10 Ways To See July 4 Fireworks and Festivities in the Lower Hudson Valley

The 4th of July is almost here! We've already filled you in on the best places to catch stunning Independence Day fireworks in Westchester. Now we are heading across the county line to round up the top spots for holiday sparklers throughout Lower Hudson Valley. Since many of the 2016 celebrations also include live music, ball games, parades, magic shows and even a carnival, these festivities are definitely worth the drive if you're coming from Westchester.

25 Things To Do with Kids in Palm Beach County, Florida

You might think of Palm Beach as a preppy playground for America’s elite. In truth, Florida’s largest county offers families an array of activities at a variety of price points.

If you want to explore nature on land or at sea, the 38 diverse cities and towns within Palm Beach County are loaded with eco-options. Of course, most people come here to frolic in the 47 miles of Atlantic surf, so slather on the sunscreen and schedule plenty of unstructured time to build sand castles and jump waves.

If you’re seeking a value vacation, you can score big summertime bargains. As the heat and humidity rise, resorts slash their room rates until just before Thanksgiving. Flights to Palm Beach International Airport take about two hours from New York or Philadelphia, with the journey from Boston adding on a few extra minutes. Book a nonstop flight and you can be here in less time than it takes to drive from Manhattan to the Hamptons on a Friday night.

4th of July Fireworks in Connecticut

Who doesn't love fireworks—especially after a sandy day at the beach like the celebration in East Haven? Here in Connecticut, fireworks season starts before July 4th and continues afterward, too. Kick off summer with a bang with our roundup of more than 40 (!) CT pyrotechnic displays in honor of Independence Day. As always before heading out, check the weather forecast and parking restrictions, especially at beaches. Some venues allow nonresidents to pay for parking on-site, but others (I'm looking at you Greenwich) require that passes be purchased in advance at a separate location.

5 Great Mini Golf Courses in and Around Philly

Miniature golf is one of those summertime activities that entertains the whole family. A putter, a brightly colored ball, and the possibility that your three year old will get a hole-in-one, and everyone is bound to have some fun. Although there aren't as many mini golf courses around here as at the shore, there are a few great spots to grab a putter and try your skills. Try one of these to add mini golf to the summertime mix of splash pads and spray grounds, pop up gardens and parks, and free outdoor movies and concerts

Hudson Valley Balloon Festival 2016: Best Places to See the Show with Kids

What kid doesn’t love a balloon, especially a entire sky filled with huge, colorful, hot-air balloons? Every year, families flock to the annual Hudson Valley Balloon Festival, which includes synchronized launches from sites across the area. Even if you don't live in the Hudson Valley, this experience is worth a day trip—spectators come from all over the tri-state area!

This year’s show will feature a big change vs. prior years. Read on for details about this annual favorite, and be sure to check out our Westchester Summer Activity Guide for more fun all season long.

100 Free Things To Do This Summer with Kids in New York City

NYC school break is upon us, and the kids are itching to play, so we've rounded up FREE things for families to do every single day of summer vacation. Starting with Wednesday, June 29 through Wednesday, September 7, we've compiled the best free children's entertainment in NYC all summer! 

Of course, this list isn't comprehensive. There are literally hundreds of FREE fun events happening across our city this school break. You can find more cool seasonal activities and destinations in our Summer Fun Guide, Event Calendar, and Free in NYC Guide.

Still searching for a summer camp for a week or two? Check out our NYC summer camp directory and guide. Plus, we've put together a slew of brainy activity ideas, including FREE at-home STEM fun, in our brand-new Summer Slide Busters Guide.

Many events in this listing occur on multiple dates, so be sure to read through the entire description. We’ve also rounded up a number of anytime activities your family can try all season long. Whatever you end up doing in the city this summer, there's only one rule: Have fun out there.

Kid-Friendly Nail Salons in Orange County To Pamper Your Little Princess

Little girls want to grow up to be just like their mommies, right? Whether it's playing dress-up or feeding her baby doll, your adorable mini-me just can't get enough of pretending to be you. So why not invite her to tag along the next time you indulge at the nail salon? We can't think of a better way to put a smile on your princess's face than going out for a real mani/pedi together. Orange County is home to kid-friendly spas from Costa Mesa to Garden Grove, where mothers and daughters can pamper themselves with tandem treatments for their tootsies. We've hunted down some that make a point to cater to their youngest customers; here are our favorites:

Nature-Based Preschools in Connecticut

A child’s early years go by fast, and should be filled with adventure, exploration, and joy. Nature-based preschools are a great option for parents interested in offering their children a learning environment without walls. Below are 10 preschool recommendations that allow children to learn and explore outdoors, warmed by sunshine, and stimulated by the natural world around them. Also, the Montessori  curriculum typically incorporates nature as well and we've listed some Montessori preschools here.

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