Free Things to Do with Philly Kids in August

It’s hard to believe that the last month of summer has arrived in the Delaware Valley. Now more than ever, Philly families must savor August because school will be back in session before you know it. For Pete's sake, Halloween candy is already stocked on grocery store shelves! Thankfully, our events calendar is overflowing with activities that will help you savor summer and keep the kiddos entertained without breaking the bank.

Movie lovers can enjoy plenty of free films this month at venues both in the city and the suburbs. Those interested in nature can get outdoors to appreciate feathery friends, blooming vegetation, and roasted marshmallows. Budding scientists can drop by free workshops such as Young Science Hour or Grow Up Green at Sister Cities Park while kids who enjoy STEAM can attend a free learning session at the Richmond Library. Older kids can give boating a try at Bartram's Gardens or take an encryption workshop with TechGirlz.

There are plenty of free concerts this month. The Mann hosts its Annual Young People's Concert while Rose Tree Park, Fischer's Park, White's Road Park, and Gorgas Park provide audiences many opportunities for live music throughout the remainder of the summer. Round out the fun with a festival at Penn's Landing for ACANA Festival in the beginning of the month and the Festival of India mid-August. If you can carve out some time for a daytrip to the beach, check out these free Jersey shore spots, free movies, and lighthouse storytime events happening there.

For now, read on for some of our favorite free events and finish Summer 2019 off strong!

August GoList: The Best Things to Do in Westchester with Kids

Summer is half over, but don't despair: There’s still plenty of summer fun for Westchester kids happening in August, and we’ve rounded up some of the things we're looking forward to most this month.

At the New York Renaissance Faire, Elizabethan England is recreated with a decided sense of humor and frivolity, along with rides, games, food, roving monarchs, and gads of entertainment. There are lots of other summer fairs and festivals to enjoy, including the sprawling and multi-faceted Dutchess County Fair.

Have earthy fun at the Muddy Puddles Mess Fest, or look to the sky at the New York Air Show. The Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival Family Shows provides outdoor theater intended for an all-ages audience, plus pre-show theater workshops for kids.

Read on for our top picks for the month, and consult our Event Calendar and Summer Activity Guide for many more options.

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Best Things To Do with NYC Kids: August GoList

While some New Yorkers like to skip town in August, there's tons of must-do summer fun left if you're sticking around for a staycation, including the summer's last FREE outdoor movies and summer family festivals. There's something FREE to do every day in August, and plenty of time to tick off a few more items on your NYC summer bucket list before fall.

Our top family event picks for August include annual favorites like Manhattan's car-free but activity-filled Summer Streets, the incredible Sand Sculpting Contest in Coney Island, and the colorful Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in Queens' Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Find more fun things to do in our continually updated NYC Event Calendar.

August GoList: Best Things To Do with New Jersey Kids

The final full month of summer won't feel so final with our jam-packed roster of awesome August activities. There are tons of fairs and festivals on tap this month, from the Middlesex County Fair to the Canal Day Music & Craft Festival. You can climb a lighthouse on National Lighthouse Day, march in a Butterfly and Bug Parade at the annual Watershed Butterfly Festival in Pennington, and hang out with pirates at Seafarers' Weekend at Historic Cold Spring Village

If you haven't made it down the shore yet or are looking for a new beach to visit, check out the Best Jersey Shore Beaches for Families, and find lots of other ways to stay cool and have a blast in our Summer Fun Guide. There's still time to squeeze in a super-fun summer day trip, or a visit to one of NJ's awesome amusement parks and water parks

Give your wallet a break and check out one of NJ's many free summer movies, or take part in lots of other free summer fun

Read on to find out what we're most looking forward to this month. And don't forget to check our Event Calendar, updated daily with summer happenings across NJ.

August GoList: Best Things to Do with Long Island Kids

They call them the dog days of August, when it might seem impossible to enjoy yourself in the hot and sticky outdoors of a Long Island summer. Nonsense, we say. In fact, we here at Mommy Poppins think there’s plenty to bark about in the final full month of summer.

This month, we’re highlighting family events such as street fairs and summer festivals, family days, cultural celebrations, history, and more. Discover nature at Garvies Point in Glen Cove, watch as your kids cast a line at Captree State Park, or perhaps return to a time when games were played minus the iPad.

Virginia Beach with Kids: 25 Things to do on a Family Vacation

Virginia Beach is a perennial favorite getaway for East Coast families and travelers, beloved for its sandy oceanfront and 3-mile-long boardwalk. The beach and Atlantic surf have kept kids entertained for ages.

The length of the beach translates into always being able to find a spot for your towel and beach umbrella, even at the height of summer, and the decidedly G-rated atmosphere in Virginia's largest city, including a ‘no cursing on the beach’ rule, means there's plenty of family-friendly activities and spirit. Take the kids bike riding, for a round of mini golf, or to the aquarium. 

With hotels that accommodate a range of budgets, no-frills eateries, and free entertainment, Virginia Beach is a top pick for families craving a beach vacation. Colonial Williamsburg is also nearby, or you can add-on a visit to Washington, DC with the kids or another Virginia city, such as Richmond. Here’s what to do, where to eat, and where to stay in Virginia Beach.

Best Baby and Me Swim Classes in Houston

We all know the importance of water safety and teaching your children swimming basics, and it definitely does not hurt to start young. Plus, mommy and me swim classes are a great bonding opportunity! Here is where you can find mommy and me swim classes around Houston you and your little one(s) will love.

Ready to have your little one tackle the water solo? Head over to our swim lessons and camps post instead! To find more enrichment classes for kids around Houston, from STEM to music, visit our ultimate classes guide, and check our directory to discover even more.

Free in August: 28 Free Things To Do with Kids in Los Angeles

End of summer is a time when the pocket book starts feeling light, so it is also a time to feel thankful we have lots of free things to do in Los Angeles. Whether you want to hit the beachdance the day away, or catch a show, there's nothing to stop you, short of heatstroke. So why not gather up the fam and squeeze those last drops out of your summer fun, because if you do what we tell you to, you won't need to spend a dime. 

August GoList: Best Things to Do With Houston Kids This Month

So, we blinked, and now August is here! But summer isn't over yet, so there is still time to catch a free movie or an outdoor concert. The Houston International Jazz Fest is coming up, and there are plenty of farmers markets around town to get your fix for fresh produce. Don't forget on the first Saturday of every month you can enjoy events like Marine Biologist for a Day, Arts Market in The Heights, and head to Tomball on the second Saturday of the month for games, music, and food.

Check our calendar every day for great things to do with kids all around Houston. And without further ado, here are the best things to do around Houston with kids this month.


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