5 Great Theme Parks For Families in New England

For a memorable family outing jam-packed with fun, head to a theme park. We have some great choices here in New England, and we've rounded up our five favorites for families with kids ranging from toddlers to teens. Some are close enough to Boston for a daycation and others are better suited for a weekend getaway, but they all make for a quick escape from the every day blahs.  

Free 2016 Summer Outdoor Movies for Westchester Kids

Sure, watching movies in a darkened, air conditioned theater is fun, but it’s no great shakes compared to lounging on a blanket and watching that big screen outdoors. We’ve rounded up the 2016 summer movies that are screening in Westchester this summer and, with just a few exceptions, they are all FREE! 

Movies can be seen six days a week, but if you’re looking for even more family-friendly summer activities, be sure to consult our complete Summer Activity Guide and our Event Calendar

Free Shakespeare in LA's Griffith Park: Take That, New York!

Fear not, good friends, to bring your children to the Shakespeare in Griffith Park, for it is both free and a fine evening out. The Bard of Avon does not need to be your usual thing for this outing to be a success. Our fun-loving, fair weather friends at LA's Independent Shakespeare Company know how to entertain a family on a picnic blanket. Their mouths may say, "Now is the winter of our discontent," but their eyes say, "Isn't this a glorious summer evening?"

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.


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