Kids

See Westchester Children's Museum's Brand-New Space

The highly anticipated (and already beloved) Westchester's Children's Museum is now officially open year round! The museum completed and opened the first phase of an impressive 22,000-square-foot plan, and after a recent visit with my 6- and 8-year-old daughters, we're already hooked and can't wait for what's to come. Read on for details about the new hands-on spot for kids, located along the Playland Boardwalk in Rye.

Memorial Day Weekend Festivals and Parades for LA Families

Quick, hit the brakes—there's a three-day weekend just ahead! Memorial Day, the holiday generally considered the first harbinger of summer, is on the horizon, and the forecast is for one of those LA Story, 70s-and-sunny weekends. There's only one problem: you were so busy looking for summer camps that you forgot to book a campsite or a beach getaway, right? No worries—when your kids ask why you're not going anywhere this weekend, just tell them you're staying in town to catch some of the great Memorial Day festivals and parades that only happen once a year.

Summer Festivals and Fairs in the Hartford Area

Ahhh, summer—the sun rises early and sets late, and the day's pace is slower. There are countless hours to fill with excitement and relaxation, and our Connecticut Summer Fun Guide will help you plan some seriously awesome adventures. On those days not spent at the beach, Hartford County's many outdoor festivals and fairs will have your family feasting on cotton candy or dancing in your lawn chairs. Indulge in fresh strawberries, introduce the kids to poetry and jazz, show them how cool old cars can be, and listen to their screams of excitement coming from carnival rides. Grab a picnic basket and a blanket, pack your camera, and marvel at all the fun Hartford County's festivals and fairs have to offer.

Want more? We've got roundups of festivals and fairs in Eastern CT and New Haven County, too, as well as free concert series in Fairfield County.

24 NYC Festivals and Street Fairs for Families This June

New York City's festival season kicks into high gear in June. The first month of summer and the debut of warmer weather prompts a head-spinning number of fantastic fairs, parades, carnivals and other fetes—more than two dozen.

And we're not talking about random street fairs with overpriced tchotchkes. These are favorites we look forward to every year, including Museum Mile, Egg Rolls, Egg Creams & Empanadas, Figment on Governors Island and Coney Island's iconic Mermaid Parade—all of which made our list of the top annual festivals for NYC families.

So get your calendar; you're going to want to write these dates down. Here are 24 great family festivals for June 2016, most of which are completely FREE.

Check our NYC Summer Fun Guide for more freebies and great kid and family events and outings.

Memorial Day Weekend Fun: Parades, Music, and Butterflies, May 28-30

It may have been a mild winter, but after a cool and rainy spring that seemed endless, it's hard to believe that here we are at Memorial Day weekend, the very cusp of summer. We plan to plant our feet in the sand and perhaps even in the Sound, but there's all kinds of non-beachy fun to be had this weekend too from fairs and festivals to animal encounters, special museum exhibits, and more.

Whatever your plans, the significance of Memorial Day should not be forgotten. If you're looking for an educational way to honor the men and women who died in service to our nation, our Event Calendar features many kid-friendly parades and ceremonies, including the Revolutionary War Encampment in Wethersfield and the Decoration Day event at Mystic Seaport. We've also rounded up parades and other activities in Eastern Connecticut. To keep up with everything going on in CT, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Wishing you the very best Memorial Day weekend!

Memorial Day Weekend Events for LI Kids: Air Show, Painting Festival, May 28-30

This Memorial Day Weekend, head on over to the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach State Park in Wantagh, where you'll see an all-star lineup of civilian planes and the Blue Angels. The Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival is taking place in Downtown Riverhead, where you'll enjoy street painting, a fine arts and crafts fair, live music, dance, theater and more.

Check out our Memorial Day Weekend family-friendly guide for more events. And if you're up for a little away time, see our day trip ideas article for Memorial Day Weekend.

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Memorial Day Parades Around LA and the OC

One thing about Los Angeles - it's not a one-parade town. If festivals are too stationary for you, if you need a parade to drum up an appetite for that Memorial Day BBQ, then you've got it made in the shade (as long as you've found a shady spot for your  chair) in Los Angeles and Orange County on Monday. The good news for the parade abstainers is that none of the parades on this holiday marches down a major thoroughfare (unless the 405 gets shut down - in which case Topanga is going to hear plenty of honking that isn't for peace). For parade fans, the patriotic fanfare never sounded so good.

Celebrating Memorial Day in Eastern Connecticut

It's the unofficial start of summer so beaches are beckoning, carnivals are calling, and outdoor parks are just begging to be explored. However, Memorial Day is also the day in which we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, and there are many parades, tributes, and ceremonies held in their honor across Eastern Connecticut. Enjoy our fair state and usher in the warmer months and brighter days ahead.

Game On: 8 Soccer Classes for NYC Kids

The sun is shining, the birds are singing—and it's time to play ball! Soccer that is. We've rounded up all the best NYC soccer spots for budding kid athletes, from preschoolers just learning to kick that checkered orb, to middle-schoolers ready to master the roll and step over dribble.

Summer can be the perfect time for your kid to get into the game through a day camp or lessons with one of the NYC youth organizations listed below. Some even offer drop-in classes. But soccer can be a year-round sport, even in NYC. Check out newly opened The Pitch, an indoor soccer field in Williamsburg or longtime favorites like Chelsea Piers. Bonus: Many of these places also offer soccer-themed birthday parties. 

Read on for eight spots offering soccer sessions to NYC kids. You can find even more options in our NYC Directory.

Visiting Historic Philadelphia with Kids

Taking the family to Historic Philadelphia can seem like a daunting task. There is so much to see and do that it can feel overwhelming. Fortunately, Mommy Poppins can give you the low-down on some of the best spots to visit while in Old City. Even if you visit Philadelphia regularly, there is always something new to discover. Many attractions are free or relatively inexpensive. So, check out the list below which includes some favorites, and begin to uncover all that Philadelphia's historic district has to offer for families.

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