12 Outstanding Outdoor Dining Spots for You and the Kids in Fairfield County

There are two things that every child needs to thrive: fresh air and food. Sure, they also need unconditional love, education, support, etc, etc, etc, but lucky for us, fresh air and food are pretty easy to come by in Fairfield County.  

Some of our first family dining experiences were at outdoor restaurants - the atmosphere just seemed a little bit more relaxed than being stuck inside with a screaming infant.  Take advantage of the extra hours of light this summer by enjoying these outdoor dining experiences. From the traditional lobster roll, to the not-so-traditional walking nachos, to lakefront, to beachfront, Fairfield County has a little bit of everything.  Make sure you check out the Facebook and Instagram accounts of these restaurants to take advantage of special events and menus.

54 Free Outdoor Family Movies This August in NYC

August is seemingly movie month in NYC with free outdoor flicks playing every night. Of course, not all are family-friendly. So who has time to peruse all those different movie calendars to pick out the kid-pleasing titles? We do. Behold: More than 50 FREE outdoor movies this August, most rated G or PG (with a few PG-13 titles for the tweens in your life), organized by date. All you need to do is carve out time in your busy NYC summer schedule and pack a blanket and snacks.

Family-Friendly Hotels on Long Island's East End

If you’ve ever visited the East End of Long Island, you know there is lodging to meet just about every need. There are hotels near fishing resorts, country inns near golf courses and bed-and-breakfasts within walking distance of the North Fork’s celebrated wineries. Families visiting the Hamptons and North Fork have options, too, from chain hotels near kid-favorite attractions to mom-and-pop guesthouses with private beaches and pools. Some of these even have their own mini-golf courses and sports facilities for those who prefer more all-inclusive family entertainment. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Hamptons and North Fork hotels, motels and guesthouses for families. Most are easily accessible from the region’s major roads or via the Long Island Rail Road.

Be advised, however: Lodging on the East End is at a premium during peak months, which are July and August in the Hamptons and August and September on the North Fork. Book early for best prices and monitor lodging websites for last-minute specials. And for ideas on what to do in the area, check out our Hamptons & North Fork Guide.

26 Festivals, Fairs, and Carnivals for Philly Families this August

If visiting a summertime festival, fair or carnival is on your summer bucket list and it has yet to be crossed off, look no further. Here is our round-up of Delaware Valley's August fun. These festivals featuring entertaining live music, delicious foods, rides, and culture will not disappoint. So take a look and be sure to visit some of these events with your family this month.

25 Ways to Cool Off with NJ Kids in the Dog Days of Summer

I absolutely love summer, but do find myself scouting out restaurants and stores with air conditioning as we slowly move into August, due to just a tad of hot weather burnout. Thankfully, New Jersey is home to many (cool!) activities for the whole family during the late and lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. Check out even more activities in our New Jersey Kids Summer Activities Guide.

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Hot Air Balloons, Peaches, Drone Race

As the month of July comes to a close, New Jersey is bursting with summertime fun - get out there and make some warm weather family memories! Festivals abound this time of year, so take the whole gang to the QuickChek Festival of Ballooning, the Just Peachy Festival at Terhune Orchards or the Sweet Corn Festival at Oasis Family Farm. If you need to duck out of the heat for a couple hours, check out the Family-Friendly Paint Party at Bottle & Bottega, catch a kid-friendly performance of "Robin Hood" at the Garden State Discovery Museum or take your little ones for Afternoon Tea with My Doll & Me at Just Bead Yourself. 

For more options, take a look at our full Event CalendarJuly GoList, and our Summer Fun Guide.

Take the Train to These 10 Boston-Area Beaches

With all of the beautiful beaches in New England, spending a day on the sand by the ocean is a popular summer activity. But parking can be really difficult to come by—not to mention very expensive. Luckily there’s a better way: Take the T (or the commuter rail) to the beach! It'll add to the adventure and ensure a day of fun in the sun.

8 NYC Walking Tours for Every Family Interest

Walking tours are a great way for families, both native and tourists, to explore NYC. Whether you tour a neighborhood or borough you don't know well or one you've known forever, you are bound to learn something new while having plenty of fun. In a city as chock-full of life as New York, tour options are available for seemingly every sort of interest. You can take eating tours, check out movie and TV locations, explore nature, get a deeper understanding of Big Apple history and even learn which local wild plants are safe to eat.  

My son and I are big fans of walking tours, particularly ghost tours. We loved the spooky history tour we took in Montreal, and the Colonial-themed ghost tour of Williamsburg, Virginia. But until last summer, we hadn't tried a walking tour in NYC. We fixed that by tramping around the West Village with a Ghost Tour of NYC guide and fellow Mommy Poppins contributor Raven and her daughter. We had a blast and so did our almost-tween kids: We learned which Greenwich Village apartment buildings may be haunted and by what; gleaned some interesting historical tidbits; unearthed the macabre history of Washington Square Park; and discovered you don't have to be a tourist to enjoy a good walking tour.

Looking for more ways to see the city? Check out our Visitors' Guide, which includes reviews of all the city's best sights, places to eat, and stay.

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