Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Shakespeare, a Campout, and a STEAM Fair, June 23-24

Summer officially arrives on Thursday so maybe that's why this coming weekend feels absolutely jam packed with summer time fun. You can kick off the weekend with a movie in the park on Friday night - Despicable Me 3 in New Fairfield or Hidden Figures in New Haven - and then spend Saturday and Sunday consorting with orcs and goblins at a Renaissance Faire, exploring the latest in robotics and makerspaces at Danbury STEAM, or stopping by Neverland in an inventive new production of "Peter Pan" in New Canaan. For the camping curious, the Great American Campout at the New Canaan Nature Center is a fantastic introduction to sleeping out of doors, with easy access to bathrooms and guided activities (and who doesn't love s'mores?)--just be sure to register in advance.

If you're in the mood for a little multicultural exploration, check out the Irish Festival in North Haven, the Italian Feast in New Haven or Latino Fest in Hartford. And just in case you've already thinking about fireworks, check out the pyrotechnic displays at Branford Point and following the New Britain Bees' baseball game (and check out our definitive fireworks post to start planning for Independence Day.) 

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 for Philly Kids: Ice Cream, Aladdin, Balloon Festival June 23-24

Philly families, it's the first official weekend in summer! With longer days offering more daylight hours, there is more time for fun. As always, Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has rounded up some of the best activities to soak up the carefree days of summer.

Festivals are in full gear. Embrace the Swedish culture with dancing, music, games, crafts, and delicious pastries at Midsommarfest. Enjoy refreshing ice cream while being entertained by jugglers, live animal demonstrations, and trapeze artists at New Castle County Ice Cream Festival. Honor the legacy of African ancestors with Juneteenth Musicfest & Parade. Celebrate Philly Family Pride by attending a picnic and parade at Lovett Park. Or, splurge with a visit to the suburbs to see the hot air balloons overtake southern Chester County during the Chester County Balloon Festival.

If your family is on a budget, be sure to check out all the free activities this weekend and throughout the remainder of the month. Browse our event calendar for even more ideas! For now, continue reading for our top picks.

Weekend Fun: Cradle Con, Fun Fest, Summer Music and Movies

Get your motor running and roar into big fun at the Long Island Children's Museum's latest traveling exhibit, Hands-On Harley-Davidson.

Swing and sway under the stars this weekend at the Jones Beach Bandshell. The Bob Marley cover band, Roots Foundation will make you Get Up, Stand Up as they kick off a season of FREE outdoor concerts this Saturday night. Or watch Grease under the night sky as Long Beach Movie Nights starts up again for the summer. On Sunday, get your groove on again at Eisenhower Park, as Nassau County starts its free Summer Concert SeriesLaurie Berkner, Solo! "The Greatest Hits Tour" comes to Hofstra University on Sunday.

The Cradle of Aviation hosts Cradle Con, a comic, collectible and pop culture event all weekend long. Kids can bone up on their light saber skills and master the art of cosplay. 

Hop over to our June GoList to find even more options for this weekend, including fairs and festivals, boardwalks, beaches, mini golf, pools and theme park and water park fun.

Visit our Summer Family Fun Guide for the best in seasonal entertainment, including day trip ideas and even biking and hiking trails. Of course, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids.

Weekend Fun: American Roots Fest, Fireman’s Carnival, Boat-Building Challenge

Summer has officially arrived, and there is no shortage of ways for families to celebrate this weekend in Westchester and the Hudson Valley!

One of our top picks for June is the return of the American Roots Music Festival, a full day and evening of performances by both established and up-and-coming artists in a bucolic outdoor setting.

Two uncommon competitions take place this weekend, both of which are open to spectators: The Tree-Climbing Championship will test the mettle of 25 arborists as they ascend impressive trees. The Brightwork Boat-Building Festival features not only adult boat-building and racing but also gads of nautical-themed fun for kids—all FREE.

