Weekend Fun: Whales, Kites, and a Kids' Race; June 22-23

It really feels like summer has begun here in Boston, so why not celebrate this weekend? There some special seasonal festivals: Kids can marvel at some magnificent kites (or fly their own), race their own cardboard boats, or nosh on some Portuguese food while enjoy music and face-painting.

After testing your speed and smarts at this family-friendly obstacle course race, you can plan a dip at one of these favorite local swimming pools for families, or check out this beloved YMCA's outdoor aquatic center—for free!  Enjoy ice cream with Elsa or introduce kids to some tasty vegetarian and vegan cuisine. Families can also celebrate the animals, from the tiny firefly to the largest mammal of them all

Weekend Fun: Shakespeare, Food Trucks, and Festivals ; June 22-23

Summer is in full swing all across Connecticut. Strawberry fields are open for berry business, the splash pads are running, and the Fourth of July is just around the corner.

This weekend is filled with tons of summer family fun!  There are tons of fests in New London, Hartford, and Stonington. You can have fun on the water in Stamford or Norwalk, and don’t forget to check out our Summer Fun Guide for even more ways to enjoy the season.

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Pier 360, Discover Marina del Rey, Summer Solstice

Here it is folks: summer all legitimate and official-like—not just that the kids are home from school, but the actual sun being at its greatest distance from Earth’s celestial equator, full-on summer solstice, resulting in our longest day of the year. That's the most daylight hours to be filled by our beloved little ones, who are home from school and demanding our attention. All is good. Especially if someone has any idea what to do with the precious angels.

Oh, look at that! It's us, your pals at Mommy Poppins, here with a calendar full of ways to entertain your sweet mini-beings. We've got you covered in the summer kicking off on land and sea and space (museum). We have seals and Star Warssanitation and Shakespeare, a free fan frenzy, and Fullerton flight.

If a fork can be a toy and that guy from Grey's Anatomy can sing, then surely there is something on our calendar that will keep your kid from being "bored, Mom."  

Right? Right? (Please someone tell me I am right.)

Keep reading to find the events that will spare you and your offspring from a summer-long pit of nothing to do...

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Candytopia, Fairy Day, June 22-23

Hot summer days mean lots of water play, and we have some excellent things lined up for all of you water-loving families out there!

For our beach lovers, check out Texas' best beaches, or see all the great things to do in Galveston, including swimming at Surfside Beach or learning how to build sandcastles at Stewart Beach. For water park lovers, see what hot spots the Houston area has to offer. Enjoy classic thrills and water tubing at Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels or splash around at Strawberry Water Park in Pasadena.

There is also lots of free fun to be had at splash pads around the city, Houston's many free pools, and a kid favorite - Noah's Ark Pool.

Not feeling the water? This weekend is full of all sorts of fun things to do that don't involve getting wet. Let's check it out together! 

Weekend Fun: Summer Solstice, Mermaid Parade, Drums Along the Hudson

This weekend Coney Island hosts a little something called the Mermaid Parade, Drums Along the Hudson pounds a steady beat in Inwood, Randall's Island hosts a splashy Waterfront Festival, and you can stomp on the porches on Governors Island.

Summer solstice, celebrating the longest day of the year, spills over into Saturday revelries with family fun at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx and free workshops at Cooper Hewitt. Two terrific Shakespeare productions—in addition to the big Delacourt Theatre offering—are up and running this weekend: Hamlet, at Castle Clinton, and Romeo and Juliet on the Smith Street Stage in Carroll Gardens. Plus, superheroes can commune with like-minded do-gooders at the NYSoM SuperHero SciFi Fest.

Our encyclopedic Free Outdoor Movie guide keeps growing. This weekend, Mary Poppins Returns to Greenwich Village, Ralph Breaks the Internet in Brooklyn on Saturday in Harry Maze Park and Sunday in Kolbert Park as well as in Queens' Astoria Park, and families can brush up on Captain America's origin story on Staten Island.

