Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Detective Days, Houston Restaurant Weeks, Aug. 17-18

With temperatures climbing above 100 degrees, it seems a little silly to say that summer has ended, which is why we came up with 14 things you should do with the kids before the summer is over. School may have started, but that doesn't mean the fun has ended!

Now also seems like the perfect time to head down to Galveston for the weekend, and the Island is promising to deliver some fun events for the family! Saturday, you can spend the morning learning how to build sandcastles on Stewart Beach, then lace up your running shoes and head to East Beach at night for the popular Sand Crab 5k & 10k (they have a Kids Mile, too!). Kick off Sunday morning with Bay Explorations at Galveston Island State Park, visit the Galveston's Own Farmers Market at The Bryan Museum after, and cap it off by partaking in the Galveston Family Beach Challenge at Stewart Beach during the day. A whole weekend of family activities at the beach sounds like a pretty perfect way to beat the heat

Not in the mood to leave the city? We've got a whole host of other activities you can choose from, just head to our event calendar for a day-by-day breakdown of what's happening in Houston or take a look at our August GoList for a monthly overview of the coolest things happening this month. And make sure you sign up for our weekly newsletter so you can have everything that gets published on Mommy Poppins delivered to your inbox; it makes planning a breeze.

For anyone who is planning an activity, we would love to make sure it has a spot on our calendar as well! All you have to do is submit your event to our calendar. Once it's submitted, we'll review it and publish it so it gets shared with all of our readers.

Let's see what this weekend has to offer.

Weekend Fun: Country Fairs, Dragon Boats, and Oysterfest

What's your favorite part of a country fair? Is it the animals? The music? The carnival rides? The fried dough? All this and more is on offer at the array of country fairs happening this weekend all over Connecticut, from Bridgewater to Wolcott to Hamburg. If you're interested in more celebrations, check out the Oyster Festival in Milford or the Dragon Boat Festival in Hartford. 

If you're in the mood for some more easygoing fun, catch your breath at the Dinosaur State Park Day or the Summer Starts Planetarium Shows at the Stamford Museum & Nature Center in Stamford. Or, maybe check off one of your summer bucket list items with a stop by the Voluntown Farmers Market on Sunday.

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

Weekend Fun: Lighthouse Celebration, Polish Town Fair, Jester Jim

Visit Montauk Point Lighthouse for Colonial games, pirate parades, and traditional pottery this weekend. Get immersed in Polish heritage at the annual Polish Town Fair in Riverhead. Catch Jester Jim's show filled with juggling, magic, audience participation, beat boxing, and more at Hempstead Lake State Park. These are just some of the great events and activities for Long Island kids and families this weekend.    

Weekend Fun: RibFest, Renaissance Faire, Pow-Wow

There's something fun and rewarding to do for every taste and every age this weekend in Westchester and the Hudson Valley.

It's a great time to visit the New York Renaissance Faire, which has plenty of perks for kids—including FREE admission and a costume parade and contest.

Celebrate Jewish heritage at the Jewish Music & Arts Heritage Festival, where entertainment, food, amusements for the kiddies, and shopping await. Sports fans can get their fill of memorabilia and more at the Baseball Card Show. All ages can celebrate the rich and vibrant culture of Native Americans at the annual Nimham Pow Wow and feast at the Hudson Valley RibFest, which offers more than just the opportunity to chow down.

Read on for more details and many more options ahead. Additionally, our August GoList highlights our top picks for the month, and don't forget: our Event Calendar includes suggestions for every day of the week and is frequently updated, so check back often!

Things to Do This Weekend: Harlem Fest, Sand Castles, Kites, Math Fest, Honey

We're counting on having a great time at the fourth annual Math Festival hosted by MoMath on Saturday, with laser cutting, giant mazes, music, and roller coaster design to make STEM irresistible.

Also this Saturday: Watch the colors fly at the Upper West Side's annual Kite Flying Festival. Scoot down to the third (and final) Summer Streets Fest. Skip through the sprinklers at Asphalt Green's second splashy free-for-all. Or head down to Coney Island to enjoy the sunshine and artistry at the annual Sand Sculpting Contest.

Harlem Week romps through uptown all weekend long, with a children's festival on Saturday and daily performances that run from hip hop to poetry to tap dance. And Wave Hill is literally buzzing—it's Honey Weekend again, and that means candle-making, sweet treats, and the traditional Be a Bee workshop and parade.

All this, plus over a hundred other events (50+ each day) are baked into the Mommy Poppins Calendar. Check out our list of the 50 best places to cool off this summer, and don't forget the fun-packed August Go List. And the outdoor movies that were canceled due to all the rain earlier this summer are now being scheduled through September—bookmark our Free Outdoor Movie page to see what's playing (for free!) near you.

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.

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