Weekday Picks: Movies, Gardens, and Stars, June 20-24, 2016

Summer officially arrives on Monday, and with it comes the fun outdoor movies, concerts, and hands on learning programs that make life in Connecticut so much fun.  This week alone, families can enjoy a movie on the beach or in a cool, air conditioned theater, or get up close and personal with hands on projects exploring gardening, flotation devices, or astronomy.

My own kids finished school last week so I'll be scouring the Event Calendar (and posting new events) to keep us all busy and happy. Check back here often and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest so that you don't miss a thing.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Outdoor Yoga, Mario the Magician

With the school year winding down, the family fun is on the rise here in Westchester! Weekdays are increasingly full of assorted activities to enjoy. All of our top picks this week are FREE!

For a world-class performance, catch the outdoor act of Mario the Magician. International Yoga Day is being celebrated with an outdoor class with views overlooking the Hudson River, and old-fashioned games are all that’s needed for fun at Field Day.

Keep tabs on all the fun activities happening this summer by signing up for our FREE weekly newsletters and consulting our Event Calendar for the frequent updates—including additional opportunities for the week ahead!

Happy Summer Solstice! 

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 25th through July 4th.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Dinosaurs, Harry Potter, Museums June 20-24

Summer camp, road trips, and water play are all ways Philly kids can look forward to spending the lazy, hazy days of summer. In addition to these traditional opportunities, children can experience some unique events this week as our Events Calendar is overflowing with fun.

Take a day trip to Reading Public Museum for an afternoon of dinosaur fun or Strasburg Railroad to visit Thomas the Tank Engine and his best pal, Percy. Explore the creek for wildlife at Norristown Farm Park or offer some community service at Riverbend Environmental Education Center. For a truly spectacular sight, admire local landmarks such as Glencairn Museum as they shine in beauty at night. And, for a truly spectacular sound, listen to the Philadelphia Orchestra as they pay homage to Harry Potter.

Continue reading for our top weekday picks, but be sure to browse through the entire calendar and June GoList as well. Enjoy the week ahead.

Weekday Fun: Make Music NY, Swedish Fest, Free Activities

Celebrate summer in NYC this week with Make Music New York, a truly unique music festival, hosted throughout all five boroughs. Other weekday highlights include free admission to the Brooklyn Children's Museum and the Swedish Midsummer Festival celebrating the summer solstice.

In case you haven't heard, there's a wonderful new exhibit at Brookfield Place. The Swings: An Exercise in Musical Collaboration is definitely worth checking out. We've also rounded up 10 things to do on Long Island City's waterfront, and we've got the inside scoop on the new water exhibit at the Children's Museum of Manhattan. Enjoy outdoor eats at these kid-friendly Brooklyn restaurants with spacious yards, patios and other alfresco table options to round out the day. And don't forget to pick-your-own strawberries at a nearby farm before those red berries are gone.

Our top picks for the week are below—all of which are FREE! Also, be sure to check out our June GoList to help you round out the month. As always, you can find additional options in our Event Calendar and our Summer Fun Guide.

Thomas Land Theme Park: A Magical Day on the Island of Sodor

The kids and I had the pleasure of being invited back to Thomas Land for opening day of this summer. For those who already know Edaville, this brand new section of the theme park is absolutely worth a trip back. Twelve years in the making, Thomas Land – right in our backyard in Carver, MA – is the only one in the United States. The other park is in England, and ours is bigger!

Thomas Land is a treat for the young and the young at heart; the creators have done a great job of making the park fun for all ages. Here are some newly scouted highlights, plus a few tips along the way. All aboard!

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