Weekday Picks for LI Kids: Live Music, Minion Art, Puppet Show, July 27-31

Enjoy the last days of July with a host of family-friendly events. Some of the fun includes a live concert, Minion-inspired art and a puppet show. But that's just the beginning--our event calendar is filled with activities that the kids will love, so be sure to soak up every last drop of summer!

For more ideas on how to enjoy the season on Long Island, check out our Summer Fun Guide. And if you're spending any time on the East End, visit our Hamptons & North Fork Family Guide.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Halloween in July, Flamenco, Pop Art, July 27-31

July may be winding down, but the fun for Westchester families sure isn’t! The coming week is full of exciting activities to keep little ones entertained. Be dazzled by a flamenco dance performance or learn a pop-art craft. And why wait for October when there’s Halloween in July?

This is just a sampling of the many great activities you’ll find on our Event Calendar. Read on for our top picks for weekday fun with kids—all of which are FREE!

August GoList: Best Things to Do with Kids in Boston

August in Boston is free and festive! There are free festivals almost every weekend in August, plus lots more free fun throughout the month. We've also picked a few things that aren't free, but we think they're well worth checking out, especially if you have a train aficionado in the house or you're thinking about taking the kids camping for the first time. 

We hope you'll be able to squeeze a few of these top picks for hometown fun into your family's last weeks of summer day trips and weekend getaways before the kids head back to school.

New York's Free Outdoor Kids' Concerts in August

NYC's FREE summer concert season comes to a close this August, but it goes out with a bang. We've rounded up 12 no-cost shows for families and kids that are worth the time, energy and schlep, including Grammy-nominated kindie band The Pop Ups and three entertainment-packed SummerStage Family Days.

Since most of these performances take place in parks and playgrounds, you can make a day of it by packing a picnic and soaking up some complimentary culture.

12 Places to Play in Rockaway Beach

Rockaway Beach offers plenty of sun-kissed fun for families. After all, it's the only place in all of New York City where surfing is allowed! But what lies beyond the soft sand and coastal waves? Plenty. 

So far we've offered a glimpse at everything this Queens neighborhood has to offer families, including what to see and do and the best places to eat with kids. Now, we round up the best places to play. In addition to its namesake beach, you'll find a ton of playgrounds and parks for picnicking, but also great indoor play spots, such as local libraries and even theater. Read on for details about our favorite places to romp and explore with kids in Rockaway.

A Family Visit to the Mashantucket Pequot Museum

About an hour southeast of Hartford, nestled in an ancient cedar forest in the Foxwoods area, you will find the largest Native American museum in the world. The Mashantucket Pequot Museum will touch your heart from the moment you step through its oversized glass doors. Inspirational and detailed exhibits convey the thoughtfulness and simplicity with which Native Americans lived, the pain and injustice they experienced when war was imposed upon them, and the tenacity they showed in rebuilding and reclaiming their culture. Unlike other museums where Native American history is attempted in one or two dioramas, the collection here is comprehensive and, best of all, the history is owned and disseminated by the people who lived it.

Music Classes for Philly Area Kids & Families

Kids march to the beat of their own drums, so why not help them keep their rhythm with some music classes? Some studies have shown that early music education helps children develop academic, physical, and social skills, and it also gives them an introduction to arts and culture. We have put together a list of music classes for kids in the Philadelphia area, but be sure to visit their websites for updated schedules. Visit our Classes Directory to keep up on the latest additions.

25 Things To Do in Las Vegas with Kids

Once America's playground for adults, in the last decade Las Vegas has become one of the most popular family vacation destinations. On the strip, the casinos and resorts offer some grand activities, but it would be a shame to visit this desert town and not experience the great natural attractions and museums you can find a little further afield.

I just got back from a week visiting family in Vegas. We had a blast exploring kid-friendly activities both on and off the beaten track. Here are my recommendations for the top things to do with kids in Las Vegas. 

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