Top 7 Beaches Near NYC for a Family Daycation

Summertime means beach time, but while there are lots of shores near and even in NYC, some are more family-friendly than others. After packing up your gear and schlepping the kids by car, train, bus or ferry, the last thing you want to find out is that your chosen beach has no bathroom or that bathing suits are optional. Skip the guesswork with our roundup of these seven beaches for NYC families, including detailed info on attractions, food, bathrooms and hidden costs. Most are within two hours of Manhattan by car but are easily accessible via public transportation as well.

Does the Angry Birds Movie Soar? Depends on Your Age

My 10-year-old daughter must have sensed my trepidation on the way to the Angry Birds Movie screening, because she said, "Don't worry, Mom. Maybe it will be a pleasant surprise, like The LEGO Movie." She knows I'm not big on movies based on brands. LEGO was an exception because it wasn't locked in to a specific story line. But thanks to the ubiquitous game, Angry Birds has a set premise: the birds are angry, and the pigs are villains. In the eponymous film we find out why. And, while it doesn't always soar, it's definitely not for the birds, either.

That's good news for parents, since every child between the ages of 2 and 12 seems set on flying directly to the theater to catch this animated adventure on opening day. But before you go, you probably have some pressing questions—especially what exactly earns the flick a PG rating, and whether it's worth the extra splurge to see it in 3D. We watched the film with eagles eyes and have the answers.

NYC Fourth of July Fireworks Cruises: See Macy's Show on a Boat

The NYC Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2016, and some of the most spectacular views are from the water. The display lights up the East River, and nothing quite compares with watching the celebration up close from a boat. Plus, you don't have to battle the crowds with the kids.

Of course, these special cruises don't come cheaply and many are only open to ages 21 and older. We set out to find the lowest-cost Fourth of July Fireworks cruises in NYC that also welcome children. If you're interested, book quickly. Some already have sold out and the remaining tickets will go quickly.

Memorial Day Fun in NJ

For the brave among us (read: young), Memorial Day weekend means time to hit the beach or pool. For the rest of us, it means the start of summer and all the seasonal activities that come with warm weather. Backyard barbecues. Street fairs and festivals. Farmer's markets. Outdoor concerts. New animals to see at the zoo. And of course, vacations to look forward to. Whether you're ready for swimsuits and sandals or still wearing long sleeves and sneakers, our Calendar of Events includes something for everyone.

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Butterflies, Bugs, Expo Line, and Free, May 21 -22

We are going places, and Baby it won't cost you a thing. Do I have to Expo-lain it to you? By places, I mean back and forth between Santa Monica and Downtown, and by not a thing, I mean free. Well, free on Saturday at least—which works out well, because on Saturday you can go from the beach to the Natural History Museum for its annual bug fair (free with admission). And when you have to leave the Natural History Museum (because bugs), you can go all the way to the beach to cleanse your spirit (and possibly the beach). Win-free-win.

We're also going bowling. But that won't cost you a thing either. After that, though, we're going to Whole Foods, which won't cost you a thing. Your kids can get a health check at Pretend City, which will cost you no money (and if the kids want to go inside afterwards they'll get a free ticket).

If money is no object this weekend, you can learn about science in the mountains, Bradbury at the library, robotics by the ocean, or dance with the ballet. You'll have to pony up some "free" though. Because you get what you pay for, and the best things in life are free!

Keep reading for our picks for this weekend, freely given...

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Food, Festivals, Outdoor Fun May 21-22

Time flies when you are having fun as the saying goes. However, when raising children, fun is often defined in many different ways. This weekend's Events Calendar is full of exciting and educational experiences to keep everyone in the family engaged and entertained.

Philly families can savor delicious Italian cuisine at the South 9th Street Italian Market. Afterwards, head up the highway to stop by Peddler's Village's Strawberry Festival for a decadent dessert. Or, grab a basket and gather berries at one of the many PYO strawberry farms located throughout the Delaware Valley.

Once your appetite has been satisfied, venture outdoors to learn about bees, fish, frogs, birds, and other interesting animals. Conclude the weekend with an outdoor concert or a family-friendly movie. To keep up with the latest Philly fun, be sure to follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest and like us on Facebook.


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