Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Back to School Splash Bash, Disney's Newsies, Aug. 4-5

All the buzz is about back to school, but even with the chaos of the upcoming school year creeping up you don't have to abandon all of your summer festivities just yet! In fact, we compiled a list of 15 things to do with the kids before summer ends so you can have a few more summer hurrahs before it's back to backpacks and school supplies; there are so many fun activities on this list that are exclusively here for the summer, so you definitely want to check it out ASAP. 

That's not all that's been happening on Mommy Poppins over the last week, though; other notable posts include: 

For even more weekday and weekend fun, head over to our event calendar, which is updated daily with all sorts of events and activities happening in and around the city. Our August GoList is also a popular spot to find the biggest and best events being highlighted throughout the month; you don't want to miss anything featured on it! You can also sign up for our weekly newsletter to have everything posted on Mommy Poppins delivered straight to your inbox, so you never miss a great article full of places to go or things to do. 

Are you planning an awesome event in the Houston area? We want to share it with our readers! All you have to do is submit your event to our calendar so we can review all of the information and get it posted on our calendar.

Let's not delay any longer, though; it's time to take a look at what this weekend has to offer!

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Island Exploring, Youth Theater, and Festivals, Aug 4-5

On with the show! Whether your kids are fascinated by nature or the stage, they're sure to enjoy some family-friendly activities that spark their powers of observation and imagination this weekend. From Spectacle Island to Arlington, children can explore outdoor phenomena by day and night. Meanwhile, there are some exciting theatrical performances—some performed entirely by kids themselves!

Weekend Fun: Summer Streets, Kids Rule, Outdoor Jazz

It may be August, but summer is far from winding down for New York City kids. Proof? Two words: Summer Streets. For three straight Saturdays beginning August 4, Manhattan blocks traffic on an unbroken route from the Brooklyn Bridge to the Upper East Side and replaces it with fun outdoor activities—even a climbing wall and a zip line—at stops along the way. See our full lowdown on Summer Streets.

Up in the Bronx, Kids Rule Weekend returns to Lehman College with pony rides and water slides for the toddler and preschool set. The annual Great Jazz on the Great Hill dance party in Central Park on Saturday is always a hit for kids of all ages. And Sunday's International Day of Friendship in Brooklyn is a great choice to cap off the weekend, complete with cultural performances, a global village, and international cuisine.

There's lots happening on NYC's riverfronts this weekend, too: Light a lantern for peace at the Hindu Lamp Ceremony in Brooklyn Bridge Park, or show off your dance moves at the Sweet Spot Festival at West Harlem Piers Park.

Our August GoList has all the must-do events for families coming up this month, and don't forget the Summer Fun Guide, bursting with cool stuff to do, including how to get to the beach in a hurry, water park day trips, and even FREE splash pads.

Weekend Fun: Museum Day, Cultural Celebrations, Pow-Wow

Get ready to get wet this weekend at the mid-tide splash at Jones Beach Nature Center. This program takes you down to the bay to seine, collect, and identify animals that live in the bay.

Aztec and other traditional dancers, as well as native food and dress, dance competitions, and more will be featured at the annual Paumanauke Pow-Wow. Learn about Native American history, explore rocks and minerals, and more at Garvies Point Museum Day.

Head outdoors to the boardwalkbeach, pools, sprinkler parks, or perhaps to cool off at a water park. Jones Beach also just opened a brand-new splash pad.

Visit our Summer Family Fun Guide and our August GoList for the best in seasonal entertainment, including day trip ideas and plenty of FREE events and activities. As always, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids. 

Free in August: 21 Free Things To Do with Kids in Los Angeles

It’s the waning days of summer, and the pocket book may be feeling a little light. Thankfully, you live in Los Angeles, a city never short of fun things to do for free. Whether you want to hit the beachdance under the stars, or catch a show, there's nothing to stop you, short of heatstroke. So why not gather up the fam and squeeze those last drops out of your summer fun, because if you do what we tell you to, you won't need to spend a dime. 

