Take the Subway to NYC Beaches: Coney, Rockaway, Orchard

Fourteen miles of sparkling sand and crashing waves can be found in four of the five boroughs (sorry river-locked Manhattan), which is good news for NYC families. Because as much as we enjoy hitting the Jersey Shore, Fire Island and other Long Island beaches, we're not big fans of renting cars and sitting in traffic.

New York City's beaches are just a subway, bus or ferry ride away. From the "Bronx Rivera" to iconic Coney Island and the Rockaways, these urban seasides often offer just about everything suburban beaches do except the out-of-town commute.

Game On: 8 Soccer Classes for NYC Kids

The sun is shining, the birds are singing—and it's time to play ball! Soccer that is. We've rounded up all the best NYC soccer spots for budding kid athletes, from preschoolers just learning to kick that checkered orb, to middle-schoolers ready to master the roll and step over dribble.

Summer can be the perfect time for your kid to get into the game through a day camp or lessons with one of the NYC youth organizations listed below. Some even offer drop-in classes. But soccer can be a year-round sport, even in NYC. Check out newly opened The Pitch, an indoor soccer field in Williamsburg or longtime favorites like Chelsea Piers. Bonus: Many of these places also offer soccer-themed birthday parties. 

Read on for eight spots offering soccer sessions to NYC kids. You can find even more options in our NYC Directory.

Visiting Historic Philadelphia with Kids

Taking the family to Historic Philadelphia can seem like a daunting task. There is so much to see and do that it can feel overwhelming. Fortunately, Mommy Poppins can give you the low-down on some of the best spots to visit while in Old City. Even if you visit Philadelphia regularly, there is always something new to discover. Many attractions are free or relatively inexpensive. So, check out the list below which includes some favorites, and begin to uncover all that Philadelphia's historic district has to offer for families.

Fun Summer Classes for Teens in NJ

It’s almost here… summer vacation. Teens are getting psyched for the long school-free months that await them, and parents are wondering, what should we do?? The beach or the lake, video games or the skate park? NJ teens have so many opportunities for summer fun; more than just lazy days basking in the sun and chilling out at the mall! Check out the variety of camps and classes that would suit even the pickiest teen.

Ways to Commemorate Memorial Day With Kids in Boston

For many of us, Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to summer. It's the weekend we finally uncover our grills for backyard barbecues and make trips to the Cape. However, Memorial Day is at its core a day to honor and remember women and men who lost their lives in military service to our country. To mark the holiday, many families attend their local town parades and memorial services (the one in Chatham is quite a beautiful, moving event). We've rounded up some other family-friendly (and mostly free) events happening in and around Boston during Memorial Day weekend.

A Visit to It Adventure Indoor Ropes Course in New Haven

Looking for an adrenaline rush? Connecticut has got It!

Located in New Haven, the It Adventure Ropes Course, self-proclaimed as the world's largest, will leave you physically challenged and breathless with excitement. Zip lines, suspension bridges, ice cream, and pizza guarantee a fun-filled family outing and memorable experience. 

12 Free Concerts for NYC Kids This June: Dan Zanes and More

Summer is the season of FREE in NYC—and here it comes. There's no-cost fun everywhere you turn, from festivals to parades to lots of outdoor culture. We've rounded up our top 12 FREE concert picks for families taking place this June around New York City. 

Of course there are so many complimentary performances that it can be hard to figure out which ones are worth the time, energy and schlep. That's why we've done the work for you.

And since most of them are in NYC's attraction-filled parks and playgrounds, 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. 

8 Play Places for Philly Siblings with an Age Gap

If your kids are separated by a large age gap, it can be hard to keep them both happy and entertained. What makes your baby happy can be boring for an older kid who wants to run and play, but squirmy toddlers might not be able to keep up with your older kid's activities. Unless you can clone yourself to take each of your kids to different activities, finding something to keep them all entertained is key.

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