Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Jitterbugs, Cool Science, and Harborfest, June 27 - July 1

School's out and there's no doubt about it, summer is here. There's plenty happening around town to keep the kids busy, even if camp hasn't started yet. The Museum of Science is hopping from branch to branch of the Boston Public Library all week to show kids how cool science can be. July 4th festivities are ramping up with fireworks in Somerville and the start of Harborfest, Boston's gargantuan Independence Day celebration. Pick any day of the week and there's a free concert to enjoy, including a Wacky Wednesday performance by local favorite Karen K and the Jitterbugs (pictured) in Hingham. The Highland Street Foundation has a stellar lineup of Free Fun Friday destinations this week, whether you want to stay close to home or make a day trip.

If you're already starting to hear choruses of "I'm bored" from your kids, check out our Events Calendar for more ideas each day. Or, just pack up a picnic, head to one of Boston's best playgrounds, and let the little ones cool off at a spray park.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Fireman’s Carnival, Library Olympics

School's out for the summer, and Mommy Poppins has you covered! As June comes to a close, the fun shifts from predominantly happening on weekends to predominantly happening seven days a week! If you’re nervous about not having enough to keep your kids busy, fear not, because we’re populating our Event Calendar with extensive options Westchester kids won’t want to miss.

This week continues the launch of several libraries’ Summer Reading Game kickoffs, and with the Olympic games happening this summer, these sport-themed celebrations offer tons of fun. The Summer Reading Game Kickoff teaches kids about the physics of sports and games in such a fun way, they won’t even realize they’re (shhhh) learning during summer vacation. Library Olympics takes a different tact, with kids competing in the sport of being a librarian. Meanwhile, a Westchester harbinger of July 4th is the annual Fireman's Carnival,  which also includes a mid-week parade and fireworks display.

These are just a few of our top picks for the week. Read on for the rest, as well as additional details—and don't forget to sign up for our weekly newsletters!

Weekday Fun in NJ: Freedom Festival, Outdoor Work and Play

Summertime is finally here, and there’s lots of fun in the sun to be had this week! Enjoy free outdoor entertainment at Jenkinson’s Kiddie Beach Show and South Orange Summer Nights. Little ones can explore nature this week at Butterfly Bonanza, Tiny Tot Walk and First Friday Storytime. Plus, get ready for Independence Day at Randolph Freedom Festival and Montville 4th of July Celebration. And don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more options!

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Movies, Hoagies, Museums June 27-July 1

Back to school supplies have been spotted at local shopping centers. Uniform catalogs are being found in the mail. Seriously? Please, no... it seems like summer vacation has just started, and now this? Stay in the moment and enjoy this time of year with some help from our Events Calendar.

This week, Wawa is celebrating the USA with a variety of activities. From movies, to museums, to Go 4th activities, Philly families can enjoy all the festival has to offer. Once you have partied for America, take in a music class with Music Monkey Jungle, visit Central Park in Doylestown to hear a British Invasion Tribute, or make crafts at your local Michael's.

Keep up with the latest fun by liking us on Facebook and following us on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. For now, forget about school supplies and back-to-school shopping and see what fun awaits this week.

Free Outdoor Family Movies in July for NYC Kids

Every summer in New York City, there are a slew of no-cost outdoor movie screenings. So many in fact, you can probably find at least one FREE alfresco flick per evening somewhere in the five boroughs. But a number of these films are not kid-friendly. If you don't plan ahead, you could end up dropping into Bryant Park for Die Hard, and you really don't want your preschooler repeating Bruce Willis' R-rated variation on yippee ki-yay, do you?

While a few series are aimed specifically at children, including RiverFlicks for Kids, most series sandwich their family films in between grown-up ones. But rather than having you peruse all those different calendars, we've done the work for you. Behold: More than 25 FREE outdoor movies this July, most rated G or PG (with a couple of PG-13 titles for tweens), all organized by date. Expect to find plenty of recent blockbusters such as Minions and Inside Out, with a few classics thrown in.

So pack your picnic, grab a blanket and head out to one of our picks for the best family-friendly alfresco flicks this month.

Weekday Fun: FREE Museums, Father Goose, Ghostbusters Exhibit

School's out for summer! NYC kids start summer vacation this week (Tuesday, June 28 is the last day of the school year), and we have ideas to help kick off summer break. The National Museum of Mathematics is hosting three days of complimentary admission, Father Goose is getting down with the kids in Madison Square Park, the PuppetMobile is touring parks and playgrounds with its production of Puss in Boots, and you can celebrate Pride Month in a meaningful way by dropping a note into the giant acrylic LOVE WINS structure at Brookfield Place. Plus, a cool new Ghostbusters attraction is debuting in Times Square.

Our Summer Guide lists lots of warm weather things to do and ways to have fun in NYC this season including outdoor pools, splash pads, local water and amusement parks, and lots more! We just published our annual roundup of free activities for NYC kids—one for each summer day straight through their return to school in September, so you can enjoy the season on a budget! If the beach is beckoning, many are just a MetroCard swipe away. Heading to the Jersey Shore or the Hamptons? We've got you covered there, too.

With school wrapping up, don't forget to read 20 minutes a day (it's a great way to take a breather between play at the beach or park). For more tips and other stimulating ways to engage the kids this summer, peruse our new Summer Slide Busters Guide. And if you're still looking for a week of camp here and there, check out our list of camps that still have openings.

You can find plenty of other ideas for family fun in our Event Calendar and Summer Fun Guide.

10 Ways To See July 4 Fireworks and Festivities in the Lower Hudson Valley

The 4th of July is almost here! We've already filled you in on the best places to catch stunning Independence Day fireworks in Westchester. Now we are heading across the county line to round up the top spots for holiday sparklers throughout Lower Hudson Valley. Since many of the 2016 celebrations also include live music, ball games, parades, magic shows and even a carnival, these festivities are definitely worth the drive if you're coming from Westchester.

25 Things To Do with Kids in Palm Beach County, Florida

You might think of Palm Beach as a preppy playground for America’s elite. In truth, Florida’s largest county offers families an array of activities at a variety of price points.

If you want to explore nature on land or at sea, the 38 diverse cities and towns within Palm Beach County are loaded with eco-options. Of course, most people come here to frolic in the 47 miles of Atlantic surf, so slather on the sunscreen and schedule plenty of unstructured time to build sand castles and jump waves.

If you’re seeking a value vacation, you can score big summertime bargains. As the heat and humidity rise, resorts slash their room rates until just before Thanksgiving. Flights to Palm Beach International Airport take about two hours from New York or Philadelphia, with the journey from Boston adding on a few extra minutes. Book a nonstop flight and you can be here in less time than it takes to drive from Manhattan to the Hamptons on a Friday night.

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