Father's Day Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Fun Runs, Barbecue & Brews, Texas Taco Mania, June 16-17

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! Starting to panic because you still don't have anything planned to celebrate Dad? 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.

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: 

We make it easy to keep your days full of interesting and unique activities; simply check out our event calendar for different things that are happening in and around Houston all week long, or our June GoList for an overview of some of the best events to attend throughout the month. We can also send all of our latest and greatest articles straight to your inbox when you sign up for our weekly newsletter. It's the easiest way to stay up to speed with everything that's happening on our site.

For anyone planning or hosting an event: we want to make sure you get coverage! We are constantly researching all of the events and activities going on in Houston and updating our calendar accordingly, however if you notice your event hasn't made it to our calendar yet we'd love for you to submit your event to us so we can get it published. Help us help you! 

Now let's get to planning this Father's Day weekend!

Father's Day Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Kayaking, Brunch, and Red Sox, June 16-17

This weekend it's time to celebrate the awesome father figures in our lives and it seems like there are events to satisfy all different dad types. For the outdoorsmen, there is kayaking, and a brunch and trail hike, For the sports-obsessed, the Red Sox Showcase is back at Faneuil Hall; an open kick-around is celebrating the start of the FIFA World Cup; and the Lawn on D is hosting an event of champions. For the art-appreciators and music afficianados, head south to an all-weekend arts fest, or groove to the Grateful Dead (kid style!). 

Father's Day Weekend in NYC: Trains, Mermaids, Outdoor Adventures

Happy Father's Day! There are as many events to celebrate Father's Day in New York City this weekend in NYC as there are reasons to love Dad. If Dad's a ComicCon fan, pack him off to BoroughCon. Go to the Children's Museum of Manhattan with the kids to create handmade goodies featuring that dad-friendly material, duct tape. Catch a ride on a vintage train in the Parade of Trains, or kick off your Father's Day early with Bats! Brats! and Beer! Day in the Bronx.

This weekend Coney Island also hosts a little something called the Mermaid Parade followed by opening night of the Brooklyn Cyclones. If farm-to-table is more your thing than fishtails, the family-friendly Edible Academy opens this weekend at the New York Botanic Garden.

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 Rubin Museum's annual Block Party. All are FREE. The Bronx hosts Pollinator's Weekend at Wave Hill and the 15th Annual Hunts Point Fish Parade and Festival. It's also opening weekend for a new pop-up art installation in Soho: Happy-Go-Lucky, featuring eight immersive rooms with names like Rainbow Joy and Pink Beach.

Head to the Brooklyn Museum for the Bring the Cool: Express Yourself Family Festival, or visit the Queens International Children's Festival, which runs all weekend, including a Sunday songwriting event for Father's Day. And last, but never least, head to Snug Harbor for its annual Big Picnic celebration. 

The weather looks great this weekend, so be sure to 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 on LI: Comic Con, Strawberry Fests, Rockets

Want to show daddio how much you dig him? Geek out at the Long Island Comic Con this Father's Day weekend. Get the whole family juiced up for Mattituck's annual Strawberry Festival and then pop by one of these East End beach playgrounds. Or enjoy a day outdoors at the South Shore Blueway Festival with a paddle or kayak ride. Pack a picnic and head to one of these lush Long Island outdoor spots.

Looking for more ways to celebrate dad this weekend? Try some of these 20 Father's Day activities for Long Island dads.

Hop over to our June GoList to find even more options for this weekend, including fairs and fesivals, 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.

Father's Day Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Museums, Nature, Festivals June 16-17

Believe it or not, it's already the middle of June, summer is just about here, and it's time to celebrate dear old Dad. Thankfully, this weekend's event calendar is jam-packed with great ideas for dads, whether they're music lovers, Harry Potter fans, or outdoorsy types.

Take Dad to a concert and rock out to oldies but goodies. Explore the Philadelphia Museum of Arts which features a Harry Potter-themed scavenger hunt or get free admission for Dad to see the dinosaurs at the Academy of Natural Science. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy participating in a special nature scavenger hunt at Norristown Farm Park, camping out at Riverbend Environmental Education Center or fishing at Green Lane Park. For a real treat, splurge on a helicopter ride at the American Helicopter Museum, take a Father's Day cruise, or ride down the shore for some free fun for Dad at Jenkinson's.

Other weekend excitement includes Germantown's Juneteenth Festival, Winterthur's annual Enchanted Summer Day, Ross Mill Farm's Piggypalooza, or the Islamic Heritage Festival which is part of PECO's Multicultural Series held at Penn's Landing.

No matter how you spend your weekend, Mommy Poppins Philadelphia wishes a very Happy Father's Day to all the guys out there who make a difference in the life of a child!

Fathers Day Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Dinosaurs, Drive-In Movies, and Cardboard Box Forts

It's Fathers Day Weekend, and time to show Dad how much you appreciate his lawn mowing skills and groan-inducing pun-filled jokes. This weekend take some time to participate in some classic Dad-oriented activities like building a cardboard box fort (really, this is a thing). Is your Dad into vintage automobiles? Check out car shows this weekend in Norwalk, New Canaan, and New Britain. If cars aren't his thing, how about dinosaurs?

This weekend is also a great time to head to the International Festival of Arts and Ideas, with events happening all weekend long at various sites throughout New Haven. Finally, cap the weekend off with cheeseburgers and malted milkshakes at the drive-in.

For even more options, check out our Event Calendar, which is constantly updated with new listings from across the state. To keep up with everything going on in CT, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Have a fabulous weekend!

Swim Lessons and Classes for New Jersey Kids

Looking for a way to introduce your child to the pool? Parent-child swim classes are a great way to help kids develop a love of swimming and instill confidence around the water. These programs teach water skills in a safe and age-appropriate way, and most allow children as young as 6 months to participate. Once your little one gets the hang of it, you can take the family to the pool, beach, or water park with confidence. And most programs continue to offer lessons for kids up to age 12 and beyond.

For more kids' classes, be sure to check out our Guide to Classes and Enrichment Programs.

Father's Day Weekend: Big Bounce, Clearwater Fest, Children's Day

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. Sure, a nice dinner or sporting event is often the just-right excursion, but in case you’re looking for something more, we’ve got lots to choose from.

The big headliner of the weekend is the Clearwater Great Hudson River Revival, a two-day outdoor event celebrating environmental protection on a grand scale 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 musical highlight is Caramoor's Family Concert, when the illustrious venue presents a performance tailored to younger audiences. Fans of inflatables, this one’s for you: The Big Bounce America is bringing 20,000 square feet of jumpy fun to the Hudson Valley, including assorted variations on the bouncy theme. There also are a couple of kid-focused historical events this weekend, including Family Fun Day at the Piermont Railroad Station Museum, which offers particular appeal for young fans of locomotives.

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!

NYC Destination Playground: The Imagination Playground

When the Imagination Playground near South Street Seaport opened eight years ago, the concept was revolutionary. The brainchild of famed architect David Rockwell, the unique play space was the product of years of Rockwell's own research, inspired by parenting his city kids. Rockwell's flagship destination playground has since inspired other indoor play spaces and outdoor playgrounds, including a second Imagination Playground in Brownsville, Brooklyn, featuring those iconic, oversize blue building blocks.

What makes the Imagination Playground different? Unlike many city playgrounds, this one wasn't designed for the usual swinging, climbing, sliding, and wild romping. Instead, its figure-eight shape encourages creative play in distinct play areas that offer different experiences. It's not quite the free-for-all of NYC's only adventure playground on Governors Island, but it does include some DIY fun.

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