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Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Car Show, Birthdays, Harry Potter July 30-31

For many Philly families, summer weekends are relaxed, unplanned, lazy, full of possibilities. So, if your calendar is open and you are searching for some excitement, look no further. Our events calendar is exploding with fun just in time for the weekend.

Nature lovers can start the weekend by waking up early to bird watch at Bucktoe Creek Perserve or Churchville Nature Center. Is your family ready to party? Celebrate at two local venues as both Sesame Place and Franklin Square recognize birthdays this weekend. Indulge in delicious foods including sweet corn, honey and BBQ at festivals throughout the area. Or check out the fast cars and Kids Zone at East Passyunk Avenue's Car Show and Street Festival.

If you have Harry Potter fans in the house, the most important thing about this weekend is the release of J.K. Rowling's latest book, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Many bookstores such as Big Blue Marble Bookstore, The Doylestown Bookshop, and Children's Book World are having events to mark the occasion.

To stay up-to-date on the latest fun, follow Mommy Poppins Philadelphia on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest. Have a great weekend!

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Sunflowers, Fire Trucks, and Festivals, July 30-31

It’s the end of July! With days getting shorter and only about a month to go before most students return to school, it’s tempting to feel sorry for ourselves and denounce the fleeting summer season. But summer isn’t quite over. In fact, there’s still much to look forward to: vegetables and fruits abound, sunflowers are aglow, and plenty of days remain to explore the beach or venture to a nearby amusement park

This weekend, enjoy the sunshine while letting the kids navigate their way out of the train-themed Lyman Orchards Sunflower Maze, go stargazing at Trumbull Nature and Arts Center, or watch a free movie under the stars.

Be sure to check the Mommy Poppins calendar to see what else is happening in your area. For the latest and best family-friendly events, subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest

The Mommy Poppins Connecticut team wishes you a fantastic weekend!

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: LI Live Steamers, Children's Yoga, July 30-31

The last weekend in July has both indoor and outdoor fun in store. See what that sly Curious George is up to at the Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts. Build a Bug House at The Maritime Explorium in Port Jefferson and then roller skate around the harbor. Chug-a-choo-choo on down to Southaven Park for a ride with the Long Island Live Steamers.

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Weekend Fun for Boston Kids, July 30-31: Harry Potter Parties and FIGMENT Boston

My kids and I are still mid-stream in the original Harry Potter series, but those of you who are ready for the next story won't want to miss the slew of events going on this weekend to celebrate the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. With everything from a magical party to an outdoor movie showing to a midnight release celebration, there's something for every fan out there.

Summer festivals continue this weekend with free opportunities to explore the arts (pictured), catch some jazz or folk music, or celebrate all things Puerto Rican. Finally, a free duathlon just for kids is the perfect way to get school-aged kids moving.

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Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to check out the full Event Calendar!

Weekend Fun: Harry Potter, Tinkerbell, Thunderbird Powwow

Whether your little New Yorker is an outdoor kind of kid, budding poet, cinephile, or thespian—or just a fan of really big slides—they're sure to find something great to do this final July weekend

First up, Harry Potter fans undoubtedly know that this weekend marks the release of the eighth book in the beloved series. Local book stores around the city will host celebrations and special events for fans, which you can find in our NYC event calendar. There's more magic to be had in Queens where the free SummerStage Family Day on Sunday includes singing, dancing, and general merrymaking. Tweens might enjoy the Tinkerbell-themed musical Tink! from the New York Music Festival, while preschoolers and up can take in the artsy animation film fest at BAM in Brooklyn where a series of quirky shorts are on tap for families. Or duck into a local movie theater to catch the latest Ice Age flick—and escape the stinky, muggy humidity that's been burning us up for weeks! Pop into the new Kellog's cereal bar in Times Square to fuel your adventures with, er, Froot Loops and a sensible side of yogurt, of course.

Our Summer Family Fun Guide is loaded with more ideas on what to do with the kids this season, including kid-friendly local beaches, pools, playgrounds, splash pads, amusement parks, and lots of free activities.

Of course, summer is a great time to travel, too, so if you're looking to skip town with your family, our Travel Guide is a great resource, packed with Mommy Poppins-tested day trips and summer vacation ideas. Recent reviews include Cincinnati, Long Island's Sag Harbor, Taghkanic State Park in Hudson Valley, and the gorgeous, must-see Grand Canyon of the East.

So read on for all of our best bets for this weekend, and don't forget that you can find additional options in our Event Calendar.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: County Fairs, Harry Potter Parties

A bounty of festivals and outdoor arts continues this weekend for Westchester and Hudson Valley families, with a mix of live performances, carnival action and a few twists.

The Orange County Fair, first held in 1840, has thrills and chills of various sorts. Just about anything presented at Caramoor is usually worth a visit, with the added perk of the gorgeous grounds your family can explore; this weekend also enjoy the return of the annual Jazz Festival.

At Arts in the Amphitheater: Theater Nights, actors respond to audience prompts by performing a segment from any work of Shakespeare that’s called out. All ages are encouraged to think like an artist at Family Day. And nothing says summer like the annual Sand Castle Competition.

Read on for more details and more great options to choose from—then consult our Event Calendar for our daily selection of activities. Also check out our Summer Fun Guide, which has ideas for every aspect of the season!

12 Outstanding Outdoor Dining Spots for You and the Kids in Fairfield County

There are two things that every child needs to thrive: fresh air and food. Sure, they also need unconditional love, education, support, etc, etc, etc, but lucky for us, fresh air and food are pretty easy to come by in Fairfield County.  

Some of our first family dining experiences were at outdoor restaurants - the atmosphere just seemed a little bit more relaxed than being stuck inside with a screaming infant.  Take advantage of the extra hours of light this summer by enjoying these outdoor dining experiences. From the traditional lobster roll, to the not-so-traditional walking nachos, to lakefront, to beachfront, Fairfield County has a little bit of everything.  Make sure you check out the Facebook and Instagram accounts of these restaurants to take advantage of special events and menus.

54 Free Outdoor Family Movies This August in NYC

August is seemingly movie month in NYC with free outdoor flicks playing every night. Of course, not all are family-friendly. So who has time to peruse all those different movie calendars to pick out the kid-pleasing titles? We do. Behold: More than 50 FREE outdoor movies this August, most rated G or PG (with a few PG-13 titles for the tweens in your life), organized by date. All you need to do is carve out time in your busy NYC summer schedule and pack a blanket and snacks.

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