The Best NJ Zoos and Aquariums for Animal Encounters with Kids

Treat your kids to a real animal adventure at one of New Jersey's amazing zoos, aquariums, and animal preserves. At these day trip–worthy spots, little animal lovers can meet their favorite furry friend, check out exotic wildlife from other continents, or swim with the sharks (yes, really!). We've rounded up the best places in the Garden State for New Jersey kids to have an up-close-and-personal encounter with animals of every kind. 

Fourth of July Weekend on Long Island: Fireworks, Festivals, and Parades

Start off the Fourth of July weekend with a bang at fireworks shows across Long Island. Spend Independence Day at one of Long Islands's lush parks or beaches before settling in for a barbecue and some lights in the sky. These are just a sample of some of the great family-friendly entertainment on Long Island this Fourth of July weekend.

Elsewhere, enjoy food and live music, and see who will be crowned Little Miss and Mr. Mattituck at Mattituck's Old Fashioned Street Fair. In honor of Independence Day, kids can create patriotic crafts at the Whaling Museum's self-serve stations all weekend long.

Maybe even take in a FREE outdoor community concert or movie. Whatever you choose, have a great Fourth of July

36 Best Things to Do With Kids in the West Village and Greenwich Village

One of Manhattan's most picturesque communities, the West Village is filled with historic houses on quaint and crooked tree-lined streets. This former countercultural epicenter is now home to many of New York's priciest restaurants, retail stores, and real estate. But there are still plenty of affordable and even FREE attractions for families to discover as you stroll through the labyrinth of this area and its sister neighborhood Greenwich Village

Beautifully renovated playgrounds pepper the area, including two in iconic Washington Square Park. Treat spots like cupcakeries and candy shops abound. Stretching from 14th to Houston Streets between Fifth Avenue and the Hudson River, this area may be cozy, but it's also packed with so many things to do and places to see, families can spend many days exploring the neighborhoods.

July 4th Weekend Things To Do with LA Kids: Red, White, and Kaboom!

The upcoming holiday is all about the red, white, boom. We have fireworks up and down the Southland. Fireworks with a concertFireworks c'est chicFireworks with skydiversFireworks with baseball. Fireworks with soccer. Fireworks fireworks fireworksA parade. Fireworks. Legoland, Knott's Berry Farm, and Disneyland all have fireworks, and this year, so does Universal.

But the fireworks are mostly a Thursday thing (unless you want them Wednesday  Or Friday. Or most of the weekend.  ). So what will you do with the rest of the weekend? What. Will. You. Do????

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I laugh because, hello, Mommy Poppins: our job is to give you the scoop on totally fun times with kids! Things like superheroes and dogs and men on the moonFree Shakespearefree moviesfree craftsfree concerts, and, what's that? Kaboom, baby! Fireworks 'til we can't firework no more. Independence Day, mamas!

Keep reading for some of our most patriotic picks for this weekend .... 

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: 4th of July Festivities

Who's ready for some fireworks?! This weekend is an extra fun one with the 4th of July holiday falling on Thursday, and there is no shortage of fireworks' displays to be seen around the city as well as plenty of festivals and parades for even more family fun. The long July 4th weekend also means this is the perfect time for a day trip or to stay in town and take advantage of the many FREE things to do around Houston this summer.

The Fourth of July is just the beginning to another month of fun - check out our July GoList filled with lots of great things to do for the whole family.

For everyone celebrating the weekend with an extra day off on Friday, we encourage you to check out our event calendar and summer fun guide for the best thinsg to do around Houston this season. You can also sign up for our weekly newsletter to have all of our content delivered right to you.

Fourth of July Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Fireworks, Harborfest, and Big Bounce

Break out the flags and fireworks: It's the Fourth of July! Definitely one of the best holidays for Boston kids to enjoy, Independence Day and national pride are celebrated not just this Thursday, but all weekend long. Harborfest kicks off its week of activities, Big Bounce bounds into Boston (say that three times fast), and this popular summer block party has been extended from one to two days of partying. There's music in the Navy Yard, movies by moonlight, and a very blue drum-off. Kids can get their science on or set sail for Spectacle Island. How about a little dabble, doodle, dancing?

Whatever your family chooses to do, we here at Mommy Poppins wish you a fantastic and fun Fourth of July with your families!

Fourth of July Weekend Fun: Fireworks, Water Festival, Women's World Cup

Happy 4th of July!

July is here at last, and outdoor fun is pretty much baked in. Independence day crackles with fireworks displays and, for those less inclined toward sonic booms, noise-free activities!

