25 Things to Do With Kids on Lake Winnipesaukee, New Hampshire

Summer is the season for road trips with kids, and we’re lucky because New England is full of so many fun spots to visit that are only a few hours away by car. One family favorite is Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. From bustling Meredith, NH on the west side of the lake to quaint Wolfeboro, NH on the eastern edge, there’s plenty of water sports, casual restaurants, and natural beauty that make for a great family vacation. Here are 25 of the best ways to enjoy everything on and surrounding this sparkly blue, 72-acre lake affectionately known as "Lake Winni."

Weekend Fun: Pride Parade, Jedi Training, Mud Day

Pride Month concludes with a bunch of kid-friendly events this weekend, including the Kidding Around Pride Picnic, Youth Pride for teens in Central Park, and the big parade on Sunday. Little ones can learn about kindness and inclusion at Books of Wonder's Pride Weekend Picture Book Bonanza in Chelsea, and historical re-enactors bring the Stonewall Uprising to life at the New York Historical Society's DiMenna Children's History Museum.

Meanwhile, Star Wars fans can do some Jedi training at the Chelsea Rec Center, St John the Divine breaks out a Carnival for kids to celebrate the start of summer, it's International Mud Day on Staten Island (and, apparently, all over the world!), and ye olde timey Traditions Fest promises a weekend full of activities from the 18th century to modern times.

As of this week, NYC pools are officially open for cool, splashy fun, not to mention NYC beaches and all our favorite splash pads and water parks. Naturally, there are plenty of free, family-friendly movies in the parks and other fun options packing the MommyPoppins calendar.

Looking ahead to next week's July 4th celebrations? We have a comprehensive guide to seeing the Macy's Fireworks and other fireworks shows around NYC. 

Weekend Fun for DC Kids: Festivals, Science, Circus June 29-30, 2019

This final Saturday and Sunday of June brings festivals, parties, science activities, and the circus. What more could DC families want out of their weekend? 

Magic lovers will enjoy Tricks Are for Kids. And taco ‘bout a good time! The Montgomery County Taco Festival runs on Friday and Saturday. And who could forget about the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival which gives families a chance to experience cultures from all over the world.

Read on for more of top picks for weekend fun! Want some ideas for free fun this summer that won’t break the bank? Then be sure to check out our list of 50 Free Things to Do with Kids in DC this Summer.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Wawa Welcome America, Festivals June 29-30

From the looks of our event calendar, it appears that Philly families can get a jumpstart on celebrating our nation's freedom during this last weekend in June.

Thanks to Wawa Welcome America, there are plenty of festivities taking over the city. Children can explore unique manuscripts at the Free Library of Philadelphia Rare Book Department, tour historic Christ Church to learn about the famous historical figures who worshipped there, learn about the Swedish culture at the American Swedish Historical Museum, or appreciate the fantastic city skyline from One Liberty Observation Deck. After working up a sweat and an appetite, take a break to cool off with some delicious ice cream at one of the oldest and largest public markets in the country, Reading Terminal Market or at the annual New Castle County Ice Cream Festival at Rockwood Park. 

Speaking of festivals, the celebration scene does not disappoint! Families can see the animals at Kutztown Folk Festival, pretend to be a pirate at the Wilmington Pirate Festival, or release a water lantern at Bellevue State Park's Water Lantern Festival. If you haven't had a chance to experience the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival at Franklin Square, catch it before it concludes on July 14. Finish off family fun by watching the sky sparkle red, white, and blue with fireworks along the waterfront, in the 'burbs, and at the shore.

So get ready to celebrate Philly-style throughout the Delaware Valley with the ideas below.

Weekend Events: Beach Carnival, Fireworks, Salute to Veterans

Start your Fourth of July fireworks season early at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow or at a veterans celebration at Town Park in Lido Beach on Saturday night.  At Caleb Smith State Park Preserve, take a look at some of the many creatures that blow bubbles to survive. These are just a sample of some of the great family-friendly entertainment on Long Island this weekend.

Weekend Fun: International Mud Day, RiverBash, Carnivals

The weekend after school ends needs to be pure fun, right? So how about taking your kids to not one, but two carnivals: the annual Fireman's Carnival in Mamaroneck, which runs a full week, and the Yorktown Heights Fireman’s Carnival, which runs daily through Sunday. 

