Weekday Picks: Monday Funday, Volunteer Day, Concerts, Plays, Movies, & a Picnic

We hate to be the bearers of bad news (though it may be good news?), but this is the first last week of summer vacation for some. Southern California school calendars show the first wave of kids starting school August 14, while other start dates stretch to post-Labor Day. To keep the summer vibe going strong, check out Monday Funday at Annenberg's Beach House Pool or any of these cool public swimming pools with extras. For more inspiration to getting the most out of summer while you still can, be sure to check out our Summer Activities Guide.

Another reflection of the change in seasons: several summer series and events are coming to a close, including the Hanna Andersson Summer Reading Series, Arcadia Concerts in the Park, and Culver City's Boulevard Music Summer Festival. These also are the last weekdays you can enjoy the Orange County Fair and Ventura County Fair, both of which end Sunday, August 13.

We invite you to read through our picks below, and then head over to the Mommy Poppins Event Calendar and August GoList for more ideas.

Weekday Fun: Summer Fests, Sand Castles, Nature Hike

We may be counting down until a return to school, but there is still plenty of summer fun to be had on Long Island.

This week, families can enjoy street festivals, nature walks, movies nights, and more. So gather up your popcorn, blankets, beach chairs, even your dancing shoes, and celebrate all that August has to offer.

As always, check out August GoList and our Summer Fun Guide for the best in Long Island family fun. Our guides to Nassau and Suffolk counties and the East End offer the best in regional entertainment, and our Events Calendar is regularly updated with new and exciting events. Away we go.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Eco-Pop, Tidepools, and Yoga with Goats; Aug 7-Aug 11

Crabs in the library? Yoga with goats? Some of the events we're excited about sound more like a Seuss story than real life, but that's partly what makes this early-August week so much fun around Boston. On Wednesday, the Aquarium folks bring their mobile touch tank to Brighton bookstacks. The next day, you can bring your limber little ones up to Bedford for barnyard yoga and some farm treats. 

Speaking of farm treats, Gore Place is once again hosting its fantastically simple (and delicious) roast corn party, where the kids can let loose some energy on the property while you take care of dinner. (If you have a yen for more peak produce, you can pick-your-own blueberries this week, too).

It's also a good time to help kids think beyond themselves. A workshop in Dorchester bring children's attention to the historic buildings that shape our city, while an event in J.P. teaches environmental awareness through music. Still eager for more activities? Check out our Events Calendar for other exciting events this week and beyond.

Weekday Picks: Animals, Storytime, and the U.S. Coast Guard Band August 7-11, 2017

My kids are fully enmeshed in their summer groove: loose bedtimes, lazy mornings, and the (occasional!) ice cream lunch have made us all very happy. It seems impossible to believe that we'll back back to school in a little more than three weeks, and I remain determined to keep making memories with the summer days we have left. Meet some of the animals from Heckscher Farm at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center, enjoy the stirring music of the U.S. Coast Guard Band at the picturesque Branford House, or take part in story time at Longshore or the Institute of American Indian Studies in Washington.

For more options, be sure to check our Event Calendar, which we update constantly with the latest and greatest local fun, and follow us on Facebook, InstagramTwitterPinterest, and Instagram so that you don't miss a thing. Have a great week!

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Carnival, Circus Fun, STEM

With so many fun happenings to choose from this week, Westchester families have loads of fun in store!

The annual South Salem Fire Department's Carnival returns for a four-day stint, to be kicked off by a festive parade. FanCon celebrates anime, comics and sci-fi with a multi-faceted party. For more heady stimulation, STEM fans can get their mid-summer chemistry fix at Elastic Plastics

There's much more where that came from, so check out our Event Calendar and Summer Fun Guide and view our August GoList to plan the rest of the month!

Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden Is Worth The Trip

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you actually got off the Staten Island Ferry when you arrived? I know, it seems like a radical idea, but Staten Island actually has plenty for kids to do, making it well worth your while to exit on the other side. Recently, my family and I took a day trip to Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden. We were all pleasantly surprised that this little nook in Staten Island holds so many treasures in one location.

Weekday Fun: County Fairs, World Lion Day, Movies for Dogs

August is county fair season! In this first full week of the month, there are county fairs popping up all over the state. Bring the family to fairs in Sussex, Salem, Somerset, and Atlantic counties. Plus, soak in those summer evenings at events like Seaside Heights Movies at the Beach, Downtown Concert Series at METC, and the pet-friendly Outdoor Movies for Dogs and Their Humans.

Read on for our best children's events the week of August 7–11, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and August GoList for even more August happenings.

Weekday Fun: Hip Hop, Architecture, Board Games

This week, events for New York City kids include architecture in Tribeca, free alphabet hip-hop in Brooklyn, and free board game fun during live, South American music in Sunnyside, Queens. On Wednesday, August 9, you can cut a rug to two drum-influenced bands in Richard Tucker Park near Lincoln Square. See our roundup of great kids' music going on this summer. 

On Friday, little theater-goers can check out All of Us at the Children's Museum of Manhattan. Also, see our lowdown on great summer theater options for kids, some of them free. Looking for more deals? See our new local DEALS page and grab some fresh discounts on camps, classes, birthday party packages, and more NYC services.

Never forget: our August GoList, our Summer Fun Guide, and our Events Calendar will never let you down when it comes to planning your fun-filled summer. 

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Lighthouses, S'mores, Nature August 7-11

Every summer always starts the same way; Philly parents eagerly search for ways to keep children learning and growing during these school-free months. However, now that August is here, families may be looking for something new and different that they haven't done so far this season. Thankfully, this week provides plenty of options in our event calendar.

This August week features not one but two National holidays- a chance for extraordinary summertime fun! National Lighthouse Day is recognized on August 7th. If your family is visiting the shore, check out the festivities at Cape May Lighthouse or climb inside one of the many lighthouses along the coast. To celebrate National S'mores Day on August 10th, spend a summer evening roasting marshmallows by the fireside at Briar Bush Nature Center, Peace Valley Nature Center, or Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education.

If summer has you strapped for cash, head to Sister Cities Park for its free Story Art or Grow Up Green programming, find wildlife in a creek, visit a local 4-H Fair, or take a moonlight walk. Plan out the rest of the month with free fun found in our latest round up. Now, keep reading for our top picks and make it a great week!

Buccaneer Cove: OC's Pirate-Themed Water Park Cools off Little Kids

Aarrgghh! Beating the heat is no easy feat when SoCal temperatures can rise well into the hundreds. Luckily, little pirates can stay cool all summer long at Buccaneer Cove. This Orange County pirate-themed water park, located just off the 405 freeway in Irvine, is the perfect spot to introduce mini swashbuckling adrenaline junkies to the rush of riding water slides. It's great for younger children, is easy to navigate, and doesn't plunder as much treasure as other water parks–so parents won't feel like walking the plank after paying the entrance fee.


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