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.

Fun Miniature Golf Courses in Greater Boston

Eagle, birdie, bogey, par…you don't need a clue what those terms mean to excel in our favorite form of golf: putt-putt. Miniature golf is a great summer outing for families because it's entertaining for a variety of ages, and a chance to spend time outdoors—without the time commitment, training, or investment that comes with "real" golf. We have several special mini golf spots not far from Boston where you and the kids can perfect your putts, dodge elaborate obstacles, and grab a treat; read up to see where your next round should be.

Registration for Apple Camp, Apple's FREE Three-Day Summer Camp, is Open Now!

If you've got an 8-12-year-old interested in STEM or movie-making, hurry up and run to the nearest computer; Apple has just opened registration for its free three-day camps. Located at different Apple store locations in the Houston area, these camps won't last long and are 100 percent free, so we wanted you to be the first to know!

For more camp information and ideas, check out our Camp Guide and Directory.

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