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.

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Happy as Clams, Turtle Day, May 21-22

Find out why Clammy is not as "happy as a clam" in a live theatrical performance held at the Long Island Children's Museum. Celebrate World Turtle Day at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge or attend a rockin' Turtle Party at The Whaling Museum and Education Center of Cold Spring Harbor. Or head outside for a Picnic in the Park at The Center for Science Teaching and Learning.

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Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Puppets, Porchfest, and Lawn on D, May 21-22

Another weekend, another batch of fantastic outdoor festivals in Boston. Music and good times fill the air on porches, over the Esplanade, and at the Lawn (pictured). But festivals like these aren't the only way to get out and enjoy spring in the area. Bike-loving families can hit a special bike parade, or for something a little more low-key, take the kids to one of the newly-launched GreenPLAY sessions along the Greenway.

There's no shortage of family-friendly indoor events this weekend, either. A group of puppets is taking over Symphony Hall while Lyndsay and her pals are hitting the stage in a series of interactive shows. If you've always wanted to visit one of the Trustees of the Reservations sites, your chance has come with an open house day. Finally, if you love the Harvard Museums as much as my family and I do, you'll be thrilled to hear that the glass flowers are back, making a visit even more special.

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

Weekend Fun: Jamboree, Bubbles, and Touch-a-Truck, May 21-22

Beautiful weather is upon us and towns across the state are brimming with spring festivities. The Fairy Festival in Bethlehem provides a magical opportunity to spend time in nature while celebrating art, music, and history. Those who prefer wheels over wings will enjoy Skip's Touch-a-Truck in Ellington, or two other such events highlighted below.

If your family is up for a day trip, consider joining the Talcott Mountain Science Center on a whale watching tour off the coast of Plymouth, MA. You can meet the group in Massachusetts, or hop aboard the coach bus that will provide round-trip transportation from Avon.

To explore fun-filled family activities taking place in other areas, be sure to browse our Event Calendar, which features a wide array of suggestions. To keep up with everything going on in Connecticut, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Weekend Fun: Kids Fair, Goats, Arcade Games, Dance Parade

Lots of FREE fun is on tap for kids in New York City this weekend. Check out Dance Parade New York, two fleece festivals, Kids Fair with the Children's Museum of the Arts, Spring Family Day at Carnegie Hall and Super Sábado Block Party in Spanish Harlem.

Got a mini movie fan? Hit the Queens street fest, New York on Location, where families can go behind the scenes at movie and TV productions currently shooting in NYC, watch stunt demos and even peek into stars' trailers. It's co-hosted by the Museum of the Moving Image, which will offer FREE admission all day. Explore the museum's newest exhibit, Arcade Classics: Video Games from the Collection, with dozens of playable arcade games.

Other top picks include a kid lit festival, retro fun at the Kings County Fair and a kindie music concert by The Pop Ups. These are just a few of the great things going on this weekend. All of our best bets are below. Remember, there are even more options in our Event Calendar and our Spring Fun Guide.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Arts Bash, Colonial Survivor, May 21-22

Oh to be a kid in Westchester this weekend! So many fun, family-friendly events abound; the task of picking and choosing may be difficult.

Especially if your kids need a lesson in how easy they have it in 2016, sign them up for Operation: Colonial Survivor and see if they can handle routine tasks of the olden days. For less arduous old-fashioned fun, take to the skies at Annual Kite Day. If you have a budding Einstein or Curie, Celebration of Science is the way to go, featuring a slew of STEM stations (and other fun) to partake in. Wee ones are encouraged to don their best wings and flit about the woods in the company of fairies and gnomes at Forest Magic. For day-long, hands-on art fun using assorted media—including chocolate!—don’t miss the annual Family Arts Bash.

Read on for our top weekend picks and click each listing for full details. Consult our top picks to plan the rest of May and check out our Event Calendar for a daily rundown of the many events we’ve identified for you!

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