Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Bumblebees, Shakespeare, and Fireworks, June 25-26

It is officially summer so we've dusted off our beach chairs and stocked up on a supply of sunscreen. We're ready for some adventures! This weekend, we could hit a beach party with fireworks in East Haven, catch the kickoff of one of our favorite summer concert series at Bayley Beach in picturesque Rowayton, or spend the night at the New Canaan Nature Center, a fun and easy camping experience for even very young children.

Believe it or not, fireworks season begins this weekend with displays in Branford, Hebron, and Bridgeport, to name just a few. For a little historical context about the origins of American independence for next weekend, check out the 17th Century Encampment at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum or the Revolutionary War Encampment at the Denison Homestead.

As always, for the latest and greatest happenings across the state, check out our Event Calendar, which is constantly updated with new listings. To keep up with everything going on in CT, subscribe to our FREE newsletters, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Have a fabulous weekend!

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Palisades Fair, Concerts, Fishing

Celebrate the arrival of summer this weekend with a wide array of fun events for families in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. 

One of our top picks for June is the return of the American Roots Music Festival, a full day and evening of performances by both established and up-and-coming artists in a bucolic outdoor setting.

Also on tap this weekend are a couple seasonal fairs and festivals, including the all-out Palisades Fair, featuring hypnotists and other eyebrow-raising attractions, and the cultural African American Heritage Celebration. Learn the basics of a new hobby at the FREE Fishing Workshop or pull up a sleeping bag for The Great Library Sleepover

More of our top picks are below and many more events are on our Event Calendar. If you haven't done so already, sign up for our weekly newsletters!

Weekend Fun: SummerStage, Pride, Puppets, Laurie Berkner

The final June weekend before NYC public schools let out offers a slew of warm-weather events for the whole family, including annual favorites like the Astoria Park Festival, the Harlem Arts Festival, and Park Slope's Puppetry Arts Festival. Plus you can enjoy no-cost entertainment in Betsy Head Park during SummerStage Family Day, celebrate Pride month with the NYC parade, or watch the season-opener of Word for Word Kids in Bryant Park with Justin the Magician.

Other highlights for weekend fun in NYC include Laurie Berkner in concert aboard the Circle Line, playing on the car-free Grand Concourse during the Boogie on the Boulevard festival, and exploring Staten Island's soon-to-be public green space Freshkills Park.

This weekend is predicted to be a hot one in NYC, so consider testing out a new-to-your-kids water playground, grabbing the subway to the beach, or even heading out of town to one of these nearby water parks. We've also rounded up 40 Things to Do in Brighton Beach and Coney Island with Kids, all the best spots in the Adirondacks for an upstate family getaway, and checked out a new dinosaur park just across the river in New Jersey.

All of our best bets for this weekend are below. You can find additional options in our Event Calendar and our Summer Fun Guide.

10 Fun Things To Do on Melrose with Kids (No Piercings Involved)

For most Angelenos, the stretch of Melrose Avenue between Fairfax and La Brea evokes images of uber hip twenty-somethings being punctured by tattoo needles and pierced through any number of body parts—not necessarily a destination for tots. But an afternoon meandering Melrose with kids in mind can be both family friendly and super cool. Why not revisit one of the streets of your youth with your youths in tow, and up the style factor of your LA brood? For more ideas in the neighborhood check out 25 Things To Do in Hollywood with Kids.

NY Kids Club to Open Three New Locations in 2017

NY Kids Club will open three new enrichment centers and three more of its accredited NY Preschools in January 2017, bringing to 15 the number of locations across NYC. These new tot learning spots will be situated in the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Dumbo and Cobble Hill, as well as Greenwich Village in Manhattan. Each will be equipped with state-of-the-art gymnasiums for ongoing enrichment classes and open play for members, as well as classroom space for the preschoolers.

The Dumbo location at 135 Plymouth Street in Brooklyn will house five classrooms contained within an 8,400-square-foot floor plan, while the two-story Cobble Hill location at 299 Court Street comes in at 6,000-square-feet with five classrooms. Greenwich Village's 11 Fifth Avenue location will be cozier at less than half that size and three classrooms. 

20 Ways to Celebrate 4th of July in Philly Without Fireworks

It’s time to celebrate America! While you might think no 4th of July is complete without a celebration of fireworks, we have found 20 events around the region that are firework-free but full of American pride and good old fashioned family fun! From readings of the Declaration of Independence to music and movies, the region is full of ways to celebrate our Independence that don’t keep us up late at night or include any of the rockets red glare or bombs bursting in air.

Free Outdoor Movies for Long Island Kids This Summer

Once the summer sun sets, it creates the perfect starlit backdrop for enjoying movies outdoors. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and a few snacks, and snuggle up with the kids for some wholesome family entertainment. No lines or expensive tickets—these family-friendly screenings are free. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, so arrive early. Before heading out, be sure check each venue's website for up-to-date information on possible weather-related cancellations.

For more family-friendly activities, check out our Event Calendar and our Summer Fun Guide.

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Blueberries, Fireflies, Butterflies, Trains

As we officially welcome in the summertime, there's dozens of warm weather activities to help close out the last weekend in June. For big family fun, round up the whole gang for the North Wildwood Italian-American Festival down the shore, the Firefly Festival at Terhune Orchards or the Mad Hatter's Tea Party at Whippany Railway Museum. And if you love blueberries, this is the time to savor the juicy fruit that's grown right here in Jersey! Check out the Whitesbog Blueberry Festival at Whitesbog Village and the Red, White & Blueberry Festival in Hammonton

For more options, take a look at our full Event CalendarJune GoList, and our Summer Fun Guide.

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