Destination Playground: Chelsea Waterside Park in New York City

Chelsea Waterside Play Area has been a mainstay on our list of the city's best playgrounds for years, and thanks to its recent $3.4 million overhaul, the aging play area has a whole new look that just opened to the public on Tuesday.

Once known for funky, chess-like, blue structures that spewed water sky-high, Chelsea Waterside Play Area has a colorful new star: A 22-foot, rainbow-hued pipefish who winds through the multi-level playground bringing joy to kids of all ages. Read on for more features that cement this spot's place among our favorite destination playgrounds.

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Natsumatsuri, Wings over Camarillo, Tacos, & Rocket Fever

You hear that? Of course you don't, because that sound is the peaceful nothingness of the children being back in school. Weekdays are for reading, writing, and 'rithmetic, plus momma chillin' with her tasty drink while she finally gets something done around here. But don't fret; there's still lots of time for fun. That's why the calendar invented weekends, so we could have Saturdays and Sundays (and occasionally holiday Mondays) filled with concerts, festivals, and movies. There may even be a chance to learn something as well, but we will call it entertainment.

What are your options for fun this weekend, you ask? You can go full Little Tokyo at the closing weekend of the Nisei Week and at JANM's annual Natsumatsuri Festival (it celebrates summer, which in this case means back to school). You can chow down on BBQ and tacos. You can take flight, soaring through the skies, or reaching for the space just beyond that. (I'm told there are stars there.)

There's lots of music making and moving pictures (as well as some pictures that are moving). Plus things get smashed to bits. Just a typical weekend round these parts. Now that school has started.

Keep reading for our not going quietly back to school weekend picks.

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Feasts, Fairs, and Hunts, Aug 18-19

​Let's hope the weather gets back to summer sunshine this weekend with all of the outdoor fun Boston has to offer! From one of the biggest feasts in the North End to a fair that people have been flocking to for over a century, this weekend has more of our August favorites. Explore some trails, catch a lion dance, and celebrate on the waterfront with a lobster bake. Want to exercise your mind as well as your legs? Check out not one but two "hunts" for the whole family. 

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Dragon Boats, Fairs, and Country Fairs, August 18-19

What's your favorite part of a country fair? Is it the animals? The music? The carnival rides? The fried dough? All this and more is on offer at the array of country fairs happening all over Connecticut this weekend  from Bridgewater to Wolcott to Hamburg, not to mention the Oyster Festival in Milford or a Dragon Boat Festival in Hartford. Or maybe check off one of your summer bucket list items with a Lunchtime Cruise along the Mystic shoreline. 

If all this fair-going has left you looking for something a little more sedate, catch your breath at the Bike Safety Roundup at Chelsea Piers in Stamford or the Stuffed Animal CARE-ium at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk.

For the latest and best family-friendly goings on around the state, keep checking in on our frequently updated events calendar and follow us on FacebookTwitterPinterest, and Instagram. Have a great weekend!

Weekend Fun: Math Fest, Kites, Sand Sculptures, and Harlem Week

Statistically speaking, we're due for a dry weekend, and that would be an excellent thing, since we're counting on having a great time at the third annual Math Festival hosted by MoMath on Saturday. Laser cutting, giant mazes, music, and roller coaster design make STEM as exciting as sunshine after a long, soggy stretch.

Also this Saturday: Watch the colors fly at the Upper West Side's annual Kite Flying Festival. Bring a good kite and some string, or take advantage of the materials supplied on site (while supplies last). Down at Coney Island, enjoy the sunshine and artistry at the annual Sand Sculpting Contest, and learn some sand sculpting tricks of your own at Kaiser Park on Neptune Avenue, where the NYC Parks and Rec team awaits with a sand creature building program from 11am-12:30pm on Saturday.

Harlem Week romps through uptown all weekend long, with a children's festival on Saturday and Sunday. Daily performances run from hip hop to poetry to tap dance. And do visit our favorite new art installation,, at the Seaport. It's magical to lie under the grid as the sun goes down and smell freshly mown grass, listen to crickets, and watch the "fireflies."

