Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Stargazing, Science, and Baseball; August 12-13

As we all know, here in New England the lovely warm evenings of summer don't last too long, as much as we wish they would. Luckily this weekend, kids can take back the night by prowling for owls at a campout, cruising under the stars, celebrating the August moon, and checking out some meteors (with a side of s'mores). In the daytime but also in the spirit of science and seafaring, be sure to explore GreenFest, visit the Rosies at the Navy Yard, and learn how science can dance.

Be sure soak up the summer and check out the game and all things baseball on the Common. Also, if your little one has a teddy bear that's experienced trauma in the mayhem of summer life, take him to Angell this weekend and they will patch him right up. (How cute is that?)

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Need more family fun ideas? Check out our full events calendar.

Weekend Fun: Waterski Show, Pirates, and All Things Italian

The dog days are upon us, and soon it will be time for back-to-school shopping. But there is still time for a few more weekends of summer fun. For starters how about learning about the history of the very first airplane flight, which took place right here in Connecticut (no matter what North Carolina says). For more down-to-earth fun, learn about the role pirates played in Colonial trade. And after you've worked up an appetite, refuel with pizza, porchetta, sausages, pastries, and gelato at the 50th Annual Italian Festival. As always, in the event of rain, be sure to check that your intended activity is still on before jumping into the car.

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Free, Kid Friendly Workouts for Mom or Dad at the Mall

The first time you throw your little ones in the backseat of the car and take them to the mall, it’s a magical, low-cost experience for all: Ice cream! Merry-go-round! Free air conditioning! A few hours later, you’ve got yourself a happy, tired family. The twentieth time? Not so much.

But don’t give up! Malls want you to come, and they’re willing to do you a favor or two to get you there. It may seem counterintuitive to head to the mall in search of free stuff, but, in the spirit of reeling us in, many malls offer kid-friendly, free workouts for moms. In other words, the mall is one of very few places where you can exercise without dropping a wad of cash on an expensive class and/or babysitter. I can’t promise that you won’t end up splurging on lunch or a new pair of skinny jeans (that’s the whole point of the free workout, isn’t it?), but the sweat sessions listed below are free to anyone with an iron will.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Fireman's Carnival, Family Campout, Renaissance Kids

Here’s hoping you’re staying in town this weekend, ’cause there’s plenty for families to do in Westchester and the Hudson Valley!

For one, it’s a great time to visit the New York Renaissance Faire, as there are perks for kids—including free admission and a costume contest! The South Salem Fire Department's Carnival is in town, featuring rides, games and food. Watch and mingle with artists performing their crafts at Artists on the Street or do some family bonding at the Overnight Family Campout. For stage entertainment, get your giggles on at Mr. Pennygraff’s Cirkus Sideshow Spectacle.  

Read on for more details on our top weekend picks—many of which are FREE. Planning the rest of the summer? Check out our August GoList for our top picks for the month. And remember to check out the extensive weekday and weekend events we've captured in our Event Calendar!

Best STEM Classes for New Jersey Kids

Is your child interested in exploring the "hows," "whys," and "what-ifs" of the world around them? STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) enrichment classes can be a wonderful way to foster their curiosity and help them think critically and creatively. We've rounded up 11 NJ enrichment programs that offer instruction in coding, robotics, architecture, engineering, chess, and more. 

Weekend Fun: Dragon Boats, They Might Be Giants, Coney Fest

New York City kids love to dance, right? Then they'll love this weekend's events, like the Bhangra Family Dance on Saturday and the 36th Annual Battery Dance Festival on Sunday. There's also a Coney Island Food and Music Festival, and hey, you could just dance (or bike or stroll) down the car-free Park Avenue for this Saturday's Summer Streets fest, too.

Equally danceable, They Might Be Giants plays a free family show in Central Park, probably an event no young music fan should miss. Speaking of parks, more than a few host cool stuff this weekend, like the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in Corona Park and a kid-friendly production of A Midsummer's Night Dream in Carl Schurz Park

Maybe you want to leave the city...without leaving the city? Head for the best unkept secret on Staten Island with the Mommy Poppins guide to the Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden.

Our August GoList and our Summer Fun Guide are powered up with events as always, and our event calendar adds things to do daily. And don't forget to check out our brand-new local DEALS page, where you can score discounts on camps, classes, birthday party packages, and more for NYC kids. Check back often as we're constantly adding new deals every day.  

Weekend Fun: Retro Gaming, Fishing Derby, Slime Fest

It's on like Donkey Kong at the Long Island Retro Gaming Exhibit. Show off your joy stick skills this weekend and teach your wee ones what gaming life was like before iPads. Or cast a line at the Snapper & Crab Derby off of Captree Pier. Let the kiddies make ooey gooey slime (and let someone else clean up after) at Slime Fest in Syosset.

Check out our August GoList for the best family events throughout the month. For more seasonal activities, pop over to our Summer Fun Guide or our day trips guide. Check out our guides to Long Island playgrounds or amusement parks and water parks for more family adventures.

Of course, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids.

Don't forget to check out our brand-new local DEALS page, where you can score discounts on camps, classes, birthday party packages, and more for LI kids. Check back often as we're constantly adding more.

Check Out a Free Museum or Zoo Membership Pass at your Local Suburban Library

Looking for something free to do to entertain the kiddos? If you live in the suburbs, go to your local library and you can check out passes for you and your family to visit a number of great nearby museums, zoos, and gardens. Each library has different policies when it comes to checking out library passes, so be sure to call or check in at your local branch before reserving. To search and see what's available, use the keywords "Museum Pass" in your library's catalog search. You'll only be able to check out passes in your county with your library card and some libraries have restrictions about what township you live in, so scroll down to your county to see what great passes you can find. 

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