How Can I Find Free Summer Meal Programs for Kids?

Many parents rely on the free breakfast and lunch available through the local school system to keep their kids' engines running—but what happens in the summer? Thankfully, there are still free meal programs available when school lets out.

Parents will find free breakfast, lunch, and sometimes afternoon snacks and more meals served up at certain parks, schools, community centers, hospitals, and elsewhere this summer. Many of the summer meal programs are federally funded through the USDA's Summer Food Service Program, but administered by local organizations, cities, or states. Read on for tips on how to find a free kids meal near you.

Father's Day in New Jersey: Fun Ways To Celebrate Dad with Kids

Father's Day can be more than golfing and barbecues this year, with such a great variety of family-friendly activities happening across the state. Whether Dad prefers baseball or fishing, nature hikes or amusement parks, our list of Father's Day happenings has all of this and more. Read on for our top picks for celebrating Dad this June.

For even more ways to have fun with fathers throughout the month, check out our Summer Fun Guide, including our roundup of family festivals in June, as well as our Event Calendar. And if Dad really has his heart set on golfing, there's always (mini-) golf!

Weekend Fun: Fairy Festival, Fol-de-Rol, Poughkeepsie Pride

If it feels like there’s a fair, festival, or carnival every week in June, that’s because there is—in fact, often two or three! Summer fun has begun for Westchester and Hudson Valley families, so brace yourself for another happening weekend.

Soak up assorted fun at the Annual Fol-de-Rol County Fair, or be a marine biologist at STEM Sails. If you haven't had enough fair fun, add the Katonah Fire Department Carnival to your list—or mingle with pixies at the Fairy Festival, and wear your favorite wings. Or wear your brightest rainbow to celebrate Pride Month at the three-day, multi-faceted Pride Weekend.

This is just a sampling of the varied events we’ve rustled up for you on our Event Calendar—check them all out! Consult our June GoList for highlights for the rest of the month, and view our hot-off-the-press roundup of summer festivals to plan through Labor Day. And if you haven't done so already, sign up for our weekly newsletter

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Wooden Boats, Fun-A-Palooza, REDCAT, Playhouse Block Party

Can you feel that? That's summer getting ready to pop. Whether or not summer break has started for you personally is moot; if it hasn't it will soon, and enough Angelenos are in flipflops-and-beachbags mode that, on average, we are all on vacation anyway.

So how are you kicking off your summer break, which may or may not have started yet? You could be competing in the Special Olympics Summer Games (or cheering on the exceptional athletes who are). You could be winning a Tony (or cheering on the talented performers who are). You could be winning an award from the PBS SoCal Kids Writers contest (or cheering on the talented writers who are). You could be rounding the bases at Angels Stadium. You really could. If you're under 13. Otherwise, you can (checks notes) cheer on the kids who can. Remember: they also win who only stand and cheer.

More summer series are starting this weekend, and everyone is in a partying mood. We have kid-centric moviesfree videogame play, wooden boats, cardboard cars, hard-shelled heroes, a fun-a-palooza, sweet, sweet treats, oceans, fishcartoons, dance, and sanitation. Summer 2019 is go for launch!

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Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: World Oceans Day, Sandcastle Building Lessons, June 8-9

This weekend is a weekend for the beach! Stewart Beach is kicking off their summer sandcastle building lessons this Saturday AND having a World Oceans Day Festival, making this the perfect time to plan a trip down to Galveston with the family. We highly recommend making a trip to the Strand for candy from La King's Confectionary and checking out the Galveston Children's Museum while you're down there!

Since summer is officially upon us, we have a few favorite resources we'd like to highlight for your summer planning.

Plus, we also have our June GoList and our event calendar that have tons of family-friendly events and activities going on throughout the month, so make sure to check them out when you need a little extra inspiration. Now let's take a closer look at this weekend and see what we can get on the calendar!

Weekend Fun: Pride Celebrations, Bus Festival, Riverfest, Family Fairs

Looking for a party? June's second weekend is packed with kid-friendly celebrations. The Riverdale RiverFest features boat rides, mini-golf, a bounce house, and more in the Bronx. The Children's Museum of Manhattan hosts a weekend-long celebration of Puerto Rican culture. Brooklyn toasts Coney Island's immigrant past with performances and music on the boardwalk for History Day. In Queens, the Green Day Festival salutes Mother Earth with kid-friendly activities and demos. On Sunday, the NY Transit Museum brings vintage buses to Dumbo.

