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.

5 NYC Day Trip Itineraries Perfect for Preschoolers

New York can be a big, intimidating place for anyone to visit, but especially our smallest kids like preschoolers. Thankfully, the City That Never Sleeps offers plenty of opportunities to entertain even the most pint-sized of visitors.

Of course, you can visit our top zoos and amazing gardens, the mega stores for a special treat, or our top-notch museums like the American Museum of Natural History. These are all great choices and included in our 100 Things to Do In NYC Before Your Kid Grows Up list of the absolute best children's activities in NYC.

But we wanted to come up with something a little different, and a little more mellow for those preschoolers visiting from out of town, or even locals wanting to check out a new-to-you neighborhood—something that respects the limits of a preschooler's emotional and physical mileage. So we've rounded up five mom-tested itineraries that give you and your kid a glimpse of the city without totally wearing everyone down.

Planning ahead? Check out what special events might be taking place during your visit with our always-up-to-date NYC Event Calendar.

New Jersey Restaurants Where Kids Eat Free

Who says there’s no such thing as a free meal? Restaurants throughout New Jersey offer free kid meal promotions nearly every night of the week. (Basically, you never have to cook again.) Visit your favorite family-friendly restaurant on a kids-eat-free night, and you won’t have to worry about overspending on kids’ entrees, especially the ones that are barely touched. Check out some of these New Jersey dining spots that feature free kid meals on certain nights of the week. 

Final Summer Fun: 25 Things to Do on Long Island Before School Starts

Why whine about summer winding down when you can embrace it, filling these last few weeks with engaging and entertaining family fun? 

We've rounded up 25 of the best last-of-the-summer fun activities to do with kids on Long Island before they head back to their books, from water playgrounds and outdoor pools to FREE music and movies.

Check out our August GoList for the best family events throughout the month, and peruse our Summer Fun Guide and Beaches, Pools, and Water Fun guide for your last sticky summertime hurrah. Of course, our Event Calendar is loaded with fun, daily happenings for Long Island kids.

Summer Bucket List for Westchester Kids

It’s hard to believe there’s less than a month until school starts. While a part of you—OK, a big part—may be doing silent cartwheels, another part is still seeking the fill the days ahead. Lucky for you, we know how to make the time fly with some amazing activities and family fun.

In honor of these last few weeks, we’ve created a summer bucket list just for Westchester families. See how many of these you can complete while you’re hunting down school supplies.

As always, our Event Calendar is full of even more ideas, and you can sign up for our newsletters to have them delivered straight to your inbox.

Big Holiday News! Toys R Us (Briefly) Returns To Times Square

If you're still lamenting the fact that Toys "R" Us left a giant Ferris-wheel-sized hole in Times Square for the past two years, you can get excited again because...it's returning! Well, at least for the holiday season. The big-box toy brand is opening a 35,000-square-foot, three-floor location at 42nd street and Broadway later this month. (I guess "just in time for the holidays" means different things to different people.)

The three-story pop-up shop is full of new and classic buys for the little ones on your holiday list, but it's offering more than just a shopping trip.

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