25 Things To Do in Provincetown With Kids

Cape Cod is a classic summer destination for Boston families, but getting there can mean hours spent in the car. Not so if you head to Provincetown at the very end of the Cape—taking the fast ferry from Boston will have you there in no time. And once you’re back on dry land, there’s so much to do, from beaches and biking to kid-friendly restaurants. Here are our 25 top picks for family activities in P-Town.

Best Lincoln Center Area Restaurants for Families

Though many of the restaurants and cafés surrounding Lincoln Center might seem too upscale for family dining or a quick, inexpensive snack, there are plenty of affordable, kid-friendly eats hidden in plain sight. As a plus, most of these places cater to the pre-theater crowd, know local productions and schedules, and are more than happy to make sure you're in and out with time to spare before the curtain rises. Whether you're in the neighborhood for a concert, the ballet, or just to check out the famous fountain, here are our favorite spots to grab a bite without breaking the bank—or your patience.

Find more great kid-friendly eateries in our NYC restaurant guide.

CORNucopia at Philipsburg Manor: A-Maize-ing Family Fun

Labor Day weekend ushers in the return of one of our favorite fall festivals, CORNucopia. The annual festival at Philipsburg Manor in the picturesque Sleepy Hollow is filled with all manner of old-fashioned corn(y) fun set in the 18th century. Not sure about the fun factor at an event devoted to corn? You’ll be a-maize-d! My family and I attended last year and can't wait to return. Expect corny—and quality—fun, from music to corn-shucking contests.

Day Trip to Van Saun Park: 10 Things to Do with Kids

Looking for an outdoor play adventure beyond the local playground? Make Bergen County’s Van Saun Park your family’s day trip destination. My own family makes this hour-away journey a few time a year, and it never disappoints. With its massive playground, splash pad, carousel and train rides, plus a zoo, a trip to Van Saun almost feels like a theme park visit (minus the admission fee). The playground and zoo are open year-round, while some of the activities, such as the rides, are seasonal (April through October). A little tip-- there’s plenty of parking, but weekends get pretty crowded; you may want to arrive early. Please note that admission to Van Saun Park is free, including the playground and splash pad, but some features do require an additional fee, as noted. Here are 10 awesome things to do on your next Van Saun Park adventure:

26 Ways To Keep Enjoying Summer after School Begins

Whether you're relieved by the quiet or disturbed by the abrupt ending, most LA families are using those three little words (back to school) a whole lot earlier these days. Of course, dropping our kids off at school doesn't change the weather; there might be no child left behind at the beach, but it's still summer until close to Halloween. So if your family is not yet ready for summer to end, pick a few items off our Endless Summer List and go have some fun while the sun still shines!

10 Underrated NYC Parks You Don't Want to Miss

Central Park, Prospect Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park—even if you only just arrived in NYC, we probably don't need to tell you that these are all must-see green spaces. Yet, according to the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation, 14 percent of the city is parkland—that's more than 30,000 acres!

So if you're looking for a new-to-you outdoor destination to explore, we've got 10 off-the-beaten-path parks worth putting on your NYC family bucket list. Some are massive and boast a wide array of attractions for all seasons; others are small but picturesque and host popular annual events for families. Don't worry if you can't make it to all of these before school starts—we have at least a few more months of fair weather ahead!

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Fiesta La Ballona, LA Birthday, Cardboard Regatta, August 27 -28

We are now in the thick of back to school. (If you're not back to school yet, what are you, living on the East Coast? Or just in the South Bay?) Instead of summer weekends filled with free concerts and movies, it's time to shift gears to weekends filled with free concerts and movies. Hoping for free festivals at the beach? Ha! Afraid you'll have to settle for a free festival at the beach this weekend. And remember all that free theater this summer was known for? Guess what you get this weekend: free theater (and consider yourself lucky for that!).

It's not all bad: apparently when the sun goes down, the stars come out. And unlike jam-packed summer weekends when we can only fit a fraction of the events in our newsletter, this weekend, you'll find a fraction of the events in our newsletter. (The rest our on our handy dandy calendar, of course.)

Enjoy this quiet weekend with lots to do; we'll be hitting the non-stop candy-corn-to-candy-cane holiday run soon enough. (Sorry, not sorry!)

Keep reading for our picks for this never a dull moment weekend...

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