Celebrate Father's Day In and Near Hartford, Connecticut with the Whole Family

It's Father's Day weekend which means it's time to celebrate all of the dads in our lives, whether they're fathers, step-dads, grandpas, uncles or friends. Rather than give these special guys yet another tie or coffee mug, consider planning a memorable outing with the whole family. There are many great goings-on throughout the Hartford area, where kids and dads can spend quality time together. Want to travel further afield? Check out our roundup of Father's Day family fun in Fairfield County.

Father's Day Weekend for LA Kids: Pasadena Chalk, Bowl Opening, & Rodeo Drive, June 20-21

Settle down, padre; we get it. It’s Father's Day. This weekend it’s all about you. Dad’s choice from sunup to sundown, make way for baseball and barbecues, fancy cars and railroads, and trucks. Or, if you prefer, Irish dancing and movies about feelings. As long as you’re happy, we’re happy. Yep, whatever it takes, no expense spared...

Psst: Moms and kids! Did you know there's a ton of cool stuff going on this weekend that you can take Dad to for free? Luxury cars on Rodeo Drive, no-cost concerts, stargazing (with musical accompaniment!). You can even make him a variety of from-the-heart gifts. All without dipping into the trust fund. There are also things you can do that cost money, if you're into that. (And we have a feeling some of it Dad will be very into!)

By the by, I don't suppose you happened to check our site earlier in the week. Because if you did, you saw your opportunity to get a super-exclusive invite to our free advance screening of Minions this weekend. See, that's the kind of stuff that happens for people in our inner circle. Our compadres. The kind of people who...

...keep reading for our favorite picks for the weekend...

Father's Day Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Trains, Balloons and Baseball June 18-19

This post is being updated for 2016.

What would we do without dear ol' dad? He helps with homework, mows the lawn, volunteers as Little League coach, the list goes on and on... If you're looking for ways to celebrate all the dads, step-dads, grandfathers, godfathers and uncles out there, our Event Calendar provides an assortment of fun ideas for this Father's Day weekend.

Take dad on a helicopter, train or hot air balloon ride; see a vintage baseball game; check out an antique car show or participate in a scavenger hunt created for fathers. Usher in the official arrival of summer with dad at the American Swedish History Museum's Midsommarfest or Winterthur's Enchanted Summer Day. Or drop by the Philadelphia Zoo for its PECO Primate Jungle Days.

Read on for our top picks for the weekend. Happy Father's Day!

Father's Day Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Strawberries & Hubbub, June 20-21

After a great afternoon watching all types of dance from flamenco to Iranian at the Dance for World Community Festival last Saturday, my family is ready to hit the woods for some Father's Day camping this weekend. But if the dad in your life isn't the outdoorsy type, never fear. On their special day, dads can enjoy free admission to local attractions, jazz on an island, a heaping plate of strawberry shortcake and plenty of other Father's Day family fun. And while Sunday is all about dads, book-loving families won't want to miss the Hubbub in Copley Square on Saturday.

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

Father's Day Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Strawberry Festival, Pirates, June 20-21

This Father's Day weekend, spend some quality daddy time strolling on Sagamore Hill or building a rocket at the Center for Science Teaching & Learning.

The whole family can also enjoy sweet treats at the Strawberry Festival in Mattituck, a swashbuckling adventure at the Pirate Festival in Sayville or a Great Picnic Party on the Lawn in Roslyn.

Remember, you can find even more options in our jam-packed Event Calendar and our Summer Fun Guide, plus great ways to celebrate dad in our Father's Day roundup. To receive our posts in your inbox, subscribe to our free newsletters.

Father's Day Weekend with NYC Kids: Mermaid Parade, Laurie Berkner, Adventures NYC June 20-21

Dad's the king on Sunday, but you can celebrate Father's Day in NYC all weekend long with a wide variety of fun family outings. Choices for Saturday include Coney Island's iconic Mermaid Parade, extreme sports fest Adventures NYC in Central Park and the Liberty Challenge, an outrigger canoe race on the Hudson. On Sunday, catch kindie rock goddess Laurie Berkner in a free performance at SummerStage Family Day in Herbert Von King Park, or wander NYC listening to Make Music's no-cost pop-up concerts in honor of the summer solstice. Plus, a pair of seasonal performance series kick off in Central Park, and the Parks Department holds its lottery for free summer swimming lessons.

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

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!

Grunion Run: A Late Night Family Adventure at the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium

Every once in a while we parents get an opportunity to re-experience a treasured childhood memory with our own kids. If you grew up here in Southern California, odds are that you made it to a grunion run at least once when you were a child. If you're from elsewhere, chances are that you thought this was total urban folklore. Well, it's no myth; there really are SoCal fish that jump out of the ocean at midnight and slither up the beach when the moon is full. The Cabrillo Marine Aquarium in San Pedro has been hosting grunion runs with a front row seat for this peculiar phenomenon since 1964. I remember cooking out on the beach with friends and family, bundled up and waiting for those squirmy silver fish to appear. The hot dogs were usually a bit burnt, and the sand was wet and cold, but it was a night of adventure and marine biology that I never forgot.

7 Superhero Party Places for Long Island Kids

My younger son is currently obsessed with The Avengers (Thor is his fave), so this summer we’ll be celebrating his fourth birthday with a superhero-themed party. Have a little one who also loves caped crusaders? There are quite a few venues on Long Island that offer parties that cater to this popular theme. Whether you’re looking for a costumed character to make an appearance or want to give guests the chance to dress up as their favorite heroes, here are seven Long Island spots that should make your little superhero very happy. And for more birthday ideas, be sure to check out our Long Island Party Guide.

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