Weekday Picks: Memorial Day, Discovery Cubes Squared, and Donuts!

Okay, technically, it is still spring, and the first day of summer, Monday June 20th, is weeks away. Nevertheless, I think we can all agree that as school comes to a close, Memorial Day barbecues are lit, and The Annenberg Beach House opens for holiday swimming, the season of the sun is upon us. There are myriad ways to honor our vets on Monday. Festivals and parades abound. But if you want something low key and relaxing that says “summer is here!” hang out at the Annenberg Beach House, where you can spend the day on the beach and then cool off in a glorious pool as the sun sets.

Many of our local libraries are starting to rev up their summer reading programs. Everybody does it slightly differently, but the end result is the same: kids spend the summer reading books. In Eagle Rock, the kick-off is this week. Another thing kicking off this week is a summer of al fresco music, starting in Beverly Hills as the Concerts on Cañon commence.

Also launching this week are four cool experiences at our two Discovery Cubes: In LA Speed: The Science of Motion explores the science behind Formula 1 racing (conveniently coinciding with the Indy 500), and Dora and Diego guide baby animals through a rainforest maze. Meanwhile in Orange County, life-sized animatronic dinosaurs recreate prehistoric times, and young motorcycle enthusiasts get to dream it, build it, ride it with a hands-on Harley-Davidson immersive exhibit.

Honestly, there is so much going on, it's hard to say what's the best of the bunch. That's why we need your help choosing! Please vote in our Best of LA contest, and you could win one of the wonderful prizes that we can't wait to share (think parties and vacations)!

Oh, and best make it a habit to peruse Mommy Poppins’ Event Calendar; you wouldn’t want to miss out on National Donut Day.

Weekday Picks for LI Kids: Family Carnival, Strawberry Festival, May 30-June 3

Memorial Day brings a variety of family-friendly events, including the family carnival at Eisenhower Park. This week also features the Nassau County Strawberry Festival, as well as a water safety puppet show, drop-off painting at As You Wish and art exploration at Hofstra.

This is just a sampling of what's going on this week, so be sure to take a look at our Long Island events calendar and our Spring 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 for Westchester Kids: Fairs and Festivals, May 30-Jun 3

Sure, the end of school is on the horizon for some, but we know many of you are looking for preschools for your little ones to attend this fall. To help you on your journey, Mommy Poppins now has a Preschool Guide dedicated to giving advice on finding a good-fit school, as well as age-specific activities for your preschooler. Best of all, we have a searachable directory of Westchester preschools for easy discovery. If your favorite school isn't our list, just let us know

Meanwhile, the transition from May to June is like one big party for Westchester families, with parades, festivals and fairs all week! Celebrate the red, white and blue at any of the Memorial Day celebrations we've identified, then honor the red, white and green at Festa Italiana.

If you’ve had your fill of hoopla, take it down a notch by making a Friendship Bracelet or wiggling and giggling at Graham Clarke's Musical Tuesday.

This is just a sampling of all that awaits you on our Event Calendar, so head there after reading on for each of our top picks for mid-week. Also check out our hot-off-the-press June GoList for highlights of the whole month!

Free Outdoor Movies for NYC Kids This Summer

New York City will screen hundreds of FREE outdoor movies this summer, many of them just for kids. The city greatly expanded its offerings for the summer of 2016; its Movies Under the Stars series will screen more than 300 films in 2016 on top of the many other popular annual series hosted by various associations, park groups and their corporate sponsors.

A few outdoor movie series, such as RiverFlicks for Kids in the West Village, are aimed specifically at children. But even grown-up series, such as those in Bryant Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park, include a family-friendly screening or two. Movies usually begin between 8 and 8:30pm, but plan to arrive early: The well-known series fill up fast (expect crowds at Bryant Park). Sometimes there is even pre-movie entertainment.

Even if you see a flick you've watched a dozen or so times at home, it's a totally different experience viewing it in the open air alongside several hundred other fans. It's a thrilling, communal event and a summer rite of passage for NYC kids and grown-ups. So pack a picnic, bring your blanket, sit back, relax and enjoy the show at one of these outdoor summer movie series in NYC.

Find more seasonal activities in our Summer Fun Guide.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Summer in Boston Begins, May 30 - June 3

It may not technically be summer, but it looks like no one got the memo—not the farmers' markets, weather prognosticators, or local pools and spray parks. Several free outdoor summer music series start this week with concerts aplenty, creating soundtracks for family dancing and al fresco dining. Speaking of enjoying a meal outdoors: It's picnic season, and we recommend packing up your favorite summer foods and heading to one of our 12 favorite spots for picnicking with the kids in Boston. Stargazing is in the forecast, too, as long as the weather holds. There's plenty more to do, so be sure to check out our Events Calendar for ideas.

Happy Summer!

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Parades, Music, Strawberries May 30-June 3

Despite the short work/school week ahead, there is no shortage of educational experiences this week. To start, teach young ones about Memorial Day at the Independence Seaport Museum's Memorial Day ceremony. Then, head to the National Constitution Center's Free Admission Day to share the story of how our country became free and the reasons why we honor those who have fought for our nation.

Once Memorial Day ceremonies and parades are through, explore outdoor fun such as carnival rides at St. Paul's Church or live music in Downtown West Chester. For further excitement, plan an overnight adventure at The Philadelphia Zoo or Penn Museum, or, relax with baby while checking out a movie at Bryn Mawr Institute or PFS Roxy Theater.

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Weekday Fun: Memorial Day Parades, Free Concerts, Little Guggs

Memorial Day means the return of NYC's warm weather favorites like Riverside Park's free kiddie music series, which kicks off on Thursday with a classical Indian concert and alfresco dancing. (Read our roundup of other fun and FREE outdoor concerts happening all month.) Other weekday highlights include NYC's oldest Memorial Day Parade, MoMath's game-themed Family Friday and the Guggenheim's new tots-only program Little Guggs.

This week also brings the start of NYC's free boating programs and, if the weather cooperates, we may even see the sprinklers activated throughout the city's water playgrounds (some were on last week for the mini heat wave). If a trip to the movies is on your radar, we caught a sneak peak of The Angry Birds Moviefind out what our blogger and her kid thought before you head out.

You can find plenty of other ideas for family fun in our Event Calendar and Summer Fun Guide.

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