Splash Parks, Sprinklers, and Water Playgrounds in Orange County

The drought is on all of our minds this year, but water is still the star of summer, whether hanging at the beach or playing in a pool. Fun places with splash pads and water features rank pretty high on a summer bucket list, and many recycle water effectively enough to make them sustainable during our shortage. Little kids, bigger kids, and even the occasional parent (yes, you!) can cool off on a hot day without tons of planning or tons of waste. Let's face it: playing in the water is just plain fun—and if you keep an extra towel handy, you're always ready.

Check out some of these free water play parks and sprinklers around Orange County. Most are open Memorial Day to Labor Day, though we recommend calling to confirm before heading out, since water conservation mandates frequently change.

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Goodnight Moon, Brookhaven Fair, Spy Saturday May 30-31

Get ready for a "berry" good time at this weekend's annual Strawberry Festival in Bellmore. Or turn your berry bounty into sweet treats at Benner's Farm.

Looking for some indoor fun? A stage adaptation of the beloved children's book Goodnight Moon is being performed at the Long Island Children's Museum throughout the weekend. Or you could catch another page-to-stage musical, Seussical, in Islip.

Remember, you can find even more options in our jam-packed Event Calendar. To receive our posts in your inbox, subscribe to our free newsletters.

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Family Concerts & Nature Festival, May 30-31

Music fans certainly have their pick of concerts this weekend! A music festival at the Newton Free Library sounds pretty amazing, and there's also a family concert with the Chameleon Arts Ensemble that includes an instrument petting zoo.

Another great live entertainment option is at one of my family's favorite museums, the ICA Boston (pictured). This particular Play Date appears on our May GoList because of its combination of art-related activities along with a family-friendly performance. Other fun this weekend includes an Audubon Nature Festival with live owl presentations and an opportunity for stargazing.

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to check out our full Event Calendar!

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Boating, Butterflies, and Archery May 30-31

Our calendar is bursting with summer-style fun for your family. Strawberry season is right around the corner, so take a peek at our roundup of pick-your-own berry farms in CT so you'll know where to go. Looking for more outdoor activities? We also have a great post about bird-watching with kids in Hartford County and a comprehensive guide to biking, hiking, climbing, and skateboarding in Fairfield County. If your kids are more into the mind (or, more accurately, the mine), read our post about Minecraft fun in Fairfield County. For even more options, check out our Event Calendar, which is constantly updated with new listings from across the state. To keep up with everything going on in CT, subscribe to our FREE newsletters, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Have a fabulous weekend!

Weekend Fun for NYC Kids: Free Fests, Children's Zoo Reopening, Ladybugs & Stargazing May 30-31

Summer fun heats up this weekend with a bunch of great outdoor activities including two of our top picks for May: the action-packed Ultimate Science Street Fair in Washington Square Park and the funky IDEAS CITY StreetFest on the Lower East Side. The best part is that both are 100% FREE.

Other weekend highlights include astronomer-led stargazing in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the New Victory Theater's final show of the season, Paper Planet, a massive ladybug release in Washington Market Park and the grand reopening of the Bronx Zoo Children's Zoo.

These are just a few of the great things going on this weekend. All of our best bets are below. You can find additional options in our Event Calendar and our Summer Fun Guide.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: ICS Carnival, Cultural Festivals, Snakes, May 30-31

It’s hard to believe that May is already winding down. Since temperatures have yet to soar, now’s the perfect time to enjoy all the outdoor family fun happening throughout Westchester.

This weekend, two great programs will take you back in time: the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII, which includes period recreations and commemorative ceremonies, and a hike to the historic Spencer Optical Factory site, which offers a peek at the past.

Immerse yourself in another culture at the Asian Heritage Festival or Albanian Heritage Festival. If a nature program is more your speed, you can Shout Out for Snakes or ask Polly if she wants a cracker at Parrots of the World.

Other weekend highlights include the White Plains Outdoor Arts Festival, the ICS Carnival and your last chance to see Lightscapes.

Read on for all of our best bets, many of which are FREE. To stay in the know, sign up for our FREE weekly newsletters, and don't forget to check out our Event Calendar.

10 Places to Play in Prospect Heights: Billiards, Chess & Old-Fashioned Playgrounds

I've had a blast exploring Prospect Heights with my kids and getting to experience all this sweet Brooklyn neighborhood has to offer. From kid-friendly restaurants to family activities, it's got attractions for all ages. We continue our month-long spotlight on the area with a roundup of our top 10 places to play in Prospect Heights, both indoors and outside, from parks and gardens to chess and billiards.

Outdoor Play in Warwick: Where Hudson Valley Kids Can Romp, Splash and Skate

We began our month-long focus on Warwick with a list of our top 25 things to do with kids in the agriculturally rich community in Orange County. Now we're digging into some of our favorite places to run amok in this Hudson Valley town. Whether you're looking for an organized activity or just a wide-open space for unstructured cavorting, there are lots of wonderful spots to play outside in Warwick.

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