Best Summer Festivals and Fairs for NYC Families in July

So far this summer, we've posted about FREE outdoor movie screenings, FREE children's concerts in June and July and FREE things to do every day with kids in New York City. Now we're rounding up our favorite and (mostly) FREE family festivals and city street fairs going on in July.

Two of our favorite NYC annual fests take place this month, including the big Bastille Day street fair on the Upper East Side and City of Water Day on Governors Island. If neither of those tickles your fancy, we've rounded up several other options.

So go get your calendar! Here are nine sizzling summer fests for NYC families.

Ride Back in Time with the Kids at Whippany Railway Museum

For those of you with train-loving kids, an afternoon at Whippany Railway Museum will float their boats (or kick their cabooses, maybe?). We spent Father's Day riding the rails, looking at cool old train stuff in a tiny, wonderfully packed-to-the-gills museum, and generally stepping back in time, sans electronic devices.

Read on for the highlights of our fun day spent in the company of Southern Railway steam locomotive No. 385 and friends.

NYC Extends Pool and Beach Season Beyond Labor Day for 2016

City kids hadn't even had a chance to dive into the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation's 55 pools before the Parks commissioner graced them with a special announcement: For the first time, many of the city's favorite swimming pools will remain open beyond Labor Day, closing the 2016 season on Sunday, September 11, and giving all New Yorkers an extra week to cool off.

The good news didn't end there, though, in addition to more time to enjoy the city's FREE pools, local beaches will again remain open past the traditional end-of-summer holiday. After last year's first successful extension of the beach season in 2015, the city's public beaches, specifically Rockaway Beach in Queens, Coney Island and Brighton Beaches in Brooklyn, Midland and South Beaches in Staten Island, and Orchard Beach in the Bronx, will also close for the season on September 11.

Mommy Poppins Honors 20 years of the New Victory Theater

Mommy Poppins has been covering the best of kids in NYC for just about ten years—and so have our kids, who have grown up helping us review it all. In honor of the 20th anniversary of The New Victory Theater in Times Square, we wanted to pay tribute to a wonderful theater that has been a big part of our kids' lives. Opened in 1995, The New Victory Theater is a non-profit performing arts venue that provides high-quality performances in a stunning theater for kids of all ages—seriously, you'll find shows for your baby and your teen and every age in between—at affordable prices. Its diverse lineup includes circus performances, dance shows, and theater productions from around the world, as well as workshops, camps, and theater engagement activities—and our kids have done it all.

So here's what the theater-going kids (and moms) of Mommy Poppins have to say about the New Victory Theater on its 20th birthday:

Things To Do with LA Kids July 4th Weekend: Red, White, and Kaboom!

This weekend is all about the boom. The red, white, boom. We have fireworks up and down the Southland. Fireworks with a concertFireworks with ChicagoFireworks with skydiversFireworks with baseballFireworks with soccerFireworks fireworks fireworksA paradeFireworks. LegolandKnotts Berry Farm, and Disneyland all have fireworks. (Universal has Walking Dead hordes; maybe they got too close to the fireworks?)

But the fireworks are mostly a Monday thing (unless you want them Friday. Or Saturday. Or Sunday.).  So what will you do with the rest of the weekend? What. Will. You. Do????

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I laugh because, hello, Mommy Poppins: our job is to give you the scoop on totally fun times with kids! Things like flying reptilesinventive inventors, Beatlemania, Saturday morning cartoons, a reading road tripfree moviesfree craftsfree concerts, and, what's that? Kaboom, baby! Fireworks 'til we can't firework no more. Independence Day, Mamas!

Keep reading for some of our most patriotic picks for this weekend ....

4th of July Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Parades, Fireworks, History July 2-4

Parades, parties, and fireworks, of course! These celebrate the birth of our nation, America - the land of the free and the home of the brave. So, isn't it our obligation as citizens of this great country to enjoy all the fun the first weekend in July has to offer? As the place where it all began, Philadelphia is home to some of the best Independence Day celebrations to be found.

See an encampment at Washington Crossing Historic Park, enjoy a picnic and 4th of July celebration at Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation, or listen to live music and view fireworks at Upper Darby High School. Consider visiting the National Museum of American Jewish History or The Barnes which both offer free family programming.

Continue reading to see our top picks for the weekend ahead. As always, scroll through our jam-packed Event Calendar for even more options. However you chose to celebrate the 4th, Mommy Poppins hopes you enjoy a wonderful weekend with family and friends.

July 4th Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Harborfest, Pops, and Fireworks

Happy Independence Day! With all kinds of fireworks and other celebrations this weekend, it's easy to gather a list of potential outings for the family. Although many of the activities happen on the actual holiday on Monday, there are loads of patriotic things happening on the weekend, too, including tons of festivities all around Boston Harbor (pictured).

If you're looking for a low-key way to celebrate this year, some great options include Red, White, and Blue Days at Edaville, a Patriot Fife and Drum Concert, or one of the kid-friendly celebrations that include a pancake breakfast or a teddy bear parade. For something totally different, forget all about the holiday and relax with a free outdoor showing of Minions or the Parkland Games instead.

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

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

July 4th Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Fireworks, Concerts, Live Shows

It's Fourth of July weekend and what better way to celebrate the independence of America then with family-friendly fun, entertainment and memory making. Parents and kids can enjoy the rockets red glare from several vantage points this weekend; see our expanded coverage of firework shows in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

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