Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Strawberries, History, Festivals June 4-5

Can you believe it is June already? It seems like Philadelphia went from cold and rainy to summertime temperatures overnight! With warmer weather settling in, consider spending your weekend at one of the fantastic opportunities throughout the Delaware Valley.

If you like strawberries, you are in luck. Brandywine Strawberry Festival, Shady Brook Farm, Linvilla Orchards and Plymouth Meeting Friends School are all hosting strawberry festivals this weekend. Is your family interested in history? If so, step back in time with a visit to Elfreth's Alley or Pennypacker Mills. On the other hand, perhaps your family is looking for musical entertainment. If that is the case, explore a street festival in West Chester or a block party in Philadelphia. For nature types, visit a local park to celebrate National Trails Day. But, be sure to keep tabs on the weather as some clouds appear in the forecast.

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Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Mini Maker Faire, HarborFest, Strawberry Festival, June 4-5

Get creative this weekend and join the movers and shakers at the Eastern Long Island Mini Maker Faire at The Maritime Explorium. Families can also use the great outdoors to Make a Nature Game at South Fork Natural History Museum & Nature Center, enjoy sweet fun (and food) at the Nassau County Strawberry Festival in Bellmore or land ho at the HarborFest in Port Washington.

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Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Hubbub and World Oceans Day, June 4-5

What's all the Hubbub? My book-loving family is looking forward to finding out at the festival for kids presented by the Boston Book Festival (pictured). With performances, hands-on activities, and visits from characters like Olivia and Wimpy Kid author Jeff Kinney, this event has something for everyone. Other fantastic (and free) activities going on this weekend include concerts indoors and out, along with a celebration of the world's oceans outside of the Aquarium. Speaking of free, now's the time to start filling the family calendar with all the cool freebies going on this summer, starting with some excellent choices in June

This is also a great weekend to catch a performance, with shows around town featuring an ogre, a prequel, and various acts during a two-day celebration of Ireland. Other perfect outdoor activities for families include a parade or a nature festival featuring some feathered friends.

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

  • With the summerlike weather in Boston, you'll want to take a note of these great local picnic spots for families.
  • Read Roberta's review of the new movie, Through the Looking Glass, before taking the kids.
  • Our June GoList, highlighting the top things to do with kids in and around Boston this month, is ready to go.
  • Just in time for summer trips to the pool and beach, we have must-read water safety tips.

Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to check out the full Event Calendar!

Weekend Fun: 11 Free Kid Festivals, Little Red Lighthouse

Watch out NYC: This weekend is packed with a dozen fantastic family festivals for the kids, including the Figment Arts Festival on Governors Island, World Science Festival's Street Science and Hippo Playground's annual fundraiser. Find even more in our June festivals roundup.

Beyond festivals, families can visit the New-York Historical Society for its second family celebration surrounding The Art and Whimsy of Mo Willems exhibit; catch the soulful Shine and the Moonbeams in a FREE concert; visit NYC's own Little Red Lighthouse; enjoy the opening of the 60th season of Stories at the Statue; and watch FREE family films in NYC parks.

These are just a few of the great things going on this weekend. All of our best bets are below. As always, you can find additional options in our Event Calendar and our Summer Fun Guide.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Festivals, Autism Walk, Jun 4-5

As reported in our newly posted  June GoList, there's no shortage of festivals, art and nature events in Westchester and the Hudson Valley this weekend. In addition to the continuation of the carnival and Italian feast we told you about in our weekday roundup, there’s a bounty of excitement ahead.

One of two big visual arts events is the Annual Peekskill Open Studios, offering studio tours, gallery visits, meet-the-artist opportunities and intriguing performance art. Animal buffs can immerse themselves in the world of eagles, falcons and others at Birds of Prey Day, while animal characters come to life on stage at Charlotte's Web.

Looking to enjoy fresh air, get some exercise and support a children’s charity? Sign up to raise funds for Walk Now for Autism Speaks or for SunriseWALKS, a walk-a-thon whose mission is to continue providing free camp for kids with cancer (and even their siblings!).

Read on for details about the above, as well as other enticing options (many of which are FREE). For more options, peruse our Event Calendar. And if you haven't done so already, sign up for our weekly newsletter

Water Safety Musts for Kids at the Beach, Pool and Lake

It’s a basic law of summer that a dip in a cool pool, or a splash in the ocean, makes everything right in the world. With many families gearing up for ocean and pool trips, or lake vacations, we talked to swim instructors and water safety experts around the country to gather the most important tips for keeping water-loving kids safe this summer. 

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.

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