Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Candytopia, Fairy Day, June 22-23

Hot summer days mean lots of water play, and we have some excellent things lined up for all of you water-loving families out there!

For our beach lovers, check out Texas' best beaches, or see all the great things to do in Galveston, including swimming at Surfside Beach or learning how to build sandcastles at Stewart Beach. For water park lovers, see what hot spots the Houston area has to offer. Enjoy classic thrills and water tubing at Schlitterbahn in New Braunfels or splash around at Strawberry Water Park in Pasadena.

There is also lots of free fun to be had at splash pads around the city, Houston's many free pools, and a kid favorite - Noah's Ark Pool.

Not feeling the water? This weekend is full of all sorts of fun things to do that don't involve getting wet. Let's check it out together! 

Weekend Fun: Summer Solstice, Mermaid Parade, Drums Along the Hudson

This weekend Coney Island hosts a little something called the Mermaid Parade, Drums Along the Hudson pounds a steady beat in Inwood, Randall's Island hosts a splashy Waterfront Festival, and you can stomp on the porches on Governors Island.

Summer solstice, celebrating the longest day of the year, spills over into Saturday revelries with family fun at the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx and free workshops at Cooper Hewitt. Two terrific Shakespeare productions—in addition to the big Delacourt Theatre offering—are up and running this weekend: Hamlet, at Castle Clinton, and Romeo and Juliet on the Smith Street Stage in Carroll Gardens. Plus, superheroes can commune with like-minded do-gooders at the NYSoM SuperHero SciFi Fest.

Our encyclopedic Free Outdoor Movie guide keeps growing. This weekend, Mary Poppins Returns to Greenwich Village, Ralph Breaks the Internet in Brooklyn on Saturday in Harry Maze Park and Sunday in Kolbert Park as well as in Queens' Astoria Park, and families can brush up on Captain America's origin story on Staten Island.

Heat getting to you? Check out our parent-tested list of great water parks for toddlers or best water playgrounds and sprinklers. And, as always, scroll through our calendar to find all the best things happening near you and around NYC.

Weekend Events: Long Island Pride Weekend, Fun Fest, Jones Beach Music

On the first weekend of summer, celebrate the diversity of Long Island on the Long Beach boardwalk with weekend events and activities at Long Island Pride Weekend.

Elsewhere on Long Island this weekend, get up close and personal with some of your favorite Long Island Sound marine critters at the Whaling Museum and Education Center, featuring a special visit from The Waterfront Center. 

Children can make ice cream, French toast, pickles, and lemonade along with other hands-on activities with Old Bethpage Village Restoration staff.

Weekend Fun: Honey Festival, Hot-Air Balloons, American Roots Music

Summer has officially arrived, and there is no shortage of ways for families to celebrate this weekend in Westchester and the Hudson Valley!

One of our top picks for June is the return of the American Roots Music Festival, a full day and evening of performances by both established and up-and-coming artists in a bucolic outdoor setting. Enjoy nautical-themed fun at the Maritime Festival (all FREE), or take to the skies at the Empire State Hot-Air Balloon Festival. Fans of large vehicles (and other fun) might enjoy the Yorktown Grange Car Show and Antique Tractor Expo, while lovers of honeybees (and lots of fun things to do) might enjoy the Honey Bee Festival.

More of our top picks are below, and you can find many more happenings on our Event Calendar. For even more summer fun, check out our Summer Activity Guide for Westchester Kids, featuring 50+ FREE Things To Do this Summer in Westchester and the Hudson Valley.

Weekend Fun for Chicago Kids: Dragon Boats, Food and Music Fests, Vintage Baseball

It's a good thing the days are longer right now, since we're not sure how else to fit in all the fun happenings for families around Chicago. This weekend, the Grant Park Music Festival continues downtown, and kid-centric festivals include the Webster Kids Corridor Block Party hosted by local playspace favorites Little Beans and Bubbles Academy, as well as the Kid Market in Bridgeport, a showcase for young entrepreneurs, crafters, and makers.

