Weekend Fun for Boston Kids August 13-14: Comic Con, Wild Animals, Free Concerts

Cosplay fans unite! This is your weekend with Boston Comic Con in town, and along with it the opportunity to bring the kids along to meet some industry celebrities and attend their panels. It's also another great summer weekend for free outdoor concerts around Boston, including one with the philharmonic and another with some Latin jazz.

There are also fantastic opportunities this weekend to get out and take a closer look at our own surroundings. Some teens have been doing just that in the city, and their work is highlighted in a new exhibit. More nature-minded kids can learn about wild animals in the neighborhood (pictured). Finally, if you've ever wondered how you and your family can give back by volunteering, you might want to give a one-shot activity a try to see how it goes. As with all volunteering, every little bit helps.

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

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Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Golf, Festivals, and Pie Eating Contests, August 13-14

Don't fret over back-to-school shopping just yet. There are still plenty of summer vacation days left for outdoor movies, building sand castles, going camping, or visiting one more museum.

If you're not racing to the beach this weekend, let the kids Race Against Time in Cheshire as you make things fly, bounce, transform, and soar. For a fashionably good time, girls might be interested in the Eco-Couture Series in New Haven, or take the entire family to see the Northwest CT Idol 2016

To see what else is happening around the state, browse the Mommy Poppins Family Events Calendar. For the latest and best family-friendly events, subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Fireman's Carnival, Corn Festival

Here’s hoping you’re staying in town this weekend, ’cause there’s plenty for families to do in Westchester and the Hudson Valley!

For one, it’s a great time to visit the New York Renaissance Faire, as there are perks for kids—including free admission and a costume contest! Catch a charity softball game featuring former players from the New York Yankees and New York Giants (in addition to a baseball game, entertainment and more) at Rockland Boulders Beach Day. The South Salem Fire Department's Carnival is in town, featuring rides, games and food. Participate in a multi-site citizens’ science project at the Great Hudson Estuary Fish Count or mingle with artists performing their crafts at Artists on the Street.

Read on for more details on our top weekend picks—many of which are FREE. Planning the rest of the summer? Check out our August GoList for our top picks for the month. And remember to check out the extensive weekday and weekend events we've captured in our Event Calendar!

Morristown Game Vault: Classic Gaming, Pinball, and Family Fun

For those of us who remember dashing into the video arcade with our permed hair and stirrup pants to see who had the high score on Frogger, there are two pieces of good news: First, all those vintage games are cool again, and secondly, they're right around the corner in New Jersey—and we don't mean down the Shore on the boardwalk.

The Morristown Game Vault opened earlier this year with Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Q-Bert, and 85 other classics, and it's quickly becoming the hot spot for both nostalgic parents and their hip kids. My family recently spent a happy afternoon pinballing, joysticking, and button-pressing at this wonderful new family fun zone. Read on for the highlights.

Weekend Fun: FringeJR, Free Music, Squirt Guns, Summer Streets

It's a big weekend for NYC families with five of our top picks for the month taking place! The International Fringe Festival opens this week with a pair of family shows: Where the Mountain Meets the Moon and Amelia and Her Paper Tigers. Get soaked at Coney Island's giant squirt gun battle or enjoy the final SummerStage Family Day for the year, with music by the soulful band Shine and the Moonbeams. Also on tap, the All American Drive-In at Historic Richmond Town wraps with a screening of Jaws and if you couldn't make it last weekend, this Saturday is the second installment of Summer Streets in Manhattan.

Looking for more weekend fun? The American Museum of Natural History's Secret World Inside You exhibit closes Sunday. Find more children's museums and must-see kid art in our NYC Museum Guide. And if the rainy weekend forecast has you down, try some of these indoor play spaces around the city or one of these 50 indoor activity ideas.

We've also profiled a number of day trip and weekend getaway ideas for NYC families lately, including a weekend in Beantown, a cool trip to Hyde Park to explore where Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt called home, and day at the just-opened New York Renaissance Fair in Sterling Forest. You can find lots more family-friendly destinations in our Day Trip and Travel Guide.

Check out our Summer Fun Guide and August GoList for more weekend options and don't forget to peruse our Summer Slide Guide for ideas to keep the kids learning throughout the rest of summer break. Read on for all of our best bets for the weekend. You can find additional options in our Event Calendar.

Philly Fitness Centers and Gyms that Offer Childcare

Working out is hard. It's ten times harder if you've got kids climbing all over you, or whining for snacks and screen time, or just plain crying. Let's be honest, we could all use a little time for ourselves anyway. For your health, and your sanity, check out one of these great gyms in the city that offer childcare. Drop your kids off for a morning of fun and play, while you sweat it out.

High-Tech Family Fun: 5 Ways Technology Can Be Family Time

My family has been having a great summer and making use of several ideas from our Ultimate Summer Play List along the way; it's hard to believe we're already more than halfway through the season. We've cooled off with water games, revisited classic backyard games from our childhoods, and turned childhood stories into family games. Of course, most plans we make involve asking someone to put down an electronic device (and give the poor, hounded Pokemon a rest). Wouldn't it be great if we could put those phones and tablets to more enriching use? Maybe even use them for some family playtime?

Ask and ye shall receive: check out these five ideas for exercising minds and thumbs together.

Vocal and Dance Classes for Kids in the Hartford Area

Do, re, mi, fa…so your years spent singing the alphabet song and twinkle twinkle has instilled a love for music in your child? If they aspire to be the next Justin Bieber then signing your child up for singing or dancing classes might be a good idea. Lucky for you, there are many voice and dance instructors in the Hartford County area that can help  your talented performer progress.

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