12 Best Beaches for Kids and Families in Los Angeles & Orange County

Don't be scared off by sand-filled diapers or tired little legs; there is nothing quite like a day at the beach for summer memories. But in the years when making it happen feels challenging, you want to be sure you've chosen a beach worth the effort. That may mean heading for a beach with a playground (we know some good ones), or it may just mean the most idyllic SoCal family beach you can find. That describes the dozen beaches below. So gather the shovels, sandwiches, and sunscreen, and go west, young families. Beachy adventures await.

25 Great Things to Do in Montauk with Kids

If you're looking for a relaxing getaway, Montauk, on the extreme East End of Long Island, is the place to be. It seems to have something for everyone in the family, whether you crave excitement or exercise, or just want to read a book on the sand or tackle some waves.

From the western edge of the community to the lighthouse at Montauk Point, Montauk boasts more than 5,000 acres of parkland, a host of surf schools, fishing and camping adventures, and more. It's a welcoming destination with a host of diverse activities sure to entertain kids of all ages.

Stopping off in the Hamptons along the way? Check out our list of great East End activities for families and our guide to summer fun on Long Island

40 Things To Do with Kids on a Rainy Day at the Jersey Shore

The Jersey Shore is known for its gorgeous beaches, of course, and outdoor entertainment like boardwalk fun. But not every summer day can turn into a sunny beach day. What happens to the family fun when it rains? Beach houses, no matter how grand, start to feel pretty small when you are stuck indoors.

Fortunately, there are plenty of indoor spots to explore along the shore. From Asbury Park to Cape May, we've put together a list of shore activities that will get you off the beach and out of your condo. So whether the rain is spoiling your beach day, you need a day out of the sun, or just a change from the sand and surf, we have you covered.

For more entertaining activities this season, check our list of 70 Best Things To Do at the Shore all summer.

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Anime, Mud Mania, World Cup, and More Fireworks

Wow.  That was fun.  The sis and the boom and the bah, fireworks lighting up the sky every which way. It's our once a year chance to say "Go America!"....want to do it again? Guess what: we've got you covered!  We snuck a couple more red white and booms in our calendar, see if you can spot em.

In fact, this is the weekend of, dare we say it, reliving things past. Reliving historyreliving art (spoiler: it's people!), reliving great plays, and reliving, well, more history.  You can relive some of your favorite movies,  and relive some classic tunes.  You can even watch a little history in the making.

Think the past is yesterday's news?  Then why not make some new memories this weekend!  You can dance up a stormeat to your heart's contentmeet some movie stars, root for the home team , and even brighten someone's day.  (Just warning you though:  things might get a little messy).

Keep reading for the stuff of memories, both new and old!

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Blueberries, Fireflies, and More Fireworks, July 7-8

Like many parents, I was not super thrilled to realize that Independence Day fell on a Wednesday this year. Late night fireworks and early morning camp schedules are not a fantastic combination (and let's not even talk about the camps that didn't meet this week because of the holiday). But now that we're through the other side, I have to admit I'm sort of relieved for a chance for a do-over this coming weekend. Didn't get your fill of fireworks on Wednesday? Head to Berlin or Darien or Manchester on Saturday. 

Or, spend a different kind of evening under the stars at a free (or nearly free) outdoor movie. This weekend alone you can catch Wonder Woman at Mill River Park in Stamford, Paddington 2 at the Shoppes at Farmington Valley in Canton, and Pixels at Shady Beach in Norwalk. If you're in the mood for something a little closer to nature, head to the New Canaan Nature Center for their Night of 1,000 Fireflies or to the White Memorial Conservation Center to learn all about turtles. And don't miss the start of blueberry picking season.

For even more options, check out our Event Calendar, which we update frequently with new listings from across the state. To keep up with everything going on in CT, follow us on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest. Have a wonderful weekend! 

Weekend Fun: Garden Festival, Mattituck Fair, Steam Trains

This weekend, as you celebrate America, help Heckscher Museum celebrate its 98th anniversary with a variety of family-friendly activities in the galleries. You also can party hardy at the Planting Fields Garden Festival.

Catch Pinkalicious on stage in Westhampton Beach. Or travel full steam ahead to Brookhaven for a ride through the woods with Long Island Live Steamers

It looks like a great weekend to hit the beach, pools, sprinkler parks, or perhaps to cool off at a water park.  Fireworks shows continue on Independence Day and July 5 so make sure to check our list of all the best shows.  

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 for Houston Kids: Willy Wonka, Little Artists, July 7-8

It's official. It's HOT outside and it's only promising to get hotter as the summer continues. Pool days and splash pads may dominate the outdoor activities right now, but sometimes you just need a day indoors, which is why we've come up with 25 Beat-the-Heat Crafts for Hot Summer Days. You'll find everything from marshmallow catapults to pipe cleaner bird feeders here, guaranteeing that you day spent at home is both interactive and enjoyable. Also worth checking out: Fun Indoor Play Spaces in Houston, because sometimes you just need to hang out while the kids go crazy. 

Summer is also the perfect time for a day trip, and we have two completely different but equally fun suggestions: 

When you find yourself in a planning slump, make sure to head over to our event calendar, which is constantly being updated with different family-friendly activities happening throughout the week and check out our July GoList for an overview of the hottest stuff happening this month. You'll also want to sign up for our weekly newsletter; once you do you'll have everything happening on Mommy Poppins delivered in one concise email, making it the easy to stay on top of everything we post.  

Have a great event you want to share with others? We'd love to add it to our calendar! Just submit your event to us so we can add it to the site and share it with our readers.

Now let's plan out this weekend together!

Weekend Fun: Our Lady Fest, One World Family, Mummenschanz Returns

July is here at last, and outdoor fun abounds. This weekend, options include a boat-making workshop at Wave Hill, a vintage car festival on Governors Island, and the annual Our Lady of Mount Carmel festival kickoff in Williamsburg, with carnival rides, unhealthy-but-delicious food, Saturday's musical Questua procession, and, on Sunday, a parade led by the massive giglio, soaring 65 feet high and covered with flowers.

Looking for something cool and indoors? Mummenschanz is back with a brand new show, or head to Governors Island for a FREE production of The Golden Dove. Young magicians in training will enjoy "meeting" Harry Houdini at the New York Historical Society. And don't miss the Family Fun Day at One World for face painting, balloon animals, and more fun with a view. Plus there's still time to take advantage of the Red, White and Deep Blue Sea 2-for-1 ticket deal, if you want to throw a WOW into the weekend.

Don't forget to check our list of water playgrounds and sprinklers if you're looking for another way to cool down (or just have a kid who loves a good splash). Or take the family out of New York City altogether to pick berries or go camping.

For more fun, consult our complete July GoList, our packed Summer Fun Guide, and our fun-filled Event Calendar.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Pirate Festival, Xtreme Bugs, Big Bounce July 7-8

If you need weekend inspiration, Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has got you covered. Our jam-packed event calendar is exploding with ways to encourage imagination, creativity, and physical activity.

Grab an eye patch and a sword to head to the Wilmington Pirate Festival, where kids can make pirate crafts, see aerial pirate performances, and take tours of the boat, the Kalmar Nyckel. Pretend you are a prince or princess and explore Fonthill Castle as you learn what it was like to live there long ago. View oversized insects in a world of gigantic bugs at Academy of Natural Science or construct fairy houses or teepees in the garden at Morris Arboretum. Channel your inner artist by dropping by an art session or art museum. Burn off some energy (and calories) at The Big Bounce America or paddle down Perkiomen Creek. Still looking for more? Continue reading our top picks for an amazing weekend!

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