Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Blueberry Festival, Fairy Day, Baseball, June 27-28

Here’s hoping for a wonderful June weekend filled with sun and clear skies! There are lots of ways to enjoy the outdoors in New Jersey this Saturday and Sunday: Sample delicious cannoli at the annual Italian-American Festival in North Wildwood, savor sweet fruit at the Whitesbog Blueberry Festival or build a whimsical garden house during Fairy Day at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum. For some fun hands-on learning, experience a day of Spectacular Science at the Garden State Discovery Museum or roll up your sleeves and get digging at the Community Fossil Hunt at Poricy Park.

Whatever you decide to do this weekend, we hope you enjoy it with family and friends. For even more activity options, check out our Event Calendar and our Summer Fun Guide.

Hosting a Birthday Party at Your Home in Fairfield County, CT

Nothing, just nothing, is better than having your little one’s birthday party in your own home.  But love them as I do, home-based birthday parties can be a real headache.  Herding my own three kids is hard enough – the thought of adding ten more is nearly more than I can handle!  Fortunately, there's a simple solution: host the party at home, but outsource the entertainment. The best of both worlds! Below are several outfits that will come to your Fairfield County home and put on a birthday party – money well spent! For more party ideas check out our Party Guide!

Weekend Fun for Kids in the Hamptons & North Fork, June 26-28

Memorial Day may have marked the unofficial start of summer, but East Enders know the season doesn’t really begin until the end of the school year, which is this week! As students start their break on the North and South Forks, abundant summertime activities for kids take over. This weekend alone, you can treat your family to a car show, nature walks and a magic spectacle.

And for more fun in the area, check out our Hamptons & North Fork Family Guide.

Brick Fest Live!: Lego Fun for NYC Kids at the NY Hall of Science

If you have a Lego lover at home, you won't want to miss Brick Fest Live!, an unofficial Lego fan celebration taking place at Queens' New York Hall of Science this week. This touring Lego experience offers hands-on fun for all ages and skill levels, from casual builders to die-hard fanatics, including a Lego video game arcade, multiple building areas, a racetrack for Lego cars and amazing plastic brick creations, including some that glow in the dark!

My 10-year-old son and I just got back from Brick Fest Live!, and if you've got a Lego-obsessed kid like mine, this is a must-do event. Bonus: It's FREE with regular museum admission!

4th of July Fireworks Around Boston (Not on the Esplanade)

If you’re looking for a fireworks show to celebrate Independence Day, but the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on the Esplanade seems a bit overwhelming, there are plenty of other great options. Towns around Boston put on their own 4th of July displays that are just right for families with young children. Read on for some wonderful local celebrations with fireworks and festive Independence Day activities happening June 27th through July 4th.

Where To See Macy's 4th of July Fireworks in New York City 2015

On Saturday, July 4, Macy's Fireworks Spectacular will illuminate the skies over the East River for the second year in a row. (Those of you who miss when the sparklers exploded over the Hudson River, take note: you can see New Jersey's Liberty State Park's Fireworks near the Statue of Liberty.) But if only Macy's Fireworks will do, you should be able to catch the show from many neighborhoods in downtown Manhattan, and parts of Brooklyn and Queens.

The glorious Brooklyn Bridge will serve as the backdrop for the fireworks. More than 50,000 are scheduled to burst forth from six floating barges on the water, synchronized to a soundtrack of patriotic standards. And if you're worried about the weather, Macy's says the show will go on rain or shine (though perhaps a little late).

If you're hoping to watch Macy's 4th of July Fireworks live, it's never too early to start planning your viewing strategy. Tickets for paid viewing options like 4th of July Fireworks cruises are already on sale and going fast. Of course, you don't need to spend a penny to see the sparklers, but there are some important things to know before you go. We've got the scoop on how to find the best places to watch Macy's 4th of July Fireworks in person with your family.

50 Free Things To Do with Kids This Summer in NJ

Let's face it: "free fun" and "New Jersey" are rarely uttered in the same sentence. But, truth be told, the Garden State has many offerings that families can enjoy without breaking the bank. No-cost movies, concerts and festivals abound, and a couple of zoos, nature centers and museums offer regular free admission hours—all you have to do is pay for the gas to drive to these destinations. So have a fabulous and inexpensive season, New Jersey! And don't forget to check out our Summer Fun Guide for more cool (and cheap!) ideas.

Best Museum Birthday Parties for Kids in Fairfield County, CT

Nothing sparks my kids' (or my!) curiosity quite like a trip to a museum. Thankfully, Fairfield County, Connecticut is filled with fascinating cultural institutions where my family can learn about science, space, nature and history. But did you know that many of these museums offer fun and enriching children's birthday party packages, too? Here are seven spots where your child can celebrate the big day among dinosaurs, farm animals, trains and even armored tanks!

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