Ways to Commemorate Memorial Day With Kids in Boston

For many of us, Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to summer. It's the weekend we finally uncover our grills for backyard barbecues and make trips to the Cape. However, Memorial Day is at its core a day to honor and remember women and men who lost their lives in military service to our country. To mark the holiday, many families attend their local town parades and memorial services (the one in Chatham is quite a beautiful, moving event). We've rounded up some other family-friendly (and mostly free) events happening in and around Boston during Memorial Day weekend.

A Visit to It Adventure Indoor Ropes Course in New Haven

Looking for an adrenaline rush? Connecticut has got It!

Located in New Haven, the It Adventure Ropes Course, self-proclaimed as the world's largest, will leave you physically challenged and breathless with excitement. Zip lines, suspension bridges, ice cream, and pizza guarantee a fun-filled family outing and memorable experience. 

12 Free Concerts for NYC Kids This June: Dan Zanes and More

Summer is the season of FREE in NYC—and here it comes. There's no-cost fun everywhere you turn, from festivals to parades to lots of outdoor culture. We've rounded up our top 12 FREE concert picks for families taking place this June around New York City. 

Of course there are so many complimentary performances that it can be hard to figure out which ones are worth the time, energy and schlep. That's why we've done the work for you.

And since most of them are in NYC's attraction-filled parks and playgrounds, you can even make a day out of it. So pack a picnic, stake out a spot, lay down a blanket and soak up some no-cost culture. 

8 Play Places for Philly Siblings with an Age Gap

If your kids are separated by a large age gap, it can be hard to keep them both happy and entertained. What makes your baby happy can be boring for an older kid who wants to run and play, but squirmy toddlers might not be able to keep up with your older kid's activities. Unless you can clone yourself to take each of your kids to different activities, finding something to keep them all entertained is key.

Nurture Opens in Brooklyn with Classes for Mom and Baby

Whether you're an expectant mother, dad of a toddler or a woman dealing with postnatal life, Nurture{Bklyn} would seem to have a place for you. Located in the quiet neighborhood of Windsor Terrace, Nurture hopes to foster a supportive community of new and expecting families through classes and meet-ups with a special focus on pregnant and new moms and their babies.

Nurture{Bklyn}, which just opened its doors in May, was founded by Elizabeth Mangum-Sarach, an experienced doula and social worker. She is also a mother of two and a Jane of all trades when it comes to childbirth. "I've always dreamed of having a space where women and parents can come together to connect and receive services from many different professionals," Mangum-Sarach says. Nurture is the physical manifestation of her vision, with an inviting backyard and bright child-centric indoor space.

Best Bowling Alleys for LI Kids in Nassau County

Ready to hit the lanes for some friendly competition and family fun? You won't strike out at one of these bowling alleys in Nassau County. From dragon tails and arcade fun to glow bowl and tunes, bowling is a great boredom buster and favorite indoor activity. And with summer approaching, many local alleys are participating in Kids Bowl Free, so be sure to look into that before hitting the lanes. If you're heading east, check out our list of bowling alleys in Suffolk County.

Weekday Picks: Grunion, NoHoFD, and Pippi Longstocking, May 23-27

As the school year concludes, every night of the week can bring another big, end-of-year school event. Here's hoping you don't have anything planned on Monday, because the grunion are running! In honor of this recurring marine biology cycle enjoyed by generations of Angelenos, the Cabrillo Aquarium hosts its annual Fish-tival. A grunion run is something that every child growing up in the City of Angels should experience at least once. Monday’s festival offers hands-on labs and instruction; it's an event worth staying up late on a school night, though the grunion will be running through July

For kids of a certain age, there is no member of our community more fascinating than the fireman. I will never forget the earnestness of my son when he donned a red fire hat and set about the important work of wielding a hose against the fearsome element of fire. The NoHo FD pays a visit to the North Hollywood Amelia Earhart Branch of the public Library to thrill a few more little tykes with a demonstration this week.

Finish the week with two classics under the same roof when Bob Baker’s Marionette Theater hosts a screening of Pippi in the South Seas. The ginger-haired Ms. Longstocking gets up to all sorts of antics, and the kids will get a kick out of the bizarrely synced dubbing.

MOCA is free Thursday night, and lasers light up the library in Gardena. Many more ways to fill the week can be found on Mommy Poppins’ Event Calendar and monthly GoList.

Weekday Event Picks for NJ Kids: Dino Dig, Mini Golf, May 23-27

As May comes to a close, get outdoors and enjoy all the super springtime fun on tap this week. Try something new at the grand openings of Wildwood’s Starlux Mini Golf Course and Liberty Science Center’s Dino Dig. Little ones will enjoy outdoor time at Tree Time for Tykes, Read & Pick Storytime and Sprout & Seedlings. And don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more options!

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