Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Water Festival, Christmas in July, Smith's Birthday Party July 23-24

As we near the end of July, there is one thing we can all be sure about... it's hot, hot, hot! Many Philly families are looking for ways to cool off with a vacation north, a trip down the shore, or something closer to home. Thankfully, this weekend provides many distractions from the hazy, humid days in the Delaware Valley.

Visit Tyler Arboretum for its Wacky Water Festival to learn about animals who live in the water. Celebrate Christmas in July with a frosty snowstorm provided by the Chalfont Fire Company or visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Storybook Land. Sing happy birthday to Smith Playground as it marks its 117th year. Take a boat ride along the Schuylkill River. Get creative and escape the heat with some indoor fun by building the action figure Thor at a Lowe's near you. Complete the weekend with an outdoor movie under the stars. 

Keep reading for our top weekend picks. Stay cool!

Weekend Fun for LI Kids: Mermaid Tea Party, Nature Sundays, July 23-24

We're in the middle of July, but the summer fun is definitely not slowing down. Dig up some fun as an archeologist at The Maritime Explorium this weekend. Or show your singing chops on stage at Nassau's Got Talent at Molloy College. Don't see your event listed here? Add it to our events calendar. And if you don't receive this post in your inbox, subscribe to our newsletter.

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids, July 23-24: Mini Makers and Music Galore

Attention, parents of budding STEM fans! If you've been wanting to check out the Maker craze in Boston with your kids, a golden opportunity awaits at the Mini Maker Faire outside the Boston Children's Museum, where you might even catch a glimpse of BB8 or R2D2. Older kids into technology might also want to play with some sewn circuits, while nature-loving kids might prefer to get out and hunt for some insects. So many great options this weekend!

Young music fans like mine have their pick, too, with everything from the Duxbury Music Festival's Family Fest (pictured) to not one but two jazz festivals to CD release parties featuring Rolie Polie Guacamole and KB Whirly. Finally, for another great way to celebrate a summer weekend, hit the beach for the largest Sand Sculpting Festival around right on the Blue Line.

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

  • Feeling spooky? These 25 Things to Do in Salem include both witchy and non-witchy activities.
  • Open up the communication lines at home about race with these fantastic books for kids of all different ages.
  • Elyse shares the best ways to experience the water on the Charles River

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

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Jazz Festival, Sand Castle Tournament

A bounty of festivals and outdoor arts continues this weekend for Westchester and Hudson Valley families, with a mix of live performances, carnival action and a few twists.

The Orange County Fair, first held in 1840, has thrills and chills of various sorts. Just about anything presented at Caramoor is usually worth a visit, with the added perk of the gorgeous grounds your family can explore; this weekend also enjoy the return of the annual Jazz Festival.

At Arts in the Amphitheater: Theater Nights, actors respond to audience prompts by performing a segment from any work of Shakespeare that’s called out. All ages are encouraged to think like an artist at Family Day. And nothing says summer like the annual Sand Castle Competition.

Read on for more details and more great options to choose from—then consult our Event Calendar for our daily selection of activities. Also consult our Summer Fun Guide to help you identify resources for every aspect of the season!

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!


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