This weekend's al fresco options include a Water Festival on the Rockaway Beach Boardwalk, a Lou Gallo musical storytime in Bryant Park, using books to create architectural sculptures at Socrates Sculpture Park, an outdoor screening of the Women's World Cup finals in Brooklyn, a Suzi Shelton concert for kids in Fort Greene Park, and a wildlife tour of the Highline focusing on pollinators and migratory birds. If you're still feeling a bit post-July 4 revolutionary, don't miss the opportunity to hang out with George Washington in his campaign tent on the upper West side!

Looking for something cool and indoors? It's Beatles week at Industry City's Rock and Roll Playhouse in Brooklyn, take little ones to see the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre version of Puss in Boots, or check out the PuppetWorks double-header: Peter and the Wolf and The Frog Prince. Plus there's still time to visit the Paley Center's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles celebration (it ends next weekend).

Don't forget to check our list of water playgrounds and sprinklers if you're looking for another way to cool down (or just have a kid who loves a good splash). Or take the family out of New York City altogether to pick berries or go camping.

For more fun, consult our complete July GoList, our packed Summer Fun Guide, and our fun-filled Event Calendar.

4th of July Weekend for Westchester Kids: Fireworks, Festivals, and More Fun Things to Do

This 4th of July, the fun blasts off mid-week and keeps skyrocketing straight through the weekend. We’ve compiled a list of kid-friendly Independence Day celebrations in Westchester and the Hudson Valley that feature firework displays Tuesday through Saturday, so you can celebrate the holiday with a real bang! 

Among these is the weekend-long Highland Falls 4th of July Festivities, whose highlights include bed races (yes, you read that right). For other seasonal thrills, hit the rides and games at the annual Fireman's Carnival, or seize the chance to actually cheer “Ride ‘em cowboy!” at the Orange County Rodeo Festival. Or upcycle those quizzes and other school work into paper airplanes at the Hooray, School Is Over Party!

Read on for more ideas for July 4-7, and stay with us for daily fun all summer long! Though our top picks this weekend happen to fall predominantly in the Hudson Valley, there are many Westchester events to choose from on our Event CalendarSign up for our newsletters to get recommendations delivered to your inbox, and follow us on Facebook!

Fourth of July Weekend Fun for Connecticut Kids: Fireworks, Parades, and Festivals

Between fireworks, festivities, and pure, outdoor fun for kids and families, Fourth of July is definitely the peak of summer. Here's hoping you are one of the lucky ones to get a four-day weekend! The nation's annual birthday party began last weekend, and it continues to its explosive end this Saturday and Sunday. Fireworks shows are on the agenda all across the state, including Greenwich, New Milford, Darien, and Waterbury. If fireworks aren't something your family enjoys, there's a nice festival in Norwalk this weekend. Seriously, it's called The Nice Festival and it celebrates international culture and diversity. In Ansonia, the annual Midsummer Renaissance Faire is entering its final weekend, as is Cirque du Soleil's "Luzia" in Hartford.

Don’t forget to bookmark Summer Fun Guide for even more ways to enjoy the season. We have the scoop on both swimming pools and spraygrounds across Connecticut: Spots to play and cool off are just a drive away.  

July 4 Weekend Fun for Chicago Kids: Fireworks, Festivals, Family Fun

Not sure what to do with the kids on July 4 this year? There are parades, festivals, and parties for patriots of all sizes on Thursday—including lots to do for littles who can't stay up late enough to see the fireworks. On Thursday afternoon, join the kids' parade in Hyde Park, hit the big town parades in Glen Ellyn, Hinsdale, Downers Grove, or Oak Park, or play games at the special festival for the Fourth at Lake Ellyn Park. At night, fireworks light up the skies over Lake Michigan and the suburbs—see our highlight reel below, and the full list in our guide to Chicago's best Fourth of July fireworks for families.

The holiday weekend fun doesn't stop when the fireworks fizzle out. This weekend's family-friendly fun includes West Fest on the West Side, the giant Rib Fest out in Naperville, and the glorious Eyes to the Skies Festival in Lisle, with hot air balloons launching every morning and evening. 

Families can also catch a summer concert at the Brookfield Zoo, roll out a blanket for a free movie or concert under the stars, or see a special, abridged, even more kid-friendly version of The Wizard of Oz. And the Parks Department continues its summer-long celebration of its 85th anniversary with a party at one of the city's most beloved playgrounds, Indian Boundary Park, on Friday night.

There's tons more in our jam-packed event calendar. Happy Fourth of July!

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