Nature-Based Preschools in Connecticut

A child’s early years go by fast, and should be filled with adventure, exploration, and joy. Nature-based preschools are a great option for parents interested in offering their children a learning environment without walls. Below are 10 preschool recommendations that allow children to learn and explore outdoors, warmed by sunshine, and stimulated by the natural world around them. Also, the Montessori  curriculum typically incorporates nature as well and we've listed some Montessori preschools here.

4th of July Fireworks: Where to Celebrate with Families in Westchester

Independence Day is right around the corner, and that means summer fun, barbecues and, of course, stunning pyrotechnics. Fireworks go hand in hand with the 4th of July, so the big question is, where to see a show? The famous Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular is one option (and we have the best spots to watch with your family); however, if you prefer to stay closer to home, there are great displays happening all over Westchester. Some celebrations take place before the holiday, and often the fireworks come with fairs, festivals and concerts, so there's lots to do and see. Read on for where to catch the best 4th of July fireworks in Westchester.

27 Festivals, Fairs and Carnivals for Philly Families this July

Some of summertime's best family memories are made at festivals, fairs, and carnivals. Experience classic carnival fun, cultural opportunities, or musical entertainment this season by reviewing our Festivals, Fairs, and Carnivals round-up for July. Whether you attend an all-time family favorite venue or try a new event, be sure cotton candy, funnel cake, live music, and fireworks are a part of your family fun this month.

7 of the Best Playgrounds in Boston

Going to your local playground is the perfect activity for free summer fun. But sometimes you're away from home and in need of a jungle gym for the kids to play on. Luckily there are several really special playgrounds in Boston that are just waiting for you to explore. No matter what neighborhood you're in, chances are there's a great playground nearby. Here are seven of the best in Boston.

Best Free NYC Swimming Pools for Toddlers and Kids

It's summertime and the livin' is easy—beaches, sprinklers, and awesome days at the playground. Oh the hard life of a New York City kid. And now, the NYC Parks Department is poised to open its outdoor pools on Wednesday, June 29, 2016, the day after public schools let out.

We've rounded up our picks for the best free pools in the city. These are all places we've visited personally, or have come highly recommended by families we know. But the city hosts more than 50 outdoor pools this summer, so it will be hard not to find one you like. We even threw in a couple inexpensive pool options for folks who break out in hives at the thought of using a public pool or feel overwhelmed by all the rules. Time to get swimming!

See New York City in a New Way with a Family Scavenger Hunt

My husband, who prides himself on his gift-giving, had quite a surprise for me this Mother's Day. While I had plans to meet close friends in Battery Park City, those plans were derailed when he made our family of five—toddler included—follow him to a bar in Midtown. My mood went from perplexed to pleasantly surprised when I learned the reason: He had booked a scavenger hunt for the day.

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Urban Nature, Free Shakespeare, and Sea Lions

Hoo boy. In case you missed it, it's summer. Summer with a capital H-O-T. It is officially summer (June 21), functionally summer (kids out of school), and happy fun times summer in that a good many of our summer standards have begun. You can catch the free Shakespeare in Griffith Park, the Family Amphitheater Performances at the Skirball, tons and tons o' summer movies, (free, worth the ticket price, outdoors, you name it, we got it), and tons and tons o' summer concerts, (free, worth the ticket price, outdoors, you name it, we got it). You can chill at Angel Stadium or the Hollywood Bowl, and—kaboom!

Sorry, got a little distracted by the red, white, and blue in the sky. July 4th may be next weekend, but the fireworks are already starting. (Another sure sign of summer!) Don't panic if you haven't got your June/July/August plans in place; we can take it together, day by day, (you know, like a calendar) coming up with fun, free, and just darn fabulous things to do. It's what we do.

Keep reading for our most summerific picks for this weekend...

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