An annual favorite is the Yorktown Fireman’s Carnival, which runs daily through Sunday, and the African American Heritage Celebration. This weekend is also the last call for the interactive literary experience Tillys’ Tea with Alice.

More of our top picks are below, and many more events are on our Event Calendar. If you haven't done so already, sign up for our weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook!

Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn with Kids: Fun Things to Do as a Family

From the quiet, tree-lined brownstone streets to the bustling business districts along Fulton Street and Nostrand Avenues, Bedford-Stuyvesant has something for everyone. Young families in NYC are discovering Bedford-Stuyvesant as one of the best corners of Brooklyn to settle, drawn by its rich cultural history, beautiful architecture, and close-knit community.

Bedford-Stuyvesant is bordered by Flushing Avenue to the north, Atlantic Avenue to the south, Classon Avenue on the west, and Broadway on the east. Most of the neighborhood is easily accessible by the A and C trains, along with several bus lines. But one of the best ways to experience Bed-Stuy, as it is affectionately known, is on foot. You can find yourself in Bed-Stuy with just a short walk from nearby Clinton Hill, Crown Heights, or Williamsburg. And once you have a chance to experience the sights and sounds of this vibrant community, you may never want to leave.

Even as gentrification brings new real estate developments, coffee shops, and wine bars to the neighborhood, Bed-Stuy is committed to maintaining its unique neighborhood identity. From creative classes to free activities to family restaurants, here are some of the best things to do in Bed-Stuy with kids.

Kid-Friendly Fishing Spots To Try with LA Kids

At some point, just about every boy and girl will want to try fishing. Whether you plan to eat your haul or catch and release, fishing is a time-honored, relaxing way for kids and parents or grandparents to spend quality quiet time together—and it's a classic summer activity. Why not start with a free wharf fishing clinic, to learn fishing basics or ocean fishing, then head out to one of the spots below on your own!

Weekend Fun: Firefly Festival, NJ State Fair, Fairy Day

School is out, and summer is officially on. Let the celebrating begin this weekend! Have a blast at big-time summer festivals, like the jam-packed New Jersey State Fair, plus the food-centric North Wildwood Italian-American Festival, Tropical Fruit Festival, and Whitesbog Blueberry Festival. Whimsical fun can be found at fantasy-filled festivals, such as Fairy Day and Fantasy Faire

Spend time, not money, at free-admission activities including Firefly Festival, St. Gregory the Great Carnival, SMASH: Fossils, and Gymboree's National Day of Play

Check out our Summer Fun Guide for New Jersey Kids for more options for family fun, and go for a swim at New Jersey's Best Pools with Day Passes. And look to our event calendar and June GoList for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

Summer Day Trips for Long Island Families

While there are plenty of things to do on Long Island during the summer months, sometimes it's nice to change your routine and explore a different area. And how lucky are we, that there are so many kid-friendly destinations just a ferry, train, or car ride away? So families can spend the day exploring these locations and all they have to offer.

Here are a few of our favorite easy getaways from Long Island, including nearby Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island, New York City, and New York State destinations.

And for what's happening back on Long Island, check out our Summer Fun Guide.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Plans to Install a Permanent Outdoor Pool

Brooklyn Bridge Park is getting a new, outdoor public pool—eventually. After years of the public enjoying what was supposed to be a temporary pop-up pool in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the park has launched a fundraising campaign to fund the construction and operation of a permanent pool.

While the new pool won't be in the same spot as the pop-up pool, swimmers will still enjoy Manhattan skyline views from its location in Squibb Park, a portion of Brooklyn Bridge Park just above Pier 1 that sits in Brooklyn Heights at the entrance to the bouncy Squibb Bridge, which connects the promenade to the park. The construction of the new pool is expected to cost between $10-$15 million, according to park organizers. Admission will be FREE, as with the current pool.

Fans of the current pop-up pool may be wondering what this means for swimming in Brooklyn Bridge Park while the new pool is being constructed. The news is mixed.

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