A Dozen Private NYC Swimming Pools Offering Day Passes

There are plenty of FREE swimming pools in NYC for kids during the summer months, but if you're looking for year-round options, or less crowded waters, try a private pool day pass. A number of "private" pools in New York City allow you to pay to swim for the day. And these are not hipsters-only hangouts, where visitors sip on $18 cocktails. Well, those exist, of course, but we've rounded up 12 private pools that are definitely kid-friendly and welcome families for swimming and other water fun.

Read on for where to get swimming in NYC now, and don't forget to check out how to score FREE swim lessons in the city, too.
 

Love Your Park Returns to Philadelphia this Month

One of the things that makes living in Philadelphia unique is the dedication to green and clean spaces. This month, from May 7-14 Philadelphia celebrates the annual Love Your Park week. Whether you live near a tiny parklet, or near some of the cities major park attractions, families can get involved with making their space a little nicer, giving back to their community and sharing in a family-friendly event that teaches about the environment, and neighborhood impact. In addition to clean-ups, this city-wide event features family-friendly festivals and guided nature hikes to add an extra dose of fun to your service day!

Dance Summer Camps for Kids in Fairfield County

Practically since they could walk, my kids have loved to dance. As they've gotten older, however, it's become pretty clear that they're just dabblers, and sometimes the commitment to an after school dance class is just too much to add into a busy schedule.  Happily, while there are many camps that offer summer intensives for enthusiastic dancers to hone their skills, there are a range of camps around Fairfield County--some as short as one week--that give budding dancers to try something new, be it ballet, hip hop, Irish dance, and more. Here are some of our favorites:

Weekday Picks: May the Fourth Be with You and Cinco be Mayo, May 2-6

Anyone with children of a certain age (or a husband for that matter) knows that sooner or later all things, even ice skating, can lead to Star Wars. Thus, while this Wednesday might seem like an ordinary day of the week to sensible people, the Star Wars geeks among us (and we all know who we are) will be feeling forceful. Happily this unique holiday can be celebrated with $4 pizza in Pasadena or Orange County and a free screening of The Force Awakens.

Meanwhile, speaking of holidays, Cinco de Mayo is Thursday. (May the Sith be with you?) While the Mexican victory over the French in 1862 is no big deal in Mexico, here in the U.S. we like a good excuse to eat guacamole and have a margarita. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate the culture of our Mexican neighbors (perhaps at a kid-friendly happy hour?), and Pretend City has a kids' fiesta planned complete with piñatas and a spicy game of jalapeño hop.

Weekday Event Picks for NJ Kids: Buggy Buddies, Cinco de Mayo, May 2-6

Yay for May! The new month kicks off with fun nature activities and pre-holiday events. Nature centers host great toddler events this week, including Great Swamp’s Toddler Trek: Buggy Buddies, Rancocas Nature Center's Preschool Storytime and Tulpehaking Nature Center’s First Friday Storytime. Plus, get ready for the May holidays with a Mother’s Day Craft and Beautiful Birds, Butterflies & Cinco de Mayo Festival. And don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more options!

Weekday Picks for LI Kids: Mother's Day, Mini Model Build, May 2-6

Spring break has come to an end, but there is still plenty of fun happening around Long Island. There are a few Mother's Day events where kids can make something special for mom or grandma, as well as a free Lego activity and some live theater (with a special message) at Long Island Children's Museum. Most of the events below require registration in advance, so please be sure to contact each location for more info.

And this is just a sampling of what's going on this week, so be sure to check out our Long Island events calendar and our Spring Fun Guide. You can also get the best events of the week sent directly to your inbox each week if you sign up for our newsletter.

Free Summer Sports and Outdoor Programs for NYC Kids

Just because we live in a concrete jungle doesn't mean our kids can't enjoy a summer filled with athletic activities outdoors. The best news: You don't need to be a banker to afford it.

New York City offers many opportunities for kids to learn team sports and to try swimming, tennis, golf, fishing, kayaking, camping and more for FREE. Of course registering for these FREE programs takes a little legwork and, since many are first-come, first-served, punctuality. We've got the scoop on what's available, and how your kids can vie for spots. You can find more no-cost activities in our Free in NYC Guide, or check out these FREE or inexpensive summer camp options around NYC.

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