Tweens & Teens

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: 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.

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.

4th of July Fireworks in Connecticut

Who doesn't love fireworks—especially after a sandy day at the beach like the celebration in East Haven? Here in Connecticut, fireworks season starts before July 4th and continues afterward, too. Kick off summer with a bang with our roundup of more than 40 (!) CT pyrotechnic displays in honor of Independence Day. As always before heading out, check the weather forecast and parking restrictions, especially at beaches. Some venues allow nonresidents to pay for parking on-site, but others (I'm looking at you Greenwich) require that passes be purchased in advance at a separate location.

100 Free Things To Do This Summer with Kids in New York City

NYC school break is upon us, and the kids are itching to play, so we've rounded up FREE things for families to do every single day of summer vacation. Starting with Wednesday, June 29 through Wednesday, September 7, we've compiled the best free children's entertainment in NYC all summer! 

Of course, this list isn't comprehensive. There are literally hundreds of FREE fun events happening across our city this school break. You can find more cool seasonal activities and destinations in our Summer Fun Guide, Event Calendar, and Free in NYC Guide.

Still searching for a summer camp for a week or two? Check out our NYC summer camp directory and guide. Plus, we've put together a slew of brainy activity ideas, including FREE at-home STEM fun, in our brand-new Summer Slide Busters Guide.

Many events in this listing occur on multiple dates, so be sure to read through the entire description. We’ve also rounded up a number of anytime activities your family can try all season long. Whatever you end up doing in the city this summer, there's only one rule: Have fun out there.

See New York City in a New Way with a Family Scavenger Hunt

My husband, who prides himself on his gift-giving, had quite a surprise for me this Mother's Day. While I had plans to meet close friends in Battery Park City, those plans were derailed when he made our family of five—toddler included—follow him to a bar in Midtown. My mood went from perplexed to pleasantly surprised when I learned the reason: He had booked a scavenger hunt for the day.

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Fireworks, Magic Show, June 25-26

Kick off summer vacation this weekend by enjoying a magic show or taking in spectacular skies at a fireworks show. Take your crew under the sea to learn about dolphins at The Whaling Museum or aquariums at The Long Island Children's Museum.

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Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Bumblebees, Shakespeare, and Fireworks, June 25-26

It is officially summer so we've dusted off our beach chairs and stocked up on a supply of sunscreen. We're ready for some adventures! This weekend, we could hit a beach party with fireworks in East Haven, catch the kickoff of one of our favorite summer concert series at Bayley Beach in picturesque Rowayton, or spend the night at the New Canaan Nature Center, a fun and easy camping experience for even very young children.

Believe it or not, fireworks season begins this weekend with displays in Branford, Hebron, and Bridgeport, to name just a few. For a little historical context about the origins of American independence for next weekend, check out the 17th Century Encampment at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum or the Revolutionary War Encampment at the Denison Homestead.

As always, for the latest and greatest happenings across the state, check out our Event Calendar, which is constantly updated with new listings. To keep up with everything going on in CT, subscribe to our FREE newsletters, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. Have a fabulous weekend!

Weekend Fun: SummerStage, Pride, Puppets, Laurie Berkner

The final June weekend before NYC public schools let out offers a slew of warm-weather events for the whole family, including annual favorites like the Astoria Park Festival, the Harlem Arts Festival, and Park Slope's Puppetry Arts Festival. Plus you can enjoy no-cost entertainment in Betsy Head Park during SummerStage Family Day, celebrate Pride month with the NYC parade, or watch the season-opener of Word for Word Kids in Bryant Park with Justin the Magician.

Other highlights for weekend fun in NYC include Laurie Berkner in concert aboard the Circle Line, playing on the car-free Grand Concourse during the Boogie on the Boulevard festival, and exploring Staten Island's soon-to-be public green space Freshkills Park.

This weekend is predicted to be a hot one in NYC, so consider testing out a new-to-your-kids water playground, grabbing the subway to the beach, or even heading out of town to one of these nearby water parks. We've also rounded up 40 Things to Do in Brighton Beach and Coney Island with Kids, all the best spots in the Adirondacks for an upstate family getaway, and checked out a new dinosaur park just across the river in New Jersey.

All of our best bets for this weekend are below. You can find additional options in our Event Calendar and our Summer Fun Guide.

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