June GoList: Best Things To Do with Philly Kids This Month

This spring may have brought lots of rain, but now we turn our warm sunny thoughts to summer where kids can stay outside and play all day. From strawberry picking, splash pads and splaygrounds, to free outdoor movies and concerts, Mommy Poppins is your go-to for what-to-do in the Philly area this month. 

Headed to the shore? We've got things to do with toddlers, best boardwalks, and best beaches. Looking for day trips to historical places or planning a big trip to celebrate summer vacation? We've got those, too. 

Get started on your June planning with 13 of our Top Picks below, and from everyone here at Mommy Poppins Philadelphia...Welcome, Summer!! 

Cape May’s Grand Hotel is a Perfect Jersey Shore Family Beach Getaway

With its beautiful sandy beaches, activity-filled boardwalk, and delicious kid-friendly restaurants, Cape May is a long-time beach vacation favorite for families. Located at the southern tip of the Jersey Shore, the iconic lighthouse and bayside sunsets provide picture-perfect memories off Exit Zero, while gingerbread-style Victorian houses and horse-drawn carriage rides add to the town's historic charm.

With all the makings of a perfect beach getaway at your fingertips, all you need for a Cape May vacation is a hotel reservation, and The Grand Hotel — an oceanfront hotel with awesome amenities — is a great choice for families. Read on to find our recommendations for the best things to do, best places to eat, and the best spots to stay in Cape May, NJ, and your next family beach vacation could be just a click away.

Best June Festivals and Street Fairs for NYC Families

New York City's festival season kicks into high gear in June. The debut of warmer weather prompts a head-spinning number of fantastic fairs, parades, carnivals, and other fetes—more than two dozen.

And we're not talking about just street fairs selling random tchotchkes and tube socks. These are the favorites we look forward to every year, including Museum MileEgg Rolls, Egg Creams & EmpanadasFigment on Roosevelt Island, and Coney Island's iconic Mermaid Parade—all of which made our list of the top annual festivals for NYC families.

16 Cool Water Playgrounds and Splash Parks for Chicago Kids

When summer comes, smart Chicago parents make sure they've always got a sprinkler "go bag" packed and ready in the trunk, stroller, or tote: towel, sunscreen, water shoes, swim diaper (if you've got a really little mermaid), and spare clothes. Because in a city with this many awesome water playgrounds, splash parks, and spraygrounds, it pays to be prepared.

Our favorite water play zones in Chicago and the suburbs feature interactive sprinklers, sprayers, cannons, and gushers so everybody can get good and soaked—and some spots offer extra-wet bonuses like waterslides and pools. Chicago Park District water playgrounds turn on in June and keep the fun flowing through Labor Day weekend, although most water parks in the suburbs open Memorial Day weekend, and a few water parks remain open on weekends through the end of September.

Read on for 16 great water playgrounds that are as wet as they can get.

8 Things to Love About Japan Society: Visiting the Japanese Cultural Center With Kids

One of the best things about raising kids in New York City is that a unique cultural experience is usually just a short walk, bus, or train ride away. Most cultural institutions in NYC host special family programming, festivals, workshops and language programs, and NYC's Japan Society, formed in 1907, offers a varied and rich calendar of events for kids, all set against a beautiful backdrop of indoor gardens, including a waterfall.

If you are fascinated by Japanese food, film, and folklore, but short on time or money to travel abroad, the Japan Society is an affordable alternative for the culture-seeking family. During my visit, one Japan Society member and father of two children ages 3 and 4 put it best, “It gets me as close as I can to experiencing Japanese culture without having to go to Japan.”

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Lummis Day, Nick Gabaldon, and The Great Big Day of Play

If we had had confidence that there was nothing to do this weekend, we would have said so. But we did not. Because there isn't not. By which we mean to say there is. Lots to do this weekend. As full a calendar you're likely to see, to be surpassed only by next week's, and the one after that.

You may have heard tell that there was no illusion, no construction of golf greens, but the facts will show that there was and there are. We've laid it all out for you. We are not afraid to make waves. Or to surf them. If you want to know the facts of this coming weekend, check out the preponderance of events that can be found on our daily events calendar (conveniently sorted chronologically). The truth is out there if you're just willing to read

Of course, it's not our job to tell you what to do with your kids. You are the parents. You make those choices. And if your (correct) choice is to take them to a free outdoor concert at Pasadena City Hall that celebrates music that made the leap from Broadway to Hollywood, well all we can say then is bravo, encore, well done. Are you teaching your kids to put the steam in punk? You've turned this parenting thing into an art! Can we expect to see you at The Great Big Day of Play (of which Mommy Poppins is a humble media partner)? Well, then, cross out whatever picture is in the dictionary next to awesome parent, because your fresh-faced visage is what belongs there.

