Weekend Fun for NYC Kids: Free Festivals, Family Picnics, School's Out Celebration June 27-28

Summer break kicks off with a slew of awesome activities this weekend. In addition to NYC public pools opening on Saturday, there are many annual favorites like the ride-filled Astoria Park Festival, the interdisciplinary Harlem Arts Festival and Park Slope's Puppetry Arts Festival.

Of course all of those picks are outside but, if you believe NY1, we're looking at a monsoon this weekend. So we're highlighting plenty of indoor events, too, like riding on vintage subway cars in honor of the 100th anniversary of the BMT and hands-on Lego fun at Brick Fest Live! at the New York Hall of Science.

All of our best bets for this weekend are below. You can find additional options in our Event Calendar and our Summer Fun Guide.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: A Night on Fire, Circus, Festivals, June 27-28

School's out for the summer, and Mommy Poppins has you covered! This weekend features a robust lineup of fabulous performances, eclectic festivals and more great fun for Westchester families. The fire-eating and sword-fighting antics at A Night on Fire are sure to dazzle, and who doesn’t love the Big Apple Circus? Outdoor festivals this weekend include Sidewalk Chalk Art, American Roots Music and Irish Heritage.

For more seasonal fun in and around Westchester, check out our Event Calendar and our Summer Fun Guide, where you'll find plenty of ideas—many of which are FREE. Check back often, as new listings are added frequently. And be sure to sign up for our FREE weekly newsletters to get our posts delivered to your inbox.

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Clam Digging, Music, and Shakespeare June 27-28

With the steamy weather this week, we're excited that so many of our weekend picks take place at the beach! Go clam digging off Sheffield Island in Norwalk, hit a beach party with fireworks in East Haven, or catch the kickoff to one of our favorite summer concert series at Bayley Beach in picturesque Rowayton.

Strawberry season is winding up, so if you haven't made it out to the fields, peruse our pick-your-own post for some of our favorite family-friendly farms. And, believe it or not, fireworks season begins this weekend with displays in Ridgefield, Hebron, and Candlewood Lake, to name just a few. For a complete rundown of Independence Day celebrations, read our 4th of July fireworks roundup.

As always, for the latest and greatest happenings across the state, check out our Event Calendar, which is constantly updated with new listings. To keep up with everything going on in CT, subscribe to our FREE newsletters, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Have a fabulous weekend!

10 Family-Friendly Little Neck Restaurants: Dumplings, Milk Teas & Nutella Pizza

Little Neck is one of the most scenic neighborhoods in Queens, with hilly streets, beautiful homes and attractions like Alley Pond Park. After you work up an appetite exploring the best things to do with kids in the area, grab a bite at one of these 10 delicious family-friendly restaurants serving mouthwatering soup dumplings, authentic Italian fare and even Nutella pizza!

Summer Day Trips for Long Island Families

While there are plenty of things to do on Long Island during the summer months, sometimes it's nice to change your routine and explore a different area. And how lucky are we that there are so many kid-friendly destinations just a ferry ride away? So families can spend the day or a weekend exploring these towns and all they have to offer.

Here are a few of our favorite easy getaways; unless noted, time and mileage are calculated from Cross Sound Ferry’s Connecticut hub in New London, which you can access from Orient Point. Be advised that Cross Sound Ferry expects travelers to check in at least a half hour before departure at peak times, and late arrivals (even with a reservation) are not guaranteed a place on the boat.

And for what's happening in your area, check out our Summer Fun Guide.

4th of July Fireworks: Where to Celebrate with Families in Westchester

Independence Day is right around the corner, and that means summer fun, barbecues and, of course, stunning pyrotechnics. Fireworks go hand in hand with the 4th of July, so the big question is, where to see a show? The famous Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular is one option (if you're planning on trekking into NYC for the big event, check out our post about the best spots to watch with your family). However, if you prefer to stay closer to home, there are great displays happening all over Westchester County. Some celebrations take place before the holiday—there's even an event on July 1. And often the fireworks come with fairs, festivals and concerts, so there's lots to do and see. Read on for where to catch the best 4th of July fireworks in Westchester.

Finding Dinosaurs Throughout Connecticut with Kids

Dinosaurs—the word alone conjures up powerful images and a sense of mystery. Most children go through a dinosaur-loving period, often fueled by cartoons and movies. If your kids are enjoying such a phase now, they have embarked upon an exciting adventure, and there are many engaging destinations in Connecticut where they can pursue their Jurassic Park-like quest, whether your family enjoys science museums, amusement parks, or artistic expressions. And remember to check our Event Calendar regularly for special dinosaur-themed activities, like this week's Dino Days at Stepping Stones Children's Museum.

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