June GoList: Best Things To Do With Kids on Long Island This Month

You’ve heard of the June swoon, right? It’s originally a baseball term, defining a team that plays well in April and May only to fall apart once the calendar stretches past Memorial Day.

Kids might swoon in June, too, as the anticipation of summer vacation usurps whatever lessons still remain on the school calendar. Well, we at Mommy Poppins don't want to contribute to that, but we must say there is plenty about June that just tickles us with excitement. 

On Long Island alone, there is a host of things to do in the four weeks before school lets out, including street fairs and festivals, concerts, Father’s Day celebrations, and more. The highlight might be the Mattituck Strawberry Festival, one of the largest North Fork gatherings of the year, but from Nassau County to Suffolk and out to the East End there’s plenty to keep your kids engaged until the school year concludes.

So away we go. Remember, our Long Island Events Calendar offers exciting family options as they develop throughout the month. You might also want to visit our Themes Parks and Water Parks Guide as the weather (hopefully) gets warmer.

And did we mention the Besties are here? The Bestie Awards is our reader voting contest celebrating small local businesses that make parenting on Long Island so wonderful.  Help us choose our finalists by shouting out your favorite places to make, do, eat, learn and play. Nominate your Besties now.

Weekday Fun: Magic, Free Doughnuts, Stars in the Alley

If New York City kids can't get a taste of warm weather soon, don't fear: this week, there's plenty to taste, for real, with National Doughnut Day on Friday, June 2, and the ice-cream-feast Scooper Bowl launching on Thursday, June 1. 

There's wonder, too, from the magic (and dancing!) of Omar's Summer Blast-Off Party in Queens to the sweet science (and a 12-ton water tank!) of Science in the Square in Manhattan. And because this is New York City, indoor entertainment never flags, with a long-running production of The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe at the ready, should it rain. On Friday, Broadway musicals jump outdoors for Stars in The Alley.

Bid a fond farewell to our May GoList: here's our June Go List! Hooray! And it begins with a bit of advice: check out the monthlong deal at Luna Park for kids who bring their report cards.

Looking for Memorial Day events? Peruse our best of Memorial Day weekend family event picks. Check out the just-released Summer Fun Guide to fill your kid-fun schedule, and our event calendar is ready for your longest-term plans.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Parades, Concerts, Movies, Festivals May 29-June 2

With a short work and school week ahead, there is no doubt Philly families are making room for extra fun.

To start, dress the family in red, white, and blue to celebrate Memorial Day with a parade in Wayne, Trappe, Media, Kennett, or Downingtown. Put on dancing shoes and get ready to jam to tunes at Chadds Ford Winery's Memorial Day Music Festival, West Chester's Swingin' Summer Thursdays, Bryn Mawr's Twilight Concert Series, or Shady Brook Farm's Wine Concert. Relax a bit either outdoors with kids of all ages or inside with babies in tow at the movies. With an entertaining and exciting line-up like this, families are sure to make some great memories this week.

Don't forget to mark your calendar for Mommy Poppins Philadelphia's Summer Brain Quest Kickoff Party at Smith on June 3! Get your tickets today!

New Discovery at Sea Brings Science and Nature Themes to Princess Cruises

Cruises are fun. How can you beat a giant floating resort with entertainment, amusements, unlimited food, and fun at every turn? And that’s just on the ship. My favorite part of a cruise is waking up in a new location to explore.

Now, Princess Cruises is bringing more joy of discovery to your next vacation at sea with a new partnership. Teaming up with Discovery Channel, new Discovery At Sea excursions and on-ship programming bring to life the nature, wildlife, and history of each destination. We were hosted on the Grand Princess, sailing year round from San Francisco, and the first ship to offer the new Discovery at Sea programming.

Summer Festivals and Fairs in Westchester and Lower Hudson Valley

Summer has arrived! (OK, not officially, and certainly not judging by the thermometer.) But with this time of year comes some of the best family-friendly summer festivals and fairs in our area. We’ve rounded up a list of our favorites in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley, all of which include fun activities for kids. Although plans were still being finalized for some of this season’s festivities, we’ll be sure to keep this roster updated as summer progresses.
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Free (or Almost Free) Summer Movies for Families All Over LA

And... action! As summer kicks off, a familiar annual scene is playing out at locations throughout the Southland: the season of free, nearly free, and gloriously cheap outdoor summer movie series has started rolling. At museumsparks, beaches, and malls, indoors and outdoors, in the early morning and by the light of the moon, families can catch both recent blockbusters and timeless classics for free or close to it. (While free is awesome, we think a dollar is still pretty good!)

Below you can find our comprehensive guide to free (and darn close to it) summer movie screenings and festivals. Click on the event names for more details, including movie titles. And keep checking back, because we'll continue to post more listings as they are announced, throughout the 2017 summer movie season.

9 Super Fun Water Parks, Slides, and Pools on Long Island

Slip-slidin’ away! There are few better ways to stay cool this summer on Long Island than to head down a slippery water slide, splash around in a refreshing swimming pool, or get drenched at a water park. That's why we invite you to check out our list of the hottest spots on Long Island where kids and adults can stay cool on even the most sweltering summer days. Check websites for rates and hours. All town pools are open to nonresidents, but they might have to pay a higher entry fee.

Find more fun in our Theme Parks Guide or our Parks & Playground Guide for LI Families.

Did we mention the Besties are here? The Bestie Awards is our reader voting contest celebrating small, local businesses that make parenting on Long Island so wonderful.  Help us choose our finalists by shouting out your favorite places to make, do, eat, learn, and play. Nominate your Besties now.

Best Amusement Parks for Preschoolers in and Near NYC

For young children, a ride on a carousel’s painted pony, a spin with dad around the bumper car track, and a dripping swirl of frozen custard are the stuff summer memories are made of. No need to seek out the latest scary high-tech roller coasters (which means you can cross Luna Park's most scary rides off your list).

Rides that look mild (or frankly, downright boring) to big people usually provide just the right amount of thrills for toddlers and preschoolers. Happily, there are a number of amusement and water parks in or near New York City that offer these kinds of tame attractions. Here's our roundup of theme parks perfect for the pint-sized.

Find more seasonal rides in our Theme and Water Parks Guide for NYC Families.


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