Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Nightscape, Balloon Freak, Campfire August 1-5

One of the best parts of summer is the free time on the family calendar. There is no homework (well, perhaps some summer reading and math pages), music lessons, soccer practices, dance classes, and scout meetings. These activities are put on hold allowing more time for semi-spontaneous fun. Find some great ways to fill those empty moments with experiences from our Events Calendar.

Visit The Colonial Theatre to watch balloon tricks by John Cassidy. Go for a stroller walk at Winterthur. Cool off from summer heat with a day trip to a nearby lake or a swim at a pop-up pool. Once the sun sets, head to Longwood Gardens for a nighttime spectacular called Nightscape or gather by the campfire to enjoy the nighttime sky at Churchville Nature Center.

Overwhelmed with all the options? Relax! Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has our top weekday picks below. And, be sure to check out our August GoList to plan out the month ahead.

August GoList: Best Things To Do with LA and OC Kids This Month

This month's GoList looks at a summer half over and sees it as half full! There's still time to catch some of the best of LA's summertime fun, including free summer concerts, free summer movies, camping, and beaches galore. Read on for the best of August in LA, Ventura, and OC. We'll keep adding to our calendar daily and sending our weekly newsletter in time for each weekend, but here's your chance to plan ahead for these August favorites.

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August GoList: The Best Things To Do With CT Kids This Month

August! Time to savor the last month of summer. We've curated 25 of our favorite things to do this August in Connecticut. Fairs, festivals, sunflower mazes, and loads of fun events are occurring throughout the state. Take the kids to enjoy jazz at the wonderful laid back Litchfield Jazz Festival, to the 78th Annual Easton Fireman's Carnival, or on a cruise to Sheffield Island where the pirates await!  Remember to check out our Summer Fun Guide to make the most out of this last month of summer. If you click through to the full listing you can then add the event to your google calendar. Have fun!

Paris with Kids: 39 Fun Things to Do for Families

Paris is consistently one of the top visited tourist destinations in the world, but it’s not always considered particularly kid-friendly. Parisians have a reputation of being snobby and not tolerating misbehaving children. If you make an effort to bridge the cultural differences, though, Paris has its own unique stripe of kid fun. One of the gratifying things for families visiting France is that kid fun is never totally kid-centric, but typically has a level of sophistication that means parents can find it as gratifying as their children.

In light of the recent attacks on Paris and France, we thought it was a perfect time to celebrate our love of the City of Lights with a list of the most amazing kid-friendly fun in Paris.

Best Things To Do with NYC Kids: August GoList

While many New Yorkers like to skip town in August, there are plenty of must-do summer activities left if you're sticking around for an NYC staycation with us, including FREE outdoor movies and family festivals.

Our top family event picks for August include annual favorites like Manhattan's car-free Summer Streets, the incredible Sand Sculpting Contest in Coney Island, and the colorful Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in Queens' Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Plus there are some brand-new experiences on tap, like a fresh slate of FringeJR shows and a special outdoor screening of the '80s fantasy classic Labyrinth with a pre-screening tribute to late star David Bowie.

August GoList: The Best Things to Do in Westchester with Kids

It's hard to believe August is here already! While this is a big month for travel, there are tons of things to do right here in Westchester and the Hudson Valley.

Travel back to Elizabethan England at the New York Renaissance Faire or experience military life during the American Revolution at Military Reenactment Day. There are also several fairs and festivals to enjoy, including the Native American Celebration of the Hudson Valley and the Dutchess County Fair.

Be sure to lean on Mommy Poppins to plan your staycation and all of August! Read on for our top picks for the month and consult our Event Calendar for even more options. Additional events are added frequently, so sign up for our weekly newsletters and like us on Facebook

12 Family Fairs and Festivals This August in New Jersey

New Jersey has fairs and festivals galore this August. Flutter over to Pennington for a Butterfly Festival, cheer on the firefighters in South Egg Harbor or indulge in carnival rides and games at a classic county fair. With so many options, the family calendar will be super packed all month long. Read on for our top picks, and squeeze in as many as possible—Labor Day is just around the corner! For more summer fun, visit our Summer Activities Guide.

Summer Streets Set to Return in August with a Giant Water Slide

Summer Streets is on the horizon, giving New Yorkers three consecutive Saturdays in August of car-free fun to enjoy a seven-mile stretch of city streets from the Upper East Side to the Brooklyn Bridge. Summer Streets arrives with a big splash as last year's main attraction, the three-story water slide, returns to Foley Square in downtown Manhattan.

Surrounding the giant 270-foot water slide will be an urban beach sponsored by Vita Coco. The always-popular zip line—rising 30 feet above the urban landscape and spanning a distance of 165 feet—returns as well. New in 2016 is the addition of Citi as a title-sponsor, as the event is now dubbed Citi Summer Streets. Read on for details on this beloved summer event, including how to score your FREE ticket to the water slide.

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