Things to Do This Weekend With Chicago Kids: Air and Water Show, Bit Bash, Summer Fests

Look to the skies: The Chicago Air and Water Show returns this weekend with incredible displays of aerial skill. You can also look to the screens, as The Museum of Science and Industry hosts Bit Bash, where kids (and adults) can play dozens of cutting edge games as part of this weekend-long festival of technology and art.

On Saturday, Girls Who Code hosts a free workshop for middle school aged girls interested in digital design, with hands-on activities and plenty of experts on hand to inspire. Kids can also work side by side with professionals at the Chicago Philharmonic's Side by Side concert, where musicians from the award-winning orchestra play and rehearse with students and community members.

Kid-friendly street festivals and block parties around town this weekend include Pilsen Fest, Edison Park Fest, the Glenwod Ave Arts Fest in Rogers Park, and the South Shore Summer Festival, each with tasty food, performances, and plenty of kid-friendly action. And if you've ever wondered what a million-dollar penny looks like, one will be on view at this weekend's World's Fair of Money at Rosemont.

Our summer bucket list of things to do before school starts has even more ideas, and the event calendar is packed with performances, exhibits, and festivals for making the most of your summer. Have a great weekend!

Weekend Fun for DC Kids: Festivals, Nature, Summer Movies August 17-18, 2019

While the unofficial end of summer is just a few weeks away, there’s still so much to do: Festivals to head to, bucket list items to check off, pools to swim in, concerts and movies in the park to attend. So this weekend, DC families have plenty of (almost) end-of-summer fun to choose from. 

Check out our list of top picks for this August weekend and then take a peek at our events calendar for more ideas.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Aviation, Festivals, S'mores August 17-18

It only seems like yesterday that Philly kids were unpacking their book bags, yet mid-August is here. School will be starting before you know it. This leaves just a few weeks left for Philly families to enjoy a bit more summertime fun.

Our event calendar is loaded with options. Start off by looking to the skies for feathered friends at John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove or watch remote-controlled airplane demos at Festival of Flight. Head to Penn's Landing to experience the rich culture and tradition of India at the Festival of India on Saturday or dance to island music while celebrating at the Caribbean Festival on Sunday. Take a ride to Amish country for the Country Barn Sunflower Festival featuring pig races and wagon tours or eat delicious tacos while listening to mariachi bands at the Delaware Taco Festival. Round out the fun with an outdoor movie or concert followed by roasted marshmallows at Riverbend Environmental Education Center. Yum!

Soon enough homework and after-school activities infiltrate the family calendar. But, for now, make plans to have a great weekend at some of our top picks.

Affordable After-School Classes For Long Island Kids

Even the most creative parents on Long Island know the value of quality after-school classes. Kids learn valuable skills, social tools, and critical thinking under the supervision of caring, qualified adults. Here are some of our favorite affordable after-school programs for kids on Long Island. You might be surprised to learn that many of these classes and programs fall within a conservative budget.

While you're at it, check out our rundown of great STEM classes for Long Island kids and our Long Island Classes and Enrichment Guide.

Free Admission to NYC Museums on Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day

The best way to see some of this fall's best museum exhibits for kids? Why, for free, of course. On Saturday, September 21, 2019, hundreds of museums and cultural institutions across the country will be offering free admission, including more than 20 spots right here in New York City as part of Smithsonian Magazine's annual Museum Day, and passes are available to download starting this week, on August 15.

In addition to a handful of big institutions, such as the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, there are lots of cool, off-the-beaten-path places participating, like the Museum of the Dog. Museum Day is the perfect time to check out a new-to-you museum or visit an old standby for at no cost. We've got the scoop on which museums are offering free admission and how to get your tickets for Museum Day.

Weekend Fun: Passaic County Fair, Summer Festivals, Olde Freehold Day

With a full roster of summer fairs and freebies, this weekend's calendar proves that summer is far from over. Have old-fashioned fun at Olde Freehold Day and Fire Muster & Fire Fighter's Family Day. Enjoy several hours of live music at Morristown Jazz and Blues Festival.

Save your change for treats and lemonade, and take advantage of free admission at the Passaic County Fair, 2nd Annual Summer Fun Festival, and Summit Summer Street Festival. And don't miss the last weekend of Alstede's Peach Harvest Festival.

Check out our Summer Fun Guide for New Jersey Kids for more options for family fun, including our End-of-Summer Bucket List. And look to our event calendar and August GoList for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

25 Things to Do With Chicago Kids Before School Starts

Summer days, driftin' away...If seeing school supply lists is sending you and your kids into a panic over the impending end of summer, stay calm, and summer on! We've done the research (not a bad gig, honestly), and rounded up the ultimate Chicago Summer Bucket List, complete with all the outdoor movies, festivals, and FREE summer activities for families in Chicago that you'll want to fit in before school starts up again on Tuesday, September 3.

Toddler Dance Classes Around Houston For Your Tiny Dancer

When looking for the perfect dance class for your toddler in Houston, you'll probably find that there are a plethora of amazing dance studios in the greater Houston area to choose from. Each offers its own unique class style and qualified instructors, so finding a great class for your little one really comes down to where you live and how the classes offered fit into your schedule. Once your toddler steps into that room with their very first tutu and ballet slippers on, there is likely to be no turning back. The rhythm is going to get them and before you know it, you'll have a bona fide ballerina on your hands.

While dance is just one of many types of classes and activities available for your toddler to participate in, it is definitely one that will fill their little hearts and feet with so much joy. Read on to see what programs are offered near you and get that tiny dancer of yours signed up ASAP. 

5 Kid-Friendly Urban Farms Right Here in New York City

Times—and the food industry—have changed from when I was a kid. In the 1980s, everything we ate came from the freezer section, cans, and boxes. Microwaves were hot kitchen appliances. I didn't even know what an unpicked strawberry looked like or what type of plant blueberries grew on. Trees, maybe? Now, knowing where your food comes from, understanding sustainability, and eating local are all hot topics that parents are passionate about. New York City offers plenty of farmers' markets, gardens, and parks to get close to nature. But did you know there are plenty of farms, too?

We've compiled a list of open-to-the-public farms within NYC that all deserve a visit. Each one has a special and interesting hook. Make sure to check seasonal hours/days-of-operation before you travel. 

If you really want that full country vibe, you can always head out to the nearby farms of Long Island, New Jersey, and Westchester for pick-your-own apples, tractor rides, and petting zoos.

The New Jurassic World Ride at Universal: Is It As Good As Jurassic Park?

A year without the Jurassic Park ride was like... a year without being splashed by dinosaurs. This summer's relaunch of the favorite Universal Studios ride was eagerly anticipated, though truth be told some of us who were big fans of the old ride were also just a little bit wary. Would Jurassic World: The Ride live up to its Jurassic predecessor? Or would it become just another virtual reality replacement of a classic analog adventure? It's a relief to be able to report that Jurassic World remains one of the best reasons to visit Universal Studios—and that Universal really did find ways to make our favorite ride even better.


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