Tweens & Teens

July 4th Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Fireworks, Concerts, Live Shows

It's Fourth of July weekend and what better way to celebrate the independence of America then with family-friendly fun, entertainment and memory making. Parents and kids can enjoy the rockets red glare from several vantage points this weekend; see our expanded coverage of firework shows in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.

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4th of July Weekend: Parades, Lobster, Sailing, and Fireworks

Independence Day weekend - a feast for the senses: barbecue, gooey s'mores, flags dancing in the summer wind, and fireworks booming throughout the state. If seeing the night sky light up is a must for your family, visit our comprehensive list of 4th of July celebrations in CT (but be sure to check venue websites for possible last minute schedule changes).

Of course there are many other activities happening this weekend. For a more leisurely pace, enjoy Summer Music Sunday at Mystic Seaport, trek with dinosaurs at the Southington Drive-in, or unleash your inner artist while exploring the bucolic Weir Farm, our state's only national park. Raspberry lovers can start picking at these farms  (it's raspberry season!), and our Connecticut Beaches and Water Fun Guide will help you cool down in the best places.

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July GoList: Best Things To Do with LA and OC Kids this Month

Summer has crept in under cover of June Gloom, and there are so many ways to enjoy it, in town or out. Already free summer concerts are rockin'; free summer movies are rolling, and the beaches are beckoning. Read on for the best of July in LA, Ventura, and Orange County. We'll keep adding to our calendar daily, of course, and sending our weekly newsletter in time for each weekend, but here's your chance to book ahead for some July favorites.

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July GoList: Best Things to do with Long Island Kids this Month

School's out for summer. Camp season is in full swing. Sure, the kids are busy, but summer is even more enjoyable when a little bit of fun is sprinkled into their day. From fireworks to festivals, there is so much to do on Long Island this month. We've put together a list of family-friendly events and activities to enjoy in July. For more events, don't forget to check out our event calendar. And for additional inspiration, take a look at our Summer Fun Guide.

The BFG: How Scary Is Disney's New Movie About Kid-Eating Giants? A Parent Review

Although The BFG isn't as well known as some of Roald Dahl's other books (like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda), it definitely has its share of rabid fans. If your family is among them, you'll be happy to hear that Steven Spielberg is quite faithful to the source material in Disney's new CGI/live-action hybrid, The BFG—though some of the Dahl darkness has been replaced by the director's signature wide-eyed wonder. Even so, for parents of younger children the question is, just how terrifying are those tot-eating giants? We've got the answer (and a photo in case you want to see how your preschoolers react), plus the scoop on whether it's worth splurging for IMAX 3D.

10 Mostly Free Kids' Math Apps for Preschoolers to Tweens

A decade ago, keeping a kid from forgetting over the summer everything he or she learned in school that year meant flash cards. Solid, white paper stock that didn't actually flash.

Now, as my math teacher husband says, kids from toddlers to tweens who need to catch up or who want to get a jump on mathematics have a number of electronic options from which to choose. And some of them do actually flash.

We've compiled a list of our favorite go-to math apps, broken down by age and interest. These worked wonders keeping my kids thinking math over the summer. Best of all, half of them feature my favorite number: zero, as in FREE. Many are available on both Apple (iOS) and Android platforms; download prices are as of June 2016.

Looking for more ways to keep your kids engaged over summer break? Check out our brand-new Summer Slide Busters Guide, offering brainy NYC activities and at-home DIY projects.

Philly Skateboard Parks That Young Skaters Will Love

There's no doubt about it; the city offers plenty of events and activities to keep kids entertained and busy over the summer. If you've got a skater in the house, here's a roundup of the area's most kid-friendly parks where they can go this summer to shred, cruise around, and watch experts go to town. Park regulars agree that morning is the best time of day to bring young or novice skaters, as it's less crowded. Weekdays are better than weekends, of course. And, if the park does get too packed, no worries--watching the older, more seasoned skaters do their thing is really fun, too.  

Free Outdoor Entertainment for Long Island Families

Not all summer entertainment for children has to come with a hefty price tag. Several shows across Long Island are being offered for free. We've rounded up those local outdoor concerts and entertainment--now all parents need to do is grab a lawn chair or picnic blanket and get ready to shimmy, shake and smile with the little ones!

For more outside fun, be sure to check out our Outdoor Movie Guide. And for other kid-friendly activities this season, take a look at our Summer Fun Guide.

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.

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