Stone Harbor Beach with Kids: What you Need to Know Before you Go

If your children love playing in the warm sand and cool waves, take the drive to Stone Harbor, one of the most beautiful and family friendly beaches on the Jersey Shore. Located in Cape May County, Stone Harbor has many wonderful qualities, but what some people like most about it is what it isn’t. It isn’t a beach town dominated by a boardwalk with loud music and flashy rides; it isn’t casinos and all-you-can-eat buffets. This South Jersey shore is a quiet town where nature takes center stage. Grab the kids and the beach umbrella and take a great family trip down the shore.

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Alpacas, Fairies, and Fire Trucks, July 16-17

This weekend promises to be hugely delicious and refreshing: Sunday is National Ice Cream Day! Whether you decide to track down tempting ice cream parlors (we sampled a few for you in Fairfield and New Haven counties), or make your own frozen treats at home, be sure to celebrate the sweet occasion. 

If you find yourself savoring ice cream in the Hartford area, consider ending the night with free music and a movie at The Shoppes of Farmington Valley, or spend an entire day filled with festivities at Collinsville Hot 2016.

Check the Mommy Poppins calendar to see what else is happening this weekend (and beyond!). For the latest and best family-friendly events, subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

Weekend Fun: City of Water Day, Summer Festivals, Kids Comedy

This July weekend is chock-full of amazing and mostly free events, including three of our top event picks of the month: City of Water Day Family FestivalSummerStage Kids in the Bronx, and Kidz Bop: Life of the Party on Coney Island. Other weekend highlights include a family-friendly comedy show, a block party in Chelsea, and a game-filled festival in Times Square.

Looking for more ways to keep busy? We've got the scoop on the latest Pokémon Go craze, summer reading picks for every age, from tot to teen, and 50 ways to keep cool in NYC this summer. If you're looking to head out of town, peruse our roundup of the best nearby water parks or take a look at our Family Day Trip and Weekend Getaways Guide.

All of our best bets for weekend fun are below. Also be sure to check out our Summer Fun Guide and Event Calendar for more options.

Fishing Tournaments for LI Kids in the Hamptons & North Fork

There are many perks to living on an island, and fishing is definitely one of them. Mid to late summer offers East End children an opportunity to enjoy this fun and family-friendly activity with a series of saltwater tournaments sure to delight young anglers.

The prize catch for kids is usually the snapper, the juvenile version of the bluefish. Plentiful on either fork and fun to catch, they offer kids an introduction to game fishing from the safety of the town dock. Other tournaments target the elusive fluke or flounder and require a trip offshore. But whatever the prey, kids can enjoy a day in the sun while perhaps picking up a trophy or two.

Here are our favorite fishing tournaments for kids. Parents should check the websites listed or call in case of weather-related changes. And make sure to check out our Hamptons and North Fork Guide for the best in family-friendly entertainment on the East End.

50 FREE Things Kids Can Do in LA this Summer

Summer's great, isn't it? So much time, so much to do. All the things that can't be squeezed into the cursedly short time between school, homework, and dinner can be enjoyed at leisure, without stress of school night bedtimes. Summer means not a care in the world—except how to pay for all this frivolity, right? 'Cause we sure aren't getting a whole lot of work done! The answer? Summer freebies. Become an expert on how long your kids can get in free to Southland activities. Hit all the free museum days. And then start working your way down this list of totally free things to do with LA kids over the summer!

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Red, White, & Country; Bastille Day

With so much to celebrate this summer, the weekend ahead is sparkling with fun for Westchester and Hudson Valley families.

Several such occasions celebrate international patriotism. The annual Bastille Day honors the French National Day; no need to be French, though! The City Winds Trio performs assorted national anthems as a mood setter for the upcoming Olympics, while Cultural Arts Day takes participants on stimulating journey to Asia. The annual Hispanic Heritage Celebration returns, with food, vendors and music. For a taste of home, among the 25 Free Summer Activities we posted recently is Red, White, and Country, an outdoor concert of patriotic, country music celebrate the good ol’ USA.

But that’s not all! Read on for more details as well as additional options—plus our Event Calendar includes other events you’ll want to review before choosing what to do. Don't forget to consult our July GoList for our top picks for the rest of the month. 

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: City of Water, Celtic Fest, Comic Books

We're about halfway through the summer, which means there's still plenty of time to check things off your summer bucket list! Round up the troops and hop aboard a train for A Day Out with Thomas, dance, eat and shop during the Celtic Festival at Historic Cold Spring Village or take a boat ride during the City of Water Day on the NY/NJ Waterfront. Round out the warm weather fun with a "Seashells by the Seashore" storytime at the NJ State Museum or head to Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park for a Sandcasting and Campfire activity. 

For more options, take a look at our full Event CalendarJuly GoList, and our Summer Fun Guide.

Ways to Prevent Summer Slide in Fairfield County

Slides are fun in playgrounds, in pools, and maybe even in your own backyard. However, the notorious “summer slide” is nothing to joke about. According to the National Summer Learning Association, “numerous studies have confirmed that children experience learning losses in math and reading without continued opportunities for skill building over the summer.” The good news is, summer learning experiences surround us if you know where to look.  Take advantage of all of our cultural institutions, nature centers, libraries, and museums by turning Fairfield County into a living classroom. 

Some of my favorite “educational moments” happen way outside the classroom. Summer sets the perfect stage for exploration and adventures. Fairfield County offers engaging summer reading events at almost all the libraries, live theater performances, and hands on science and nature experiences. You can even take summer learning on the road and enjoy one of these Science, Machines, and Nature Museums in Fairfield County.

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