Kids

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.

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 ....

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.

Best Things To Do with NYC Kids: July GoList

Welcome to the first full month of summer! Our monthly GoList of the absolute best things to do with kids throughout July includes some of our favorite FREE annual events—happenings my family and I mark on our calendar every year. Enjoy the always FREE Fourth of July fireworks spectacle, no-cost boat rides as part of City of Water Day on Governors Island, top-notch music and dance performances at SummerStage Family Days in Queens, the Bronx, and Central Park, and the fun-filled Come out & Play Family Day on Governors Island.

There are also some new-this-summer events that we can't wait to check out like Theatreworks USA's musical Junie B.'s Essential Survival Guide to School and the Hills with those awesome looking slides on Governors Island. Plus, there are two family-friendly pop culture musts opening this month: an interactive Star Trek experience that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the franchise at the Intrepid and a cool virtual reality Ghostbusters game at Madame Tussauds. And Harry Potter fans will be lining up for the release of the eighth book in the series.

As always, if an event piques your interest, be sure to click through to our listing for all the details, including the price, address, and time. And remember, in NYC, really cool things to do with kids often get booked up quickly. So buy your tickets ASAP or, in the case of FREE events, arrive as early as possible to beat the crowds.

Now get your calendars ready! Here are the top 16 things to do with kids in New York City this July—nine of which are 100% FREE. 

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.

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