Weekend Fun: Cradle Con, Fun Fest, Summer Music and Movies

Get your motor running and roar into big fun at the Long Island Children's Museum's latest traveling exhibit, Hands-On Harley-Davidson.

Swing and sway under the stars this weekend at the Jones Beach Bandshell. The Bob Marley cover band, Roots Foundation will make you Get Up, Stand Up as they kick off a season of FREE outdoor concerts this Saturday night. Or watch Grease under the night sky as Long Beach Movie Nights starts up again for the summer. On Sunday, get your groove on again at Eisenhower Park, as Nassau County starts its free Summer Concert SeriesLaurie Berkner, Solo! "The Greatest Hits Tour" comes to Hofstra University on Sunday.

The Cradle of Aviation hosts Cradle Con, a comic, collectible and pop culture event all weekend long. Kids can bone up on their light saber skills and master the art of cosplay. 

Hop over to our June GoList to find even more options for this weekend, including fairs and festivals, boardwalks, beaches, mini golf, pools and theme park and water park fun.

Visit our Summer Family Fun Guide for the best in seasonal entertainment, including day trip ideas and even biking and hiking trails. Of course, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids.

Weekend Fun: American Roots Fest, Fireman’s Carnival, Boat-Building Challenge

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.

Two uncommon competitions take place this weekend, both of which are open to spectators: The Tree-Climbing Championship will test the mettle of 25 arborists as they ascend impressive trees. The Brightwork Boat-Building Festival features not only adult boat-building and racing but also gads of nautical-themed fun for kids—all FREE.

An annual favorite is the Yorktown Fireman’s Carnival, which runs daily through Sunday, and the African American Heritage Celebration. This weekend is also the last call for the interactive literary experience Tillys’ Tea with Alice.

More of our top picks are below, and many more events are on our Event Calendar. If you haven't done so already, sign up for our weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook!

Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn with Kids: Fun Things to Do as a Family

From the quiet, tree-lined brownstone streets to the bustling business districts along Fulton Street and Nostrand Avenues, Bedford-Stuyvesant has something for everyone. Young families in NYC are discovering Bedford-Stuyvesant as one of the best corners of Brooklyn to settle, drawn by its rich cultural history, beautiful architecture, and close-knit community.

Bedford-Stuyvesant is bordered by Flushing Avenue to the north, Atlantic Avenue to the south, Classon Avenue on the west, and Broadway on the east. Most of the neighborhood is easily accessible by the A and C trains, along with several bus lines. But one of the best ways to experience Bed-Stuy, as it is affectionately known, is on foot. You can find yourself in Bed-Stuy with just a short walk from nearby Clinton Hill, Crown Heights, or Williamsburg. And once you have a chance to experience the sights and sounds of this vibrant community, you may never want to leave.

Even as gentrification brings new real estate developments, coffee shops, and wine bars to the neighborhood, Bed-Stuy is committed to maintaining its unique neighborhood identity. From creative classes to free activities to family restaurants, here are some of the best things to do in Bed-Stuy with kids.

Kid-Friendly Fishing Spots To Try with LA Kids

At some point, just about every boy and girl will want to try fishing. Whether you plan to eat your haul or catch and release, fishing is a time-honored, relaxing way for kids and parents or grandparents to spend quality quiet time together—and it's a classic summer activity. Why not start with a free wharf fishing clinic, to learn fishing basics or ocean fishing, then head out to one of the spots below on your own!

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

School is out, and summer is officially on. Let the celebrating begin this weekend! Have a blast at big-time summer festivals, like the jam-packed New Jersey State Fair, plus the food-centric North Wildwood Italian-American Festival, Tropical Fruit Festival, and Whitesbog Blueberry Festival. Whimsical fun can be found at fantasy-filled festivals, such as Fairy Day and Fantasy Faire

Spend time, not money, at free-admission activities including Firefly Festival, St. Gregory the Great Carnival, SMASH: Fossils, and Gymboree's National Day of Play

Check out our Summer Fun Guide for New Jersey Kids for more options for family fun, and go for a swim at New Jersey's Best Pools with Day Passes. And look to our event calendar and June GoList for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

Summer Day Trips for Long Island Families

While there are plenty of things to do on Long Island during the summer months, sometimes it's nice to change your routine and explore a different area. And how lucky are we, that there are so many kid-friendly destinations just a ferry, train, or car ride away? So families can spend the day exploring these locations and all they have to offer.

Here are a few of our favorite easy getaways from Long Island, including nearby Connecticut, New Jersey, Rhode Island, New York City, and New York State destinations.

And for what's happening back on Long Island, check out our Summer Fun Guide.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Plans to Install a Permanent Outdoor Pool

Brooklyn Bridge Park is getting a new, outdoor public pool—eventually. After years of the public enjoying what was supposed to be a temporary pop-up pool in Brooklyn Bridge Park, the park has launched a fundraising campaign to fund the construction and operation of a permanent pool.

While the new pool won't be in the same spot as the pop-up pool, swimmers will still enjoy Manhattan skyline views from its location in Squibb Park, a portion of Brooklyn Bridge Park just above Pier 1 that sits in Brooklyn Heights at the entrance to the bouncy Squibb Bridge, which connects the promenade to the park. The construction of the new pool is expected to cost between $10-$15 million, according to park organizers. Admission will be FREE, as with the current pool.

Fans of the current pop-up pool may be wondering what this means for swimming in Brooklyn Bridge Park while the new pool is being constructed. The news is mixed.

Griffith Observatory: 10 Reasons To Visit Real Stars in Los Angeles

Feeling a little "been there, done that" with some of SoCal's popular tourist stops? Can't say we blame you. But the famous Griffith Park Observatory is one iconic destination not to be overlooked. The most-visited public observatory in the world, Griffith is also a familiar sight from the many films in which it has (ahem) guest starred. If you or anyone in your family loves space explorationstargazingscience, or even hiking it's a must-go. Here are 10 reasons why.

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