Water Fun for Westchester Kids: Pools, Splash Pads and Lazy Rivers

This post is being updated for 2016. 

Summer is heating up—which probably means you're looking for ways to cool down. If you're searching for more than just a backyard sprinkler, check out one of Westchester's stunning community parks. Many local parks and playgrounds have elaborate water features that rival the best amusement parks around. From lazy rivers to splash pads and wave pools, the county parks system is a water lover's paradise—and all wonderfully close to home!

Read on for the scoop on this summer's must-visit locales, including everything you need to know about Westchester County's park pass and how to get one. Looking for more ways to spend your summer? Sign up for our newsletters and follow us on Facebook

Spectator Sports Bargains for LI Families in the Hamptons & North Fork

Few things are as generational as baseball, especially on the East End of Long Island. Here, family traditions are born and potential major leaguers blossom amid the cornfields and pasture lands of both forks.

But where 60 years ago, Red Sox legend Carl Yastrzemski played on his father’s potato farm in Bridgehampton, now things aren’t as rustic. These days, Hamptons Collegiate Baseball offers some of the best summertime competition around on fields suitable for wannabe big-leaguers.

It’s ideal family entertainment, and just one of several spectator sports options for East End families on a budget. Love running? The Hamptons Marathon is considered a top prep race for the New York City Marathon. How about horses? Bridgehampton hosts one of the highest-profile equestrian meets In the world.

And if it’s a sport you like watching, chances are you can watch it here, at prices guaranteed not to pinch your pocket book.

Here are six of our favorite spectator options on the East End; And for other activities in the area, check out our Hamptons and North Fork Family Guide.

Weekday Event Picks for NJ Kids: Peach Festival, Butterfly Tea Party July 20-24

As temperatures rise, summery outdoor festivals are sizzling throughout the state this week. Delicious food, games, rides and fun are in abundance at St. Ann's Italian Festival, Monmouth County Fair and NJ Peach Festival-Gloucester County 4-H Fair. Just for little ones, spend outdoor time at Growing in the Garden and Butterfly Tea Party. And don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more options!

Weekday Event Picks for LA Kids: Free Activities & a No-cost Treat July 20-24

Here we are, smack-dab in the middle of summer when there are tons of cool things to do in our city. We all know that. But did you know a lot of the fun is free? To prove it, this week we've rounded up five activities that won't cost you a penny.

But wait, there's more! You can also celebrate National Lollipop Day on Monday with a no-cost, made-in-California confection from See’s Candy (only a sucker would pass that up); enjoy free admission to The Arboretum and Descanso Gardens on Tuesday; and catch complimentary concerts and movies throughout the week.

Remember, you can find even more free and low-cost activities in our jam-packed Event Calendar.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Performances, Open Mic Night, Wizard of Oz, July 20-24

Entertainment abounds for Westchester families this week, with various performances the whole family can enjoy. There’s a comedic juggling show and an outdoor screening of The Wizard of Oz, for starters. And if your kids want to switch roles and claim the spotlight, sign them up for Open Mic Night at the Paramount Hudson Valley. Read on for our top picks for each weekday, but remember--you’ll find even more great activities to choose from on our Event Calendar!

Weekday Picks for LI Kids: Amazing Animals, Outdoor Movies, Carnival, July 20-24

This week is filled with kid-friendly fun. From outdoor movies and live theater to animal fun and a carnival, there is something to keep your child entertained--and mom and dad are sure to have a good time, too.

These are just a few of the things on our jam-packed events calendar so be sure to check back regularly. And if you're spending any time on the East End, visit our Hamptons & North Fork Family Guide.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Neighborhood Nights and STEAM, July 20-24

Most locals know about the great activities going on at Massachusetts museums this summer as part of Free Fun Fridays. But in case you didn't know, some museums offer free events on other weekdays, including Neighborhood Nights at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (pictured). Having attended one of these free evenings before, I can tell you that they are fun for everyone in the family.

Trying to avoid summer slide? STEM camps offer one way to keep kids' minds active, but you can also inject a little STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) into your child's day at local parks. As always, some great outdoor concerts round out the week, so have a great one, and don't forget to check out the full Event  Calendar!

Weekday Picks for Connecticut Kids: Superheroes, Campfires, and Luaus, July 20 - 24

We are finally settled into our summer routine, and once again I've been reminded of the value of planning: having a few activities penciled into my calendar (or bookmarked in my browser) gives me a plan of attack the moment I hear that dreaded summer whine, "I'm boooooooooored!" This week there are some terrific activities all over the state, including free concerts, a campfire, and even a luau.  If you're looking to beat the heat, our Summer Fun Guide has lots of great suggestions including a rundown of beach day trips, and our event calendar is updated throughout the week!  Stay cool, and have fun!

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