Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Celebrations, Birding 101, July 20-21

The weather is hot, hot, hot these days and being outside can be nothing short of brutal. Pools, splash pads, and water parks are the obvious solutions, but we wanted to take the fun level up a notch for you, which led to this amazing round up of 25 Water Games for Kids To Play All Summer Long. Plus, there's an awesome free printable you can download to check them off as you try them! 

This weekend also marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing, and Houston is celebrating it big by hosting events all around the city. From Space Center Houston and Discovery Green to the 1907 Depot Museum in Tomball and Dow Park in Deer Park, one thing is certain: there's definitely a moon landing celebration happening in your neck of the woods. You can even head to Pleasure Pier and the Children's Museum of Houston to get in on the festivities!

For even more summer fun, we highly recommend checking out our Summer Fun Guide and 50 FREE Things to Do with Kids This Summer lists, as well as our July GoList and event calendar. And don't forget to enter our Mommy Poppins Great Big Summer Giveaway for your chance to win some awesome prize packages. 

Now let's check out what all this weekend has in store so we can make it another great one!

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Apollo 11, Delicious Go Little Tokyo, Comic Con

It's one small step for Mom... one giant leap for the whole family as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of man's first steps on the moon. We look to the skies. We look to the skies some more. We look to the simulated skies. We look to the skies the way they did in the olden times... on a TV screen.

The commemoration reminds us of the boundless possibilities of all we can accomplish. We can get free lollipops and ice cream, and play for half the price. We can watch in awe (and no small degree of jealousy) as the population of Los Angeles decreases by half and San Diego's simultaneously increases by the same measure. (Must be magic.) Despite adversity, we can boldly go where no one has gone before.

Look at the stars. The great kings of the past look down on us from those stars. So whenever you feel alone, just remember: those kings will always be there to guide you and so will Mommy Poppins.

Take one small step... to keep reading for our most stellar picks for this weekend's fun.

Weekend Fun: Space, Science, and a River Fest; Jul 20-21

“That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” It's hard to believe that it's been fifty years since Neil Armstrong uttered those words as he walked on the moon, and Boston is ready to commemorate this monumental achievement. Lunar celebrations are taking place at the Museum of Science and JFK Library, as well as in Cambridge and Worcester.  

Over the moon? How about some science under the sun instead? Also not-to-be-missed: A super cool river fest, a visit with some new zoo babies, and perhaps the coolest Boston theater performance this year (as far as many local 'tweens are concerned): Percy Jackson's The Lightning Thief.

Weekend Fun: Sunflowers, Space, and Sunken Gardens

Believe it or not, we are just about half-way through summer vacation. But, don’t let those “back-to-school” displays get you down; there is still so much to do this summer! There’s still plenty of time to enjoy day trips, outdoor movies, and a little fun at the beach! This weekend, kids can soak up music in Thompson and Hartford, take a giant leap in Bridgeport, or welcome the sunflowers back to Griswold

We update our Events Calendar frequently so be sure to check back for even more great suggestions. To keep up with the latest family-friendly events and activities, sign up for our newsletters, and follow us on Facebook, and Instagram. Have a fantastic weekend!

Weekend Fun for DC Kids: Outer Space, Shark Week July 20-21, 2019

From the nation’s capital to the ‘burbs, this weekend promises loads of fun no matter what your family is looking for. 

Stargazers will be interested in the the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, which is being celebrated with special film showings and activities. Foodies can enjoy ice cream or pizza making, and music lovers can kick back , tap their feet, and enjoy a summer concert

With so much variety to choose from, the question isn’t “what are we going to do?” but “how are we going to pick?” Read on below for some help in figuring out the family calendar or check out our events calendar for more ideas. 

Weekend Fun:Sprinkler Day, Moon Landing, Open Gardens, Sharks

It's mid-July, which means the time is ripe to race through some sprinklers. This weekend marks the return of one of NYC's water fun highlights: the (FREE!) salute to shower power, Sprinkler Day at Asphalt Green (there's another one in August, if this weekend doesn't work for you). Midsummer also produces a bounty of, well, produce—so what better time to hold the annual Open Gardens Day? Saturday's your chance to explore a few of the city's gorgeous green community gardens.

PLUS: It's the 50th anniversary of America's trip to the moon, so the American Museum of Natural History is hosting a day packed with performances, hands-on activities, and presentations dedicated to the wonders of space. Kids can also make moon models and more with Science Teacher Sarah—for free! Or head out to Staten Island to make exploding moon rocks and eat moon pies!

