This Week: August's Best Bets, New Water Park and Whale Watching

Between all the back-to-school ads and the calendar on the wall, there's no denying that August is nigh. That means summer break is half over—or only half started, depending on how you look at it. August brings some of the season's best family activities, and we've rounded up our top picks of the month in NYC, Westchester, Connecticut and elsewhere. It's worth browsing the GoLists on all of our sites to inspire a day trip or two.

Speaking of skipping town, there's a brand-new water park near NYC, and we could all use some serious cooling off right about now. Our Westchester site profiled one of our favorite easy getaways, the alfresco art spot Storm King Art Center, a 75-minute drive from Manhattan, while Connecticut raved about the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, located just 15 minutes away from family hot spot Mystic. If you're up for a true vacation, consider whale watching in Boston or hopping a plane to Las Vegas, which is amazingly kid-centric.

Here's what else we covered on the NYC site this week:

August GoList: Best Things to do with Long Island Kids this Month

We're heading into the last month of summer, but there is still plenty of fun to be had on Long Island. From an outdoor movie and nature programs to water play and a free Friday Night Promenade, parents can keep their kids occupied with a different activity almost every day before school starts. In fact, all you have to do is check out our Long Island Events Calendar for inspiration, along with this list of some of the best events and activities happening throughout the area. And don't forget to also take a look at our Summer Fun Guide to make the most out of this month. Enjoy!

NYC's Summer Streets Kick Off Saturday with a Mega Water Slide

Great news for all the intrepid New Yorkers staying put this August: Summer Streets kicks off this weekend! This beloved annual event is set to take over nearly seven miles of Manhattan streets over the next three Saturdays. As in years past, Summer Streets will be jam-packed with fun and FREE events and activities, including a brand-new attraction, Slide the City, that kids (and parents) are sure to love. We've got the scoop on this new attraction, including what to expect and how to claim a spot.

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Hogwarts Hamlet, Getty Garden Concerts, & SurfFest, August 1 - 2

Wow. August. I don't want to freak you out about the summer being half over or anything, because if you think of it in terms of when your kid goes back to school we're well past the half way mark. We're down to weeks, people!

But the summer still has a few tricks up its sleeve. Some of our favorite summer events wait until August to begin: the Getty's Garden Concerts, for one. Kids can roll on the giant lawn, explore the grounds and the views, and dance to some seriously good music (this year's acts are Jazzy Ash & The Leaping Lizards,  Lisa Loeb, and The Not Its).

The Actors' Gang's annual kid-friendly Shakespeare production in the park is always something special. We thought last year's My Little Pony version of Midsummer Night's Dream was going to be hard to beat, til we heard this year's theme: Hamlet by way of Harry Potter. You're a wizard, Hamlet!

In case that's not enough, we've got the circus and the OC Fair,  the Special Olympics continues through the weekend, Burbank's got classic cars and the South Bay has surfers. There are books in Baldwin Hills and fish in Thousand Oaks and you should really get a move on with your back-to-school shopping because, you know, tick tock.

Keep reading for our most there's-still-some-summer-left picks for this weekend...

Stamford Museum and Nature Center & Essex Steam Train

August is here and I don't know about you, but I need to spice things up around here. Before we know it, the kids will be back to school and I'll be regretting the places I should have taken them but didn't. In order to  make the most of summer before all of this freedom disappears we have rounded up our favorite places to take a Day Trip in and around CT.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Arts, Nature, Festivals August 1-2

As July winds down and August is almost upon us, Philly families are gearing up to enjoy the last month of Summer 2015. Thankfully, this weekend does not disappoint as there are a variety of options to keep everyone happy.

Celebrate summer at Penn's Landing's ACANA Festival, Pennypacker Mills' Good Ole Summertime event or Rose Tree's Summer Festival Concert. Embrace the arts at Brandywine River Museum's PNC Arts Alive Family Program or the Philadelphia Museum of Art's The Great Outdoors Festival. Search for butterflies at Norristown Farm Park, eat with the animals at the Brandywine Zoo or explore the walking trails at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

Check out the rest of our top picks for the weekend below. For even more fun, be sure to view our Events Calendar. With just four weeks left, get out there and embrace all that summer has to offer.

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Salem Maritime & Puerto Rican Festivals, August 1-2

If you missed last weekend's Sand Sculpting Festival at Revere Beach, this weekend offers plenty of other opportunities for local family-friendly festivals. Some great options include celebrations of boats (pictured), Puerto Rico, and seafood. For something more low-key, kids are sure to enjoy the outdoor movies and concerts rounding out the weekend, with something just right for everyone.

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

Enjoy your weekend, and stay cool with our ideas for ways to beat the heat. Don't forget to check out the full Event Calendar for even more family fun!

August Fairs & Festivals for NJ Families

New Jersey has fairs and festivals galore this August. Flutter over to Pennington for a Butterfly Festival, hang out with the firefighters in Manasquan or indulge in carnival rides and games at a classic county fair. With so many options, the family calendar will be super packed all month long. Read on for our top picks, and squeeze in as many as possible—Labor Day is just around the corner! For more summer fun, visit our Summer Activities Guide.

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