Woof! PAW Patrol Live Coming to Houston

Pups! PAW Patrol is headed to the stage for a live national tour hitting 90 U.S. cities, including Houston, and tickets go on sale to the general public Monday, May 22, 2017. The hit Nickelodeon animated show featuring a pack of curious and adventure-loving dogs opens in November.

PAW Patrol Live! Race to the Rescue, a Nickelodeon and VStar Entertainment Group (the same folks behind Sesame Street Live) co-production, will rely on live actors in costumes, although producers tell us that it will also incorporate the popular Bunraku puppet styling. The “pups” will sing and dance on all four legs.

Read on for more details on this new brand-new children’s theater production.

Free Outdoor Summer Movies for Philly Families

Enjoying an outdoor movie under the stars should be on every family's summer bucket list in Philadelphia. Watching an alfresco film on a big screen is a relaxing way to spend a balmy evening with family and friends. Bonus: All of these flicks are free!

Films usually begin at dusk, but be sure to arrive early to stake out a good spot. Some series offer music or other live entertainment before the movie, and a few even provide free popcorn. So pack some snacks, a blanket (and bug spray, too), sit back, relax and enjoy the show at one of these outdoor summer movie series in or near Philadelphia.

Strawberries and Cherries and Stone Fruit, Oh My! Pick Your Own Berries in LA & OC

There is something magical about picking your own food. If you want to "get back to the land" within an hour of Los Angeles, there are myriad opportunities to go live a farmer's life for just a few hours and come home with your basket overflowing with berries. Whether you prefer strawberries, cherries, or stone fruit, picking your own berries is a fun (and tasty!) family activity that keeps on giving. Just three caveats: 1. Be sure to check the farm's hours and availability before heading out, as current conditions dictate the seasons; 2. Farms may charge small admission fees, and 3. Bring cash to pay for your harvest, because many places don't accept checks or credit. Then slather on the sun screen, don a wide-brimmed hat, and don't wear white, and bon appetit!

Weekday Picks: Strawberries, Fiesta Days, & Hello Kitty Meets the Dodgers

There's a whiff of summer in the air. And along with the longer days and warmer weather come annual events like the Garden Grove Strawberry Festival, the second largest city festival in the West, and La Canada's Fiesta Days, celebrating Spanish heritage and the arrival of summer. Speaking of summer, Hello Kitty is teaming up with the original Boys of Summer, the Dodgers, for Hello Kitty Night at Dodger Stadium this week.

To start making your plans for summer, check out our Summer Activities Guide, which includes the lowdown on parks and playgrounds with water features in LA, as well as similar splash parks in OC, and the 10 best beaches for kids and families, and more!

Still want more? There's always more! Check out our Mommy Poppins Event Calendar and picks for May in our GoList

Our picks for this week follow...

Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Puppet Palooza, Swords, and Flag Garden; May 22-26

Thanks to all the smart cookies who joined me, Peppa Pig and PAW Patrol's Marshall at Bedford's Learning Express to do brainy games with Summer Brain Quest. It was a blast to see so many kids excited about learning—and about summerThis week gives us more reasons to get out of the house and learn something new. There are pop-up puppets telling classic fairy tales north of the river, and an event celebrating swords throughout history in the 'burbs. A beloved toy store will teach children about the Jewish holiday of Shavout through stories, and a South Shore museum will show kids how dirt is beneficial to a variety of critters and creatures. At week's end, parents can help kids absorb the meaning of Memorial Day through just the sort of visual display that children respond to: a breathtaking garden of flags planted in Boston Common. Have a great week, and take a peek at our Events Calendar for more fun ideas.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Country Fair, Memorial Day Crafts

While organized activities sometimes slow down before a holiday, there’s loads of fun in store in anticipation of Memorial Day weekend.

Don’t miss the second annual Country Fair as American as apple pie (pie-baking contest included!) and a local fundraiser, to boot. But first, get your holiday gear ready at a workshop where your kids can make a Memorial Day baton. For more art fun, take the mess outside at a splattering painting workshop that educates kids about the style of Jackson Pollock (bare feet recommended).

Read on for more on these and our other top picks—most of which are FREE. Our Event Calendar has many more offerings, so head there next. Sign up for our weekly newsletters to receive our highlights for Memorial Day weekend and beyond!

Help us choose our Besties and be entered to win one of two terrific prizes: a  a two night stay for four at the Great Wolf Lodge in the Pocono Mountains or a family four-pack of admission tickets to Quassy Amusement Park and Waterpark in Middlebury, Connecticut.  Vote today!

Take the Subway to NYC Beaches: Coney, Rockaway, Orchard Beach

Fourteen miles of sparkling sand and crashing waves can be found in four of the five boroughs (sorry river-locked Manhattan), which is good news for NYC families. Because as much as we enjoy hitting the Jersey Shore, Fire Island, and other Long Island beaches, we're not big fans of renting cars and sitting in traffic.

New York City's beaches are just a subway, bus, or ferry ride away. From the "Bronx Rivera" to iconic Coney Island and the Rockaways, these urban seasides often offer just about everything suburban beaches do except the out-of-town commute.

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