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15 Free and Fun Things to Do in May with Boston Kids

Spring may technically arrive in late March, but for those of us in New England, it doesn't really start to feel like spring until May. Getting outside and enjoying all the family-friendly spring activities Boston has to offer can definitely add up, cost-wise, so here are our picks for family fun that is also free. For even more free family activities, visit out our Boston Spring Fun Guide and check our calendar often.

Free Things to Do with Philly Kids in May

The month of May provides perfectly mild weather, the kind of weather that puts even the grumpiest toddler or moodiest teen in a pleasant, hopeful mood. Similarly, Philly parents are sure to be delighted with both the weather and the free (or nearly free) events that can keep the entire family entertained. From playground trips to picnics at city and suburban parks, families can make lasting memories while being budget-friendly.

We have rounded up some of our favorite economical options including free admission festivals, nature exploration opportunities, musical experiences, and deeply discounted museum discovery. Of course, we can't forget about Mom so be sure to carve out some time mid-May to celebrate Mother's Day by making an art project together or hiking through scenic Lorimer Park. At the end of the month, it's time for the red, white, and blue! Honor those who have served at local Memorial Day parades in Warminster, Downingtown, or West Grove.

Free fun is always best with family and friends, so gather up the crew and get ready to entertain on a budget!

60 Free Things To Do in May with New Jersey Kids

Hooray for May! Bring on the outdoor fairs, festivals, and Memorial Day celebrations. And if you're budgeting for summer vacations and camp, no need to skimp on the May fun. These 60 (!) activities and events are all FREE to attend.

Street fair season is in full swing this month. Check out food vendors, crafts, and live music at neighborhood fairs around the state, including Westfield, Hoboken, Maplewood, and Collingswood, among many others. Head down the shore for admission-free, beachy extravaganzas like the Ocean City Spring Block Party, the New Jersey Seafood Festival, Ocean Fun Days, and the Wildwoods International Kite Festival.

Top off the month with free Memorial Day parades in Freehold, Glassboro, and New Providence, plus the Bradley Beach Memorial Day Festival.

Read on for this month's picks! For more free and low-cost fun, check out our Event Calendar and Guide to New Jersey Parks and Playgrounds

New York City Libraries with Great Play Spaces and Children's Rooms

It’s too cold or rainy to play outside and the kids are bouncing off the walls. What to do? Don’t feel like spending money to take the kids to an indoor play activity? The best default option, hands-down, is the library. Your kid can never finish reading all the books available, and many libraries also have children’s rooms and activities. And not only is a trip to the library an always-FREE activity, your library card gets you free access to more than 40 other institutions around NYC. To mix things up, venture beyond your own local library to these gems that have some of the best children’s play spaces in the city.

Trash & Recycling Fun: Sanitation Yard Open Houses for Kids Who Love Garbage Trucks

Vroom Vroom! Does the sound of the garbage truck coming down the street send your kids running to watch? Spring kicks off city yard open houses and recycling fair season, and these events are hugely popular with kids of a certain age. If your kiddos have any curiosity about what goes on in a garbage truck, this is their chance to satisfy it, at one of the most eagerly awaited free activities in LA. Public tours (also detailed below) are often available throughout the year (call first); but the spring open houses are a must-do for little one who live for the roar of the garbage truck.

From Parties to Scouts, Why Annenberg PetSpace Is Such a Great Place To Bring Kids

We just got word that Annenberg PetSpace's new summer camp is already full for the season—that didn't take long! But even if you missed it, there are still a whole bunch of wonderful reasons to bring kids to explore this unique, critter-focused community space, many of which are free. The center has educational programs and play opportunities that include story hours, classes, scavenger hunts, birthday parties, and more—all created to strengthen the bond between pets and people. If you thought Annenberg PetSpace was just an adoption center, get ready to take a closer look.

Free Cinco de Mayo Celebrations that Are Great for Families

First let's set the record straight: Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. What the day actually celebrates is an underdog Mexican victory over a French military attack on Puebla, Mexico in 1862. The holiday is mostly observed in Puebla and in Southern California, where there's little mention of the French, but much swinging at piñatas and dancing to mariachis. After all, by the first weekend of May, who needs more excuse than that to revel in the sunshine? Many of the Cinco de Mayo events you'll see advertised are pub crawls, but we've hunted down celebrations the whole family can enjoy.

There are free Cinco de Mayo fests throughout LA and the OC, starting as early as a week before, so get in the spirit to dance, watch parades, and (of course) eat.

NYC's Best Playgrounds: 18 Parks Worthy of a Subway Schlep

Playgrounds may be as much a part of childhood as potty training and the tooth fairy, but to city families, having a go-to playground is a real sanity saver. When you live in a tiny apartment, the neighborhood park is like your backyard.

While New Yorkers are lucky to have many awesome local play spots, some NYC playgrounds are a cut above the rest. These spots offer plenty of space to romp and enough outdoor entertainment to make them worth a schlep on the subway. Without further ado, read on for 18 of the city's best playgrounds—our NYC playground hall of fame.

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