 Keep reading for our unredacted account of this weekend's worthiest picks...

Weekend Fun: Trail Hikes, Street Festivals, and a Giant Peach; June 1-2

June is here, and with it the annual statewide outdoor activity extravaganza that is Connecticut Trails Days. Throughout the state, there are dozens of activities, ranging from easy nature walks fit for preschoolers to more challenging hikes best for bigger kids. In Litchfield, take a geology walk to learn about how the very rocks under our feet have developed at a glacial (literally) pace over millennia. In Stamford there is the Mianus Trail hike, a relaxed all-ages walk along the Mianus River. After your hike, how about enjoying food and fun at a street fair? Try the annual Main Street Festival in Stratford, the Little Poland Festival in New Britain, or Celebrate! West Hartford

With the sunshine peeking through, sand and sun may be calling your name, so be sure to check out our recommendations for 15 beach day trips. The official start of summer may still be a few weeks off, but that doesn't mean you can't start finding inspiration in our summer fun guide.

Weekend Fun: Puppets, Parades, and Pride; Jun 1-2

It's finally June and it seems like everyone in Boston—well, kids especially—is ready to celebrate the end of the school year and the start of summer. Parades abound, including ones celebrating Dorchester Day, Pride, and even mermaids. Looking for fun fests? There's one happening all weekend with as much gelato as you can eat, plus this South Shore favorite, a river fest, and a teddy bear picnic. Who loves puppets? This puppet theatre is celebrating 45 years and Margaret Moody is performing vinettes (with a chance to try on the puppets in between shows!).

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: National Trails Day, HealthFest 2019, June 1-2

Hello summer and June! We are so excited for all that the promise this season holds, and to share all of the best events and activities happening in the Bayou City. Think outdoor movie nights, area water parks, trips to the Island, and all sorts of local family fun. It's going to be a great couple months around Houston, that's for sure.

But before we get ahead of ourselves, the weekend is almost upon us, and there are some amazing events happening around town.

Weekend Fun: World Science, Figment Fest, Dinosaur Day

The first weekend of June bursts with fun for New York City kids. The 12th annual World Science Festival packs Washington Square Park with FREE hands-on activities, and for more STEM and science-focused fun, there's the Carnival and Science Spectacular on Staten Island and International Dinosaur Day/Weekend at the Bronx Zoo.

This weekend's summer festivals include a biggie: the Figment Festival, debuting on Roosevelt Island after several years on Governors. The 2019 Uptown Games sports festival for families also revs up on Saturday. Nature-loving families can join the citywide NYC Fish Count, stargaze in Brooklyn Bridge Park or Riverside ParkGo Green at McCarren Park, hit Union Square's It's My Park Day, or try Greenbelt Adventure Day in Willowbrook Park on Staten Island. Plus, Hunts Point's Rocking the Boat opens its FREE boating program with a party on Saturday.

Need to recuperate from outdoor time? How about trading books at the Brooklyn Book Bodega, or exploring kid lit at the Irish Arts Center's Rí Rá Children’s Festival of Literature? The Pop Ups are playing a free concert for kids at the Lincoln Center Atrium. Kitten and cat fans can make new feline friends at Jason Galaxy's Cat Camp. Or hit the Made in NY Media Center's 15th Annual Kids Film Fest in Brooklyn.

Did someone say film? FREE outdoor movies this weekend include Mommy Poppins Returns in Carl Schurz Park, Ralph Breaks the Internet in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and Anastasia at Manhattan Beach Park. Or get a little exercise chasing The Importance of Being Earnest around Central Park!

Festivals and fairs, indoor fun, kid-friendly theater, and outdoor family concerts—all that and more have our calendar bulging! Also, see our guide to accessing any beach in New York City and check out our list of nearby farms for strawberry picking. We're banking on at least one dry day.

For even more ideas, don't miss our shiny Summer Fun Guide! There's no excuse to sit inside...except air conditioning. Pace yourself.


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