All this, plus over a hundred other events (50+ each day) are baked into the Mommy Poppins Calendar. Check out our list of the 50 best places to cool off this summer, and don't forget the fun-packed August Go List. And the outdoor movies that were canceled due to all the rain are now being scheduled through September—follow our August Movie page, updated frequently, to see what's playing (for free!) near you.

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Houston Food Fest, Galveston Family Beach Challenge, Aug. 18-19

Here at Mommy Poppins, we love a good opportunity to help, and this weekend there are two excellent opportunities happening where YOU can make a positive impact:

Have you found yourself in an activity slump? We have several different resources to help you out. The Mommy Poppins event calendar is the place to go when you're looking for daily kid-friendly activities, and it's constantly being updated with as many events happening in and around the city as possible. Our August GoList is also an excellent resource, highlighting the best events happening around Houston throughout the month. For a quick, easy resource, we recommend signing up for our weekly newsletter so you can have everything that gets published on Mommy Poppins delivered to your inbox.

For anyone who is planning an activity, we would love to make sure it has a spot on our calendar as well! All you have to do is submit your event to our calendar. Once it's submitted, we'll review it and publish it so it gets shared with all of our readers. 

Let's see what this weekend has to offer. 

Weekend Fun: Lighthouse Celebration, Peach and Beach Fests

Have a peachy keen time at the Harbes Family Farm Peach Festival this weekend. Visit Montauk Point Lighthouse for Colonial games, leather making and traditional pottery. Argghy mateys, some pirates might even make an appearance.

Make some waves at BeachFest at North Hempstead Town Park. Or watch some theater in the park at Planting Fields as the Wizard of Oz takes over the lawn. Visit The Whaling Museum during its Scrimshaw Week kickoff and create an inked scrimshaw keepsake box.

Explore outdoors at a boardwalkbeach, pool, sprinkler park, or perhaps cool off at a water park

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. 

Weekend Fun: Mexican Dance, Hudson Valley RibFest, Nimham Pow Wow

There's something fun and rewarding to do for every taste and every age this weekend in Westchester and the Hudson Valley.

Celebrate Jewish heritage at the Jewish Music & Arts Heritage Festival, where entertainment, food, amusements for the kiddies, and shopping await. Sports fans can get their fill of memorabilia and more at the Baseball Card Show. Nautical enthusiasts might be interested in checking out the Antique & Classic Boats Show (ride the antique trolley, too!). All ages can celebrate the rich and vibrant culture of Native Americans at the annual Nimham Pow Wow and feast at the Hudson Valley RibFest, which offers more than just the opportunity to chow down.

Also note: The Touch-a-Truck event that was originally scheduled for last weekend was rescheduled for this Saturday.

Read on for more details and many more options ahead. Additionally, our August GoList highlights our top picks for the month, and don't forget: our Event Calendar includes suggestions for every day of the week and is frequently updated, so check back often!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Pirates, Aviation, Sports Day August 18-19

Despite the fact that back to school shopping and summer homework may loom over many families throughout the Delaware Valley, there are still a few weekends in August to enjoy. So, instead of preparing for the start of the school year, procrastinate a big longer with some exciting activities found in this weekend's event calendar.

Start off by learning about pirates at Fort Mifflin or 18th century living at Pottsgrove Manor. Those interested in aviation can watch a remote controlled airplane demo at Festival of Flight or discover the contributions that helicopters have made on society at the World Helicopter Day Celebration. Experience rich culture at, not one, but two festivals which are part of PECO Multicultural Series at Penn's Landing. On Saturday, guests can celebrate India's Independence Day while Sunday offers the chance to discover the food, music, and dance of the 14 islands that make up the Caribbean. Conclude the weekend with some friendly athletic competition at Franklin Square's Family Sports Day, just in time for the start of football season.

For now, don't worry about pencils, notebooks, book bags, and uniform pants. Message your friends and plan to hit some of the great events happening this weekend.

Free and Cheap After-school Classes and Programs for LA Kids

Back-to-school season is also back-to-after-school season, when families look for enriching and fun programs for their children. Options for arts, sports, and other recreational classes for kids in the LA area are numerous and varied—lucky us!—but many are tough to manage on a budget. The good news is there are also several free and cheap ways to engage students’ minds and bodies in the hours after school lets out.


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