Weekend Fun: Vote Like a Girl, Illuminated Festival, Family Camping

Super-fun events abound throughout Westchester and the Hudson Valley this weekend, and choosing our top picks was no easy task.

Festivals and carnivals are springing up all over, including the return of the annual Newburgh Illuminated Festival—a 13-hour extravaganza punctuated by more than 40 performances, a Colorfest, and other outdoor attractions.

Also returning are the Annual Peekskill Open Studios, featuring studio tours, gallery visits, meet-the-artist opportunities, and more, and the ICS Carnival, with expanded rides, food, and hours for 2019.

Looking to enjoy fresh air, get some exercise, and support a children’s charity? Sign up to raise funds for the Autism Speaks Walk. For even more open-air fun, dip a toe at a family camping event designed to introduce families to sleeping under the stars (with some help!). Or celebrate the centennial of women's right to vote at Vote Like a Girl.

Read on for details about the above, as well as other enticing options (many of which are FREE). For more options, peruse our Event Calendar, and plan the rest of the month with our hot-off-the-press June GoList. If you haven't done so already, sign up for our weekly newsletter. ​

Weekend Fun for Chicago Kids: MaiFest, Greek Fest, Star Wars, Plane Show, Concerts

Here we go: Summer street festival season kicks off in a big way this weekend in Chicago, with cultural, music, and food fairs all around town, including Maifest in Lincoln Square, the Greek Festival of Lincoln Park, the family fun fest at Do Division, the 57th Street Art Fair in Hyde Park, and the Taste of Mexico in Little Village. Plus, out in the suburbs, there's the LaGrange Carnival and the Taste of Wheaton

This weekend also sees the return of summer concerts outdoors, with the Gospel Music Festival lighting up Millennium Park, the Front Porch series stepping off in Lakeview, and Mr. Dave rocking out for the kids in Wicker Park, plus a Sunday night concert at Cantigny Park in Wheaton.

Little kids obsessed with planes will not want to miss the big plane show in Bolingbrook this weekend. Families can also take to the skies at the kite flying festival in Naperville on Sunday. And in Joliet on Saturday, there may not be X-wings, but the vibe is decidedly intergalactic at Star Wars Day

For even more family fun around Chicagoland, see our ever-growing events calendar, and don't forget to bookmark our roundup of summer festivals and fairs for kids.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Animals, National Trails Day, Festivals June 1-2

Are you ready for the weekend? Mommy Poppins Philadelphia certainly is, and the Delaware Valley is abuzz with fun for everyone in the family. Our event calendar is jam-packed with animal lovers, outdoorsy types, and festival goers alike.

Start off by learning about aquatic animals at Tyler Arboretum, visiting the animals at Brandywine Zoo, or seeing K9 demos at Hoopes Park. If you missed the horses last weekend, catch them at the Devon Horse Show. For more outdoor fun, participate in National Trails Day with a hike at Mercer Meadows or Valley Forge National Historical Park.  Step back in time to discover a little history at Pennypacker Mill's Civil War Event, National Constitution Center's Civil War and Reconstruction Exhibit, or Elfreth's Alley's Fete Day. After the history lesson, get geared up for some festival fun such as Penn's Landing's Irish Festival, Linvilla Orchard's Strawberry Festival, and Please Touch Museum's Pride Festival.

No matter how you spend this first weekend in June, make it a great one!

Weekend fun for DC Kids: Festivals, Musicals, Concerts June 1-2, 2019

As we break into June this weekend, the DC area is abuzz with fun family activities. Celebrate our winged friends with a bee festival or two. Or maybe history is more your thing? Then you won't want to miss Martha Washington's birthday celebration at Mount Vernon. And for a dose of culture, don't miss the chance to travel to Peru, enjoy the music of New Orleans, or get down with drum circles and artisans at the Washington Folk Festival

With everything on our events calendar, the question isn't what are you going to do but how are you going to choose? Read on for some of our favorite picks to help you decide. 

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27 NYC Summer Camps With Availability

With summer camp registration starting before you've even put the families' winter coats away for the season, it's really easy to fall behind. Fortunately, even if you haven't spent a single minute thinking about camp, there's no need to panic—yet. 

Sure, some programs fill up quickly with returning campers who get first priority, but there are so many awesome programs that still have availability. You'll find specialty camps for every interest, camps for preschoolers and toddlers, cooking camps, tech camps, arts camps, and traditional, general interest country day camps where your kids will breathe fresh air all day and come home dirty and tired...you name it. We've rounded up over 25 of our NYC area camp partners that still have spots for summer 2019 as of this writing. To find by location, click to open the map at the bottom of the post.

For even more New York City-area camps, check out our comprehensive Summer Camp Guide and browse hundreds of programs by location, age, and type in our NYC Summer Camp Directory.

Best Swimming Ponds and Lakes Around Boston

Living in or near Boston means that there are plenty of beaches that are perfect for families looking to spend the day outside. But swimming in the ocean can be tricky. First of all, it's usually freezing, which may not bother your kids, but makes most parents feel like popsicles. Also, the waves at many coastal beaches are often too strong for little ones to enjoy. Luckily, there are many local ponds and lakes where swimming is not only easy, but super-fun. So we’ve rounded up 10 places near Boston where you and your kids can splash around in freshwater all summer long.

June GoList: Best Things to Do With Houston Kids This Month

Summer is finally here! Don't get stir crazy - there are lots of things to do with the kids this month, like checking out a brand new super hero exhibit at the Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, kayaking on Kinder Lake at Disccovery Green, hanging out with dinosaurs at the Houston Zoo, and celebrating Father's Day in unique ways dad will love. Miller Outdoor Theatre also has a great lineup of children's performances you can enjoy for free all month, or you can catch a movie at Studio Movie Grill for just $1.

This month you can also cool off at a Houston area splash pad, or if you're feeling adventurous, head to a nearby water park. For the movie fanatics, be sure to check out our roundup of free and cheap summer movies. If you are still looking for last-minute summer camp options (no judgment), check out our comprehensive camp guide for ideas from art camps to science camps. Read on for more family fun this month.

Best Free Things to Do in June With Kids on Long Island

With school events and activities winding down, families have more time to spend together ahead of summer vacation. Of course, it's just the beginning of summertime fun, so we realized you don't want to be breaking the bank just yet.

Fear not, you and the family can still enjoy this last month of school — and stay on budget. We’ve rounded up a list of the best FREE things to do on Long Island in June. 

For more ways to enjoy early summer, check out our June GoList. Remember, our Long Island events calendar offers exciting family options as they develop throughout the month. You might also want to visit our guide to Long Island theme parks and water parks as the weather gets warmer.

When to Catch Fireworks Shows Across NYC This Summer (Other Than July 4)

There's no denying that when it comes to sparklers, Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks are the main event in New York City. But that's certainly not the only bang-up display in town this season. Some of these fireworks honor our nation's birthday, others just celebrate summer in the city, from ball games to concerts in parks city wide.

Read on for all the places and dates when you and the kids can catch a fireworks show in New York City—besides the East River on the Fourth of July.

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