Swim Philly Pop-Up Pool Project: Public Pools with a Fun Twist

The heat of summer is upon us. Kids haven't been out of school that long yet and already they're getting fidgety. One of the many great things that Philly has to offer its communities is the sheer number of free public pools- there are over 70 outdoor pools! Philadelphia has more outdoor public pools per capita than any other city in the country. All opening between June 22 and July 1, these pools are the perfect respite from summer boredom and sweltering heat. Most exciting, is the new Pop-Up Pool Project initiative, funded by the Knight Foundation and led by Group Melvin Design.

July GoList: The Best Things To Do With CT Kids This Month

Our CT July GoList, which highlights the best things to do with kids throughout July, includes lots of summer festivals, fairs and carnivals. Enjoy free jazz all weekend during the  Hartford Festival of Jazz at Bushnell Park, tall ship tours, music and carnival rides at Sailfest in New London, and a Blueberry Fest in Middlefield. Our list of over forty 4th of July fireworks shows can be found  here.

Below are our top 17 things to do with kids in Connecticut this July,  Be sure to click through to each listing for all the details, including address and time. Have fun!

Best Summer Festivals and Fairs for NYC Families in July

So far this summer, we've posted about FREE outdoor movie screenings, FREE children's concerts in June and July and FREE things to do every day with kids in New York City. Now we're rounding up our favorite and (mostly) FREE family festivals and city street fairs going on in July.

Two of our favorite NYC annual fests take place this month, including the big Bastille Day street fair on the Upper East Side and City of Water Day on Governors Island. If neither of those tickles your fancy, we've rounded up several other options.

So go get your calendar! Here are nine sizzling summer fests for NYC families.

Ride Back in Time with the Kids at Whippany Railway Museum

For those of you with train-loving kids, an afternoon at Whippany Railway Museum will float their boats (or kick their cabooses, maybe?). We spent Father's Day riding the rails, looking at cool old train stuff in a tiny, wonderfully packed-to-the-gills museum, and generally stepping back in time, sans electronic devices.

Read on for the highlights of our fun day spent in the company of Southern Railway steam locomotive No. 385 and friends.

NYC Extends Pool and Beach Season Beyond Labor Day for 2016

City kids hadn't even had a chance to dive into the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation's 55 pools before the Parks commissioner graced them with a special announcement: For the first time, many of the city's favorite swimming pools will remain open beyond Labor Day, closing the 2016 season on Sunday, September 11, and giving all New Yorkers an extra week to cool off.

The good news didn't end there, though, in addition to more time to enjoy the city's FREE pools, local beaches will again remain open past the traditional end-of-summer holiday. After last year's first successful extension of the beach season in 2015, the city's public beaches, specifically Rockaway Beach in Queens, Coney Island and Brighton Beaches in Brooklyn, Midland and South Beaches in Staten Island, and Orchard Beach in the Bronx, will also close for the season on September 11.

Mommy Poppins Honors 20 years of the New Victory Theater

Mommy Poppins has been covering the best of kids in NYC for just about ten years—and so have our kids, who have grown up helping us review it all. In honor of the 20th anniversary of The New Victory Theater in Times Square, we wanted to pay tribute to a wonderful theater that has been a big part of our kids' lives. Opened in 1995, The New Victory Theater is a non-profit performing arts venue that provides high-quality performances in a stunning theater for kids of all ages—seriously, you'll find shows for your baby and your teen and every age in between—at affordable prices. Its diverse lineup includes circus performances, dance shows, and theater productions from around the world, as well as workshops, camps, and theater engagement activities—and our kids have done it all.

So here's what the theater-going kids (and moms) of Mommy Poppins have to say about the New Victory Theater on its 20th birthday:

Water Fun for Westchester Kids: Pools, Splash Pads and Lazy Rivers

Summer is heating up, which probably means you're looking for ways to cool down. If you're searching for more than just a backyard sprinkler, check out one of Westchester's stunning community parks. Many local parks and playgrounds have elaborate water features that rival the best amusement parks around. From lazy rivers to splash pads and wave pools, the county parks system is a water lover's paradise—and all wonderfully close to home!

Read on for the scoop on this summer's must-visit locales, including everything you need to know about Westchester County's park pass and how to get one. Looking for more ways to spend your summer? Sign up for our newsletters and follow us on Facebook

Things To Do with LA Kids July 4th Weekend: Red, White, and Kaboom!

This weekend is all about the boom. The red, white, boom. We have fireworks up and down the Southland. Fireworks with a concertFireworks with ChicagoFireworks with skydiversFireworks with baseballFireworks with soccerFireworks fireworks fireworksA paradeFireworks. LegolandKnotts Berry Farm, and Disneyland all have fireworks. (Universal has Walking Dead hordes; maybe they got too close to the fireworks?)

But the fireworks are mostly a Monday thing (unless you want them Friday. Or Saturday. Or Sunday.).  So what will you do with the rest of the weekend? What. Will. You. Do????

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I laugh because, hello, Mommy Poppins: our job is to give you the scoop on totally fun times with kids! Things like flying reptilesinventive inventors, Beatlemania, Saturday morning cartoons, a reading road tripfree moviesfree craftsfree concerts, and, what's that? Kaboom, baby! Fireworks 'til we can't firework no more. Independence Day, Mamas!

Keep reading for some of our most patriotic picks for this weekend ....

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