Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Pirates, Aviation, Sports Day August 18-19

Despite the fact that back to school shopping and summer homework may loom over many families throughout the Delaware Valley, there are still a few weekends in August to enjoy. So, instead of preparing for the start of the school year, procrastinate a big longer with some exciting activities found in this weekend's event calendar.

Start off by learning about pirates at Fort Mifflin or 18th century living at Pottsgrove Manor. Those interested in aviation can watch a remote controlled airplane demo at Festival of Flight or discover the contributions that helicopters have made on society at the World Helicopter Day Celebration. Experience rich culture at, not one, but two festivals which are part of PECO Multicultural Series at Penn's Landing. On Saturday, guests can celebrate India's Independence Day while Sunday offers the chance to discover the food, music, and dance of the 14 islands that make up the Caribbean. Conclude the weekend with some friendly athletic competition at Franklin Square's Family Sports Day, just in time for the start of football season.

For now, don't worry about pencils, notebooks, book bags, and uniform pants. Message your friends and plan to hit some of the great events happening this weekend.

Free and Cheap After-school Classes and Programs for LA Kids

Back-to-school season is also back-to-after-school season, when families look for enriching and fun programs for their children. Options for arts, sports, and other recreational classes for kids in the LA area are numerous and varied—lucky us!—but many are tough to manage on a budget. The good news is there are also several free and cheap ways to engage students’ minds and bodies in the hours after school lets out.

35 Things to Do with Kids in Soho and Little Italy

Spend the day roaming around Soho and Little Italy with kids and you'll realize just how kid-friendly NYC can be. Of course there are tons of shops and restaurants, but if you look closer you can see that the area is teeming with tons of fun activities for the whole family: You just need to know where to look! Here are 35 of the best places for families to visit, shop, and eat in Soho and the adjacent neighborhoods of Little Italy and Hudson Square, including family-friendly restaurants, must-see museums, playgrounds, and neighborhood institutions. 

Centerport With Kids: Fun Things to Do in This Harborfront Community

If you, like many Long Islanders, are a fan of colorful drives through the region's tranquil roads, you have likely seen glimmers of blue-green beaches clapboard farm stands, and more between Huntington Village’s shops and Northport’s waterfront.

You might even have rambled through a community called Centerport, a mini-peninsula carving into the county and back out into Long Island Sound. While you might not have considered it as a day-trip destination, Centerport’s winsome waterfront, cultural attractions, and enticing eateries make it a wonderful place to visit with your family. It is also a great stop on your way to touring Port Jefferson or even the Long Island Aquarium in Riverhead with your tiny travelers.

Weekend Fun: Passaic County Fair, Canal Day, Free Outdoor Movies

With a full roster of seasonal fairs and freebies, this weekend's calendar proves that summer is far from over. Music and arts are hot this weekend at the Morristown Jazz and Blues Festival and Canal Day Music and Craft Festival. Have old-fashioned fun at Village Field Day, or take part in farm festivities at Valley Crest Farm's Peach and Dahlia Festival.

Save your change for treats and lemonade, and take advantage of free admission at the Passaic County Fair, North Bergen Summer Blast Street Fair, and Summit Summer Street Festival. And don't miss free movies in Sparta, Highland Park, and Seaside Heights.

Check out our Summer Fun Guide for New Jersey Kids for more options for family fun, including the Best Arcades to Visit with the Kids and a day trip to Six Flags NJ. And look to our event calendar and August GoList for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

NYC's First Interactive Museum of Tea Celebrates Tea Culture...and Bubble Tea!

We've already filled you in on the Color Factory, Flow Separation, and Candytopia, and now the summer of the Instagram-ready, immersive art pop-up continues, with the first tea-themed interactive art space in NYC. Room For Tea is brewing, and is set to open in Tribeca on August 28. Read on for an advance look at photos of the imaginative space celebrating the diversity of tea cultures around the world (and especially bubble tea), plus everything you need to know to plan your visit.

15 Studios Where Kids Can Take Dance Classes in the Philly Area

Dance studios and classes come in a variety of styles for all ages. Some focus on fun and fitness while others trend toward competition and professional training. Many offer classes starting with Mommy & Me for the youngest dancers, and expand their variety as children get older and more skilled. Whether the aspiring dancer is into ballet, jazz, tap, modern, or hip hop, this list has something for everyone from Center City to the 'burbs.

Where to Find Awesome Classes for NYC Kids This Fall

Back to school season isn't just new backpacks and long lists of school supplies. It's also time to get your little New Yorkers signed up for fall classes!

Thankfully, this city's got something for kids of all ages, from babies and tots to tweens and teens. Whether you're looking for a morning mommy-and-me class or an awesome after school program, there's no shortage of sports, dance, art, theater, and academic options to keep everyone happily busy.

You can search through dozens of classes by type or location in our Classes Guide and Directory Listings, but we've also rounded up some of the top options for fall 2018. Take a look at these family favorites!

Destination Playground: Pier 25 Playground Is Action-Packed for Kids of All Ages

On a hot summer day, the cool river breeze is hard to beat. But one thing that takes the summer fun up a notch is an ultra cool destination playground right on the river, with killer downtown and river views, proximity to free kayaking, reasonably priced mini golf, and plenty of free family-friendly programming. Think this all sounds too good to be true? Then you'll want to get reacquainted with the Hudson River Park's Pier 25 Playground in Tribeca.


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