Weekday Picks for Boston Kids, July 18-22: Sand Sculpting, Singing, and Shakespeare

From Shakespeare to sand sculptures to story time at the park, the city is humming with awesome activities for families this week. Of course, there's nothing wrong with wanting to get out of the city and the sun for a few hours, which is why we have the lowdown on children's museums outside of Boston. And we think there's no better time of year for a short jaunt to Salem or a few days on Lake Winnipesaukee—as long as we're back by Friday to see the spectacular sand sculpting at Revere Beach.

In addition to our weekday picks below, we have an Event Calendar loaded with fun things to do. We recommend checking it out. Enjoy your adventures with your kids this week, no matter how near or far they take you. And remember, the laundry can wait another day.

Weekday Fun: The Hills Open, Subway Shindig, Movie Screenings

This week's top family include outdoor options as well as a few indoor picks to help you keep cool, have fun, and score some free air conditioning to boot. Head to the Central Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library for an entertaining and educational production of Butterfly Boogie with the Wildlife Conservation Society's Wildlife Theater, play video games and enjoy a screening of the film Fantastic Mr. Fox at the Museum of the Moving Image, or go underground for a carnival-themed family night at the New York Transit Museum.

Other options for the week include catching the ferry to Governors Island for the opening of the long awaited Hills section of the park, watching an outdoor flick, and of course charging up your mobile device to play Pokemon Go.

These are just a few of our favorite picks for the coming week. More seasonal family fun can be found in our Summer Guide. We also pulled together fantastic seasonal family theater and we've got the scoop on how to visit the soon-to-be opened Museum of Ice Cream! Day trip planners be sure to check out our posts on Philadelphia for first-timers, what to do in Sag Harbor, and our review of SplashDown Beach in Hudson Valley.

You can find plenty of other ideas for family fun in our Event Calendar and July GoList.

Weekday Picks Basketball, Movies, and a Star Party, July 18-22, 2016

The hot and sweaty summer is upon us! If this last week's weather has you dreaming of cool, indoor destinations, this week offers a range of fun, free (or nearly free) family movies at venues as disparate as the Cinemark Theater in Enfield, the Bridgeport Library, and the Fairfield Library. If the force is with you and you want to be outdoors, check out Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is playing at the Grassy Strip Film Festival outside the Madison Beach Hotel on Tuesday, and then follow that up with your own adventures in outer space at the Star Party at the White Memorial Conservation Center on Friday. 

Harry Potter fans in your house are probably eagerly counting down to the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child at the end of the month. Be sure to register for release parties in Westport, Norwalk, and Fairfield before they fill up. As always, the Event Calendar is continually updated with events for wizards and Muggles alike so check back often and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest to be sure you don't miss a thing.

Camping Adventures Await in Connecticut

When done right, camping is a blast. It brings to reality idyllic stories of roasting marshmallows over a fire and telling imaginative stories while gazing at a night sky. Once the initial equipment is purchased, camping can be a frugal way to vacation – averaging about only $30 a night. Opportunities to camp around the country are endless, but if you’re new to camping or have young children, “experts” recommend beginning the adventure close to home. It just happens that Connecticut offers some fantastic campgrounds. We have five recommendations  for tent camping that your family can try out.  If you don't feel quite ready to pop up a tent, we mention a few locations that provide cabins for rent, while still keeping things basic. In addition, we offer some camping tips that will help make the experience that much more enjoyable.

For more ideas on how to have a great summer, browse our Summer Fun Guide.

Imaginary Invalid: A French Farce in Topanga for Summer Evening Giggles

One of my favorite things about summer is outdoor theater. There is something magical about seeing a live show under the stars, and Topanga’s Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum has long been one of LA's most delightful places to experience this magic. The rustic theater’s Sunday morning program for young children is a summertime staple, but choosing the right show to share with bigger kids from the Botanicum's evening line-up can be trickier. It would be understandable to assume that you could skip the 17th century Moliere play, for example, but you’d be missing out on some major giggles—including the biggest collection of high-brow fart jokes I have ever witnessed. Scoff if you like, but any play that makes my middle schooler laugh himself breathless makes my recommend list.

Best Family Campgrounds in New Jersey

There are lots of ways for New Jersey families to experience the great outdoors. From scenic parks, playgrounds and trails to inviting beaches and lakes, the state offers plenty of places to get some fresh air. But if you really want to get the kids unplugged and at one with nature, it might be time to plan a camping trip. While you may be having visions of s'mores, campfires and happy children sleeping under the stars, the truth is, camping with little ones isn't always easy. Luckily, there are campgrounds throughout the state that cater to adventurous families. From comfortable cabins to family-style entertainment and amenities, these great destinations will make your camping experience memorable. No matter what your family's camping style is you're sure to have a blast at one of these family-friendly campgrounds. 

Busy Bodies in Clinton Hill: New Play Space for Brooklyn Kids

There's no doubt that Brooklyn is the play space epicenter of New York City, boasting about two dozen indoor romping spots for little ones to shake their sillies out. Even so, when Clinton Hill momtrepreneur noticed a need in her Brooklyn nabe, Busy Bodies was born. Offering drop-in play, a full range of kids classes, and even workshops for parents, Busy Bodies is a welcome addition to local families. 

Day Trip: Family Fun in Long Island's Sag Harbor

Summertime means vacation time for many families, and luckily you don't have to travel far for a getaway that has something for everyone in the family. Simply head to the East End village of Sag Harbor for some seaside fun. From historical locales to beautiful beaches, it's the perfect place for a day trip or a weekend away. You can easily spend a good part of the day walking down quaint Main Street, lined with shops and restaurants, and make your way to the marina to watch the sailboats go by. Then stop by the windmill that houses the Visitor Center for info on local events, and check out some of our favorite things to do in this beautiful town. And for more to do in the area, take a look at the Hamptons & North Fork Family Guide.


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