Best Jersey Shore Beaches for Families: Sandy Hook to Cape May

New Jersey boasts 130 miles of shoreline and some of the prettiest beaches anywhere. Whether your family is looking for a busy boardwalk with children's rides, a beachside water park or sprinkler playground, towering lighthouses, or something a bit quieter, our state has it.

We've rounded up 10 of our favorite Jersey beaches, from a national park to the busier southern beaches of Cape May and Atlantic City. So pack the car (and the kids) for a beach day trip or a long weekend—the summer possibilities are endless. Make your New Jersey kid a beach baby and head on “down the shore.” And for more Shore fun, check out our Jersey Shore Family Guide.

50 Free Things To Do with Toddlers This Summer in NYC

New York City is chock-full of exciting summer to-dos for its youngest citizens. Sure, visiting the sprinklers at your local playground is sometimes enough to make your toddlers’s day. But for those occasions when you feel a yearning to venture farther afield, we’ve rounded up 50 FREE things to do with toddlers this July and August.

We've already put together a list of 100 Free Things To Do in NYC This Summer for kids of all ages, but the suggestions that follow are tailored just for little kids.

Looking for additional inspiration? Check out our Summer Fun GuideEvent Calendar, and Free in NYC Guide

Swim Philly Pop-Up Pool Project: Public Pools with a Fun Twist

The heat of summer is upon us. Kids haven't been out of school that long yet and already they're getting fidgety. One of the many great things that Philly has to offer its communities is the sheer number of free public pools- there are over 70 outdoor pools! Philadelphia has more outdoor public pools per capita than any other city in the country. All opening between June 22 and July 1, these pools are the perfect respite from summer boredom and sweltering heat. Most exciting, is the new Pop-Up Pool Project initiative, funded by the Knight Foundation and led by Group Melvin Design.

July GoList: The Best Things To Do With CT Kids This Month

Our CT July GoList, which highlights the best things to do with kids throughout July, includes lots of summer festivals, fairs and carnivals. Enjoy free jazz all weekend during the  Hartford Festival of Jazz at Bushnell Park, tall ship tours, music and carnival rides at Sailfest in New London, and a Blueberry Fest in Middlefield. Our list of over forty 4th of July fireworks shows can be found  here.

Below are our top 17 things to do with kids in Connecticut this July,  Be sure to click through to each listing for all the details, including address and time. Have fun!

Best Summer Festivals and Fairs for NYC Families in July

So far this summer, we've posted about FREE outdoor movie screenings, FREE children's concerts in June and July and FREE things to do every day with kids in New York City. Now we're rounding up our favorite and (mostly) FREE family festivals and city street fairs going on in July.

Two of our favorite NYC annual fests take place this month, including the big Bastille Day street fair on the Upper East Side and City of Water Day on Governors Island. If neither of those tickles your fancy, we've rounded up several other options.

So go get your calendar! Here are nine sizzling summer fests for NYC families.

Ride Back in Time with the Kids at Whippany Railway Museum

For those of you with train-loving kids, an afternoon at Whippany Railway Museum will float their boats (or kick their cabooses, maybe?). We spent Father's Day riding the rails, looking at cool old train stuff in a tiny, wonderfully packed-to-the-gills museum, and generally stepping back in time, sans electronic devices.

Read on for the highlights of our fun day spent in the company of Southern Railway steam locomotive No. 385 and friends.

NYC Extends Pool and Beach Season Beyond Labor Day for 2016

City kids hadn't even had a chance to dive into the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation's 55 pools before the Parks commissioner graced them with a special announcement: For the first time, many of the city's favorite swimming pools will remain open beyond Labor Day, closing the 2016 season on Sunday, September 11, and giving all New Yorkers an extra week to cool off.

The good news didn't end there, though, in addition to more time to enjoy the city's FREE pools, local beaches will again remain open past the traditional end-of-summer holiday. After last year's first successful extension of the beach season in 2015, the city's public beaches, specifically Rockaway Beach in Queens, Coney Island and Brighton Beaches in Brooklyn, Midland and South Beaches in Staten Island, and Orchard Beach in the Bronx, will also close for the season on September 11.

Mommy Poppins Honors 20 years of the New Victory Theater

Mommy Poppins has been covering the best of kids in NYC for just about ten years—and so have our kids, who have grown up helping us review it all. In honor of the 20th anniversary of The New Victory Theater in Times Square, we wanted to pay tribute to a wonderful theater that has been a big part of our kids' lives. Opened in 1995, The New Victory Theater is a non-profit performing arts venue that provides high-quality performances in a stunning theater for kids of all ages—seriously, you'll find shows for your baby and your teen and every age in between—at affordable prices. Its diverse lineup includes circus performances, dance shows, and theater productions from around the world, as well as workshops, camps, and theater engagement activities—and our kids have done it all.

So here's what the theater-going kids (and moms) of Mommy Poppins have to say about the New Victory Theater on its 20th birthday:


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