Elmo.

Whatever you're up for, we can help you figure out how to do it, whether you want to catch a new flick, an old one, or several in a row. Whether you want to pick a good book, or fine berries, or stars out of the sky, we're here for you. Come say hi.

Keep reading for some of our favorite picks for this weekend...

Father's Day in New Jersey: 10 Fun Ways to Celebrate Dad with Kids

Looking for creative ways to celebrate Father’s Day this year? There are tons of family-friendly activities happening all over the state, but we’ve narrowed it down to our top ten picks. There’s something to suit every type of father, so whether he's a sports fiend, outdoorsy, a train fanatic or just wants to relax with a glass of wine, we’ve got him covered. Happy Father’s Day to all of NJ’s wonderful dads! For more ways to have fun with fathers throughout the month, check out our Event Calendar and our roundup of family festivals.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Carnivals, Performances and History May 30-31

It's the last weekend in May and our Event Calendar is full of activities to help you make the most of it. From carnivals to performances, there is something to keep everyone happy.

Families looking to enjoy live music, rides, games and old-fashioned fun can check out the Brandywine Strawberry Festival, the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair or the Skippack Village Carnival. Those who enjoy children's shows have many options this weekend: Montgomery Theater's Shrek Jr. the Musical, Arden Theatre's The Jungle Book, Gratz College Theater's Pinocchio and Walnut Street Theatre's Schoolhouse Rock Jr. are all onstage.

If your organization is hosting an event you'd like to see on our site, be sure to submit it to our calendar. And don't forget to sign up for our free weekly newsletter, which is delivered to your inbox every Thursday morning.

Splash Parks, Sprinklers, and Water Playgrounds in Orange County

The drought is on all of our minds this year, but water is still the star of summer, whether hanging at the beach or playing in a pool. Fun places with splash pads and water features rank pretty high on a summer bucket list, and many recycle water effectively enough to make them sustainable during our shortage. Little kids, bigger kids, and even the occasional parent (yes, you!) can cool off on a hot day without tons of planning or tons of waste. Let's face it: playing in the water is just plain fun—and if you keep an extra towel handy, you're always ready.

Check out some of these free water play parks and sprinklers around Orange County. Most are open Memorial Day to Labor Day, though we recommend calling to confirm before heading out, since water conservation mandates frequently change.

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