Clearwater's Great Hudson River Revival: Family-Friendly Music and Dance Festival in Westchester

Since its inception almost 50 years ago, the Great Hudson River Revival (aka the Clearwater Festival) has grown from a small nomadic folk gathering into the country’s largest annual environmental celebration. Founded in 1966 by Toshi and Pete Seeger, the Clearwater Festival draws thousands of visitors to the shores of the Hudson River for a family-friendly weekend of music, dance, storytelling, theater, hands-on learning, water activities, arts and environmental education in Croton-on-Hudson's Croton Point Park. All proceeds from this groundbreaking festival—which made our June GoList—go directly to protecting, preserving and sustaining the river through the Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. nonprofit organization. The 2015 fest is coming up the weekend of June 20-21, and it's a great way to teach kids about protecting our planet while having a lot of fun.

25 Things To Do in Atlanta with Kids

Atlanta may be famous as the genteel Southern home of Gone with the Wind, but these days it's a diverse cosmopolitan city with lots of fun for the whole family. There are museums galore offering a world of kid-friendly culture and history, and it's one of only four cities in the U.S. where you can see giant pandas and walk through a shark tunnel. Or you can have a blast at the many outdoor amusements. There's plenty to do for families in Atlanta for a weekend, a week or longer.

Free Summer Outdoor Movies for Boston Families

Enjoying a film on the big screen in the great outdoors is as much of a summertime tradition in Boston as going to an alfresco concert. Drive-in movies can be lots of fun, but even without a car, there are plenty of free, family-friendly films to choose from in Boston.

Movies begin at dusk, but you'll want to arrive early for the best viewing spots, and to take advantage of pre-movie entertainment when offered. So pack a picnic, bring your blanket, sit back, relax and enjoy the show at one of these outdoor summer movie series in and around Boston.

Summer Festivals and Fairs in the Hartford Area

Ahhh, summer—the sun rises early and sets late, and the day's pace is slower. There are countless hours to fill with excitement and relaxation, and our Connecticut Summer Fun Guide will help you plan some seriously awesome adventures. On those days not spent at the beach, Hartford County's many outdoor festivals and fairs will have your family feasting on cotton candy or dancing in your lawn chairs.

Indulge in fresh strawberries, introduce the kids to poetry and jazz, show them how cool old cars can be, and listen to their screams of excitement coming from carnival rides. So grab a picnic basket and a blanket, pack your a camera, and marvel at all the fun Hartford County's festivals and fairs have to offer.

Want more? We've got roundups of festivals and fairs in Eastern CT and New Haven County, too, as well as free concert series in Fairfield County.

Father's Day: Ten Fun Ways to Celebrate in Westchester

Father's Day is fast approaching--a great time to honor all the dads in our lives. And though we spend so much time planning fun events and activities for our little ones, coming up with just the right way to celebrate Dad may be a bit tricky. No worries--we're here to help!

There's still time to plan a day of fun for Dad. Instead of ties or cologne (or in addition to, if they really don't have enough), how about an outing that speaks to his interests? Whether he's into music, a car enthusiast or simply enjoys a good meal, we've rounded up ten great ways to show your husband (or father, uncle, grandpa, etc.) just how special they are! 

Summer Fairs, Festivals, and Carnivals in the New Haven Area

Those "lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer" are just about here, and some of the most memorable moments are spent at festivals where the air is filled with laughter, the aroma of cotton candy, and the twinkling lights of carnival games.

Summer always seems to go by way too fast, so be sure to fill yours with adventure and fun before the chilly days descend upon us once more. Many towns across the New Haven area will bring your weekends to life with live music, exciting entertainment, traditional cuisine, thrilling rides, and plenty of fried dough.

Want more? We've got roundups of festivals and fairs in Eastern CT and Hartford County, too, as well as free concert series in Fairfield County.

Free Outdoor Movies on Long Island for Kids This Summer

Once the summer sun sets, it creates the perfect starlit backdrop for enjoying movies outdoors. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and a few snacks, and snuggle up with the kids for some wholesome family entertainment.

No lines or expensive tickets—these family-friendly screenings are free. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, so arrive early. Before heading out, be sure check each venue's website for up-to-date information on possible weather-related cancellations.

For more family-friendly activities, check out our Event Calendar and our Summer Fun Guide.

Best Free Story Podcasts for Kids on Road Trips (or Anytime)

Car time has become synonymous with screen time. It’s just so easy to keep the kids occupied in the backseat with a smartphone or tablet, that the "I'm boreds!" and "Are we there yets?" of our childhoods almost seem like a thing of the past. But I also remember the fun of long car rides: talking to each other, reading stories, playing car games and just looking out the window. Recently I have wondered whether my kids will ever know the pleasure of staring out a car window as the countryside goes by.

That’s why I have come to love podcasts. They are the ideal compromise: digital entertainment that keeps kids' eyes off their screens. And because we can all listen together, we can share the experience and have discussions about what we hear.

With summer coming, it’s the perfect time to discover some new podcasts to keep everyone in the family entertained whether you’re in the car, on a plane, a train or even at home. There are science podcasts, educational podcasts and many other types appropriate for children. I’ve rounded up my seven favorite storytelling podcasts that both kids and adults will enjoy.


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