Weekday Picks: Swordplay and Sorcery, Magic, Music, and Movies

I admit I was skeptical about the whole outdoor movie thing, but after recently venturing to the Hollywood Forever Cemetery for a Cinespia event, my tune has changed. This is a spectacular (and not necessarily expensive) summer indulgence. Mommy Poppins' calendar is chock-a-block with movie nights from Long Beach to Thousand Oaks; and what summer would be complete without a trip to the Hollywood Bowl for a Sound of Music Sing-a-long? Bring a blanket and pack a picnic; some venues even permit the sipping of vino. Outdoor projection has come a long way since the drive-in; the sound and image quality are now excellent. Best of all, many of these screenings are free.

The Magic Castle comes to the Santa Monica Playhouse on Monday evenings this summer. Be mesmerized and amazed by these skillful magician's illusion and sleight of hand. If you like a good magic trick, swordplay may also be a source of fascination; master the blade in Sierra Madre where Swordscholar brings training from 14th and 16th century medieval manuals.

Finally, tuneful Angelenos can Make Music LA at multiple venues around our city. This is an international celebration with 700 cities participating; if you are still feeling the beat by Friday, do-si-do downtown for some outdoor line-dancing.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Summer Solstice and Boston on a Budget, June 20-24

With the last days of the school year in the bag—or almost in the bag—this is a perfect week to relax, celebrate, and map out the coming summer weeks. I've got all of these covered on my personal schedule with plans to hit an outdoor concert, a solstice celebration (pictured), and last but not least, a presentation I'm giving on free and cheap things to do in Boston this summer. Hope to see many of our readers there!

Many families like to take it easy the first week out of school, but don't forget to get the kids signed up for summer reading programs and any camps that might have last-minute openings. And besides all the great, free picks below, be sure to keep your eye on the full Event Calendar for other upcoming events.

Weekday Picks for LI Kids: Strawberry Moon Hike, Family Fun Night, June 20-24

For many Long Island kids, this is the last week of school--and there's plenty of things to do before the summer season begins. Knock down some pins at after-school bowling, enjoy the nighttime sky with a hike in Quogue, play some retro video games at the Cradle of Aviation and pack a picnic for Family Fun Night at Planting Fields. 

There's even more going on this week, so be sure to take a look at our Long Island events calendar and our Summer Fun Guide. You can also get the best events of the week sent directly to your inbox each week if you sign up for our newsletter.

Weekday Picks: Movies, Gardens, and Stars, June 20-24, 2016

Summer officially arrives on Monday, and with it comes the fun outdoor movies, concerts, and hands on learning programs that make life in Connecticut so much fun.  This week alone, families can enjoy a movie on the beach or in a cool, air conditioned theater, or get up close and personal with hands on projects exploring gardening, flotation devices, or astronomy.

My own kids finished school last week so I'll be scouring the Event Calendar (and posting new events) to keep us all busy and happy. Check back here often and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest so that you don't miss a thing.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Outdoor Yoga, Mario the Magician

With the school year winding down, the family fun is on the rise here in Westchester! Weekdays are increasingly full of assorted activities to enjoy. All of our top picks this week are FREE!

For a world-class performance, catch the outdoor act of Mario the Magician. International Yoga Day is being celebrated with an outdoor class with views overlooking the Hudson River, and old-fashioned games are all that’s needed for fun at Field Day.

Keep tabs on all the fun activities happening this summer by signing up for our FREE weekly newsletters and consulting our Event Calendar for the frequent updates—including additional opportunities for the week ahead!

Happy Summer Solstice! 

4th of July Fireworks Around Boston (Not on the Esplanade)

If you’re looking for a fireworks show to celebrate Independence Day, but the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on the Esplanade seems a bit overwhelming, there are plenty of other great options. Towns around Boston put on their own 4th of July displays that are just right for families with young children. Read on for some wonderful local celebrations with fireworks and festive Independence Day activities happening June 25th through July 4th.


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