Weekend: Battle of Brooklyn, Soap Box Derby and Queens Tennis Fest, August 29-30

With Labor Day and the start to school looming for NYC kids, our days of summer are decidedly limited. But that doesn't mean you can't have a last blast (or two) this final August weekend! Two of our top kid activity picks  for the month are on deck: the annual commemoration of the 239th Anniversary of the Battle of Brooklyn, the largest skirmish in the Revolutionary War, and the US Open kicks off with its Arthur Ashe Kids Day at Flushing-Meadows Corona Park. Or families can see one of the final FringeJr. productions, rock out to a Hot Peas N' Butter concert at the Bronx Zoo or enjoy the massive Brighton Jubilee Festival street fair.   

These are just a few of the great things going on this weekend. All of our best bets are below. You can find additional options in the Mommy Poppins Event Calendar and Summer Fun Guide.

Labor Day and More September Weekend Getaway Deals

September may not seem like the obvious time for a family vacation, but there are excellent travel values this time of year and, with school holiday weekends, it can be a great time for a family getaway. It’s one of the least crowded times to visit Orlando’s theme parks, enjoy the still warm Ft Lauderdale beaches, or journey to Southern California for a Disneyland deal. Consider a staycation in trendy Brooklyn, or explore Chicago. Farther away, luxuriate in Mexico or discover Patagonia. If your plans include London or Paris, a new airline is offering business class fares for a fair price. Once you’re in Europe, score a discount on tours that will escort you to some fascinating sites.

Museum Birthday Parties for Kids in Westchester and Lower Hudson Valley

Sure, sports birthdays are awesome, and your toddler is sure to have a hit at an indoor play space, but why not try something a little different this year and have a party at a museum? Perfect for preschool and older children, museum parties can tap in to a wide range of interests, whether it’s art or animals or outer space.

We’ve gathered a selection of kid-friendly museums that welcome birthday parties in Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley. Be sure to take a look at our Party Planner Guide for even more birthday ideas!

Where to See Stars in Boston with Kids

You can see stars all over Boston. No, we're not talking about spotting Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen at the playground with their kids. The stars we're seeking are in the sky over Boston every night – even if the city lights make them a little difficult to see. Stargazing in the city can be very rewarding if you know where to look and you have access to the right instruments, which is where local observatories and planetariums come in. Take your kids to these places to make the whole family feel closer to the stars. 

20 Great Mini Golf Courses On Long Island

Miniature golf is one of those perfect outings that the entire family can enjoy. And mini golf on Long Island is not like any other typical game of golf, as our picturesque locations alone are worth the trip. Some miniature golf venues are part of larger amusement parks, which offer water slides and other kid-friendly fun. And for more seasonal fun, be sure to check out our Summer Fun Guide.

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Honey Festival, Summer Concerts, Scavenger Hunt, August 29-30

Take advantage of these balmy, glorious summer days while you still can, Jersey! The return of school and schedules will soon be upon us, so make some warm weather memories with the family this weekend: for big family fun check out the Honey Festival at Oasis Farm or the Long Branch Jazz & Blues Festival. For a dose of nature in the great outdoors, round up the troops for a Family Photo Scavenger Hunt at the Haggerty Education Center, the Cape May Family Birding Cruise or Discovery Saturday at the Reeves-Reed Arboretum. Whatever you decide to do this weekend, we hope you enjoy it with family and friends. For even more activity options, check out our Event Calendar and our Summer Fun Guide.

Weekend Fun for LI Families in the Hamptons & North Fork, August 27-August 30

With Labor Day on the horizon, you might assume things would slow down a bit on the East End of Long Island this weekend. That assumption would be  wrong.

This weekend, parents and kids can experience the glamor of the Hampton Classic Horse show, take a railroad trip back in time, catch some fish together and even race a rubber duck or two at the East End’s most recognized landmark, the Big Duck.

So start to get your last licks of summer fun this weekend. Check out our Hamptons and North Fork Family Guide for the best in local entertainment, and with back to school looming be sure to see our Long Island Classes Guide for the best in after-school programs Islandwide.

The Life Aquatic: Exploring SoCal Sea and Marine Creatures with Kids

I  loved our recent bowling post because it was generated by a child’s passion and his mother’s quick response. My daughter is crazy for sea life. She never tires of a trip to the aquarium, and aquariums around these parts certainly are plentiful. While many aquariums offer hands-on opportunities for our young marine biologists, there are other ways to experience sea life in Southern California as well: the sea lions molt in Cambria; tide pools abound; the California Science Center is screening an IMAX movie about humpback whales, and–no surprise to Mommy Poppins readers–the grunion run in San Pedro. Southern California has a plethora of sea animals. This summer, I've been indulging my daughter’s fascination with the life aquatic.

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