Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: River Festival, Oceans Day, and a Teddy Bear Picnic; June 3-4

Does the start of June have you in a festive mood? Bookend the weekend with a fair on the river on Saturday and a parade for Dorchester on Dot Day. Keep the party going with a genuine teddy bear picnic in the northwest 'burbs, then continue the animal fun by celebrating World Oceans Day at the aquarium (for free!). 

If you want to see your little ones starstruck by their favorite characters, consider taking them to Edaville, where their favorite superheroes and princesses will be on hand for photo ops, or to Legoland, which hosts a cast of characters every Saturday in June (this week, Emmett and Wyldstyle from the Lego Movie will be posing for pictures). Wonder Woman fans can lasso some giveaways and join in some fun activities at the Prudential Center on Sunday.

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

Weekend Fun: Hovercrafts, Figment Fest, Little Red Lighthouse

The first weekend of June bursts with summer-y fun for New York City kids. On Governors Island, the Figment Festival immerses kids in the most interactive art installation known to New Yorkers. Over on Coney Island, the folks at Luna Park offer a unique deal for kids, and free outdoor movies abound.  Also, see our guide on getting to any beach in New York City. We've been promised at least one sunny day.

Join a FREE sculpture workshop in Queens while also celebrating the opening of a cool new outdoor installation at Socrates Sculpture Park, now with a complete Mommy Poppins guide featuring a breakdown of its jammed summer event calendar. On Sunday, June 4, The World Science Festival fills the NYU Kimmel Center with a FREE, inaugural STEM blowout entitled Ultimate Science Sunday. What is it? One word: hovercrafts. OK, another word: robots.

What else is exciting? Our new June GoList! We'd also like to formally introduce you to our shiny Summer Fun Guide. But don't forget our event calendar, which constantly fills with new things to do as far off as August, and even September.  

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Carnivals, Illuminated Festival, Autism Walk

Super-fun, large-scale events abound throughout Westchester and the Hudson Valley this weekend, and choosing our top picks was no easy task.

Festivals and carnivals are springing up all over, including the ICS Carnival, which we told you about in our recent review, and the return of the annual Newburgh Illuminated Festival, a 13-hour extravaganza punctuated by more than 40 performances, a Colorfest and other outdoor attractions.

Aficionados of visual arts might prefer the Annual Peekskill Open Studios, featuring studio tours, gallery visits, meet-the-artist opportunities and intriguing interactive art, while animal buffs can immerse themselves in the world of eagles, falcons and others at Birds of Prey Day, where a three-digit quantity of these creatures are expected to appear.

Looking to enjoy fresh air, get some exercise and support a children’s charity? Sign up to raise funds for Walk Now for Autism Speaks.

Read on for details about the above, as well as other enticing options (many of which are FREE). For more options, peruse our Event Calendar and plan the rest of the month with our June GoList. And if you haven't done so already, sign up for our weekly newsletter

Read on for our top weekend picks and click each listing for full details. Consult our guide to spring fun and our Event Calendar for even more resources. Stay in the know by signing up for our newsletters!

20+ Family Fairs and Festivals in New Jersey This June

Sunny weekends are perfect for family-fun festivals, and New Jersey has a variety this June. Whether your crew loves classic carnival games, art, music or food, this year's festival season has something for everyone.

Little swashbucklers will enjoy National Marina Day, music lovers can dance the day away at Garwood Rocks, and Garden State kids can satisfy their sweet tooth at any one of the farm-style blueberry or strawberry fests (check our all of our June event listings for a full fruit-fare forecast). For carnival games and thrills, don't miss the 31st annual State Fair Meadowlands, and make sure to show Dad some love at several street and shore fairs fitting for Father’s Day.

Read on for 23 fairs and festivals happening throughout NJ in June. And be sure to check out our Event Calendar and June GoList for even more family happenings this month.

Weekend Fun: The Birds and the Bees...and the Butterflies

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, even if the calendar (and thermometer) say otherwise. Outdoor fairs and festivals galore are taking place around the state, including the state's annual Trails Day celebration, taking place at 236 different sites. You can also take part in an annual Butterfly Party in honor of a Newtown victim, and learn about how butterflies help the birds and the bees when it comes to pollination. Be sure to check with the venues directly for any outdoor activities in the event of weather-related schedule changes.

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Weekend Fun: HarborFest, Strawberries, Art in the Park, Fairs

This weekend, channel your inner artist at The Art League of Long Island's annual Art in the Park festival. Or make seaworthy plans at the Boater's Maritime Festival in Port Jefferson or HarborFest in Port Washington. Hop on a sweet ride, then enjoy a sweet treat at the Nassau County Strawberry Festival.

Check out our June GoList for the best family events all month. For more seasonal activities, pop over to our Summer Fun Guide, our day trips guide, or our list of June fairs and festivals. For more family adventures, check out our Long Island playgrounds and amusement parks and water parks guides. 

Zip Line and Aerial Treetop Fun Coming to Bronx Zoo

We must have been good this year. New York City kids have barely had time to check out the just opened zip line and climbing tower at Adventures at Governors Island when the Bronx Zoo confirms it will open a Treetop Adventure park with a zip line that soars 400-feet in each direction across the Bronx River, multiple aerial climbing courses, and more in mid-June. (Note: The opening dates have been pushed back as of June 9. We will update you as soon as we have the info.)

Just a few weeks ago, NYC kids had but one outdoor adventure park with a zip line. Now they'll be able to boast of three! Read on for what to expect from these new top Bronx attractions, including opening dates.

Birthday Party Entertainers to Take Your Party to the Next Level

So, you’ve decided to throw a birthday party and want to skip the hype of renting, and host the party yourself. Sure, you’re an excellent host and have the space to fit a handful of extra kids, but while you may be able to show off some pretty fantastic Pinterest skills, you might want to hire some extra entertainment. Philadelphia is full of local pros who can come to the rescue (some even in superhero costume no less) and take the party off the charts! From song and dance, to wild animals, to face painting, we have you covered! Also, if the idea of cleaning up after a handful of kids suddenly sounds like more work and less play, we have some excellent recommendations for places outside your home to throw an amazing birthday bash!

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