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Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Oceans, Dragon Boats, and Fireflies, June 9-10

​How many festivals can we fit into one weekend? Let's find out! Grab your lederhosen for this fest celebrating all things German, head to the water to see dragon boats race by, and surround yourself in a sea of rainbows at Pride. Learn about these tiny summer crittersdance to the movies with the BSO, and ride bikes for cancer research. The Brookline Arts Center is having it's interactive family-friendly open house on Sunday and the Aquarium is organizing all kinds of sea-related activities (for free!) in celebration of World Oceans Day. Dive in!

Get a Free Chromebook 2GB for All your Summer Family Screen Time

Don't get us wrong. We're all about avoiding summer brain drain by keeping kiddos engaged with swim lessons, crafts, drama camps, and robotics clubs. But with all that busyness—plus parents' packed work and home calendars, which don't slow down just because it's school vacation—we'll take any opportunity to fit in some quality time with our kids. And what beats spending a sun-showery afternoon catching up on your family's favorite TV shows, or blasting the AC and curling up on the couch to watch a movie on a hot summer night? I doubt I'm the only one who has fond childhood memories of picking out a video tape and kicking back with the whole crew and some microwave popcorn...

Verizon Fios gets it. And that's exactly why they're sweetening the deal for anyone looking to make the switch before school lets out, by offering new customers a free Samsung Chromebook 3 (2GB) or $200 credit toward other Samsung tech, including all 2018 UDH TVs over 40" or 2018 Soundbars, select Samsung tablets, earbuds, fitness trackers, and more. For just $79.99 a month (plus taxes, equipment charges, and other fees with Auto Pay and paper-free billing) you'll get the super reliable Fios Gigabit Connection, a Custom TV package, and phone service for two years with a two-year agreement and price guarantee.

Boston Day and Sleepaway Camps with Availability — Some With Savings!

You've signed your last permission slip, figured out teacher's gifts, and even fished the flip-flops out from the dark reaches of the closet. You give yourself a pat on the back—before suddenly realizing that you haven't figured out summer camp yet. Whether you have a preschooler or a teenager, signing kids up for summer camp is key to surviving those long, hot summer days. But, don't panic; you can still find a spot.

We've sussed out several of our partner camps with availability all over the Boston area. It's amazing what kids can do too! Think specialty camps where kids can learn to sail, act, sing, code, build robots, drones, or debate...or good old traditional camps where they do a bit of everything. There's a perfect summer out there for your kid. Don't see what you like here? Check our Boston Summer Camp Guide and Directory for more options and call for availability. Once you figure out camp, hit our summer fun guide to help you out the rest of the time. 

10 Summer Festivals For Boston Families

Summer is just about here and there’s no better time to get outside with the kids than right now. Whether you’re headed to the beach or going on a hike, outdoor fun abounds during this season. And one of the best ways to soak it up is at Boston’s many summertime festivals. The 10 listed here are all super kid-friendly and will make for a memorable summer day.

Outdoor Games and Toys to Make Your Kids' Summer a Hit for Cheap

When the temperatures soar and school lets out, it’s time to break out the outdoor games for the kids. Whether trying to keep them entertained at the beach, a backyard BBQ, or just at the park, parents everywhere know that an engaging outdoor toy for toddlers to teens can be the perfect antidote to the inevitable “We’re bored” summer refrain with which we’re all so familiar.

Unfortunately, just walking into your nearest retailer and grabbing the most interesting looking outdoor game off the shelf doesn’t always work out. It could end up overly complicated, not age-appropriate, break upon contact—or even worse: not hold their attention! So we at Mommy Poppins rounded up our favorite summer toys for kids from over the years, including water games, and even tested out new ones, to bring you this list of more than a dozen, inexpensive options to play with your kids this summer.

25 Things To Do in Providence with Kids

Tucked on the southern New England coast between New York and Boston, Providence sometimes gets overlooked as a family travel destination. But the self-proclaimed "Creative Capital" is a hive of kid-friendly art, American history, and waterfront fun. It's a lot less crowded and touristy than other urban centers, which helps when you have kids in tow. What's more, Providence is a short drive from some truly stunning beaches, allowing for a surf-and-turf mix of activities over the course of a warm weekend. Here's a checklist of can't-go-wrong actvities for a visit.

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Baseball, Lacrosse, and a Strawberry Festival, June 2-3

Before I feel like I've bounced back from Memorial Day Weekend, bam! It's Friday again and time for more weekend family fun. Get into the spirit of baseball season at the Museum of Science, catch a Cannons game, hop on a boat and sail into the Harbor, or celebrate the start of strawberry picking time. For the artistically inclined, you can take an art walk through Beacon Hill and listen to a classical kids concert followed by an interactive instrument "petting zoo." Ever wonder if Charlie returned from the MTA? Maybe you can find out!

50 Must-Do Activities on Cape Cod With Kids this Summer

Ahhh-The Cape. From the moment you cross over the Sagamore Bridge, you are on Cape Time. Say good-bye to stress and uncomfortable shoes and hello to family-time and flip flops! Cape Cod is famous for its legendary seafood, pristine beaches, charming main streets, and a seemingly endless supply of children's activities, making it a perfect family vacation destination. You can spend your days splashing in the water or building sandcastles, and your nights mini golfing with pirates or watching future major league baseball stars play. Or, you can head out on the open water to catch glimpses of astonishing sea life. I have spent just about every summer of my life here, forming some of my most enduring childhood memories. It's a tradition I am thrilled to carry on with my family. 

June GoList: Best Things To Do with Kids in Boston

When you're not attending a graduation or crafting keepsakes or special treats for dad, we know you want the lowdown on the best things to do with your kids this month. June brings the start of summer and school vacation, which makes it the perfect time of year to get active, get outdoors, and explore nature. It's also a great time to introduce your kids to Boston's rich cultural scene, with festivals and performances filling our Event Calendar throughout the month. 

Nickelodeon Punta Cana: All-Inclusive Caribbean Resort with a Side of Slime

If your dream vacation is one where the kids are out of their minds with fun, while you sip piña coladas by your private plunge pool, have I got a place for you. Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic, gives little ones all the fun of a theme park visit while providing adults with a luxurious, all-inclusive vacation that doesn’t leave you needing another getaway when you get back.

From the best rooms, pools, experiences, and eats, read on for our review of everything you need to know to enjoy your Caribbean family vacation at Nick Resort Punta Cana.

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