4th of July Fireworks Cruises for Families in LA and OC

We landlubbers love our fireworks, don't we? Whether we're in a back yard lawn chair, or pushing the kids up a ladder to the roof, or being wowed by a sky full of flare and color at the local pier, we don't want to miss this very American 4th of July custom. Well, if you think the view from the shore is stunning, try witnessing the spectacle from a boat.That's right. We say, "Ships Ahoy, Matey!" Several area small cruise boats set sail this Independence Day, with 2-3 hour tours to delight you and your first mates. Snuggle on deck under a blanket and watch the sky come alive as the water sparkles below. Read on to find a boat leaving a port near you.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Faneuil Hall Fun & Harborfest, June 29-July 3

As we turn the calendar page to July, the MDC pools are now open for business every day of the week! While waiting for our local pool's opening day, my family definitely hit the beach, but we also used the time to take advantage of some other fun summer activities in town. One of our favorite stops in the past few days was the new Lounge space at Faneuil Hall (pictured). With structured activities and entertainment for kids, along with well-stocked drop-in art and game areas, it's a great place to keep kids busy.

We're also leading up to the big Fourth of July celebrations here in Boston, both with fireworks and without, so be sure to check out all the offerings popping up at the end of the week and into the weekend. Whatever you choose, have a great week, and don't forget to check out the full Event Calendar!

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: 4th of July, Circus Workshop, Magic Instruction, June 29-July 3

Woo-hoo, no school! While Westchester families are relieved of the daily grind that the school year brings, the reality is sinking in: What do we do with all our free time? Fear not: Mommy Poppins has you covered with activities we’ve identified for every day of the week!

Several of our top picks for the coming week help you celebrate the 4th of July—like Music Fest and Fireworks—but be sure to also consult our listings of fireworks and other festivities in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. Other mid-week fun includes a Circus Performance and Workshop and magic instruction—both of which are FREE!

Many more options can be found on our Event Calendar. Stay calm and rely on Mommy Poppins all summer long!

Places to Play in Little Neck, Queens: Nature Preserves, a Farm & Indoor Fun

We wrap up our month-long focus on Little Neck, Queens with a roundup of the best places to play in the bucolic neighborhood. As a Queens native, I frequently take my kids to the area to explore the attraction-packed Alley Pond Park and to feed the animals at the Queens County Farm Museum. If you're looking to get a taste of country life without leaving the city limits, Little Neck is a great day trip filled with lots of wonderful, green places to explore. You won't believe you're in NYC!

Weekday Picks for Connecticut Kids: Ice Cream Social, Family Concert, and Free Movies, June 29 - July 3

Summer is now in full swing and if the kids aren't busy in camp this week our weekly round up can help you out. We have lots of special fun on tap, including a magic show, free movies, and an Ice Cream Social. Check out our guides for beaches to comb, daytrips to take,  and museums to investigate with the kids this summer.

Highlighting just one activity per day in this post, you can find many other options in our Event Calendar and our Summer Fun Guide. Be sure to join us on Facebook where you can keep up with everything happening for families in CT.

The Science Behind Pixar: Museum of Science's Coolest Exhibit Ever for Kids?

My children and I were lucky enough to attend the press preview of the new Pixar exhibit at the Museum of Science, and boy, do I mean lucky, because everything about it exceeded our expectations. From the moment we walked in, the dazzling lighting made us feel like we were walking right onto a movie set. After a short film featuring Pixar employees and the creative challenges they've overcome in some of the films we know and love, we opened the doors to an amazing scene.

Read on for some of the exhibit's highlights, as well as a few tips to get the most out of your visit.

Kids Can Become S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents at the Marvel Experience, an Interactive Virtual Attraction

Unfortunately, on July 5 the company announced that The Marvel Experience tour has been suspended until further notice, so Philadelphia was its last stop. It will not be coming to NYC in August. It's hard to escape Marvel superheroes. With the Avengers movies, the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show (and its Agent Carter spin-off) and real-world branded experiences like the Marvel Universe Live! arena show, chances are your kids (and you) know all about Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk, Black Widow, Nick Fury, Coulson and all the other characters that make up this multifaceted and high-tech fictional universe. Now there's a new immersive attraction that invites audiences to become part of the action. At The Marvel Experience, you don't just watch these heroes, you join them as you're recruited to help save the world. My kids and I decided we were up to the challenge. Here's what we thought of our virtual Marvel adventure, plus important tips for families who plan to go.

July Go List: The Best Things To Do With CT Kids This Month

Our CT July GoList, which highlights the best things to do with kids throughout July, includes lots of summer festivals, fairs and carnivals. Enjoy free jazz all weekend during the  Hartford Festival of Jazz at Bushnell Park,  tall ship tours, music and carnival rides at Sailfest in Norwalk, and an interactive powwow at  Mashantucket Pequot Museum. We'd be remiss if we didn't mention 4th of July fireworks, which are listed here.

Be sure to click through to each listing for all the details, including address and time. Here are our top 16 things to do with kids in Connecticut this July,  Have fun!


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