On Saturday, don't miss the colorful Dragon Boat races in Chinatown, accompanied by a day of cool cultural activities and workshops. St. Pat's church in the West Loop is also hosting the World's Largest Block Party with inflatables and giveaways for kids. And on Sunday, round up the baseball fans in your house for an afternoon of old-timey fun at the Vintage Baseball Game in Elmhurst, which offers a peek at how the game was originally played back in the nineteenth century, with old-school rules, cheers, and jeers.

For even more summer fun, see our expanding event calendar and our ever-updating list of summer fairs and festivals for Chicago families.

Look Up, Kids! Giant, Mirrored Hot Air Balloon Coming to Massachusetts

Come mid-July, you're going to want to keep your eyes on the sky around Boston, because you just might spot a giant, mirror-surfaced hot air balloon floating above reflecting the landscape below. Created by artist Doug Aitken and presented by the Trustees of Reservations, this 100-foot flying balloon sculpture titled New Horizon will be soaring above Massachusetts from July 12th through the 28th, 2019. Traveling from Martha's Vineyard to the Berkshires, this reflective piece of art will touch down for special events along the way. Boston, and Massachusetts as a whole, are well known for showcasing kid-friendly art, so it's no surprise that this exhibit will be no exception, featuring family-friendly dates that even the youngest of art critics can participate in. 

Where to Take Fitness Classes With Your Big Kids in NYC

Baby and me exercise classes for everything from swimming to yoga are practically a rite of passage for NYC families. And as your baby grows up, there are tons of popular drop-off and drop-in classes for busy toddlers and preschoolers—introducing little kids to dance, gymnastics, and beyond. But what about when your kids age out of baby-and-me classes and play gyms?

The good news is, there are lots of fitness classes you can take with your older kids in NYC. And what better way to bond with your child than to take a class together, and get healthier at the same time? It's a win-win. Check out these destinations that allow you to get active and let your kid tow along for the fun and exercise.

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Juneteenth, Thomas, Turtles June 22-23

With the arrival of the summer solstice, Philly families can officially welcome the Summer of 2019 to the Delaware Valley. And, there is no better way to soak up the fun than at some of the amazing summer events happening throughout the region.

Festivals are in full gear. Begin by remembering the lives and legacies of African ancestors with a Juneteenth Musicfest & Parade at Malcolm X Park or Freedom Family Festival: Juneteenth celebration at Please Touch Museum. Learn about the rich traditions of a different culture with a visit to American Swedish Historical Museum for Midsommarfest, Reading Terminal for Caribbean Day, or the Chinese American Community Center for its annual Chinese Festival. Gamers can experience the latest innovations in video games at the Too Many Games Festival while adventuresome types can splurge on a hot air balloon ride at the annual Chester County Balloon Festival. Fans of the famous blue engine named Thomas can visit him and his pal, Percy, at Strasburg Railroad and animal lovers can learn about hard-shelled creatures at Academy of Natural Sciences.

Still looking for more? Keep reading for our top picks for Saturday and Sunday and be sure to make the first official summer weekend a great one!

Weekend Fun for DC Kids: Circus, Festivals June 22-23, 2019

There’s plenty for DC families to choose from on this first official weekend of summer. Food lovers can enjoy a barbecue battle. The fairy princesses in the tribe can get up close with unicorns. And the entire family will enjoy a trip to the circus. There are musicals, play, dance, and more. How do you decide which to pick? Check out our favorites below and then head to the events calendar for more ideas!

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Weekend Fun: NJ State Fair, Blueberry Festival, Fairy Day

Fairs, fairies, and fireflies make for a fantabulous first weekend of summer! Revel in music, food, rides, and kid-friendly activities at a variety of summery festivals, including the New Jersey State Fair, North Wildwood Italian-American Festival, and St. Gregory the Great Family Carnival.

Check out a fair with a magical, whimsical theme, like the Fantasy Faire and Fairy Day, or celebrate the tiny, twinkling harbingers of summer at the Firefly Festival. Bring your appetite to food-centric celebrations including the 2nd Annual Taco Palooza and Whitesbog Blueberry Festival.

Find even more weekend options in our Summer Fun Guide, including the Best Lakes for Swimming with Kids in New Jersey. And look to our June GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

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