Blueberry Picking in Connecticut: Pick Your Own Farms

Come and pick 'em folks! The following is a list of Connecticut farms that grow pick-your-own blueberries. Look at the map to the right to find one in your area. Here's a yummy blueberry pie recipe that will make all tummies happy, and make use of the plethora of fruit you are surely to have fun picking.

Fresh blueberries are in their prime from mid-July through mid-August. When picking, select berries that are firm, dry, plump, smooth-skinned, and completely blue. The fruit is often covered with a light white coating called "bloom," which helps prevent deterioration. Water on blueberries accelerates rotting, so don't wash them until you are ready to use them. If you store freshly picked berries in the refrigerator, unwashed and covered, they should last up to two weeks. Freezing is always a good option, too. For raspberries and other fresh picked fruit - check out our Pick Your Own Fruit Farm Guide.

New Water Slides at LI's Splish Splash Are Sure to Thrill

Get wet 'n wild at Long Island's East End waterpark, Splish Splash, this summer with the addition of two new high-speed thrill rides, Riptide Racer and Bombs Away.

Looking for more ways to soak up fun in the sun? Check out these Long Island sprinkler parks, poolswater parks, slides and beaches. As always, our Summer Fun Guide has you covered for more seasonal fun. If you're looking for added inspiration, see our list of 25 must-do activities with kids on Long Island this summer; 50 great things to do on the East End with kids; and our guide to summer day trips in and around Long Island.

On a budget? Take a gander at our list of 50 FREE things to do with kids on Long Island this summer.  

July GoList: Best Things To Do with LA and OC Kids this Month

Summer has crept in under cover of June Gloom, and there are so many ways to enjoy it, in town or out. Already free summer concerts are rockin'; free summer movies are rolling, and the beaches are beckoning. Read on for the best of July in LA, Ventura, and Orange County. We'll keep adding to our calendar daily, of course, and sending our weekly newsletter in time for each weekend, but here's your chance to plan ahead for a dozen July favorites.

Best Things to Do with NYC Kids: July GoList

Welcome to the first full month of summer! Our monthly GoList of the absolute best things to do with kids throughout July includes some of our favorite FREE annual events—happenings my family and I mark on our calendar every year. Enjoy the always FREE Fourth of July fireworks spectacle and no-cost boat rides thanks to City of Water Day, which moves its hub to the South Street Seaport in 2018. There's also Bastille Day on East 60th StreetCome Out & Play Family Day, and the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Family Day — all are FREE, too!

In addition to family-friendly festivals, we're also looking forward to some spectacular performing arts—from dance to theater to music—as well as new public art, so get your calendars ready! Here are the top 20 things to do with kids in New York City this July—most of which are 100% FREE.

July GoList: Best Things to Do With Long Island Kids This Month

Independently minded almost from our inception, we Long Islanders have come to appreciate the month of July. After an angry winter and a dreary spring, it’s an annual call to celebrate all we cherish about our country and our Island.

And yes, we will celebrate this year, with a thank-you to the 2018 calendar, which placed July 4 squarely in the middle of the week. With school out and the holiday on a Wednesday, we have the benefit of potentially two extra-long Fourth of July weekends. That gives us plenty of time for fireworks, barbecues, beach days, and parades.

Hopefully, time for a bit of reflection, too, because as much as any region of the nation Long Island really can strut its Independence Day stuff. We boast communities named after two Founding Fathers – Port Washington and Port Jefferson. We are home to President Theodore Roosevelt, whose bust adorns Mount Rushmore. We even have two villages that lay claim to being New York State’s oldest community – Southold and Southampton, a friendly rivalry that has continued since 1640.

Though but 120 miles from tip to tip, Long Island is rich in the history and pageantry of America. And what better month to celebrate it than in July? Enjoy a Roosevelt-style Fourth at Sagamore Hill, a Wild West show in Old Bethpage, and fireworks shows from Glen Cove to Montauk.

Of course, there’s more to this month than just the red, white and blue. But Independence Day is a great way to start. Are you into it?  

As always, our Long Island Events Calendar offers exciting family options as they develop throughout the month. Sign up for our FREE newsletters to get posts like this delivered to your inbox. Now on to what’s happening.

July GoList: The Best Things To Do with Westchester Kids

Summer is in full swing, and so are the summer events for families in Westchester and the Hudson Valley! Our July GoList features all the best events happening this month, including the colorful Hudson Valley Hot-Air Balloon Festival and a high-end Jazz Festival developed in partnership with Jazz at Lincoln Center.

The month kicks off with a slew of 4th of July fireworks, as well as the multifaceted (and largely FREE) Independence Day Fair. Other top picks for July include outdoor concerts and movie screenings, various summer festivals, and the return of the Orange County Fair. If you’re looking for the annual pyrotechnic show A Night on Fire, note that this production will not be offered in 2018; the annual New York Air Show has been moved to September.

Now get your calendars ready and read on for our top picks for July. But don’t stop there: There’s plenty more where that came from in our Event Calendar, and our weekly newsletters deliver all the latest news and events right to your inbox!

July GoList: The Best Things To Do With CT Kids This Month

Summer festivals, fairs, carnivals, and more abound in Connecticut this July. Our CT July GoList highlights the best things to do with kids throughout the month including free jazz all weekend during the Hartford Festival of Jazz at Bushnell Park, tall ship tours, music and carnival rides at Sailfest in New London, a food truck festival, and a Blueberry Fest in Middlefield. Our list of over forty 4th of July fireworks shows will make sure you don't miss the firework displays. 

Below are our top 30 things to do with kids in Connecticut this July. Be sure to click through to each listing for all the details, including address and time. Of course our Summer Fun Guide is a terrific resource for family fun, too! And make sure to follow us on facebook and instagram page

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