20 Things Your Kid Can Do to Support the Paris Climate Accord

"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not." -Dr. Seuss

When it comes to making a difference in our world, even grown-ups can feel pretty small sometimes. It's hard to imagine that a single act could really change much of anything. But looking at the big picture can help. Imagine if everybody on your street did the same small things every day. And imagine if each of those neighbors told a friend, who started doing those small things, too. Before long, all of those individual little acts start to add up to big change. With the U.S. government's recent decision to back out of the Paris Climate Accord, an agreement in which individual countries pledge to do their part to curb global warming, now more than ever we need to think of ways we can start living a little lighter. Set aside a half-hour with your child and read this list of simple things kids and parents can do, together, to support the efforts and spirit behind the Paris Climate Accord.

Get Moving: Free Outdoor Workouts for Philly Families this Summer

Whether you're trying to get back into shape or stay in shape, working out is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Not only does it keep parents happy and healthy, but it teaches kids how to keep moving and be healthy. If you're looking for a little extra motivation, check out these FREE workouts around the city this summer- bring your little kids with you in the stroller or have older kids join in!

Looking for mommy and me classes? Check out our round-up of Where to Get Fit With Baby.

Listen to the Music: Westchester's Free Outdoor Summer Concerts in August

We’re at just about the half-way mark for summer vacation, and seeing these outdoor concerts are still one of our favorite things about the season. Held in the evenings, when the weather has cooled a bit and everyone could use a little chill, an outdoor concert is the perfect way to end the day with kids. Best of all? They're FREE!

We’ve already told you about the concerts in July, and we hope you didn’t think we’d leave you hanging for August. Check out the complete list below, and sign up for our newsletters to stay in the know about all things summer.

Best Ice Cream Shops in the New London Area

There is a delicious solution to the long, hot, and humid days of summer: ice cream! The sweet treat is a quick way to cool off a bit and share a smile. We've made finding the best ice cream shops in the area a mission. Stand by for some of the best frozen treats you'll find in New London County...and if you happen to be in Fairfield County, check out our favorite ice cream shops there.

Weekend Fun: Free Movies, Mad Science, Monmouth County Fair

It's the last weekend in July, and summer 2017 is flying! Don't miss a minute of warm-weather fun this weekend with a movie on the beach, a concert at the park, or a visit to the Monmouth County Fair.

You'll find more options in our Summer Fun Guide, featuring the best family-friendly beaches, top water parks in NJ, and 100 free things to do this summer. And be sure to check out our Calendar of Events for a comprehensive listing of the weekend's events, plus a look at the fun coming up in August.

25 Water Games for Kids To Play All Summer Long

Due to a recent shift in my career path, I'm staying home with my kids this summer—all 10 weeks of it! There will be no camp to tire them out or sitter to entertain them. Luckily, we have access to one thing really works for filling out long summer days: water. My kids—and yours, I bet—like to get wet.

Our family started a Boredom Busters jar: a painted Mason jar full of ideas to keep the kiddies busy. Anyone complaining of boredom can open it and pick out an activity. Many of the ideas come from the Mommy Poppins' 100 Summer Play Activities List and a few from the list of '70s Outdoor Games. But their absolute favorites are water-based, like the 25 cool and splishy-splashy activities below. 

Top Paintball Fields for Teens and Tweens Near Philadelphia

While you might not normally think about paintball as a great way to get into the "great outdoors" the fact of the matter is, paintball parks are typically acres of land where your kids will basically get a chance to play an epic game of hide-and-seek with some hilarious, if slightly painful, consequences. Your teen or tween may already be a fan, or you might be trying to find some way to burn off their excessive energy. Either way, you are in luck because the Philadelphia suburbs has some great fields, many of which are family-friendly.

10 Free Perks That Come with Your LA Public Library Card

What’s small and plastic, hides in your wallet, and comes packed with free surprises for the whole family? You may think your Los Angeles Public Library card is all about books—and that’s certainly one of its charms—but it also contains some little-known perks that can save you money and entertain a few restless kiddos. Bonus: Many of these freebies can be enjoyed 24/7, from the comfort of your own couch.

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