Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Fisherman's Feast & History Gaming, August 15-16

My family and I are still making progress on our end-of-summer bucket list, and this weekend offers tons of excellent opportunities to check off some of those boxes.

If you had a chance to look at our August GoList, you probably noticed all the festivals going on this month, and this weekend is no exception. Celebrate everything from the sea to favorite summer crops to children themselves!

Sometimes the best activities are the ones you didn't expect to find, so for something completely different, stop by the Old State House (pictured) for a dive into the past.

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

  • Looking for fun ways to fill the long days between the end of camp and the beginning of school? Maybe it's time to hop in the car and take a summer day trip!
  • Our parent review of the Shaun the Sheep Movie can help you decide whether to take the kids to see it before school starts.

Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to check out the full Event Calendar!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Outdoors, Pirates, Trucks August 15-16

It seems to happen every year. Back to School sales featuring school supplies, uniforms and backpacks infiltrate on the last remaining weeks of summer fun. Fortunately, this weekend's Event Calendar provides plenty of opportunities to enjoy summer before school schedules take over.

Savor the beautiful summer landscape at Longwood Garden's Meadow Days, learn about the life of a pirate during Fort Mifflin's Pirate Days or see trucks and cars up close at Chester County's Touch A Truck event. Or, perhaps you'd like to check out a summertime festival since the Festival of IndiaWatermelon Festival and Caribbean Festival are all happening this weekend.

If you are still trying to plan your weekend, read on to see our top picks, many of which are free. And, don't forget to check out our August GoList. There is still plenty of summer left, no matter what the Back to School ads say. Enjoy!

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Asian Festival, Puppetry, and Dinosaurs August 15-16

While my friends are beginning to pack away the beach gear and shift their focus on back-to-school shopping for the children, I refuse to let the next two weeks of vacation get away without more adventures. Pencils and notebooks can wait because there are too few summer days left for outdoor concerts, building sand castles, or visiting one more museum on our "must see" list.

This weekend, a Smorgasbord of fun and shopping will be had in Fairfield County, where you can also enjoy a Walnut Beach Concert. The family can also get together for Quassy Amusement Park Carload Night, pick something fresh for dinner at the Goshen Farmers Market or enjoy Open Farm Day in New Haven.

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Polish Festival, KidStock, Children's Concert, August 15-16

Have a groovy time at North Hempstead Town's KidStock in Port Washington. This family-friendly open air event will have musical entertainment. Families can also indulge in some culture this weekend at the Polish Fair in Riverhead, or get in touch with the outdoors by using nature to create art in Greenlawn.

And of course, everyone will want to enjoy these last few weeks of summer by spending time outdoors. Sit under the stars and enjoy a concert in Long Beach or movies in Lido Beach.

Remember, you can find even more options in our jam-packed Event Calendar and our Summer Fun Guide. To receive our posts in your inbox, subscribe to our free newsletters.

Jury Duty: How Can an LA Parent Cope with Jury Duty and Kids?

If you're a US citizen and a stay-at-home parent, you've probably experienced jury duty panic. We may like to imagine the day when we'll serve on a jury and become one of those all-important dozen people who hold together the fabric of our justice system, scrutinizing the facts and determining whether the glove fits, but our imaginations don't quite stretch to how we will do that and keep our kids fed, cared for, and driven to school at the same time. So how do we plan for the challenges of jury duty?

Weekend Fun for Westchester Families: Kids' Open Mic, Edible Fairy Houses, Jewish Festival, Aug. 16-17

There's something for every taste this weekend in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, with a variety of offerings—culture, nature, entertainment and a good cause. Celebrate Native American culture at the Nimham Pow Wow and Jewish heritage at the Jewish Music & Arts Festival.

Looking to get hands-on? Be part of a nature study at the Great Hudson Estuary Fish Count; make an Edible Fairy House; or combat stage fright at Kids' Open Mic Night.

Read on for more details and additional options. Additionally, our August GoList highlights our top picks for the month, and don't forget: Our Event Calendar includes suggestions for every day of the week, so check back often to keep your kids engaged this summer!

Weekend Fun: Coney Sand Sculpting Contest, Kite Fest, FringeJR, August 15-16

If you haven't made it to Coney Island yet this summer, the beach should be extra fun on Saturday thanks to its annual Sand Sculpting Contest, one of our top family event picks of the month. Other weekend highlights include innovative family theater at the Fringe Festival, a kite festival in Riverside Park South and the final installment of Summer Streets.

Read on for all of our best bets for the weekend. You can find additional options in our Event Calendar and our Summer Fun Guide.

15 Summer Day Trips for Boston Kids and Families

These last few weeks of summer, between camp ending and school beginning, can be challenging for families. The long, unstructured days sometimes seem endless, and not always in a good way.  Although there are plenty of summertime things to do in and around Boston, day trips can often be the perfect diversion. When you need a change of scenery, venture out to explore new territory and return home in time to sleep in the comfort of your own bed.

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