Visiting the Harvard Museums with Kids: Mummies, Glass Flowers & Totem Poles

Our list of 25 things to do in Harvard Square with kids includes two stops at Harvard University's museums, and with good reason: They encompass loads of fascinating collections! So many in fact, it might be hard to choose which one to hit first. When planning a visit, it's important to keep in mind that the options for exploring these museums are almost endless. If you've only got an hour to burn on a weekday, you can stop by one of the smaller museums, or plan a full weekend day that includes one of the larger museums and a lunch break at a nearby restaurant. You can even make your own museum week by visiting a different one each day.

Super Cheap Summer Fun for LI Families in the Hamptons & North Fork

When you think about the East End of Long Island, the first word that comes to mind usually isn't "cheap." So how can parents amuse their kids in the Hamptons and North Fork without inflicting too much pain on their pocketbooks? Believe it or not, there are plenty of creative ways to stretch a dollar in this region. Activities like ferry rides, nature junkets and railroad excursions offer maximum entertainment value at limited expense.

Here are some innovative ideas for super-low-cost family outings on the East End. And for more things to do in the area, check out our Hamptons & North Fork Family Guide.

Things to Do in Kent, Connecticut with Kids

When the kids are bored and in the mood to explore, it's time to take a daytrip. Hop in the car and visit one of the great little villages that abound in CT.  Kent is a small village not too far from the NY state border in Litchfield County. It offers quaint museums, natural beauty and an abundance of restaurants. Read on for our insider's suggestions on what to do with kids while visiting Kent.

Weekday Event Picks for NJ Kids: Italian Festival, Somerset Patriots, Outdoor Movies, June 22-26

Festivals, outdoor movies and fireworks—it’s beginning to look a lot like summer! Get into the spirit of the season at outdoor events, including a Somerset Patriots Baseball Game, the annual Italian-American Festival and Fireworks on the Beach. Catch family films under the night sky at Turtle Back’s Zoo-vies and Scotch Plains’ Family Movie Night. And don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more options!

Weekday Event Picks for LA Kids: Summer Stargazing, S’mores, & Fantastic Mr. Fox June 22-26

By now all kids are out of school and summer is in full swing. I’m not saying this Poppins Mommy didn’t plan well, but our Summer Camp Guide is still coming in handy for last-minute adjustments. Better yet, make your own camp with WeeWork projects, local events, and lots of play. Fantastic Mr. Fox screens for free this week at the Brentwood Country Mart—even George Clooney’s voice manages to be handsome, and this is one of my family’s favorite movies. Gather 'round a campfire at the King Gillette Ranch or Franklin Canyon; loiter on the sidewalk for some stargazing in Burbank; and pack a picnic dinner for an evening of free Shakespeare in Griffith Park or a sing-along with Julie Andrews in the Hollywood Hills. Summertime means more action than ever on our Event Calendar!

Weekday Picks for LI Kids: Summer Movie Express, Honeybees, Fun Friday, June 22-26

For most Long Island kids, this is the last week of school, which means summer break is about to begin. But lots of seasonal fun has already started, like the popular Summer Movie Express ($1 flicks!). This week kids can also learn about honeybees, while teens can have some fun on Friday night.

For even more activities going on around LI, be sure to check out our Event Calendar. Spending some time on the East End? Take a look at our Hamptons & North Fork Guide.

100 Free Things To Do This Summer with Kids in New York City

With school break upon us, my kid is singing about the 104 days of summer vacation he heard of in the Phineas and Ferb theme song. I’m not going to tell him that he only gets 75 or so days off—why bum him out? Especially when there are hundreds of things to do in NYC this season.

To get into the spirit of summer, we’ve found FREE things for families to do every single day of public school break in NYC, from Monday, June 29 through Tuesday, September 8. Many events occur on multiple dates so be sure to read through the entire listing. We’ve also rounded up a bunch of anytime activities your family can try all season long.

Of course this list isn't comprehensive. You can find many more cool seasonal activities and destinations in our Summer Fun Guide, our Event Calendar and our Free in NYC Guide. Whatever you end up doing this summer in the city, there's only one rule: Have fun out there!

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Fishing, Free Music & Fun Fridays, June 22-26

With school already out (or almost out) in most local communities, it's the perfect time to enjoy some of those free summer concert series for kids and families we've been raving about here at Mommy Poppins Boston. Music not your thing? Not a problem! The calendar is chock-full of other free and fun family activities like the Free Fun Friday series, which kicks off this week with tons of attractions including the MIT Museum and Tanglewood. Whatever you choose to do, have a great week, and don't forget to check out our full Event Calendar!

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