Weekday Events for NYC Kids: Nature Fun, Swedish Midsummer Festival, Astrograss Concert June 15-19

This week families can enjoy a no-cost concert by Astrograss at Washington Market Park and a FREE storytime with the New York Public Library in Riverside Park. Kids can also drop in to the Children's Museum of the Arts to make some Father's Day gifts, and tots can explore the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's recently reopened Discovery Garden.

Although we only highlight one activity per day in this post, you can find plenty of other options in our Event Calendar and our Summer Fun Guide.

Weekday Picks for Connecticut Kids: Irish Fest, Peter Pan, Outdoor Concert June 15-19

For most CT families, summer break has just begun or this is the last week of school. Either way, it's time to celebrate! Lucky for all of us, there are lots of wonderful things to do with kids this week, like go on a horseshoe crab walk, see a live stage musical of Peter Pan or enjoy cultural fun at an Irish Festival.

We only highlight one event per day in this post, but there are many other options in our Event Calendar. For additional activity ideas, check out our Summer Fun Guide and like us on Facebook!

DIY Chocolate: 5 Places Where NYC Kids Can Make Their Own Candy

Everyone loves chocolate—well, everyone but me (yes, I know I am in the minority in our chocolate-obsessed world). That said, I enjoy sharing culinary experiences with my 10-year-old son, but since he's a bit picky, it can be hard to talk him into cooking or going on a food crawl. However, when sweets are involved that gets his attention!

Hitting one of NYC's cornucopia of candy shops is nice, but being able to make your own treats is seriously sweet. A do-it-yourself chocolate workshop is a creative hands-on way to satisfy your kid's sweet tooth. Check out these five spots where making chocolate is always on the menu:

25 Free Summer Movie Series in Connecticut

We are a movie family. I couldn't wait until my kids graduated from Nickelodeon cartoons to full-length films, but you know what's even better than a family flick? A free family film. There are some terrific, free (or nearly free) summer movie series running throughout Connecticut this summer—both indoors and outdoors—including multiple opportunities to see last winter's blockbuster Big Hero 6 in Stamford, Shelton, and Mystic.

Things To Do with Kids at Mass Audubon's South Shore Sanctuaries

One of the things I'm truly loving about living in the 'burbs now that the weather's nice is the opportunity to be close to nature. The South Shore is known for its beautiful forests and marshes, and is home to a wide variety of birds, seals, and other forest friends. Mass Audubon's South Shore Sanctuaries—North River, Daniel Webster, and North Hill Marsh—are ideal places to discover the area's natural treasures.

North River serves as the indoor base for the three sanctuaries, with a nature center featuring a discovery room for kids, turtles, fish, an archeological station, bathrooms, and a gift shop. As we drove up the winding road to the North River Sanctuary's main building, we felt transported into a different world. Everything was so vibrant and bright, lush and crisp. Once inside, my son had a blast playing with the toys and exploring, while I learned about the variety of programs and things to do at the three sanctuaries.

Summer Festivals and Fairs in Fairfield County

Day one of summer vacation and the score in this house is kids 1 million, mom 0. While I dreamed of three freshly scrubbed, idyllic children working together on community service projects and requesting additional math assignments, the reality is the trio argues over, well… everything. Who gets the pink spoon, who gets the cow mug, who gets to grab yesterday’s mail out the box... and this is only the very first day of school break! Clearly, Operation Get the Heck Out of the House needs to be kicked into high gear. And what better way to keep kids of all ages and interests occupied than local fairs and festivals? If you're up for a day trip, we've rounded up fun summer fetes in Hartford and New Haven Counties as well as Eastern CT. But if you prefer a fest right here in your own Fairfield County backyard, read on.

Water Sports in Fairfield County: Boating, Kayaking, Sailing and More

Champing at the bit to get in or out on the water? There are many ways to do that in Connecticut. Fairfield County is home to lots of great beaches and swim clubs, and we've rounded up places to sail, row and stand-up paddleboard in the past. But today we're making one big long list of all the spots where you can boat, row, kayak, swim, sail and more. So print it out and stash it in your car for those days when getting wet is the only thing that will do!

Free Summer Outdoor Concerts for Boston Families

Summertime is jam time, whether your genre of choice is kindie rock, roots, jazz, blues, world or classical music. Boston neighborhoods and surrounding towns feature lots of popular local musicians in their summer outdoor music series, and some concerts are aimed specifically at kids. With our roundup of summer music series as your guide, you could take your kids to a community concert almost every day this season. Best of all, the performances are all free!

Please note: This post is currently being updated with information for 2016.

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