Young, Wild, and Free in New Haven County

Few words bring more joy to a parent's heart than the word FREE. Because let's face it, keeping kids entertained can be a pricey prospect. Give your wallet the day off once in a while and seek out some priceless family time free of charge. And don't worry, just because you don't have to fork over the green doesn't mean these are second best. I've rounded up some of New Haven County's first rate free activities guaranteed to delight everyone from the water babies to the space buffs and a whole lot in between. If you want to venture further afield, check out some free summer activities in Hartford County or visit some of the fairs, festivals, and carnivals in New Haven County, many of which offer free admission.

This Weekend's Fun for LA Kids: Festivals for Trains, Lotuses, Lobsters, and OC

I don't want to say Santa Monica's trying too hard, but hey, little hamlet, what are you trying to prove? We get it—fun times by the water, typically 10 to 20 degrees cooler than the rest of LA. Yay, you. But really now. The library, the college pool, the local museum; even the mayor is getting in on the act, being all "ride with me, what a fun town, we have bike lanes."

Of course, SaMo isn't the only game in town. LA is downright festive with all the festivals. Oceans and Orange Countychoo choos and Camarillo, luchadores lobsters and lotuses. This weekend you can pose with a big inflatable balloon sculpture thing; you can sample a sweet sundae; you can party with the PD. You can see many, many movies and listen to many, many concerts (in the great outdoors, no less).

Whether you're 310-ing it, or 323-ing it, or even 909-ing it, there's no better place to be than SoCal this weekend. (Or any weekend for that matter, let's be honest.) Let the festivities begin!

Keep reading for our most "we're not trying too hard, we're just that good" picks for this weekend...

Weekend Fun for Philly Kids: Festivals, Concerts, Ice Cream July 15-16

Mid-July offers the perfect opportunity for Philly families to check things off of their summer bucket list. This weekend's event calendar can certainly help cross off a few items.

If attending a festival is a must-do for your clan, take a ride to Peddler's Village for its Bluegrass and Blueberries Festival, experience ziplines, moonbounces, and music at Turks Head Music Festival, or catch Tastykakes to celebrate the storming of the Bastille at Eastern Penitentiary's Bastille Day Festival. Want to see a free concert? Grab a blanket or chair and check out the musical line-ups at Rose Tree Park, Upper Merion Township Park, or Penn Township Park. But, quite frankly, nothing says summer more than ice cream! Be sure to celebrate National Ice Cream Day with a delicious treat at your favorite ice cream sweet spot.

No summer bucket list? No problem! Mommy Poppins Philadelphia has got you covered with top picks for the weekend and month, as well as an entire activity guide for the whole summer. So get ready to check off lots of family fun from your list.

Weekend Fun for Boston Kids: Brazil, Lego, and a River Festival; July 15-16

One of the things I appreciate most about Boston is how many educational and cultural opportunities the city has to offer. Of course, this is true all year round, but it's especially true during the summer months with the availability of outdoor spaces. This weekend, families can explore the cultures of Brazil, appreciate art in Somerville, travel west for some music, and even participate in a build-off challenge.

Need more outdoor fun? Rediscover the earlier work of the Fab Four, head to the harbor to learn about historic pastimes, and take the family on a special night hike

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Weekend Fun: City of Water Day, Kidz Bop, Outdoor Movies

The heat is here, and this weekend NYC kids can cool off with Sprinkler Day on the Upper East Side, or enjoy a load of super-soaked fun at City of Water day events almost anywhere in New York. It's also a weekend for entertainment, like indoor movie matinees in Astoria or outdoor movies in Brooklyn, Manhattan, or Staten Island. Check out our big guide to 40 free outdoor movies in July

There's music, too: On Sunday alone, Kidz Bop hits the Ford Amphitheater at the Coney Island boardwalk, Holly Bowling does piano renditions of Phish songs in Williamsburg, and The NYC Ska Orchestra plays the Queens Botanical Garden. For more shows for kids and families, see our guide to summer concerts for kids.

Our July GoList is hitting its mid-month stride, and our Summer Fun Guide is more than up to speed, including new day trip ideas and water park fun, as well as children's theater and cool new museum exhibits. Meanwhile, our Event Calendar moves through the summer and beyond, jammed with cool things to do without breaking a sweat. 

Weekend Fun for Westchester Kids: Imagination Movers, County Fair, Jazz Festival

With so much to celebrate this summer, the weekend ahead is sparkling with fun for Westchester and Hudson Valley families, including Food and Farm Day, celebrating farm life and tasty food. The Orange County Fair does this as well, with the added hoopla of carnival fun, thrill shows, a demo, an indoor safari and more.

Lots of entertainment is in store, both live and cinematic. Among these is an encore performance by the Imagination Movers, who made a name for themselves on Disney Junior and incorporate music and comedy into their act. At the opposite end of the spectrum is the return of the annual Jazz Festival, a 10-hour smorgasbord of performances, including newly added ones for kid audiences.

On the heels of American Independence Day comes the French version and the multi-faceted Bastille Day Celebration, featuring all things francais. Another bash is set at the Play Place Birthday Party, where FREE admission and added attractions are offered.

But that’s not all! Read on for more details as well as additional options—plus our Event Calendar includes other events you’ll want to review before choosing what to do. Don't forget to consult our July GoList for our top picks for the rest of the month. 

Weekend Fun: Leatherworking, Bluegrass, and All Things Blueberry

It's mid-July, and in between scanning the beach and heat index reports, Connecticut residents are enjoying the annual summer fair and festival season, which is in full swing. On a hot day, what's better than an ice cream festival? And speaking of sweet treats, berry season is here at local pick-your-own farms. For those who prefer indoor activities during the summer season, how about learning the ancient craft of leatherworking? As always, be sure to check with the venues directly for any outdoor activities in the event of weather-related schedule changes.

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Weekend Fun for Houston Kids: Lion King, Oz, Julydoscope, July 15-16

This weekend in Houston is roaring with fun for the entire family with the modern adaptation of both The Lion King and The Wizard of Oz, with performances in theaters Downtown. Plus, outdoor summer fun continues with free moviesfairs and festivals, concerts, and more all over town.

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Summer is in full swing! Check out our July GoList or 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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