Weekday Fun: Memorial Day Parades, Free Concerts, Little Guggs

Memorial Day means the return of NYC's warm weather favorites like Riverside Park's free kiddie music series, which kicks off on Thursday with a classical Indian concert and alfresco dancing. (Read our roundup of other fun and FREE outdoor concerts happening all month.) Other weekday highlights include NYC's oldest Memorial Day Parade, MoMath's game-themed Family Friday and the Guggenheim's new tots-only program Little Guggs.

This week also brings the start of NYC's free boating programs and, if the weather cooperates, we may even see the sprinklers activated throughout the city's water playgrounds (some were on last week for the mini heat wave). If a trip to the movies is on your radar, we caught a sneak peak of The Angry Birds Moviefind out what our blogger and her kid thought before you head out.

You can find plenty of other ideas for family fun in our Event Calendar and Summer Fun Guide.

29 Festivals, Fairs and Carnivals for Philly Families this June

As the school year comes to a close and extracurricular activities wind down, the festival, fair and carnival season is just getting started! We've compiled a list of all the great festivals and fairs happening this June. From the once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to annual traditions, there is something for every member of the family. So, get out your calendar and be sure to make time for the array of fun that awaits Philly families this month!

Help Us Choose the Best of LA: Vote for Your Favorite Spots and Win!

How do we love LA? Help us count the ways! We know that Los Angeles is the best place to raise kids, but even the best has its best. So we're counting on you, our Mommy Poppins readers and the most savvy parents we know, to help us pick the Best of LA. The best play spaces? We've got 'em. Family restaurants? We've got those, too. Swim classes, dance classes, and baby 'n' me? The greatest ones are all in sunny SoCal, along with the coolest theaters, museums, kindie bands, camps—heck, even our dentists are the best. But only you can tell us which is the best of the best, so we're asking you to vote for your favorites in all of these categories and more.

Of course, we know you're busy parents, so we've got some fantastic prizes lined up to thank you for sharing your expertise: how does a free bowling party at Lucky Strike sound? Or what about a family glamping trip at El Capitan Canyon? Give us 5 minutes and your expert opinions, then let us know which prize you'd prefer—it's a win-win for everyone!

Start voting now!

See Live Crocodiles at the American Museum of Natural History

Live animal exhibits always get a spot on my family's New York City summer bucket list, so there was no way we would miss the new reptile exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History.

The museum often features exhibits with small live animals like frogs and spiders, and of course it's popular but seasonal live butterfly atrium. This year, the museum is upping the wow factor with a live crocodile and alligator exhibit, Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World. That's right, live crocodiles! We've got the details on the museum's newest exhibit, opening this Memorial Day weekend.

12 of the Best Picnic Spots for Families in Boston

As the days get longer, sunnier and warmer, you’ll probably long to take some of your meals outside. Picnicking is a classic summer activity that’s perfect for the whole family. Instead of just heading to your neighborhood park, pack your basket and bring it to one of Boston’s best picnic areas. Some have deep roots in Boston’s history or water views, and all are beautiful and provide a breath of fresh air in the middle of a busy city.

See Westchester Children's Museum's Brand-New Space

The highly anticipated (and already beloved) Westchester's Children's Museum is now officially open year round! The museum completed and opened the first phase of an impressive 22,000-square-foot plan, and after a recent visit with my 6- and 8-year-old daughters, we're already hooked and can't wait for what's to come. Read on for details about the new hands-on spot for kids, located along the Playland Boardwalk in Rye.

A Day At The Fair: Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Review

If you live in the neighboring areas, you've almost definitely heard of The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. You've probably even watched the horses loading in and the ferris wheel going up. If you haven't heard of it, The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair is a week and a half long event that kicks off the summer every year and is tons of fun for the whole family. It's a unique experience and it offers a little something for everyone, including some really fun events.

Memorial Day Weekend Festivals and Parades for LA Families

Quick, hit the brakes—there's a three-day weekend just ahead! Memorial Day, the holiday generally considered the first harbinger of summer, is on the horizon, and the forecast is for one of those LA Story, 70s-and-sunny weekends. There's only one problem: you were so busy looking for summer camps that you forgot to book a campsite or a beach getaway, right? No worries—when your kids ask why you're not going anywhere this weekend, just tell them you're staying in town to catch some of the great Memorial Day festivals and parades that only happen once a year.

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