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! 

Weekend Fun: City of Water, Beach Fest, Disability Pride, Bastille Day

Some weekends it feels like all the summer fun is happening at once—not that we're complaining! There's so much going on it would be impossible to do it all, even though it would be fun to try...

Saturday brings City of Water Day to the Seaport and Roosevelt Island, plus Open Garden Day in all five boroughs, Bastille Day in Downtown Brooklyn, the Caribbean Festival at the Brooklyn Children's Museum, a FREE indoor (read: air-conditioned) interactive concert, and a magical scavenger hunt and firefly picnic in the Bronx.

On Sunday, cheer the Disability Pride Parade from Madison Square Park to Union Square, head to Governors Island for its annual Family Fun Day, or allez-y vites to celebrate Bastille Day in Midtown East. Plus you can learn some Second Line moves at SummerStage's Family Day in Central Park.

Staten Island's Midland Beach hosts Back to the Beach all weekend, with live music, rides, and fab food—and it's a snap to get there from Manhattan. This weekend you can also rev your engines at the NYC E-Prix in Brooklyn, or conjure feats of magic at the New York Historical Society's Houdini Weekend

And that's just the tip of the calendar iceberg: Check out free outdoor movies, the best pools for toddlers and kids, a whopping list of 31 great summer day trips, and our boredom-busting rundown of 100 free things to do with kids this summer.

Weekend Fun: Music Festival, Theater, Talent Show, Flyover

Boogie on down to the Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue this weekend. Disney's Imagination Movers will light up the stage on Sunday.

Marvel as musicians, dancers, vocalists, comedians, and acrobats perform on stage at Nassau's Got Talent. Have a slimey good time with the Lanyard Ladies at a crafting party and movie night, while mom and dad get a few hours off. Get tickled pink at the Smithtown Performing Arts Center, where Pinkalicious hits the stage all weekend long. 

Head outdoors to the beach, pools, sprinkler parks, or perhaps to cool off at a water park

Visit our Summer Family Fun Guide for the best in seasonal entertainment, including day trip ideas and plenty of FREE events and activities. Our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids.

Weekend Fun: Music Festival, Bastille Day, Orange County Fair

Summer fun is in full swing throughout Westchester and the Hudson Valley, with this weekend's headliners being the all-day Pleasantville Music Festival and the closing weekend of the Orange County Fair. These are just two of the summer festivals and fairs we've rounded up.

Of the 11 events highlighted below, eight are FREE, including the Bastille Day Celebration, which is full of French flair; Food and Farm Day, when families can get in touch with their inner farmer; and Starwalk Walkway at Night, a celestial sensation that offers other attractions beyond astronomy. Want more FREE? Check out our roundup of 50+ FREE summer activities, including outdoor concerts and movies under the stars.

Read on for details and for yet more weekend highlights—then explore our Event Calendar for additional options for fun events throughout the weekend and all summer long. Don't forget to consult our July GoList for our top picks for the rest of the month, and follow us on Facebook!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Music Festivals, Nature Exploration, July 14-15

Mid-July marks the halfway point of summer. (Better get cracking on those summer assignments, kids.) But, don't be blue because there is still plenty of time to check off activities from your family's summertime bucket list.

Want to hit a festival? Check out Peddler's Village's Bluegrass and Blueberries Festival for some delightful sounds and delicious eats. Create colorful tie-dye t-shirts while listening to music at the Community Arts Center's Tie Dye Music Festival. Occupy kids with inflatables and ziplines at Turks Head Music Festival as local bands jam out to great tunes.

Or maybe you're looking for a peaceful escape in nature. Take a bike ride along along the Delaware Canal Towpath, canoe the Perkiomen Creek, or harvest wineberries to make scrumptious treats. Finish out the weekend by cooling off inside a museum, taking a trip to the shore, or finding a swim class to try.

By the way, be sure to save the date for the upcoming MommyCon Philly parenting event on July 28th. Discounted tickets are available for Mommy Poppins Philadelphia readers. Make it a great weekend!

Rockaway with Kids: 25 Things to Do at the Beach and Beyond

Why schlep to the Hamptons? Thanks to its weekend-getaway vibe, Rockaway, Queens, is a popular family staycation destination in summer, and with the Rockaway ferry making daily round-trips, it's easy to get to.

Rockaway's beautiful beaches have soft sand and formidable Atlantic Ocean waves—it's the only shore in NYC where you're allowed to surf. Although this area was ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, the boardwalk and Rockaway Park have been renovated with amazing playgrounds and water play areas. Read on for all you need to know to get to and enjoy this NYC summer favorite. 

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