10 Underrated NYC Parks You Don't Want to Miss

Central Park, Prospect Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park—even if you only just arrived in NYC, we probably don't need to tell you that these are all must-see green spaces. Yet, according to the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, 14 percent of the city is parkland—that's more than 30,000 acres!

So if you're looking for a new-to-you outdoor destination to explore, we've got 10 off-the-beaten-path parks worth putting on your NYC family bucket list. Some are massive and boast a wide array of attractions for all seasons; others are small but picturesque and host popular annual events for families. Don't worry if you can't make it to all of these before school starts—we have at least a few more months of fair weather ahead!

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Fiesta La Ballona, LA Birthday, Cardboard Regatta, August 27 -28

We are now in the thick of back to school. (If you're not back to school yet, what are you, living on the East Coast? Or just in the South Bay?) Instead of summer weekends filled with free concerts and movies, it's time to shift gears to weekends filled with free concerts and movies. Hoping for free festivals at the beach? Ha! Afraid you'll have to settle for a free festival at the beach this weekend. And remember all that free theater this summer was known for? Guess what you get this weekend: free theater (and consider yourself lucky for that!).

It's not all bad: apparently when the sun goes down, the stars come out. And unlike jam-packed summer weekends when we can only fit a fraction of the events in our newsletter, this weekend, you'll find a fraction of the events in our newsletter. (The rest our on our handy dandy calendar, of course.)

Enjoy this quiet weekend with lots to do; we'll be hitting the non-stop candy-corn-to-candy-cane holiday run soon enough. (Sorry, not sorry!)

Keep reading for our picks for this never a dull moment weekend...

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Trains, Festivals, Nature August 27-28

For many, it's the last weekend of summer. Say goodbye to carefree days and hello to homework and hectic schedules. Wait a minute, not so fast! There is an entire weekend ahead for Philly families with plenty of fun in our Events Calendar.

For the train lover in the family, there are many options. Visit Morris Arboretum as they welcome the circus to the Garden Railway. Experience a Day Out with Thomas at Strasburg Railroad. Or, climb aboard to find a seat on the West Chester Railroad for a relaxing Summertime Picnic Train Ride. Those who appreciate good eats are in for a treat. Fairmount's Philadelphia Jerk Festival, Linvilla Orchard's Tomato Festival and the Ukrainian American Sports Center's Ukrainian Folk Festival all happen this weekend. Finish off the weekend by exploring Upper Schuylkill Valley Park for its Butterfly Celebration and ChesLen Preserve for its Tinkergarten Nature Play event.

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6 Long Island Boardwalk Gems

The best part of the beach isn't always the sand and water. Sometimes, it's a quaint stroll along the boardwalk. And Long Island has plenty of them! Gone are the splinter fears and potential pitfalls of yesterday; most Long Island boardwalks have been refurbished with less flammable, sustainable woods. These boardwalk spots offer something special for kids and adults alike.

Jones Beach Boardwalk
1 Ocean Parkway, Wantagh

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Pirate Fest, LI Live Steamers August 27-28

Have a swashbuckling good time at The Whaling Museum's Pirate Fest. Or learn about Birds of Prey at Sagamore Hill - and enjoy free admission this weekend. Savor the great outdoors with a Family Hike at Caumsett Park in Lloyd Harbor or hop aboard the Long Island Live Steamers for a train ride around the woods in Brookhaven. There's plenty more to explore on Long Island this summer.

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Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Fairs, a Powwow, and Hot Air Balloons, August 27-28

And just like that, the last weekend of summer vacation has arrived. With only a couple of days left before the onset of early bedtimes and hectic morning routines, it's important to make the most of the last days of August. Maybe you're heading to the beach one more time, or looking to explore an outdoor museum. If you're seeking a sweet experience, consider touring Fascia's Chocolates or scouring the menu at an old-fashioned ice cream parlor

If you only have a few hours to spare, get lost in the Lyman Orchards Sunflower Maze, unwind at Gillette Castle, or check out Farmers Markets brimming with fresh produce around the state. The weekend features exciting events, including the Plainville Hot Air Balloon Festival and the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation's annual Schemitzun Powwow.

To see what else is happening around the state, browse the Mommy Poppins Family Events Calendar. For the latest and best family-friendly events, subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Amazing Race, Fenway, End-of-Summer Bash

Calling all local makers! This is a great weekend for you, with both the annual Mini Maker Faire and the MAKEMobile to choose from, where parents and kids alike can get hands-on and find out what this craze is all about. Other fun awaits at the theater, where kids can get a peek behind the scenes, while those worn out from back-to-school shopping might want to sit back and enjoy a puppet show or even take part in a Frozen Tea Party.

I know my kids are going to want to hit some of the last big festivities of the summer, and our top choices include those celebrating Riveting Rosie, Faneuil Hall, and the waterfront (pictured). Now we just need time-turners so we can go to all of them.

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to check out the full Event Calendar!

Weekend Fun: Battle of Brooklyn, US Open, Snakes, and a Derby

Although NYC starts to slow down in late August, there are still lots of ways to wring a season's worth of fun from these steamy days. Three of our August GoList items are finally on deck this weekend: the 240th commemoration of The Battle of Brooklyn at various spots around the borough, the FREE US Open kickoff at Arthur Ashe Kids' Day in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, and the final FringeJR theater productions at the 14th Street Y. More fun can be found at the massive Brighton Jubilee street fair, Wave Hill's Snakes of New York workshops, a Soap Box Derby in South Slope, FREE outdoor films, and the season's final Boogie on the Boulevard in the Bronx. 

If none of those ideas float your boat, check out our Summer Guide for tips on watery fun, including beaches and pools, water parkssprinklers and splash pads, and places for FREE boating around the city. ​Our best bets for this weekend in NYC (August 27-28) are below, and you can always find more options in our jam-packed Event Calendar.

Looking for ways to get back-to-school ready? Check out these 30 fun NYC activities for the kids to get back in that classroom groove.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Dutchess County Fair, Fairies & Dragons

If you’re looking for fun family activities in Westchester and the Hudson Valley this weekend, you’ve come to the right place! From carnival rides to mythical creatures to horseshoe tournaments and more, there’s a broad assortment of family fun in store.

The headline event is the Dutchess County Fair, returning for the 171st time, which retains its cultural richness with amusement rides, carnival games, livestock competitions, a petting zoo and more; and whether your idea of quality entertainment is live music or racing pigs, this fair has it all. Though perhaps in its shadow, the Otisville Country Fair offers distinctive twists like a chainsaw competition and a cast-iron frying pan toss. Pixie lovers will delight in a Fairy Walk, while dragon hunters unite at The Hunt for the Dragons of Merestead. For those interested in the military and history, check out the return of Living History: Military Reenactment Day and enjoy the beautiful grounds of the Hudson River setting.

For more summer fun in and around Westchester, look no further than our Event Calendar, where you'll find many more great ways to enjoy August with your family—many of which are FREE. 

Preschools in the Hartford Area

Preschool. Once upon a time, it was mostly a time for play dates, but today, childhood experts agree that attending a high-quality program prepares little ones socially and academically for the school years ahead. Deciding which preschool to choose can be tricky since programs can be customized, such as nature-based preschools, or those that offer a bilingual environment.

Below are 10 suggestions for preschools in the Hartford area; no doubt, we’ve missed some great ones, so feel free to share them with us in the Comments section. Our Preschool Guide also includes a few suggestions for those residing in Fairfield County.


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