Heat getting to you? Check out our parent-tested list of great water parks for toddlers or best water playgrounds and sprinklers. And, as always, scroll through our calendar to find all the best things happening near you and around NYC.

Weekend Events: Long Island Pride Weekend, Fun Fest, Jones Beach Music

On the first weekend of summer, celebrate the diversity of Long Island on the Long Beach boardwalk with weekend events and activities at Long Island Pride Weekend.

Elsewhere on Long Island this weekend, get up close and personal with some of your favorite Long Island Sound marine critters at the Whaling Museum and Education Center, featuring a special visit from The Waterfront Center. 

Children can make ice cream, French toast, pickles, and lemonade along with other hands-on activities with Old Bethpage Village Restoration staff.

Weekend Fun: Honey Festival, Hot-Air Balloons, American Roots Music

Summer has officially arrived, and there is no shortage of ways for families to celebrate this weekend in Westchester and the Hudson Valley!

One of our top picks for June is the return of the American Roots Music Festival, a full day and evening of performances by both established and up-and-coming artists in a bucolic outdoor setting. Enjoy nautical-themed fun at the Maritime Festival (all FREE), or take to the skies at the Empire State Hot-Air Balloon Festival. Fans of large vehicles (and other fun) might enjoy the Yorktown Grange Car Show and Antique Tractor Expo, while lovers of honeybees (and lots of fun things to do) might enjoy the Honey Bee Festival.

More of our top picks are below, and you can find many more happenings on our Event Calendar. For even more summer fun, check out our Summer Activity Guide for Westchester Kids, featuring 50+ FREE Things To Do this Summer in Westchester and the Hudson Valley.

Weekend Fun for Chicago Kids: Dragon Boats, Food and Music Fests, Vintage Baseball

It's a good thing the days are longer right now, since we're not sure how else to fit in all the fun happenings for families around Chicago. This weekend, the Grant Park Music Festival continues downtown, and kid-centric festivals include the Webster Kids Corridor Block Party hosted by local playspace favorites Little Beans and Bubbles Academy, as well as the Kid Market in Bridgeport, a showcase for young entrepreneurs, crafters, and makers.

On Saturday, don't miss the colorful Dragon Boat races in Chinatown, accompanied by a day of cool cultural activities and workshops. St. Pat's church in the West Loop is also hosting the World's Largest Block Party with inflatables and giveaways for kids. And on Sunday, round up the baseball fans in your house for an afternoon of old-timey fun at the Vintage Baseball Game in Elmhurst, which offers a peek at how the game was originally played back in the nineteenth century, with old-school rules, cheers, and jeers.

For even more summer fun, see our expanding event calendar and our ever-updating list of summer fairs and festivals for Chicago families.

Look Up, Kids! Giant, Mirrored Hot Air Balloon Coming to Massachusetts

Come mid-July, you're going to want to keep your eyes on the sky around Boston, because you just might spot a giant, mirror-surfaced hot air balloon floating above reflecting the landscape below. Created by artist Doug Aitken and presented by the Trustees of Reservations, this 100-foot flying balloon sculpture titled New Horizon will be soaring above Massachusetts from July 12th through the 28th, 2019. Traveling from Martha's Vineyard to the Berkshires, this reflective piece of art will touch down for special events along the way. Boston, and Massachusetts as a whole, are well known for showcasing kid-friendly art, so it's no surprise that this exhibit will be no exception, featuring family-friendly dates that even the youngest of art critics can participate in. 

Where to Take Fitness Classes With Your Big Kids in NYC

Baby and me exercise classes for everything from swimming to yoga are practically a rite of passage for NYC families. And as your baby grows up, there are tons of popular drop-off and drop-in classes for busy toddlers and preschoolers—introducing little kids to dance, gymnastics, and beyond. But what about when your kids age out of baby-and-me classes and play gyms?

The good news is, there are lots of fitness classes you can take with your older kids in NYC. And what better way to bond with your child than to take a class together, and get healthier at the same time? It's a win-win. Check out these destinations that allow you to get active and let your kid tow along for the fun and exercise.


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