Free Outdoor Movies for NYC Kids This Summer

New York City will screen hundreds of FREE outdoor movies this summer, many of them just for kids. The city greatly expanded its offerings for the summer of 2016; its "Movies Under the Stars" series will show more 300 films in 2016 on top of the many other popular annual series hosted by various associations, park groups and their corporate sponsors that we look forward to every summer.

A few outdoor movie series, such as RiverFlicks for Kids in the West Village, are aimed specifically at children. But even grown-up series, such as those at Bryant Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park, include a family-friendly screening or two. Movies usually begin between 8 and 8:30pm, but plan to arrive early: The well-known series fill up fast (expect lines at Bryant Park). Sometimes there is even pre-movie entertainment.

Even if you see a flick you've watched a dozen or so times at home, it's a totally different experience viewing it in the open air alongside several hundred other fans. It's a thrilling, communal event and a summer rite of passage for NYC kids and grown-ups. So pack a picnic, bring your blanket, sit back, relax and enjoy the show at one of these outdoor summer movie series in NYC.

Find more seasonal activities in our Summer Fun Guide.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Summer in Boston Begins, May 30 - June 3

It may not technically be summer, but it looks like no one got the memo—not the farmers' markets, weather prognosticators, or local pools and spray parks. Several free outdoor summer music series start this week with concerts aplenty, creating soundtracks for family dancing and al fresco dining. Speaking of enjoying a meal outdoors: It's picnic season, and we recommend packing up your favorite summer foods and heading to one of our 12 favorite spots for picnicking with the kids in Boston. Stargazing is in the forecast, too, as long as the weather holds. There's plenty more to do, so be sure to check out our Events Calendar for ideas.

Happy Summer!

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Education, Baseball, Movies June 6-10

It is hard to believe the school year is quickly coming to an end. As preschoolers celebrate their graduations and middle school students hold their move up ceremonies, reality sinks into the minds of Philly parents. "With more free time, how will I keep the kiddos entertained?" The answer is quite clear, by checking our Event Calendar of course! It is exploding with plenty of fun for everyone.

Engage kids in learning at Bartram's Garden, Marshall Steam Museum, or American Swedish Historical Museum. Take a drop-in music class, listen to stories at the zoo, or explore nature. Afterwards, visit the ballpark or relax at an outdoor movie.

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Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Parades, Music, Strawberries May 30-June 3

Despite the short work/school week ahead, there is no shortage of educational experiences this week. To start, teach young ones about Memorial Day at the Independence Seaport Museum's Memorial Day ceremony. Then, head to the National Constitution Center's Free Admission Day to share the story of how our country became free and the reasons why we honor those who have fought for our nation.

Once Memorial Day ceremonies and parades are through, explore outdoor fun such as carnival rides at St. Paul's Church or live music in Downtown West Chester. For further excitement, plan an overnight adventure at The Philadelphia Zoo or Penn Museum, or, relax with baby while checking out a movie at Bryn Mawr Institute or PFS Roxy Theater.

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Weekday Fun: Memorial Day Parades, Free Concerts, Little Guggs

Memorial Day means the return of NYC's warm weather favorites like Riverside Park's free kiddie music series, which kicks off on Thursday with a classical Indian concert and alfresco dancing. (Read our roundup of other fun and FREE outdoor concerts happening all month.) Other weekday highlights include NYC's oldest Memorial Day Parade, MoMath's game-themed Family Friday and the Guggenheim's new tots-only program Little Guggs.

This week also brings the start of NYC's free boating programs and, if the weather cooperates, we may even see the sprinklers activated throughout the city's water playgrounds (some were on last week for the mini heat wave). If a trip to the movies is on your radar, we caught a sneak peak of The Angry Birds Moviefind out what our blogger and her kid thought before you head out.

You can find plenty of other ideas for family fun in our Event Calendar and Summer Fun Guide.

29 Festivals, Fairs and Carnivals for Philly Families this June

As the school year comes to a close and extracurricular activities wind down, the festival, fair and carnival season is just getting started! We've compiled a list of all the great festivals and fairs happening this June. From the once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to annual traditions, there is something for every member of the family. So, get out your calendar and be sure to make time for the array of fun that awaits Philly families this month!

Help Us Choose the Best of LA: Vote for Your Favorite Spots and Win!

How do we love LA? Help us count the ways! We know that Los Angeles is the best place to raise kids, but even the best has its best. So we're counting on you, our Mommy Poppins readers and the most savvy parents we know, to help us pick the Best of LA. The best play spaces? We've got 'em. Family restaurants? We've got those, too. Swim classes, dance classes, and baby 'n' me? The greatest ones are all in sunny SoCal, along with the coolest theaters, museums, kindie bands, camps—heck, even our dentists are the best. But only you can tell us which is the best of the best, so we're asking you to vote for your favorites in all of these categories and more.

Of course, we know you're busy parents, so we've got some fantastic prizes lined up to thank you for sharing your expertise: how does a free bowling party at Lucky Strike sound? Or what about a family glamping trip at El Capitan Canyon? Give us 5 minutes and your expert opinions, then let us know which prize you'd prefer—it's a win-win for everyone!

Start voting now!

See Live Crocodiles at the American Museum of Natural History

Live animal exhibits always get a spot on my family's New York City summer bucket list, so there was no way we would miss the new reptile exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History.

The museum often features exhibits with small live animals like frogs and spiders, and of course it's popular but seasonal live butterfly atrium. This year, the museum is upping the wow factor with a live crocodile and alligator exhibit, Crocs: Ancient Predators in a Modern World. That's right, live crocodiles! We've got the details on the museum's newest exhibit, opening this Memorial Day weekend.

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