Weekday Picks: Animals, Yoga, and Bubble Mania, July 24-28, 2017

We are officially at the halfway point in our summer: my kids head back to school in six weeks. I'm not going to sugar coat it: some of the days have been loooooong, but I'm taking stock of our summer bucket list goals, and I'm making plans. Lots of plans. This week, we're planning to take in a little bubble magic at either the Otis Library on Monday or the Ivoryton Playhouse on Friday, and we're going to chill out with a little yoga in Greenwich, before enjoying some animal encounters in Coventry and New Canaan.

For more options, be sure to check our events calendar, which we update constantly with the latest and greatest local fun, and follow us on Facebook, InstagramTwitterPinterest, and Instagram so that you don't miss a thing. Have a great week!

Weekday Fun: Monmouth County Fair, Music Festival, Christmas in July

This last full week of July is rockin’ with live music, carnivals, and even a little Christmas (yes, Christmas!). The fun-filled Monmouth County Fair kicks off this week in Freehold, and don’t miss great outdoor concerts such as XPoNential Music Festival and Music Beyond Borders.

You can celebrate a super-early holiday season at Somers Christmas Party in July, or catch a showing of A Christmas Story at Cape May’s Movies on the Beach.

Read on for our best children's events the week of July 24–28, and don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar and July GoList for even more late-July fun.

Weekday Fun: Reptiles, Native American Pow Wow, Cupcake Club

Events for New York City kids include a heap of dancing this week! Boogie to the celebration of great music by women at NPR's outdoor Turning the Tables concert on Wednesday, July 26. Dance along with the American Indian Thunderbird Pow Wow at the Queens County Farm Museum on Friday July 28, or cut a grass rug to the City Stompers in Bushwick on Thursday, July 27. And don't forget: the Children's Museum of Manhattan celebrates the art of dance all summer long.

Cool off after all that outdoor dancing with our guide to the best water playgrounds in New York City. Leaving the city? See our guide to the best water parks for toddlers near New York City. As always, check our July GoList for the month's best events, and keep our Summer Fun Guide close. Our Event Calendar also stands at the ready with things to do and see into the far future. 

Check out our local DEALS page, too! We've created a spot for some of our favorite NYC businesses to give you a deal on their services, including camps, classes, and even birthday party packages. Check it out, and check back often as we're constantly adding new ones.

Weekday Picks for Philly Kids: Balloons, Magic, Fairs, Carnivals July 24-28

Summertime means laid-back schedules and no schoolwork for Philly kids. However, for Philly parents, this carefree time of the year can present a dilemma... How can I keep the kids occupied (especially if there's no camp this week)? Leave it to Mommy Poppins Philly to round up some great ideas for the week ahead.

See entertaining balloon tricks at the Colonial Theater or watch spectacular juggling and magic acts at White's Road Park. Try your luck at carnival games at the Midway Fire Company Carnival or the Cochranville Fire Company Carnival. Head to the Kimberton Fair for rides, 4H demonstrations, and even pig races! Sing and dance along at an outdoor concert held at Narberth Playground, Central Park, or along the Camden Waterfront.

Need more ideas? Browse through our event calendar to find all the summer fun that is to be had.

10 Great Beach Day Trips in Connecticut

As a lifelong resident of Connecticut, the list of my state's redeeming qualities is lengthy.  Among the attributes of living in the Nutmeg State, is our close proximity to water.  No matter where in Connecticut you find yourself, you're likely within an hour's drive of a beach!  And, in the summer, with anxious, energetic kiddos, the less time spent in the car, the better.  So, we've compiled a list of 10 great beach day trips within Connecticut.  There's sure to be one close to you! Make sure to check out our list of 8 Affordable Connecticut Beaches too. And for more summer fun check out our CT Summer Fun Guide.

24 Festivals, Fairs, and Carnivals for Philly Families this August

If visiting a summertime festival, fair, or carnival is on your summer bucket list and it has yet to be crossed off, look no further. Here is our round-up of Delaware Valley's August fun. These festivals, featuring entertaining live music, delicious foods, rides, and culture, will not disappoint. So take a look and be sure to visit some of these events with your family this month.

Putt Putt Fun: 6 Cool Places To Take Westchester Kids Mini Golfing

Between splash pads, swimming pools and amusement parks, there’s so much to see and do in and around Westchester and the Lower Hudson Valley this summer. But we'd be remiss if we didn't include one tried-and-true family favorite to the list: mini golf! 

Whether you’re looking for a fun, traditional putt-putt course or something a little different—glow in the dark, perhaps?—we’ve got you covered. Below, we rounded up a few of our favorites.

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6 Long Island Boardwalk Gems Kids Will Love

The best part of the beach isn't always the sand and water. Sometimes, it's a quaint stroll along the boardwalk. And Long Island has plenty of them.

Gone are the splinter fears and potential pitfalls of yesterday; most Long Island boardwalks have been refurbished with less flammable, sustainable woods. These boardwalk spots offer something special for kids and adults alike.

Here are a half-dozen of our favorite Long Island boardwalks, including a few you might not immediately associate with the ocean. From Nassau County to Suffolk and the East End, they are yours to explore. For more seasonal fun, be sure to see our Summer Fun Guide, our list of the best Long Island beaches for families, and perhaps even our guide to LI beach playgrounds.


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