Summer Reading Programs Around Fairfield County

Whether your child is in pre-school or high school, the final works from her teacher were probably instructions about making sure to read over the summer in order to avoid the dreaded summer slide. However, with the movie adaptation of Roald Dahl's beloved The BFG to the long awaited publication of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, this summer books are cool again, and it's a fantastic time to get kids excited reading.  Nearly every public library in Fairfield County has some kind of summer reading program in which children can win prizes. Some of these programs require proof of residency in the form of a library card, but there are a wide variety of programs of available for the community at large in libraries and other locations. We've rounded up other educational programs happening over the summer to fight that summer slide but here are some of our favorites to help keep the kids reading:

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Road to Rio, Comic Con, and Lobster, July 23 -24

It's that time of year. That moment when we're just finding our summer groove, only to take a look at the calendar and realize SCHOOL STARTS UP WHEN????  That's right, Mommies and Daddies,  most of us are on the one month countdown, and some of us can count the days utilizing only our own fingers and toes. (Or the toes of our kiddos, which tend to be much cuter.)

This is also that time of year when we wonder, where did all our geek cool friends go? Trekkies and Poke-Goers, it's time once again for Comic Con, San Diego's grand celebration of everything pop culture. 405 to the South and straight on to the Convention Center!

It's one of the several times in the year when we break out the bibs and crack open our lobsters (you can never get enough lobster), the middle of extended season when we can enjoy all manner of outdoor concerts and movies (mostly free), and–wait for it–the once in every four years when we gather to send our athletes off to the Summer Olympic games. Go Team USA!

And now keep reading for that part every week where I tell you my favorite picks for the coming weekend...

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Water Festival, Christmas in July, Smith's Birthday Party July 23-24

As we near the end of July, there is one thing we can all be sure about... it's hot, hot, hot! Many Philly families are looking for ways to cool off with a vacation north, a trip down the shore, or something closer to home. Thankfully, this weekend provides many distractions from the hazy, humid days in the Delaware Valley.

Visit Tyler Arboretum for its Wacky Water Festival to learn about animals who live in the water. Celebrate Christmas in July with a frosty snowstorm provided by the Chalfont Fire Company or visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Storybook Land. Sing happy birthday to Smith Playground as it marks its 117th year. Take a boat ride along the Schuylkill River. Get creative and escape the heat with some indoor fun by building the action figure Thor at a Lowe's near you. Complete the weekend with an outdoor movie under the stars. 

Keep reading for our top weekend picks. Stay cool!

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Mermaid Tea Party, Nature Sundays, July 23-24

We're in the middle of July, but the summer fun is definitely not slowing down. Dig up some fun as an archeologist at The Maritime Explorium this weekend. Or show your singing chops on stage at Nassau's Got Talent at Molloy College. Don't see your event listed here? Add it to our events calendar. And if you don't receive this post in your inbox, subscribe to our newsletter.

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids, July 23-24: Mini Makers and Music Galore

Attention, parents of budding STEM fans! If you've been wanting to check out the Maker craze in Boston with your kids, a golden opportunity awaits at the Mini Maker Faire outside the Boston Children's Museum, where you might even catch a glimpse of BB8 or R2D2. Older kids into technology might also want to play with some sewn circuits, while nature-loving kids might prefer to get out and hunt for some insects. So many great options this weekend!

Young music fans like mine have their pick, too, with everything from the Duxbury Music Festival's Family Fest (pictured) to not one but two jazz festivals to CD release parties featuring Rolie Polie Guacamole and KB Whirly. Finally, for another great way to celebrate a summer weekend, hit the beach for the largest Sand Sculpting Festival around right on the Blue Line.

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

  • Feeling spooky? These 25 Things to Do in Salem include both witchy and non-witchy activities.
  • Open up the communication lines at home about race with these fantastic books for kids of all different ages.
  • Elyse shares the best ways to experience the water on the Charles River

Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to check out the full Event Calendar!

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Jazz Festival, Sand Castle Tournament

A bounty of festivals and outdoor arts continues this weekend for Westchester and Hudson Valley families, with a mix of live performances, carnival action and a few twists.

The Orange County Fair, first held in 1840, has thrills and chills of various sorts. Just about anything presented at Caramoor is usually worth a visit, with the added perk of the gorgeous grounds your family can explore; this weekend also enjoy the return of the annual Jazz Festival.

At Arts in the Amphitheater: Theater Nights, actors respond to audience prompts by performing a segment from any work of Shakespeare that’s called out. All ages are encouraged to think like an artist at Family Day. And nothing says summer like the annual Sand Castle Competition.

Read on for more details and more great options to choose from—then consult our Event Calendar for our daily selection of activities. Also consult our Summer Fun Guide to help you identify resources for every aspect of the season!

Weekend Fun: The Hills, Free Kids Theater, Sprinkler Day

This weekend, take a trip to activity-packed Governors Island to check out the newly opened Hills section and zoom down that giant mega-slide! Other weekend fun includes inspiring family cultural events like Lincoln Center's Out of Doors Family Day and this year's free TheaterworksUSA show, Junie B Jones Essential Survival Guide to School. Also, the Arm of the Sea Theater will be bringing their oversized puppets to Central Park. Bonus: It's all FREE.

We've also got details on kite building on Staten Island, Bug Day in Queens, and Asphalt Green's annual Sprinkler Day on the Upper East Side. You can find lots more family fun in our Summer Fun Guide, including our review of Westchester's historic Playland Park, SplashDown Beach water park in the Hudson Valley, and even some clever ideas to combat kids' summer brain-drain. And if you're just interested in staying cool on this hot summer weekend, explore a new-to-you pool, beach, or water-filled playground.

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 our Event Calendar.

8 Bilingual and Immersion Programs for Westchester Preschoolers

A growing number of parents are enrolling their preschoolers in foreign-language programs in an effort to expose them to a second language early on. Multi-lingualism and immersion programs may offer cognitive advantages to kids, and many preschools are incorporating second languages into their curriculum to accommodate the heightened interest.

We've rounded up a list of preschools in Westchester that teach a second language. If you're searching for more preschool information, be sure to take a look at our specialized Preschool Guide

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