Free Summer Outdoor Movies for Boston Families

Enjoying a film on the big screen in the great outdoors is as much a summertime tradition in Boston as taking in music at an outdoor festival. Bring a picnic dinner and sit back, relax, and enjoy the show at one of these outdoor summer movie series in and around Boston. Movies usually begin at dusk, but you'll want to arrive early for the best viewing spots and to take advantage of pre-movie entertainment when offered.

Brooklyn Children's Museum Opens ColorLab, a Family Art Studio

Rainy, steamy, and sticky summer days in New York City have met their match. If you’re in desperate need of indoor activities that will engage and inspire the whole family (in the air conditioning!), check out ColorLab, a new family art studio at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum (BCM) in Crown Heights.

The just-opened studio space within this top NYC kid museum encourages kids and adults to create collages, sculptures, drawings, and other artworks, through independent exploration, hands-on collaboration, and experimentation—and you get to take your creations home.

30 Things You Have To Do in Santa Monica with Kids

Whether you're a lucky family living in one of America's most popular tourist destinations, or a lucky tourist who's just arrived in Santa Monica, finding the fun in this gem of a SoCal seaside town isn't hard. When tourists from other countries imagine Los Angeles, what they're really picturing is Santa Monica. When Santa Monicans imagine Los Angeles, they just stay in Santa Monica. Between the miles of beaches, the wonderful and numerous city parks, and the inviting pedestrian zones, you might not need help finding a day's activities in Santa Monica; but if you do, we've got 30 great ideas for you.

Domino Park and Playground Get Ready to Open in Williamsburg

The NYC summer just got a little sweeter with the news that Domino Park on Williamsburg’s waterfront will be open to the public on Sunday, June 10.

With a sugar-factory-inspired playground, kid-friendly water feature, open lawn, urban beach, taqueria from Danny Meyer, and so much more, we suspect this new Brooklyn park is about to become one of the top fun things to do with kids this season.

Day and Sleepaway Camps with Availability for NJ Kids

Summer vacation may be staring you in the face, but there's no need to panic—several camps in and around New Jersey still have space. As of this publish date, all of the camps listed below are actually open for enrollment.

Whether you're looking for a day camp for your preschooler or a sleepaway camp for your tween, you'll find it here! Sign up for the whole summer, or just one week, depending on the camp and your needs. (After all, you might want to leave time to try some of our 100 things to do with kids in New Jersey before they grow up.)

You can find even more camps in our NJ Summer Camp Guide, or in our NJ Summer Camp Directory.

Register for Free Summer Swim Lessons for NYC Kids

The New York City Parks Department offers FREE aquatic programs for children under 18 all year round, as well as adults, but you have to apply through an online lottery for each session. The FREE summer swimming lessons are on the horizon, and the lottery for registration for all three sessions opens Monday, June 11, 2018, at 7am.

Read on for the details on where to swim for free, or check our directory of paid kid swim classes, and mommy-and-me swim lessons for babies and toddlers, including those in Brooklyn and in Queens.

Long Island Summer Camps With Availability — Yes, Even Now

If you haven't spent a minute thinking about summer camp this year, there's no need to panic. There are Long Island summer camp programs that have spaces available. Of course, if you've been too busy to book a camp for your kids, you might not have time to call around now. That's why we did the work for you. Here are several Long Island camps that as of early June still have spots for summer 2018.  There are over 20 locations across Long Island. To search by location, open the map at the bottom of the page. To find about more Long Island-based camps, check out our comprehensive Summer Camp Guide and Directory

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: JPL, Fun-a-Palooza, Great Big Day of Play, and Pirate Day

Don't be sad. Yes, the school year is coming to an end. Yes, most kids are either on or about to be on summer break. But that doesn't have to be a bad thing. In fact, it could be quite fun!

There are tons of fun or downright awesome ways you can spend your time this summer. And for proof, you need look no farther than this very weekend in front of us. YOU CAN GO TO SPACE. (Disclaimer:  you cannot actually go into space, at least not this weekend. But you can go to JPL and meet the scientists and engineers and possibly robots who design, engineer and carry out our actual missions to space.)

There's a Fun-a-Palooza, hello? There's a Great Big Day of Play. The people who named these events did not risk being subtle: you're going to have a blast.

There are block parties and street fairs and open houses. Anyone missing school can fake the feeling with lots of reading and there are some kick-offs to get you started.  You can dance like nobody's watchingmake art happen, or maybe even win a Tony. (Disclaimer:  you are probably not winning a Tony, at least not this weekend. But you can watch the Tony Awards with a bunch of other theater fans. Maybe you should rehearse your acceptance speech just in case.)

Keep reading for our suggestions for a totally awesome time this weekend. (Disclaimer: No need for a disclaimer. It's going to be fun!)

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!

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Movies Under the Moon, Wild Families, June 9-10

The start of summer is always so full of promise: sticky popsicle dates, lazy pool days, moonlit movies (Little Giants is playing in Sugar Land on Saturday!), and days upon days to accomplish everything on your summer bucket list.

Of course, there is also a certain amount of creativity that comes into play to keep the wails of "I'm bored!" at bay, which is why we came up with cheap outdoor games that are sure to be a hit with kids of all ages and created an entire guide of Houston area summer and vacation camps for the kids to attend. There will be no boredom this summer! 

Get a head start on your days by making sure to check out our event calendar. It's always full of fun happenings every day around the city. For a peek at what this month has to offer, check out our June GoList. And to have everything we publish delivered straight to you, make sure to sign up for our weekly newsletter so you never miss a beat.

We try our best to stay on top of all the events and activities our awesome city has to offer, however if you notice your event hasn't made it to our calendar yet we'd love for you to submit your event to us so we can get it published. Let's work together to promote your events with our readers!

On that note, let's find out what's happening this weekend so you can make it one for the books. 

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