Is that all, you ask? Well, no, of course not. There's a whole parade of family-friendly events trooping through town: The Paley Center is unveiling its Shark Week exhibit, the Rubin Museum hosts its annual Block Party, Dumbo hosts the annual Come Out and Play Family Day, and the (air-conditioned) American Gargoyles story time and workshop at the Skyscraper Museum invites kids to take another look at familiar buildings (author Neil Cohen visits Long Island City on Sunday, too).

Our ever-expanding summer fun calendar has lots more in store, including free outdoor movies in every borough. Keep an eye on our July GoList. And if the heat is getting to you, don't miss our list of 50 fun things to do to cool off in NYC.

Weekend Events: Music Fest, Apollo Tributes, Kids and Nature

Sing, swing, and sway by the sea to family-friendly tunes at the Great South Bay Music Festival all weekend long. Kids will love the Kidzone.

Join the Cradle of Aviation Museum as it celebrates the superheroes of the Apollo program on the 50th anniversary of the moon landing— with special guests the New York Avengers cosplay group. Or enjoy Apollopalooza at the Long Island Children's Museum. These are just some of the exciting activities going on across Long Island this weekend.  

Weekend Fun: Jazz Festival, Dragon Boat Race, Orange County Fair

Below we’ve listed eight of our top picks for family fun in Westchester and the Hudson Valley this weekend, but several particularly stand out.

With the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing on Saturday, it's the perfect time to check out the Hudson River Museum's new Magic Tree House Space Mission Planetarium Show, along with the venue’s other Apollo 11–related attractions planned throughout the day.

The high-caliber Jazz Festival, an annual day-long concert we’ve previously reviewed, will take place Saturday at Caramoor in partnership with the renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center (with appeal for kids, too).

Other standouts are the Dutchess Dragon Boat Race & Festival, the return of the Orange County Fair, and Shakespeare in the Park.

Read on for more details and more picks—and our Event Calendar includes other events you’ll want to review before choosing what to do. Don't forget to consult our July GoList for our favorite events for the rest of the month, and check out our Summer Activity Guide for things to do all summer long, including the best swimming lakes and rivers for Westchester families.

New NJ Play Space Is Filled with Imaginative Fun for Little Ones

As 90-degree temps have become the new New Jersey norm, it’s easy to see how moms, dads, and their active adventurers might need an inside alternative—and we found it in Northvale’s newest spot for the 0-7 set: Tay + Te Imaginative Play. Since opening in May, this super clean, creative, and modern indoor play space in Bergen County has been bringing smiles + then some to local families, and even those from afar (we saw many New York license plates when we visited). 

Weekend Fun for Chicago Kids: Tacos, Moon Landing, Art Fests, Disability Pride

Artists, astronauts, Disability Pride, and tacos: There's a lot to celebrate in Chicago this weekend. For the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing, the Adler Planetarium is hosting a Moon Bash packed with lunar-themed activities, as is the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn. Meanwhile, on Saturday the Disability Pride Parade takes to the streets to honor the pride, power, and unity of people with disabilities, with an after-party at Daley Plaza.

Chicago is home to a vibrant artistic community, which shows its colors at three kid-friendly art fests this weekend: On Saturday, the Art Institute hosts its annual block party with performances and art workshops. Also on Saturday, Skokie hosts the eye-popping (and FREE) Chalk Howard Street festival, with chalk-based street artists creating a gallery of 2D and 3D works. And in Elmhurst, the YESFest presents a full weekend's worth of performances, showings, and screenings in support of Chicago artists.

If it's the weekend, that means there's a street fair happening somewhere, and this weekend brings some of our favorites: The humble/magnificent taco gets its due at this weekend's Tacos y Tamales Festival in Pilsen, while brats and beers rule at the Germanfest at Lombard, and Colombian music, arts, and food are center stage at Hermosa's Colombian Fest. Chinatown hosts its Summer Fair complete with a Dragon and Lion dance procession, and BenFest is just your basic good old-fashioned awesome Chicago street fair on the North Side.

Don't miss your chance to participate in the magic of the Chicago Water Lantern Festival in Humboldt Park, where hundreds of floating lanterns will light up the waters of the lagoon. Looking for more water-soaked summer fun? Our favorite free public pools, spraygrounds and splash parks, and water games you can play in the backyard will keep you and the kids good and drenched.

See our ever-expanding event calendar for more ideas. Happy weekend!


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