Weekday Picks: The Bard is Back, Shark Week, and the Beatles

Sea life is back on top with Dory’s big debut last week; our review can help you decide if this movie is right for you and yours. If animated sea life sparks an interest in real things aquatic, young marine biologists will want to catch Shark Week on the Santa Monica Pier at Heal the Bay’s Aquarium. From the adorable (darling baby shark pups) to the daunting (shark feeding), kids will learn that there is more to these creatures of the sea than a big set of jaws. Though small in scale, Santa Monica's aquarium is rich in substantive aquatic info and is a great way to introduce smaller children to the exploration of sea life (that's why it's a nominee for Best of LA!). Those who prefer land animals can finish the day riding horses on the Pier's classic carousel, which turned 100 this month.

Of course, nothing says summer like al fresco theater in Griffith Park. Revel in the tragedy of Shakespeare’s hunchbacked despot, Richard the III. Or, for some fab pop culture, the Grammy Museum opens an exhibit in honor of the Beatles this week. Travel back in time tp when music was recorded on vinyl and played on a record player. The Grammy Museum is one of those perfect family venues: we grown-ups get to reminisce about the music of our own youths while kids are entertained with multiple interactive and immersive musical activities.

Finally, participating Microsoft stores offer free coding camp this week with two hour sessions Monday through Thursday. Junior coders can learn to create their own games, utilizing the Kodu Game Lab.

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Weekday Picks for LI Kids: Movies on the Lawn, Friday Night Promenade, June 27-July 1

School's out for summer, and while some LI kids are starting camp right away, others have another week to go before it begins. So if you have plenty of free time this week, check out all of the events going on. From movies on the lawn and kids concerts at Jones beach to pre-4th of July fireworks and the launch of Garden City's Friday Night Promenade, many activities come at no cost to you!

There's even more going on this week, so be sure to take a look at our Long Island events calendar and our Summer 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.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Jitterbugs, Cool Science, and Harborfest, June 27 - July 1

School's out and there's no doubt about it, summer is here. There's plenty happening around town to keep the kids busy, even if camp hasn't started yet. The Museum of Science is hopping from branch to branch of the Boston Public Library all week to show kids how cool science can be. July 4th festivities are ramping up with fireworks in Somerville and the start of Harborfest, Boston's gargantuan Independence Day celebration. Pick any day of the week and there's a free concert to enjoy, including a Wacky Wednesday performance by local favorite Karen K and the Jitterbugs (pictured) in Hingham. The Highland Street Foundation has a stellar lineup of Free Fun Friday destinations this week, whether you want to stay close to home or make a day trip.

If you're already starting to hear choruses of "I'm bored" from your kids, check out our Events Calendar for more ideas each day. Or, just pack up a picnic, head to one of Boston's best playgrounds, and let the little ones cool off at a spray park.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Fireman’s Carnival, Library Olympics

School's out for the summer, and Mommy Poppins has you covered! As June comes to a close, the fun shifts from predominantly happening on weekends to predominantly happening seven days a week! If you’re nervous about not having enough to keep your kids busy, fear not, because we’re populating our Event Calendar with extensive options Westchester kids won’t want to miss.

This week continues the launch of several libraries’ Summer Reading Game kickoffs, and with the Olympic games happening this summer, these sport-themed celebrations offer tons of fun. The Summer Reading Game Kickoff teaches kids about the physics of sports and games in such a fun way, they won’t even realize they’re (shhhh) learning during summer vacation. Library Olympics takes a different tact, with kids competing in the sport of being a librarian. Meanwhile, a Westchester harbinger of July 4th is the annual Fireman's Carnival,  which also includes a mid-week parade and fireworks display.

These are just a few of our top picks for the week. Read on for the rest, as well as additional details—and don't forget to sign up for our weekly newsletters!

Weekday Fun in NJ: Freedom Festival, Outdoor Work and Play

Summertime is finally here, and there’s lots of fun in the sun to be had this week! Enjoy free outdoor entertainment at Jenkinson’s Kiddie Beach Show and South Orange Summer Nights. Little ones can explore nature this week at Butterfly Bonanza, Tiny Tot Walk and First Friday Storytime. Plus, get ready for Independence Day at Randolph Freedom Festival and Montville 4th of July Celebration. And don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more options!

Weekday Picks: Farm, Concert and Carnival, June 27-July 1, 2016

The picks this week are sure to provide hours of family fun. Take the kids and enjoy a free family concert, an annual carnival in Oxford, art on a farm, and more. Leading up to 4th of July, many towns are providing firework shows this week which are listed here. The Event Calendar is always full of great events to keep everyone 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 Philly Kids: Movies, Hoagies, Museums June 27-July 1

Back to school supplies have been spotted at local shopping centers. Uniform catalogs are being found in the mail. Seriously? Please, no... it seems like summer vacation has just started, and now this? Stay in the moment and enjoy this time of year with some help from our Events Calendar.

This week, Wawa is celebrating the USA with a variety of activities. From movies, to museums, to Go 4th activities, Philly families can enjoy all the festival has to offer. Once you have partied for America, take in a music class with Music Monkey Jungle, visit Central Park in Doylestown to hear a British Invasion Tribute, or make crafts at your local Michael's.

Keep up with the latest fun by liking us on Facebook and following us on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest. For now, forget about school supplies and back-to-school shopping and see what fun awaits this week.

Free Outdoor Family Movies in July for NYC Kids

Every summer in New York City, there are a slew of no-cost outdoor movie screenings. So many in fact, you can probably find at least one FREE alfresco flick per evening somewhere in the five boroughs. But a number of these films are not kid-friendly. If you don't plan ahead, you could end up dropping into Bryant Park for Die Hard, and you really don't want your preschooler repeating Bruce Willis' R-rated variation on yippee ki-yay, do you?

While a few series are aimed specifically at children, including RiverFlicks for Kids, most series sandwich their family films in between grown-up ones. But rather than having you peruse all those different calendars, we've done the work for you. Behold: More than 25 FREE outdoor movies this July, most rated G or PG (with a couple of PG-13 titles for tweens), all organized by date. Expect to find plenty of recent blockbusters such as Minions and Inside Out, with a few classics thrown in.

So pack your picnic, grab a blanket and head out to one of our picks for the best family-friendly alfresco flicks this month.

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