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.

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

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.

Father's Day Weekend for Westchester Kids: Fairs, Hudson River Revival, June 20-21

Families can celebrate summer solstice and Father's Day this weekend with a wide array of fun activities in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. One of our top picks for June, the Clearwater Great Hudson River Revival, is a major weekend highlight. Other fairs and festivals include the Palisades Fair, Newburgh's 150th anniversary celebration and the Yonkers Ukrainian Heritage Festival.

There are many ways to spend quality time with dad on his special weekend, like the Father's Day Open Gaga dedicated to the latest rage in indoor sports. Check out our roundups of Father's Day fun in Westchester and the lower Hudson Valley for additional ideas.

Read on for all of our top picks and sign up for our FREE weekly newsletters if you don't already receive them. Don't forget: Our Event Calendar has even more options to choose from.

Happy Father’s Day!

Inside Out Parent Review: Is Pixar's Amazing New Movie Good for All Ages?

There was a time when the release of any Pixar movie seemed like a major event. Even before I became a mom, I ran to the theater on opening weekend to see Toy Story 1 and 2, Finding Nemo and Monsters, Inc. After my daughter was born, we enjoyed WALL-E, Up and Toy Story 3 together. But I admit, our Pixar fever waned a bit over the past few years, perhaps due to increased animation competition, or maybe it was just those awful Planes movies (technically not Pixar flicks, but spun off from Cars). So my 9-year-old kid and I were thrilled to discover that Pixar's brand-new adventure, Inside Out, harks back to the studio's best work. It's got Toy Story's perfectly balanced blend of wistfulness and whimsy, mixed with a surreal, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind-style take on the complex emotions and memories that make us tick.

At the advance screening we attended, kids and grown-ups were enthralled—even the group of rowdy teens in front of us stopped texting, they were so into it. At times, each group laughed out loud (or cried) at different scenes, proof that the movie works on multiple levels. And yet, even though this is the first must-see family film of the summer, is it good for all ages? It's rated PG for a reason, so here's what you need to know before taking young children to see Inside Out.

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