Inside Out Parent Review: Is Pixar's Amazing New Movie Good for All Ages?

There was a time when the release of any Pixar movie seemed like a major event. Even before I became a mom, I ran to the theater on opening weekend to see Toy Story 1 and 2, Finding Nemo and Monsters, Inc. After my daughter was born, we enjoyed WALL-E, Up and Toy Story 3 together. But I admit, our Pixar fever waned a bit over the past few years, perhaps due to increased animation competition, or maybe it was just those awful Planes movies (technically not Pixar flicks, but spun off from Cars). So my 9-year-old kid and I were thrilled to discover that Pixar's brand-new adventure, Inside Out, harks back to the studio's best work. It's got Toy Story's perfectly balanced blend of wistfulness and whimsy, mixed with a surreal, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind-style take on the complex emotions and memories that make us tick.

At the advance screening we attended, kids and grown-ups were enthralled—even the group of rowdy teens in front of us stopped texting, they were so into it. At times, each group laughed out loud (or cried) at different scenes, proof that the movie works on multiple levels. And yet, even though this is the first must-see family film of the summer, is it good for all ages? It's rated PG for a reason, so here's what you need to know before taking young children to see Inside Out.

Inwood Hill Park: History, Hiking, Bouldering and Overnight Camping for NYC Kids

When my Brooklyn family needs to get away from the hustle and bustle of NYC, we don't leave town; we head straight for Inwood Hill Park in Upper Manhattan, where we spend the day picnicking, hiking and bouldering. You name the outdoor activity and this awesome park probably offers it. You can even go camping here!

While exploring the park is a fun-filled activity at any time of year, the opportunity to sleep under the stars (in a tent, actually) is only offered in the summer. The Parks Department family camping lottery takes place today, Wednesday, June 17 (don't worry if you miss it—there will be other sessions this season), and my kids are teeming with excitement at the thought of being selected. If overnight camping is a little more adventure than you're ready to take on, Inwood Hill Park offers lots of other activities for all ages, including family drumming and capoeira, a Brazilian art form fusing dance, martial arts and music.

Free Water Fun for Boston Kids: Spray Parks, Fountains and Wading Pools

You know it's summertime in Boston when kids are running through fountains and splashing in shallow pools of water on the Greenway and Boston Common. There is plenty of water fun to be had in neighborhoods all around the city, and we've rounded up some of our favorite spots. Most locations are open on weekends after Memorial Day, and then daily from the end of June through Labor Day. Bonus: they're all free!

Three Bully Goats Gruff and Snow White at West LA's Little Theater

How often do I find myself at a loss for what to do with my child between dance and soccer? I only have a little over an hour, but that 60 minutes can be tough for my little one if I don't make the right plans. Sometimes, a simple trip to the library will suffice, but other times I opt for a children's show at the 49-seat Little Theater in West LA, a destination we have previously spotlighted as a great place to capture your youngster's attention.

The two plays currently playing at The Little Theater are Snow White and Three Bully Goats Gruff, and each one runs a little less than an hour.

Father's Day Weekend for CT Kids, Cars, Cockpit Tours, Fairs, the Circus, June 20-21

It's here! It's here!! Put on your sun hat and officially welcome summer and everything it brings: family cookouts, fairs and carnivals, beach outings, park adventures, pick-your-own fruit, and time spent by the water. School vacation has begun and Sunday is Father's Day, so there's lots to celebrate this weekend.

If your family is looking to dote on dad, check out our roundups of Father’s Day fun in Hartford County and Fairfield County. A Father's Day Barbecue Picnic at Lyman Orchards, open cockpit tours at the New England Air Museum and East Haven trolley rides are just some of the activities on tap.

If you're off to a big city, let our regional Boston and NYC sites help you make the most of your trip.

For more ideas throughout the state, be sure to check out our Event Calendar. And if you're still figuring out summer, peruse our list of camps with availability or our Summer Fun Guide. To keep up with everything happening in CT, subscribe to our FREE newsletters, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Vocal and Dance Classes for Kids in the Hartford Area

Do, re, mi, fa…so your years spent singing the alphabet song and twinkle twinkle has instilled a love for music in your child? If they aspire to be the next Justin Bieber then signing your child up for singing or dancing classes might be a good idea. Lucky for you, there are many voice and dance instructors in the Hartford County area that can help  your talented performer progress.

10 Over-the-Top Sweet Treat Experiences for NYC Kids

It's easy to find a place to drop in for a quick treat like an ice cream cone or a brownie in New York City—after all, there are delis, bodegas and bakeries on just about every corner. But sometimes you want to indulge in something more extravagant with your kids, maybe as a reward for a hard-earned report card, a special occasion or an impromptu celebration with a couple of friends. Of course, this being NYC, there are some seriously over-the-top treat experiences to be enjoyed. From chocolate pizza to tricked-out candy stores to old-fashioned sundaes bigger than your child's head, these 10 exceptional sweet spots are anything but ordinary.

Father’s Day Weekend for NJ Kids: Family BBQ, Classic Car Show, June 20-21

It's the weekend when we pull out all the stops to celebrate dad! Father's Day is upon us and there are tons of ways to make him feel special this Sunday in New Jersey. Soak up the warm June weather while you check out Baymen’s Seafood & Music Festival at the Tuckerton Seaport, the Wings & Wheels Expo at Teterboro Airport or the Atlantic Highlands Car Show. For laid-back fun, take Dad down to the Freshwater Fishing Derby at Turkey Swamp Park or for a delicious Father’s Day BBQ at the beautiful Grounds for Sculpture.

Whatever you decide to do this Father's Day weekend, we know you'll make dad happy. For even more activity options, check out our Event Calendar.


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