Father's Day Weekend Fun for Kids in the Hamptons & North Fork, June 19-21

It’s Father’s Day weekend, and on the East End of Long Island that means it’s time for... strawberries! This weekend, all eyes turn to the big daddy of outdoor fests: the Mattituck Lions Club’s annual Strawberry Festival. Carnival rides, live music and, of course, shortcake herald the return of the strawberry in a way that has delighted families for 61 years. This is the North Fork’s largest fundraiser, with all proceeds benefiting Lions Club charities.

On the South Fork this weekend, Southampton celebrates its 375th anniversary, and a Father’s Day craft fair offers kids a chance to pick up a present for dad. With Sunday dedicated to daddy bonding, most of our picks take place on Friday and Saturday.

For more fun options, check out our Hamptons & North Fork Family Guide.

Celebrating Father's Day in Fairfield County, CT with the Whole Family

Truth be told, I miss the days when a nicely wrapped tie did the trick for Father’s Day. But it's been years since my husband wore a tie to his job—a decade, in fact. (Just last weekend, my 4-year-old burst into tears when she saw my husband in his blue jeans; she thought he put on his "work suit" to head into the office!)

Well, dad can spend Father's Day wearing whatever he likes. He can don his board shorts for a day trip to one of CT's great beaches, or put on his workout clothes for a day of biking, hiking or climbing. But if he just wants to throw on those comfy old jeans, there are lots of casual but fun-filled ways to celebrate Father's Day in Fairfield County with the whole family:

Fort Washington Park Playground: Sprinklers, a Rope Pyramid & Zip-Lining in Washington Heights

One of the things I love most about living in upper Manhattan is the abundance of green spaces. But while we've got amphitheaters and ball fields galore, we've had a lack of renovated, state-of-the-art destination playgrounds. However, that's starting to change. I noticed a handful of local parks on the city's list for revitalization, but those projects are still in the works and I have three energetic kids to entertain, pronto. That's why I was thrilled when friends raved to me about the overhauled Nature Discovery Playground in Fort Washington Park. My kids and I checked it out, and it did not disappoint! From a cool tree house to an exciting zip line, there are lots of exceptional attractions for kids, along with the usual fun play stuff.

Lake Compounce Amusement and Water Park in Bristol, CT

Last week I took the kids on a day trip to Lake Compounce in Bristol CT. It's the oldest, continuously-operating amusement park in North America as well as Connecticut’s largest water park. It was our first visit.  I must admit, I am not an amusement park enthusiast. I don't like long lines, sticky and dirty parks, wading through throngs of people and being forced to eat food that has been processed so many times that it gives you the creeps. That being said, we had a blast and even I can't wait to go back again. Read on to hear about our experience and check out our Mommy Poppins Theme and Water Park Guide for even more park fun.

Places to Throw an Indoor Play Gym Birthday Party in New Haven County

Is your child’s birthday right around the corner but you’ve put off planning his or her party? Are you concerned about having way too many rambunctious little feet running through your house and the mess that might accompany it? Or maybe you just don’t have enough time to set up and decorate? Then consider having your next party at an indoor play gym. It’s a great opportunity to enjoy your child’s special day without the worry of set up, clean up, or lack of space. There are several different play gym options in New Haven County. We've also rounded up some other indoor playspaces in New Haven County here. Check out a space near you and start planning today! For more party ideas check out our Connecticut Party Guide.

10 Ways to Celebrate Father's Day in NYC, Chosen by Real-Life Dads

Father's Day is supposed to be all about dad, and yet, every year when I ask my husband how he wants to mark the occasion, he replies, "Whatever you want, honey." Agreeable, sure, but helpful? Nope. So this year I decided to turn to the experts for advice: all the other dads I know.

I gave them two rules for their Father's Day wish lists—keep it PG and include the whole family. The result was an eclectic list of fantastic (and many FREE) ways to celebrate Father's Day in New York City that both parents and kids can enjoy. Even better, many of these ideas aren't unique to this Sunday—you can try most of them anytime. So whether you're a partner left to plan the big day or a father looking for inspiration, here are 10 things real-life dads would love to do on Father's Day in NYC.

Little Neck with Kids: Nature Trails, Free Ropes Course & Nutella Pizza

Little Neck, Queens is one of NYC's hidden gems. It has the feel of suburban living while still staying true to important tenets of city life: accessible public transportation, along with great culture and dining. It's just 30 minutes from Manhattan via the Long Island Railroad, and there are a number of interesting things to do and see here. Bordered by Little Neck Bay, Nassau County and the Long Island Expressway, Little Neck is one of the most scenic neighborhoods in Queens.

Attractions like Udalls Cove Park Preserve featuring 31 acres of nature, wildlife and great walking paths, and fabulous restaurants such as Little Dumpling, with its delicious steamed buns and noodles, make this neighborhood a worthwhile trip.

As you stroll through the area, you'll see that it's well-loved and well-preserved by its residents. Little Neck is clean and quiet, and the hilly streets make for an invigorating walk. Also, if you love looking at beautiful homes, this sweet neighborhood certainly delivers. I recommend walking through the residential part of town or one of the large parks, and then heading over to Northern Boulevard for a bite to eat.

You and your family are sure to have a fun-filled day exploring this small community with our top 10 things to do with kids in Liltle Neck, Queens.

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