Bird-Watching with Kids in Hartford County

Most children are fascinated by all creatures, whether they are furry, slimy, scaly, or prickly. With their colorful feathers, quirky personalities and ability to fly, birds are especially captivating. My young explorers love to grab their binoculars and pretend to be ornithologists. Of course, just venturing outside in a suburban backyard will lead to a bird sighting or two. But for a more exciting experience, try visiting one of Hartford County's many nature centers, which go the extra mile in welcoming and educating young bird enthusiasts.

Bird-watching is a great hobby for many reasons. Kids get the opportunity to engage in physical activity outdoors (usually for free!), sharpen their observation and listening skills, and increase their patience. It can also inspire other fun activities like making a bird feeder, collecting materials from nature and trying to replicate a nest, or creating art projects. So go ahead: follow the sounds of birdsong and visit one of the following places.

Best Things To Do with NYC Kids: June GoList

The first month of summer brings a slew of incredible outdoor activities. While FREE festivals, fairs and parades abound, there are only a handful of truly special ones that are worthy of your family calendar. And you'll find them all in our June GoList, our carefully curated roundup of the absolute best things to do with kids throughout the month in NYC.

Many of our favorite FREE annual events take place this month, including Coney Island's Mermaid Parade, the Lower East Side's Egg Rolls & Egg Creams fest, Museum Mile and Governors Island's Figment arts festival. Plus we've got the scoop on some new happenings like the opening of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's new Discovery Garden, and three SummerStage Family Days in Brooklyn, one featuring Laurie Berkner.

As always, if an event piques your interest, be sure to click through to our listing for all the details, including address and time. And remember: In NYC, really cool things to do with kids often get booked up quickly. So buy your tickets ASAP or, in the case of FREE events, arrive as early as possible to try to beat the crowds.

Now get your calendars ready! Here are the top 14 things to do with kids in New York City this June.

50 Free Things To Do in Boston with Kids This Summer

You don't have to go broke to have fun with kids in and around Boston this summer. There are lots of free things to do, whether you want to enjoy the sunshine outside or cool off indoors. Read on for a summer of free events, festivals, crafts, music, games, movies and more.

And if you're looking for times when you can visit local museums at no cost, check out our roundups of free museum hours in Boston and the greater Boston area (after you read through this list of free things to do with kids in Boston this summer, of course).

News: Another Notable Toy Store to Close, Greener School Lunchrooms and Brighter Commutes

It's been a busy week in NYC, and I'm not just talking about my jam-packed, summer-is-almost-here calendar. There are a slew of change-ups to share, from a new supermarket chain coming to Brooklyn and the close of yet another longtime toy store, to a green lunchroom initiative for NYC public schools and an art project for the tunnel leading to the 191st street 1 subway station.

Sports Camps and Clinics for Kids in the Hamptons & North Fork

Fun or fundamentals... why choose when your kid can have both? Parents of athletically inclined children on the East End of Long Island have a number of options for summertime sports. Novices can be introduced to a sport in an inexpensive town clinic, while more experienced athletes can refine their skills under the guidance of a seasoned instructor.

Either way, the East End offers kids' sports programs that range from baseball and basketball, to kayaking and lacrosse. And for more classes and activities, be sure to check out our Hamptons & North Fork Guide.

Weekday Event Picks for LA Kids: Daytime Stargazing, Nighttime Creatures, Tomorrowland, May 25-29

Memorial Day. A final day off before summer unofficially hits and every day feels like a holiday. There is a ton of stuff to do on Monday, from parades and concerts to strawberries and bunnies, but there is nothing quite like a jaunt to the canyon, particularly if you yearn for a 1960s vibe, so I vote for the Topanga Days Country Fair.

Speaking of the '60s, Disney’s latest release, Tomorrowland, is truly an "E" ticket ride. (Angelenos of a certain era will surely know what that means.) Other midweek fun includes stargazing by day in Glendale or by evening in Burbank and Westwood. Read on for our top 5 picks for the week.

Weekday Event Picks for NJ Kids: Italian Festival, Carnival, Kites, May 25-29

This week kicks off with Memorial Day, and holiday fun is plentiful at events like the Wildwoods International Kite Festival and the Woodland Park Memorial Day Street Fair. But the fun doesn't end on Monday! Family-friendly festivities are happening throughout the week, including the St. Vincent de Paul Carnival and the SMS Italian Festival. There are also a few free indoor events for tots like the You & Me Toddler Program and Stretchy, Squishy Silly Putty. And don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more activity options.

Weekday Picks for LI Kids: Hiking, Strawberry Festival, Brookhaven Fair May 25-29

It's the unofficial start of summer, and Long Island families can look forward to a variety of seasonal fun. This week you can enjoy a historic hike, a strawberry festival, and a fair with rides and entertainment.

For even more activities going on around LI, be sure to check our Event Calendar. Spending some time on the East End? You'll also want to take a look at our Hamptons & North Fork Guide.

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