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50 Free Things to Do in Houston With Kids This Summer

Summer days mean extra sunlight, lots of time with friends and filling our days with as many engaging and entertaining activities as possible. However, thrifty is in my genes - and being primarily a one income family, is a necessity for us - and while I love to plan full days of fun with my kids, I also love to primarily plan days that don't require opening my wallet often, if at all. To help any other families who may want to save a buck without sacrificing any fun, here's a bucket list of 50 FREE activities we'll be taking advantage of this summer - but make sure to check our event calendar every day for more family-friendly fun around Houston.

When to Catch Fireworks Shows Across NYC This Summer (Other Than July 4)

There's no denying that when it comes to sparklers, Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks are the main event in New York City. But that's certainly not the only bang-up display in town this season. Some of these fireworks honor our nation's birthday, others just celebrate summer in the city, from ball games to concerts in parks city wide.

Read on for all the places and dates when you and the kids can catch a fireworks show in New York City—besides the East River on the Fourth of July.

Free Things to Do with Philly Kids in June

The month of June brings sunshine, the smell of freshly mowed grass, blooming gardens, and carefree days now that school has almost ended. As great as that is, the extra free time can also easily empty a Philly parent's wallet. The cost of keeping the kiddos entertained can really add up. But keep those debit cards tucked away! Why? Because there is an enormous amount of free fun to be had throughout the Delaware Valley, and we've got the lowdown.

There are places to cool off, movies to watch under the stars, parks to hike and picnic, and outdoor concerts to dance and sing. On sunny days, kids can explore a 'new to you' destination playground such as Manderach Memorial Playground in Limerick or pack a picnic to visit Fort Mifflin during Freedom Blast. If clouds move in, families can retreat indoors to experience free museum fun at Rodin Museum, The Rosenbach, Franklin Institute, or American Swedish Museum. Escape to air-conditioned malls for free programming to keep little ones entertained such as Kids' MusicRound at Oxford Valley Mall.

No matter the weather, there are plenty of great ways to have fun without spending a dime!

Summer Outdoor Movie Series: Free (or Cheap) Family Nights Out

And... action! As summer kicks off, a familiar annual scene is playing out at locations throughout the Southland: the season of free, nearly free, and gloriously cheap outdoor summer movie series has started rolling. At museumsparks, beaches, and malls,  by land or by sea, in the early morning and by the light of the moon, families can catch both recent blockbusters and timeless classics for free or close to it. (While free is awesome, we think a dollar is still pretty good!)

Below you can find our comprehensive guide to free (and darn close to it) summer movie screenings and festivals. Click on the event names for more details, including movie titles. And keep checking back, because we'll continue to post more listings as they are announced, throughout the 2019 summer movie season.

Free Outdoor Concerts for Families This Summer in NYC

What's better than a spectacular, outdoor, family-friendly, FREE music performance? A whole season of free outdoor concerts! We're rounding up all the free concerts in June, July, and August, to keep the kids grooving all summer.

There are free concert series for kids in parks, playgrounds, piers, and plazas across the five boroughs, so scroll, click, and set reminders with your favorites. With top family bands playing annual series like Madison Square Kids and Hudson RiverKids, you're sure to find something the whole family can shake a tail feather to.

The Best Fairs and Festivals for Long Island Families in June

Kids, teachers, and parents all relish that intoxicating start-of-summer feeling. When the trees are budding and you’re trading in your heavy socks for flip-flops, it’s time to get outside and drink in all the buzzing freshness of the season. Long Island’s June Fairs and festivals are ripe with strawberries, crafts, and rides.

Waterfront or countryside, there is something for everyone to play on, purchase, or savor. And for more summer sweetness, check out our guide to Long Island pick-your-own strawberry farms and our spring and summer fun guides for Long Island kids.

10 of Our Favorite NYC Picnic Spots With Built-in Entertainment

As soon as the days are warm and mild enough to eat outdoors (whether or not summer has officially kicked off), dining al fresco is hard to beat. If your kids can't sit still for a restaurant meal even in a kid-friendly backyard, consider packing a picnic or picking up some portable eats and striking out for your nearest greenspace. Here are our 10 favorite parks to picnic, with bonus points for entertainment during or after your meal.

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