News: Dozens of City Schools on Notice, New Fair for Museum Mile and Soho Gets a littleBits

The state recently put 62 city schools on notice for low performance–just in time for the new school year to kick off. The schools rank among the worst 5 percent in all of New York, according to a report in Chalkbeat. 

A number of those schools targeted by the state are already a part of the city's "turnaround" program and under state law, the city's top educator, Chancellor Carmen Fariña, has the opportunity to try to improve the schools before setting them up for takeover by a "receiver," or outside education leader or group.

Read more about this and other New York City kid and parent news the Mommy Poppins team has rounded up for you, including a survey showing that 95 percent of parents are actually pretty satisfied with the city's public schools.

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Weekend Fun with LA Kids: Special Olympics, National Dance Day, and Venice Summer Fest, July 25- 26

Here's what we learned last weekend: it does rain in Southern California, sometimes so much that they cancel or postpone things, like concerts in the park, plays… they even closed the ocean (sorta kind of).   But that was last week. This weekend, we should be back to our usual partly-sunny, no-humidity-here kind of paradise.  Go ye forth and frolic, get your dance on, and enjoy all that our beloved Southland has to offer.  (Beaches, even!)

And good timing, too, since the eyes of the world will be upon us this weekend.  The Special Olympics brings special needs athletes from 177 nations to compete in venues throughout Los Angeles.  Events are free to attend, so why not go cheer on some exceptional competitors?

Of course, in the land of the free, you can stay indoors if you really want. Indoor type? Circus, baby!  Want the sun on your back? Orange County Fair! You can learn about space indoors with a roof over your head, or with a ceiling of stars. You can enjoy the Sunshine (Band) at night in the Marina (with KC, of course!),  you can build your sandcastle in the sandexplore Chinatown, enjoy the arts and free movies, party with the faeries, run the bases and take in the explosive finale to the 1812 Overture.  Okay, it looks like outdoors is winning this weekend, which makes sense, it being Southern California and all. (But better enjoy it while you can: an El Niño is coming this year!)

Keep reading for our most sunshiney picks for this weekend...

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Mess Fest, Educational Fun July 25-26

Are you the "mean mom" or the "unfair dad" who makes your kid practice math flashcards and keep a reading log over the summer? There certainly is no harm in learning during these hot, hazy and humid summer months. (It's actually good for them.) But, why not try out an activity that will keep kids learning without them even realizing it? Mommy Poppins' Events Calendar is overflowing with activities that allow kids the fun they want while providing the educational component that parents seek.

Spend the weekend at the Franklin Institute's Mess Fest where science experiences get sloppy. Learn about the history of planes during war times at Fort Mifflin's Airplane Day. Discover the world of fine arts at the Kimmel Center's PNC Grow Up Great or Organ Demonstration. Or, explore being a sustainable design engineer at the Delaware Children's Museum's Junior Engineer workshop.

Continue reading for the top picks for the weekend ahead. Be sure to subscribe to our weekly newsletter and like us on Pinterest and Facebook and follow us on Twitter. No matter what you do this weekend, we hope you and your kids will learn something new!

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Sand Sculpting and Music Festivals, July 25-26

If it's time to hit the beach with your family, Revere Beach has the perfect excuse this weekend with its annual Sand Sculpting Festival (pictured). As on other summer weekends, there are tons of great events farther inland as well. Music fans looking for more than a summer concert have their pick of music festivals highlighting everything from folk to jazz, and kids with big imaginations will love collaborating on art projects during Figment Boston.

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

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

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Family Fun Day, Ice Cream Social, Country Fest, July 25-26

Families can have a weekend to remember on Long Island--the hardest part will be choosing what to do. Dance around in your cowboy boots at the weekend-long Country Fest LI, or have a yummy time at The Whaling Museum's Ice Cream Social. And free Family Fun Days are happening at the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook and Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.

Remember, you can find even more options in our jam-packed Event Calendar and our Summer Fun Guide. To receive our posts in your inbox, subscribe to our free newsletters.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: County Fairs, Frozen Sing-Along, Carousel Birthday, July 25-26

With such an eclectic assortment of family events taking place in Westchester and the Hudson Valley this weekend, there’s truly something for everyone. Two big county fairs headline—the Orange County Fair and the Putnam County Fair. There’s also a centennial birthday party for a carousel. For a S.T.E.M. experience, sign your little Einstein up for Mad Science Marvels of Motion. Bibliophiles will be all a-Buzz at the Fly Guy Festival, and young (and old) divas can let it go at the Frozen Sing-Along.

Additional details about these events can be found below—along with the rest of our top picks. Even more events are on our Event Calendar, so head there too!

Weekend Fun: Space and Science Festival, Lincoln Center Family Day, Dan Zanes July 25-26

At sweltering times like these, all we can think about is water fun. NYC's public pools, beaches and water-filled playgrounds will be open all weekend, but you can also find a special sprinkler day on the Upper East Side.

Drier highlights include FREE festivals like Lincoln Center's Out of Doors Family Day and a celebration of the recently reopened High Bridge, plus Grammy-winning kid rocker Dan Zanes crooning at the Bronx Zoo.

These are just a few of the great things going on this weekend. All of our best bets are below. You can find additional options in our Event Calendar and our Summer Fun Guide.

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Festivals, Fairy Tales, and Summer Music July 25-26

The temperatures earlier this week left little doubt that we are in the thick of summer. While I sometimes love the way that the heat forces us onto the lazy river of life--ice cream for dinner or dips in the pool or the magical quiet of a dark, air conditioned movie theater--my kids often get restless before I do. Happily, Connecticut is teeming with summer activities from marine life cruises to water ski championships to family gallery tours that will keep the whole crew cool and content.

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