40 Things To Do with Kids on a Rainy Day at the Jersey Shore

The Jersey Shore is known for its gorgeous beaches, of course, and outdoor entertainment like boardwalk fun. But not every summer day can turn into a sunny beach day. What happens to the family fun when it rains? Beach houses, no matter how grand, start to feel pretty small when you are stuck indoors.

Fortunately, there are plenty of indoor spots to explore along the shore. From Asbury Park to Cape May, we've put together a list of shore activities that will get you off the beach and out of your condo. So whether the rain is spoiling your beach day, you need a day out of the sun, or just a change from the sand and surf, we have you covered.

For more entertaining activities this season, check our list of 70 Best Things To Do at the Shore all summer.

Weekday Picks: Lawn Games, Comic Con, and Marvel Action Heroes, July 17-21

Looking for a twist on Family Game Night? Two events on Friday can help by bringing the fun and games outdoors. Orange County Great Park invites families to take part in Friday Night Lawn Games, where croquet, bocce ball, ladder ball, and other favorites are set up on the Balloon Lawn for all to enjoy. Also that evening, the City of Santa Monica's Pop Up Park Night offers cornhole, disc golf, tug of war, and other games at Clover Park.

Thursday marks the start of two action hero-packed events: Comic-Con 2017 in San Diego and the last Southern California run of Marvel Universe Live in Anaheim. Of course, Comic-Con doesn't just feature action heroes; it's a four-day celebration of comic books, movies, TV, video games, anime, and other pop-culture phenomena. Many revelers come decked out in wildly imaginative costumes that give Halloween some serious competition, making for an extravagant show within a show. As for the Marvel event, families can watch Spider-Man and the Avengers team up with the Guardians of the Galaxy to fight evil.

Once you check out our picks for the week, head over to the Mommy Poppins Event Calendar and monthly GoList to help plan some more fun for the family.

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Outdoor Theater, City Splash, and Mobile Red Sox; July 17-21

With kids in tow, it can be hard—not to mention pricey—to make it to the theater, a lake vacation, or a professional baseball game. But a beautiful thing about this week (other than the weather looking up, of course), is that some of these attractions are coming to a regular old neighborhood near you...for free! On Monday, the dynamic theater group Liars and Believers bring their wacky physical comedy to a Cambridge elementary school playground. The next day, families with older kids aren't just allowed—but encouraged—to descend on the Esplanade and splash around the Charles. On Wednesday, baseball fans can have an interactive Red Sox experience in East Boston. 

If you're looking to soak up the sunshine this week, consider a picnic dinner (with singalongs) on the loveliest lawn in J.P., or a stop at a world-class sand sculpture contest (before the weekend crowds descend). There are loads of other ways to stretch your legs and get your sillies out; just check out our Events Calendar, which we update daily.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Mary Poppins, Fondue, Eww…Gross!

Summer weekdays are a great time to pile on the fun, and this week there are plenty of ways to do so!

Hailing from Carnegie Hall is a performance by the National Youth Orchestra, which will be recorded for playback on National Public Radio. Also inspiring is a showing of the environmentally conscious and humorous film Oddball. For less high-brow entertainment, sink low at Eww...Gross!

There's more! Read on for details plus a lot more fun to choose from. Then visit our Event Calendar and sign up for our newsletters to stay in the know!

Weekday Fun: Crafts, Outdoor Movies, and Street Festivals

Some kids might be in camp, but that doesn't mean the fun slows down here on Long Island.

From movies under the stars to foot-stomping musicals, there is plenty of kid- and adult-friendly fun happening all over the Island. For a more complete look at what's gong on this month, check out our July GoList or read through our list of 50 free things to do with kids this summer and our Summer Fun Guide.

Weekday Fun: County Farm Fair, Free Movies, Beach Party

Revel in summertime splendor this week with festive fairs and free movies galore. Fairs and festivals are popping up everywhere, including Cape May’s Carnival on the Lawn, Jersey City’s Newport Beach Party & Concert, and Burlington County Farm Fair.

No need to fork over money for movies this week: There are tons of free showings, including MPAC Summer Film Series, Big Thursday: Summer Nights in Rahway, and Jenkinson’s Movies on the Beach.

Read on for our best children's events the week of July 17–21, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and July GoList for even more hot-weather happenings.

Weekday Fun: Pete the Cat, Acrobats, Tim Kubart in Concert

New York City kids love the summer whiplash between indoor and outdoor events, and this week whips and lashes like a rollercoaster: three indoor productions begin, including the beloved, annual, and FREE Pete the Cat by Theatreworks starting on Wednesday, July 19. See our guide to the best summer theater for kids, some of it also FREE.

Outdoor concerts abound, too: there's a free Tim Kubart show in Chelsea on Monday, July 17, or local favorite City Stompers, with Appalachian fiddle music, on Staten Island on Thursday, July 20. For more, check out our guide to free outdoor music for kids this summer. 

Looking to get out? We have 30 summer day trips for you. Itching to get out on the water? See our survey of the best boat rides around the city. For more fun, check out our July GoList, as well as our action-packed Summer Fun Guide. Meanwhile, our Event Calendar grows and grows.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: S'mores, Skies, Kidchella July 17-21

By now, Philly families may be starting to hear the most dreaded phrase of the summer... I'm bored. Combat a mid-summer slump by exploring our jam-packed event calendar.

This week provides so many exciting, educational, and engaging options for little ones, school aged kids, tweens, and teens. Younger children can make crafts at Monkey Fish Toys or Lume Creative Learning Studio, explore American Swedish Historical Museum during Toddler Time, listen to stories among the animals or in an enchanted woods, or dance the day away at Kidchella. Older children can volunteer at Riverbend, participate in a social justice book discussion, rock out at an outdoor concert, or stay up late to watch the night sky. For some family fun, take a spin on a carnival ride or watch an outdoor movie.

Avoid boredom by browsing our list of 100 free things to do this summer. Make it a great week!


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