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Asheville with Kids: 40 Best Things to Do in Asheville, NC

Asheville, NC, is a popular destination for visitors, including families, with so many fun things to do like the Biltmore Estate, a thriving food and arts scene, a Vanderbilt mansion with extensive grounds, and its kid-friendly local breweries. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy the plentiful hiking trails, waterfalls, and swimming holes. I frequently visit my sister’s family in Asheville and get to explore this charming Southern city with my young nephew, so I wanted to share the inside skinny on the best family-friendly attractions, restaurants, and what to do in Asheville with kids.

Find more family fun destinations in our Family Travel City Guides, and be sure to check our picks for North Carolina's best beaches for families.

25 Summer Day Trips for Boston Kids and Families

Summer is short, but the days can often feel endless. Although there are plenty of free and easy things to do in and around Boston, a day trip to a cool locale in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, or Rhode Island can often be the perfect diversion to break up a long week, with minimal time (and financial) commitment. Here are 25, fun-packed towns Boston families can reach in under two hours from city limits—and return home in the evening to their own beds.

How Can I Find Free Summer Meal Programs for Kids?

Many parents rely on the free breakfast and lunch available through the local school system to keep their kids' engines running—but what happens in the summer? Thankfully, there are still free meal programs available when school lets out.

Parents will find free breakfast, lunch, and sometimes afternoon snacks and more meals served up at certain parks, schools, community centers, hospitals, and elsewhere this summer. Many of the summer meal programs are federally funded through the USDA's Summer Food Service Program, but administered by local organizations, cities, or states. Read on for tips on how to find a free kids meal near you.

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Dragons, Oceans, and Arts; Jun 8-9

This weekend is for the dragons (boats, that is) as the Boston Dragon Boat Festival returns for two days to festoon the Charles with spectacular colors and designs. Arts for All lends eye candy to Watertown, and thousands of people will be turning out for the family-friendly community dance event in Cambridge. Make some flowers, get the buzz on bees, and learn how to build a birdhouse. Sunday is also World Oceans Day so head to the Aquarium for a free fun educational outdoor event featuring hands-on learning about awesome undersea animals. 

Our June GoList and summer festival guide will provide even more inspiration to get out about with the kiddos this weekend. School's almost out—why not plan some celebrations?!

Free Outdoor Summer Movies for Boston Kids and Families

Enjoying a free flick on the big screen in the great outdoors is as much a summertime tradition in these parts as taking in music at an outdoor festival; in fact, it's among our favorite free summer activities with Boston kids! Bring a picnic dinner and sit back, relax, and enjoy the show at one of these outdoor summer movie series in and around Boston. Movies usually begin at dusk, but you'll want to arrive early for the best viewing spots and to take advantage of pre-movie entertainment when offered. 

If you're eager to catch a new release under the stars, check out our picks for nearby drive-in movie theaters. Enjoy the show(s)!

Enter to Win the Summer Boredom Busters Giveaway!

What's the secret to a happy summer? Keeping kids busy! We've rounded up a great group of prizes in our Summer Boredom Busters Prize Package (total value $220.82) includes games, toys and activity books for fun and enrichment to keep kids from falling into the dreaded summer slide. This prize package is recommended for children ages 4 and up. 

The Summer Boredom Busters Giveaway Package Includes:

Enter to Win a Little Passports World Traveler Pack!

Our Week 3 prize in the Mommy Poppins Great Big Summer Giveaway will have your family traveling the world this summer, no airfare required. Founded by two moms, Little Passports creates award-winning products that inspire children to learn about the world, one country at a time. With the Little Passports World Traveler Pack kids discover five exciting countries across the globe. 

Enter to Win Baby's First Summer Bundle

For our Week 4 prize for the Mommy Poppins Great Big Summer Giveaway we didn't want to forget about the littlest ones and their moms. Our Baby's First Summer Prize bundle includes loads of great items to make this summer easier from awesome skin care to fashionable cover-ups, toys, and, something to help with that most important of things, sleep! One winner will receive all of the below. One runner up will receive one Lulla Doll and one set of Edushape Water Toys. 

Enter to Win an Outdoor Adventures Prize Pack

Get ready to explore the great outdoors with our week 5 Mommy Poppins Great Big Summer Giveaway Outdoor Adventures Prize Pack. We have everything you need to take your first step on a hiking trail or discover the wonders in your backyard. Two lucky winners will receive one PlayZoom smartwatch and a bundle of outdoor activity books. A third runner up will win a PlayZoom smartwatch. So, fill up your water bottles ‘cuz we’re going on an adventure.

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