Sometimes kids need to get really messy (just not in your house!), and International Mud Day piles on the muck with buckets of icky fun; while good, clean fun awaits at the FREE Family Fun Festival in the form of circus performances, raptors, face painting, and more. The RiverBash Music Festival features performances, workshops, and other entertainment in support of environmentalism, also FREE. Want more events that are FREE? We’ve just released our roundup of our 50+ favorite FREE events this summer.

Read on for more ideas for the weekend, and stay with us for daily fun for Westchester kids all summer long! Though our top picks this weekend happen to fall predominantly in the Hudson Valley, there are many Westchester events to choose from on our Event CalendarSign up for our newsletters to get recommendations delivered to your inbox, and follow us on Facebook!

Weekend Fun for Chicago Kids: Pride, Potter, Sesame Street, Concerts, Baby Shark

Pride month comes to a rollicking close this weekend with kid-friendly fun in celebration of all Chicago families. Navy Pier hosts a free, day-long family Pride festival this Saturday with storytimes, performances, a marching band, and fireworks. Meanwhile, Barnes & Noble stores around Chicagoland are also hosting special Pride storytimes with crafts and activities, and there's a family Pride fair at Gallagher Way on Sunday where kids and parents can celebrate before the big parade.

Sesame Street rolls into town on Saturday with a huge, free party (tickets are already sold out, but if you're one of the lucky ones going, shake Oscar's hand for me). Other big family fests and fairs this weekend include the Logan Square Art Festival, a Renaissance Faire Family Day, a circus festival at Maxwell Street Market, and the Juneteenth Family Celebration.

If you're a fan of rolling out a picnic blanket and enjoying some music alfresco while the kids run around in the grass, there are outdoor concerts happening at the Brookfield Zoo, the Grant Park Music Festival, and at family concerts out in Park Ridge, Naperville, and Wheaton. Harry Potter fans won't want to miss the magic of hearing the Chicago Symphony Orchestra perform the score from The Prisoner of Azkaban (the best film in the series, IMHO), or seeing the first Harry Potter film on the big screen at Thalia Hall. 

Chicago SummerDance and Family Yoga this weekend offer plenty of ways to get up and get moving, too. But if your playlist has been taken over by a certain sharp-toothed aquatic family, the Baby Shark Dance Party this weekend is your best bet. 

For more kid-friendly summer fun, bookmark our ever-growing list of 50+ FREE Things to Do With Kids in Chicago This Summer, and our jam-packed event calendar.

Bronx Water Playgrounds and Sprinklers to Cool Off the Kids

As much as the kids might beg, not every summer day can be a pool day. That's why water playgrounds with jets, misters, and refreshing splash pads are essential to summer survival in NYC. Kids (and their grown-ups) can frolic in sprinklers and spray showers, many with nifty features like footbridges, geysers, and themed settings. We've told you about some of our favorite playgrounds with water features citywide, but the Bronx deserves a shout-out all its own. Read on for details on nine of our favorite splash pads in NYC's northernmost borough.

Find more water fun in our Beaches, Pools, Water Parks Guide, or cool NYC activities in our Summer Fun Guide.

Best Brooklyn Splash Pads and Water Playgrounds for Summer Fun

When the sticky NYC summer heat sets in, kids need fun things to do to keep cool (bonus points if the kiddos also get a chance to burn off some energy). There’s no better solution than water playgrounds—get cool in the water, dry off to hit the other playground equipment, rinse and repeat. All afternoon.

And best of all, hitting a water playground is a FREE summer activity you can do every day. We’ve rounded up the best water features and playgrounds around Brooklyn so that you and the little ones can try a new place to spray and play every day of the week. 

It's a long summer! Find more ways to keep cool with our NYC Beaches, Pools, and Water Parks Guide, which includes splash pads in other boroughs too!

Weekend Fun: NJ State Fair, Fireworks, Dino Dig Season Opening

The last weekend of June is packed with summer fun for NJ kids and families. Have a blast with pre–Fourth of July fireworks and celebrations in Scotch Plains, Montville, and Atlantic City; or listen to live music at events like the Fanwood Summer FanJamOak Ridge Park Food Truck & Music Festival and Hillsborough Music Festival.

Enjoy blueberries galore at the Red, White and Blueberry Festival in Hammonton (the self-proclaimed "Blueberry Capital of the World), and stop by Liberty Science Center for the season opening of Jack Horner's Dino Dig.

Find even more weekend options in our Summer Fun Guide, including 100 Free Things to Do with New Jersey Kids this Summer. And look to our June GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.


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