Things to Do

Weekend Fun: Passaic County Fair, Canal Day, Free Outdoor Movies

With a full roster of seasonal fairs and freebies, this weekend's calendar proves that summer is far from over. Music and arts are hot this weekend at the Morristown Jazz and Blues Festival and Canal Day Music and Craft Festival. Have old-fashioned fun at Village Field Day, or take part in farm festivities at Valley Crest Farm's Peach and Dahlia Festival.

Save your change for treats and lemonade, and take advantage of free admission at the Passaic County Fair, North Bergen Summer Blast Street Fair, and Summit Summer Street Festival. And don't miss free movies in Sparta, Highland Park, and Seaside Heights.

Check out our Summer Fun Guide for New Jersey Kids for more options for family fun, including the Best Arcades to Visit with the Kids and a day trip to Six Flags NJ. And look to our event calendar and August GoList for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

Visiting Sunken Meadow State Park: Picnics, Playgrounds, Beaches

A trip to Sunken Meadow State Park on the rocky, picturesque North Shore of Long Island can be whatever you want it to be.

There's a different feel to this beach than those on the South Shore. It's quieter, more relaxed, and less trafficked than Jones Beach or Robert Moses state parks. The Long Island Sound waters are calm and clear. Families with children of all ages line the shore with beach chairs and umbrellas. 

 Kids can enjoy watching the water rush over them as their feet dig into the sand. If excitement is what you're after, you'll find it at Sunken Meadow State Park, which boasts a little something for everyone.

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Elephants, Empire Strikes Back, and Pat Benatar

Let's talk about the elephant in the room. No, not the start of the school year: I mean the weekend festivities in Griffith Park. The LA Zoo is celebrating the pachyderm, and shedding light on the majestic beast's situation in the wild. It's the once a year chance to go behind the scenes and see how the "Ele" half lives.

They say an elephant never forgets. But you know who does forget? A kid who's been out of school too long. Luckily, the 2018/19 academic year is upon us, with many kids returning to school as early as next week. Time to get a move on if you have any unrealized summer plans, like perhaps attending a county fair. (Both the OC and Ventura County fairs end this weekend.)

We all know that parenting, like love, is a battlefield. But parents and kids, we belong together, perhaps at an open air concert. Several of the ongoing summer series come to an end this weekend. You wouldn't want to miss some of the big names you can see this weekend; that would be a heartbreaker

Keep reading for our most elephantine list of picks for this pre-school weekend.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Above and Beyond, 2nd Saturday at the Depot, Aug. 11-12

This weekend is going to be an excellent one, and not just because it's one of the last ones before school starts. With summer drawing to a close, now more than ever is the time to take advantage of activities like sandcastle building lessons at Stewart Beach, Evening Chill at the Houston Zoo, and Movies Under the Moon at Sugar Land Town Square. There's also still time to make some headway on our 15 Things To Do with Kids Before Summer Ends list, though you definitely want to jump on that since most of these events end when the summer does!

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Inspiration is always just a click away with our event calendar, which we are constantly updating to reflect as many events and activities happening around Houston that we can find, and with our August GoList, which handpicks the biggest and best things to attend throughout the month. We also highly encourage signing up for our weekly newsletter so you're in the loop right away with all the awesome articles posted on Mommy Poppins. For anyone planning an event, we would love to get you some extra coverage! All we ask is that you submit your event to our calendar, and we'll review it and take care of the rest!

Now let's check out what's happening around Houston this weekend.

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Butterflies, Instruments, and Camp-outs, Aug 11-12

This weekend is all about the butterflies, with not one but two happenings featuring these winged specimens at the Museum of Science and the Trailside Museum. We've also got two of MP's favorite August events including one with stars, s'mores, and meteors and the other a real summer campout. Music lovers should head to Jamaica Pond for an instrument playground followed by a jazz concert, and ICA Watershed is hosting it's interactive storytelling program again. Finally, let's all head to the Common to support our favorite baseball team at this awesome summer Out of the Park event

Weekend Fun: Dragon Boats, Puppet Shows, Dance Fest

High on our "must" list of things to do in New York City this weekend are the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in Corona Park, and this Saturday's car-free Summer Streets fest on Park Avenue. Looking to cool off with some indoor fun? This weekend's Puppet Fringe Festival includes some great productions for kids, like the gorgeous Sueno: A Latino Take on A Midsummer Night's Dream, featuring 50 carnival puppets, stilt walkers, music, and dance.

New York City kids who like to dance (a decided majority) should love the FREE West African Dance performance at the 37th Annual Battery Dance Festival on Saturday. And on Sunday, YahYa Kamate hosts a West African Dance class for all ages at Morris-Jumel Mansion.

City parks are packed with cool activities, like Mostly Mozart concert in Central Park, and the last Summer on the Hudson Playdate of the year, featuring magic with Sammie and Tudie. Foodies in training can cultivate their palates at Connecting through Food in Queens' Socrates Sculpture Park, Totally Tomatoes Weekend at the New York Botanical Garden, and Honey Weekend at Wave Hill.

Our August GoList and Summer Fun Guide are powered up with the best ideas for family outings, and our event calendar adds things to do daily. And don't miss our list of Summer Must Dos: 33 ways to squeeze all the fun you can out of summer, before the school year starts up again.

Weekend Fun: Summerfest, Retro Gaming Expo, Kidz Bop

Swing and sway at the Jones Beach theater this weekend as Kidz Bop Live lights up the stage. Go early to get wet and wild at the park's new splash pad. Stroll around Sayville during its annual Summerfest or get into retro mode at the Long Island Retro Gaming Expo.

Head outdoors to a boardwalkbeach, pools, sprinkler parks, or perhaps to cool off at a water park

Visit our Summer Family Fun Guide and our August GoList for the best in seasonal entertainment, including day trip ideas and plenty of FREE events and activities. As always, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids. 

Weekend Fun: Country Fair, Fireman's Carnival, Corn Festival

Here’s hoping you’re staying in town this weekend, ’cause there’s plenty for families to do in Westchester and the Hudson Valley!

It's a great time to visit the New York Renaissance Faire, as there are perks for kids—including FREE admission and a costume parade and contest. The South Salem Fire Department's Carnival is in town, featuring rides, games, and food, as is the Otisville Country Fair, which offers distinctive twists like a chainsaw competition and a cast-iron frying-pan toss. Bring your pixie lover to a Fairy House Workshop, or join a citizen-scientist project at the Great Hudson Estuary Fish Count.

Read on for more details on our top weekend picks—many of which are FREE. Planning the rest of the summer? Check out our August GoList for our top picks for the month. And remember to check out the extensive weekday and weekend events listed in our Event Calendar!

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