Summer Activities

Sewing Classes and Summer Camps Where LA Kids Can Have Sew Much Fun

Do you have a cool DIYer on your hands? An all-around crafty kid? A tween or teen interested in fashion design? This is the perfect summer to try a sewing or quilting camp. Sewing camps offer kids the opportunity to learn a useful skill, express themselves, and make new friends who keep them in stitches. Not sure your child is ready for a full camp of sewing? All of the sewing centers below also offer kids sewing classes year-round.  (Of course, if you don't opt for sewing camp, you really ought to check out the dozens of other summer camps we know about!)

Best New NYC Summer Day Camps for Kids 2012

[UPDATED: February 18, 2013]  We realize the number of summer camps in NYC can feel overwhelming. There are literally hundreds of day camps to choose from in the five boroughs, and it seems like new ones pop up every year.

All of these notable NYC summer day camps debuted in summer 2012 with innovative and enriching programs, and they're back this summer, too. Kids can create awesome robots, make like Jeremy Lin on the basketball court, start on the great American novel, commune with nature, or grab a hammer and nails and start building. These camps sound so awesome we want to go!

2011/12 Academic Year Calendars for LA Area Schools

Labor Day weekend is no longer the sacred signal of end of summer that it once was; changes have been taking place at schools all over the Southland, making the first day of school something of a moving feast. Some families are scrambling for one more round of summer camp, while others have been knee-deep in homework for weeks already.

East River Ferry: 20 Fun Things to Do With NYC Kids Along the Route

For a long time, New York City seemed to forget that it was made up of islands. But over the past few years, we've been remedying this situation by reclaiming our waterfronts with riverside parks, and creating new opportunities to get out on the water, whether for transportation or pleasure.

The newest addition to NYC's waterfront culture is the East River Ferry, operated by NY Waterway. With stops in Midtown, Long Island City, Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Dumbo, the Financial District and Governors Island (and Atlantic Avenue and Red Hook on summer Fridays), the East River Ferry is a great way to visit lots of fun spots for a full day out with the kids.

With an all-day pass ($12 for anyone over age 5), you can hop on and off the ferry at any of the stops throughout the day, so you can hit different attractions in multiple boroughs. My family and I tried it, and we discovered 20 great things to do with kids along the East River Ferry route.

Fun Day Trips In and Around CT: Part 3 of a Series - Farmington River Tubing & The Submarine Force Library & Museum

By Sheila Hageman

Farmington River Tubing
92 Main Street
New Hartford CT 06057
860-693-6465

This was one of my favorite special summer activities my father used to take my sister and our friends to. You load into specially designed river tubes for a 2.5 mile ride down the scenic Farmington River. You travel over three sets of rapids and splash through the very cold white water. At the end of the ride, you board a bus for a drive back up to your car. This is definitely a great activity for a hot day with kids at least ten years old.

Be prepared that the river can get pretty rough, which is what makes it so fun, but your kids need to be able to swim. The river ride is unattended, except for an assistant at the 2nd rapid. Be sure to call on the day you plan to go tubing for current river conditions and times of operations. Days and hours of operation may change due to weather or river conditions.

Fun & Free Things To Do With Kids This Weekend In CT: Jai Ho Indian Fest, New Haven Jazz, Clam Bake,Water Ski Show 8/13-14

I don't know about you, but I am excited about all of the great things to do this weekend with the kids. We plan on having some summer fun at the Kent Fireman's Carnival  and the Water Ski Show at Bantam Lake. If we can fit it in I'd love to take everybody to the Civil War Re-enactment in Woodbury. Lyman Orchard's Clam Bake sounds deliciously divine as does the Indian Fest in Danbury. The frisbee golf lessons at the Bridgeport First In Flight Festival are sure to be a big hit as well. If you are looking to check out a new CT Beach you can read our post on 6 affordable CT beaches. Have fun and enjoy one of our last (boo hoo!) summer weekends with the family!

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53rd Water Ski Show at Bantam Lake - Litchfield
Swimming, prizes, and food. Check out the 11 person pyramid jumps, barefoot skiers and wacky costumes. Sure to be a fun day at the lake.

Kent Fireman's Fair - Kent
The Kent Firemen’s Fair is an opportunity to enjoy small-town fun – games, food and carnival rides – are all designed to provide residents and visitors with an enjoyable three-day event.

Annual Sharon Audubon Center Festival - Sharon
The festival features two full days of nature-related programs and walks for people of all ages. Visitors can choose from a variety of programs they wish to attend including topics on various insects, raptors, trees and plants, amphibians, pond live, nature photography, and more. Mini kids programs are scheduled throughout both days.

Splish Splash Water Park on Long Island: Where Kids Can Cool Off and Have Fun

[UPDATED: August 1, 2012]


Cooling off in local sprinklers or pools is a rite of summer in the city. But nothing beats the fun of taking a day trip to a nearby water theme park, where families can spend the whole day getting wet and wild.

There are many water theme parks within driving distance of NYC. In fact, Splish Splash on Long Island—which is considered by many folks (including my son) to be one of the best water parks in the country—is just a 90-minute drive from midtown Manhattan. Bonus: You can see it from the the Long Island Expressway, so you can't get lost on the way there! 

The 96-acre park has two dozen rides, ranging from tame kiddie pools to dark tunnels of terror. Plus there are other attractions like two wave pools and a bird show.

In addition to being super-cool (in both senses of the word), Splish Splash is immaculately clean and comfortable. The water is pristine and there's a surprising amount of shade. My son and I recently went on our first trip there with a bunch of his friends, and to say we were impressed is an understatement. We closed the park, and my six-year-old and his pals have been begging to go back again before the season ends.

Weekly CT Wrap Up: A Visit to Keeler Tavern, 5 Water Theme Parks, Day Trip Series

Last night I drove from the Litchfield Hills, leaving my view of (albeit small) mountains, to the quiet serene beaches of the Long Island Sound in little over an hour. It reminded me of the years I lived in Santa Monica, California where within one day, if you were crazy enough, you could surf in the morning and then ski in the afternoon. We don't have the California weather but we certainly have a diverse state full of fun things to do!

This week on Mommy Poppins Connecticut we began a weekly day trip series and the first two reviews were for Stamford Museum and Nature Center and the Essex Steam Train and Riverboat Ride. For the history buffs, we also reviewed the Keeler Tavern Museum in Ridgefield.



Before summer is over I've got to take the kids out to one or two more water parks. Lucky for me, we wrote about 5 Water Theme Parks in and around CT and gave some great insider tips on what to expect.



It's World Breast Feeding Week and The Big Latch On world record attempt is happening this Saturday at various locations in CT.

This weekend we plan to relax at the Litchfield Jazz Festival and spend time with visiting friends. Maybe get some blueberry picking in too. You can't beat fresh picked-berries. Here's our list of picking farms near you.



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