Weekend Fun: City of Water, Beach Fest, Disability Pride, Bastille Day

Some weekends it feels like all the summer fun is happening at once—not that we're complaining! There's so much going on it would be impossible to do it all, even though it would be fun to try...

Saturday brings City of Water Day to the Seaport and Roosevelt Island, plus Open Garden Day in all five boroughs, Bastille Day in Downtown Brooklyn, the Caribbean Festival at the Brooklyn Children's Museum, a FREE indoor (read: air-conditioned) interactive concert, and a magical scavenger hunt and firefly picnic in the Bronx.

On Sunday, cheer the Disability Pride Parade from Madison Square Park to Union Square, head to Governors Island for its annual Family Fun Day, or allez-y vites to celebrate Bastille Day in Midtown East. Plus you can learn some Second Line moves at SummerStage's Family Day in Central Park.

Staten Island's Midland Beach hosts Back to the Beach all weekend, with live music, rides, and fab food—and it's a snap to get there from Manhattan. This weekend you can also rev your engines at the NYC E-Prix in Brooklyn, or conjure feats of magic at the New York Historical Society's Houdini Weekend

And that's just the tip of the calendar iceberg: Check out free outdoor movies, the best pools for toddlers and kids, a whopping list of 31 great summer day trips, and our boredom-busting rundown of 100 free things to do with kids this summer.

Weekend Fun: Music Festival, Theater, Talent Show, Flyover

Boogie on down to the Great South Bay Music Festival in Patchogue this weekend. Disney's Imagination Movers will light up the stage on Sunday.

Marvel as musicians, dancers, vocalists, comedians, and acrobats perform on stage at Nassau's Got Talent. Have a slimey good time with the Lanyard Ladies at a crafting party and movie night, while mom and dad get a few hours off. Get tickled pink at the Smithtown Performing Arts Center, where Pinkalicious hits the stage all weekend long. 

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

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

Weekend Fun: Music Festival, Bastille Day, Orange County Fair

Summer fun is in full swing throughout Westchester and the Hudson Valley, with this weekend's headliners being the all-day Pleasantville Music Festival and the closing weekend of the Orange County Fair. These are just two of the summer festivals and fairs we've rounded up.

Of the 11 events highlighted below, eight are FREE, including the Bastille Day Celebration, which is full of French flair; Food and Farm Day, when families can get in touch with their inner farmer; and Starwalk Walkway at Night, a celestial sensation that offers other attractions beyond astronomy. Want more FREE? Check out our roundup of 50+ FREE summer activities, including outdoor concerts and movies under the stars.

Read on for details and for yet more weekend highlights—then explore our Event Calendar for additional options for fun events throughout the weekend and all summer long. Don't forget to consult our July GoList for our top picks for the rest of the month, and follow us on Facebook!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Music Festivals, Nature Exploration, July 14-15

Mid-July marks the halfway point of summer. (Better get cracking on those summer assignments, kids.) But, don't be blue because there is still plenty of time to check off activities from your family's summertime bucket list.

Want to hit a festival? Check out Peddler's Village's Bluegrass and Blueberries Festival for some delightful sounds and delicious eats. Create colorful tie-dye t-shirts while listening to music at the Community Arts Center's Tie Dye Music Festival. Occupy kids with inflatables and ziplines at Turks Head Music Festival as local bands jam out to great tunes.

Or maybe you're looking for a peaceful escape in nature. Take a bike ride along along the Delaware Canal Towpath, canoe the Perkiomen Creek, or harvest wineberries to make scrumptious treats. Finish out the weekend by cooling off inside a museum, taking a trip to the shore, or finding a swim class to try.

By the way, be sure to save the date for the upcoming MommyCon Philly parenting event on July 28th. Discounted tickets are available for Mommy Poppins Philadelphia readers. Make it a great weekend!

Rockaway with Kids: 25 Things to Do at the Beach and Beyond

Why schlep to the Hamptons? Thanks to its weekend-getaway vibe, Rockaway, Queens, is a popular family staycation destination in summer, and with the Rockaway ferry making daily round-trips, it's easy to get to.

Rockaway's beautiful beaches have soft sand and formidable Atlantic Ocean waves—it's the only shore in NYC where you're allowed to surf. Although this area was ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, the boardwalk and Rockaway Park have been renovated with amazing playgrounds and water play areas. Read on for all you need to know to get to and enjoy this NYC summer favorite. 

Kids Bowl Free: Truly Free and Cheap Bowling for Kids All Over LA

My son went to a bowling party recently that sparked an obsession with the game -- and I've since realized that bowling is a really great sport for kids. The ingrained turn-taking structure, team camaraderie, and relaxed competitiveness offer kiddos a dose of sportsmanship at a fun pace. Accommodations like gutter bumpers and starting ramps guarantee success for even the youngest bowlers. Seriously, bowling is like the unsung hero of children's athletics. And it must have been this idea that fueled the creation of Kids Bowl Free, a fantastic nationwide program designed to give youth a constructive way to beat the heat. Read on to find out how your kids can bowl free every day this summer.

Weekend Fun: Maplewoodstock, Firefly Festival, Ocean County Fair

Whether you chose to spend your weekend focused on food, music, movies, or all of the above, you'll find your fill of fun this Saturday and Sunday.

Fill up on seafood at Oceanport's Surf and Turf Festival or delicious chicken and ribs at the NJ State Barbecue Championship. Listen to great live music at Maplewoodstock, the Anglesea Blues Festival, and the South Jersey Caribbean Festival. And catch an outdoor flick at Belmar Movies on the Beach, Free Family Movie Night in the Park, and Seaside Heights Movies on the Beach

Enjoy games, rides, and entertainment at the Freedom Fest State Fair and Ocean County Fair. And take advantage of blueberry season with festivals at Alstede Farms and Camden Children's Garden.

Check out our Summer Fun Guide for NJ Kids for more options for family fun, including Free Beaches in New Jersey and our list of 100+ FREE Things To Do with Kids in NJ This Summer. And look to our event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

50+ Ways to Keep NYC Kids Off Screens This Summer

"Brain drain." "Summer slide." No matter what you call it, the phenomenon of students losing months of math and reading skills during the eight-week summer vacation scares parents and teachers alike.  

Luckily, we live in a city that offers tons of opportunities for summertime excitement and learning, many of them FREE. We've put together a list of more than 50 of our favorite NYC activities, events, and even at-home challenges that get kids to exercise their brains, and keep them (and us) off our screens!

So get out there to try some of these ideas for enriching exploration and edu-tainment around NYC with kids this summer. You can find even more ideas in our STEAM Guide, and don't forget to check out our NYC Schools Guide as September approaches.

Family-Friendly Boat Rides on Long Island

All aboard! Set sail this summer for sightseeing, whale watching, marine critter catching, or just a good time out on the water. All across the shores of Long Island, you can sample a variety of boat tours that take you on nautical adventures sure to create lasting memories.

Here are voyages we think are especially worthwhile. 

For more Long Island adventures, check out our guide to summer fun, our list of 100 great things do with kids here, and even our guide to seasonal day trips from Long Island.  

On a budget? See our list of 50 FREE things to do with kids this summer


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