Weekend Fun: Volkswagen Jam, Final Summer Streets, Sand Sculpting

It's a craft-y weekend for New York City kids, from the "Be A Bee" project at Wave Hill to the sand-sculpting contest in Coney Island. The Queens Museum weighs in with a cool aircraft-craft, and you can build your own kite at the Kite Flying Festival on the Upper West Side. On Saturday, there's 2,000 pounds of clay to play with in Long Island City.

For purely outdoor events, Park Slope closes off its northernmost streets for a festival, and Governors Island hosts a fleet of vintage Volkswagens. And don't forget: this is the final weekend for Summer Streets. Not enough? Check our guide to great places to play laser tag.

Our August GoList and our Summer Fun Guide continue to list the best kid- and family-friendly to-dos of August, and our Events Calendar bursts with activities while it now begins to fill with pre-fall events. Close out summer with one trip to the beach, pool, or water park, or some of the going-fast FREE fun, from music to movies to kayaks.

We're counting down the days to back-to-school for NYC kids, so register for those fall programs with our NYC Classes Guide, or shop for a new school or preschool.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: RibFest, Jewish Festival, Boat Show

There's something for every taste—and every age—this weekend in Westchester and the Hudson Valley.

Celebrate Jewish heritage at the Jewish Music & Arts Heritage Festival, where entertainment, food, amusements for the kiddies and shopping await. Sports fans can get their fill of memorabilia and more at the Baseball Card Show, while future stars can strut their stuff at Kids' Open Mic Night. Interested in nautical history? Check out the Antique & Classic Boats Show. And all ages can feast on the Hudson Valley RibFest, which offers more than just the opportunity to chow down.

Read on for more details and many more options, including assorted live entertainment ahead. Additionally, our August GoList highlights our top picks for the month, and don't forget: Our Event Calendar includes suggestions for every day of the week, so check back often!

Weekend Fun: Beach Feast, Art Fest, Pirates, Wii Contest

Shine bright at Lighthouse Weekend in Montauk this weekend, but beware of pirate visitors. At Garden of Eve farm in Riverhead, celebrate all things tomato while visiting resident farm animals, climbing a spider web rope, and much more. 

Check out our August GoList for the best family events throughout the rest of the month. For more seasonal activities, pop over to our Summer Fun Guide or our day trips guide. Check out our guides to Long Island playgrounds or amusement parks and water parks for more family adventures.

Of course, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids.

Don't forget to check out our new local DEALS page, where you can score discounts on camps, classes, birthday party packages, and more for LI kids. Check back often as we're constantly adding more.

American Ninja Warrior Kids Learn Parkour at this Freerunning Orange County Gym

If your kid bounces off the walls even after a full day of activities, you might be raising a little ninja warrior, and a candidate for Orange County's hip and hopping gym, Firestorm Freerunning & Acrobatics. This Santa Ana gym is owned and operated by local fitness guru Justin Taylor (who appeared on the reality TV show American Ninja Warrior). It's also a premier training site for parkour, the latest fitness craze to capture the imagination of active kids.

25 Things To Do with Kids in Cape May, NJ

Charming Cape May is one of the Jersey Shore's top family destinations for good reason. With its wide beaches, quaint boardwalk, mini-golf courses, arcades, and ice cream shops, Cape May can entertain kids of all ages. The shopping and family-friendly dining options can't be beat. Head down to Exit Zero, on the southern tip of the Jersey Shore, and enjoy all this town has to offer, from its fabulous beaches and amazing zoo to the historic lighthouse and blazing sunsets.

Read on for our list of 25 can't-miss things to do during your visit to Cape May. For even more fun at the shore, don't miss our summer fun guide.  

Top Mommy-and-Me Baby Classes on Long Island

From Zumba to yoga to cooking and art, there are plenty of ways to nurture your baby’s mind, body, and creative spirit. Not to mention your own. We’ve rounded up some of the best mommy-and-me classes on Long Island, ideal if you want to to stay fit or learn a new craft. You and your baby will have fun, meet other moms and tots, and, most importantly, spend precious time together.

Of course, classes are open to dads, grandparents and other caregivers. Be sure to check class websites for times, costs and registration details.

For more suggestions on inexpensive ways to entertain your kids, check out our guide to FREE activities on Long Island, including 50 Free Things to Do with Long Island Kids. Our classes and enrichment guide also offers a host of ideas to stimulate your child's learning.

Have fun.

35 Things to Do with Kids in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill

Known for picturesque tree-lined streets and historic architecture, adjacent Brooklyn neighborhoods Fort Greene and Clinton Hill have an abundance of attractions for families. There's the amazing Fort Greene Park, a 30-acre oasis with two playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts, a nature center, a running track, soccer fields, and great hills for sledding. The park's active conservancy organizes popular annual events for families, like the beloved Halloween Festival and the Music in the Grove kids' concert series during the summer.

The area is also home to some outstanding cultural institutions, notably the Brooklyn Academy of Music, with its BAMkids series and annual BAMkids Film Festival, the Mark Morris Dance Center, and the state-of-the-art Barclays Center, which hosts live Disney extravaganzas, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, and Brooklyn Nets home games. On top of that, Fort Greene and Clinton Hill have great kid-friendly restaurants and easy access to almost every subway line in the borough!

We've rounded up our favorite spots to play, eat, and learn in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. For the purposes of this post, our geographical boundaries are Flushing Avenue to the north and Atlantic Avenue to the south, between Flatbush Avenue and Bedford Avenue.

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