Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Pink Party, Pirates, Kid Yoga

Though summer break is winding down, summertime fun still abounds for Westchester families!

The New York International Children’s Film Festival: Westchester  opens on Friday, with assorted flicks for different ages from around the world. The Annual Pink Party returns with pink cupcakes, lemonade, stories and more, while the Pirate Party encourages participants to talk, think and play like a pirate.

So don’t go singing the summer’s-over blues; just read on for these and other top picks for the week and head to our Event Calendar for even more great options to choose from!

Weekday Fun in NJ: Italian Festival, Paint Party, Apple Picking

The summer may be winding down, but there’s still plenty of seasonal fun around the state in this final week of August. Catch the grand finales of outdoor movies and concerts with Movie Monday, Zoo-Flix and Wildwood Concerts Under the Stars. Then, kick off September with games, rides and fun at Scotch Plains’ Labor Day Italian Festival. And don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more options!

Weekday Picks: Art, Movies, and a Midsummer Night's Dream: August 29-September 2, 2016

For many parents this is it, the moment we've all been waiting for: most public schools in the state are back in session this week. But never fear! Even as we send the kiddos off with freshly sharpened pencils and nutritionally balanced lunches, there's still plenty of fun to be had in the evenings and afternoons. If you're still looking for extracurricular activities for the fall, you won't want to miss Tuesday's open house at the Darien Arts Center where kids can try mini versions of the regular art, music, theater, and dance classes. Bid summer a fond farewell with a magical outdoor performance of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream or start your weekend off with a relaxing family-friendly movie on the beach.

The Event Calendar is continually updated with free events, activities, and the best things to do in CT so check back often and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to be sure you don't miss a thing.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Monsters, Butterflies, New Zoo, August 29-September 2

I don't know about you, but I can't believe my kids are going back to school already this week. They can't believe it either, especially since it still feels so much like summer. So before the homework piles on, I'm planning on using this week to ease into school with as much fun as we can manage. There's still time to catch one of the local free outdoor movies, stop by a festival, or hit the beach one last time.

There's also some excitement going on at Franklin Park Zoo this week, with the opening of the new children's zoo that features four diverse ecosystem "neighborhoods," including a new home for the adorable red pandas (pictured). It's a good week to volunteer as a family, too, with a special opportunity to help out at the Greenway's butterfly garden. Besides all these great picks, be sure to keep your eye on the full Event Calendar for other fun upcoming events.

Weekday Fun: Fireworks, Human Chess, Star Wars, Kids' Concert

With just one final full week before NYC kids head back to school, we're planning on soaking up all the final summer fun we can, especially the FREE and outdoor variety. This week visit Riverside Park for a game of human chess, catch the final fireworks show on the Coney Island boardwalk, or enjoy an outdoor concert by local kiddie rockers Rolie Polie Guacamole at the Brooklyn Public Library. Before they close for the season, hit a sprinkler at a favorite playground, or head to a local beach, water playground, or outdoor pool for a non-crowded weekday visit. (Don't forget: Many NYC beaches and public pools will stay open an extra week past Labor Day this year.) 

Other ideas to wrap up summer include roughing it on a family camping trip, traveling back in time at the New York Renaissance Faire, one last FREE kayak in NYC waterways, outdoor movie, or getting ready for back-to-school with our Summer Slide Busters guide. If you are preparing to start your preschool search, our New York City Preschool Listings and Guide is a great resource. Consider a boat ride to round out summer vacation, or even a visit to a new neighborhood like the Long Island City waterfront or the activity-packed borough of Staten Island.

As always, you can find great ideas for the week on our Summer Bucket List, or our always-packed Event Calendar.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Outdoors, Museums, Movies, August 29- September 2

By the end of August, Philly parents may be feeling conflicted. One part yearns for the structure and routine that the school year provides. The other part wants to soak up every remaining bit of summertime fun. Whether your kiddos are getting back on a schedule or you have one more week of freedom, our Events Calendar can provide many way to spend your time.

Explore the exhibits at the Delaware Museum of Natural History during its Two Dollar Tuesdays. Wander through the fairy garden at Winterthur as it hosts Terrific Tuesdays. Cool off with a visit to your local library and create a novel, read to a dog, listen to a story, or play a game of chess. Gather some friends and escape to the bowling alley. End the day by watching the stars in the summer sky at Green Lane Park, seeing a free movie at The Dell Music Center, or checking out West Chester's Swingin' Summer Thursdays.

Continue reading for our top picks for the week. Narrow down your options searching by age, location, and type of activity. Enjoy!

Making Family Memories at Lyman Orchards

Lyman Orchards is one of those places where sprawling vistas, orchards brimming with fruit, and a deliciously stocked country store will make you feel like you are splurging on a vacation; however, given its 30-minute proximity to Hartford, New Haven, and Waterbury, chances are you’re probably still very close to home. Throughout the year, this Connecticut landmark is a favorite family-friendly destination, but the views are especially spectacular in the fall.

Things to Do in Silicon Valley: A Kid’s Guide to Tech and Science Fun

“What would you do with kids in Silicon Valley?,” people asked me when they heard we were planning on spending a few weeks there this summer. Sure, the nerd capitol of America doesn’t sound that thrilling at first. But just as we have to thank the geeks and nerds for bringing us great stuff like the smart phone, the internet and Pokemon Go!, having all those squares concentrated in one place means San Jose, Palo Alto, and the surrounding towns are jam-packed with some pretty awesome stuff for those of us who appreciate the geekier side of life.

Whether your family members are true technology buffs or just love a good science museum, there’s loads of fun from Santa Cruz to Palo Alto to get your geek on. Here are the top things to do in Silicon Valley for science and technology-loving kids:

 

25 Things To Do in Provincetown With Kids

Cape Cod is a classic summer destination for Boston families, but getting there can mean hours spent in the car. Not so if you head to Provincetown at the very end of the Cape—taking the fast ferry from Boston will have you there in no time. And once you’re back on dry land, there’s so much to do, from beaches and biking to kid-friendly restaurants. Here are our 25 top picks for family activities in P-Town.

Best Lincoln Center Area Restaurants for Families

Though many of the restaurants and cafés surrounding Lincoln Center might seem too upscale for family dining or a quick, inexpensive snack, there are plenty of affordable, kid-friendly eats hidden in plain sight. As a plus, most of these places cater to the pre-theater crowd, know local productions and schedules, and are more than happy to make sure you're in and out with time to spare before the curtain rises. Whether you're in the neighborhood for a concert, the ballet, or just to check out the famous fountain, here are our favorite spots to grab a bite without breaking the bank—or your patience.

Find more great kid-friendly eateries in our NYC restaurant guide.

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