Father's Day Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: FatherFest, Airplane Day, Flag Fest June 15-16

Philly families are sure to notice that this weekend's events calendar is filled with fun focused on Dad. After all, he helps Philly kids out in so many ways such as assisting with homework, teaching how to throw a curve ball, and driving the kiddos to extracurricular activities. Is he adventuresome? Musical? Outdoorsy? History Buff? Economical? No matter what kind of Dad you've got, we've got some fun in store for you.

Impress Dad with a helicopter ride at the American Helicopter Museum during FatherFest or watch the planes take off and land during Fort Mifflin's Airplane Day. Those who like music can listen to the sweet sounds of the Kimmel Center organ or rock out to a little Grateful Dead at Ardmore Music Hall. Dads who like nature can check out the piggies at Ross Mill Farm, participate in a nature scavenger hunt at Norristown Farm Park, or camp out at Riverbend Environmental Education Center. Be sure to visit Historic Philadelphia and take part in its Flag Fest festivities including Stars and Stripes Saturday. And, don't miss free fun such as Public Archaeology Day at Newlin Grist Mill and Father's Day Read-a-Thon at the Community Education Center. Plus, Dad gets in free at Diggerland and the Academy of Natural Sciences. See, Dad, we are saving you money!

Mommy Poppins Philadelphia wishes all of the Philly guys out there a great Father's Day weekend.

Father's Day Weekend for LA Kids: Pasadena Chalk, Bowl Opening, Rodeo Drive

Settle down, padre; we get it. It’s Father's Day. This weekend it’s all about you. Dad’s choice from sunup to sundown: make way for baseball (with or without a game), BBQ and buffets, heroes on the half shell, and Indiana Jones. Or, if you prefer, kittens and unicorns. As long as you’re happy, we’re happy. Yep, whatever it takes, no expense spared...

Psst: Moms and kids! Did you know there's a ton of cool stuff going on this weekend that you can take Dad to for free? Luxury cars on Rodeo Drive, no-cost concerts, movies by moonlight, festivals, and celebrations. You can even make him a variety of from-the-heart gifts. All without dipping into the trust fund. There are also things you can do that cost money, if you're into that. (And we have a feeling some of it Dad will be very into!)

Whichever way you go, it's sure to be the bestest weekend ever, if you get to spend it together. Hey, look! Next week it's officially summer!

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Father's Day Weekend Fun in Boston: Zoo Day, Strawberries, and Playground Fun; Jun 15-16

Dad is a lucky guy this weekend, because there's no shortage of activities to make him feel special. Families can cruise, hike, or climb, or even go to the zoo to see animal dads hanging out with their kiddos. Strawberries are ripe for the picking, there's an awesome international fest celebrating world cultures, and the South Shore's biggest arts fest is happening all weekend long. Dads with little ones who appreciate the arts will enjoy this free family day that includes stories, music, and instrument experimentation. On Saturday, head to Fort Point for a very special playground opening day celebrating Martin Richard (here's our article about it). 

Need more inspiration? No problem: We've rounded up some things the dads in our lives always seem to love to do. Plus, it's June after all, and summer festivities are in full swing. Enjoy the weekend!

Father's Day Weekend Fun in Connecticut: Classic Cars, Picnics, and Dinos; June 15-16

It's Father's Day Weekend, and Connecticut abounds with activities to celebrate all the dads out there. Whether Dad is into vintage cars, family picnics, or even dinosaurs, there is something for every type of family guy. If relaxing with a movie or a cold brew is more his speed, how about a little nostalgia at the drive-in or a visit to a family-friendly beer garden and barbecue festival? There's no shortage of ideas to make Dad feel special; it's June, after all, and summer festivities are in full swing. Enjoy the weekend!

Father's Day Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Fun Runs, Barbecue & Brews, June 15-16

To all the dads, grandfathers, and men who fill the role of dad: Happy Father's Day from all of us on the Mommy Poppins Houston team! You guys are the best!

