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.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Juneteenth, Thomas, Turtles June 22-23

With the arrival of the summer solstice, Philly families can officially welcome the Summer of 2019 to the Delaware Valley. And, there is no better way to soak up the fun than at some of the amazing summer events happening throughout the region.

Festivals are in full gear. Begin by remembering the lives and legacies of African ancestors with a Juneteenth Musicfest & Parade at Malcolm X Park or Freedom Family Festival: Juneteenth celebration at Please Touch Museum. Learn about the rich traditions of a different culture with a visit to American Swedish Historical Museum for Midsommarfest, Reading Terminal for Caribbean Day, or the Chinese American Community Center for its annual Chinese Festival. Gamers can experience the latest innovations in video games at the Too Many Games Festival while adventuresome types can splurge on a hot air balloon ride at the annual Chester County Balloon Festival. Fans of the famous blue engine named Thomas can visit him and his pal, Percy, at Strasburg Railroad and animal lovers can learn about hard-shelled creatures at Academy of Natural Sciences.

Still looking for more? Keep reading for our top picks for Saturday and Sunday and be sure to make the first official summer weekend a great one!

Weekend Fun for DC Kids: Circus, Festivals June 22-23, 2019

There’s plenty for DC families to choose from on this first official weekend of summer. Food lovers can enjoy a barbecue battle. The fairy princesses in the tribe can get up close with unicorns. And the entire family will enjoy a trip to the circus. There are musicals, play, dance, and more. How do you decide which to pick? Check out our favorites below and then head to the events calendar for more ideas!

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Weekend Fun: NJ State Fair, Blueberry Festival, Fairy Day

Fairs, fairies, and fireflies make for a fantabulous first weekend of summer! Revel in music, food, rides, and kid-friendly activities at a variety of summery festivals, including the New Jersey State Fair, North Wildwood Italian-American Festival, and St. Gregory the Great Family Carnival.

Check out a fair with a magical, whimsical theme, like the Fantasy Faire and Fairy Day, or celebrate the tiny, twinkling harbingers of summer at the Firefly Festival. Bring your appetite to food-centric celebrations including the 2nd Annual Taco Palooza and Whitesbog Blueberry Festival.

Find even more weekend options in our Summer Fun Guide, including the Best Lakes for Swimming with Kids in New Jersey. And look to our June GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

Best Off-Broadway Shows for Kids: Affordable Children's Theater in NYC

Taking kids to a Broadway show is an exciting and memorable experience. It's also a pricey one. That's why it's worth looking beyond Broadway, where you'll find some long-running, kid-friendly shows that are less expensive, more offbeat, but just as special.

From a surefire toddler hit to a Harry Potter parody for tweens to those world-famous blue dudes, there are options for all ages and interests. We've even shared ways you can snag deeply discounted tickets. All of these Off-Broadway productions make great birthday party activities, too.

Chelsea With Kids: 50 Fun Things to Do in This NYC Neighborhood

Chelsea attracts locals and tourists alike with its rows of charming historic townhouses, great restaurants, and top NYC attractions like The High Line, Chelsea Market, and the Whitney Museum.

The neighborhood has changed a lot over the past few decades. Back in the '80s, its streets were rundown and desolate, but in the '90s an influx of artists and gay professionals helped kick-start the area's transformation. Today, parents know it as a high-end neighborhood with fantastic amenities. You'll find megastores on the avenues and high-end children's (and pet) boutiques on the side streets; eclectic art galleries, massive athletics complex Chelsea Piers, and popular indoor and outdoor romping spots like apple seeds, Chelsea Waterside Park, Seal Park, and more.

Although Chelsea's boundaries are difficult to define, we'll cover the area from 14th to 30th Streets, between Fifth Avenue and the Hudson River. With those boundaries set, here are our top 50 things to do with kids in the neighborhood. Find more Manhattan neighborhoods to explore, or see our Visitors Guide for the best of NYC for families.

Fishing Spots and Lakes Where LA Kids Learn To Fish

At some point, just about every boy and girl will want to try fishing. Whether you plan to eat your haul or catch and release, fishing is a time-honored, relaxing way for kids and parents or grandparents to spend quality quiet time together—and it's a classic summer activity. Why not start with a free wharf fishing clinic, to learn fishing basics or ocean fishing, then head out to one of the spots below on your own!

The Best Boat Rides for Families in NYC

Going out on the water in New York lets you see the city from a whole new perspective. Whether you're sailing down one of the rivers, taking a FREE kayak out for a spin, or cruising on the ocean looking for whales, it's relaxing, refreshing, and a great way to stay cool on a summer day with the kids.

While there are all kinds of boat tours on offer around NYC, from the Circle Line to the citywide ferry service, the question for parents is, which ones are truly family-friendly? After all, once you're on the water you're committed to the ride regardless of tantrums, seasickness, or boredom.

To help you figure out which NYC boat rides will work best for your family, we've highlighted some personal favorites, and broken down the best options by type, including the best boat rides for wildlife watching, best for would-be pirates, best for your budget, and more. Discover even more family-friendly things to do this summer in our Summer Fun Guide

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