Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals, History, Trains July 16-17

During this July weekend, Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley are bursting with family-friendly festivals, outdoor concerts, and educational experiences. Peddler's Village celebrates delicate, sweet blueberries to the twang of a fiddle during its Bluegrass and Blueberries Festival. Newlin Grist Mill rocks at its outdoor music festival fundraiser. Eastern State Penitentiary hosts Bastille Day, an event full of food, music, and comical, historic entertainment, while Fort Mifflin helps visitors step back to Civil War times with weapons demos and open hearth cooking all weekend long.

If you've got a train lover in the family, you are in luck this weekend. Ride the rails for a summertime picnic at West Chester Railroad, visit with Santa Claus (yes, even Santa needs a little summer vacay) as he boards at Greenbank Station, or see Thomas & Friends at Morris Arboretum.

Continue reading below to view our top picks, but don't forget to check out all the fun on our Events Calendar. To narrow down your options, click on the respective county, ages, or tags. Enjoy a fun-filled weekend!

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids, July 16-17: FunFest, Festivals, and Discovery Woods

This might be the weekend for summer festivals in Boston, with offerings celebrating everything from beloved family-friendly television station WGBH (pictured) to the arts. There's even a chance to get in on the fun by volunteering at a puppet pageant as part of the Outside the Box festival. Other tempting opportunities for outdoor fun include events on Peddocks Island and in the brand new, fully accessible Discovery Woods.

If the weather stays nice enough, a free outdoor showing of Monsters, Inc. a free family walk, or the chance to touch a truck offer some low-key summer fun. And if all of that isn't enough, a spoonful of sugar can certainly go a long way!

Also on Mommy Poppins Boston this week:

  • Got a hankering for a road trip? Niagara Falls is a great destination for any family's bucket list.
  • Tara shares all the deets on 8 outdoor water parks near Boston for families.
  • If the kids are begging to play Pokemon Go, make sure to read Anna's tips first.
  • For anyone who prefers an out-of-town museum, these kid-friendly choices fit the bill.
  • If you're thinking of a city vacation, don't forget Philadelphia.

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

Stone Harbor Beach with Kids: What you Need to Know Before you Go

If your children love playing in the warm sand and cool waves, take the drive to Stone Harbor, one of the most beautiful and family friendly beaches on the Jersey Shore. Located in Cape May County, Stone Harbor has many wonderful qualities, but what some people like most about it is what it isn’t. It isn’t a beach town dominated by a boardwalk with loud music and flashy rides; it isn’t casinos and all-you-can-eat buffets. This South Jersey shore is a quiet town where nature takes center stage. Grab the kids and the beach umbrella and take a great family trip down the shore.

Weekend Fun for CT Kids: Alpacas, Fairies, and Fire Trucks, July 16-17

This weekend promises to be hugely delicious and refreshing: Sunday is National Ice Cream Day! Whether you decide to track down tempting ice cream parlors (we sampled a few for you in Fairfield and New Haven counties), or make your own frozen treats at home, be sure to celebrate the sweet occasion. 

If you find yourself savoring ice cream in the Hartford area, consider ending the night with free music and a movie at The Shoppes of Farmington Valley, or spend an entire day filled with festivities at Collinsville Hot 2016.

Check the Mommy Poppins calendar to see what else is happening this weekend (and beyond!). For the latest and best family-friendly events, subscribe to our weekly newsletters and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

Weekend Fun: City of Water Day, Summer Festivals, Kids Comedy

This July weekend is chock-full of amazing and mostly free events, including three of our top event picks of the month: City of Water Day Family FestivalSummerStage Kids in the Bronx, and Kidz Bop: Life of the Party on Coney Island. Other weekend highlights include a family-friendly comedy show, a block party in Chelsea, and a game-filled festival in Times Square.

Looking for more ways to keep busy? We've got the scoop on the latest Pokémon Go craze, summer reading picks for every age, from tot to teen, and 50 ways to keep cool in NYC this summer. If you're looking to head out of town, peruse our roundup of the best nearby water parks or take a look at our Family Day Trip and Weekend Getaways Guide.

All of our best bets for weekend fun are below. Also be sure to check out our Summer Fun Guide and Event Calendar for more options.

Fishing Tournaments for LI Kids in the Hamptons & North Fork

There are many perks to living on an island, and fishing is definitely one of them. Mid to late summer offers East End children an opportunity to enjoy this fun and family-friendly activity with a series of saltwater tournaments sure to delight young anglers.

The prize catch for kids is usually the snapper, the juvenile version of the bluefish. Plentiful on either fork and fun to catch, they offer kids an introduction to game fishing from the safety of the town dock. Other tournaments target the elusive fluke or flounder and require a trip offshore. But whatever the prey, kids can enjoy a day in the sun while perhaps picking up a trophy or two.

Here are our favorite fishing tournaments for kids. Parents should check the websites listed or call in case of weather-related changes. And make sure to check out our Hamptons and North Fork Guide for the best in family-friendly entertainment on the East End.

50 FREE Things Kids Can Do in LA this Summer

Summer's great, isn't it? So much time, so much to do. All the things that can't be squeezed into the cursedly short time between school, homework, and dinner can be enjoyed at leisure, without stress of school night bedtimes. Summer means not a care in the world—except how to pay for all this frivolity, right? 'Cause we sure aren't getting a whole lot of work done! The answer? Summer freebies. Become an expert on how long your kids can get in free to Southland activities. Hit all the free museum days. And then start working your way down this list of totally free things to do with LA kids over the summer!

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