If you're starting to panic because you still don't have anything planned to celebrate Dad, we can help. In addition to a weekend packed with Father's Day specific events, we also put together a unique list of Father's Day ideas we know Dad will actually love, ensuring that your Father's Day will be anything but boring. This weekend is also the launch of super sweet interactive exhibit Candytopia in West Houston.

In case you missed it, we have had a lot of fun posts pop up on Mommy Poppins recently that are packed with fun summer ideas: 

Father's Day Weekend Fun: Lower East Side Fest, Juneteenth, Adventures NYC, Pollinators

Happy Father's Day!

There are as many ways to celebrate Father's Day in New York City this weekend in NYC as there are reasons to love Dad (fishing clinics, tugboat rides, foraging in Inwood, and the Papa Is Always Right concert, just as a few examples). But if it's homemade gifts he's craving (what dad can resist?), you can't go wrong with a hand-made car, right? Kids can also head over to the Children's Museum of Manhattan to create goodies featuring that dad-friendliest of materials, duct tape.

This weekend's top family-friendly festival event picks include the rollicking Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas Fest on the LES; the annual Adventures NYC festival in Central Park, with activities from zip lining to rock climbing; and the Rockaways' Rockstock and Barrels Fest, for surf lovers. All are FREE. The Bronx hosts Pollinator's Weekend at Wave Hill and the 16th Annual Hunts Point Fish Parade and Festival. On Saturday, visit Washington Market Park to release thousands of ladybugs!

Head to the Brooklyn Museum for the Bring the Cool Family Festival, or celebrate Juneteenth in Gershwin Park. And last, but never least, head to Snug Harbor for its annual Big Picnic celebration. 

If the weather holds this weekend, check out our guide to the best beaches, lakes, sprinklers, and water parks for some fun water play. And don't forget to check our June GoList and calendar!

Father's Day Weekend Events: Strawberry Fests, Summer Fairs

On Father's Day weekend, the peak of the strawberry harvest, the Mattituck Lions Club brings its annual Strawberry Festival to the North Fork, while the Historical Society of the Massapequas brings one to Nassau County. Dads get FREE admission to the Harbes Family Farm in Mattituck this weekend, too.

Celebrate Flag Day by exploring the meaning behind signal flags that ships used to communicate to each other at The Whaling Museum in Cold Spring Harbor.

Father's Day Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids

It’s time for Dad’s special day, and we’ve combed Westchester and the Hudson Valley to find the best ways for families to honor the important men in their lives.

The big headliner of the weekend is the Clearwater Great Hudson River Revival, a two-day, grand-scale festival celebrating environmental protection with a vast and impressive lineup of music, exhibitions, assorted entertainment, an instrument “petting zoo,” wholesome food, and more. This is just one of several summer festivals taking place this weekend; others include the Yonkers Ukrainian Heritage Festival.

Another highlight is Caramoor's Hot Jazz Age Frolic, which begins with a family-targeted program and includes dance instruction. If Dad loves sports, head to the stands of the Speical Olympics and cheer on the many spirited athletes assembled from throughout the state.

Read on for all of our top picks, and check out our Event Calendar for even more options to choose from. Our June GoList can help you plan the remainder of the month, and signing up for our FREE weekly newsletters keeps you in the know! 

Have a very happy Father’s Day!

Great Day Trips to New Jersey State Parks and Forests

While most non-residents don't equate New Jersey with beautiful green spaces, there are a whopping 36 state parks and 13 state forests to explore in NJ—and at least one of them should be on your summer fun to-do list.

We've picked nine destinations that are perfect for a fun-filled day trip, where hiking, biking, swimming, and boating are just some of the fun outdoor activities to enjoy. Add acres of gorgeous scenery and some wildlife-spotting, and NJ state parks and forests make for an ideal day of family fun in the fresh air.

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