Free Summer Movie Series in Connecticut

Summer is busy: driving to camps, hauling beach equipment, cleaning up after backyard barbecues; once in a while it's nice to just sit back and relax as a family. And what's better than a movie the entire family can enjoy? A free family-friendly movie. There are some terrific, free (or nearly free) summer movie series running throughout Connecticut this summer - both indoors and outdoors - so grab a chair or a blanket, and catch up on the latest releases, or listen to the kids giggle once more over familiar characters.

Splash Pads, Water Parks, and Public Pools in New Haven County

It feels like we went from the cold winter weather straight into hot and hazy summer days. I love my central air, but I don’t want to spend my summer indoors. Splashing around in water is one of my favorite ways to stay cool, but that could be a little tricky when you don’t have a pool in your backyard. Thankfully, we don’t have to venture outside of New Haven County for water fun. There are plenty of splash pads, water parks, and pools to help keep us cool this summer.  And if we're feeling like checking out Hartford County there is plenty of splash pad, pool and water park fun there too! Also check out the Mommy Poppins Theme and Water Park Guide.

This Weekend's Fun for LA Kids: Getty Fest, Dino Days, Touch-a-Truck

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. Dinosaurs in Orange County. Pirates in Ventura Harbor. It's June already. Say whaaa?

That's right, Mommas and Poppas, summer is coming at you, faster than you can say, "um, do you have any idea of some good camps to send my kid to, and by the way do they still have openings?" (And the answer is yes, and yes, if you were wondering.)  Break out the sunscreen and the swim fins, lay out your blankets for movies  under the stars, and pack a picnic for al fresco concertssummer series are starting, even though technically it isn't summer and plenty of kids are still in school.

And here's the bottom line: no matter the season, we are here to fill your days with totally awesome things to do. And that's the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

Keep reading for some of the best events for this weekend... really!

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Strawberries, Trails, BrainQuest Party June 3-4

A June weekend is often filled with weddings, graduation parties, and dance recitals. However, Philly families should make time for some of the delicious and delightful activities found in our event calendar.

Strawberries are the star of the show at festivals held at a local orchard, farm, hospital, and school. Put on your hiking shoes and exploring the grounds at Newlin Grist Mill and the Upper Darby Trail in honor of National Trails Day. Or, walk along our country's oldest residential street on Fete Day. There is no doubt that the highlight of the weekend has to be the Summer BrainQuest Kickoff Party at Smith. Meet the people behind the scenes at Mommy Poppins Philadelphia during this family-friendly celebration complete with photo booths, children's activities, and face-painting. Be sure to get your tickets online.

Browse through our jam-packed calendar by filtering using age, location, and tags. Continue reading to view our top picks for the weekend ahead!

Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Summer Kickoff Party, Discover Dinosaurs, June 3-4

This weekend is our BIG summer kickoff party with Brain Quest! Join us for a morning of fun featuring face painting, a princess appearance and photo opportunities with "real" dinosaurs, plus delicious food from Chick-fil-A. Get your tickets now to secure a copy of the brand new Summer Brain Quest book and tons of goodies courtesy of Chick-fil-A. We look forward to meeting you and your families this Saturday! 

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Check out the complete event calendar to find the best things to do this month. Did you know can also submit your own events? Have this post delivered straight to your inbox, subscribe to our weekly newsletter!

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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.

Also on Mommy Poppins this week:

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.  

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