Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Camping, Festivals, and Fireworks, June 24-25

It is officially summer so we've dusted off our beach chairs and stocked up on a supply of sunscreen. We're ready for some adventures! This weekend, we might hit a beach party with fireworks in East Haven, catch the kickoff of one of our favorite summer concert series with a performance by the McLovins at Bayley Beach in picturesque Rowayton, or spend the night at the New Canaan Nature Center, a fun and easy camping experience for even very young children.

Believe it or not, fireworks season begins this weekend with displays in Danbury,  Branford, Hebron, Coventry, and Bridgeport, to name just a few. As we count down to the July 4th holiday, families can find a little historical context at the 17th Century Encampment at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum.

As always, for the latest and greatest happenings across the state, check out our Event Calendar, which is constantly updated with new listings. To keep up with everything going on in CT, subscribe to our free newsletters, and follow us on Facebook, Instagram,  Twitter, and Pinterest. Have a fabulous weekend!

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Festivals, Fairs, Carnivals, Concerts

Summer has officially arrived, and there is no shortage of ways for families to celebrate this weekend in Westchester and the Hudson Valley!

One of our top picks for June is the return of the American Roots Music Festival, a full day and evening of performances by both established and up-and-coming artists in a bucolic outdoor setting. For a totally different genre, try Music of the Caribbean—also outdoors and totally FREE.

Other items on tap this weekend include a couple seasonal fairs and festivals—including the Palisades Fair, highlights of which include hypnotists and other eyebrow-raising attractions—and the cultural African American Heritage Celebration. Family Day offers a flower-themed combination of activities in a museum setting,

More of our top picks are below and many more events are on our Event Calendar. If you haven't done so already, sign up for our weekly newsletters and follow us on Facebook!

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Freaky Friday, Wizard of Oz, June 24-25

Two words to describe this coming weekend: HOT and WET. We are definitely not looking forward to this weekend's weather but don't worry, we have the perfect list of things to do indoors. You can enjoy family-friendly performances like Freaky Friday or The Wizard of Oz and forget about what's going on outside for at least a couple of hours. Are you still planning your summer adventures? Don't forget to include this list of 30 free things to do this summer, enjoy a festival or two, or maybe head southeast and check out the newly renovated aquarium at Moody Gardens

Also on Mommy Poppins this week:

Summer is in full swing! Check out our June GoList or the complete event calendar to find the best things to do this month. Did you know can also submit your own events? Have this post delivered straight to your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletter!

Now let's check out what's going on this weekend: 

Weekend Fun: Cyclone Party, Pride, Boogie on the Boulevard

On the first, official weekend of summer, events for New York City kids include scores of outdoor options, from Pollinators Weekend in the Bronx at Wave Hill to the Hydrangea Hurrah in Manhattan's Madison Square Park. The Backlot Arts Festival gets going in Astoria with fun stuff held both indoor and out. In Chelsea, kids can check out the first installment of the free "Make It!" series on The High Line. 

If the humidity is still through the roof, check out our guide to nine play fountains where NYC kids can get totally soaked, or you can always swipe for a subway ride to the beach. Heck, take 'em whale watching! There are plenty of festivals and fairs going on, too, and of course, FREE outdoor movies.

New York City also loves a great parade, and the New York City Pride March is a great one, running from Midtown to Greenwich Village on Sunday. It's one of the highlights of our June GoList, which is reaching its final weeks of utility before we unveil our packed July GoList.

As always, our event calendar grows and grows, and our Summer Fun Guide is packed with events for your longer-term planning needs, including what's in store for Macy's July 4th fireworks show.

Weekend Fun: Long Island FunFest, Mud Day, Ice Cream

Rev up for some good times at Long Island FunFest, held on the sprawling campus of Suffolk County Community College. Investigate the wonders of nature as you enjoy Old Westbury Whodunits within the grounds of Old Westbury Gardens. Get as dirty as you can during Sweetbriar Nature Center's Mud Day.

Check out our June GoList for the best family events all month. For more seasonal activities, pop over to our Summer Fun Guide or our day trips guide. For more family adventures, check out our guides to Long Island playgrounds or amusement parks and water parks.

Of course, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids. Don't see a great event here? Add it to our calendar yourself

Free Outdoor Kids Music Concert Series in NYC This Summer

While lots of New York City's fantastic seasonal events are kid appropriate, children hold a special place in their hearts for music. And what's better than not just one but a series of spectacular, outdoor, family-friendly and FREE music performances?

It's likely that your neighborhood parks, playgrounds, piers and plazas right around the corner have a kiddie-filled line-up throughout the summer, so scroll, click, and set reminders with your favorites. With top family bands playing annual series like Mad. Sq. Kids and SummerStage Family Workshops, you're sure to find something everyone can wiggle to from one week to the next. We've already told you about the great concerts playing in June for NYC kids, and now we're rounding up the rest of the summer with concerts in July and August to keep the kids grooving all summer!

For specific family concert picks, check out our roundups of the best performances, or you can find even more family fun in our jam-packed Summer Guide.

See How It's Made: Best Factory Tours Near Philadelphia

There's something so cool about seeing how things are made. Whether it's going behind the scenes at Crayola, watching yummy chocolate being poured into molds, or seeing coins minted, it's really intriguing to see everyday items take shape. There are plenty of great places in the area where you can do just that. Read on to see our favorite factory tours and find out how things are made!

Free Summer Mini Camps at Apple Arrive in NJ

If you've got an 8-12 year-old interested in STEM or movie-making, hurry up and run to the nearest computer; Apple just opened registration for its FREE summer mini camps in coding and more STEM subjects.

The mini sessions, which run over three consequetive days, are offered at a dozen Apple store locations throughout New Jersey and are 100% free, so slots are going fast.

For more summer camp ideas, check out our New Jersey Summer Camp Guide and Directory.


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