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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.

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.

Kid-Friendly Nail Salons in Orange County To Pamper Your Little Princess

Little girls want to grow up to be just like their mommies, right? Whether it's playing dress-up or feeding her baby doll, your adorable mini-me just can't get enough of pretending to be you. So why not invite her to tag along the next time you indulge at the nail salon? We can't think of a better way to put a smile on your princess's face than going out for a real mani/pedi together. Orange County is home to kid-friendly spas from Costa Mesa to Garden Grove, where mothers and daughters can pamper themselves with tandem treatments for their tootsies. We've hunted down some that make a point to cater to their youngest customers; here are our favorites:

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.

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