Memorial Day Weekend for LA Kids: Greeks, Scots, Star Wars, and Fireworks

First and foremost, Memorial Day is about the members of the armed forces who gave their lives in our nation’s service. Their sacrifice is unimaginable, our debt to them beyond measure. To those lost, and to those who serve our nation and all it stands for, we salute you.

The weekend is not all somber reflection; Memorial Day also means a long weekend, and the unofficial start of summer. Festival is the word of the day: throughout the Southland folks gather to enjoy yummies and winged wonders, and to celebrate different cultures (including Greek, Scottish, and Topangan). Discovery Cube opens new exhibits that explore the different sides of super powers. (It's just science.) The Aquarium of the Pacific opens a new wing that encourages us all to be super heroes for the ocean.

And, of course, Memorial Day weekend closes with tributes to our fallen heroes. Ceremonies are being held at the Nixon Presidential Library, in Burbank and Canoga Park, and at Woodlawn and Forest Lawn Cemeteries.

Read on for some of our favorite picks for this three-day holiday weekend...

Memorial Day Weekend Fun: Parades, Festivals, Beaches

For those of you staying in Westchester for Memorial Day weekend, there's no shortage of events worth attending, both here and in the Hudson Valley.

Many towns and villages throughout the county celebrate the occasion with parades and ceremonies. Standouts include the Memorial Day Races & Fair, with fun festivities rounding out the occasion. Also on our radar are ways to honor Memorial Day from a historic standpoint, including depictions of the military in the Colonial era and another reflecting World War II.

A couple of the seasonal festivals we previously told you about also take place this weekend, and there are two circuses in town: the The Zerbini Family Circus and UniverSoul Circus. And, since Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, Westchester beaches open on weekends for the season!

So let everyone else deal with the traffic and hassle of heading out of town; there’s plenty to do right here at home! Read on to see all of our top weekend picks, and consult our Event Calendar for even more options.

Autism-Friendly Museum Hours and Cultural Programs in NYC

New York City is one of the most bustling places in the world, which can make outings with any child tough, but things get particularly tricky for parents of kids on the autism spectrum, who might worry about overstimulation in kid-friendly settings. That’s why many museums and cultural centers have created comfortable, safe spaces for families with special needs to explore, often in tandem with educators and specialists.

We’ve gathered up some of the best of the bunch, from The Met to the Brooklyn Children's Museum to an after-school "Subway Sleuths" program, as well as several FREE options. Peruse our NYC Special Needs Guide for more helpful tips and local programs.

10 New and Updated NYC Playgrounds You (Probably) Haven't Visited Yet

Are your kids suffering from a bit of "been there, climbed that" playground fatigue at their tried-and-true favorite play spot? It may be time to explore a new romping ground. Fortunately, the NYC parks are ever changing. Here, we present 10 new (or nearly new) and updated playgrounds you probably haven't visited yet.

And of course, you can find all our favorite spots, old and new, in our Parks and Playgrounds Guide.

Got Early Risers? What To Do in LA While Everyone Else Is Sleeping In

If your life is like mine, it can sometimes feel like you're living on a farm... for many reasons—one of them being that your children wake up when the chickens rise. My kids are often revved up and ready to go at 6am or even earlier. So what should you do with all of that early morning energy? From indoor playgrounds to trampoline parks, we've got eight great ideas.

Ready for 'Glamping'? Glamorous Camping Coming to LI

If you’ve avoided taking your family camping because the thought of pitching a tent, sleeping on a hard floor, and eating roasted wieners for a week wasn’t your idea of a vacation, we’ve got some good news. A family camping trip no longer means you have to rough it: Glamorous camping, or “glamping,” has made its way to Long Island.

To Cedar Point County Park in East Hampton, to be exact.

Memorial Day Weekend Fun: Parades, Theme Parks, Beach Fests

The unofficial start of summer has officially arrived: Memorial Day weekend! Maximize the warm-weather fun at three-day celebrations like Bradley Beach Memorial Day Festival and Wildwoods International Kite Festival, or at two-day festivities such as The New Jersey Renaissance Faire and Garden State Comic Fest.

Bring your appetite to food-centric festivals that include the Jersey Shore Food Truck Festival, Downtown Wildwood Inaugural Bacon Lovers Festival, and the 6th Annual Pork Roll Festival. And don't miss the season openers of Land of Make Believe and Field Station: Dinosaurs

Honor Memorial Day on Monday with local commemorations in Freehold, New Providence, and Woodland Park, among others. 

Find even more weekend options in our Summer Fun Guide for NJ kids, including need-to-know info about New Jersey's best beaches, water parks, amusement parks, and more. And look to our May GoList and event calendar for a complete listing of happenings this weekend and beyond.

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