Weekend Fun: The Hills, Free Kids Theater, Sprinkler Day

This weekend, take a trip to activity-packed Governors Island to check out the newly opened Hills section and zoom down that giant mega-slide! Other weekend fun includes inspiring family cultural events like Lincoln Center's Out of Doors Family Day and this year's free TheaterworksUSA show, Junie B Jones Essential Survival Guide to School. Also, the Arm of the Sea Theater will be bringing their oversized puppets to Central Park. Bonus: It's all FREE.

We've also got details on kite building on Staten Island, Bug Day in Queens, and Asphalt Green's annual Sprinkler Day on the Upper East Side. You can find lots more family fun in our Summer Fun Guide, including our review of Westchester's historic Playland Park, SplashDown Beach water park in the Hudson Valley, and even some clever ideas to combat kids' summer brain-drain. And if you're just interested in staying cool on this hot summer weekend, explore a new-to-you pool, beach, or water-filled playground.

These are just a few of the great things going on this weekend. All of our best bets are below. You can find additional options in our Event Calendar.

8 Bilingual and Immersion Programs for Westchester Preschoolers

A growing number of parents are enrolling their preschoolers in foreign-language programs in an effort to expose them to a second language early on. Multi-lingualism and immersion programs may offer cognitive advantages to kids, and many preschools are incorporating second languages into their curriculum to accommodate the heightened interest.

We've rounded up a list of preschools in Westchester that teach a second language. If you're searching for more preschool information, be sure to take a look at our specialized Preschool Guide

2016-17 Academic Year Calendars for Los Angeles Area Schools

Summer vacation ain't what it used to be. The majority of school districts now opt for an August start date, with only a few stragglers sticking with the old-school, post-Labor Day start. Don't just assume you know when school starts based on last year, as there's always a bit of shuffling of the schedule. This year Glendale leads the back-to-school race with a party-pooper start date of August 8, while last out the gate is Torrance, at a more traditional September 8.

Wondering where your district fits in, and how much time you have left for these 50 Free Things To Do in Summer? Read below for our list of start and finish dates for the 2016-2017 school year in and around LA County! And if what you read makes you wonder about what other school options are available to you, maybe our school guide can help.

Indoor Activities: 25 Ways to Spend a Rainy Day in NJ

The truth is, I love a rainy day.  Winter or summer, fall or spring, there's much fun to be had when the showers are pouring down, so get out and take advantage of some of the great indoor adventures that NJ has to offer. Here's a bunch of our favorites, some for the warmer days of winter, some for the wetter days of summer, and with a few at-home ideas thrown in. Enjoy your inside time, New Jersey!

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Carnivals, Pirates, and a Flying Trapeze, July 23-24

We're in the thick of it now: the hot days and humid nights, the complaints about boredom that start earlier and earlier every day, the begging for just one more You Tube video (it's not just my kids, right?). Some days it's more than a parent can bear. Happily, this weekend there's plenty to entertain the whole family, from a fun, free aerial trapeze show to a pirate adventure on Sheffield Island to a rocking beach-side concert—and there's even a candy coated drop off opportunity that gives busy parents a few hours to themselves.

If you're still looking for a summer time adventure, check out our guide to camping spots across the state, and if those seem a little ambitious, sign up for next weekend's family camp out on the grounds of the Stamford Museum and Nature Center (preregistation required so don't miss out).

Check the Mommy Poppins events calendar to see what else is happening this weekend (and beyond!). For the latest and best family-friendly events, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

Have a great weekend!

LI Day Trip: The Little Red Barn in Jamesport

One of my favorite things to do with the kids over the summer is to take some day trips to the East End to enjoy everything it has to offer for families. From pick your own farms to frolicking on the area’s beautiful beaches, there is plenty to keep the kids occupied while school is out of session.

A few weeks ago, we got the chance to explore one of the North Fork’s gems: The Little Red Barn in Jamesport. Ten years ago, Kate Nickles and her husband bought 40 acres of land, including the barn that was the original home to the carousel that is now in Greenport. In addition to building their dream home on the property, Kate, a native to the area and a lifelong horse rider, decided to open The Little Red Barn to pass down her knowledge and love for horses and other farm animals to local and visiting children.

Weekend Fun for NJ Kids: Italian Festival, Ducky Derby, Railroad Days

This July weekend is all about soaking up the sun! Make the most of these fleeting summertime weekends with big family fun including the Morris County 4-H Fair, St. Ann's Italian Festival and Allaire Village's annual Ducky Derby. Need a break from the heat? No problem! Check out the amazing works of Stan Munro at the Toothpick World exhibit at Morris Museum or take the kiddos to see Princeton Summer Theater's "The Owl and the Pussycat."

For more options, take a look at our full Event CalendarJuly GoList, and our Summer Fun Guide.

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