A Visit to Nomads Adventure Quest in South Windsor

Looking for an adventurous day close to home? Look no further than South Windsor, where Nomads Adventure Quest awaits, featuring energy-burning and giggle-inducing attractions. Whether your child likes to climb, bounce, jump, or play games, this amazing indoor play space has it all. Nomads prides itself as New England’s largest indoor family entertainment facility and features 65,000 square feet packed with fun. A huge bonus: there is no entrance fee, so you pay only for activities that interest your child.

Weekend Fun for LA Kids: Sand Castles, Elephants, Natsumatsuri, August 13-14

I'm starting to get the feeling that the summer may be over. I'm not sure what's giving me that idea—possibly the fact that kids are already going back to school. And yet, it's hot. And yet, we're spending the weekend building sandcastles at the beach. And yet, some of our favorite summer events are only just getting started. Dudes, people are celebrating summer with festivals. That means summer is still going strong, right? Right?

Yes, some of the favorites are ending. Bye-bye, Orange County Fair. Won't be seeing you again til next year, Ventura County Fair. Several of the summer-long concert series seem to think now's the time to say adieu. Even our Best of LA Kids contest is ending this week (hint: last chance to vote for your favorites and win a great prize!).

But like just about every weekend in Los Angeles, there are tons of things to do, regardless of the "season" or "month" or "actual date on the calendar."  That's the kind of paradise we've opted for. A never-ending series of indoor, outdoor, daytime, nighttime festivities. And that's "sum-thing" to be happy about.

Keep reading for our picks for the most summerific events this weekend...  

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Animals, Culture, Peaches Aug 13-14

If school supplies on store shelves before the 4th of July is bad, Halloween candy in August is completely unacceptable! Don't get me wrong, I love pumpkin flavored coffee, cereal, and candy, too. But it is still SUMMER, people! Let's enjoy it now before we are shoveling out from under 2 feet of snow. (Did I actually say that?)

Thankfully, our Events Calendar is exploding with summertime fun. For the animal lovers in the family, consider a trip to The Academy of Natural Science's Bug Fest. Pet some farm animals at the Pennsylvania Dutch Festival held in the Reading Terminal Market. Watch the birds in the summertime sky at Churchville Nature Center, or get an up-close look at butterflies at the Watershed Butterfly Festival. Those seeking cultural inspiration can celebrate at the Delaware CCAC Chinese Festival in Hockessin or the Japanese Bon Festival in Ardmore. Or, check out one of the peach festivals happening this weekend such as Oasis Family Farm, Camden Children's Garden, and Peddler's Village.

Keep reading for our top picks for the week. Enjoy!

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Wildflower Hike, Aladdin, Jr. August 13-14

If the Olympics have your little ones in a competitive mood this weekend, there are plenty of active events to participate in this weekend on Long Island. Build a miniature boat at The Maritime Museum for the Raingutter Regatta; be transported to Arabian nights with a performance of Disney's Aladdin, Jr. at the Long Island Children's Museum; earn bragging rights for your family's garden at Hicks Nurseries Summer Harvest Competition.

Go for the gold medal and get active this weekend with the great events below. Don't see your event listed here? Add it to our events calendar. And if you didn't receive this post in your inbox, sounds like you need to subscribe to our newsletter!

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids August 13-14: Comic Con, Wild Animals, Free Concerts

Cosplay fans unite! This is your weekend with Boston Comic Con in town, and along with it the opportunity to bring the kids along to meet some industry celebrities and attend their panels. It's also another great summer weekend for free outdoor concerts around Boston, including one with the philharmonic and another with some Latin jazz.

There are also fantastic opportunities this weekend to get out and take a closer look at our own surroundings. Some teens have been doing just that in the city, and their work is highlighted in a new exhibit. More nature-minded kids can learn about wild animals in the neighborhood (pictured). Finally, if you've ever wondered how you and your family can give back by volunteering, you might want to give a one-shot activity a try to see how it goes. As with all volunteering, every little bit helps.

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

Enjoy your weekend and don't forget to check out the full Event Calendar.

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Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Golf, Festivals, and Pie Eating Contests, August 13-14

Don't fret over back-to-school shopping just yet. There are still plenty of summer vacation days left for outdoor movies, building sand castles, going camping, or visiting one more museum.

If you're not racing to the beach this weekend, let the kids Race Against Time in Cheshire as you make things fly, bounce, transform, and soar. For a fashionably good time, girls might be interested in the Eco-Couture Series in New Haven, or take the entire family to see the Northwest CT Idol 2016

To see what else is happening around the state, browse the Mommy Poppins Family Events Calendar. For the latest and best family-friendly events, subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Pinterest.

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Fireman's Carnival, Corn Festival

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! Catch a charity softball game featuring former players from the New York Yankees and New York Giants (in addition to a baseball game, entertainment and more) at Rockland Boulders Beach Day. The South Salem Fire Department's Carnival is in town, featuring rides, games and food. Participate in a multi-site citizens’ science project at the Great Hudson Estuary Fish Count or mingle with artists performing their crafts at Artists on the Street.

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!

Morristown Game Vault: Classic Gaming, Pinball, and Family Fun

For those of us who remember dashing into the video arcade with our permed hair and stirrup pants to see who had the high score on Frogger, there are two pieces of good news: First, all those vintage games are cool again, and secondly, they're right around the corner in New Jersey—and we don't mean down the Shore on the boardwalk.

The Morristown Game Vault opened earlier this year with Pac-Man, Donkey Kong, Q-Bert, and 85 other classics, and it's quickly becoming the hot spot for both nostalgic parents and their hip kids. My family recently spent a happy afternoon pinballing, joysticking, and button-pressing at this wonderful new family fun zone. Read on for the highlights.

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