Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Fairs, Dinosaurs, and Tomatoes, August 20-21

With the weather forecast for this weekend looking a little more reasonable, I'm hoping to tear the kids away from their back-to-school homework packets (a little parenting humor—they are only too happy to be torn away!) to have one more summer adventure. Will it be an agricultural fair in Bridgewater or Somers or an oyster festival in Milford or Stonington or a Dragon Boat Festival in Hartford

My more dramatically inclined child might enjoy the picnic-friendly outdoor production of Taming of the Shrew and we could probably all benefit from this bike safety event in Enfield. As we have wrested some of our backyard tomatoes from the claws of our neighborhood groundhog, perhaps the Tomato Tasting at Ambler Farm will inspire some new recipe ideas. 

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 Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest

Have a great weekend!

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Pow-Wow, RibFest, Campout

There's something for every taste this weekend in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, with a variety of offerings for all ages.

Celebrate Native American culture at the Nimham Pow Wow and Jewish heritage at the Jewish Music & Arts Festival. For entertainment, an original tragi-comedy awaits at Hudson Valley Shakespeare Family Show - So Please You, and a straight-up comedy at The Muppet Movie. If your future star is looking for performance experience (or to combat stage fright), sign them up for Kids' Open Mic Night.

Read on for more details and additional options. 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, so check back often to keep your kids engaged this summer!

Weekend Fun: Sand Sculpting, Art, Kite Fest, Family Field Day

We survived the heat wave! Now there's more summer fun in NYC headed our way (and slightly less sweaty temps) for the weekend. Hit Coney Island for the annual sand sculpting contest or enjoy the sounds and street performances of the first-ever Busker Festival. Head uptown for high-flying kite festival in Riverside Park, Harlem Day festivities or over to Park Ave for the final installment of the activity-packed car-free Summer Streets. Speaking of automobiles, Volkswagen Beetles take over Governors Island for the annual "traffic jam." Find more outdoor fun at Long Island City's art-filled block party and the final family field day of the season at Brooklyn Bridge Park

If you're just looking to stay cool, try one of these destination-worthy FREE NYC splash pads. Or stay local with sprinklers in the Bronx or Queens. (If you're in Queens, be sure to sample some of the tastiest ice cream the borough has to offer to further melt away the last of the summer heat.) Plus, our Summer Fun Guide is packed with lots of seasonal attractions like mini-golf coursesamusement and water parkscarousels, and lots of free summer-only activities. Catch them while you can!

Heading to the Long Island beaches this week or Labor Day weekend? We've got suggestions for the most fun places to stop along the way with kids, plus kid-friendly hotels, and even a recommendation or two on where to pitch a tent.

Read on for all of our best bets for this weekend, August 20-21 in NYC. You can find additional options for family fun in our Event Calendar.

10 Fun Ice Cream Joints in New Jersey

What is it about summer that makes even the most uptight parent want to bend the rules a bit? Like healthy dinner rules? How about ice cream for dinner? Go ahead....we won't tell. As temperatures sore to sweltering heights, and we look for new ways to cool down, ice cream has become a must-have. And as luck would have it, our state has some delicious ice cream joints!

Whether you’re looking to dazzle your taste buds with a quirky flavor or go for an old-fashioned milkshake, we've rounded up a list of amazing ice cream shops that will have New Jersey kids and parents celebrating all that is summer.

Bronx Park with Kids: Playgrounds, Zoo, Gardens, Skate Park

Bronx Park might not be the borough's largest park (that honor goes to Pelham Bay Park), but we think it probably has more fun kid stuff to do per square foot than any other. It boasts 700-plus acres and features several of the city's very top family attractions, including the Bronx Zoo, New York Botanical Garden, the Bronx River, and plenty of playgrounds, green space, and bike paths to keep kids entertained. The park is accessible by car or public transit, making it an ideal location for a day trip or afternoon outing, especially in the summer but really, anytime. Visitors might be surprised by just how diverse Bronx Park is, but locals know it's truly a hidden gem. Read on for the best things to do in Bronx Park with kids.

Family-Friendly Day Trips to Pennsylvania's Waterfalls

With fall just around the corner, and the cooler weather that comes with it, families are eager to venture out of their air conditioned homes for crisp air, beautifully changing leaves, and outdoor fun without the mosquitos and humidity. What better way to see the natural beauty of Pennsylvania than a day trip to one of this state's many enchanting waterfalls? We've compiled a list of some of the best waterfalls within a reasonable drive of Philly. Taking into account families with younger kids, all of these waterfalls are easily accessible from the road or with just a short walk on easy-to-navigate trails.

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Jazz Festival, Airplanes, Peaches

Celebrate all that is summer this August weekend with some big family fun! Check out the delicious Peach & Nectarine Festival at Oasis Family Farm, brave the Paranormal Pursuits event at Historic Cold Spring Village or listen to music outdoors during the Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival. If you and the kiddos need a little break from the heat, head to an out-of-this-world 'Mousetronaut' storytime at the NJ State Museum or Nature Storytime at Tenafly Nature Center. Five of our events are FREE this weekend! 

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

Summer Bucket List: 25 Things to Do in NYC Before School Starts

With August upon us and the start of a new school year looming, my kids and I are in a panic about all the things we haven't yet crossed off our NYC summer bucket list.

Sure, we've had a lot of fun tooling around the city, enjoying our local swimming pool, and honing the kids' soccer and tennis skills through the City Parks Foundation's amazing FREE programs, but there are plenty of other great activities we haven't gotten to. So as a reminder to us and to you, we've crafted this list of 25 things to do before summer ends. Some are summer-only events happening all month; others are one-time-only affairs, so read on and get ready to dive in before the summer sun sets!

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