Weekend Fun: Hot Air Balloons, Cardboard Boats, and a Kids' Triathlon

Fall is approaching, and amid the frenzied school supply mall runs, families can check out numerous fairs celebrating the annual harvest season. Just this weekend there are agricultural fairs in Brooklyn, Terryville, and Chester, If ox pulls, carnival midways, and fried fair food aren't your thing, check out the Plainville Hot Air Balloon Festival, or escape an authentic native wigwam. For those who prefer indoor activities, head to Hartford to wish the Bushnell Carousel a happy 105th birthday.

For the latest and best family-friendly goings on around the state, keep checking our frequently updated events calendar and follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram. Have a great weekend!

Weekend Fun: Teddy Bears, Peaches, and Boats

Ahoy mateys! This weekend is the Antique & Classic Boat Festival in Salem, where families can watch some truly amazing vessels on the water and even maybe see what it's like to ride one. While you're on the North Shore, swing by the Connors Farm Peach Festival and ride their new custom-built Putnam Railroad train. Got a sick teddy? Bring your favorite bear or stuffie to Stone Zoo for a check up. It's also your last chance to visit the Marshfield Fair until next summer.

Things to Do This Weekend: US Open, Jazz, Battle of Brooklyn, Soapbox Derby, High Line

Tennis anyone? The annual Arthur Ashe Kids' Day is back, bringing tennis stars and music superstars to NYC in advance of next weekend's US Open. Can't get to Queens? Check out the US Open Experience down in the Financial District for kids' clinics, big-screen tennis viewing, and the chance to score a free racket!

For old-fashioned summer fun, soapboxes will roll through Park Slope at Saturday's South Slope Derby, or families can create art En Plein Air on the High Line. History buffs can celebrate the anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn, fought in 1776 on land that is now part of Green-Wood Cemetery, at the Battle of Brooklyn Commemoration on Sunday. Or visit George Washington's Encampment on the Upper West Side to check out what revolutionary soldiers had to eat.

Jazz fans (and fans-in-the-making) can "count down to the 20s" at Governors Island's Jazz Age Lawn party, where jitter-bugging is on repeat all weekend long and kids under 12 can tag along for free. Or hit the Jazzmobile Block Party in Corona, Queens, at the Louis Armstrong House for serious be-bop cred.

Check a few more things off that "before school starts" summer bucket list—or start planning for fall: Tickets for Smithsonian Museum Day, offering FREE access to museums all around the city on September 21, are available to download now. Get 'em before they're gone! For more end-of-summer fun, check our August GoList and Event Calendar.

Weekend Fun: Summer Hoot, Dutchess County Fair, NY Air Show

From carnival rides to aircraft exhibits, roving robots to square dancing, there’s a broad assortment of family fun in store this weekend in Westchester and the Hudson Valley.

The headline event is the Dutchess County Fair, returning for the 174th time with amusement rides, carnival games, livestock competitions, a petting zoo, and loads more. Whether your idea of quality entertainment is live music or racing pigs, this fair has it all.

The Summer Hoot is a hoot indeed, with three days of old-school appeal in the form of square dancing, blacksmithing demos, performances, children’s theater, and more for all ages. Those interested in history and the military might enjoy General Washington on the Hudson: The Battle of Stony Point, while fans of feats can be dazzled by aerial maneuvers, parachute jumps, and more at the New York Air Show.

But these are just the beginning! Read on for more of our top picks for the coming weekend. For more summer fun in and around Westchester, look no further than our Event Calendar, where you'll find many more great ways to enjoy the rest of August with your family—many of which are FREE. 

Weekend Fun: Railroad Fest, Scottish Games, Peach Festival

Chug on down to the Railroad Musuem of Long Island in Riverhead for its annual festival this weekend. Hop aboard a miniature World's Fair train for a ride around the lawn. Then head east to the Harbes Family Farm Peach Festival.  These are just some of the great events and activities for Long Island kids and families this weekend.    

Elsewhere, enjoy the Long Island Scottish Festival and Games, including a wee bit o' bagpipers, caber tossing, Highland games, and more. 

