Weekday Picks for Boston Kids: Concerts, Bubbles, and Goddesses in the Garden; Aug 14-Aug 18

We're kicking it old school this week in Boston, celebrating the 1980s and then moving backward in time later in the week. First: Move over Moana—Mayor Walsh's movie night planners know that what the parents will really come out for is Spielberg.  On Friday, don't miss your chance to experience colonial life—for free!—at Old Sturbridge Village

You can follow the music to other unique events this week. Two popular concert series close out their summer lineups with kindie rockers taking the stage in Back Bay and Medford. In Easton, a local performer combines two of children's very favorite things—bubbles and dancing—at a museum birthday party. There's also some live music, as well as gardening demonstrations, kids' activities, and the unveiling of a special postal stamp at one of the prettiest places in Wellesley.

That's not all there is to enjoy during the heart of August. Check out our Events Calendar for other fun goings-on—summer will be a memory before you know it!

Weekday Fun: Summer Movies, Kiddie Beach Show, Awesome Animal Artists

It’s mid-August movie madness! Milk those last few weeks summer movie freebies and cheapies, including this week’s Regal Cinemas Summer Movie Express, Free Movie Nights at OSPAC, Thrilling Thursdays in Margate, and Summer Blast in Plainsboro.

Plus, make the summer days last a little longer at family-friendly evening events like Kiddie Beach Show, Sweet Sounds of Downtown Jazz and Step into Stories: Mouse Paint.

Read on for our best children's events the week of August 14-18, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and August GoList for even more mid-August excitement.

Weekday Picks for Westchester Kids: Drones, Souptown, Yoga in the Park

Here we are mid-August, and although camp may be over for some, the summer fun continues on!

Unravel the mysteries of why the grown-ups are acting like kids at The Secret Society of Souptown. You’ll know you’re not in Kansas anymore when you learn all about drones and how they work, or unwind in nature at Sunset Yoga in the Parks.

Don't stop there! Read on for more of our top picks and head to our Event Calendar for a menu of daily happenings. Our August GoList can help you plan the rest of the month!

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Storytimes, Movies, Nature August 14-18

Whenever a carefree August day presents itself, a family 'go-to' activity is to read a book. Luckily for Philly families, this week offers a variety of opportunities to do just that. From listening to stories under the trees at an arboretum, among the animals at the zoo, at a neighborhood bookstore, or even at a grist mill, children can dive into the world of imagination through interesting characters.

If your crew prefers to watch a movie, there are plenty of spots throughout the Delaware Valley to indulge in film. Penn's Landing and Water Tower Recreation Center feature Beauty and the Beast, Aston Community Center presents The Good Dinosaur, Miles Park showcases Finding Dory, and Oxford Memorial Park welcomes folks to watch Sing. Those looking to escape screens for a bit can turn to nature and our latest round up of parks, gardens, and other open spaces. Be sure to plan a visit to one or two of them before the summer ends.

But, the real question is... have your started your back to school shopping? Believe it or not, consignment sales are starting to pop up on our events calendar. Grab some great deals or prepare to make some extra cash by reviewing our consignment sale tips. Now, continue reading for our top picks for this week.

5 Must-Try Laser Tag and Paintball Arenas for NYC Kids

Are your big kids bored of bowling? Not quite ready for the zip line? Consider laser tag or paintball, both fun party options and action-fueled activities you can find right here in NYC.

For the uninitiated, laser tag is a high-energy game of tag meets hide-and-seek that’s played with infrared laser guns in a darkened arena. Paintball pelts participants with small dye pellets. The object of both games: Get to your opponents before they get to you out by strategically shooting, running, and hiding from cover to cover. Don't worry, the laser guns emit harmless, invisible rays that register a "kill" by lighting up a spot on your adversaries' vests and paintball pellets might sting for a few seconds, but there's no long-lasting effects.

Check out one of these five fast and furious laser tag and paintball spots.

Weekday Fun: Puppet Ballet, Water Olympics, Major Food on 5th

Five outdoor, free events for New York City kids this week! See a puppet show in Chelsea. Dance to the guitar of Conroy Warren in Brooklyn. Also in Brooklyn, Bay Ridge throws a street party, and up in Queens there's Water Olympics, as well as more kids' music, with Darlene Graham.

In Manhattan, head to one of the city's destination playgrounds (with water!) in Battery Park City's Rockefeller Park. Or maybe cross off a few entries on your ice cream bucket list. For those of you who may be keenly watching the barometer, see our guide to birthing centers in New York City.  

Our August GoList hits its mid-month stride this week, and our Summer Fun Guide continues to suggest exciting stuff. Also, see our Event Calendar for your day-by-day planning needs. 

30 Ways To Keep Summer Going after School Begins

Whether you're relieved by the quiet or disturbed by the abrupt ending, most LA families are using those three little words (back to school) a whole lot earlier these days. Of course, dropping our kids off at school doesn't change the weather; there might be no child left behind at the beach, but it's still summer until close to Halloween. So if your family is not yet ready for summer to end, pick a few items off our Endless Summer List and go have some fun while the sun still shines!

Connecticut's Best Sunflower Patches and Places to Cut Your Own Flowers

One thing I always look for forward to is the blooming of tall, fresh-faced sunflowers, peering over me, bringing the sunshine a little bit closer to earth.  My family loves to be surrounded by fresh flowers as well as bring them into our home, and there is nothing better than cutting your own (forget grocery store bouquets!). If flowers make your day like they do mine, then you will want to check out the great places you can dance amongst the daisies here in Connecticut. And, of course many of these places offer pick your own berries, veggies and fruit too.

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