Weekend Fun: Slide the City, Renaissance Faire, Lighted Boat Parade

This is a great weekend to stay local, with so many standout events happening in Westchester and the Hudson Valley! Several, in fact, made the cut in our newly released August GoList.

For starters, the beloved New York Renaissance Faire returns this weekend, which is a must-do if you’ve never been.

Kids need no excuse to get messy, but there are three reasons to approve of the Muddy Puddles Mess Fest:  It supports a good cause; the mess isn’t at your house; and oh, the gobs and gobs of fun! A different kind of slippery fun awaits at Slide the City.

The annual Lighted Boat Parade returns to illuminate New Rochelle harbor, and the annual Bear Mountain Native American Heritage Celebration and Powwow offers teepees, musical instruments, and other cultural encounters.

Read on for more details on these and the rest of our top weekend picks. And remember to check out the many weekday and weekend events captured in our Event Calendar—there's no shortage of fun things to do to make the most of the summer

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Carnivals, Sunflowers, and Circus Fun, August 4-5

I'm not sure which was more startling this week: turning over the August page of the monthly calendar or seeing Halloween candy (!!!) arrive in the  grocery store. But never fear - summer's not over yet! With more than three weeks to go until school starts, I'm determined to pack in every last moment of warm weather fun to be had. Happily, this weekend has a wide range of activities on offer, from the North Branford Potato and Corn Festival to the annual Sunflower Maze at Lyman Orchards to the Nimble Arts Circus in New London.

Looking for more? There are two carnivals this weekend raising money for fire departments in Easton and Orange, plus a chance to explore the haunted lighthouse on Sheffield Island or enjoy a Taste of the Caribbean in Hartford. 

For even more ideas, we have a host of suggestions in our Event Calendar, the August GoList, and the Summer Fun Guide. For the latest and best family-friendly events, follow us on FacebookTwitter, Instagram, and Pinterest

Mommy and Me Swim Classes in New York City for Babies and Tots

Mommy and me swim classes (or daddy and me) are a wonderful way to spend time with your baby or toddler. Ideally, these lessons should be enjoyable, stress-free, educational, and a good source of exercise for kids and parents.

During the summer, swim lessons offer overheated families the chance to cool off while young kids become comfortable in the water, a skill they'll certainly use a lot in the coming years, what with all the great swimming pools and beaches in NYC. Parent-child swim classes are also offered around the city throughout the fall, winter, and spring, both on weekends and after school.

Most classes for wee ones and their caretakers take place in indoor pools. Except for the free swim lessons offered via lottery by the New York City Parks Department, mommy and me classes invariably cost something. We've rounded up the top parent-child swim programs across the city (and for more options, see our roundups of swimming classes for all ages in Brooklyn and Queens).

Learn Spanish: Language Classes for NYC Kids

Many New York City public schools offer wonderful dual-language Spanish programs, as well as other languages. But if your child's school doesn't offer a language program, there are lots of Spanish language programs around the city that teach young kids to habla Español. We've rounded up some of our favorite Spanish language learning centers for New York City kids. And best of all: Thanks to the wonderful diversity of New York City culture, your kids will certainly get to practice what they learn in the classroom!

Find more NYC classes in our Classes Guide and Directory Listings, and check out our guide to Foreign Language Camps for NYC Kids.

Game On: 8 Soccer Classes for NYC Kids

We've rounded up all the best NYC soccer programs for budding kid athletes, from preschoolers just learning to kick that checkered orb, to middle-schoolers ready to master the roll and step over dribble.

Kids' soccer is a year-round sport in NYC: You can get your kids into the game through a day camp over the summer, at drop-in classes throughout the year, or by participating in a season-long program with one of the youth soccer organizations listed below. Bonus: Many of these places also offer soccer-themed birthday parties

Read on for eight spots offering soccer sessions to NYC kids. You can find even more options in our NYC Directory and our NYC Classes and Enrichment Programs Guide.

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