11 NYC Neighborhoods to Visit With Your Family This Summer

Whether you're a New York native, a day-tripper, or a tourist from way outta town, summer is the perfect time to explore this action-packed city. And since there's certainly no shortage of warm-weather adventures for kids of all ages, we partnered with the Big Apple pros over at NYCgo to share some of the top can't-be-missed 'hoods worthy of a visit while the sun's out this season.

From sharks to new parks, make it a summer of adventure with these hot, family-friendly neighborhoods across all five boroughs!

Splash & Swim at These Water Parks In and Near Houston

As we all painfully know, summer in Texas is HOT. Playing in the water isn't only a fun activity for the kids, it's almost a necessity. When it comes to water fun, nothing is more exciting for kids than visiting a water park! There are several water parks around the Bayou City that will make for an easy day trip and even more that are about a three-four hour drive away perfect for an overnight getaway. If you are looking for something closer and quicker, then check out our list of the many great splash pads at local parks. There are also many free pools throughout the city where kids and parents can keep cool.

Visiting Sandy Hook Beach with Kids

There is no shortage of options for NYC beach-goers. We have the Rockaways, Coney Island and Jacob Riis all within city limits, plus the Jersey Shore and the often-overlooked beaches in Staten Island within day-trip distance. Each beach has its own special vibe and its own reasons to put on your flip flops and head to the ocean.

Sandy Hook is another kid-friendly beach destination that's just a short ride away from NYC on the Jersey Shore. And best of all: No car? No problem! A ferry can take you right to Sandy Hook beach from Manhattan. Bring your boogie boards and beach blankets and make your way to Sandy Hook for an unforgettable afternoon at the seashore: Here's what to know before you go.

New Treetop Adventure Park Opens in Purchase, New York

Recently, we told you about a new indoor trampoline park for active families. Another new venue for those on the move is Boundless Adventures, a treetop adventure complex in Purchase that offers assorted aerial feats for varying levels of ability—and bravery. Read on to learn more about how your family can harness up and rise to the challenge.

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New Splash Pad at Jones Beach is Sure to Delight

Let your kids spray away the heat and sprint away their energy against a sapphire horizon studded with beach umbrellas at Jones Beach State Park’s new splash pad. The facility is located at the Central Mall area by Parking Field 4 and opened in late June.

Toddlers, school-aged kids, and tweens will revel in their ability to push the round buttons and send water cascading through stalk-shaped pipes and pattering to the ground, where it gurgles up around their feet. 

This showery diversion is a great addition to Long Island's top sprinkler parks for kids and another reason why Jones Beach, in central Nassau, is one of our favorite Long Island beaches for families.

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: OC Fair, AstroFest, and World Cup Finals

World Cup fans have it easy this weekend. Just two choices (that's France or Croatia for those of you keeping score). Pick a side; you root for one team or you root for the other. There is the question of where you watch the game—more than two choices there—but other than that? Easy peasy.

Everyone else, though, by gosh there are a lot of decisions to make. Do you go to the Orange County Fair?  Is your adventure defined by riding the rails or blasting off into space? How do you choose between a 24th anniversary or a brand new opening? I wouldn't call it an emergency exactly (unless you are fans of the 1970s hit tv show Emergency! in which case you definitely want to go to the latter).

Side with the Greeks. Side with the Trojans. Side with ice cream. (We all scream for ice cream.) You can walk the dinosaur, or walk like an Egyptian, or maybe just go for a walk on the beach. (With books) There are a whole lotta choices, and not one of them is wrong.

Following are some of our best picks for the weekend, the choice is yours....

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: MAKEmobile, Machines, and Movies, July 14-15

Makers are going to make this weekend with several cool ways for kids to get crafty including moving machines at Minni Space, the MAKEmobile at the deCordova, and art on an island. Two of MP's favorite summer staples are also happening this weekend at WGBH Family Fest and the always artsy Artbeat in Somerville (happening only on Saturday this year). Want to wind down with a (free) outdoor flick? On Saturday night, you've got two options; one at the Pru and also Tobin Field in Mission Hill

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Marvel Universe: LIVE!, Harlem Globetrotters, July 14-15

Grab your capes and masks, because all of your favorite superheroes are bringing their superpowers to Houston this weekend to fight off some of the most infamous villains in comic book history. Marvel Universe: LIVE! is flying into Houston and is definitely one of the most exciting events happening this weekend! But that's not all this weekend has to offer. If something a little more lowkey is more your speed, there are a ton of family movie nights happening all weekend long:

  • Christmas in July is happening in Tomball at 2nd Saturday at the Depot, with a special showing of  Arthur Christmas. 
  • Have an outdoor family movie night in Pearland with a screening of Coco. 
  • Want to watch Coco, but live way too far from Pearland? You're in luck, because it's showing at Creekside Park in The Woodlands as well!
  • Catch Paddington 2 by moonlight in Sugar Land
  • Close out the weekend in Galveston with a starlit showing of Finding Dory at Pleasure Pier. 

If you're itching to get out of town this weekend, we highly recommend heading over to Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels. This classic waterpark never dissapoints, and is full of both the traditional water rides you've come to expect and fun favorites that embrace the park's natural hill country surroundings. It's definitely one you want to add to your list of summer destinations! 

For even more kid-friendly events and activities throughout the month, take a look at our event calendar and our July GoList, or sign up for our weekly newsletter to have everything we post on Mommy Poppins delivered right to you. If you have an event you want publicized, we'd love to help you do it! Submit your event to our calendar and we'll add it to the site and share it with our readers.

Without further ado, let's take a look at what Houston has to offer this weekend!

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Sails, Sales, and Fairy Tales

It's hard to imagine anything more summer-y than a parade of tall ships. Unless it's an outdoor carnival or maybe fireworks. Or better yet, tall ships, an outdoor carnival, specialty foods, transforming movie robots, fireworks and live music - for free. That, in a nutshell, is New London Sailfest, a three-day downtown party with all of the above, and more. If somehow none of that sounds like fun to you, there are plenty of other waterfront options like the Rowayton River Ramble, Riverfront Fireworks and Concert, and a Riverfront Food Truck Festival. Non-nautical activities include an outdoor fairy tale theater, a backyard birding walk, and family mini-golf and fine art outings.

For even more options, check out our Event Calendar, which we update frequently with new listings from across the state. To keep up with everything going on in CT, follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest. Have a wonderful weekend! 

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