Essex County's New Accessible Playground Lets All Kids Play Together

All children can benefit from outdoor play in a park or playground, and lucky for us, there's a new accessible playground in Bloomfield, NJ, designed with the needs of kids with physical and developmental disabilities in mind. 

Watsessing Park's all-access playground opened at the end of July after a seven-month, $4 million renovation. This new addition to the 69-acre Essex County park, located at the intersection of Bloomfield Avenue and Conger Street, boasts inclusive features such as wheelchair-friendly surfacing and ramps, a seated merry-go-round, special swings, and much, much more—all in delicious, candy-colored hues.

Already fans of Watsessing Park's splash playground, my 6-year-old and I spent a perfect summer afternoon at this updated play space where all kids can play together and have fun. Read on for the scoop.

Things to Do This Weekend With Chicago Kids: Robots, Greek Fest, Kids' Tri

Summer isn't over yet—there's still a lot of sunshine, splashing, and fun to be enjoyed, so let's just ignore those back-to-school vibes for one more weekend, shall we? There's the annual Taste of Greektown festival to dig into this weekend, as well as the Logan Square Social with a full roster of live music performances. End-of-summer festivals and neighborhood bashes include Parkpalooza in Elmhurst, the Glen Ellyn Festival of the Arts (celebrating its 50 year anniversary this summer), the Naperville Family Summer Finale, the Bolingbrook Park District Day of Play, Villapalooza in Little Village, and the River Forest Food Truck Rally, each featuring enough music, food, and kid-friendly activities for families to make a day of it.

Kids can build (and do battle with) robot buddies at the STEM-focused Robot Olympics in Lincoln Square, learn about world folklore at the free Fairy Tale Ball, rock out to the Wiggles at the Rosemont, or sing along with everybody's favorite magical childcare provider at the Mary Poppins Singalong. Active kids ages 7 to 14 can join the Kids' Triathlon at Foster Beach. Or the whole family can work on checking off a few more items on our Summer Fun Bucket List

This would also be a great weekend to hit a new-to-you splash park or playground, and if you're still looking for ideas, our ever-expanding event calendar has the goods. 

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Nature, Outer Space, Ice Cream August 24-25

Philly kids are in for a treat this August weekend. Our events calendar is overflowing with fun for everyone in the family. From outdoor opportunities to indoor exploration, families must make time for it all.

Nature lovers can take a boat ride on the Schuylkill River or canoe along the Perkiomen Creek. Admire the beautiful butterflies at Upper Schuylkill Valley Park or snap photos of bugs and blooms at Green Lane Park. After embracing the outdoors, head inside to learn about outer space the Please Touch Museum's Space Odyssey Saturday event, see robotics and STEM demos at Robotstock at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, or experience the world of comics at Keystone Comic Con at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Finish off the weekend with some ice cream fun at the Chocolate and Vanilla Festival held at Camden Children's Garden. If you don't have time to cross the bridge, check out our ultimate ice cream guide and grab some ice cream near you.

No matter how you spend the weekend, make it a great one!

Weekend Fun for DC Kids: Music, Movies, Festivals August 24-25, 2019

Music, movies, and festivals are the name of the game this weekend for DC families. As the summer unofficially winds down, many of the free, outdoor movies and concerts do so as well, but it’s not over yet! From well-loved musical numbers to fascinating nature films, this weekend has something for everyone. And don’t forget about the 17th Street Festival in DC on Saturday - it’s a kid favorite!

Looking for more ideas? Read on and then be sure to check out our events calendar

Money-Saving Deals on Boston Area Kids Classes

If you're on the hunt for fall kids activities, your wallet will thank you for this one! Some much-loved children's programs across the Boston area have offered to extend special offers to Mommy Poppins readers just in time for fall 2019 registration. Read on to find deals on STEAM courses, theater and dance classes, soccer lessons, and more for Boston kids.

Don't drag your feet, because these deals will literally disappear as they expire. If you don't see a deal listed below it means the offer is no longer available. If you're looking for even more kids classes, visit our Boston Classes Guide, or you can even search our Directory by location and age!


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