Five Children's Museums Outside of Busy Boston

Sure, the Boston Children's Museum is lots of fun. It can also be crowded and hectic, and parking is a challenge. The good news is that there are a handful of other great children's museums in eastern New England – all within a reasonable drive – for those days when you're looking for something a little more relaxed.

Here's a rundown of five kid-centric museums outside of Boston. If you're a member of the Boston Children's Museum, it's worth checking whether your membership offers free entry into any of these other museums. Local libraries may also make free or discounted passes available.

8 Awesome Food Festivals Happening in Philly this Summer

Food festivals are a great way to bring families together. Nothing screams summer more than corn on the cob, watermelon, barbeque, and ice cream. Food with music, entertainment, and games is the perfect formula for a great family afternoon for kids of all ages. We've compiled a list of some awesome food festivals happening this summer. Come hungry and ready for fun!

Pokemon Go Is the Most Awesome (and Dangerous) Mobile Game Ever

To say the July launch of Pokémon Go has been a phenomenon would be to vastly understate it. Few mobile games have ever launched to so much anticipation and so many immediate downloads. And, it’s obvious why it would. Pokémon Go takes mobile gaming to a whole new dimension.

The idea of Pokémon Go is to turn your real-life environment into a Pokémon world through augmented reality technology. Players collect Pokémon as they move around, and, through their phones, Pokemon appear right in their real world. The Pokémon, and Poke Stops, are scattered all over the map, so as you travel through life you will find and catch more. When players get to higher levels, they can train and battle their Pokémon as well.

Pokémon Go has already had a huge impact on my kids. Some of it is super good, but there are also some trends that are very concerning. Here’s what parents need to know about what to love and what to fear about Pokémon Go.

Weekday Picks: Free Slurpees, Dog Day Afternoon, and OC Fair, July 11-15

You know a week is going to be good when it starts with something free. In this case, 7-Eleven stores celebrate July with a Slurpee giveaway. What cooler, more refreshing treat can there be on a hot summer day? Speaking of hot, why not share the dog days of summer with your canine family members? The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angeles hosts its 10th annual Dog Day Afternoon this week. Not to be confused with an Al Pacino movie, this is actually a free, pet friendly festival (assuming your dog is on a leash and well behaved). Two legged creatures are welcome with or without a canine companion.

In Northridge, CSUN’s free summer movie this week is Cinderella, a lovely treat that manages to be sweet but not treacly. If you are not sure this princess movie is right for your tots charming, check out our review. End the week on a free note when the Orange County Fair opens Friday; admission is free the first hour on opening day. County Fairs tend to have something for everyone from livestock to carnival rides, monster trucks and of course anything you can think of that can be deep fried…

If you haven't yet voted in our Best of LA Kids contest, don't miss the chance; we recently added an Ojai getaway (including dinner at Azu!) to the other great prizes you can win just for voting.

Weekday Picks for LI Kids: In the Garden, Alive on 25, July 11-15

Summer is in full swing, so it makes sense that families want to spend as much time outdoors as possible. Head over to Bridgehampton for a gardening lesson, watch the Minions outside, enjoy Riverhead's shops and restaurants when Main Street is shut down and dance along to Darlene Graham in Sayville.

There's even more going on this week, so be sure to take a look at our Long Island events calendar and our Summer Fun Guide. You can also get the best events of the week sent directly to your inbox each week if you sign up for our newsletter.

Weekday Picks: Juggling, Nature, Family Concert, July 11-15, 2016

This week CT families can save a few pennies by catching  Front Country Band as they perform a FREE family concert in Ballard Park, enjoy FREE admission to White Memorial Nature Museum this Monday, and a FREE juggling act in Enfield.

Listed below are just a few of our favorite picks for the coming week. More family fun can be found in our Summer Fun Guide including 5 Great Beaches for Toddlers and Free Summer MoviesBlueberry Picking is in full swing now and we've rounded up where you can pick your own. You can find plenty of other ideas for family fun in our July GoList.

The Event Calendar is full of many more suggestions so check back often and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to stay up to date.

Weekday Fun in NJ: Sandcastle Contest, Thomas, Beach Party

Life’s a beach this week with all kinds of fun activities happening at the shore. Cruise down to Point Pleasant for Movies on the Beach and Shark Week. Check out Belmar’s NJ Sandcastle Contest, or head North to Jersey City’s 14th Annual Newport Beach Party for a non-shore option. Plus, cool off at the theater this week with State Theatre’s Frozen and Morris Museum’s Wizard of Oz. And don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar for even more options!


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