Weekday Picks for LI Kids: Amazing Animals, Outdoor Movies, Carnival, July 20-24

This week is filled with kid-friendly fun. From outdoor movies and live theater to animal fun and a carnival, there is something to keep your child entertained--and mom and dad are sure to have a good time, too.

These are just a few of the things on our jam-packed events calendar so be sure to check back regularly. And if you're spending any time on the East End, visit our Hamptons & North Fork Family Guide.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Neighborhood Nights and STEAM, July 20-24

Most locals know about the great activities going on at Massachusetts museums this summer as part of Free Fun Fridays. But in case you didn't know, some museums offer free events on other weekdays, including Neighborhood Nights at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (pictured). Having attended one of these free evenings before, I can tell you that they are fun for everyone in the family.

Trying to avoid summer slide? STEM camps offer one way to keep kids' minds active, but you can also inject a little STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) into your child's day at local parks. As always, some great outdoor concerts round out the week, so have a great one, and don't forget to check out the full Event  Calendar!

Weekday Picks for Connecticut Kids: Superheroes, Campfires, and Luaus, July 20 - 24

We are finally settled into our summer routine, and once again I've been reminded of the value of planning: having a few activities penciled into my calendar (or bookmarked in my browser) gives me a plan of attack the moment I hear that dreaded summer whine, "I'm boooooooooored!" This week there are some terrific activities all over the state, including free concerts, a campfire, and even a luau.  If you're looking to beat the heat, our Summer Fun Guide has lots of great suggestions including a rundown of beach day trips, and our event calendar is updated throughout the week!  Stay cool, and have fun!

5 Day Trips with Water Features: Lakes, Beaches and Water Parks Close to NYC

As the city hits a full summer boil, many of us are looking for a little escape, preferably one where we can dunk our roasting selves in some sort of body of water. Whether you prefer cool beach waves, an afternoon of kayaking or tubing along the river or maybe dashing down a winding water slide, water features provide instant relief to sweltering summer heat.

While I love getting out of the city for a weekend trip, sometimes all the planning, packing and finagling of kids' sleep schedules can really take a toll. Instead of an extended stay, why not sneak away for a quick day trip? Luckily you don't have to go far. We've rounded up five destinations under two hours from NYC by car, so you'll be back before bedtime!

Indoor Tennis for NYC Kids: 10 Programs with Youth Lessons & Family Play

Summer feels like the height of tennis season: FREE outdoor lessons abound, and watching tournaments like Wimbledon and the US Open always inspires my family to hit the court. Then, just as we're getting back into the (literal) swing of things, the cold weather comes—but there's no need to put away our rackets. NYC is home to many indoor facilities that offer high-quality tennis lessons for kids year-round. A few even offer family game play!

5 Spelling Word Games to Help with Spelling for Kids

English is a tricky language with a lot of words and a whole heck of a lot of crazy rules (and exceptions to rules) about how things should be spelled. When I watch a kid learning the English language I honestly don't know how any of us do it. It's truly amazing that any of us learn how to read and spell.

Parents can support their kids learning to spell and write in school by spending time with them at home, reading and playing word games. Word games can help early writers just learning how to spell, as well as more advanced writers to increase their vocabularies. I've picked out a few word games that help kids with spelling words and tried them out with my seven year old. Not only have I been impressed with his growing ability and comfort (sometimes that's the most important thing) with spelling words, but we've had a lot of fun too.  And great warm up for back to school.

School Lunch and Snack Tips and Ideas for Back to School

It's back to school time and so we are thinking about all those little details of preparing for the school year. Making healthy school lunches and snacks is a big one. We asked the moms of Mommy Poppins what their best tips for easy healthy snack options and school lunch recipes were and they came up with a bunch of really original school lunch box ideas, as well as some old standbys.

Read on to find out what we're putting in our kids' lunch boxes for school lunch and snacks:

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