June is Pride Month, and the second weekend in June kicks off Pride celebrations around town. On Saturday, Brooklyn's 23rd Annual Pride Celebration lights up Park Slope with a street fair and parade, and the Brooklyn Children's Museum gets in on the fun too. On Sunday, the Children's Museum of the Arts hosts its own Pride Cultural Festival, complete with a mini-Vogue Ball and a drag queen storytime. 

Randall's Island offers tours of FDNY's Training Academy on Saturday, where fire engine fans can learn all about how fire fighters train to keep the city safe. Stick around for a free outdoor screening of Mary Poppins Returns as the sun goes down. Other movies al fresco this weekend also include Avengers: Infinity War in Manhattan and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse on Staten Island. Check out our growing lists of FREE concerts and outdoor movies around town.

For more ideas, see our Summer Fun Guide, and keep an eye on our endlessly expanding calendar! Plan ahead for Father's Day with our handy guide to the top things to do in the city with your favorite dad.

Weekend Fun for Chicago Kids: Family Fests, Campouts, Kids' Books, Slime

Summer fun in Chicago is officially on, and the good times show no sign of slowing down. For starters, this weekend brings the usual awesome onslaught of family-friendly street fairs, cultural celebrations, and art festivals. Celebrate summer Scandi-style at Andersonville's Midsommarfest, get your dirndl and wurst on at Forest Park's German Fest, rock out to performers from the School of Rock at the OK BBQ Block Party, or get the whole family moving at the Boing! Family Festival hosted by the Chicago Children's Theatre. 

Need a break from the sunshine (or the rain, as the case may be)? Hit one of the many kid-friendly performances around town this weekend, from feats of agility and artistry at the Physical Theater Festival and the Pivot Arts Festival to crime-fighting feats of derring-do at PJ Masks Live! Or take in a view of the stars from your campsite at one of two family campouts held this weekend, one at the Lincoln Park Zoo and one at Naperville's Knoch Knoll Park

Book-loving kids won't want to miss the chance to dress up as their favorite children's book characters and join the parade at the Printers' Row Lit Fest downtown on Saturday, and there's even more literary fun to be had at Drag Queen Story Hour at Women and Children First, in honor of Pride Month. But if you're feeling decidedly unliterary, there's also a giant SlimeFest going on. 

For more summer fun for Chicago families, bookmark our list of summer festivals and fairs, check out our picks for the city's top water parks and playgrounds, and keep an eye on our busy event calendar.

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Dragons, Oceans, and Arts; Jun 8-9

This weekend is for the dragons (boats, that is) as the Boston Dragon Boat Festival returns for two days to festoon the Charles with spectacular colors and designs. Arts for All lends eye candy to Watertown, and thousands of people will be turning out for the family-friendly community dance event in Cambridge. Make some flowers, get the buzz on bees, and learn how to build a birdhouse. Sunday is also World Oceans Day so head to the Aquarium for a free fun educational outdoor event featuring hands-on learning about awesome undersea animals. 

Our June GoList and summer festival guide will provide even more inspiration to get out about with the kiddos this weekend. School's almost out—why not plan some celebrations?!

Weekend Fun: Porch Jams, Butterflies, and Wing Dings; June 8-9

Can you feel the excitement in the air? Summer vacation—and with it, loads of options for family fun—is almost here. It’s the last weekend of the school year and Connecticut is getting ready to party! Summer movies are starting, strawberry patches are ripening, and Summer Festival season has already kicked off. There is music in the air this weekend in Norwalk and Mystic, while Wing Dings are on parade in Bridgeport. Make sure to check out Connecticut Open House Day and take advantage of free or discounted admission to museums, parks, and galleries all across the state.

We update our Events Calendar frequently so be sure to check back for even more great suggestions. To keep up with the latest family-friendly events and activities, sign up for our newsletters, and follow us on Facebook, and Instagram. Enjoy the sunny weekend!

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